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|crew=Typically 4000-7000,<ref name="KindreganQA13"/><ref name="SC:Flashpoint">Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). ''[[StarCraft II: Flashpoint]]''. [[Simon & Schuster]] (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.</ref> potentially as low as 1200<ref name="SC:Frenzy">Bogdanove, Kal-El. "[[Frenzy (short story)|Frenzy]]." (Feb. 28, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. [http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/lore/short-stories/frenzy/1 StarCraft Lore: Frenzy] Accessed 2013-02-28.</ref> (no specified class)<br>
 
|crew=Typically 4000-7000,<ref name="KindreganQA13"/><ref name="SC:Flashpoint">Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). ''[[StarCraft II: Flashpoint]]''. [[Simon & Schuster]] (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.</ref> potentially as low as 1200<ref name="SC:Frenzy">Bogdanove, Kal-El. "[[Frenzy (short story)|Frenzy]]." (Feb. 28, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. [http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/lore/short-stories/frenzy/1 StarCraft Lore: Frenzy] Accessed 2013-02-28.</ref> (no specified class)<br>
 
6000—8000 (''Behemoth''-class)<ref>2017-04-21, [https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/20695698 Remastering StarCraft's Art]. ''Blizzard Entertainment'', accessed on 2017-04-21</ref><br>
 
6000—8000 (''Behemoth''-class)<ref>2017-04-21, [https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/20695698 Remastering StarCraft's Art]. ''Blizzard Entertainment'', accessed on 2017-04-21</ref><br>
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{{Quote|Who called in the fleet? We did!|Anonymous|url=https://direct.darkhorse.com/products/starcraft-terran-battlecruiser-ship-replica}}
 
{{Quote|Who called in the fleet? We did!|Anonymous|url=https://direct.darkhorse.com/products/starcraft-terran-battlecruiser-ship-replica}}
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC1 Art2.jpg|thumb|left|A battlecruiser]]
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC1 Art2.jpg|thumb|left|A battlecruiser]]
Battlecruisers stem as far back as the early days of the [[Terran Confederacy]].<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryMercs">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. ([[Activision Blizzard]]). PC. [[Graven Hill]]'s laptop (in [[English]]). 2010.</ref> While there are many classes of battlecruisers, all are armed with lasers and protected by [[neosteel]] armor.<ref name="SC2">[http://www.starcraft2.com/features/terran/battlecruiser.xml Battlecruiser-StarCraft II]. Accessed on 2008-02-12</ref> These laser weapons consist of multiple twin-cannon laser batteries for aerial defense and surface bombardment, located across the battlecruiser's hull. Its air-to-air guns—not as powerful as its air-to-ground ones—are equipped with advanced optics and sensors to deal with fast moving targets. The vessel's air-to-ground guns make use of electromagnetic coils to increase the potency of their shots.<ref name="BattlecruiserScience"/>
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Battlecruisers stem as far back as the early days of the [[Terran Confederacy]].<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryMercs">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. ([[Activision Blizzard]]). PC. [[Graven Hill]]'s laptop (in [[English]]). 2010.</ref> While there are many classes of battlecruisers, all are armed with lasers and protected by [[neosteel]] armor.<ref name="SC2">[http://www.starcraft2.com/features/terran/battlecruiser.xml Battlecruiser-StarCraft II]. Accessed on 2008-02-12</ref> These laser weapons consist of multiple twin-cannon laser batteries for aerial defense and surface bombardment, located across the battlecruiser's hull. Its air-to-air guns—not as powerful as its air-to-ground ones—are equipped with advanced optics and sensors to deal with fast moving targets. The vessel's air-to-ground guns make use of electromagnetic coils to increase the potency of their shots.<ref name= "BattlecruiserScience"/>
   
 
Battlecruisers were employed during the [[Guild Wars]] when space engagements were fought by capital ships and medium-sized [[gunship]]s. The development of anti-capital ship starfighters, such as [[Wraith]]s, did not spell the end of battlecruisers. The large warships adapted to carry strike craft which augmented and complemented the combat value of both. Battlecruisers continue to be an integral part of terran space forces as general purpose warships<ref name="SC:QnBlades">Rosenberg, Aaron (May 23, 2006). ''[[StarCraft: Queen of Blades]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7133-6.</ref> and command ships during extended campaigns.<ref name="SC1Man">Underwood, Peter, [[Bill Roper]], [[Chris Metzen]] and Jeffrey Vaughn. ''[[StarCraft]] (Manual)''. Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.</ref>
 
Battlecruisers were employed during the [[Guild Wars]] when space engagements were fought by capital ships and medium-sized [[gunship]]s. The development of anti-capital ship starfighters, such as [[Wraith]]s, did not spell the end of battlecruisers. The large warships adapted to carry strike craft which augmented and complemented the combat value of both. Battlecruisers continue to be an integral part of terran space forces as general purpose warships<ref name="SC:QnBlades">Rosenberg, Aaron (May 23, 2006). ''[[StarCraft: Queen of Blades]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7133-6.</ref> and command ships during extended campaigns.<ref name="SC1Man">Underwood, Peter, [[Bill Roper]], [[Chris Metzen]] and Jeffrey Vaughn. ''[[StarCraft]] (Manual)''. Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.</ref>
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[[File:Battlecruiser SC2 CineDangerousGames1.jpg|thumb|Battlecruiser shields flaring up as a result of impact]]
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC2 CineDangerousGames1.jpg|thumb|Battlecruiser shields flaring up as a result of impact]]
Battlecruisers use [[force field (terran)|force fields]] for protection, but because they consume vast amounts of energy, these are only used when a battlecruiser is vulnerable, such as leaving [[warp space]] or entering an atmosphere. Otherwise the battlecruiser relies on its heavy armor for protection.<ref name="CreativeQA5">Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-11-05. [http://us.battle.net//sc2/en/blog/7778772 StarCraft II Creative Development Q&A - Part 5]. ''Blizzard Entertainment''. Accessed 2012-11-05.</ref> In the case of an emergency, battlecruisers are outfitted with [[jump-pod]]s, allowing the crew to abandon the ship and survive in deep space for days at a time.<ref name="SC:Frenzy"/>
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Battlecruisers use [[force field (terran)|force fields]] for protection, but because they consume vast amounts of energy, these are only used when a battlecruiser is vulnerable, such as leaving [[warp space]] or entering an atmosphere. Otherwise the battlecruiser relies on its heavy armor for protection.<ref name="CreativeQA5">Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-11-05. [http://us.battle.net//sc2/en/blog/7778772 StarCraft II Creative Development Q&A - Part 5]. ''Blizzard Entertainment''. Accessed 2012-11-05.</ref> In the case of an emergency, battlecruisers are outfitted with [[jump-pod]]s, allowing the crew to abandon the ship and survive in deep space for days at a time.<ref name="SC:Frenzy" />
   
