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"You know who the best star fighter in the fleet is? Yours truly."

- A Wraith pilot(src)

Wraith
Wraith SC1 Art1
Historical
Built
Physical
Race

Terran

Type

Aerospace fighter

Political
Affiliation

Various

Personnel
Crew

1

The Wraith is a terran space superiority fighter used extensively in the Koprulu sector.

OverviewEdit

Wraiths primarily use missiles for their air/space attacks[1] but can also use lasers for air/space targets. Against ground targets however, their lasers lack punch.[2] Their armor provides little protection to the craft.[3]

Known for their maneuverability,[4] piloting a Wraith is no small task however, and aspiring Colonial Fleet Wraith pilots already had to be certified combat pilots before gaining access to the new craft.[5] Wraith pilots were typically "lionized" in a manner similar to destroyer captains.[1]

Wraiths are capable of both atmospheric and deep space flight,[6] can withstand entry through a planet's atmosphere[4] and are capable of travelling at super-sonic speeds.[2] It is generally a given that Wraiths will be attached to capital ships, as they lack the ability to make jumps through warp space.[7]

HistoryEdit

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Wraiths on the attack

The Confederacy used the Wraith in 2485 at the beginning of the Guild Wars. These Wraiths had access to laser weapons.[2]

By 2499, the Wraith was still considered the newest in a line of space superiority fighters. Traditionally, most space battles had taken place between capital ships and smaller gunships. However, Tarsonian technicians found that small, dynamic high-speed fighters could repeatedly deal damage to large ships while evading most defensive battery attacks.

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Wraiths in flight

The Wraith's prominence diminished after the Brood War as the conflict revealed several critical weaknesses in terran anti-air capability and Wraith's design itself: combined Wraith/Valkyrie squadrons were an unwieldy combination against agile zerg airborne organisms.The Viking was developed as a more versatile anti-air craft, which could better fulfill the role Wraiths were originally intended for.[8] With the development of the AH/G-24 Banshee, the Wraith lost its anti-ground role to the new dedicated ground support craft, which was also equipped with Wraith cloaking systems to boot.[9]

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Wraiths in space

Wraiths remained in service by the Dominion after the Brood War;[7][10] the Dominion placed restrictions on the augmentations allowed on privately-owned Wraith fighters.[7] By 2504, they could still be found as part of the Dominion Armed Forces,[11] despite being older technology. The mercenary group Raynor's Raiders also still has access to Wraith fighters.[12][13] Statues of Wraith squadrons can be found on Korhal.[14]

Currently, Wraiths are a rare sight in the Dominion Armed Forces.[3]

VariantsEdit

The Wraith has been produced in multiple variants.[9] Known variants include:

CF/A-17 WraithEdit

The CF/A-17 Wraith is the earliest known Wraith model, acting as the basis for all later variants. However, it has been supplanted by the CF/A-17G variant (see below). It is armed with Gemini Air-to-Air Missiles.[1]

CF/A-17G WraithEdit

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CF/A-17G profile

The CF/A-17G Wraith is an upgraded version of its A-17 predecessor and for all intents and purposes, represents the 'standard' Wraith.[1] Its design was spurred by the lack of an effective terran air-to-ground unit below battlecruiser weight. As such, the G variant was designed featuring a 25mm burst laser in addition to Gemini missiles, for attacks against ground targets.[9]

The CF/A-17G also features other upgrades. Equipped with the latest in ECM and stealth technology,[15] the G variant features a built-in cloaking field which runs off the fighter's main power supply.[1] The CF/A-17G is also capable of hovering, and equipped with a computer system which, among other functions, can key in on heat signatures and is compatible with an energy shield.[6]

Wraiths with lasers were in use by 2485 (fighting at the first battle of the Guild Wars) and specifically identified by 2490.[2]

DF/A-19 WraithEdit

The DF/A-19 Wraith Mk2 is an upgraded version of the CF/A-17G, possessing greater resilience and more powerful weapons without the loss of speed. The DF/A-19 was used by the mercenary group, "Unholy" Tara's Stalkers.[16]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Wraith
Wraith SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Terran

Role

Cloaking Starfighter

Armament
  • 25 mm burst lasers
  • Gemini AA missiles
Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Size

Large

Sight range

7

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

Supply

2 Supply Terran SC1

Build time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Hotkey

W

Protection
Hit points

120

Combat
Ground attack

8

Air attack

20LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown
  • 30 (ground)
  • 22 (air)
Attack range

5

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Unit profile

The Wraith is best against large-sized air targets.

With the Apollo Reactor a Wraith can remain cloaked for over 3.5 minutes.

The ground attack and cloak make Wraiths useful for harassing the workers of poorly defended expansions. They're also useful for picking out lone units scouting before the opposition can react.  Wraiths, however, have a weak ground attack, are fairly fragile against most units, and easily damaged. While this is compensated with the cloaking ability, Wraiths are not very massable due to their cost.

It is voiced by Glenn Stafford.[17]

AbilitiesEdit

The Wraith can cloak. It can still attack while cloaked.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 (+1 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Acquisition
Purchased from Control tower
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1

UpgradesEdit

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  • Increases the Wraith's energy by 50.
  • Increases starting energy from 50 to 62.5.
Acquisition
Purchased from Control tower
Hotkey A
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1
  • +1 bonus to attack per level for Wraith ground attack and Valkyrie attack.
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for Wraith air attack
  • +3 bonus to attack per level for battlecruiser attack
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey H
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Science facility

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft Wraith Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

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StarCraft alpha Phoenix

During development, the Wraith was known as the Phoenix.[18] In the StarCraft alpha the craft had a different appearance[19] In the StarCraft beta, while the original name was retained, the craft had an appearance identical to its end successor.[20] Both versions of this craft had Gemini missiles.[19][20]

The name has since been adopted by a StarCraft II protoss unit.[21]

StarCraft IIEdit

"Hey hotshot, you want these Wraith fighters now? They'll take down a battlecruiser easy. You can build more at a starport."

