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"It was a small outpost: a nexus, assimilator, and a couple of gateways. Commander didn't want to risk marines against the cannons they had dug in on the cliffs so me and the boys got brought in for a little death from above. First raid, we got a bunch of them little worker probes and lit up the pylons powering the cannon. They tore us up pretty bad, though, so we headed back for repairs. By the time we came back, it'd all changed. Two big stargates were there, and protoss flyers were popping out of those big hoops like bees from a hive. We got hit every which way, and I only made it home on one engine and half a wing. Couple of minutes later, protoss air hit our base hard; I'm starting to think they only let me get away so they could follow me back..."

- Flight Sergeant Aaron Keebler(src)

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A stargate

The stargate is an advanced protoss structure.

OverviewEdit

The stargate provides a warp link strong enough to call ships to a planet's surface.[1] A large amount of electric (or similar) energy is generated just prior to the ship being warped in, showing itself visibly.[2]

The warships of the protoss fleet require a much stronger warp link in order to materialize than a standard gateway can provide. The immense stargate is capable of calling ships from high orbit or across immense distances to appear on a planet surface. The construction of one or more stargates at a protoss base is a sure sign that it has become a major staging point for an offensive.[3]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Stargate
Stargate SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Protoss

Role

Aircraft warp-in

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

Build time

70 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Probe

Requires

Cybernetics core

Protection
Shields

600

Hit points

600

Armor

1

Function
Produces
Allows

The stargate is the production building for protoss combat air units. Although it is a floating structure in the concept, it requires an area to construct and ground units cannot go underneath it.

UpgradesEdit

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.

DevelopmentEdit

Stargate SC1 DevGame2

The StarCraft beta stargate

In the StarCraft beta, the stargate was originally known as the nexus.[4]

StarCraft IIEdit

Stargate
Stargate SC2 Rend1
Structure
Race

Protoss

Role

Aircraft warp-in

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1

Build time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Probe

Requires

Cybernetics core

Hotkey

S

Protection
Shields

600

Hit points

600

Armor

1

Type
  • Armored
  • Mechanical
  • Structure
Function
Produces
Allows

Fleet beacon

Stargates function exactly the same in StarCraft II.

When a stargate summons a unit, a shimmering silhouette of that unit appears within the stargate.

Stargates haven't been used by protoss players much over the course of Wings of Liberty, but Blizzard hopes to change this via the introduction of the tempest.[6]

Building UpgradesEdit

SC2 ProShields Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

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

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
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DevelopmentEdit

New animations were developed for the stargate, which would reflect the unit being summoned.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Furman, Simon (w), Tomás Aira (p, i), German Erramouspe (i). "Creep." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 26-67. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 1427-80831-7.
  3. 2007-06-22. Stargate. Blizzard Entertainment. Official StarCraft II website. Acessed 2009-01-16.
  4. Klear, StarCraft 1 beta. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2009-07-13
  5. 2011-10-27, BlizzCon 2011: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Units and Abilities. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2011-11-06
  6. 6.0 6.1 2012-06-11, Dustin Browder gives Slasher the scoop on Heart of the Swarm. YouTube, accessed on 2012-06-21
  7. 2011, SC2: Protoss Robotics Facility. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-02-28

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