 
Battlecruisers are sometimes referred to as "battleships."<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" />
 
Battlecruisers are sometimes referred to as "battleships."<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" />
   
After the [[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]], battlecruiser research was done through [[fusion core]]s, which harassed nuclear energy and antimatter to improve on their design.<ref name="Collections">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void]]''. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016</ref>
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After the [[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]], battlecruiser research was done through [[fusion core]]s, which harassed nuclear energy and antimatter to improve on their design.<ref name = "Collections">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void]]''. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016</ref>
   
 
===Known Classes===
 
===Known Classes===
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{{Quote2|Only the finest officers are chosen to serve aboard the pride of the Confederate fleet-- do you have what it takes?|[[Colonial Fleet]] advertisement for the [[Behemoth-class battlecruiser|''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser]]|http://classic.battle.net/scc/terran/ub.shtml}}
 
{{Quote2|Only the finest officers are chosen to serve aboard the pride of the Confederate fleet-- do you have what it takes?|[[Colonial Fleet]] advertisement for the [[Behemoth-class battlecruiser|''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser]]|http://classic.battle.net/scc/terran/ub.shtml}}
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SCR Art1.jpg|thumb|A ''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser orbiting [[Tarsonis]]]]
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SCR Art1.jpg|thumb|A ''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser orbiting [[Tarsonis]]]]
The '''''Behemoth''-class''' was the most common type during the [[Great War]], representing a noticeable improvement over the ''Leviathan''. It can travel through [[warp space]],<ref name="SC:QnBlades" /> operate within atmospheres and land on planetary surfaces.<ref name="SC:ShadXel">Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). ''[[StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.</ref> The ''[[Hyperion]]'', a souped-up ''Behemoth'', can make warp jumps from within planetary atmospheres.<ref name="SC2_CineEscapeMarSara">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Zero Hour#Escape from Mar Sara|Escape from Mar Sara]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> [[Second Great War]]-era ''Behemoths'' had crews of 6000.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/>
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The '''''Behemoth''-class''' was the most common type during the [[Great War]], representing a noticeable improvement over the ''Leviathan''. It can travel through [[warp space]],<ref name="SC:QnBlades" /> operate within atmospheres and land on planetary surfaces.<ref name="SC:ShadXel">Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). ''[[StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.</ref> The ''[[Hyperion]]'', a souped-up ''Behemoth'', can make warp jumps from within planetary atmospheres.<ref name="SC2_CineEscapeMarSara">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Zero Hour#Escape from Mar Sara|Escape from Mar Sara]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> [[Second Great War]]-era ''Behemoths'' had crews of 6000.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" />
   
The class is armed with burst laser batteries;<ref name="SC2_CineEscapeMarSara" /> and [[Nuclear missile|nuclear warheads]].<ref name="SCC">[http://classic.battle.net/scc/terran/ub.shtml SC1 Battlecruiser]. ''StarCraft Compendium''. Accessed on 2008-02-12</ref> Older ships did not have side firing arcs for the laser batteries.<ref name="SC:Upr"/> The batteries were also vulnerable to [[interceptor]]s.<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUpgrd">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. [[Bay 12 (Hyperion)|Armory]] upgrades (in English). 2010.</ref> Some warheads were reserved for orbital bombardment rather than for space combat,<ref name="SC:ShadXel"/> though some ''Behemoths'' were armed ten-kiloton tactical warheads designed for both ship-to-ship combat and ground bombardment.<ref name="SC:Evolution">Zahn, Timothy (November 8, 2016). ''[[StarCraft: Evolution]].'' Del Rey Books. ISBN 0425284735.</ref> The [[Yamato cannon]] entered service aboard the ''Behemoth'' just before the [[Great War]].<ref name="SC:FManual" /> Battlecruisers received the Colossus reactor to better meet the cannon's enormous energy requirements.<ref name="SC1Man" />
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The class is armed with burst laser batteries;<ref name="SC2_CineEscapeMarSara" /> and [[Nuclear missile|nuclear warheads]].<ref name="SCC">[http://classic.battle.net/scc/terran/ub.shtml SC1 Battlecruiser]. ''StarCraft Compendium''. Accessed on 2008-02-12</ref> Older ships did not have side firing arcs for the laser batteries.<ref name="SC:Upr" /> The batteries were also vulnerable to [[interceptor]]s.<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUpgrd">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. [[Bay 12 (Hyperion)|Armory]] upgrades (in English). 2010.</ref> Some warheads were reserved for orbital bombardment rather than for space combat,<ref name="SC:ShadXel" /> though some ''Behemoths'' were armed ten-kiloton tactical warheads designed for both ship-to-ship combat and ground bombardment.<ref name="SC:Evolution">Zahn, Timothy (November 8, 2016). ''[[StarCraft: Evolution]]''. Del Rey Books. ISBN 0425284735.</ref> The [[Yamato cannon]] entered service aboard the ''Behemoth'' just before the [[Great War]].<ref name="SC:FManual" /> Battlecruisers received the Colossus reactor to better meet the cannon's enormous energy requirements.<ref name="SC1Man" />
   
