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Battlecruiser
Battlecruiser SC1 CineInauguration1
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy
SonsOfKorhal SC1 Logo1 Sons of Korhal
TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders
UnitedEarthDirectorate SC1 Logo1 United Earth Directorate

Role

Heavy Command Ship

Armament
  • Burst laser batteries
  • Yamato gun
Protection

Neosteel

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Size

Large

Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

300 Gas Terran SC1

Supply

6 Supply Terran SC1

Build time

160 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Requires
Hotkey

B

Protection
Hit points

500

Armor

3

Combat
Ground attack
  • 25 (+3 per upgrade) (lasers)
  • 260LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1 (Yamato gun)
Air attack
  • 25 (+3 per upgrade) (lasers)
  • 260LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1 (Yamato gun)
Cooldown

30

Attack range
  • 6 (lasers)
  • 10 (Yamato gun)

The battlecruiser is the major terran air unit.

The unit was voiced by Chris Metzen.[1]

Game UnitEdit

Battlecruiser SC1 Game1

Unit sprite

The terran Behemoth-class battlecruiser has a staggering 500 hit points; no other standard game unit tops this margin. This makes the battlecruiser the only non-hero unit in the game able to withstand a nuclear strike, which do 500 damage thus allowing the battlecruiser to survive with minimal HP. Their laser batteries can inflict 25 base points of normal damage to air or ground targets. The battlecruiser's attack kills zerg scourge with one shot, and in groups they can shoot down flocks of scourge with minimal damage. In large groups, battlecruisers can quickly decimate enemy troops even in inferior numbers, and are a force to be reckoned with. However, they are very expensive and slow to build, and are only potent in groups. Alone, battlecruisers are easily destroyed.

There are several effective counters against battlecruisers. Spell-casters can quickly cripple them with abilities like Lockdown, Psionic Storm and Plague, specially if the battlecruisers are stacked. Dark archons can use Feedback to quickly deplete the energy of battlecruisers in quick succession, preventing them from using their Yamato Guns and causing heavy damage. Goliaths, wraiths and scouts can defeat battlecruisers in large numbers due to their strong anti-air attacks. Devourers are useful counters with its corrosive acid, making battlecruisers more vulnerable to mutalisks and hydralisks. The defiler's Dark Swarm allows hydralisks to attack battlecruisers without fear, and the queen can use Ensnare to hamper their movement and attack rates, which are slow in the first place.

Battlecruiser SC1 Head

Unit profile

The slow speed of the battlecruiser makes it difficult to disengage if a battle makes a turn for the worst, or to extract a damaged ship for repair. Carriers should not be used against battlecruisers as the interceptors individually do little damage to the battlecruiser's armor, and the battlecruiser's Yamato Gun can quickly deplete half a carrier's health, leaving them weakened against the battlecruiser's superior firepower. Similarly, marines, corsairs and valkyries do low damage and so are not as effective as other units due to the battlecruiser's high armor.

AbilitiesEdit

The Yamato Gun is a powerful weapon that focuses a nuclear explosion into a beam using magnetic fields. It deals 260 damage.

Usage
Hotkey Y
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1
Range 10
Acquisition
Purchased from Physics lab
Hotkey Y
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
YamatoGun SC1 CineInauguration1

Firing the Yamato Gun

UpgradesEdit

  • +1 bonus to attack per level for Wraith ground attack and Valkyrie attack.
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for Wraith air attack
  • +3 bonus to attack per level for battlecruiser attack
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey H
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 Science facility
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
InterColReact Terran SC1 Colossus Reactor
  • Increases battlecruiser maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases battlecruiser starting energy from 50 to 62.5.
Acquisition
Purchased from Physics lab
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1
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QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft Battlecruiser Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

During the StarCraft beta, battle cruisers were once also equipped with a pair of Nova cannons.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chris Metzen (2009). BlizzCon Panel. BlizzCon 2009. YouTube. Accessed 2010-06-07.
  2. Beta. StarCraft Evolution. Accessed 2011-08-18.

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