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"We are bound by the Chain of Ascension. But through Rak'shir we find ascension."

- Ascendant(src)

Ascendant SC2-LotV Portrait

An ascendant

An ascendant is a high-ranking Tal'darim, in contrast with a low ranking Tal'darim such as a votary. They are a high templar variant available in the campaign of Legacy of the Void.

Overview Edit

"Alarak has brought his ascendants into our fold. They are fierce, but strong."

- Grand Preserver Rohana(src)

Ascendants climb the Chain of Ascension by killing, directly or otherwise, their superiors in Rak'Shir duels. Ascendants are only second to the highlord in the Chain. The lower an ascendant's title, the higher their rank (e.g. First Ascendant is of higher rank than Second Ascendant).[1] After years of absorbing terrazine and having the advantage of using their supplicants' essence, they become very powerful.[2]

Ascendants often dare one another to disable and commandeer an active colossus. If one succeeds, the Tal'darim gain a powerful war machine. If not, a rival ascendant has been eliminated. The most cunning ascendants utilize observers to spy on one another, in addition to the Tal'darim's enemies.[3]

Game UnitEdit

Legacy of the VoidEdit

Ascendants appear in Legacy of the Void as a variant of the high templar. They are the Tal'darim faction option in the "psionic warrior" category, alongside the high templar and the dark archon. The ascendant's offensive abilities are Psionic Orb and Mind Blast, which do heavy damage to enemies, and it has the support ability Sacrifice, which allows it to drain life from an ally to restores its own energy.

The ascendant's primary advantage over the high templar is Sacrifice, which it can use to quickly restore its energy. This lets the ascendant be ready for combat right after warping in without needing to wait to store up energy. This also makes the ascendant powerful for prolonged conflicts, able to keep its energy reserves high to use its abilities liberally. Otherwise, Psionic Orb's potency versus Psionic Storm is circumstantial, and Mind Blast is a powerful single-target ability, both of which make the ascendant more offensive than the high templar, while the latter has Plasma Surge to support allies in combat.

If the player uses ascendants, the Spear of Adun's Reconstruction Beam ability is useful, as the ascendant can use Sacrifice on mechanical units and then Reconstruction Beam will heal them. Otherwise, sentinels and avengers are good targets for Sacrifice, since they can use their abilities to rejuvenate.

AbilitiesEdit

Fires an orb of psionic energy forward, dealing 10 damage a second to all enemies in its path.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 2Time SC2 Game1
ve

Deals 200 damage to target enemy unit.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
ve

Drains target friendly unit to 1 HP and restores user's energy by 2 points for each point of damage done. Does not affect shields.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cooldown 10Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Ascendants can be built by Alarak in Co-op Missions. They are unlocked at Level 8 and further upgrades are unlocked for them at Level 12.

AbilitiesEdit

Fires an orb of psionic energy forward, dealing 10 damage a second to all enemies in its path.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 2Time SC2 Game1
ve
MindBlast SC2-LotV Icon1
Mind Blast

Deals 200 damage to target enemy unit.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Range 13
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Alarak Level 8
Acquisition
Purchased from Ascendant archives
Hotkey D
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

Sacrifices nearby supplicant and fully restores the user's energy. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cooldown 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

UpgradesEdit

SC2 Alarak AC - PowerOverwhelming
Power Overwhelming

The ascendant permanently gains +100 max shields and +25% ability damage each time it uses Sacrifice. Stacks up to ten times.

The ascendant's appearance changes slightly each time, but an icon appears when the ascendant is selected.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Alarak Level 12
Acquisition
Purchased from Ascendant archives
Hotkey H
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 Alarak AC - ChaoticAtunement
Chaotic Atunement

Increases range of Psionic Orb by 25%

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Alarak Level 12
Acquisition
Purchased from Ascendant archives
Hotkey K
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Ascendant Quotations

Known AscendantsEdit

The following is a list of ascendants, grouped by their most recent rank:

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brooks, Robert. "Ascension." (Oct. 01, 2015). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Ascension Accessed 2015-10-01.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War Council interface (in English). 2015-11-10.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017