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Raven
Nighthawk SC2 Rend1
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion
SpectreOps SC2 Decal1 Tosh's Goons
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders (2504–)

Role

Aerial support unit

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Energy
regen/second

0.5625

Sight range

11

Detection range

11

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

2 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Campaign Cost

20 protoss research points

Build time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Requires

Tech lab/Tech reactor (attached)

Hotkey

R

Movement
Speed

2.25

Acceleration

2

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

0.625

Protection
Hit points

140

Armor

1 SC2TerrShipArm

Type
Armor type

Light

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

600

Production
score

300

The Raven,[1][2] formerly known as the Nighthawk, Vulkan[3] and the TF-620 Nomad,[4][5] is a terran air unit featured in StarCraft II. It is based on constructing objects.[6]

OverviewEdit

Raven SC2 Head2
A Raven pilot
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Operationally linked to an AI[7] and controlled remotely,[8] the Raven is an all-around workhorse that combines the functions of a surveillance drone and a combat engineer. A common sight among the Fringe Worlds, these robust air-mobile vehicles are built to operate independently in harsh climates. Ravens excel in protection and reconnaissance due to their defensive auto-turrets and their advanced sensors, which can detect cloaked or burrowed enemies. The Terran Dominion initially designed the Raven to give low-level protection to its most isolated outposts, but recently the Raven has been used in escalating levels of conflict to replace the older and costlier science vessel.[9] Raynor's Raiders also have access to Ravens.[10]

Game UnitEdit

The Raven is analogous to the science vessel of the original StarCraft, and are "primarily support craft" for the terran factions. They have no standard attack of their own. They are strong against siege tanks.

AbilitiesEdit

DetectorTerran SC2 Icon1 Detector
Notes

This unit can detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

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AutoTurret SC2 UseAble1 Auto-Turret
Usage
Energy

50 Energy Terran SC1

Duration

180 (240 with Durable Materials) Time SC2 Game1

Notes

The Raven deploys an auto-turret. The turret has building-type armor and a high rate of fire. It makes for a decent defender and an even better harasser.[11]

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HuntSeekMiss SC2 UseAble1 Seeker Missile
Acquisition
Researched at

Automatic[12]

Usage
Energy

125 Energy Terran SC1

Range

6[13]

Duration

15 (increased to 20 with Durable Materials upgrade) Time SC2 Game1

Notes

The Raven can launch a seeker missile. The missile remains in the air near the Raven for 5 seconds beofore launching to pursue the target. It deals 100 area-of-effect damage against both ground and air targets, in a radius of 2.[13] The splash damage can damage friendly units. The missile kills on contact and can be avoided if the targeted unit retreats for the specific amount of time.

A visual indicator shows which unit is being targeted, enabling the other player to respond. The missile moves at speed 2.953.[14]

The missile cannot target buildings.

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Point Defense Drone
Usage
Energy

100 Energy Terran SC1

Duration

180 (240 with Durable Materials upgrade) Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Deploys a drone which intercepts missiles and shots, such as those fired by missile turrets. It cannot stop special attacks.

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UpgradesEdit

CorvidReactor SC2 Game1 Corvid Reactor
Researched at

Tech lab attached to starport

Hotkey

T

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the starting energy of the Raven by 25.

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DurableMaterials SC2 Game1 Durable Materials
Researched at

Tech lab attached to starport

Hotkey

D

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
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Wings of LibertyEdit

SC2 TerrAirArm Terran Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

P

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

225 Gas Terran SC1

300 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship 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 and spacecraft

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Wings of Liberty CampaignEdit

In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Ravens are unlocked through research. This costs 20 protoss research points, and is an alternative to the science vessel.[15]

SC2 Lab Raven Icon Raven
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 protoss research points

Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Unlocks the Raven. This cannot be unlocked if the science vessel has been unlocked.[15]

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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.[15]

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SC2 Lab CellReactor Icon Cellular Reactor
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

20 zerg research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Notes

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[16]

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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.[16]

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Patch 1.5 Test ChangesEdit

Main article: Call to Action

The Raven received changes during the Call to Action playtest. In August 2012, acceleration increased from 2 to 2.25 and speed increased from 2.25 to 2.5. This was done to improve the micro.[17] In November 2012, the Seeker Missile no longer required an upgrade.[18]


QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Raven Quotations

AchievementsEdit

Beep beep boom Beep, Beep, Boom!
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy 6 units with a single Seeker Missile in a League game.

