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A command center on Korhal

Command centers are the core of every terran outpost.

OverviewEdit

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A command center (post-Brood War)

Command centers, or "command posts",[1] were designed to be roving resource processors for Confederate prospectors. The command center can up stakes and move on to new mineral or vespene deposits. They also have the ability to manufacture SCVs and serve as the return point for mining vehicles. With pressed metal plates,[2] command centers are heavily armored and sturdy, though are slow moving whilst in flight, where they are at their most vulnerable.[3]

Structurally, the command center is as wide as it is tall (3 stories), easily identifiable from a distance through its flashing beacons. Massive repulsor landing claws support the main bulk of the structure with external ablative plates reinforcing the main hull. Observation towers, antennae, sensor domes and other similar devices are situated above the center proper. Processors are also maintained to process resources, taking up the bulk of the command center's external space.[4] Command centers may be relocated using jump-jets, but must shut down all other systems to move.[1]

After the Brood War, the command center design underwent expansion, including extra bay facilities to carry a number of SCVs while the command center is in transit. This facilitates rapid exploitation of fresh mineral fields or vespene pockets, as well as supplying a handy shelter for the SCVs in case of enemy action. In addition, the increasing use of command centers in combat zones has also led to the development of standard schematics for upgrading them to a dedicated military role,[5] a change from previous standards where command centers featured minimal staff and defenses.[1] Two such military variants of the command center were the ATVX orbital command, designed for surveillance and asset management, and the Ares planetary fortress, designed for planetary warfare.[5]

Command centers of the Second Great War were equipped with Atlas boosters. The boosters could not lift the more massive planetary fortress.[6]

InteriorEdit

BunksEdit

In some commander centers, bunks and a holo are located inside for rest and recuperation.[7]

Command BayEdit

The command bay is the first point of call for anyone entering the command center.[4] Standard operating procedure is for security checks and armor removal to occur for those entering.[7]

InfirmaryEdit

The infirmary is located at one of the command center's lower levels. It is arguably the most well protected section of the command center, encased by the structure proper and set within its exact middle. However, command center infirmaries lack advanced equipment and only really function as a first-aid station, a place to keep an injured soldier alive long enough so that he/she can reach better facilities in time. Water is supplied via a basin and multiple bunks are present, which feature straps should a patient have to be restrained.[4]

Observation DeckEdit

The observation deck is accessed via a lift. It includes a waiting area and the commander's office.[8]

Operations RoomEdit

The operations room is situated at the very top of a command center. A ring of transteel windows surrounds the entire room, allowing an officer to look in all directions from the structure. The centerpiece is the command island however, a raised circular platform situated in the room's center. From here, command staff monitor activities of a base and the operations room itself. Various consoles are located below the island, specifically monitoring the aspects of a base. It is also from the operations room that general radio traffic can be monitored and answered.[4] Security codes are stored here.[7]

Reactor CoreEdit

The reactor core provides power to the command center via fusion. This leads to a warm floor and a steamy environment due to the heat generated. It is located in the dark, lower depths of the structure, accessible via service ladders. It has a main bay.[7]

SCV Maintenance BayEdit

The SCV maintenance bay is located above the command bay, squeezed between the processors. In truth, it is something of a misnomer, as fabricators can create SCVs from scratch.[4]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Command Center
CommandCenter SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Terran

Role

Foundation building

Production
Minerals

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Supply

Provides 10 Supply Terran SC1

Build time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

SCV

Protection
Hit points

1500

Armor

1

Function
Add-ons
Produces

SCV

Allows

The command center is the most durable base building without upgrading and can lift off, allowing it to fly into better positions. A commonly used tactic is to construct a command center in a defended area, and then fly it to another resource node to begin another base. However, like all other terran buildings, the terran command center will literally burn to the ground when lower than about 35% HP. Another dangerous weakness is the fact that command centers are able to be infested by zerg queens, resulting in an infested command center which creates explosive infested terrans.[3]

A command center can build a ComSat station or nuclear silo add on. It can only use one at a time but can switch back and forth between them.[3]

AbilitiesEdit

This structure can lift off, enabling it to fly. It cannot produce units or conduct research while in flight, and must leave add-ons behind.

The command center can add a ComSat station to itself, giving the terran player the ability to use scanner sweep. This prevents the command center from building a nuclear silo.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 Gas Terran SC1 40Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Required Academy

The command center can add a nuclear silo to itself, giving ghosts the ability to use nuclear strike. This prevents the command center from building a ComSat station.