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC-G Art1.jpg|thumb|A flight of ''Behemoth''-class battlecruisers]]
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC-G Art1.jpg|thumb|A flight of ''Behemoth''-class battlecruisers]]
 
[[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]]-era [[Terran Dominion]] ''Behemoth''s required access to [[physics lab]]s to power up their weapon systems. The loss of these labs could cripple a fleet.<ref name="SC:BW_E5_M4">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Mission: [[Assault on Korhal]] (in English). 1998.</ref>
 
[[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]]-era [[Terran Dominion]] ''Behemoth''s required access to [[physics lab]]s to power up their weapon systems. The loss of these labs could cripple a fleet.<ref name="SC:BW_E5_M4">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Mission: [[Assault on Korhal]] (in English). 1998.</ref>
   
The ''Behemoth''-class is protected by standard [[neosteel]] armor<ref name="SC1Man" /> and [[energy shield]]s,<ref name="SC:Upr"/><ref name="SC:QnBlades"/> It is less vulnerable to enemy boarding actions.<ref name="SC:DkTempSaga1">Golden, Christie (May 22, 2007). ''[[StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn|StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #1: Firstborn]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7125-1.</ref> A hit from a Yamato cannon can cripple a ''Behemoth''.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> ''Behemoths'' are powered by fusion reactors, but these are regarded as outdated when compared to the fusion technology utilized by the ''Minotaur''-class. Efforts are being made to retrofit old vessels. To this day, many battlecruisers belonging to the old ex-Confederate guard still use antiquated reactors—poorly maintained or jury-rigged to yield higher energy outputs—that have a tendency to leak.<ref name="BattlecruiserScience" /> The bridges of ''Behemoths'' during the [[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]] and before had a lower profile, with port and starboard view decks to ensure maximum visibility in the event of an attack such as a zerg ambush.<ref name="Collections" />
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The ''Behemoth''-class is protected by standard [[neosteel]] armor<ref name="SC1Man" /> and [[energy shield]]s,<ref name="SC:Upr" /><ref name="SC:QnBlades" /> It is less vulnerable to enemy boarding actions.<ref name="SC:DkTempSaga1">Golden, Christie (May 22, 2007). ''[[StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn|StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #1: Firstborn]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7125-1.</ref> A hit from a Yamato cannon can cripple a ''Behemoth''.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> ''Behemoths'' are powered by fusion reactors, but these are regarded as outdated when compared to the fusion technology utilized by the ''Minotaur''-class. Efforts are being made to retrofit old vessels. To this day, many battlecruisers belonging to the old ex-Confederate guard still use antiquated reactors—poorly maintained or jury-rigged to yield higher energy outputs—that have a tendency to leak.<ref name="BattlecruiserScience" /> The bridges of ''Behemoths'' during the [[Brood War (conflict)|Brood War]] and before had a lower profile, with port and starboard view decks to ensure maximum visibility in the event of an attack such as a zerg ambush.<ref name="Collections" />
   
The ''Behemoth'' includes [[force field (terran)|force field]]-enclosed<ref name="TerCamp">2007-08-03. [http://www.gamespot.com/video/939643/6176222/ StarCraft II Single-Player Campaign BlizzCon Preview]. ''Gamespot.'' Accessed 2008-02-12.</ref> docking bays.<ref name="SC:BW_CineAscension">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: [[StarCraft Episode VI#The Ascension|The Ascension]] (in English). 1998.</ref> A strike group can include [[Wraith]]s and [[scoutship]]s.<ref name="SC:QnBlades"/>
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The ''Behemoth'' includes [[force field (terran)|force field]]-enclosed<ref name="TerCamp">2007-08-03. [http://www.gamespot.com/video/939643/6176222/ StarCraft II Single-Player Campaign BlizzCon Preview]. ''Gamespot.'' Accessed 2008-02-12.</ref> docking bays.<ref name="SC:BW_CineAscension">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: [[StarCraft Episode VI#The Ascension|The Ascension]] (in English). 1998.</ref> A strike group can include [[Wraith]]s and [[scoutship]]s.<ref name="SC:QnBlades" />
 
[[File:SC2 LotV Turret.jpg|thumb|220x220px|Battlecruiser missile turret]]
 
[[File:SC2 LotV Turret.jpg|thumb|220x220px|Battlecruiser missile turret]]
A ''Behemoth'' can carry hundreds<ref name="SC:Upr"/> to thousands<ref name="SC:QnBlades"/> of troops and their equipment.,<ref name="SC:Upr"/> deployed by [[dropship]]s and {{link|shuttle|Terran}}s<ref name="SC:QnBlades"/> carried in the docking bays,<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUnits">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory units (in English). 2010.</ref> along with up to two dozen starfighters.<ref name="SC:QnBlades"/>
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A ''Behemoth'' can carry hundreds<ref name="SC:Upr" /> to thousands<ref name="SC:QnBlades" /> of troops and their equipment.,<ref name="SC:Upr" /> deployed by [[dropship]]s and {{link|shuttle|Terran}}s<ref name="SC:QnBlades" /> carried in the docking bays,<ref name = "SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUnits">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory units (in English). 2010.</ref> along with up to two dozen starfighters.<ref name="SC:QnBlades" />
   
 
Other equipment includes searchlights.<ref>Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: [[Brood War Introduction#Brood War Introduction Movie|Brood War Intro]] (in English). 1998.</ref><ref>[[:File:Battlecruiser SC-G Game1.jpg|StarCraft: Ghost (Battlecruiser)]]</ref>
 
Other equipment includes searchlights.<ref>Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft: Brood War]]''. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: [[Brood War Introduction#Brood War Introduction Movie|Brood War Intro]] (in English). 1998.</ref><ref>[[:File:Battlecruiser SC-G Game1.jpg|StarCraft: Ghost (Battlecruiser)]]</ref>
   
