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- Arbiter pilot(src)

Arbiter
Arbiter SC1 Art1
Latest sighting

2500

Physical
Race

Protoss

Type

Psionic warship

Propulsion

2 engines

Armaments

Phase disruptor cannon

Political
Role

Judicator sanctum
Psionic warfare support

Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)
Various passengers (optional)

The Arbiter is a protoss warship specializing in providing psychic support.

OverviewEdit

"The legendary arbiter vessels have been reconstructed due to our great need. They can be deployed at your discretion."

- Rohana(src)

Arbiter SC1 CineReturnAiur1

An Arbiter in Aiur's orbit

Arbiters were crewed exclusively by Judicators, unlike other warships that were manned predominantly by Templar. The Judicator used the Arbiter as a base to provide support using space-time manipulation.[1]

The Judicator could generate a large reality-warping field that served to conceal nearby friendly units. The Arbiter had to remain firmly anchored in space-time to generate the field and so was not concealed. Arbiters could weaken space-time, tearing rifts in the fabric of space-time, creating a vortex linking another location to the Arbiter's location. This could be used to move personnel and supplies over long distances. On the other hand Arbiters could also strengthen space-time and create discrete pockets of space-time, trapping objects and preventing those objects from interacting with objects outside of their pockets.[1]

Despite troop transport usually being left to shuttles,[1] Arbiters were capable of transporting forces within their holds, including dragoons.[2]

After the Judicator Caste was eliminated from the Protoss power structure, the Arbiter quickly fell into disuse. When the protoss fled Aiur to Shakuras, the Arbiters were lost along with Aiur.[3] In 2506, the Daelaam recovered the Spear of Adun from Aiur. The construction details for building the arbiters were still in the ship's databanks, and they were redeployed to serve in the End War.[4]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Arbiter
Arbiter SC1 HeadAnim1
Arbiter SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Support Starship

Armament

Phase disruptor cannon

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Size

Large

Sight range

9

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

350 Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

4 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

160 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Requires

Arbiter tribunal

Hotkey

A

Movement
Speed

5

Protection
Shields

150

Hit points

200

Armor

1

Combat
Ground attack

10LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Air attack

10LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown

45

Attack range

5

Arbiter SC1 Game2

Wireframe

The Arbiter is a high cost support unit. It relies on fairly high shield and hit point strength to survive, rather than its low powered direct attack.

It has a passive cloaking field that cloaks all nearby friendly units, but not itself. A popular strategy is to attach Arbiters and observers to a carrier group. The carriers attack from under the cloak, and ward off attacks on the uncloaked Arbiters.

The Recall ability offers a powerful means of strategic movement. Arbiters may use Recall to teleport forces into an enemy base, circumventing any defenses.

AbilitiesEdit

Cloaking Field

The Arbiter cloaks all nearby friendly units except for Arbiters. The cloak is disabled under Lockdown.

Usage
Range 5
Duration ConstantTime SC2 Game1
Recall Icon SC1 Recall

The Arbiter teleports a group of friendly units in a 5 x 5 area to its location. Note that burrowed zerg units are immune to this ability, but siege tanks on siege mode can be recalled.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1
Acquisition
Purchased from Arbiter tribunal
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 12Time SC2 Game1
StasisField Icon SC1 Stasis Field

The Arbiter can prevent units in a targeted area (3 x 3) from moving, attacking, or using special abilities. Trapped units may not be attacked or affected by special abilities.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Duration Approximately 40 secondsTime SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Arbiter tribunal
Hotkey S
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1

UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey W
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
Level =Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
KhaydarinCore Icon SC1 Khaydarin Core
  • Increases maximum Arbiter energy by 50.
  • Increases arbiter starting energy form 50 to 62.
Acquisition
Purchased from Arbiter tribunal
Hotkey K
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1

StarCraft IIEdit

Arbiter
Arbiter SC2-LotV Portrait
Sc2 arbiter
Unit
Race

Protoss

Affiliation

Khalai SC2-LotV Logo1 Khalai

Role

Capital support ship

Armament

Warpspace cannon

Properties
Maximum energy

200 Energy Terran SC1

Sight range

9

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

300 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1

Psi

4 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

55 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Hotkey

V

Movement
Speed

2.25

Protection
Shields

200

Shield
regen/second

2

Hit points

150

Armor

0 SC2ProtUpgrdAirArm

Type
Armor type

Armored

Warpspace Cannon
Damage

10

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1.5

Range

6

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2ProtUpgrdAirWeap

Arbiters are playable in the campaign of Legacy of the Void as a choice for an assault ship, along with the void ray and destroyer. The arbiter retains its cloaking field, recall, and stasis field abilities. The arbiter is much more of a support craft than the void ray and destroyer, but its abilities remain effective when used correctly. Recall is of particular importance as the campaign does not allow the player to use warp prisms or other transports, making Recall the only reliable way to remotely move forces around the map. While the mothership is also available in the campaign, the player is still limited to one, but may have multiple arbiters.

AbilitiesEdit

Recall SC2-LotV Icon1 Recall

Teleports all allied units in area of effect to the user.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
ve
StasisField SC2-LotV Icon1 Stasis Field

Traps enemies in area of effect in stasis for duration. Units in stasis cannot move, attack, be attacked, use abilities, or be affected by abilities.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
ve
CloakingField SC2 Icon1 Cloaking Field

Cloaks allied units in range 5 of the user.

Usage
Passive
ve

QuotationsEdit

For StarCraft in-game quotations See: StarCraft Arbiter Quotations
For StarCraft II in-game quotations See: StarCraft II Arbiter Quotations

Known ArbitersEdit

Arbiter VariantsEdit

Known Arbiter CrewEdit

TriviaEdit

An arbiter (or arbitrator) is an individual whose decision the parties to a dispute agree to be bound in arbitration. This could be said to be representative of the Judicator Caste.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  3. Chris Metzen, StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. SC:L Metzen Interview - Lore Exclusive. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War Council interface (in English). 2015-11-10.


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