Usage
Hotkey N
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Required Science facility with attached covert ops

StarCraft IIEdit

Command Center
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Structure
Race

Terran

Role

Foundation building

Transport
capacity

5 SCVs (10 with Neosteel Frame) NeosteelFrame SC2 Game1

Production
Minerals

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Supply

11 (WoL/HotS)
15 (LotV)[9] TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

SCV

Requires

None

Hotkey

C

Protection
Hit points

1500

Armor

1

Type
Armor type

Armored

Function
Upgrades to
Produces

SCV

Allows

In StarCraft II, the command center may garrison SCVs for the workers' transportation or protection. Three aft thrusters and four ventral thrusters power the structure in flight.

AbilitiesEdit

This structure can lift off, enabling it to fly. It cannot produce units or conduct research while in flight, and must leave add-ons behind.

Usage
Hotkey L
Cost 2 (for lifting off and landing)Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 Load-Unload icon Load SCVs

The command center or planetary fortress may load and unload five SCV's. This may be done while a command center is in flight. The number of SCV's is increased to ten with Neosteel Frames.

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TransformationEdit
OrbCommand SC2 Icon1 Transform Command Center to Orbital Command

The command center can transform into an orbital command. The transformation is irreversible.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 35Time SC2 Game1 Command center
ve
SC2 Lab PlanetFortress Icon Transform Command Center to Planetary Fortress

The command center can transform into an planetary fortress. The transformation is irreversible.

Usage
Hotkey P
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 50Time SC2 Game1 Command center
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UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 140Time SC2 Game1
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Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey N
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of LibertyEdit

Upgrades all command centers to orbital commands.[10]

ATVX now manufactures a satellite comlink that can reveal unexplored areas on the map. The conlink can also call down a MULE. A MULE gathers much faster than an SCV and can produce a major surge in mineral production. Because it is a prototype, the MULE will come apart after a short period of time, but it is still well worth the cost.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $125,000
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SC2 Lab CC Reactor Icon Command Center Reactor

Command centers and planetary fortresses can build two SCVs at the same time.[11]

We now have the ability to train two SCVs simultaneously, allowing our early mineral and vespene production to ramp up twice as quickly. This breakthrough, made possibly by recent insights into protoss containment fields, should help us get a stronger foothold early in future missions.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 15 protoss research points
ve
AbilitiesEdit

The orbital command has the ability to temporarily clear the fog of war and detect all cloaked units within the target area, analogous to the ComSat station in StarCraft.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 12Time SC2 Game1
ve
MULECalldown SC2 Icon1 Calldown: MULE

An orbital command summons one MULE via drop pod. If the ability is targeted on a mineral patch the MULE will begin mining automatically. The ability may be used only on areas uncovered by the fog of war.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
UpgradesEdit

Enables command centers and orbital commands to transform into a planetary fortress.[6]

We can now outfit the command center with the twin Ibiks cannon and additional structure plating. Please note that this upgrade, nicknamed the planetary fortress, must be triggered after the command center has been built. Also note that a command center that has been upgraded to a planetary fortress can no longer lift off because the added weight is too much for the command center's atlas boosters.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 10 zerg research points
ve
FireSuppression SC2 DevGame1 Fire Suppression System

All structures repair themselves to 50% life. All structure fires are automatically put out.

This all-in-one safety system automatically dispatches robotic drones to put out any fires and perform basic repairs on damaged structures. Although these drones are effective at doing basic repairs, they do not have a strong enough AI to perform the more delicate repairs needed to restore a structure past half life.[12]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $90,000
ve
OrbitalCommand SC2 Rend1

Orbital command model

DevelopmentEdit

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

The command center was a solid month of work in StarCraft II. Design decisions constantly changed the landscape of the multiplayer art needs in the game, and when the dust settled, the revision was a monster task. Designing its planetary fortress and orbital command variants required even more planning.[13]

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

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A command center in Heroes of the Storm

Command centers appeared in early builds of Heroes of the Storm.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grubb, Jeff (February 27, 2001). StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04148-7.
  2. McNeill, Graham (December 30, 2008). StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-1-4165-5083-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hickman, Tracy (May 21, 2002). StarCraft: Speed of Darkness. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04150-9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blizzard Entertainment staff. SC2 Command Center. Accessed on 2008-11-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Waugh, James. "Changeling." (November 18, 2009). Blizzard Entertainment. Changeling: A Short Story by James Waugh Accessed 2009-11-18.
  8. Dietz, William C. (April 6, 2010). StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
  9. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  13. 2011, Terran Command Center. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-05-30
  14. 2014-05-21, Blizzard set out to make a StarCraft mod, and instead reinvented gaming's most popular genre. Polygon, accessed on 2014-05-22

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