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"Glory to the Daelaam."

- An adept(src)

Adept SC2-LotV Art1

An adept

The adept is a protoss ground ranged unit introduced in Legacy of the Void.

OverviewEdit

Adept SC2-LotV Story1

The adept

An officer class of infantry,[1] adepts are highly-trained battlefield commanders[2] who serve as ranged specialists.[3]

Adepts specialize in dealing with lightly-armored threats.[2] They are lightly armored, as adepts prioritize speed over protection.[1] Armed with glaive cannons and psionic amplifiers,[4] adepts are also well versed in psionic transfer.[3]

HistoryEdit

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An adept

Adepts were originally intended by Hierarch Artanis to replace former Judicator Caste leaders with Templar.[2] By 2505, they were a recent addition to the Daelaam's arsenal, and Dominion Intelligence had recently gained knowledge of their existence, with the Dominion Marine Corps possessing little battlefield experience against them. They were designated as primary targets in the event of any hostile encounter.[1]

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A Purifier adept

Adepts were deployed during the End War, when groups of Templar volunteered to adopt Purifier ordinance refined by Phase-smith Karax. This ordnance allowed the Templar to amplify their psionic potential and project their minds for teleportation while weakening their enemies.[5] Adept ordinance would continue to be used by the Daelaam, but never could reach the optimal performance of Karax's original prototypes.[6]

Game UnitEdit

Adept
Adept SC2-LotV Portrait
Adept SC2-LotV DevRend1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Affiliation

DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Daelaam
Purifiers SC2-LotV Logo1 Purifier (LotV only)
HybridHonors SC2 Decal1 Amon's Forces (Co-op Missions)

Campaign

Legacy of the Void

Armament

Glaive cannon

Properties
Transport
size

2

Sight range

9 (2 in shade form)

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

25
50 (campaign) ProtossVespene SC2 Game1

Psi

2 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

27
38 (campaign) Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Gateway

Movement
Speed

1.79
2.5 (campaign)

Protection
Shields

70
90 (campaign)

Hit points

70
90 (campaign)

Armor

1 SC2ProtUpgrdGrndArm

Type

Biological

Armor type

Light

Glaive Cannon
Damage

10 (+12 vs light)[7]

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.61
1.01 (with resonating glaives)

Range

4

Upgrade/level

+1/+1 vs light SC2ProtUpgrdGrndWeap

Glaive Cannon (Campaign)
Damage

20 (+10 vs light)

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

2.25

Range

5

Upgrade/levels

+2 SC2ProtUpgrdGrndWeap

The adept is a slow-moving[8] core gateway unit with a ground-only ranged attack and normal movement speed. This unit utilizes its psionic transfer ability to teleport to nearby locations.[9] It is designed for harassment.[8] This is especially true against enemy resource lines, especially in the early game, where the adept can bypass base defenses. Adepts do well when paired with zealots, as both have a similar resource cost. The zealot is more durable, while the adept has a stronger ranged attack, especially against light units.

It is intended that the adept serve as a core unit option in mid/late game,[10] taking on roles once held by the zealot and stalker, and in some cases, doing better. Its psionic transfer ability is distinct from the stalker's blink ability, in that blink is more focused on twitch-based micro, while psionic transfer is based on the timing and positioning of the teleport.[9] The adept can be controlled independently from the copy it generates.[11] Use of the psionic shade can help the adept retreat, but if executing a "move" order, the adept will automatically stop to use the shade. Thus, the "move" order will have to be executed again if the adept is to keep retreating.

Legacy of the VoidEdit

In the Legacy of the Void campaign, the adept is one of three variants of the ranged warrior unit that the player can choose in the war council, the other two being dragoon and stalker. It's the only biological unit of that role, and the only biological unit of the Purifier faction.

The adept has higher hit points, move speed, attack damage and range, and resource cost, but lower attack speed, than its multiplayer equivalent. Its attack can also hit air units. Its ability makes enemies take more damage if they are touched by psionic transfer.

AbilitiesEdit
PsionicTransfer SC2-LotV Icon1
Psionic Transfer

Projects an invulnerable psionic image that can move but not attack. After 7 seconds, the adept teleports to the image’s location.[12] The shade may be canceled at any time, and the adept won't teleport.[10] The shade has a sight radius of 2.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cooldown 11Time SC2 Game1
ve
UpgradesEdit
ResonatingGlaives LotV Game1
Resonating Glaives
  • Increases the Adept's attack speed by 45%. [13]
Acquisition
Purchased from Twilight council
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
ve

Increases the attack of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey G
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve

Increases the armor of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

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Purifier adept portrait

Fenix can build adepts in Co-op Missions. His adepts can summon shades that can deal the same damage as their summoned. Fenix can download the Talis champion into one of his adepts, increasing its stats and giving it a bouncing auto attack if researched. Fenix's adepts can attack air and ground units.

Adepts can be utilized by Amon's forces. Their stats are identical to their campaign counterpart, and can also attack both air and ground units.

AbilitiesEdit
CoopAdeptShade SC2 Game1
Psionic Projection

Adept attacks summon an invulnerable Shade that will attack enemies for a short time.

This ability comes automatically researched for Talis.

Usage
Cooldown 5Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Twilight council
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
UpgradesEdit

Increases the attack of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey G
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve

Increases the armor of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
ve

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Adept Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

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

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Concept art

The adept was a protoss unit in early builds of StarCraft II. It was a ranged attacker, but was cut during development for being too similar to the marine.[14]

During the Legacy of the Void beta, adepts had an upgrade which gave their attack bounce damage. It was removed as it wasn't generating the "micro interactions" Blizzard was hoping for.

It received a buff to its health as it was weaker in gameplay than the developers had anticipated.

Blizzard has considered allowing an option to trigger when the adept teleports per its psionic transfer ability. However, they feel that doing so will make it too similar to the stalker's blink ability.[10]

Removed UpgradesEdit

Charge SC2-LotV Icon1
Shield Upgrade

Increases the adept's shields by 50.

Acquisition
Hotkey S
ve

Known AdeptsEdit

TriviaEdit

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Purifier adept

A purifier adept skin is available for StarCraft II players who purchase the digital deluxe or collector's edition of Legacy of the Void.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Adept, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-12-01
  3. 3.0 3.1 Legacy of the Void Units, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-04-18
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 31, 2015
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War Council interface (in English). 2015-11-10.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  7. 2016-01-29, Legacy of the Void Balance Update -- January 29, 2016. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-01-30
  8. 8.0 8.1 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blizzard Entertainment. 2015-03-18. Legacy of the Void Beta Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2015-03-18.
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BetaUpdate
  11. 2015-03-19, StarCraft II: Legacy of The Void Beta Starts March 31. The Escapist, accessed on 2015-03-21
  12. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  13. 2015-10-02, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- October 2, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-10-03
  14. . Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzcon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Multiplayer Panel
  15. Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void - Collector's Edition, Amazon.com. Accessed on 2015-03-13