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Drop Pod
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Exoatmospheric insertion vehicle


3 engines






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Infantry/supply delivery


1-4 (occupants)[1]

The drop pod is a terran exoatmospheric insertion vehicle.


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Drop pods in flight

Developed by the Terran Dominion[2] and in use within a few months of its founding,[3] the drop pod is shaped somewhat like a rounded cylinder, with two rounded ends: one boasting an orange-yellow engine, and the other equipped to slam into a planetary surface. On the engine end, there are four flaps that extend outwards from the engine and two vanes, one to either side of the engine.[4] A pod design used for one person special ops insertions prior to the Second Great War self-destructed 108 seconds after touchdown,[5] as part of a protocol to prevent its technology from falling into enemy hands.[2] These pods' interior is cramped. Its occupant is seated, with said seat having neosteel support bars. Pods also feature filtration systems that can take atmospheric samples from the air around them. Communication can be carried out via a comm. unit and viscreen.[5] By 2504, drop pods were in use by various other mercenary and rebel factions as well.[6] These pods apparently did not self-destruct by default and were large enough to accommodate multiple people and even vehicles.[7]

Drop pods are used to covertly insert ghosts,[2] deploy marines,[8] resupply ground forces,[9] and aid mineral mining operations with MULEs.[10] Its descent can be guided to an extent by its occupant.[5]

Game UnitEdit

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Drop pod model

In StarCraft II, drop pods are used by the orbital command's abilities[10] to deploy MULEs, and in the usage animation for increasing the supply output of supply depots.[9] The drop animation takes 5-10 seconds.[11] Drop pods may be deployed anywhere within line of sight.[12]

Wings of LibertyEdit

In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, drop pods are used to drop ground units at the merc compound. Several drop pods are seen in the campaign mission "Gates of Hell", where Terran Dominion troops are attacked by the zerg during the invasion of Char.[13]

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Orbital Strike

New barracks units arrive at the rally point by drop pod.

We have developed a new low-cost drop-pod that lets us send our infantry units straight from the Hyperion to the barracks' rally point. This technological marvel gives us the ability to reinforce instantly when far from our main base and to surprise the enemy from above. [14]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 25 protoss research points

Coop MissionsEdit

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Orbital Drop Pods

Barracks, factory, and starport units are delivered directly to the structure's Rally Point via drop pod.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 8.


Main article: Drop pod/Development


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Get it Together (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 DeCandido, Keith R. A. (November 28, 2006). StarCraft: Ghost: Nova. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7134-2.
  3. Gerrold, David (w), Fernando Heinz Furukawa (p, i). StarCraft: Ghost Academy: Volume 2 (paperback binding). Tokyopop, August 10, 2010. ISBN 978-1427-81613-9.
  4. 2007-09-13. Gameplay Video - Terran. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-14.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Kenyon, Nate. (September 27, 2011). StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Back in the Saddle (in English). 2013-03-12.
  8. 2007-05-19. Cinematic Trailer. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-08-12.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Karune,Cavez,Cydra,anybody! answer plz :D. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-25.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  11. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49 (page 3). StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  12. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49 (page 2). StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Gates of Hell (in English). 2010-07-27.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.

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