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Spider mines

The 52-QDMM spider mine is a type of terran self-propelled, area-denial ordnance.[1]


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A spider mine during the Great War

Technical DetailsEdit

A spider mine burrows into the ground when deployed. When a target enters the range of its motion sensors, it digs itself out and moves above ground to the target and detonates.[2] Groups of mines can share sensor data making it difficult to traverse a spider mine field undetected.[3] Terran infantry traditionally mistrust the mine's IFF.[4]


Spider mines were developed on Earth, and are one of the few technologies to survive the Long Sleep.[4] Mines were deployed during the Guild Wars.[5] One of the most proficient users was Victor Kachinsky, who became a Kel-Morian war hero as a result.[6] Equipping vultures with spider mines became more popular in the late 2490's, especially on border worlds.[2]

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Current spider mine design

The 52-QDMM spider mine was in service by the Second Great War. These mines have occasionally been seen engaging in scuffles with one another.[4]


In 2499, Jaunt Pictures published the holomovie, Spider Mines IV: Death from Below, about sentient mines that turned against their creators. It was the last in the series.[4]

Game UnitEdit


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Spider Mine

Gives each vulture three spider mines. Vultures cannot replenish their supply of mines once expended. New mines may only be created with new vultures.

Mines burrow where deployed and are not player-controllable. Each mine causes 125 damage and has 20 hit points. Mines do not benefit from any upgrades. Air and hovering ground units do not activate mines. Mines can sense and attack nearby cloaked ground units such as ghosts or dark templar even without the aid of a detector. They will not, however, reveal cloaked enemy units. It is possible for ranged units to pick out the mines before being hit.

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Range 3
Purchased from Machine shop
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Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1

StarCraft IIEdit

Spider mines are an ability for the vulture in the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign for Raynor's Raiders. Raynor in Co-op Missions can also use them.

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Deploy Spider Mines

Spider Mines pursue enemy units that come in range, and detonate for heavy area damage. Buried Spider Mines can only be seen by enemy Detectors.


Wings of LibertyEdit

Enhances spider mine trigger and blast radius by 33%.

This mine was developed by the Kel-Morian Combine during its siege of New Austin. The increased trigger, pursuit, and blast radiuses were critical to terrorizing the civilian population and protecting supply depots from looters.[7]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $40,000
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Replenishable Magazine

Vultures can replenish their spider mine. Mines cost 15 minerals each and build one at a time. The ability can be set to autocast.

Enlightened Dynamics have developed a microfabricactor that lets vultures create new mines out in the field. This microfabricator uses a small number of mineral crystals each time a mine is created, but this minor hassle is a welcome change from the old system of "three and done."

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Cost 15 Minerals Terran SC1 12Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $60,000

Nova Covert OpsEdit

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Deploy Spider Mine

The reaper can deploy a spider mine at target location. Reapers can carry up to three mines.

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Range 2
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Deploy Spider Mine

The siege tank can deploy a trio of spider mine at target location in a spread pattern.

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Range 5.5
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Spider Mines

Creates three spider mines at designated point.

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Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1

In Nova Covert Ops, spider mines may be deployed by siege tanks, ravens and reapers.


The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

Spider Mine

The Raven's spider mines function much like their equivalent in StarCraft I, but they are unlimited in quantity. Each mine does 50 damage plus an additional 50 damage against armored units. They are effective against massed tier 1 units, such as zerglings or zealots.[8]


Spider mines were removed as of April 2009.[9] They were not implemented in multiplayer due to its buffing of siege tank lines.[10]

For Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard considered giving the thor an aerial spider mine ability, in order to allow it to better defend mineral clusters.[11] This concept did not make it into the game.[12]

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Spider mines appear in Heroes of the Storm as an ability used by Sergeant Hammer.[13]


  • Spider mines appear as enemies in the Blizzard legacy game Blackthorne.
  • Spider mines make a high-pitched squeaking when triggered. This, coupled with their burrowed nature, is reminiscent of the titular killer robots from Screamers.
  • Spider mines have a unusual immunity to nuclear explosions.
  • Although they are structures, they are not affected by the building armor upgrade.


  1. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory units (in English). 2010.
  5. McNeill, Graham (December 30, 2008). StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-1-4165-5083-9.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2010-11-12. Cast of Characters: Milo Kachinsky. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-11-13.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  8. Karune. 2008-05-07. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 37. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-05-07.
  9. There have been some changes to the Ghost since the last time everyone has seen it. The Ghost currently does 10 base damage and an additional 10 damage to light armored units as its normal attack with 6 range. The Ghost's snipe ability now does 60 damage, ignoring armor for 75 energy. It also has an EMP ability, in addition to it's cloak ability, which does 100 damage to shields and drains all energy of spell casters in that area of effect. The Ghost also no longer sees spellcasters in the fog of war.

    Many of these changes help make the Ghost a better support unit, used for strategic abilities and harassment of specialty units on the field. On top of all that, firing a nuke every now and then is pretty nice too since it does do 200 damage and an additional 300 damage towards all buildings.

    With the targeting drone currently removed from the Nighthawk, we'll have to wait to see if another unit takes it up as an ability.
    Karune. 2009-03-08. Karune: Questions about the ghost. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-04-08.
  10. 2012-06-15, David Kim Interview - MLG Anaheim 2012. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2012-07-19
  11. Dustin Browder. 2012-04-11. Developer Update: Heart of the Swarm Multiplayer - Starcraft II., accessed on 2012-04-11.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015