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18th Jun '16 2:42:39 PM Alceister
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Dragon Rend shout is probably the most evident example, being specifically designed to force dragons to land. However, other Shouts such as Storm Call and Marked for Death are also pretty effective against flying dragons as well: Storm Call will indiscriminately target any non-player entity within a given area, while Marked for Death will severely weaken the armour of anything it hits. Lightning-based Destruction spells are also good for the task too, due to the fact that they are insta-hit.
15th Jun '16 2:47:34 AM Alceister
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** That said, during the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar, AA guns of all types were successfully repurposed as ground weapons. In the case of larger, heavy anti-aircraft guns, it was found that their high muzzle velocity and heavy shell weights allowed them to punch through armour that earlier, specially-designed anti-tank guns (which were easier to handle but less powerful) could not penetrate. The German 88mm gun is the most famous example of this, in large part because its mountings actually made it a lot easier to use in this capacity. Similarly, light anti-aircraft autocannons also proved to be particularly effective against a wide range of ground targets. Their high muzzle velocities, rapid rates of fire, and ability to fire a variety of different projectiles made them effective against a wide range of ground targets.

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** That said, during the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar, AA guns of all types were successfully repurposed as ground weapons. In the case of larger, heavy anti-aircraft guns, it was found that their high muzzle velocity and heavy shell weights allowed them to punch through armour that earlier, specially-designed anti-tank guns (which were easier to handle but less powerful) could not penetrate. The German 88mm gun is the most famous example of this, in large part because its mountings actually made it a lot easier to use in this capacity. Similarly, light anti-aircraft autocannons also proved to be particularly effective against a wide range of ground targets. Their autocannons, with their high muzzle velocities, rapid rates of fire, and ability to fire a variety of different projectiles made them projectiles, proved to be particularly effective against a wide range of ground targets. targets.
11th Jun '16 8:58:02 PM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': Bows and wind magic are effective against winged enemies such as Pegasus and Wyvern units, and even [[{{Dracolich}} Draco Zombies]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]''.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': Bows and wind magic are effective against winged enemies such as Pegasus and Wyvern units, and even [[{{Dracolich}} Draco Zombies]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]''.
9th Jun '16 7:07:16 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* While many battleships built during and in the decade or two after ww1 typically had limited ability to defend against air attacks, some ww2 battleships ''brimmed'' with anti-air firepower. Examples include the United States' ''North Carolina, South Dakota'' and ''Iowa-class'' battleships. During one battle, an Admiral on an adjacent ship queried ''USS North Carolina'' asking if she was on fire because of the sheer volume of muzzle flashes from MoreDakka the ship's AA guns were throwing up.

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* While many battleships built during and in the decade or two after ww1 WW1 typically had limited ability to defend against air attacks, some ww2 WW2 battleships ''brimmed'' with anti-air firepower. Examples include the United States' ''North Carolina, South Dakota'' and ''Iowa-class'' battleships. During one battle, an Admiral on an adjacent ship queried ''USS North Carolina'' asking if she was on fire because of the sheer volume of muzzle flashes from MoreDakka the ship's AA guns were throwing up. In adition to them, the Japanese designed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Shiki_%28anti-aircraft_shell%29 special AA ammo]] for the main guns of their battleships, that however were considered by US pilots as little more than pyrotechnic shows.
26th May '16 4:50:50 PM vn70072
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* While many battleships built during and in the decade or two after ww1 typically had limited ability to defend against air attacks, some ww2 battleships ''brimmed'' with anti-air firepower. Examples include the United States' ''North Carolina, South Dakota'' and ''Iowa-class'' battleships. During one battle, an Admiral on an adjacent ship queried ''USS North Carolina'' asking if she was on fire because of the sheer volume of muzzle flashes from MoreDakka the ship's AA guns were throwing up.
20th Apr '16 2:41:06 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', Postdam's missile launch complex was protected from air raids by a [[WaveMotionGun Positron Cannon]]. It was mounted like an artillery piece and connected to the power grid, and it was capable of shooting down an eighty-meter-tall flying TransformingMecha.

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19th Apr '16 1:26:50 AM Reynard1986
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** On one recorded occasion in January 1945, a low-flying Me109 fighter was shot down by an M10 tank destroyer of the US Army. It helped that the M10 was a tank-like vehicle mounting a repurposed 3 inch A/A gun. On this occasion it was laid and aimed by a soldier who in civilian life had been an accomplished hunter, and who knew to shoot ahead of the target to bring down a bird in flight. He waited for the horizon-skimming fighter to get just where he wanted it in relation to the tank, and treated his 3" gun as if it were a very large hunting rifle...

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** On one recorded occasion in January 1945, a low-flying Me109 [=Me 109=] fighter was shot down by an M10 tank destroyer of the US Army. It helped that the M10 was a tank-like vehicle mounting a repurposed 3 inch A/A gun. On this occasion it was laid and aimed by a soldier who in civilian life had been an accomplished hunter, and who knew to shoot ahead of the target to bring down a bird in flight. He waited for the horizon-skimming fighter to get just where he wanted it in relation to the tank, and treated his 3" gun as if it were a very large hunting rifle...
19th Apr '16 1:08:30 AM Reynard1986
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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' also gives each race a flying AA unit: the Terrans get Vikings, which can switch between being anti-air-only fliers or anti-ground-only ground units at will[[note]]with a delay for transformation time, [[CompetitiveBalance of course]][[/note]]. The Protoss get Phoenixes, which are essentially upgraded Corsairs with the ability to suspend ground units in the air temporarily, allowing other AA units to attack them. Finally, the Zerg get Corruptors, similar to Devourers except that their ability only increases the enemy's damage taken, is used separately rather than as an effect added to the basic attack, and doesn't splash or stack.\\
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The Thor also has a devastating ground-to-air missile barrage attack, designed almost exclusively to take out groups of mutalisks.

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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' also gives each race a flying AA unit: the Terrans get Vikings, which can switch between being anti-air-only fliers or anti-ground-only ground units at will[[note]]with a delay for transformation time, [[CompetitiveBalance of course]][[/note]]. The Protoss get Phoenixes, which are essentially upgraded Corsairs with the ability to suspend ground units in the air temporarily, allowing other AA units to attack them. Finally, the Zerg get Corruptors, similar to Devourers except that their ability only increases the enemy's damage taken, is used separately rather than as an effect added to the basic attack, and doesn't splash or stack.\\
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The Thor also has a devastating ground-to-air missile barrage attack, designed almost exclusively to take out groups of mutalisks.



** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilightt'' nearly completely subverts the trope - because there's an entire Crawler class dedicated to air, most units now have the capability to strike air - the only exception, Cannon units.

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** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilightt'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight'' nearly completely subverts the trope - because there's an entire Crawler class dedicated to air, most units now have the capability to strike air - the only exception, Cannon units.
17th Apr '16 1:26:12 AM Tron80
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* In ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', the ADR-04-X Defender has four long-range, high-explosive 78mm anti-aircraft autocannon at its main armament. The effectiveness of these rounds against aircraft is... considerable.

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* In ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the ADR-04-X Defender has four long-range, high-explosive 78mm anti-aircraft autocannon at its main armament. The effectiveness of these rounds against aircraft is... considerable.


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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Anti-aircraft guns were placed around the [[HomeBase Photon Atomic Power Research Institute]] to shoot down flying [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] that tried to invade the base or blow it up. They weren't too effective, though.
17th Apr '16 1:26:12 AM Tron80
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