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Historical
Earliest sighting

2499

Race

Protoss

Type

Capital ship

Propulsion

Numerous engines

Armaments

Energy beam

FTL

Yes (warp space)

Political
Role
  • Command ship
  • Transport
  • Flagship

The carrier is a protoss heavy air unit.

OverviewEdit

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A carrier during the Great War

Carriers are large, heavily armored and shielded warships. They form the core of the Great Fleet, serving as command centers for fleet commanders,[1] though some terrans think this position will be taken by the void ray.[2]

Carriers have forward mounted energy weapons used for purification[3][4]; they lack other armament beyond interceptors. The computer-controlled Interceptors are unleashed in swarms against other ships in battle.[1] The hangers may also carry other craft such as scouts and arbiters. Carriers possess psychic boosters for communication.[5]

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A downed carrier

Carriers may make warp space jumps[6] and can operate in both atmospheric and deep space conditions.[5] Carrier commanders have private quarters.[5]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Carrier
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Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Heavy Command Ship

Armament

Interceptors

Properties
Size

Large

Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

350 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

250 Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

6 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

140 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Requires

Fleet beacon

Hotkey

C

Movement
Speed

3.33

Protection
Shields

150

Hit points

300

Armor

4

Combat
Attack range

8

Carrier SC1 HeadBord

Unit portrait

The carrier is less durable than the battlecruiser, however it accelerates much faster. Forcibly recalling its interceptors and releasing them again may extend interceptor life and save resources since interceptors are automatically repaired upon returning. Interceptors self-destruct if their parent carrier is destroyed. If a carrier is disabled (for example, through Lockdown), its interceptors will return to the carrier and only resume attacking once the carrier becomes active again.[7]

Terrans may disable carriers using the ghost's Lockdown. Two battlecruisers with Yamato cannon can destroy a carrier. Valkyries may clear out interceptors with their splash damage attack.

Zerg have a wider range of anti-carrier abilities. The defiler's Plague and Dark Swarm are useful as carriers and interceptors tend to bunch up; Plague-affected interceptors return to carriers for repairs and remain docked until Plague wears off. The queen's Ensnare radically reduces interceptor rate of fire, and hampers the withdrawal of both interceptors and carriers. Scourge may be used against small groups of carriers, but are countered by corsairs.

Protoss may use the high templar's Psionic Storm.

Carriers may use terrain to kite; this may reduce vulnerability to anti-air structures and units.

AbilitiesEdit

Build Interceptor
Usage
Minerals

25 Minerals Terran SC1

Activation/
Build Time

18 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

I

Notes

The carrier can create up to four interceptors (eight with the Carrier Capacity upgrade).

UpgradesEdit

AirArmor SC1 Upgrd1 Air Armor
Researched at

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

225 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Fleet beacon

Notes
PlasmaShield SC1 Upgrd1 Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

400 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Cybernetics core

Notes
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
CarrierCapacity SC1 Upgrd1 Carrier Capacity
Researched at

Fleet beacon

Hotkey

C

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases the number of interceptors carriers can hold at once by 4 (to 8).

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft Carrier Quotations

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

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A carrier in Ghost

Carriers were to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.[8]

StarCraft IIEdit

Carrier
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Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Capital ship

Armament

Interceptors

Properties
Sight range

12

Production
Minerals

350 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

250 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1

Psi

6 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Requires

Fleet beacon

Hotkey

C

Movement
Speed

1.875

Acceleration

1.063

Lateral
acceleration

46.0625

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

1.25

Protection
Shields

150

Shield
regen/second

2

Hit points

300

Armor

2 SC2ProtUpgrdAirArm

Type
Armor type

Armored

Launch interceptors
Cooldown

0.5

Range

8

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

2000

Production
score

1000

Carriers re-appear in StarCraft II. Its in-game appearances also include being the protoss boss in Lost Viking. Carriers are less costly than the motherships and the battlecruisers but take 120 seconds to warp in. Compared to in StarCraft, the carrier starts with 4 interceptors when it's warped in and doesn't need the Interceptor Capacity upgrade, saving time and resources on enhancing interceptor numbers. As in SC1, interceptors self-destruct when their parent carrier is destroyed; they are not adopted by other carriers.

AbilitiesEdit

Interceptor SC2 Icon1 Build Interceptor
Usage
Minerals

25 Minerals Terran SC1

Activation/
Build Time

15 seconds Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

I

Notes

The carrier is produced with four interceptors. Carriers may produce up to eight interceptors as an auto-cast ability.

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UpgradesEdit

GravitonCatapault SC2 Game1 Graviton Catapult
Researched at

Fleet beacon

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Launch interceptors faster.

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SC2 ProAirArm Air Armor
Researched at

Cybernetics Core

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

225 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases protoss air unit armor.

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SC2 ProShields Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

225 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
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DevelopmentEdit

Main article: Carrier/Development

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Carrier Quotations

Known CarriersEdit

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A carrier

VariantsEdit

Known Carrier CommandersEdit

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A carrier commander

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Void Ray. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  3. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio, Mike S. Miller, Carlos D'Anda (p, i). "StarCraft #6" StarCraft 1 (6) (November 25, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  4. Grubb, Jeff (February 27, 2001). StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04148-7.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  6. Grubb, Jeff (February 27, 2001). StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04148-7.
  7. Carrier. StarCraft Compendium Protoss Strategy. Accessed 2007-09-10.
  8. Ghost Units, StarCraft Freak. Accessed on 2011-12-25

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