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"Relax, hotshot. I got something useful for ya'; Banshees. These babies can blow the snot outta ground forces. Got cloaking too. Gotta love that!"
AH/G-24 Banshee
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Historical
Earliest sighting

2502

Latest sighting

2505

Physical
Race

Terran

Type

Tactical strike aircraft

Propulsion
  • Two turbofans (default)
  • Special propulsion system (space use)
Armaments
  • Backlash rockets (standard)
  • Rapid-fire projectile weapon (KMC variant)
  • Shockwave missiles (alternate outfit)
FTL

No

Political
Role
  • Infantry support
  • Air cavalry
Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The AH/G-24 Banshee Tactical-Strike Aircraft[1] is a terran air unit in StarCraft II.

OverviewEdit

DesignEdit

Banshee SC2-WoL Story1

A Banshee

The Banshee is heavily optimized for its intended role. Armament is limited to air-to-ground Backlash rockets. The aircraft is powered by relatively low-thrust and inexpensive turbofans capable of operating only in an atmosphere,[2] or allowing the aircraft to be dropped from orbit;[3] the engines are incapable of attaining escape velocity.[2] However, Banshees are outfitted with special propulsion systems only used in space.[4]

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A swooping Banshee

The Banshee received cloaking devices after entering service with militias and guerilla forces. Salvaged cloaking devices from Wraiths allow the Banshee to become an effective raider.[2] By the Second Great War, the Dominion Armed Forces were equipping their Banshees with the DN51 cloak generator; at the time, the DN51 was such a sophisticated example of Dominion technology that special teams were deployed to recover them from crashed aircraft.[1] Wolfe Industries developed an upgrade that embedded cross-spectrum, light dampening, materials into the hull; this enhanced the cloaking effect by allowing it to be maintained with less power.[5]

Additional armament options were also developed. Kel-Morian Banshees were armed with rapid-firing projectile weaponry capable of striking aerial targets.[6] By the Second Great War, Banshees could carry the Shockwave missile battery, which bombarded a longer linear area ahead of the aircraft, rather than just a smaller circular point as with the default Backlashes.[5]

HistoryEdit

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A Banshee in operation

The Banshee was designed by Procyon Industries to meet requirements from the Terran Dominion for a dedicated ground attack aircraft[7] for counter-insurgency operations.[1] The Banshee was an entirely new design; adapting an existing design was unlikely to be satisfactory.[2] After much experimentation,[7] the Banshee was in use by the Dominion by 2502,[8][9] and within the same year, the Kel-Morian Combine.[6] It has proven very successful in service.[2]

Initial deployment within the Dominion was disappointing. The aircraft was judged as too inflexible, and many were relegated to minor roles with backwater militias. Overtime, ease of interstellar deployment, the ability to deliver strikes over difficult terrain, and the addition of the cloaking device, led to more widespread deployment within the Dominion. The Banshee gained a reputation as a Dominion terror weapon due to collateral damage caused in urban combat. Guerilla and resistance forces also found the Banshee useful against the Dominion.[2] Banshees are used as light-infantry support,[7] and can operated with Vikings as air cavalry.[10]

Despite its original purpose as a counter-insurgency weapon, the Banshee went on to be used against protoss, zerg, and terran front line forces.[1]

Game UnitEdit

Banshee
Banshee SC2 Head1
Banshee SC2 DevRend2
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders (2504–)

Role

Tactical strike aircraft

Armament

Backlash rockets

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Energy
regen/second

0.5625

Sight range

10

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

3 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Requires

Tech lab/tech reactor (attached)

Hotkey

E

Movement
Speed

2.75

Acceleration

3.25

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

0.75

Protection
Hit points

140

Armor

0 SC2TerrShipArm

Type
Armor type

Light

Backlash rockets
Damage

12

Attacks

2

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.25

Range

6

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2TerrShipWeap

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

700

Production
score

350

Banshees can quickly destroy buildings, even powering through anti-air defenses, and are strong against heavy armored ground units like the siege tank, ultralisk, and colossus. Other races should deploy specialized anti-air units such as corruptors and phoenixes to keep them in check.[11] Ground unit counters include marines, thors, hydralisks, stalkers equipped with blink, and high templar psionic storms.[12]

In the Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, Banshees can be upgraded to fire their missiles in a straight line, doing splash damage to units in a line similar to the hellion or lurker. They can also be upgraded to consume half of the energy while cloaked, letting the Banshee remain cloaked longer.

Banshees bank on turns like some other air units.[13]

AbilitiesEdit

SC2BansheeCloak Cloaking Field
Acquisition
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Researched at

Tech lab attached to starport

Hotkey

C

Usage
Energy

25 (+0.9 per second) (+0.45 per second with Cross-Spectrum Dampeners - WoL-campaign only) Energy Terran SC1

Hotkey

C (cloak), D (decloak)

Notes

Enables terran Banshees to cloak.

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UpgradesEdit

Wings of LibertyEdit

SC2 TerrAirWeap Terran Ship Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

S

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the damage of terran air units.

Edit
SC2 TerrAirArm Terran Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

P

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

225 Gas Terran SC1

300 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

SC2 TerrVehWeap Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

E

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

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SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

V

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

Edit

Wings of Liberty CampaignEdit

Banshees are unlocked by playing the mission "Supernova".[14] Their cloaking ability is automatically researched.

ShockwaveMissileBattery SC2 Icon1 Shockwave Missile Battery
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$110,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

Banshees deal linear splash damage.[5]

Edit
Cross-SpectrumDampeners SC2 Icon1 Cross-Spectrum Dampeners
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$80,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

Doubles the amount of time Banshees can stay cloaked.

