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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!"

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

OverviewEdit

"Similar to the Siege Tank in its ability to make quick work of ground troops, the Banshee is an aerial harbinger of destruction. Agile twin turbofans accompany cloaking technologies and powerful backlash rockets, making the Banshee our military’s most capable hit-and-run option when the situation demands nothing less."

PropulsionEdit

"'Quiet' = 'Will only slightly rupture your eardrums.'"

- A Dominion marine on the Banshee's rotors(src)

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A Banshee

The Banshee is powered by relatively low-thrust and inexpensive[2] VTOL[3] turbofans capable of operating only in an atmosphere,[2] coupled with a fantail rotor assembly for steering and banking.[4] The turbofans are sturdy, simple in design, and relatively easy to maintain. They allow for indefinite loitering with minimal noise, which is perfect for stealth operations.[3] The fans allow the Banshee to be dropped from orbit,[5] but are incapable of attaining escape velocity.[2] However, Banshees are outfitted with special propulsion systems only used in space.[6] The Dominion Special Forces make use of a Banshee variant with upgraded twin VTOL turbofans as well as a new rear vertical stabilizer, ensuring superior stability and performance.[7]

The Banshee's cockpit is fully pressurized, and an oxygen generator is integrated into the ship's design—both were integrated after the ship's initial deployment. These features allow for quick orbital deployments to more efficiently support troops on the ground, and to strike at targets of opportunity.[3]

ArmamentEdit

"Overall, the design is economical and easy to maintain. Its one drawback: no anti-air capability."
"That's why God invented marines. To shoot down all the crap you can't."

- A Dominion marine 'discussing' the Banshee's capabilities(src)

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A swooping Banshee

The Banshee was designed to be both economical and effective. Built specifically to provide air support for frontline infantry, they are ideal aircraft for tactical strikes.[7]

The Banshee is heavily optimized for its intended role. Its standard armament is air-to-ground Backlash rockets.[2] Additional armament options were also developed. Kel-Morian Banshees were armed with rapid-firing projectile weaponry capable of striking aerial targets.[8] By the Second Great War, Banshees could carry the Shockwave missile battery, which bombard a longer linear area ahead of the aircraft, rather than just a smaller circular point as with the default Backlashes.[9]

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A mercenary 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] and the Dominion's "stealth darling."[3] 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] Mercenaries made use of heavily modified Banshees that used a variety of cobbled together parts, some using bulldozer parts in their armor design.[7]

By the Defenders of Man Insurgency, the Umojan Protectorate appeared to be fielding banshees, and some were infested by the zerg on Jarban Minor.[10]

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[11] 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,[11] the Banshee was in use by the Dominion by 2502,[12][13] and within the same year, the Kel-Morian Combine.[8] 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. Over time, 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[2] (a result of the craft's poor guidance systems for its backlash rockets).[3] Guerilla and resistance forces also found the Banshee useful against the Dominion.[2] Banshees are used as light-infantry support,[11] and can operate with Vikings as air cavalry.[14]

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A Dominion Special Forces Banshee

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] Little can be done to alter the public's negative perception of the Dominion, but it has nonetheless gained a permenant place in its airforce due to its low cost and easy maintenance.[3]

Raynor's Raiders gained access to the craft during the Second Great War.[15] By the time of the Defenders of Man Insurgency, the Umojan Protectorate had access to Banshees as well.[16]

After the End War, Dominion engineers have made critical upgrades to the banshee's twin VTOL turbofans, enabling superior stability and performance when paired with the new vertical stabilizer in the rear of the craft.[17]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraft IIEdit

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Unit profile

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.[18] Ground unit counters include marines, thors, hydralisks, stalkers equipped with blink, and high templar psionic storms.[19]

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.[20]

VersusEdit

Upgrades and Abilities
LotV Hyperflight Rotors Icon
Hyperflight Rotors

Increases Banshee speed from 3.85 to 5.25. Legacy of the Void only.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey B
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 121Time SC2 Game1
ve
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Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
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SC2 TerrVehArm
Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey V
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
ve

Enables terran Banshees to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 25 (+1.26 per second) (or +0.45 per second with Cross-Spectrum Dampeners - WoL-campaign only) Energy Terran SC1
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 79Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of LibertyEdit

Banshees are unlocked by playing the mission "Supernova".[15] Their cloaking ability is automatically researched.

