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"From the shadows I come."

- Dark templar(src)

The dark templar appears in StarCraft II. It retains its permanent cloaking.

OverviewEdit

The only difference in the two types of dark templar is their appearance, otherwise the two move and attack just as quickly as the other. Due to their increased gas cost from StarCraft and the long time spent to warp in a dark shrine, dark templars are a more costly investment than before.

Dark templar are effective against worker lines. Their high base damage kills workers in single hits, with damage upgrades outpacing worker armor upgrades. Warp prisms and warp-in may be used to produce dark templar directly in an enemy base. The dark templar's cloak is active during the warp-in sequence.

Mixing dark templar into an army may mask their presence and attacks if enemy passive detectors are not present.

Game UnitEdit

VersusEdit

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

Increases the attack of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey G
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

Increases the armor of protoss ground units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve
DarkTemplarCloaking SC2 Icon1
Permanent Cloaking

This unit is permanently cloaked. They cannot be seen or directly attacked by enemy forces, unless they have detector support.

ve
ArchonWarp SC2 Icon1
Archon Warp

Any combination of two high templar/dark templar can sacrifice themselves, transforming into an archon.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 9Time SC2 Game1
ve
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Shadow Stride

Teleports the Dark Templar to a nearby target location.

Usage
Hotkey B
Range 5
Cooldown 21Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 121Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of LibertyEdit

Dark Templar can be used in the Prophecy missions[1][2][3] and can be rescued in "Maw of the Void".[4]

Legacy of the VoidEdit

The dark templar is one of three cloaked warriors available to the player in the campaign, the others being the avenger and blood hunter. The dark templar in the campaign have the new ability Shadow Fury, which allows them to rapidly strike up to five ground enemies on the battlefield for 35 damage. This makes them excellent against zerglings, with a few dark templar able to cut up a zergling swarm in second. Against larger, most powerful enemies, the dark templar's Shadow Fury will hit the target all five times, making it an effective damage dealer. The attacks CAN also hit buildings, but Shadow Fury cannot be triggered by them either automatically or manually; at least one enemy unit has to be nearby to start it. This does mean that even a moderately-sized group of Dark Templars can do ruinous damage to a section of a base very abruptly if there are some units nearby to trigger them into the buildings. However, they lack the more defensive utility abilities of the avenger and blood hunter, and given their high resource cost, the player should be wary not to lose their dark templar recklessly. Unlike their multiplayer counterparts, dark templar in the Legacy of the Void campaign cannot merge to become archons, and dark archons are warped in separately.

AbilitiesEdit

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Shadow Fury

The dark templar rapidly teleports around the battlefield, striking up to five enemies and dealing 35 damage to them, then returning to its initial position. Can strike the same enemy multiple times. The dark templar is immune to damage during this ability.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Range 5
Cooldown 15Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

In Co-op Missions, elite variants of dark templar called shadow guards may be used by Vorazun. She is also able to access exclusive upgrades for her dark templar at the dark shrine.

Voruzun UpgradesEdit

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Shroud of Adun

Vorazun's dark templar have 80 bonus shields, for a total of 160, and cost ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 50 less vespene, down to ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 75.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
ve
ShadowFury SC2-LotV Icon1
Shadow Fury

Rapidly teleport around target area, striking enemies for 20 (+15 vs light) damage up to five times. Can be set to autocast. Cannot target cloaked enemies without detection.[5]

Usage
Hotkey E
Range 5
Cooldown 15Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve
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Blink

The user instantly teleports a short distance away.

Usage
Hotkey B
Range 8
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 6
Acquisition
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
VoidStasis SC2-LotV Icon1
Void Stasis

Shrouds an enemy detector in void energy, preventing it from moving, attacking, being damaged, using abilities, or detecting.

Usage
Hotkey V
Range 8
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 15Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 6
Acquisition
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Dark Templar Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

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

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Concept art

In order to make the Dark Templar different in appearance from zealots, Blizzard artist Samwise Didier gave dark templar different weapons (a bladed staff weapon) and armor covered with zerg bones.[6] Two types of dark templar are featured – one model, the Zer'atai, has a scythe, another, the Lenassa, has a warp blade.[7] A Predator-inspired "zerg hunter" dark templar model was also conceived by Didier.[8]

Blizzard Entertainment held a poll on which model the community favors – Zer'atai, Lenassa, or a random selection of both. The random selection of both won[7] and Blizzard has followed the results.[9]

Dark templar with two blades were suggested, but not implemented by beta.[10]

Dark templar used to be able to merge into twilight[11][12] and dark archons,[9] but both were cut from final release.

Dark templar in the Legacy of the Void campaign have several half-finished abilities; buttons exist for the abilities "Deep Shadows," "Noble Sacrifice," "Stunning Blow" and "Power Strike."[13]

Prior to Patch 3.2, the dark templar's Shadow Fury ability in Co-op Missions did a flat 35 damage. After Patch 3.2, Shadow Fury's damage in the campaign was unchanged, but the ability in Co-op now deals 20 damage +15 vs light.

In Legacy of the Void Patch 3.8, dark templars gained the ability to gain shadow stride, a short range blink, from the dark shrine.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, A Sinister Turn (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Echoes of the Future (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, In Utter Darkness (in English). 2010-07-27.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Maw of the Void (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. 2016-05-16, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 3.3.0 Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-05-18
  6. 2008-05-02. BlizzCast: Taking You Deeper into the World of Blizzard: Episode I. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-01-10.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Xordiah. 2009-01-08. Vote for Your Favorite StarCraft II Dark Templar. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-01-98.
  8. 2010, SC2: Dark Templar. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  10. 2009-04-04. StarCraft II Art Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed on 2009-05-19
  11. Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-03-16. StarCraft 2 Korean and Chinese Build Summary. SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-03-18.
  12. Zero. 2009-04-04. My Day at Blizzard. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). November 10, 2015