Wolfe Industries offers a new model of Banshee that embeds light-dampening materials into the hull. This new hull material requires far less energy to conceal and makes it much easier for the Banshee to maintain cloak once initiated.[5]

Edit
SC2 Lab Ultra Capacitors Icon Ultra Capacitors
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Attack upgrades at the armory and engineering bay improved cooldown by 5% per level. Self-replicating ultra capacitors reduce the reload time of weapons and systems.[15]

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SC2 Lab VanPlating Icon Vanadium Plating
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Armor upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increase health by 5% per level. Vanadium better disperses weapon impacts than standard armor.[15]

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SC2 Lab CellReactor Icon Cellular Reactor
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[16]

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SC2 Lab BioSteel Icon Regenerative Bio-Steel
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Damaged ships and vehicles recover hit points over time.[16]

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DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

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Banshee concept art

In the game engine as early as 2006,[17] the Banshee was one of the first terran units conceived for StarCraft II, replacing the Wraith.[18] It was made to be both similar and different to the Wraith, the key difference being the nature of their attack. As many cloak detector units are aerial, this would prevent the Banshee from attacking the units which presented the greatest threat to it. As such, the Banshee fulfills the role of a base raider of a "combined-arms" terran force.[19] Visually, it hardly diverged from its original conception.[18]

In early builds, the Banshee delivered an area of effect attack, which was removed March 2008.[20] The area of effect attack returned in the single-player campaign in the final product.

In addition the Banshee had three unused upgrades; Cloaked Damage, Distortion Blasters and Distortion Thrusters. Distortion Blasters enabled the Banshee to deal 25% more damage, while Distortion Thrusters likewise increased the base movement speed and acceleration by 25%. Both upgrades took effect only while the Banshee remained cloaked. Cloaked Damage has no effect in-game as it remains incomplete.[21]

The original portrait was female,[22] but was replaced by a male as of April 2009.[23] By June 2009, the portrait was female again[24] but at some stage, switched back to being male.[25] However, with the release of the StarCraft II beta, the portrait had again gone back to being female. In addition, a variant Banshee profile was available for players in the StarCraft II beta, used instead of the in-game one. The portrait was later updated.

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Banshee Quotations

Heroes of the StormEdit

Heroes DevLog2

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Banshees can be summoned by Jim Raynor in Heroes of the Storm.[26]

Known SquadronsEdit

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A Banshee squadron

NotesEdit

In in-game videos, the Banshee has been seen over space platforms. These platforms have gravity accelerators,[27][28] which could sustain an artificial atmosphere of sorts and so explain how Banshees can operate there.

When cloaked the pilot's visor in the portrait slides down and covers her eyes. This also happens when the Banshee flies under a friendly mothership, even if the cloak ability is not activated.

The Night Elf Banshee portrait is a StarCraft II Easter egg.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory units (in English). 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2007-08-23. Banshee. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-02.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Graven Hill's laptop (in English). 2010.
  4. 2012-10-15. StarCraft II Creative Development Q&A - Part 2. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-10-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #2" StarCraft 1 (2) (June 24, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Units: Banshee, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-10-03
  8. April 6, 2010. "Timeline". StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
  9. Furman, Simon (w), Jesse Elliott (p, i). "Heavy Armor, part 1." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 1 (paperback binding), pp. 140–163. Tokyopop, August 1, 2008. ISBN 978-1427-80721-2.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Ghost of a Chance (in English). 2010-07-27.
  11. Browder, Dustin and Bornakk. 2009-03-30. BlizzCast Episode 8. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-03-31.
  12. 2009-07-03,StarCraft II Exclusive Fansite Q&A - StarCraft2.net.pl. Battlenet Network. Accessed on 2009-07-22
  13. StarCraft. 2010-02-02. The programming team has added some impressive new unit movement animations to the game. Air units like the phoenix and banshee bank on turns, roaches and hellions both rise when they start moving, and tanks slightly bob when stopping. Facebook (StarCraft). Accessed 2010-02-03.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Supernova (in English). 2010-07-27.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  17. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  18. 18.0 18.1 2010, Starcraft 2: Terran Banshee. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20
  19. PC PowerPlay #153 p42.
  20. Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-03-16. StarCraft 2 Korean and Chinese Build Summary. SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-03-18.
  21. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  22. 2007-09-13. Gameplay Video - Terran. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-14.
  23. Dustin Browder, Robert Simpson, Matt Cooper, David Kim. 2009-04-16. Battle Report (2). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-04-16.
  24. 1) In the current build, for 100 energy, the Queen can heal a biological unit or building by 200 hit points.
    2) For 50 energy, the Terran Orbital Command can increase a supply depot's supply provided by +8 permanently.
    3) Terran Add-Ons, Bunkers, Sensor Towers, and Missile Turrets can be salvaged for 100% of its cost. Salvage currently takes 5 seconds to complete.
    4) Yes, the Banshee portrait is of a female pilot.
    5) Vespene gas can still become depleted from geysers. Most geysers have 2500 gas each.
    Karune. 2009-06-30. Karune: Can the queen heal? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-06-30.
  25. 2010-02-10, New unit portraits? StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2010-02-15
  26. 2013-11-09, BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm – Concept Art and Screenshots. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2013-11-23
  27. Neilson, Micky (December 18, 2000). StarCraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-1898-0 (eBook).
  28. Neilson, Micky. "StarCraft: Hybrid." Amazing Stories 601 (Spring 2000): 70-75.

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