The ''Behemoth'' has proven be an enduring design and continued to serve into the [[Second Great War]].<ref name="SC:DkTempSaga1" /><ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> It received periodic upgrades and its hammerhead design inspired succeeding types.<ref name="SC2"/> Planetary defense forces such as the [[Knights of Tyrador]] continued to use ''Behemoths'' well into the reign of [[Valerian Mengsk]].<ref name="Collections" />
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The ''Behemoth'' has proven be an enduring design and continued to serve into the [[Second Great War]].<ref name="SC:DkTempSaga1" /><ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> It received periodic upgrades and its hammerhead design inspired succeeding types.<ref name = "SC2"/> Planetary defense forces such as the [[Knights of Tyrador]] continued to use ''Behemoths'' well into the reign of [[Valerian Mengsk]].<ref name="Collections" />
   
 
====''Hercules''-class====
 
====''Hercules''-class====
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====''Minotaur''-class====
 
====''Minotaur''-class====
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC2 Rend1.jpg|thumb|A ''Minotaur''-class battlecruiser]]
 
[[File:Battlecruiser SC2 Rend1.jpg|thumb|A ''Minotaur''-class battlecruiser]]
The '''''Minotaur''-class''' underwent field testing at [[Valhalla (installation)|Valhalla]],<ref name="WoL_EngineDestruction"/> and came into service in [[2502]],<ref name="SC:FManual"/> used by the [[Terran Dominion]].<ref name="SC:FrntLn_V2_News">Randolph, Grace (w), Nan Kim (p, i). "[[StarCraft: Frontline: Newsworthy|Newsworthy]]." In ''[[StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2]]'' (paperback binding), pp. 68-121. [[Tokyopop]], January 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80831-8.</ref><ref name="HDTimeline">April 6, 2010. "Timeline". ''[[StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.</ref>
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The '''''Minotaur''-class''' underwent field testing at [[Valhalla (installation)|Valhalla]],<ref name="WoL_EngineDestruction" /> and came into service in [[2502]],<ref name="SC:FManual" /> used by the [[Terran Dominion]].<ref name="SC:FrntLn_V2_News">Randolph, Grace (w), Nan Kim (p, i). "[[StarCraft: Frontline: Newsworthy|Newsworthy]]." In ''[[StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2]]'' (paperback binding), pp. 68-121. [[Tokyopop]], January 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80831-8.</ref><ref name="HDTimeline">April 6, 2010. "Timeline". ''[[StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.</ref>
   
''Minotaur''s can be upgraded with a variety of tactical systems. This includes the Type-V [[Yamato cannon]],<ref name="WoL_MawVoid">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: ''[[Wings of Liberty]]'', [[Maw of the Void]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref> [[energy shield]]s,<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Heir Apparent]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> anti-aerospace missile pods, and a [[defensive matrix]].<ref name="SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUpgrd"/> By the [[End War]], terran engineers had been able to devise new technology for the ship, allowing it to [[teleport]] across great distances.<ref>2014-11-07, [http://starcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/starcraft-ii-legacy-of-the-void-warps-into-blizzcon-2014 StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Warps into BlizzCon 2014]. ''Blizzplanet'', accessed on 2014-11-11</ref>
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''Minotaur''s can be upgraded with a variety of tactical systems. This includes the Type-V [[Yamato cannon]],<ref name="WoL_MawVoid">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: ''[[Wings of Liberty]]'', [[Maw of the Void]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref> [[energy shield]]s,<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Heir Apparent]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> anti-aerospace missile pods, and a [[defensive matrix]].<ref name = "SC2-WoL_StoryArmoryUpgrd"/> By the [[End War]], terran engineers had been able to devise new technology for the ship, allowing it to [[teleport]] across great distances.<ref>2014-11-07, [http://starcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/starcraft-ii-legacy-of-the-void-warps-into-blizzcon-2014 StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Warps into BlizzCon 2014]. ''Blizzplanet'', accessed on 2014-11-11</ref>
   
These battlecruisers have personnel quarters, a brig, a mess hall<ref name="SC:FrntLn_V2_News"/> and a bridge.<ref name="SC2_CineDangerGame">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Dangerous Game]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> Their fusion reactors are cleaner and more efficient than the outdated reactors of the ''Behemoth''-class. This includes the lack of leakage.<ref name="BattlecruiserScience"/>
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These battlecruisers have personnel quarters, a brig, a mess hall<ref name="SC:FrntLn_V2_News" /> and a bridge.<ref name="SC2_CineDangerGame">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Dangerous Game]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> Their fusion reactors are cleaner and more efficient than the outdated reactors of the ''Behemoth''-class. This includes the lack of leakage.<ref name="BattlecruiserScience"/>
   
 
In [[2503]],<ref name="SC:G:STimeline">September 27, 2011. "Timeline." ''[[StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 393-416. ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.</ref> Dominion ''Minotaur''s were suddenly withdrawn to be refitted for interatmospheric combat at [[Korhal|Korhal IV]]. The battlecruisers were ordered to abandon their current assignments, disembark passengers and cargo on nearby habitable worlds, and proceed immediately to the Dominion capital.<ref name="SC:Broken">Dayton, Cameron. "[[Broken Wide]]." (March 5, 2010). Blizzard Entertainment. [http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/lore/short-stories/broken-wide/1 Broken Wide] Accessed 2010-03-05.</ref>
 
In [[2503]],<ref name="SC:G:STimeline">September 27, 2011. "Timeline." ''[[StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres]]''. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 393-416. ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.</ref> Dominion ''Minotaur''s were suddenly withdrawn to be refitted for interatmospheric combat at [[Korhal|Korhal IV]]. The battlecruisers were ordered to abandon their current assignments, disembark passengers and cargo on nearby habitable worlds, and proceed immediately to the Dominion capital.<ref name="SC:Broken">Dayton, Cameron. "[[Broken Wide]]." (March 5, 2010). Blizzard Entertainment. [http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/lore/short-stories/broken-wide/1 Broken Wide] Accessed 2010-03-05.</ref>
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{{Main|Gorgon}}
 
