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"I hate these things. They can sense me even when I'm cloaked. We should take these out."

- Lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan(src)

MissileTurret SC2 Rend1

A pair of missile turrets

The missile turret is a terran defense building designed to destroy air units and detect invisible and burrowed units.

OverviewEdit

"That missile turret can detect our impalers when burrowed. Take it out first."

- Kerrigan(src)

MissileTurret SC2-LotV DevGame1

A missile turret in action

Missile turrets are inexpensive structures that fire the Longbolt missile. The system may be computer controlled to automatically engage aerial targets. A secondary manual control mode allows the system to fire at ground targets as well[1] (by the Second Great War, manual control was apparently the de facto method of operation).[2] Turrets are also equipped with a tracking scanner[1] that allows powerful sensors capable of detecting cloaked vessels to center in on an identified target.[3] Running on a set of power cells, a missile turret is able to operate independently for at least forty years,[1] though frontline infantry reported that turrets would break down as rapidly as once every two months. Due to the lack of ground defense, marine rifle companies are often tasked with defending missile turrets. Some models are outfitted with hi-sec auto-tracking to improve missile range.[4]

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Longbolt missiles

The characteristic diffusion of information between the terran factions, frequently through clandestine or illicit methods, made the missile turret a standard defense system in the Koprulu sector. Refinements to the system continued to be disseminated in a similar fashion.[3]

By the Second Great War, Enlightened Dynamics had developed a new titanium housing for missile turrets, allowing turrets to absorb more damage before failing. By this stage, Hellstorm batteries could also be fitted to turrets, each battery firing waves of short-range missiles for a saturation effect.[5]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Missile Turret
MissileTurret SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Terran

Role

Anti-air defensive structure

Armament

Longbolt missiles

Properties
Sight range

11

Detection range

11

Production
Minerals

75 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

30 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

SCV

Requires

Engineering bay

Protection
Hit points

200

Armor

1

Combat
Air attack

20LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown

15

Attack range

7

The missile turret is a detector and has no ground attack. Unlike the photon cannon and spore colony that deal normal damage, missile turrets deal explosive damage making them less effective against small targets like mutalisks.

In the early game, missile turrets are a cheap and effective means of air defense. In the late game their lack of upgrades makes upgraded goliaths more attractive. Upgraded goliaths deal damage faster and, most importantly of all, have the mobility to concentrate against enemy air fleets.

Missile turrets are only a serious threat against a determined air attack if built in clusters. Otherwise their immobility means they can be destroyed piecemeal.

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

This unit may detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

StarCraft: GhostEdit

Missile Turret SC-G Game1

Nova using a missile turret

StarCraft Ghost Logo2

This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

In StarCraft: Ghost, Nova was able to manually operate missile turrets in singleplayer.[6]

StarCraft IIEdit

Missile Turret
MissileTurret SC2WoLGame
Structure
Race

Terran

Role
  • Anti-air automated defensive structure
Armament
  • Longbolt missiles
  • Hellstorm missile pods (WoL campaign only)
Properties
Sight range

11

Detection range

11

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

25 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

SCV

Requires

Engineering bay (WoL/HotS)
Barracks (LotV)[7]

Hotkey

T

Movement
Collision radius

0.75

Protection
Hit points

250 (+75 with Titanium Housing) (WoL campaign only)

Armor

0 (+2 with Building Armor) BuildingArmor SC2 Game1

Type
Armor type

Armored

Longbolt missiles
Damage

12

Attacks

2

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

Fast (0.8608 seconds)

Range

7 (8 with Hi-Sec Auto Tracking) SC2TerranHi-Sec

Hellstorm missile pods (WoL campaign only)
Damage

1s

Attacks

8

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

1.78

Range

7

Meta
Target
priority

19

Kill score

150

Production
score

50

The missile turret may strike protoss colossi, which are considered air units due to their height.

Wings of LibertyEdit

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

This unit can detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

ve

Increases the attack range of automated defenses: missile turrets, auto-turrets, point defense drones, and the planetary fortress by +1.

Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey H
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1
ve
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 140Time SC2 Game1
ve
TitaniumHousing SC2 Icon1 Titanium Housing

Missile turrets gain +75 hit points.

Enlightened Dynamics has developed a new titanium housing for the missile turret. Early adopters have found this housing to be noticeably tougher than the original, allowing missile turrets to absorb more punishment before falling.[5]

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete five missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $50,000
ve

Missile turrets gain Hellstorm Battery secondary attack. Hellstorm batteries fire 8 missiles that each deals 1 point of splash damage.

Hellstorm Bateries are an additional weapon set that can be fitted to your missile turrets. Each battery fires several small missiles that accompany the standard missile attack and saturate the target area on impact. Hellstorm Batteries are a great way to welcome swarms of enemy flyers to your base. Don't disappoint!

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete five missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $80,000
ve

All structures repair themselves to 50% life. All structure fires are automatically put out.

This all-in-one safety system automatically dispatches robotic drones to put out any fires and perform basic repairs on damaged structures. Although these drones are effective at doing basic repairs, they do not have a strong enough AI to perform the more delicate repairs needed to restore a structure past half life.[5]

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete eleven missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $90,000
ve

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

Co-op MissionsEdit

Jim Raynor, Rory Swann, and Nova Terra are able to build missile turrets in Co-op Missions. Upon reaching Level 3, Swann's missile turrets upgrade into "Spinning Dizzies," which have increased health and deal area-of-effect damage as a secondary attack. Both effects are identical to the Wings of Liberty upgrades for the missile turret.

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit
SC2 Swann AC - TurretUpgrades Betty and the Gang

Devastation turrets are renamed Blaster Billy and have 3 increased attack range, for a total of 9. Attacks now slow enemy movement speed by 30%.

Missile turrets are renamed Spinning Dizzy and have 75 increased life, for a total of 325. Attacks now deal area damage.

Perdition turrets are renamed Flaming Betty and cost 50% less minerals, down to 75 minerals.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 3.
ve
SC2TerranHi-Sec Hi-Sec Auto Tracking

All turrets gain +1 attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey N
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
BuildingArmor SC2 Game1 Structure Armor

All structures gain +2 armor.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
FireSupression SC2 Icon Fire Supression Systems

All buildings will initiate auto-repairs when below 50% health, repairing them back to 50% health.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 11
Acquisition
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
AutoLoaders SC2 Icon KMC Auto-Loaders

Increases the attack speed of all turrets by 25%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 11
Acquisition
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Missile turrets appear as the defensive towers on the Warhead Junction and Braxis Holdout maps of Heroes of the Storm.[8]

DevelopmentEdit

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

In the StarCraft beta, missile turrets fired two missiles simultaneously, three times in rapid succession, during each volley.[9]

An "anti-air turret" file was found in the Heart of the Swarm beta.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.
  2. 2010, Starcraft 2: Terran Hellion. Accessed on 2011-07-20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  4. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  6. StarCraft: Ghost Screenshots. Gamespot. Accessed on 2009-05-14
  7. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
  9. 인우 전. 2012-06-23. StarCraft 1 beta -old Terran campaign 2. Youtube. Accessed 2012-11-08.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. Heart of the Swarm beta Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). September 4, 2012

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