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"Liberation is at hand."

- Liberator(src)

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The liberator

The liberator is a terran air unit introduced in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

OverviewEdit

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A Dominion Special Forces liberator

The liberator was developed to ensure terran air superiority on the battlefield and was based off of the designs of the United Earth Directorate valkyrie.[1] An aerial counterpart to the siege tank, the liberator is a versatile,[2] medium-sized gunship, armed with twin missile launchers to strike at clusters of aerial threats and can also deploy an anti-ground cannon after transforming into a stationary air platform. This cannon is strong enough to pierce even the armor of the Thor.[3]

The Dominion Special Forces used advanced neosteel research to improve their liberators, giving them a more complex plating system that augmented their transformation process. These liberators are the pride of the Dominion Fleet.[4]

Game UnitEdit

The liberator is introduced in Legacy of the Void. The liberator attacks in two mutually exclusive combat modes, switching from one to another and back is not instant (roughly 1 second). Each liberator in the selection is ordered to target an area (liberation zone) independently. Ordering them back to anti-air mode affects all selected liberators. Liberators cannot attack buildings.

Anti-air mode

In anti-air mode, the craft is mobile, and can only deliver multi-targeting anti-air splash attacks.

Anti-surface mode

In anti-ground mode, a 5(9) diameter circle area on the ground is selected (not directly beneath the craft, but anywhere within 5(9) range); once an area is selected, the liberator is immobile and can only attack units within that circle, dealing very high single-target damage (enough to kill most ground targets in one to three shots). The circle can only be repositioned by switching back to anti-air mode, and then again to anti-ground.

AbilitiesEdit

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Defender Mode

Deploys into Defender mode. In this mode, liberators have a long-ranged narrow attack that can inflict high single target damage. Liberators cannot move in this mode.

This attack only targets units, not buildings.[5]

Usage
Hotkey E
Duration 2.88Time SC2 Game1
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FighterMode LotVGame 1
Fighter Mode

Reverts to Fighter Mode. In this mode, Liberators can move, but they can only target air units.

Usage
Hotkey D
Duration 1.46Time SC2 Game1
ve

UpgradesEdit

AdvancedBalistics LotV Game1
Advanced Ballistics

Upgrades the range of the Liberator's anti-ground attack to 9.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey N
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 79Time SC2 Game1
Required Fusion core
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SC2 TerrVehWeap
Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
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SC2 TerrVehArm
Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey V
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
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Co-op MissionsEdit

In Co-op Missions, liberators can be utilized by Amon's Forces in some missions. Raid liberators are available to Nova, while infested liberators are available for Stukov.

Nova Covert OpsEdit

In Nova Covert Ops, the player gains the ability to construct liberators in the mission "Night Terrors."

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

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Cloak

The liberator gains an energy bar and is able to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) Energy Terran SC1
ve

Equipped mechanical unit regenerates 10 HP a second when out of combat.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Destroy all zerg hatcheries in "Trouble in Paradise."
ve
TransformationServos SC2-HotS Icon
Smart Servos

Greatly deduces transformation time for equipped unit when switching combat modes.

Usage
Passive
ve
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Optimized Logistics

Significantly reduces the time required to train the unit.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Obtain the special weaponry in "In the Enemy's Shadow."
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QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Liberator Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

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

The liberator's AG mode originally required a tech lab attached to a starport.[6]

Known VariantsEdit

TriviaEdit

VideosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. StarCraft II Units: Liberator, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2016-05-17
  2. 2015-09-13, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Launches Nov 10, 2015. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-15
  3. Legacy of the Void: Units, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-08-31
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. 2015-05-27. Introducing the Liberator. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2015-05-27.
  6. Simca. 2015-05-23. Liberator Pictures (SC2: LotV Alpha). Imgur. Accessed 2015-05-24.