{{Main|Gorgon}}
 
[[File:Gorgon SC2-HotS Game2.jpg|thumb|A ''Gorgon''-class battlecruiser]]
 
[[File:Gorgon SC2-HotS Game2.jpg|thumb|A ''Gorgon''-class battlecruiser]]
The '''''Gorgon''-class battlecruiser''' is the most powerful warship ever fielded by the terrans of the [[Koprulu sector]].<ref name="SC:FManual"/> It is larger than the ''Behemoth''-class.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/> The interior includes a bridge,<ref name="SC2_CineDangerGame"/> and extensive crew facilities which include cantinas and rec rooms. They are equipped with thousands of optic sensors, multiple laser batteries, and can field a crew complement of 6,000—8,000 terrans.<ref name="SC:FManual"/> ''Gorgon''s can withstand multiple Yamato cannon hits.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint">Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). ''[[StarCraft II: Flashpoint]]''. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.</ref>
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The '''''Gorgon''-class battlecruiser''' is the most powerful warship ever fielded by the terrans of the [[Koprulu sector]].<ref name="SC:FManual" /> It is larger than the ''Behemoth''-class.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> The interior includes a bridge,<ref name="SC2_CineDangerGame" /> and extensive crew facilities which include cantinas and rec rooms. They are equipped with thousands of optic sensors, multiple laser batteries, and can field a crew complement of 6,000—8,000 terrans.<ref name="SC:FManual" /> ''Gorgon''s can withstand multiple Yamato cannon hits.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint">Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). ''[[StarCraft II: Flashpoint]]''. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.</ref>
   
''[[Bucephalus]]'', a ''Gorgon''<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/> outfitted as a flagship in [[2503]], possessed a crew of approximately 8,239.<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Supernova#Heir Apparent|Heir Apparent]]. (in English). 2010.</ref>
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''[[Bucephalus]]'', a ''Gorgon''<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> outfitted as a flagship in [[2503]], possessed a crew of approximately 8,239.<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]''. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Supernova#Heir Apparent|Heir Apparent]]. (in English). 2010.</ref>
   
 
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[[File:Battlecruiser SC2-NCO Rend1.jpg|thumb|A ''Moirai''-class battlecruiser]]
''Moirai''-class battlecruisers were developed for the [[Dominion Special Forces]] during the reign of [[Valerian Mengsk]], and an upgrade over their predecessors. They had a lengthy research and testing period, and were made exclusive to the Special Forces. To accommodate their design, a special [[fusion core]] was developed for the special forces with quadruple the energy output but with no increase in its heat signature.<ref name="Collections">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void]]''. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016</ref>
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''Moirai''-class battlecruisers were developed for the [[Dominion Special Forces]] during the reign of [[Valerian Mengsk]], and an upgrade over their predecessors. They had a lengthy research and testing period, and were made exclusive to the Special Forces. To accommodate their design, a special [[fusion core]] was developed for the special forces with quadruple the energy output but with no increase in its heat signature.<ref name = "Collections">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void]]''. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016</ref>
 
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[[Umojan Protectorate|Umojan]] battlecruisers feature redesigned neosteel plating, as well as refinements to the Yamato cannon that make them particularly distinctive in battles.<ref name = "Collections"/>
 
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The battlecruiser ''[[Hyperion]]'' appears in ''[[Heroes of the Storm]]'', and is summoned by [[Jim Raynor]].<ref name="HeroesoftheStorm">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[Heroes of the Storm]]'' (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015</ref>
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The battlecruiser ''[[Hyperion]]'' appears in ''[[Heroes of the Storm]]'', and is summoned by [[Jim Raynor]].<ref name = "HeroesoftheStorm">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[Heroes of the Storm]]'' (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015</ref>
   
 
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*Most battlecruiser classes share their designations from various mythologies—the [[wikipedia:Leviathan|Leviathan]] and [[wikipedia:Behemoth|Behemoth]] are of the Bible, while [[wikipedia:Hercules|Hercules]], the [[wikipedia:Minotaur|Minotaur]], the [[wikipedia:Gorgon|Gorgon]], and [[wikipedia:Moirai|Moirai]] stem from [[Greek]] mythology.
 
*Most battlecruiser classes share their designations from various mythologies—the [[wikipedia:Leviathan|Leviathan]] and [[wikipedia:Behemoth|Behemoth]] are of the Bible, while [[wikipedia:Hercules|Hercules]], the [[wikipedia:Minotaur|Minotaur]], the [[wikipedia:Gorgon|Gorgon]], and [[wikipedia:Moirai|Moirai]] stem from [[Greek]] mythology.
*"Super-battlecruisers" are designated as such, without the "class" designation.<ref name="SCIIRetail"/> This may be indicative of an different type of ship altogether. However, it has been listed on this page to avoid a stub article.
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*"Super-battlecruisers" are designated as such, without the "class" designation.<ref name="SCIIRetail" /> This may be indicative of an different type of ship altogether. However, it has been listed on this page to avoid a stub article.
 
*Mega Bloks planned to make 3,000 battlecruiser models as part of its ''StarCraft'' toyline. A poll was opened as to which model(s) fans would like to see them represent.<ref>2011-11-09, [http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/starcraft-ii-limited-edition-mega-bloks-battlecruiser-video StarCraft II Limited Edition Mega Bloks Battlecruiser Video]. ''Blizzplanet'', accessed on 2011-11-19</ref> A 2011 limited edition set was released.<ref>[https://www.amazon.com/Starcraft-Mega-BlizzCon-Exclusive-Battlecruiser/dp/B0061RPG6Y Starcraft II Mega Bloks BlizzCon 2011 Exclusive Limited Edition Set Battlecruiser], ''Amazon.com''. Accessed on 2017-12-2017</ref>
 
 
*Dark Horse has announced a 15" battlecruiser model to be released in early 2020.<ref>[https://direct.darkhorse.com/products/starcraft-terran-battlecruiser-ship-replica StarCraft Terran Battlecruiser Ship Replica], ''DarkHorse.com''. Accessed on 2019-08-01</ref>
 
   
 
===Sizes===
 
===Sizes===
[[File:Battlecruiser SC2 Phys1.jpg|thumb|The Mega Bloks battlecruiser]]
 
 
Different sizes for battlecruisers have been given from differing sources.
 