- Chief Engineer Rory Swann(src)

Wraith
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Unit
Race

Terran

Campaign

Wings of Liberty
Heart of the Swarm

Properties
Maximum energy

200 (init. 50) Energy Terran SC1

Energy
regen/second

0.5625

Sight range

8

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1

Supply

2 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

50 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Starport

Hotkey

W

Movement
Speed

3.75

Protection
Hit points

125

Armor

0 SC2TerrShipArm

Gemini Missiles
Damage

5 (+5 vs armored)

Attacks

2

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

1.25

Range

5

Upgrade/level

+1/+1 SC2TerrShipWeap

Burst lasers
Damage

8

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.69

Range

5

Upgrade/levels

+1 SC2TerrShipWeap

The Wraith has been replaced by the Viking in the anti-air role, while the Banshee is far superior in the ground attack role and inherits the Wraith's cloaking ability.

The Wraith may be built during and after the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty mission, "Engine of Destruction", where Chief Engineer Rory Swann dispatches them to provide air support for the Odin.[13]

Compared to the Viking, the Wraith is more expensive, slower to build and has much lower air-to-air range, but has the advantages of cloaking, higher speed, and being able to attack ground targets from the air. The damage output of their missiles is a trade-off - the Viking's missiles do more damage (10 +4 versus the wraith's 5 +5), but the Wraith attacks faster. The Viking also has the advantage of not requiring a tech lab, though this is circumvented if the player gets tech reactors.

Compared to the Banshee, the Wraith costs one less supply, builds and moves faster, and is able to attack air targets. However, the Banshee costs less gas, and does significantly greater damage to ground targets. As an overall, the Banshee and Viking are preferable to the Wraith, but if the player wishes for an entirely cloaked force, then a fleet of Banshees and Wraiths is perfectly viable.

Wraiths are strong against medivac dropships, banshees, battlecruisers, void rays, carriers, warp prisms, overlords, corruptors, and brood lords. They are weak against marines, goliaths, missile turrets, stalkers, photon cannons, hydralisks, and spore crawlers, while not being very effective against phoenixes and mutalisks, and being on par with Vikings.

AbilitiesEdit

Enables terran Wraiths to cloak.

Usage
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) Energy Terran SC1
Acquisition
Hotkey C
ve

UpgradesEdit

Increases the damage of terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
ve

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey P
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of LibertyEdit

TomahawkPowerCells SC2 Icon1 Tomahawk Power Cells

Wraiths start with +100 energy.

These improved power cells provide the wraith with a large up-front energy reserve. This allows newly built wraiths to instantly engage in missions with heavy cloaking requirements, rather than having to wait for the reactor to build up a sufficient charge.[22]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $80,000
ve
DisplacementField SC2 Icon1 Displacement Field

Wraiths dodge 20% of attacks when cloaked but detected. Misses are indicated with an aura.[23]

ATVX has developed an improved cloaking field that can radically alter the course of incoming projectiles. Field tests have shown that roughly 20% of incoming hits will miss a detected wraith entirely if cloaking is still engaged.[22]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $125,000
ve

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[24]

This reactor has a larger energy reserve on startup and can hold a much larger charge. Now our specialist units can use their abilities the moment they hit the battlefield, and they can store more energy when idle for long periods of time. Specialists units are units that use energy, such as the medic, ghost, and wraith.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
ve

Damaged mechanical units recover hit points when out of combat, at a rate of 0.6015 each second.[24]

Our ship and vehicle hulls are now made from a material called Regenerative Bio-Steel. This material uses internal nanobots to slowly repair any damage the hull sustains. While this regeneration process is much slower than conventional SCV repairs, it can be the difference between life and death if no SCVs are available.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
ve
SC2 Lab Ultra Capacitors Icon Ultra Capacitors

Attack upgrades improve attack cooldown of affected units by 5% per level.[25]

These self-replicating ultra capacitors reduce the reload time of weapons and systems. Now each of the weapon upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increases attack speed by 5% in addition to increasing damage.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points
ve
SC2 Lab VanPlating Icon Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades increase health of affected units by 5% per level.[25]

We have created a new lightweight alloy called vanadium. Vanadium diffuses weapon impacts much more efficiently than traditional armor plating, and it better preserves the life of our units. Now each of the armor upgrades in the armory and engineering bay increases unit life by 5% in addition to increasing armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points
ve

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Wraith Quotations

Known UnitsEdit

Known CraftEdit

Known PilotsEdit

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A Wraith pilot

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 McNeill, Graham (December 30, 2008). StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 1416-55083-6.
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  5. Space Fleet. Accessed on 2008-01-28
  6. 6.0 6.1 Neilson, Micky (December 18, 2000). StarCraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0743-41898-0 (eBook).
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  8. Viking. Accessed on 2008-01-28
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Banshee. Accessed on 2008-01-28
  10. Golden, Christie (November 27, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #2: Shadow Hunters. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7126-8.
  11. Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). StarCraft II: Flashpoint. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.
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  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Media Blitz (in English). 2010-07-27.
  15. Wraith. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-28
  16. 1999-03-26. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Mercenaries (in English). Map Archives: Mercenaries. StarCraft Compendium Map Archives.
  17. Glenn Stafford, Behind the Voice Actors. Accessed on 2015-04-22
  18. Lord of Ascension. 2007-09-28. [1]. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2007-12-02.
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