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Medivac dropship
MedivacDropship SC2-WoL Story1
Race

Terran

Propulsion

Engines

Armaments

None

Political
Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
UmojaProtectorate SC1 Logo1 Umojan Protectorate
KelMorianCombine SC2 Logo1 Kel-Morian Combine
MoebiusForces SC2 Decal1 Moebius Foundation
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders (2504—)

Role
  • Troop transport
  • Medivac

The medical evacuation dropship, officially designated as the G-226 medical transport,[1] is a terran aerospace transport that also provides medical support for wounded troops in the battlefield.

OverviewEdit

MedivacDropship SC2 Game2

Medivacs in flight

The medivac concept was first introduced as an improvised solution by the Terran Dominion's 19th Marine Division. The unit was operating in the acid storms of Thalon VII, and modifying a Quantradyne APOD-33 dropship to allow for remote control increased the combat life of medics by decaminutes.[1]

The official adoption of medivacs was carried out by the Dominion Armed Forces. A Dominion post-Brood War analysis found a startling thirty-seven percent of field-deployed troops became casualties requiring evacuation to the rear. In light of these findings, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk personally ordered Quantradynes redesigned to produce the medivac transport. The redesigned dropship served as a forward triage station and kept units in the field longer, regardless of injury.[2] However, the medivac is very expensive to deploy, and the Dominion has thus maintained the use of traditional infantry medics.[3]

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A descending medivac

The success of the medivac design caused the Umojan Protectorate and Kel-Morian Combine to adopt them as well.[2] When the zerg attacked the main resarch campus of the Moebius Foundation on Tyrador VIII, Doctor Emil Narud gave Commander Jim Raynor control of their medivacs so that he could use them to transport his men around the city and avoid most of the zerg.[4]

Procyon Industries won the contract to provide the G-226's laser scalpels and auto-sutures by being the lowest bidder. The accuracy and precision of these tools are questioned by marines.[1] Bellerephon developed a new gravity tube for the medivac, allowing almost instant deployment. By the Second Great War, a healing AI had been developed for the medivac, allowing it to acquire and heal two targets simultaneously.[5]

The medivac retains the Quantradyne's rotatable engines, but unlike its predecessor, its boarding/departure ramp is at the front rather than the rear.[6]

Game UnitEdit

Medivac Dropship
MedivacDropship SC2 DevRend2
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
MoebiusForces SC2 Decal1 Moebius Foundation
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders

Role

Air transport

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Energy
regen/second

0.5625

Transport
capacity

8

Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

2 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

42 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Hotkey

D

Movement
Speed

2.5

Acceleration

2.25

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

0.75

Protection
Hit points

150

Armor

1 SC2TerrShipArm

Type
Armor type

Armored

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

600

Production
score

300

MedivacThor SC2 Game1

A medivac transporting a Thor

Medivacs appear in StarCraft II, dropping units quickly one at a time.[7] There is a delay between every dropped unit.[8][9] Transports have a drop animation which doesn't affect gameplay, although it will be more vulnerable as it will not automatically move away if attacked.[10]

The medivac dropship picks units up extremely quickly, fast enough to enable units to dodge stalker attacks.[7][8]

Against the zerg, medivacs work well with marauders as part of a "commando force."[11]

The medivac dropship can transport a thor. The thor transforms into a cube and hangs underneath. This fills up the entire capacity of the dropship.

AbilitiesEdit

Healing SC2 Icon1 Healing
Acquisition
Researched at

Automatically researched

Usage
Energy

1 (per 3 hit points healed) Energy Terran SC1

Range

4

Hotkey

E

Notes

The medivac dropship automatically (autocast) heals friendly biological units below it with a visible animation, including flying zerg units.

The healing ability only works on one unit at a time, and medivac dropships cannot "combine" their healing on one target unit.

The ability does not "stack" with a roach's fast healing rate.[12]

Medivac dropships cannot heal units inside of them.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

Ignite Afterburners
Usage
Duration

8 Time SC2 Game1

Cooldown

20 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

B

Notes

The medivac dropship gains a speed and acceleration boost to 4.25 (+70% boost) for 8 seconds.

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UpgradesEdit

CaduceusReactor SC2 Game1 Caduceus Reactor
Researched at

Tech lab attached to starport

Hotkey

A

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the starting energy of the medivac dropship by 25.