Different sizes for battlecruisers have been given from differing sources.
   
*A ''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser was stated as being two "[[wikipedia:League (unit)|leagues]]" long in ''[[StarCraft: Uprising]]''.<ref name="SC:Upr"/> Most league measurements would have put the battlecruiser as over 9 km (5.6 miles) in length.
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*A ''Behemoth''-class battlecruiser was stated as being two "[[wikipedia:League (unit)|leagues]]" long in ''[[StarCraft: Uprising]]''.<ref name="SC:Upr" /> Most league measurements would have put the battlecruiser as over 9 km (5.6 miles) in length.
   
*The ''[[Bucephalus]]'', a ''Gorgon'' model,<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/><ref name="KindreganQA13"/> has been stated to be 560 meters long and 82.4 meters wide.<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent"/><ref name="KindreganQA13"/> This puts the two figures at odds, as the ''Bucephalus'' has been stated to be larger than the ''[[Hyperion]]'' (a ''Behemoth''-class), and that the ''[[White Star]]'' (another ''Gorgon'') has been stated to be "the largest vessel ever constructed by humanity."<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/>
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*The ''[[Bucephalus]]'', a ''Gorgon'' model,<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /><ref name = "KindreganQA13"/> has been stated to be 560 meters long and 82.4 meters wide.<ref name = "SC2_CineHeirApparent"/><ref name = "KindreganQA13"/> This puts the two figures at odds, as the ''Bucephalus'' has been stated to be larger than the ''[[Hyperion]]'' (a ''Behemoth''-class), and that the ''[[White Star]]'' (another ''Gorgon'') has been stated to be "the largest vessel ever constructed by humanity."<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" />
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*Compounding this further is that while the sizes figures for the ''Bucephalus'' have remained constant, its depiction has altered. In ''[[Wings of Liberty]]'', a holographic display depicts it as being a ''Minotaur''-class,<ref name = "SC2_CineHeirApparent"/> while it was depicted as a ''Gorgon''-class in ''[[Flashpoint]]''.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint" /> In the ''[[StarCraft Field Manual]]'', the ''Minotaur''-class can be approximated as being 1km in length, and 243 meters in height.<ref name="SC:FManual" />
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*Mega Bloks planned to make 3,000 battlecruiser models as part of its ''StarCraft'' toyline. A poll was opened as to which model(s) fans would like to see them represent.<ref>2011-11-09, [http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/starcraft-ii-limited-edition-mega-bloks-battlecruiser-video StarCraft II Limited Edition Mega Bloks Battlecruiser Video]. ''Blizzplanet'', accessed on 2011-11-19</ref> A 2011 limited edition set was released.<ref>[https://www.amazon.com/Starcraft-Mega-BlizzCon-Exclusive-Battlecruiser/dp/B0061RPG6Y Starcraft II Mega Bloks BlizzCon 2011 Exclusive Limited Edition Set Battlecruiser], ''Amazon.com''. Accessed on 2017-12-2017</ref>
   
[[File:Battlecruiser Model Real1.png|thumb|Dark Horse Direct battlecruiser model]]
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*Dark Horse has announced a 15" battlecruiser model to be released in early 2020,<ref>[https://direct.darkhorse.com/products/starcraft-terran-battlecruiser-ship-replica StarCraft Terran Battlecruiser Ship Replica], ''DarkHorse.com''. Accessed on 2019-08-01</ref> as well as two six inch versions, a "regular" one and a special [[Knights of Tyrador]] battlecruiser.<ref>[https://www.blizzardgearstore.com/games/starcraft/starcraft-blizzard-exclusive-6-mini-replica-limited-edition-metallic-terran-battlecruiser/o-10163519+t-65508070+p-927532013+z-9-164241301?_ref=p-TLP:m-GRID:i-r0c0:po-0 StarCraft Blizzard Exclusive 6 Mini Replica Limited Edition Metallic Terran Battlecruiser], ''Blizzard Gear''. Accessed on 2020-02-13</ref>
*Compounding this further is that while the sizes figures for the ''Bucephalus'' have remained constant, its depiction has altered. In ''[[Wings of Liberty]]'', a holographic display depicts it as being a ''Minotaur''-class,<ref name="SC2_CineHeirApparent"/> while it was depicted as a ''Gorgon''-class in ''[[Flashpoint]]''.<ref name="SC:Flashpoint"/> In the ''[[StarCraft Field Manual]]'', the ''Minotaur''-class can be approximated as being 1km in length, and 243 meters in height.<ref name="SC:FManual"/>
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"Although it may take some time to get into action, once operational, the Battlecruiser is simply unmatched by any opposing unit – whether it be Protoss, Terran, or Zerg. Between its high-intensity barrage of lasers and its cataclysmic Yamato Cannon, the Battlecruiser is equipped enough to destroy any unfortunate target it might set its sights upon."

The battlecruiser is a type of terran capital ship employed in the Koprulu sector.

OverviewEdit

"Who called in the fleet? We did!"

