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Battlecruiser
Battlecruiser SC2 HeadAnim1
Battlecruiser SC2 Rend1
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders
MirasMercs SC2 Logo1 Mira's Marauders

Role

Powerful warship

Armament
  • ATA laser batteries
  • ATS laser batteries
Protection

Neosteel[1]

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Energy
regen/second

0.5625

Sight range

12

Production
Minerals

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

300 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

6 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

90
110 (WoL campaign) Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Requires
Hotkey

B

Movement
Speed

1.875

Acceleration

1

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

1.25

Protection
Hit points

550

Armor

3 SC2TerrShipArm

Type
  • Air
  • Massive
  • Mechanical
Armor type

Armored

ATS laser batteries
Damage

8

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

0.225

Range

6

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2TerrShipWeap

ATA laser batteries
Damage

6

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

0.225

Range

6

Upgrade/levels

+1 SC2TerrShipWeap

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

2400

Production
score

1200

The battlecruiser is the toughest terran aerial unit.

OverviewEdit

The battlecruiser fires multiple relatively low damage shots, with the anti-ground attack being more powerful than the anti-air attack. This makes the unit better able to handle groups of weaker, low armor, units. In turn, the battlecruiser's high armor makes it less susceptible to weak attacks. This makes them good against marines, hydralisks, mutalisks, and sentries. However, they are weaker against vikings, corruptors, and void rays.

The Yamato Cannon out ranges defensive structures and may be used to clear out defenses. It may also be used to soften up tougher units or thin enemy ranks quickly. This is especially useful in numbers against void rays, potentially eliminating several before they can charge up.

AbilitiesEdit

YamatoCannon SC2 Icon1 Yamato Cannon
Usage
Energy

100 Energy Terran SC1

Range

10

Activation/
Build Time

3 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

Y

Notes

Blasts a target with a devastating plasma cannon, causing 300 damage.

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UpgradesEdit

SC2Yamato Weapon Refit
Acquisition
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Researched at

Fusion core

Hotkey

R

Notes

Analogous to StarCraft's "Yamato Gun". Adds a large central gun to the bow. Prior to firing, the "head" splits apart, and the 'neck' recoils when the weapon is fired. Does 300 damage to any target they hit.

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BehemothReactor SC2 Game1 Behemoth Reactor
Researched at

Fusion core

Hotkey

B

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the starting energy of the battlecruiser by 25.

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Wings of LibertyEdit

SC2 TerrAirArm Terran Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

P

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

225 Gas Terran SC1

300 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

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SC2 TerrAirWeap Terran Ship Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

S

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the damage of terran air units.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

SC2 TerrVehWeap Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

E

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

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SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

V

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

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Wings of Liberty CampaignEdit

Battlecruisers are unlocked by playing the "Maw of the Void" mission, available after Valerian Mengsk gave them to Raynor's Raiders in order to accomplish the mission.[2]

UpgradesEdit

BattlecruiserDefensiveMatrix SC2 Rend2

The defensive matrix

MissilePod SC2 Icon1 Missile Pods
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$140,000

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion armory

Usage
Energy

125 Energy Terran SC1

Hotkey

E

Notes

The battlecruiser fires a volley of missiles which deal 40 splash damage (+50 damage to light units) to air units.

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DefensiveMatrix SC2 Icon1 Defense Matrix
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$150,000

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion armory

Usage
Energy

100 Energy Terran SC1

Duration

20 Time SC2 Game1

Cooldown

20 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

D

Notes

The battlecruiser produces a shield which absorbs 200 damage. The ability is not smartcast.

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SC2 Lab Ultra Capacitors Icon Ultra Capacitors
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Attack upgrades at the armory and engineering bay improved cooldown by 5% per level. Self-replicating ultra capacitors reduce the reload time of weapons and systems.[3]

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SC2 Lab VanPlating Icon Vanadium Plating
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Armor upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increase health by 5% per level. Vanadium better disperses weapon impacts than standard armor.[3]

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SC2 Lab BioSteel Icon Regenerative Bio-Steel
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Damaged ships and vehicles recover hit points over time.[4]

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SC2 Lab CellReactor Icon Cellular Reactor
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[4]

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DevelopmentEdit

Battlecruiser SC2 Head1

Unit profile

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Battlecruiser Quotations

The quotes and voice can be compared to Captain Henry Gloval of Robotech.

NotesEdit

In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, battlecruisers appear as level 3 mini-bosses in the Lost Viking arcade game.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Battlecruiser-StarCraft II. Accessed on 2008-02-12
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Maw of the Void (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Lost Viking (in English). 2010.

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