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Wings of LibertyEdit

SC2 TerrAirArm Terran Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

P

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

225 Gas Terran SC1

300 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

V

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

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Wings of Liberty CampaignEdit

Medivac dropships are unlocked by playing "The Moebius Factor" mission, available after Doctor Emil Narud gives Commander Jim Raynor control control of the Moebius Foundation medivacs.[4]

RapidDeployment SC2 Icon1 Rapid Deployment Tube
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$50,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

Medivacs deploy loaded troops almost instantly.

Bellerephon increased the speed of troop deployment with a new gravity tube that can deploy the medivac's contents almost instantly.[5]

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AdvancedHealing SC2 Icon1 Advanced Healing AI
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$115,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

Medivacs can heal two targets at once.

This new healing AI enables the medivac to acquire and heal two targets simultaneously, allowing the medivac to expend its energy faster keeping troops alive and in fighting condition.[5]

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SC2 Lab CellReactor Icon Cellular Reactor
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[13]

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SC2 Lab BioSteel Icon Regenerative Bio-Steel
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Damaged ships and vehicles recover hit points over time.[13]

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SC2 Lab VanPlating Icon Vanadium Plating
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Armor upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increase health by 5% per level. Vanadium better disperses weapon impacts than standard armor.[14]

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QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Medivac Dropship Quotations

StrategiesEdit

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Medivac dropship upgraded with Advanced Healing AI

MedivacDropship SC2 Game1

The medivac dropship from below.

Medivac dropships make great support to marines, especially those bolstered by M98 ballistic alloy combat shields, which enables them to survive a hit from a high damage unit, after which they can be quickly healed.[15]

DevelopmentEdit

The medivac dropship was designed to replace medics. Medics could not keep up with reapers, which discouraged the latter's use in favor of the medic/marine combination. The medivac dropship allowed for more flexibility.[16]

The medivac had two upgrades that are not present in the final version of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign but are available in the map editor; Expanded Hull and Auxiliary Med-Bots. The two upgrades increased the cargo space of the medivac and healing rate respectively.[17]

Heart of the Swarm DevelopmentEdit

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

  • Caduceus Reactor at tech lab, which reduces healing cost.[18][19] The enhanced healing beam will change color.[20] A fusion core is required for the upgrade.[21] The upgrade was later reverted to the Wings of Liberty version via the January 9, 2013 balance update.[18]

Known MedivacsEdit

Known PilotsEdit

MedivacDropship SC2 Head2

A medivac pilot

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory units (in English). 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Medivac. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  3. Exam Personality=Medic, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-06-19
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Moebius Factor (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Fire and Fury. (in English). 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 David Kim, Yeon-ho Lee, Dustin Browder, Robert Simpson. 2009-10-21. Battle Report 4. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-10-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 1) Reapers are much faster for raiding. In dropping units (like Marines), there is a 1 second delay between each unit that is dropped. In that 8 seconds, to drop all 8 Marines, you can do a lot of damage with Reapers. Karune. 2008-04-07. Medic/Reaper/Medevac Compilation:Cavez/Karune. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-04-07.
  9. Loading is instant, but unloading has a delay between units. Will bring up the suggestion, but do note that the rate in unloading is already quite fast, and mass drops do usually include several dropships at the same time. Karune. 2008-11-05. dropship loading question. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-11-05.
  10. it was mentioned that units drop one-by-one with a small delay (few seconds) between each other, but load almost instantly. this probably applies to all races.
    as for the animation, i guess it's still in and mostly for the looks, it probably doesn't really slow down the drop and apparently doesn't exist for other races.

    This is correct. There is an animation for the drop, but it is visual, and should not affect gameplay, though all transports are still considered more vulnerable while dropping, as they will not automatically move away while attacked. Karune, Kain175. Blues: question about Dropship landing. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forums. Accessed 2009-06-30.
  11. 2009-06-29, Jonathan Ross, Destructoid interview: StarCraft II's Dustin Browder. Destructoid. Accessed on 2009-07-29
  12. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  15. Yup, the Marines still have upgradable shields, making a huge difference late game against more high damage units. As long as those Marines can survive that initial hit, the Medivac Dropships does an awesome job of bringing them back to full health in no time. Karune. 2008-09-16. What happened with the marines and shields? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-09-16.
  16. 2008-24-06, Fansite Q & A With Dustin Browder, p3. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2008-24-06
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  18. 18.0 18.1 Spyrian. 2013-01-09. Beta Balance Update #11 – January 9, 2013. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2013-01-10.
  19. Kaivax. 2012-12-05. Beta Balance Update #8 – December 5, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-05.
  20. Spyrian. 2012-12-12. Beta Balance Update #9 – December 12, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-12.
  21. Spyrian. 2012-12-18. Beta Balance Update #10 – December 18, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-19.

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