- Anonymous(src)

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A battlecruiser

Battlecruisers stem as far back as the early days of the Terran Confederacy.[6] While there are many classes of battlecruisers, all are armed with lasers and protected by neosteel armor.[7] These laser weapons consist of multiple twin-cannon laser batteries for aerial defense and surface bombardment, located across the battlecruiser's hull. Its air-to-air guns—not as powerful as its air-to-ground ones—are equipped with advanced optics and sensors to deal with fast moving targets. The vessel's air-to-ground guns make use of electromagnetic coils to increase the potency of their shots.[8]

Battlecruisers were employed during the Guild Wars when space engagements were fought by capital ships and medium-sized gunships. The development of anti-capital ship starfighters, such as Wraiths, did not spell the end of battlecruisers. The large warships adapted to carry strike craft which augmented and complemented the combat value of both. Battlecruisers continue to be an integral part of terran space forces as general purpose warships[9] and command ships during extended campaigns.[10]

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A battlecruiser inside warp space

Gravity accelerators are also found on all battlecruisers.[11] Warp drives are also fixed on battlecruisers, allowing it to achieve FTL travel. Besides the standard set of safety features, some battlecruisers have a secondary, short range warp drive to reduce wear and tear on the main one. It also serves as backup in emergency situations, such as the need to effect a blind jump, which is a very risky endeavor, to retreat from a hot zone. The shorter range reduces the likelihood that vessel and crew will end up stranded for years in a remote location.[8] When operating in atmospheric conditions, battlecruisers are kept aloft through antigravity technology.[12]

Battlecruisers are not unlike self-contained cities, and house crews ranging in size from 4000 to 7000. Besides the standard facilities required by a warship, battlecruisers boast an assortment of cantinas and rec rooms.[8]

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Battlecruiser shields flaring up as a result of impact

Battlecruisers use force fields for protection, but because they consume vast amounts of energy, these are only used when a battlecruiser is vulnerable, such as leaving warp space or entering an atmosphere. Otherwise the battlecruiser relies on its heavy armor for protection.[13] In the case of an emergency, battlecruisers are outfitted with jump-pods, allowing the crew to abandon the ship and survive in deep space for days at a time.[4]

Battlecruisers are sometimes referred to as "battleships."[3]

After the Brood War, battlecruiser research was done through fusion cores, which harassed nuclear energy and antimatter to improve on their design.[12]

Known ClassesEdit

Leviathan-classEdit

The Leviathan-class was uncommon at the start of the 26th century, having largely been supplanted by the Behemoth-class. The Leviathan could travel in warp space. Auxiliary craft docked at hydraulic ports. The ports were perilously close to the bridge, making the class vulnerable to enemy boarding actions.[14]

Behemoth-classEdit

"Only the finest officers are chosen to serve aboard the pride of the Confederate fleet-- do you have what it takes?"
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A Behemoth-class battlecruiser orbiting Tarsonis

The Behemoth-class was the most common type during the Great War, representing a noticeable improvement over the Leviathan. It can travel through warp space,[9] operate within atmospheres and land on planetary surfaces.[15] The Hyperion, a souped-up Behemoth, can make warp jumps from within planetary atmospheres.[16] Second Great War-era Behemoths had crews of 6000.[3]

The class is armed with burst laser batteries;[16] and nuclear warheads.[17] Older ships did not have side firing arcs for the laser batteries.[11] The batteries were also vulnerable to interceptors.[18] Some warheads were reserved for orbital bombardment rather than for space combat,[15] though some Behemoths were armed ten-kiloton tactical warheads designed for both ship-to-ship combat and ground bombardment.[19] The Yamato cannon entered service aboard the Behemoth just before the Great War.[1] Battlecruisers received the Colossus reactor to better meet the cannon's enormous energy requirements.[10]

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A flight of Behemoth-class battlecruisers

Brood War-era Terran Dominion Behemoths required access to physics labs to power up their weapon systems. The loss of these labs could cripple a fleet.[20]

The Behemoth-class is protected by standard neosteel armor[10] and energy shields,[11][9] It is less vulnerable to enemy boarding actions.[21] A hit from a Yamato cannon can cripple a Behemoth.[3] Behemoths are powered by fusion reactors, but these are regarded as outdated when compared to the fusion technology utilized by the Minotaur-class. Efforts are being made to retrofit old vessels. To this day, many battlecruisers belonging to the old ex-Confederate guard still use antiquated reactors—poorly maintained or jury-rigged to yield higher energy outputs—that have a tendency to leak.[8] The bridges of Behemoths during the Brood War and before had a lower profile, with port and starboard view decks to ensure maximum visibility in the event of an attack such as a zerg ambush.[12]

The Behemoth includes force field-enclosed[22] docking bays.[23] A strike group can include Wraiths and scoutships.[9]

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Battlecruiser missile turret

A Behemoth can carry hundreds[11] to thousands[9] of troops and their equipment.,[11] deployed by dropships and shuttles[9] carried in the docking bays,[24] along with up to two dozen starfighters.[9]

Other equipment includes searchlights.[25][26]

The Behemoth has proven be an enduring design and continued to serve into the Second Great War.[21][3] It received periodic upgrades and its hammerhead design inspired succeeding types.[7] Planetary defense forces such as the Knights of Tyrador continued to use Behemoths well into the reign of Valerian Mengsk.[12]

Hercules-classEdit

The following section contains information from StarCraft II that is ambiguously canonical.

The Hercules-class entered service after the Brood War. The Hercules could be equipped with plasma torpedoes for saturation ground bombardment. Like the Yamato cannon, the plasma torpedo system also had a large energy requirement.[7]

Minotaur-classEdit

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A Minotaur-class battlecruiser

The Minotaur-class underwent field testing at Valhalla,[27] and came into service in 2502,[1] used by the Terran Dominion.[28][29]

Minotaurs can be upgraded with a variety of tactical systems. This includes the Type-V Yamato cannon,[30] energy shields,[31] anti-aerospace missile pods, and a defensive matrix.[18] By the End War, terran engineers had been able to devise new technology for the ship, allowing it to teleport across great distances.[32]

These battlecruisers have personnel quarters, a brig, a mess hall[28] and a bridge.[33] Their fusion reactors are cleaner and more efficient than the outdated reactors of the Behemoth-class. This includes the lack of leakage.[8]

In 2503,[34] Dominion Minotaurs were suddenly withdrawn to be refitted for interatmospheric combat at Korhal IV. The battlecruisers were ordered to abandon their current assignments, disembark passengers and cargo on nearby habitable worlds, and proceed immediately to the Dominion capital.[35]

