The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

Battlecruiser SC2 DevGame1

Early render

The battlecruiser was deemed to be an essential unit from StarCraft and as such, it was deemed that it should return for its sequel.[1] However, the battlecruiser was rarely seen in competitive StarCraft matches, while StarCraft II was to be designed specifically around skill-based e-sports. Dustin Browder and David Kim looked for ways to replace the battlecruiser because of this, but had no luck. The battlecruiser was considered so iconic that making the unit smaller or faster would change its identity.[2]

The battlecruiser used to fire multiple laser bolts,[3][4] each inflicting low damage.[5] This attack could only target one unit,[6] but once a target was dead, the rest of the blasts immediately moved to the next target,[4] thus wasting no attack on any already-dead target.


The battlecruiser's abilities have undergone some changes in development, such as replacing its Plasma Torpedo ability with a Missile Barrage ability.[6] This was changed as the plasma torpedoes did splash damage, thus overlapping with the role of the siege tank.[7]

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Firing plasma torpedoes

  • Plasma Torpedoes: An area-of-effect air-to-ground weapon which dealt damage over time[8] and was effective against weak swarming units (like marines and zerglings).[9] It added multiple small barrels to the front of the ship's hammerhead.[10]

Abilities Removed By BetaEdit

Weapon Refit[11]

A battlecruiser will have the choice of being upgraded with either the Yamato Cannon, the Missile Barrage attack, or the Defensive Matrix, but cannot have more than one. Once one has been chosen, the battlecruiser may not switch.[12][8] The upgrades are made individually (by selecting the battlecruiser).[13] Upgrading the battlecruiser is very quick.[14]

Cost 150[11] Minerals Terran SC1 150[11] Gas Terran SC1 60[15][14]Time SC2 Game1

The weapon options other than the Yamato Cannon were removed from multiplayer by the beta. Blizzard found players rarely used the other options, and so they needlessly added complexity. However, they will be available in single-player.[16] The Weapons Refit upgrade name was recycled for the Yamato Cannon upgrade.

Each version of the battlecruiser was treated as a different unit for UI purposes; double clicking on a Yamato-equipped battlecruiser would select all such battlecruisers but would not select battlecruisers with the Missile Barrage upgrade.[17][18]

Defensive MatrixEdit

Creates a temporary 200 hit point shield around the ship.

This ability is not smartcast.

Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 20Time SC2 Game1

Missile BarrageEdit

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Missile Barrage

An area-of-effect weapon which deals damage to air units.[11] It does not damage friendly units.[19]

Cost 150[20] Energy Terran SC1

These abilities appeared in the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign.[21]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

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

Battlecruiser HotS Game1

Two battlecruisers, the one on the lower right is using Redline Reactor

During development, the battlecruiser temporarily gained the Redline Reactor ability.[22] This "doubles movement speed and increases acceleration of the Battlecruiser for 6 seconds".[23] and was intended to enhance mobility in the late-game.[24] The ability cost 100 energy[23] and had a cooldown.[25] The ability was removed later in development.[26]

The battlecruiser was going to do extra damage against ground (+10 rather than +8), but it remained 8 damage to ground upon release. [27]

"Battlecruiser interceptors" are mentioned in Heart of the Swarm beta files.[28]

Legacy of the VoidEdit

With Patch 3.8.0, battlecruisers had their energy bars removed. In addition, the colossus reactor upgrade was also removed.[29]

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Behemoth Reactor

Increases the starting energy of the battlecruiser by 25.

Purchased from Fusion core
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1


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  28. Blizzard Entertainment. Heart of the Swarm beta Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). September 4, 2012
  29. Patch 3.8. Accessed 2016-11-27.