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The shuttle is a protoss aerospace transport.
With skilled pilots at a premium, the protoss turned to robotic shuttles to ferry troops over rough terrain and into hostile territory. They are equipped with powerful thrusters—powerful enough to reach escape velocity. Speed may be further increased through the installation of a gravitic drive.
Shuttles are large enough to carry even massive reavers within their hulls. However, shuttles are not armed with any defensive systems other than a basic plasma shield and a heavily armored hull. However, there have been exceptions where shuttles have possessed weapons.
After the Brood War, the protoss continue(d) to use shuttles. However, they feature a sleeker, less curved design. It has since been succeeded by the warp prism, deemed to outperform the shuttle in every aspect.
Robotic Air Transport
Shuttles are commonly used to transport reavers given the reavers' slow speed. One notable strategy is the "Reaver Drop", whereas a group of reavers and dragoons are transported by shuttle and attempt to land near an opponent's mineral and gas harvesting operation. The reavers quickly destroy workers while dragoons provide cover.
Compared to the terran dropship and zerg overlord, the shuttle has superior acceleration and top speed once upgraded, but is not as durable. Its carrying capacity is also constricted by the large size of protoss combat units.
- +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Level =Level 3
- Increases shuttle speed.
This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
Based on screenshots, the shuttle was to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.
The shuttle's appearence has remained consistent in licensed material in regards to time period. The Frontline story Creep however, depicts a shuttle quite different from its counterparts, where the cockpit isn't visible, but with quite visible engine vents. Still, this may be another type of craft altogether.