CantTouchThis SC2 Icon1 Can't Touch This!
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Dodge a Raven Seeker Missile in a Melee game.

TriviaEdit

Raven SC2 Head1
Raven's profile

If one looks at the unit portrait in the map editor, one can find that on the back side of some of the monitors there are unit ability icons such as cloaking, lockdown, lift off, load, Hercules dropship's rapid deployment and an unknown icon. There is even the "unload" command icon behind the machine in front of the user.

There is an animation where all the monitors explode and the pilot facepalms.

The pilot has his face angled away from the camera as shown in the photo below, but if seen from the front in the game files he has a generic face with wrinkles and a microphone. He sits with his mouth open. In some regards he can be viewed as a "gamer" because of some of his actions.

In the unit portrait, a close look at the screens shows what looks like a message from Arcturus Mengsk (there is a picture of his face and some text).

The name of the Corvid Reactor upgrade is a possible reference to the biological family of corvids, which includes ravens and several other birds.

ReferencesEdit

  1. It is true, if you can get close enough with the Raven (previously known as the Nighthawk), the Hunter-Seeker Missile(HSM) is likely to do some major damage. Nonetheless, a zerg opponent should have an ample amount of time to react to it, and the HSM has a slight delay launch when it comes out from the Raven. Additionally, there will be a visual that will show exactly which unit is being targeted by the HSM, allowing the possibility of more micro by the zerg player to limit the damage taken. Nighthawk+HSM vs Mutalisk. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-05-26.
  2. 2009-04-08. StarCraft 2 - All units. GaneStar. Accessed on 2009-04-09.
  3. As another update that you guys will get at BlizzCon, the Vulkans are now updated as the 'Nighthawks' in the BlizzCon build. They have updated art to reflect this as well. Those going to BlizzCon, make note of the cool new movement animations added to several Terran air units. Karune. 2008-10-08. New Lurker and Vulcan Art. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-10-08.
  4. Speaking of the Nomad, it has actually gotten it's new art update, and a name update as well. It is now known as the Vulkan, and will be resigning down chaos at your expansions with its Auto Turrets. Karune. 2008-09-08. Ideas for NOMAD. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-09-08.
  5. Nomads, also now known as the Vulkan, is still a detector. Actually, it is probably the most powerful mobile detector in the game, considering it can also rapidly deploy a medley of Terran defenses used to both support an attack or raid the enemy. Karune 2008-09-17. Karune: do comsats still require much energy? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-09-17.
  6. Browder, Dustin. (Cavez) 2007-12-19. Nomad question. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2007-12-19.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  9. Game Units: Raven. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2010-08-10
  10. Bogdanove, Kal-El. "The Fightin' SceeVees." (May 30, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: The Fightin' SceeVees. Accessed 2013-05-30
  11. Chat with Karune about the Screenshots StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed November 12, 2007
  12. David Kim. 2012-12-04. Wings of Liberty Balance Update -- December 4, 2012. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-12-04.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Nethaera. 2010-05-06. Patch Notes - Beta Patch 11. Battle.net StarCraft II General Beta Forum. Accessed 2010-05-06.
  14. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - Patch 1.4.0. Battle.net. Accessed 2011-09-20.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-08-08. Call to Action: Balance Testing. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-08-09.
  18. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-11-30. Call to Action: November 30 Balance Testing. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-11-30.
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