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"Dimensional strings attuned."

- Oracle pilot(src)

The Oracle is an aerial protoss support vessel.

OverviewEdit

Oracle SC2 Head1

An oracle pilot

The Oracle is a psionic warship.[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]

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]

HistoryEdit

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The Tal'darim oracle design

The technologies that would lay the groundwork for the oracle were researched during the Nerazim's exile from Aiur, as their exodus allowed them to experiment with new technologies.[4] The craft itself 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.[5]

Envious of the Nerazim's temporal mastery, a number of oracles were stolen by the Tal'darim, and guarded jealously by the fleet lords that control them.The Tal'darim had coveted the Nerazim's temporal mastery. Stolen oracles were jealously guarded by the fleet lords who controlled them.[4] The Tal'darim were utilizing oracles by the End War.[6] By the Defenders of Man Insurgency, their oracles possessed a distinct design.[7][8]

Game UnitEdit

The oracle is meant for scouting, harassment and economic disruption.[9] It allows protoss players the option of more aggressive raiding tactics than in previous games.[10]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

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.[11]

AbilitiesEdit

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[12]
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 3Time 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
Deactivate pulsar beam: D
Cost 25 (+1.96 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 21 seconds. Frozen units cannot move or attack, nor can they be attacked. This ability cannot be manually activated.[13]

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

Stasis wards being activated

UpgradesEdit

Increases protoss air unit armor.

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics Core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

Heart of the SwarmEdit

AbilitiesEdit

Envision SC2 Icon1
Envision

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

The ability is smartcast.

The ability was removed in Legacy of the Void.[14]

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

UpgradesEdit

Increases protoss air unit armor.

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics Core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

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.

AbilitiesEdit

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[12]
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 3Time 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
Deactivate pulsar beam: D
Cost 25 (+1.96 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 21 seconds. Frozen units cannot move or attack, nor can they be attacked. This ability cannot be manually activated.[13]

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

UpgradesEdit

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

Increases protoss air unit armor.

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics Core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
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

A variant oracle portrait can be unlocked through Heart of the Swarm's leveling system.[15]

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  5. 2011-10-27, BlizzCon 2011: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Units and Abilities. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2011-11-06
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Rak'Shir. (in English). November 10, 2015
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Trouble in Paradise (in English). 2016-08-02.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Night Terrors (in English). 2016-08-02.
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  10. 2012-06-11, Dustin Browder gives Slasher the scoop on Heart of the Swarm. YouTube, accessed on 2012-06-21
  11. 2015-08-28, Community Feedback Update - August 28. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-11
  12. 2015-09-03, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- September 3, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-06
  13. 2015-05-14, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- May 14, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-05-20
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. 2014-11-07. Legacy of the Void - Multiplayer Update: Protoss. Youtube. Accessed 2014-11-09.
  15. 25-10-2012, Heart of the Swarm Preview: Leveling. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-11-01