Upgrades and Abilities

Increases the damage of terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
ve

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey P
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
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Banshees deal linear splash damage.[9]

The Shockwave Missile Battery fires multiple missiles in a straight line with each shot allowing the Banshee to hit multiple ground targets. This upgrade is useful when fighting ground targets that are packed close together.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $110,000
ve
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Cross-Spectrum Dampeners

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.[9]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $80,000
ve

Attack upgrades improve attack cooldown of affected units by 5% per level.[21]

These self-replicating ultra capacitors reduce the reload time of weapons and systems. Now each of the weapon upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increases attack speed by 5% in addition to increasing damage.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points
ve
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Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades increase health of affected units by 5% per level.[21]

We have created a new lightweight alloy called vanadium. Vanadium diffuses weapon impacts much more efficiently than traditional armor plating, and it better preserves the life of our units. Now each of the armor upgrades in the armory and engineering bay increases unit life by 5% in addition to increasing armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points
ve

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[22]

This reactor has a larger energy reserve on startup and can hold a much larger charge. Now our specialist units can use their abilities the moment they hit the battlefield, and they can store more energy when idle for long periods of time. All "Specialists units" use energy: such as the medic, ghost, spectre, thor, wraith, banshee, raven, science vessel and battlecruiser.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
ve

Damaged mechanical units recover hit points when out of combat, at a rate of 0.6015 each second.[22]

Our ship and vehicle hulls are now made from a material called Regenerative Bio-Steel. This material uses internal nanobots to slowly repair any damage the hull sustains. While this regeneration process is much slower than conventional SCV repairs, it can be the difference between life and death if no SCVs are available.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Banshees are available to Jim Raynor in Co-op Missions. Nova gains access to advanced Covert banshees, with enhanced health and abilities.

Raynor Upgrades
SC2BansheeCloak
Cloaking Field

Enables banshees to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
ShockwaveMissiles SC2-LotV Icon1
Shockwave Missiles

Upgrade the banshee's attack to fire missiles in a line, dealing splash damage

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 13
Acquisition
Hotkey S
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
IgniteAfterburners SC2 Icon
Afterburners

All vehicles and ships gain the Afterburners ability. Afterburners doubles a unit's movement speed for a short time.

Usage
Hotkey B
Duration 8Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 60Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 11
Acquisition
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
AdvancedOptics SC2 Icon
Advanced Optics

All vehicles and ships gain +1 attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 11
Acquisition
Hotkey B
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve
InfantrySpecialist SC2 Coop Icon
Rapid Recruitment

Raynor's infantry units are able to use Improved Stim. (Increases movement and attack speeds by 75% for 15 seconds at the cost of 5 health.)

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
VanadiumPlating SC2CoopIcon
Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increase the life of affected units in addition to increasing their armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 10.
ve
MercMunitions SC2 Coop Icon
Mercenary Munitions

Increases the attack speed of Raynor's combat units by 15%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 15.
ve

Nova Covert OpsEdit

Banshees are available to Nova starting on mission "Trouble in Paradise". Infested banshees are encountered in the mission "Night Terrors."

Abilities and Upgrades
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Advanced Cloaking

The banshee no longer needs energy to maintain cloaking.

ve
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Internal Tech Module

Unit no longer needs an attached tech lab to be built by production facilities.

ve

Equipped mechanical unit regenerates 10 HP a second when out of combat.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Destroy all zerg hatcheries in "Trouble in Paradise."
ve
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Special Ordnance

Equips banshees with shockwave missile batteries, upgrading their attacks to damage multiple units in a straight line.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Obtain the special weaponry in "In the Enemy's Shadow."
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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,[23] the Banshee was one of the first terran units conceived for StarCraft II, replacing the Wraith.[24] 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.[25] Visually, it hardly diverged from its original conception.[24]

In early builds, the Banshee delivered an area of effect attack, which was removed March 2008.[26] 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.[27] The banshee was also to have an Apollo Reactor upgrade that increased its energy.

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One of the Banshee's early unit profiles

The original portrait was female,[28] but was replaced by a male as of April 2009.[29] By June 2009, the portrait was female again[30] but at some stage, switched back to being male.[31] 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

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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.[32]

Known SquadronsEdit

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A Banshee squadron

Known VariantsEdit

Known PilotsEdit

NotesEdit

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Banshee schematics

  • 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.
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Raynor's Raiders banshee shirt

  • The Night Elf Banshee portrait is available for players who bought StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collectors' Edition.[35] The Banshee Queen portrait is available for players who bought StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm digital deluxe or collectors' edition.[35]

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2007-08-23. Banshee. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 2014-10-10, Banshee Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-10-18
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  30. 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.
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