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"I have returned."

- Dragoon pilot(src)

Dragoon SC1 Art2

A dragoon

The dragoon is a type of protoss quadrupedal assault walker. Following the Brood War, they were succeeded by the immortal and to a lesser extent, the stalker.

Overview

"There is no shame in defeat so long as the spirit is unconquered."
Dragoon SC1 Art1

A dragoon

Dragoon pilots were generally grievously wounded veteran templars retrieved from the battlefield.[1][2] On occasion, able templar would become pilots.[3]

Selected protoss were transplanted into the exoskeleton's core. By the time of the Great War the core was a fluid container and the pilot was submerged within. Catastrophic damage frequently resulted in the tank being breached and the contents spilling out. The pilot's mind interfaced directly with the machine through mysterious essence translators with the use of the Khala.[4] The end result was that pilots controlled their exoskeletons as a natural extension of their bodies.[2]

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A dragoon's phase disruptor

The dragoon's phase disruptor fired antimatter bolts sheathed in psychically charged fields. A similar weapon was used by the photon cannon.[2] The quadrupedal walker moved efficiently over unstable terrain.[5]

A sacred shrine on Aiur was dedicated to the creation and maintenance of the dragoons. The pilots were honored in protoss society but their status sometimes marked them as outsiders.[3][6] The loss of the shrine after the Great War made it difficult to create new dragoons. In the interim the surviving dragoons were upgraded into immortals to preserve their numbers.[7]

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A dragoon launches an ambush

The dragoon interested other parties beyond the Khalai. The Dark Templar stalker was inspired by the dragoon.[8] As with other protoss technology, terran groups conducted research into the mechanics of the dragoon. The Kimeran Pirates stole (among other things) a data file titled "Utilizing Dragoon Technology For Human Reconstruction" from a Confederate remnant installation following the Brood War.[9]

Game Unit

StarCraft

Dragoon
Dragoon SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Ranged Ground Unit

Armament

Phase disruptor

Properties
Size

Large

Transport slots

4

Sight range

8

Production
Minerals

125 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

50 Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

2 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

50 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Gateway

Requires

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

D

Movement
Speed

5.25

Protection
Shields

80

Hit points

100

Armor

1

Combat
Ground attack

20LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Air attack

20LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown

30

Attack range

4 (6 with Singularity Charge) SingularityCharge SC1 Upgrd1

Dragoon SC1 Game2

Unit wireframe

Dragoons serve primarily as mobile anti-air defense. It is more economical to have zealots take the brunt of fighting enemy ground units whenever possible. Compared to zealots, the dragoon fires slower and has an attack optimized against only large-sized units. The relationship is similar to that between marines and goliaths. Due to their large size and somewhat slower movement to the zealot, dragoons are fairly vulnerable to groups of smaller units such as massed zerglings and hydralisks. Despite this, many players utilize dragoons as far as a late game due to their important usage as anti-air defense and fire support.

Each dragoon occupies four out of the eight slots on a shuttle.

Upgrades

SingularityCharge SC1 Upgrd1 Singularity Charge
Researched at

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

S

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

166 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases dragoon attack range by 2 (from 4 to 6)
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.
GroundArmor SC1 Upgrd1 Ground Armor
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

175 Gas Protoss SC1

250 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Templar archives

Notes
GroundWeapons SC1 Upgrd1 Ground Weapons
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

W

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

150 Minerals Terran SC1

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

150 Gas Protoss SC1

200 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Templar archives

Notes
  • +2 cumulative bonus per attack per level for zealots and dragoons.
  • +3 cumulative bonus per attack per level for dark templar and Archons.

Quotations

See: StarCraft Dragoon Quotations

Development

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Dragoon concept art

Dragoons possessed an appearance in the StarCraft alpha identical to their end appearance. However, they were armed with fusion cannons instead of phase disruptors.[10] During this period, they were called "Templar."[11]

StarCraft: Ghost

SC Ghost Dragoon

Nova hides from a Dragoon

Dragoons did appear in StarCraft: Ghost but no changes from their original portrayal have been found, apart from a slightly more stocky appearance.

StarCraft II

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

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The dragoon in StarCraft II

Dragoons were originally in the StarCraft II game engine, but were eventually removed.[12] Their role in the protoss tech tree has been filled by stalkers, while lore-wise the immortals are upgraded dragoons.[7] Dragoons were intended to be in the map editor[13] but were not included at game release.[14]

Known Dragoons

Dragoon SC1 Head1

A dragoon pilot

Specialists

Trivia

During the age of early modern warfare, dragoons were soldiers who were deployed on horseback but fought on foot.

References

  1. Karune. 2007-01-22. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 26. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-01-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bill Slavicsek, David Eckelberry, Shawn F. Carnes. Alternity: StarCraft Edition. Wizards of the Coast, March 1, 2000. ISBN 0-7869-1618-4.
  4. Dragoon. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-01
  5. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  6. Tassadar: "Fenix? It can't be! The Executor told me of how you fell before the Zerg. How is it that you live and breathe?"
    Fenix: "Ha hah... Well, after my unfortunate defeat, my ruined body was recovered by our brethren. I now reside within the cold, robotic shell of a Dragoon."
    Tassadar: "Old friend-would that this never came to pass..."
    Fenix: "Nonsense! There is no shame in defeat so long as the spirit is unconquered, and I am still able to serve Aiur to a degree. But enough of this." StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Homeland (in English). 1998.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blizzard Entertainment (2007-05-19). Immortal, Blizzard Entertainment, Retrieved 19 May 2007
  8. Blizzard Entertainment (2007-05-19). Stalker. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-06.
  9. 2000-10-27. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Deception (in English). Map Archives: Deception.
  10. 2009-03-19, StarCraft Wire. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-01-19
  11. StarCraft Alpha. StarCraft Evolution. Accessed on 2010-11-13
  12. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  13. Karune. 2007-07-23. StarCraft II Q&A - Karune Briefings. StarCraft II General Discussion Forums. Accessed 2007-09-06.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010


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