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"When the time for an ambush arrives, remember that the Zerg aren't the only ones who can go underground. The Widow Mine packs a nasty surprise, and is ideal for perimeter defense as well as tactical ambushes."

- A Dominion Armed Forces blurb for the widow mine.(src)

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A widow mine

The widow mine is a terran unit introduced in Heart of the Swarm.

OverviewEdit

A support unit,[1] the widow mine is a quadrapedal device that represents the next step in Dominion automated weaponry. It is controlled remotely, piloted into a contested area and then set to activate when enemy units draw near. Once triggered, the widow mine launches a missile designed to explode in a firestorm of shrapnel, eliminating its primary target as well as any foes that might be nearby.[2] These Sentinel missiles are of short range and pack a fragmentation warhead, that delivers superheated shrapnel to the target and the adjacent area on detonation. The missiles are assembled in an automated manufacturing plant located in the 'thorax' of the unit. After numerous friendly fire incidents, widow mines were outfitted with a powerful friend or foe identification system, which is loosely based on the operative algorithms present in all Crucio smart shells. Initially, the system worked as intended, but it didn't take long for casualty rates to rise once again.

If the widow mine sustains crippling damage to any of its systems, an advanced heuristics recovery algorithm quickly begins the process of determining what’s the best course of action to restore operative efficiency. After executing multiple simulated scenarios, the simple onboard AI reroutes power from affected systems and reprograms the unit’s behavioral patterns to either allow it to complete its mission, or return home for repairs.[3]

HistoryEdit

The widow mine was inspired by zerg burrowers,[3] and constructed around a modified version of the spider mine pioneered by Victor Kachinsky.[2] Field tests revealed that the burrowing capabilities of the weapon could be improved at a nominal cost. The addition of neosteel carbide tips, and sonic oscillators that allow each leg to vibrate independently at high speeds, significantly reduced burrow times. The enhanced claws have seen much use in "Mine Fighting", a popular (and illegal) sport that pits two of these robots against each other for credits and glory.

Widow mines have been used in diverse scenarios—perimeter defense, tactical ambushes, and political assassinations. An apocryphal record even attests to a single widow mine killing a corrupt colonial magistrate and his entourage of like-minded officials by destroying the dining room they were in.[3]

Game UnitEdit

Widow Mine
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Unit
Race

Terran

Armament

Sentinel Missiles

Properties
Transport
size

2

Production
Minerals

75 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

25 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

2 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Factory

Movement
Speed

2.81

Protection
Hit points

90

Armor

0 SC2TerrVehArm

Type
Armor type

Light

Sentinel Missiles
Damage

40 + 40 vs shields (splash damage radius 1.75, deals full damage in the radius)[4]

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

40

Range

5[5]

Sentinel Missiles is an autocast ability that automatically activates when a widow mine is burrowed, and cannot be turned off unless the widow mine unburrows. This ability causes the widow mine to fire a missile at a target within 5 range, causing 125 damage (+35 vs. shields) and 40 splash damage. The widow mine then spends 40 seconds rearming.

Activate Mine: The mine takes 3 seconds to burrow, or 1 second after it has received the Drilling Claws upgrade.

While unburrowed, a widow mine's priority is reduced.[6]

The ability is autocast and can be turned on or off in both activated and deactivated modes.

AbilitiesEdit

UnstablePayload SC2-HotS Icon Sentinel Missiles
Usage
Range

5

Cooldown

40 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

The widow mine fires a sentinel missile that deals 125 damage (+35 vs. shields) and 40 splash damage to units within 1.25 radius, 20 damage inside 1.25 to 1.5, and 10 damage from 1.5 to 1.75. The ability is automatically activated when the widow mine burrows and can only be deactivated when the mine unburrows.

The attack damages any friendlies except itself or other widow mines[7]

The ability is autocast.

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ActivateMine SC2-HotS Icon Activate Mine
Usage
Duration

3 (1 with Drilling Claws) Time SC2 Game1

Notes

The widow mine burrows, activating the Sentinel Missiles ability.

The ability can be autocast.

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UpgradesEdit

SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

V

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

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DrillingClaws SC2-HotS Icon Drilling Claws
Researched at

Tech lab attached to factory

Hotkey

C

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Armory

Notes

Reduces the time Activate Mine takes to burrow the widow mine from 3 seconds to 1 second.

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DevelopmentEdit

The widow mine was previously a suicide unit.[8][9]

In patch #8, it lost the ability to autoacquire cloaked units.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2014-09-25, The Science Corner –The Threat Continues. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-09-27
  2. 2.0 2.1 Units: Widow Mine, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-05-12
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2014-09-11, Widow Mine Science, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-09-12
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. 2014-07-25. Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- July 25, 2014. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2014-07-26.
  5. The Rusher. 2011-10-26. ​A complete list of all multiplayer HOTS changes/additions, now that Blizzcon is over. Reddit. Accessed 2011-10-29.
  6. Spyrian. 2012-12-12. Beta Balance Update #9 – December 12, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-12.
  7. Nuthouse01. 2014-01-11. SC2 widow test. Youtube. Accessed 2014-01-11.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment, Teamliquid. 2012-06-09. Heart of the Swarm Update. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-09.
  9. Dayvie. 2012-10-05. Thoughts on Balance Update #5 Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion. Accessed 2012-10-13.
  10. Kaivax. 2012-12-05. Beta Balance Update #8 – December 5, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-05.

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