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T-280 Space Construction Vehicle
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Historical
Earliest sighting

2480 (old model)
2500 (current model)

Physical
Race

Terran

Type

Bipedal walker

Propulsion

Legs, thrusters

Height

Just over 12 feet (approx. 3.7m)

Armaments

None

Political
Role

Construction/maintenance/harvesting

Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The T-280 space construction vehicle (or SCV) is a type of terran general-purpose engineering vehicle.

SCV pilots are called "SceeVees." Nicknames include "plas-jockey", "lug nut" and "wrench swinger".[1]

OverviewEdit

"I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight."

- An SCV pilot(src)

SCV SC1 Art1

An SCV during the Great War

The T-280 SCV is used to construct and maintain everything from remote outposts to space platforms as well as harvest resources. They are used by both military and civilian interests throughout the Koprulu Sector for their versatility and reliability.[2] During the reign of the Terran Confederacy, volunteering to pilot an SCV appeared to be an alternative to military service.[3] The PEB (Preferred Experience Base) was hostile environment engineering, with combat experience a plus.[4]

SCV SC2 Art1

The modern SCV

The T-280 model became prominent for its performance during the construction of Tarsonis' space platforms.[2] It was widely adopted and became a staple in terran engineering by 2489[5] and is used for general resconstruction efforts.[6] The T-280 stands just over twelve feet tall.[7] It is equipped with fusion cutters[2] and plasma welders.[7]

Within a few months of the end of the Brood War, a new SCV model had been introduced,[8] albeit still retaining T-280 designation.[9] It features improved motivators, allowing smoother operations.[8]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

SCV
SCV SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Terran

Role

General purpose worker

Armament

Fusion cutter

Properties
Size

Small

Transport slots

1

Sight range

7

Production
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Supply

1 Supply Terran SC1

Build time

20 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Command center

Hotkey

S

Protection
Hit points

60

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

5

Cooldown

15

Attack range

1

SCV Profile

Unit profile

The SCV is the terran worker unit. SCVs count as a biological and mechanical unit; they can be healed by medics and other SCVs, but are also vulnerable to a wider range of abilities.

The SCV has more hit points than the drone and probe, which may be useful when repelling early game rushes. An SCV may defeat a basic zergling if the SCV attacks first. This also makes SCVs less vulnerable to raids than their counterparts, since they take more hits to defeat.

The construction of a terran building may be interrupted by destroying the SCV assigned to build it, since the SCV remains heavily exposed during the process. Nevertheless, another SCV can be commanded to finish the building by right-clicking on the incomplete building with an SCV selected.

SCVs may support operations beyond the base by repairing buildings and mechanical units, and constructing fortifications in the field. SCVs working in concert may accelerate repairs but this costs additional resources. SCVs may repair the buildings and units of allied and enemy terran factions alike. Unlike medics, which can heal allied protoss and zerg units, SCVs may only repair terran units and structures.

SCVs have the ability to carry campaign items such as psi-emitters or data disks.

The three workers have equal speed, but the SCV has the slowest acceleration.

AbilitiesEdit

Worker Abilities
Notes

The SCV builds structures and harvests minerals and vespene gas.

Repair Icon SC1 Repair
Usage
Minerals

Varies Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

Varies Gas Terran SC1

Duration

Varies Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

R

Notes

Restores the hit points of a terran mechanical unit or building. Repairing costs resources.

UpgradesEdit

UpgradeInfantryArmor Terran SC1 Infantry Armor
Researched at

Engineering bay

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

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

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Science facility

Notes

QuotationsEdit

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Unit wireframe

See: StarCraft SCV Quotations

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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SCV in StarCraft: Ghost

StarCraft Ghost Logo2

This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

Judging by screenshots the SCV was to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.

