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A tech lab

The tech lab is a terran add-on in StarCraft II. It allows attached production structures to build advanced units, and provides some upgrades for those units.

A structure may not be attached to both a reactor and tech lab simultaneously.

OverviewEdit

The tech lab provides the advanced facilities needed to store the medpacks used by medics. During the Second Great War, Remedius Medical Systems developed a medpack storage facility that could be placed within a barracks without the need for a tech lab. (This enables medics to emerge twice as quickly from a barracks attached to a reactor.)[1]


Tech Lab
TechLab SC2 Rend1
Structure
Race

Terran

Role

Advanced units and research add-on

Production
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

25 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Build time

25 Time SC2 Game1

Parent
Hotkey

X

Protection
Hit points

400

Armor

1 (+2 with Building Armor) BuildingArmor SC2 Game1

Type
Armor type

Armored

Function
Allows

Advanced units and research

ProductionEdit

SC2 Tech Lab icon Tech Lab

This structure can create a tech lab.

Usage
Hotkey X
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 25 Gas Terran SC1 25Time SC2 Game1
ve

Researched Abilities and UpgradesEdit

BarracksEdit

Increases the hit points of marines by 10. The marine model changes to have a shield attached to the left shoulderguard.[2] The M98 combat shield is composed of 30 mm of bonded carbide.[1]

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to barracks
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve

Enables affected infantry to attack and move 50% more quickly.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 (marines) / 20 (marauders)HP
Duration 12Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to barracks
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 170Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2NitroPacks Nitro Boost

Increases movement speed of reapers.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to barracks
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
Required Factory
ve
SC2ConcussiveShells Concussive Shells

Marauder attacks slow the movement speed of non-massive enemy units by 50%. Only affects one target at a time.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to barracks
Hotkey G
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

FactoryEdit

InfernalPreigniter SC2 Game1 Infernal Pre-Igniter

Increases the hellion's attack damage by +5 (to +11) vs light units and the hellbat's attack damage by +12 vs light units. The flame changes to a blue color.

The flame color on the icon was changed to blue in patch 1.3.5.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to factory
Hotkey I
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2SiegeMode Siege Tech

The siege tank transforms, becoming stationary and using a different weapon.

The ability is not smartcast.

In Heart of the Swarm, Siege Tech does not need to be researched.

In Legacy of the Void, siege tanks can be transported by the medivac while in Siege Mode. They are carried underneath the medivac, visible.[3] A 1.43[4] second delay occurs between dropping and the tank firing.[5]

Usage
Hotkey Siege mode: E
Tank mode: D
Cost 3.5Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to factory
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2ParticleCannon 250mm Cannons

The thor attacks an enemy ground unit or structure using the cannons on its back. The target unit is stunned for the duration and takes 500 damage. The thor cannot move or attack when using the ability.

This ability was removed in Heart of The Swarm.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1 6Time SC2 Game1
Duration 6Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to factory
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
DrillingClaws SC2-HotS Icon Drilling Claws

Reduces the time Activate Mine takes to burrow the widow mine from 3 seconds to 1 second.
Added in Heart of the Swarm.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to factory
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
Required Armory
ve
TransformationServos SC2-HotS Icon Transformation Servos

Allows the hellion and hellbat to transform between modes freely.
Added in Heart of the Swarm.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to factory
Hotkey T
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
Required Armory
ve
MagFieldAccelerator SC2 Icon1 Mag-field Accelerator

The cyclone's lock on damage is increased to 400 damage against ground targets (+240 against armored), and 360 damage against air targets (+240 against armored). Legacy of the Void only.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to Factory
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve

StarportEdit

CaduceusReactor SC2 Game1 Caduceus Reactor

Increases the starting energy of the medivac dropship by 25.

This upgrade is removed in Legacy of the Void.[6]

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1
ve

Enables terran Banshees to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) (+0.45 per second with Cross-Spectrum Dampeners - WoL-campaign only) Energy Terran SC1
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
CorvidReactor SC2 Game1 Corvid Reactor

Increases the starting energy of the Raven by 25.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey T
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
DurableMaterials SC2 Game1 Durable Materials

Not available in Legacy of the Void

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
Advanced Ballistics

Upgrades the range of the Liberator's anti-ground attack to 9.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey N
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Required Fusion core
ve
LotV Hyperflight Rotors Icon Hyperflight Rotors

Increases Banshee speed by 1.[7]
Legacy of the Void only.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey B
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 130Time SC2 Game1
Required Fusion core
ve
JotunBoosters SC2 Game1 High Capacity Fuel Tanks

Increases the speed boost duration of the Medivac dropship's Ignite Afterburners by 50%.[8]
Legacy of the Void only.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
ve
RipwaveMissiles SC2 Icon1 Explosive Shrapnel Shells

Increases the damage of auto-turrets and seeker missiles by 30%.
Legacy of the Void only.

Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey E
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve

Building UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 140Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of Liberty CampaignEdit

Tech labs only serve to allow the player to build the more advanced units. Upgrades that are normally researched through the tech lab in melee games are instead researched in the armory on the Hyperion and some are already pre-researched (such as the banshee's cloak and the siege tank's siege mode).[1]

Combines the tech lab and reactor into one add-on.[9]

Protoss plasma shields have finally given us the ability to fit the tech lab and the reactor into a single structure add-on. This new add-on, known as the tech reactor, replaces the old tech lab and reactor add-ons, and allows us to train two of any unit type simultaneously.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 25 protoss research points
ve

UpgradesEdit

FireSuppression SC2 DevGame1 Fire Suppression System

All structures repair themselves to 50% life. All structure fires are automatically put out.

