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"The sky is my battlefield."

- A corsair pilot(src)

Corsair
Corsair SC1 Art1
Historical
Earliest sighting

2500

Latest sighting

2506

Physical
Race

Protoss

Type

Anti-air fighter

Armaments

Twin neutron flare guns
Disruption web

Political
Affiliation

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Nerazim
DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Daelaam

Role

Escort

Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The corsair is a protoss anti-air-fighter spacecraft.[1]

OverviewEdit

Corsair SC-FM Art1

The corsair

The corsair is a fast, and agile medium sized warship, built by the Dark Templar.[2]

Corsairs are armed with twin neutron flares to attack ships,[1] and are strictly anti-air weapons.[3] Additionally, corsair pilots can focus their psionic powers through neutron emitters against ground targets,[1] creating a "disruption web"—a field of psionic static that disrupts the brain's neural pathways as well as any computer-directed targeting systems. This disruption renders inaccurate all ground-based fire (including from base defense structures) within the web.[3] This ability makes the corsair a valuable unit for siege warfare.[1]

A Void energy catalyst is located in the center of the ship's guns.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Nerazim constructed to corsair to safeguard their nomadic fleets. Following the reunification of the Dark Templar with the Khalai, it became a versatile component of the combined fleet.[2]

By the Second Great War, the corsairs were being replaced by phoenix in the main fleet.[4] During the End War in 2506, the loss of the Golden Armada to Amon convinced the Daelaam to recommission the corsairs for service.[5]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Corsair
Corsair SC1 HeadAnim
Corsair SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Medium Support Space Fighter

Armament
  • Neutron flare
Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Size

Medium

Sight range

8

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

2 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Hotkey

O

Movement
Speed

6.67

Protection
Shields

80

Hit points

100

Armor

1

Combat
Air attack

5LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1RipwaveMissiles SC2 Icon1

Cooldown

8

Attack range

5

The corsair has a low damage attack but with a very high rate of fire that also causes 1/2 splash damage to units within a 50 pixel radius around the target and 1/4 splash damage within 100 pixels.[2]

This makes the corsair similar to the terran Valkyrie: both are ideal against groups of low-armor units like mutalisks but are somewhat less effective against more heavily armored units like battlecruisers and carriers. Disruption Web allows corsairs to provide valuable combat support by temporarily crippling an opponent's ranged-attack structures/units.

AbilitiesEdit

DisruptWeb Icon SC1 Disruption Web

The Corsair pilot can focus their psychic energy through the vessel's Neutron Emitter, which creates psionic static which disrupts neural impulses and renders computer-directed attacks inaccurate. The web is drawn towards the magnetic resonance found in ores and minerals. This static prevents all ground units and buildings (including base defenses such as bunkers and missile turrets) from attacking while they remain under it, but does not prevent attacks from outside. Affected units may still be attacked and damaged by units outside the web.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cost 125 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 80Time SC2 Game1

UpgradesEdit

ArgusJewel SC1 Upgrd1 Argus Jewel
  • Increases the Corsair's maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases corsair starting energy from 50 to 62.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey J
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey A
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 Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey W
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
Level =Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft Corsair Quotations

StarCraft IIEdit

Corsair
Corsair SC2-LotV Head1
Corsair SC2-LotV Game1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Affiliation

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Nerazim

Armament

Neutron Flare

Properties
Sight range

9

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

2 Psi Protoss SC1

Produced from

Stargate

Hotkey

X

Movement
Speed

4

Protection
Shields

60

Hit points

120

Armor

1

Type
Armor type

Light

Neutron Flare
Damage

5 (+5 vs light)

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

.55

Range

5

Upgrade/level

+1 (+1) SC2ProtUpgrdAirWeap

The corsair was replaced in StarCraft II by the phoenix.

Legacy of the VoidEdit

In the single-player campaign of Legacy of the Void, the corsair is a starfighter, one of three options with the phoenix and the mirage. The corsair now deals bonus damage to light units, and its Disruption Web does not need energy, instead having a cooldown between uses. Disruption Web can also be set to autocast. AI units trapped under Disruption Web will attempt to move out of its radius.

These enhancements to Disruption Web make the corsair a very effective support craft in larger armies, able to blanket an area with their webs to prevent counterfire while the player's units attack. The corsair has lower damage than the phoenix or mirage, but has the advantage of splash damage over them. Between the corsair and the phoenix's Graviton Beam, the phoenix can be more aggressive against ground units the corsair still cannot attack, but the corsair is better equipped for attacking enemy bases since it can disable enemy defensive turrets.

AbilitiesEdit
DisruptionWeb SC2-LotV Icon Disruption Web

Enemy ground units and structures under the Disruption Web cannot attack.

Usage
Hotkey D
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
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Co-op MissionsEdit

The corsair is accessible to Vorazun in the Co-op Missions mode. Here, it can be upgraded at the fleet beacon.[6]

AbilitiesEdit
DisruptionWeb SC2-LotV Icon Disruption Web

Enemy ground units in the area of effect cannot attack. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey D
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
UpgradesEdit
StealthDrive SC2-LotV Icon Stealth Drive

Corsairs are now permanently cloaked.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Corsair Quotations

Known UnitsEdit

Known PilotsEdit

NotesEdit

The cancelled StarCraft II escort resembled the corsair.

According to the war council in Legacy of the Void, corsairs were decommissioned shortly after the Fall of Aiur.[5] This stands in contrast to other sources of information which state that its phasing out was more gradual,[4][3] along with arguably their presence in StarCraft: Brood War.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Underwood, Peter, Chris Metzen and Bill Roper. StarCraft: Brood War (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Corsair. StarCraft Compendium Protoss Units. 2007-07-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Phoenix. Battle.net, accessed on 2012-11-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War Council interface (in English). 2015-11-10.
  6. 2015-10-08, LotV Data Hidden in Patch, accessed via map editor. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2015-10-08

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