StarCraft IIEdit

SCV
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Unit
Race

Terran

Role

Basic worker

Armament

Fusion cutter

Properties
Transport
size

1

Sight range

8

Production
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Supply

1 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

17 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Command center/Orbital command/Planetary fortress

Hotkey

S

Movement
Speed

2.8125

Acceleration

2.5

Lateral
acceleration

46

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

0.375

Protection
Hit points

45

Armor

0 SC2TerrUpgrdInfArm

Type
  • Biological
  • Mechanical
Armor type

Light

Fusion cutter
Damage

5

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.5

Range

0.1 (melee)

Meta
Target
priority

20 (equal to unit being repaired)

Kill score

100

Production
score

50

The SCV reappears in StarCraft II.

Five SCVs can be held at a time in a command center or planetary fortress (upgraded to ten with Neosteel Frame).

SCVs can patrol, a very useful ability considering they can auto-cast repair. While multiple SCVs are able to simultaneously repair a unit/structure, only one SCV can construct a structure at a time due to reasons of balance. SCVs may repair any allied unit that is considered "mechanical" regardless if it is terran or protoss, but they can only repair terran structures. It is the only terran multiplayer unit without a ranged attack.

AbilitiesEdit

Worker Abilities
Notes

The SCV builds structures and harvests minerals and vespene gas. Idle SCVs can be selected by pressing F1.

Edit
Repair SC2 Icon1 Repair
Usage
Minerals

Varies Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

Varies Gas Terran SC1

Notes

Restores the hit points of a mechanical unit or building, terran or protoss. Repairing costs resources.

The ability can be autocast.

Edit
Load SCVs
Notes

The command center or planetary fortress may load and unload five SCV's. This may be done while a command center is in flight. The number of SCV's is increased to ten with Neosteel Frames.

Edit

Wings of LibertyEdit

In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, SCVs appear from the second mission, "The Outlaws", Raynor's Raiders already having access to them. Later in the campaign SCVs can be built in pairs.

AdvancedConstruction SC2 Icon1 Advanced Construction
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$60,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

Multiple SCVs can build a structure. Each additional SCV reduces build time. Building cost remains the same.

This revolutionary computer allows multiple SCVs to work on the same structure simultaneously. The onboard assistant is so efficient at coordinating SCV efforts that building costs are unaffected.[10]

Edit
Repair SC2 Icon1 Dual Fusion Welders
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

$80,000

Researched at

Hyperion armory

Notes

SCVs repair twice as fast.[10]

Edit
SC2 Lab Orbital Depot Icon Orbital Depot
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Cost

10 protoss research points

Acquisition
Researched at

Hyperion laboratory

Hotkey

S

Usage
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Activation/
Build Time

3 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

An SCV drops a fully constructed supply depot.[11]

Edit
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.[12]

Edit
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.[11]

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QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II SCV Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

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Early SCV model

Early versions of the SCV had a blue exhaust instead of the current orange. This was not correspondent with the player's color.[13]

Known SCV PilotsEdit

"Be kind to a SceeVee; he might just be your dad!"

- Popular marine joke on the average age of SCV pilots(src)

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An SCV pilot

SCV VariantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bogdanove, Kal-El. "The Fightin' SceeVees." (May 30, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: The Fightin' SceeVees. Accessed 2013-05-30
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. SCV. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2007-12-03
  4. Beta. Accessed on 2008/01/28
  5. McNeill, Graham (December 30, 2008). StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 1416-55083-6.
  6. Furman, Simon (w), Jesse Elliott (p, i). "Heavy Armor, part 2." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 5-25. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 1427-80831-7.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hickman, Tracy. StarCraft: Speed of Darkness. Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, May 21, 2002. ISBN 0-671-04150-9.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Benjamin, Paul and Dave Shramek (w), Mel joy San Juan (p). "Orientation." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 4 (paperback binding), pp. 114-161. Tokyopop, October 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-81698-6.
  9. Personality Exam: SCV, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-06-19
  10. 10.0 10.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  13. http://www.shacknews.com/game/starcraft-ii/screenshots?gallery_id=8037

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