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"We regard the swift one-man Scout as a tool for exploration and light combat, but against the inferior technology of other species it is a formidable combat unit on its own."

- Anonymous protoss(src)

Scout
Scout SC1 Art2
Historical
Earliest sighting

2400 (Nerazim variant)
2499 (Khalai variant)

Latest sighting

2504

Physical
Race

Protoss

Type

High speed fighter

Propulsion

Pair of engines

Armaments

Dual photon blasters
Antimatter missiles

FTL

Yes (Void, Nerazim variant)

Political
Role

Scouting
ATA/ATG engagement

Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The Scout is a protoss space superiority fighter.

OverviewEdit

Scout SC1 CineFuryXelNaga1

A Scout under fire

The Scout is a versatile and powerful protoss fighter[1] though are generally considered by the protoss to be more for scouting purposes.[2] However, Scouts are easily a match for most other craft, employing anti-matter missiles against aerial targets and dual photon blasters against ground targets.[2] The Dark Templar maintain(ed) their own Scouts and equipped them with technology to engage in FTL travel through the Void.[3]

Scout SC1 Art1

Scouts flying high

In their days of service, Scouts served as point guards for the protoss fleet,[2] being maintained in the hangars of carriers,[3] though were often called upon to engage hostile forces.[2] Shortly before the war against the zerg, recent developments in enhanced sensor systems and high-power engines further increased its effectiveness.[1]

Since the end of the Brood War, the Scout is steadily being phased out by the Phoenix.[4] However, it is still used by the Tal'darim[5] and Daelaam.[6]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Scout
Scout SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Space Superiority Fighter

Armament
  • Photon blasters
  • Anti-matter missiles
Properties
Size

Large

Sight range

8 (10 with Apial Sensors) ApialSensors SC1 Upgrd1

Production
Minerals

275 (300 before 1.15~ patch 1.04) Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

125 (150 before 1.15~ patch) Gas Protoss SC1

Psi

3 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Stargate

Hotkey

S

Protection
Shields

100

Hit points

150

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

8

Air attack

14LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1 (x2 attacks)

Cooldown
  • 30 (ground)
  • 22 (air)
Attack range

4

Scout SC1 Head1

Unit profile

The Scout is optimized for the anti-air role. Compared to the Wraith, it has greater durability but no cloaking device, and is slower without the Gravitic Thrusters upgrade. Both have strong anti-air attack to counter heavily armored flyers, and weak ground attacks. Ground anti-air units counter the Scout.

The Valkyrie's diffused attack is less effective against the Scout.

The Scout is rarely used in competitive play due to its uneconomically high cost. Instead, niche roles are filled by the corsair.

UpgradesEdit

ApialSensors SC1 Upgrd1 Apial Sensors
Researched at

Fleet beacon

Hotkey

A

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

133 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases Scout sight range by 2 (to 10).
GraviticThruster SC1 Upgrd1 Gravitic Thrusters
Researched at

Fleet beacon

Hotkey

G

Properties
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

166 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases Scout movement speed.
AirWeapons SC1 Upgrd1 Air Weapons
Researched at

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

W

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Protoss SC1

175 Gas Protoss SC1

250 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Fleet beacon

Notes
AirArmor SC1 Upgrd1 Air Armor
Researched at

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

225 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Fleet beacon

Notes
PlasmaShield SC1 Upgrd1 Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

400 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Cybernetics core

Notes
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.

QuotationsEdit

Scout SC1 Game2

Unit wireframe

See: StarCraft Scout Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

In the StarCraft alpha, Scouts were armed with disruptors.[7] In the StarCraft beta, Scout engines produced green exhaust instead of their current blue.[8] Scouts also used their anti-matter missiles against ground targets.[9]

StarCraft: GhostEdit

Scout SC-G Game1

A scout seen from below

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.

Scouts were to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.[10] There are indications that they could be flown in singleplayer.[11]

StarCraft IIEdit

Scout
Scout SC2 Rend1
Unit
Race

Protoss

Affiliation

Tal'darimStandard SC2 Logo1 Tal'darim
DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Daelaam

Campaign

Wings of Liberty
Heart of the Swarm

Role

Space superiority fighter

Armament
  • Anti-Matter Missiles
  • Photon Blasters
Production
Produced from

Stargate

Movement
Speed

2.81

Protection
Shields

100

Hit points

150

Armor

0 SC2ProtUpgrdAirArm

Type
Armor type

Armored

Anti-Matter Missiles
Damage

7 (+7 vs armored)

Attacks

2

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

1.25

Range

4

Photon Blaster
Damage

8

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.69

Range

4

The Scout appears in the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign, operated by the Tal'darim[12][13] and by Selendis's forces.[6] They also appear in the Heart of the Swarm campaign in the Kaldir missions. [14]

DevelopmentEdit

The Scout's design for Wings of Liberty went through several phases, as while its new design was to have homages to its original form, designers had different features they liked about the original. Another concern was making it look more organic as well, as per the protoss in StarCraft II having more flowing shapes and less geometric angles. A design was finally settled on, with the StarCraft-esque wings being replaced by more organic looking ones.[15]

Known PilotsEdit

Scout SC2 Head1

A Scout pilot

VariantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Scout. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-16-03
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  4. Phoenix. Accessed on 2008-16-03
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Dig (in English). 2010-07-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Haven's Fall (in English). 2010-07-27.
  7. 2009-03-19, StarCraft Wire. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-02-03
  8. 2009-03-19, StarCraft Wire. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-01-13
  9. Beta. StarCraft Evolution. Accessed 2011-12-08.
  10. StarCraft: Ghost-Units. Accessed on 2011-02-03
  11. 2011-12-17, Unit Pictures. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2011-12-25
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. It is also seen in the protoss levels of Lost Viking. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Welcome to the Jungle (in English). 2010-07-27.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Supernova (in English). 2010-07-27.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Shoot the Messenger (in English). 2013-03-12.
  15. 2010-2011, Starcraft 2: Protoss Scout. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-02-14


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