This all-in-one safety system automatically dispatches robotic drones to put out any fires and perform basic repairs on damaged structures. Although these drones are effective at doing basic repairs, they do not have a strong enough AI to perform the more delicate repairs needed to restore a structure past half life.[1]

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete eleven missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $90,000
ve


Co-op MissionsEdit

Jim Raynor and Rory Swann have a number of unique upgrades available to them at the tech lab.

Raynor UpgradesEdit

BarracksEdit
SC2MarineShield Combat Shield

Marines gain +10 maximum HP.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2StimPack Stimpacks

Marines, marauders and firebats can use stimpacks, increasing their attack and movement speeds by 50% for a period of time.

As of Patch 3.1, this ability no longer needs to be researched, increases attack and movement speed by 75%, and costs 50% less HP to use.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 5HP
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2ConcussiveShells Concussive Shells

The marauder's attacks slow non-Massive enemies.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey G
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
IncineratorGauntlets SC2-LotV Icon1 Incinerator Gauntlets

Increases firebat's attack radius by 40%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 4
Acquisition
Hotkey G
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
JuggernautPlating SC2-LotV Icon1 Juggernaut Plating

Increases firebat's base armor by 2 and base HP by 100.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 4
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
StabilizerMedpacks SC2-LotV Icon1 Stabilizer Medpacks

Enables medics to heal faster.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 4
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
FactoryEdit
ReplenishableMagazine SC2-LotV Icon1 Replenishable Magazine

Allows vultures to construct new spider mines. Vultures cannot hold more than three mines at a time.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 15 Minerals Terran SC1 12Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
CerberusMine SC2-LotV Icon1 Cerberus Mine

Increases the detonation and trigger radius of spider mines by 33%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 9.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
AdvancedSiegeTech SC2-LotV Icon1 Advanced Siege Tech

Reduces the transformation time of siege mode. Siege tanks gain +3 armor in siege mode.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 9.
Acquisition
Hotkey S
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
StarportEdit
RipwaveMissiles SC2-LotV Icon1 Ripwave Missiles

Upgrades the viking's air attack to deal splash damage.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 13
Acquisition
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
PhobosSystem SC2-LotV Icon1 Phobos System

Increases viking's air attack range by 2 and ground attack range by 1.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2BansheeCloak Cloaking Field

Enables banshees to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
ShockwaveMissiles SC2-LotV Icon1 Shockwave Missiles

Upgrade the banshee's attack to fire missiles in a line, dealing splash damage

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 13
Acquisition
Hotkey S
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

Swann UpgradesEdit

FactoryEdit
InfernalPreigniter SC2 Game1 Infernal Pre-Igniter

Increases the damage of the hellion and hellbat by 10 against light units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey I
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
InfernalPlating SC2-LotV Icon1 Infernal Plating

Hellions and hellbats gain +2 armor.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey H
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
MultiLockWeapons SC2 Icon1 Multi-Lock Weapons System

Goliaths can attack ground and air units simultaneously.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 7
Acquisition
Hotkey L
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2ParticleCannon 330mm Cannons

Allows thors to use the 330mm Cannons ability, stunning all units in target area and dealing heavy damage over time.

Usage
Hotkey C
Range 7
Cooldown 90Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 7
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
MagFieldAccelerator SC2 Icon1 Mag-Field Accelerator

Doubles the damage of the cyclones Lock-on.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 7
Acquisition
Hotkey O
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve
MaelstromRounds SC2-LotV Icon1 Maelstrom Rounds

Increases siege tank's damage to primary targets in siege mode by 40.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey M
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
TargetingOptics SC2-LotV Icon1 Targeting Optics

Increases cyclone's Lock-on range by 3.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
AresSystem SC2 Icon1 Ares-Class Targeting System

Increases Goliath's air attack range by 3 and ground attack range by 1.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
StarportEdit
DisplacementField SC2 Icon Displacement Field

Wraiths evade 20% of incoming attacks when cloaked.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 13.
Acquisition
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
DefensiveMatrix SC2 Icon Defensive Matrix

Science vessels can use the Defensive Matrix ability. Target friendly unit gains a shield that absorbs 200 damage before falling.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 20Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 13.
Acquisition
Hotkey I
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
ImprovedNanoRepair SC2 Icon Improved Nano-Repair

The science vessel's Nano-Repair no longer costs energy.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
PulseAmplifier SC2 Icon Pulse Amplifier

Doubles the speed of the wraith's ground attack.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

DevelopmentEdit

Main article: Tech lab/Development

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. 2014-11-07. Legacy of the Void - Multiplayer Update: Terran. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2014-11-09.
  4. 2015-10-23, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- October 23, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-10-25
  5. 2015-09-03, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- September 3, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-09
  6. 2015-06-18, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- June 17, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-06-26
  7. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  8. 2015-08-20, Legacy of the Void Beta: Balance Update Preview - August 20. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-06
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.

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