glass cannon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the fact that they are powerful (similar to a cannon) yet are easily breakable (similar to glass).

Noun[edit]

glass cannon (plural glass cannons)

  1. (role-playing games, board games, video games) A character or unit with strong offensive power but weak defensive capabilities.
    • 2009 May 23, Eugene Barrett, “Re: DCSS:: need advice”, in rec.games.roguelike.misc, Usenet[1]:
      Deep elves die easier than most other races - glass cannons to an extreme extent.
    • 2011, Roderic Waibel, Altus Adventum 2nd Edition Core Rulebook, Lulu.com (2011), →ISBN, page 183:
      We don't want Bryztak to be a glass cannon, so armor would be prudent.
    • 2012, Lizzie Stark, Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games, Chicago Review Press (2012), →ISBN, page 238:
      A min-maxer might create a “glass cannon” character—one with lots of awesome offenses but next to no defense.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:glass cannon.

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