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"Sir, those are protoss archons. If they get too close our men won't stand a chance!"

Archons can be formed by merging any combination of two high templar and/or dark templar.

Game UnitEdit

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Unit portrait

Against mass air units such as the mutalisks, the archon remains one of the best counters alongside the high templar's psionic storm. Archons are strong against zealots and mutalisks and void rays, and weak against thors, immortals, and ultralisks.

VersusEdit

Archons have no special abilities or energy meter. They also have no type besides "psionic" and "massive", which means that no unit deals extra damage to them with basic attacks.

Upgrades and Abilities

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
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
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
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
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
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Artanis is able to merge his high templar into archons in Co-op Missions. Once Artanis reaches Level 7, his archons are upgraded into high archons, which retain their high templar abilities and gain an energy bar to use them. Researching an ability for Artanis' high templar automatically researches it for archons as well.

Upgrades and Abilities

Psionic Storm deals 80 damage to enemy units in the target area over a short time. Friendly units are not damaged.

Usage
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 4Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 2Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

Drains all energy from a target unit, dealing damage equal to the energy drained.

Usage
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
ve
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Plasma Surge

Increaeses Psionic Storm's range by 50% and range by 2. Psionic Storm restores 50 shields to friendly units in its radius.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 6.
Acquisition
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
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Khaydarin Amulet

Increases the starting energy of high templar and archons by 150.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 6.
Acquisition
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve

DevelopmentEdit

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

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An early archon model

Archons were in the StarCraft II game engine as early as 2006. They were much bigger than their final forms in this build, and were formed by merging three templars together.[1]

The twilight archon existed in early builds. Later on the unit was replaced by the standard archon.[2][3]

During development, the archon underwent a number of visual revisions. Its armor design was one such example, as it had to stand out from the energy effects. The legs[4] and high collar were also removed, in order to give the archon a more fantastical look when compared to normal protoss.[5]

NotesEdit

In the Legacy of the Void single-player campaign, the Tal'darim archon uses the same model as the dark archon.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  2. Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-03-16. StarCraft 2 Korean and Chinese Build Summary. SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-03-18.
  3. Zero. 2009-04-04. My Day at Blizzard. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  4. 2010, SC2: Archon. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20
  5. 2013, Archon Model. DeviantArt, accessed on 2013-03-12