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"Hits so hard you’ll remember what happened tomorrow, yesterday."

- Daxxarri on the effects of a psionic storm.(src)

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A high templar using psionic storm

A psionic storm is a storm of raw psychic energy produced by a psionics user. It is a powerful technique wielded by high templar, Tal'darim ascendants, and the Queen of Blades.

OverviewEdit

Protoss who follow the Khala can produce such a storm by closing their mind to the outside world, sending out psychic "ripples" that are disruptive to other lifeforms,[1] tearing apart their brains.[2] Such storms can also damage vehicles[3] and the landscape itself.[4] Such is the power of a psionic storm that it can send shockwaves through the air around it.[3]

The storm is a physical display of the psionic power of a high templar. It concentrates all the psionic energy over a given area, so overlapping storms have no greater effect than a single one.[5]

While Dark Templar can create psionic storms, only through the discipline of the Khala can it be controlled.[1] Khalai who have not mastered the use of the ability can try to control psionic storms unleashed by Dark Templar (and similarly-powered protoss, such as the Tal'darim) but it frequently results in the death of both participants as they burn out like a star. Individual protoss who have used both types of abilities (such as Adun) have faced a similar fate.[4]

Several hybrid breeds were shown to have the ability to channel psionic storms.[6]

HistoryEdit

During the Discord, Dark Templar lost control of their powers, creating storms across Aiur[1] which killed many protoss and destroyed parts of the landscape itself.[4] Storms appeared on other protoss colonies, such as Khyrador.[7]

During the End War, the loss of the Khala deeply impacted the high templar. Nonetheless, in their races darkest hour they continued to hone their skills, allowing their psionic storms to last longer and recharge the shields of their allies.[8]

Game EffectEdit

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High templar using psionic storm against SCVs in StarCraft

StarCraftEdit

Psionic storm is a high templar ability in StarCraft, and is their primary combat ability since regular high templar do not have a regular attack.

In addition, Sarah Kerrigan is also capable of creating psionic storms after completing The Amerigo.

The high templar can create a storm of raw psychic energy. This is achieved by one closing their mind to the outside world, sending out psychic "ripples" that are disruptive to other lifeforms.

Inflicts 112 damage to all units within a target area over seven seconds. The storm does not harm structures or units within bunkers. Psionic storm ignores armor and armor types.

It does not prevent units from moving into or out of the affected area. Only one storm may affect an area at a time; overlapping storms does not increase damage output.

Usage
Hotkey P
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Duration 4 secondsTime SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Templar archives
Hotkey T
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1


StarCraft IIEdit

Good use of Psionic Storm grants the Psionic Death achievement.

PsiStorm SC2 Icon1 Psionic Storm

Psionic Storm deals 80 damage in the target area in small packets over time, and hits both air and ground units. It injures friendly units caught in the area of effect of 1.5.[9]

Psionic storm is smartcast.

Psionic Storm is subject to a short delay before striking; during this brief period there is a visual indicator for where it will strike.

Usage
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 4Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 2Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Templar archives
Hotkey T
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
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Legacy of the VoidEdit

PlasmaSurge SC2-LotV Icon1 Plasma Surge

Psionic storm restores 50 shields to friendly units in its area of effect over 4 seconds.

Usage
Passive
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Artanis possesses high templar with the ability to use psionoc storm. When reaches Artanis level 6 in Co-op Missions, he unlocks several upgrades for psionic storm in the templar archives. At level 7, Artanis's archons gain the ability to use psionic storm.

AbilitiesEdit

PsiStorm SC2 Icon1 Psionic Storm

Psionic Storm deals 80 damage to enemy units in the target area over a short time. Friendly units are not damaged.

Usage
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 4Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 2Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
PlasmaSurge SC2-LotV Icon1 Plasma Surge

Psionic Storm restores shields to friendly units in its radius.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 6.
Acquisition
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
KhaydarinAmulet SC2 Game1 Khaydarin Amulet

Increases the starting energy of high templar and archons by 150.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 6.
Acquisition
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 Artanis AC - HighArchon High Archon

Enables Artanis' archons to use the Feedback and Psionic Storm abilities. Also gives archons an energy bar to use these abilities.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 7.
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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

Psionic storm appears as an ability for Tassadar in Heroes of the Storm.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Kindregan, Brian T. "Mothership." (January 15, 2010). Blizzard Entertainment. Mothership Accessed 2010-01-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Golden, Christie (November 27, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #2: Shadow Hunters. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7126-8.
  5. Blizzard staff. High Templar. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-03-22.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Hand of Darkness (in English). 2013-03-12.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. 2010-07-24. Koprulu Sector Systems: Braxis. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War council (in English). 2015.
  9. Nethaera. 2010-03-30. Patch Notes - Beta Patch 7. Battle.net StarCraft II General Beta Forum. Accessed 2010-03-25.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015

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