Gorgon-classEdit

"Bristling with laser batteries and thousands of glittering optic sensors, this flying neosteel citadel projects the Dominion's raw power and growing technical sophistication across the Koprulu sector like nothing else. Housing anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 crewmembers, the Gorgon-class battlecruiser is the gleaming apex of terran military engineering."
Main article: Gorgon
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A Gorgon-class battlecruiser

The Gorgon-class battlecruiser is the most powerful warship ever fielded by the terrans of the Koprulu sector.[1] It is larger than the Behemoth-class.[3] The interior includes a bridge,[33] and extensive crew facilities which include cantinas and rec rooms. They are equipped with thousands of optic sensors, multiple laser batteries, and can field a crew complement of 6,000—8,000 terrans.[1] Gorgons can withstand multiple Yamato cannon hits.[3]

Bucephalus, a Gorgon[3] outfitted as a flagship in 2503, possessed a crew of approximately 8,239.[31]

Bucephalus equipment[2]
Power Class 10 Fusion
Armament
  • 16 J23 Ship-to-Ship Missile Launchers
  • 25 Crew-Served Batteries
  • 145 Point Defense Systems
Air Wing Variable
Ground Ordnance Variable
Shield Active for Warp and Orbital Insertion
Range Variable; Standard Equip: Koprulu Sector
In-System Speed 1 AU per Cycle

Moirai-classEdit

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A Moirai-class battlecruiser

Moirai-class battlecruisers were developed for the Dominion Special Forces during the reign of Valerian Mengsk, and an upgrade over their predecessors. They had a lengthy research and testing period, and were made exclusive to the Special Forces. To accommodate their design, a special fusion core was developed for the special forces with quadruple the energy output but with no increase in its heat signature.[12]

Sovereign-classEdit

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

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A Sovereign-class battlecruiser

The Sovereign-class battlecruiser was fielded by Matt Horner's Dominion Fleet, in conjunction with Mira's Marauders, during the End War.[36]

Other ClassesEdit

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The Loki, a "super battlecruiser"

The Starcruiser was an advanced battlecruiser prototype sold by Crazy Bob's Bazaar.[37]

By 2504, the Dominion prototype Loki was undergoing testing at Valhalla.[27] It was deemed a "super-battlecruiser."[38] The Aleksander has likewise been labeled as a "super battlecruiser."[39]

The Pride of Augustgrad-class battlecruiser was used in the defense of Augustgrad.[40]

Mercenaries have made use of very heavily modified battlecruisers, using scrapped materials to improve performance and make their ships more intimidating.

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A Umojan battlecruiser

Umojan battlecruisers feature redesigned neosteel plating, as well as refinements to the Yamato cannon that make them particularly distinctive in battles.[12]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

For StarCraft gameplay information see: Battlecruiser (StarCraft).
For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft Battlecruiser Quotations.

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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Nova with a battlecruiser overhead

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This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

In StarCraft: Ghost, the battlecruiser acted as a support unit for Nova. Through targeting, the player could call down a Yamato Cannon strike that dealt damage to all objects in an area.[41]

StarCraft IIEdit

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Battlecruiser (StarCraft II).
For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Battlecruiser Quotations.

DiabloEdit

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The following section contains information from the Diablo series and is not canon.

The battlecruiser is an available as a pet in Diablo III, in the form of the Dominion's Revenge.[42]

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

The battlecruiser Hyperion appears in Heroes of the Storm, and is summoned by Jim Raynor.[43]

Known BattlecruisersEdit

Main article: List of battlecruisers

Leviathan-classEdit

Behemoth-classEdit

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A stockier Behemoth-class battlecruiser

Norad-seriesEdit

Minotaur-classEdit

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A battlecruiser in dry docks

Gorgon-classEdit

Super-classEdit

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The Aleksander

Other or Unknown ClassesEdit

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Pride of Augustgrad

Known Battlecruiser CommandersEdit

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A battlecruiser commander

NotesEdit

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The Hyperion

  • Most battlecruiser classes share their designations from various mythologies—the Leviathan and Behemoth are of the Bible, while Hercules, the Minotaur, the Gorgon, and Moirai stem from Greek mythology.
  • "Super-battlecruisers" are designated as such, without the "class" designation.[38] This may be indicative of an different type of ship altogether. However, it has been listed on this page to avoid a stub article.

SizesEdit

Different sizes for battlecruisers have been given from differing sources.

  • A Behemoth-class battlecruiser was stated as being two "leagues" long in StarCraft: Uprising.[11] Most league measurements would have put the battlecruiser as over 9 km (5.6 miles) in length.
  • The Bucephalus, a Gorgon model,[3][2] has been stated to be 560 meters long and 82.4 meters wide.[31][2] This puts the two figures at odds, as the Bucephalus has been stated to be larger than the Hyperion (a Behemoth-class), and that the White Star (another Gorgon) has been stated to be "the largest vessel ever constructed by humanity."[3]
  • Compounding this further is that while the sizes figures for the Bucephalus have remained constant, its depiction has altered. In Wings of Liberty, a holographic display depicts it as being a Minotaur-class,[31] while it was depicted as a Gorgon-class in Flashpoint.[3] In the StarCraft Field Manual, the Minotaur-class can be approximated as being 1km in length, and 243 meters in height.[1]

CollectablesEdit

  • Mega Bloks planned to make 3,000 battlecruiser models as part of its StarCraft toyline. A poll was opened as to which model(s) fans would like to see them represent.[44] A 2011 limited edition set was released.[45]
  • Dark Horse has announced a 15" battlecruiser model to be released in early 2020,[46] as well as two six inch versions, a "regular" one and a special Knights of Tyrador battlecruiser.[47]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Blizzard Entertainment. 2013-01-22. StarCraft II Creative Development Q&A - Part 13. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2013-01-22.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Golden, Christie (November 6, 2012). StarCraft II: Flashpoint. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1451-65962-7.
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