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Shuttle
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Historical
Earliest sighting

2499

Latest sighting

2503

Physical
Race

Protoss

Type

Aerospace transport

Propulsion

Thrusters (standard)

Gravitic drive (optional)
Armaments

None (standard)

Political
Role

Troop transport

Personnel
Crew

Artificial intelligence

The shuttle is a protoss aerospace transport.

OverviewEdit

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A shuttle during the Great War

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[1]—powerful enough to reach escape velocity.[2][3] Speed may be further increased through the installation of a gravitic drive.[4]

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[1] and a heavily armored hull.[4] However, there have been exceptions where shuttles have possessed weapons.[2][5]

After the Brood War, the protoss continue(d) to use shuttles. However, they feature a sleeker, less curved design.[3]

Game UnitEdit

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Shuttle
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Unit
Race

Protoss

Role

Robotic Air Transport

Properties
Size

Large

Sight range

8

Production
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Psi

2 Psi Protoss SC1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Robotics facility

Hotkey

S

Protection
Shields

60

Hit points

80

Armor

1

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.

UpgradesEdit

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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.
GravDrive Suttle Icon SC1 Gravitic Drive
Researched at

Robotics support bay

Hotkey

G

Properties
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

166 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases shuttle speed.

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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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.

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The shuttle in StarCraft: Ghost

Based on screenshots, the shuttle was to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.

Known ShuttlesEdit

NotesEdit

The shuttle's appearence has remained consistent in licensed material in regards to time period.[3][2] 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.[6] Still, this may be another type of craft altogether.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shuttle. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-02-07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Zapotek, Ren (w), Noel Rodriguez (p, i), Mel Joy San Juan (i). "Twilight Archon." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 3 (paperback binding), pp. 132-177. Tokyopop, July 14, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80832-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Elder, Josh (w), Ramanda Kamarga (p). "Voice in the Darkness." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 4 (paperback binding), pp. 72-113. Tokyopop, October 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-81698-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  5. Bill Slavicsek, David Eckelberry, Shawn F. Carnes (March 1, 2000). Alternity: StarCraft Edition. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786-91618-4
  6. Furman, Simon (w), Tomás Aira (p). "Creep." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 26-67. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80831-8.

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