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Predators, sometimes called "cybercats", are big, heavy robots shaped like cats.

In 2502, some were owned by the Screaming Skulls, and were used in an attempt to kill their former captives, War Pig members Vin Iggins and Cole Hickson. One knocked Iggins down, but Hickson terminated them with shots from a pistol.[1]

During the Second Great War, Egon Stetmann's research was (theoretically) able to equip predators with an electrical discharge field.[2]

Game UnitEdit

Predator
Cybercat SC2 Head1
Unit
Race

Terran

Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Role

Anti-Infantry Specialist

Armament

Titanium claws

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

3 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Campaign Cost

15 zerg research points

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Factory

Requires

Tech lab/Tech reactor (attached)

Hotkey

P

Movement
Speed

4

Protection
Hit points

140

Armor

1 SC2TerrVehArm

Type

Mechanical

Armor type

Armored

Titanium claws
Damage

15 (and activates Lightning Field)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1

Range

Melee

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2TerrVehWeap

SC2 Lab Predator Icon Predator
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

15 zerg research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Unlocks the predator. This cannot be unlocked if the Hercules has been unlocked.[2]

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Predators are available as a special anti-infantry unit in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty at the cost of 15 zerg research points and access to the Hercules dropship.[2]

Predators unleash a lightning field AoE burst which deals 20 damage with every attack. While they gain no bonus against any unit type, a handful of them can easily bring down swarms of zerglings or other low health units with their AoE burst attack.

A primary weakness to using predators is that, for their cost, they are not very durable for a melee unit. Also, because they are mechanical units, they cannot be paired with medics or medivac dropships (though they can potentially be paired with the science vessel). Without armor upgrades, predators will die fairly easily against ranged attackers.

Predators are strong against zerglings, banelings, infested terrans, marines, firebats, reapers, hellions, and occasionally zealots and sentries. Unfortunately, they have many counters: marauders, siege tanks, thors, diamondbacks, stalkers, immortals, colossi, roaches, hydralisks, ultralisks, and any air units. This makes the predator an extremely specialized unit.

AbilitiesEdit

GhostEmp SC2 Icon1 Lightning Field
Notes

The Predator unleashes a deadly field of electricity each time it attacks. Deals 20 damage.

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UpgradesEdit

SC2 TerrVehWeap Terran Vehicle Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

E

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 attack damage of terran vehicles.

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SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle 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

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SC2 Lab Ultra Capacitors Icon Ultra Capacitors
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

5 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Attack upgrades at the armory and engineering bay improved cooldown by 5% per level. Self-replicating ultra capacitors reduce the reload time of weapons and systems.[3]

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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.[3]

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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.[2]

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DevelopmentEdit

Predators were able to cloak as long as they had energy available to use. In addition, Lightning Field was also known as 'Retribution Field' instead.[4]

TriviaEdit

In the Heart of the Swarm mission "Infested", there are five predators of different colors. This is a possible reference to the Voltron anime series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #2" StarCraft 1 (2) (June 24, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010


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