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"Dimensional strings attuned."

- Oracle pilot(src)

Oracle
Oracle SC2 Art2
Physical
Race

Protoss

Armaments

Pulsar beam

Political
Affiliation

DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Daelaam

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Nerazim

Tal'darim SC2-LotV Logo2 Tal'darim

Role

Psionic warship

Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The Oracle is an aerial protoss support vessel.

OverviewEdit

Oracle SC2 Head1

An oracle pilot

A psionic warship, the Oracle was developed by the protoss after the first phase of the Second Great War, in order to maximize the effectiveness of their war machine against their enemies.[1] They are agile support vessels, and feature some of the most advanced protoss technologies in existence.[2]

Oracle pilots hail from an order of young Nerazim dedicated to understanding and controlling time. Their abilities allow them to calculate how and when to use their ships to most effectively win a battle. The order believes it can change the fate of the protoss race.[2] Among their abilities is temporal sight, a form of time manipulation that gives the pilots the means to detect hidden foes, without the need for specialized detection systems.[3]

The Tal'darim were utilizing oracles by the End War.[4] By the Defenders of Man Insurgency, their oracles possessed a distinct design.[5][6]

DesignEdit

"A true monster against unarmored units, the Oracle’s Pulsar Beam will simply disintegrate any unit unfortunate enough to stand beneath its shadow."
Oracle SC2-HotS Game1

An Oracle firing its pulsar beam

Oracles bear the aesthetics of the Nerazim, with their silver-color and blue hulls, and their green glows. Their core generates a warp field of immense power to contain large amounts of chaotic energy, which is then funneled into an intricate network of miniature crystals and psionically receptive mono-filaments. The stream of raw energy splits and stabilizes as it ebbs through the network, supplying power to the Oracle’s systems. Activation of the ship's weapon system creates an opening in the warp field. Raw energy flows through sets of simple focusing crystals, which shape each chaotic discharge into a coherent bolt. Shots from the pulsar beam simmer with violent power, and are designed to cause heavy damage to ground targets.

The oracle does not have a central computer to deal with the minutiae of navigation and targeting. Instead, it is equipped with a multi-node hub that links the pilot directly to the ship. The pilots rely exclusively on their temporal mastery to direct the deadly salvos of the vessel’s pulsar beam.[3]

Game UnitEdit

Oracle
Oracle SC2-HotS DevRend1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Affiliation

DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Daelaam

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Nerazim

Tal'darim SC2-LotV Logo2 Tal'darim
HybridHonors SC2 Decal1 Amon's Forces (Co-op Missions)

Campaign

Wings of Liberty
Heart of the Swarm
Legacy of the Void
Nova Covert Ops

Role

Flying caster

Armament

Pulsar beam

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Size

0.75

Sight range

10

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1

Psi

3 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

50 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Hotkey

E

Movement
Speed

4

Acceleration

3

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Protection
Shields

60

Hit points

100

Armor

0 SC2ProtUpgrdAirArm

Type
Armor type
  • Light
Pulsar Beam

Requires activation

Damage

15 (+10 vs light)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

0.86

Range

4

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

300

Production
score

300

The oracle is meant for scouting and economic disruption.[7] It allows protoss players to be more aggressive in their raiding tactics than in previous games.[8]

The oracle's revelation ability gives it some overlap with the observer, given how both unit/ability function as a form of detection. While the observer excels in general observation, revelation is a useful counter in specific circumstances, such as dealing with lurkers and speed-upgraded Banshees.[9]

Legacy of the VoidEdit

Envision SC2 Icon1 Envision

Makes the casting oracle a detector, allowing it to see cloaked and burrowed units.

The ability is smartcast.

The ability will be removed in Legacy of the Void.[10]

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
Revelation SC2 Icon1 Revelation

Enemy units and structures in an area grant vision to the player for 60 seconds.

This has no effect on cloaked or burrowed units until they uncloak or unburrow. (HotS only)

Reveals cloaked or burrowed units or structures (LotV only).

The ability is smartcast.

Usage
Cost 75 (50 LotV) Energy Terran SC1
Range 12[11]
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 2.5Time SC2 Game1
ve
PulsarBeam SC2 Icon1 Pulsar Beam

Enables the casting oracle's pulsar beam weapon.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey Activate pulsar beam: C
Deatviate pulsar beam: D
Cost 25 (+1.4 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 4Time SC2 Game1
ve

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

StasisWard SC2 Icon Stasis Ward

This ability places a cloaked stasis ward on the ground which, upon detonation, will explode and trap nearby enemy units in stasis for 30 seconds. Frozen units cannot move or attack, nor can they be attacked. This ability cannot be manually activated.[12]

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1 5Time SC2 Game1
Range 5
ve
StasisWard SC2-LotV DevGame2

Stasis wards being activated

Co-op MissionsEdit

Oracles are exclusive to Vorazun in Co-op Missions. Because she cannot build observers, her oracles permanently act as detectors without needing to use Revelation. Oracles can be utilized by Amon's forces in some co-op missions.

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

StasisCalibration SC2-LotV Icon Stasis Calibration

Enemies trapped in the oracle's Stasis Ward can now be attacked.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
Revelation SC2 Icon1 Revelation

Enemy units and structures in an area grant vision to the player for 60 seconds.

This has no effect on cloaked or burrowed units until they uncloak or unburrow. (HotS only)

Reveals cloaked or burrowed units or structures (LotV only).

The ability is smartcast.

Usage
Cost 75 (50 LotV) Energy Terran SC1
Range 12[11]
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 2.5Time SC2 Game1
ve
PulsarBeam SC2 Icon1 Pulsar Beam

Enables the casting oracle's pulsar beam weapon.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey Activate pulsar beam: C
Deatviate pulsar beam: D
Cost 25 (+1.4 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 4Time SC2 Game1
ve
StasisWard SC2 Icon Stasis Ward

This ability places a cloaked stasis ward on the ground which, upon detonation, will explode and trap nearby enemy units in stasis for 30 seconds. Frozen units cannot move or attack, nor can they be attacked. This ability cannot be manually activated.[12]

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1 5Time SC2 Game1
Range 5
ve

DevelopmentEdit

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

Main article: Oracle/Development

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Oracle Quotations

NotesEdit

Oracle SC2 Head2

Oracle variant portrait

The oracle's voice corresponds to a female protoss.

A variant oracle portrait can be unlocked through Heart of the Swarm's leveling system.[13]

TOracle

Tal'darim Oracle Portrait

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2011-10-27, BlizzCon 2011: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Units and Abilities. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2011-11-06
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-12-20. Oracle. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-12-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2015-02-05, Oracle Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-02-08
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Rak'Shir. (in English). November 10, 2015
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Trouble in Paradise (in English). 2016-08-02.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Night Terrors (in English). 2016-08-02.
  7. [1]
  8. 2012-06-11, Dustin Browder gives Slasher the scoop on Heart of the Swarm. YouTube, accessed on 2012-06-21
  9. 2015-08-28, Community Feedback Update - August 28. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-11
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. 2014-11-07. Legacy of the Void - Multiplayer Update: Protoss. Youtube. Accessed 2014-11-09.
  11. 2015-09-03, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- September 3, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-06
  12. 2015-05-14, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- May 14, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-05-20
  13. 25-10-2012, Heart of the Swarm Preview: Leveling. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-11-01

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