This article describes the Unit Type (StarCraft) or Attributes (StarCraft II). For information on the device, see here.

A detector is a unit or structure with the ability of detection it is able to reveal camouflage, permanently cloaked, burrowed, or hallucinations enemy units. Having enough detectors across the map is an important aspect of any player's strategy, as they will provide forewarning on potentially fatal attacks from otherwise unstoppable hidden units.

While every race and faction has a mobile detector unit, they also have a passive stationary defense building that provides detection, such as photon cannons, missile turrets, and spore colonies. Detector buildings lack the mobility of units, but make up for it by being much more durable and by being equipped with more powerful weapon systems. Regardless of which race a player uses, if the opponent uses cloaked or burrowed units, having a detector in your army before engaging your opponent is pivotal.

StarCraft[edit | edit source]

Detectors can be stationary (buildings) or mobile (units). Once a detector uncovers a cloaked unit, any friendly unit can fire on it. This capability is especially critical when faced with a ghost targeting a nuclear missile or an arbiter providing cover for a number of units. Detector units trapped in Lockdown or hit by Optical Flares will lose their ability to detect.

Detectors[edit | edit source]

Protoss[edit | edit source]

Terran[edit | edit source]

Zerg[edit | edit source]

Special Abilities[edit | edit source]

Ensnare, maelstrom, plague, stasis field and lockdown will reveal cloaked protoss and terran units caught in their areas of effect for the ability's duration. Burrowed zerg units are unaffected by these abilities except stasis fieldwhile burrowed, but if hit by these abilities while above ground, they will be revealed if they burrow. Irradiate reveals all cloaked units it affects and also affects burrowed zerg units. EMP shockwave will not affect protoss cloaked units or zerg burrowed units, but terran ghosts and Wraiths will be affected and lose all their energy, causing them to immediately decloak.

Non-Buildable Detectors[edit | edit source]

These detectors can not be built/transformed/warped by any worker unit.

Terran[edit | edit source]

Zerg[edit | edit source]

StarCraft II[edit | edit source]

Units in Starcraft II are tagged with one or more attributes that determine bonus damage, affect targeting, and/or can influence spells and abilities.

This unit or structure can detect cloaked, burrowed, duplicated and hallucination enemies.

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List of Detectors[edit | edit source]

In StarCraft II detectors can reveal cloaked, permanently cloaked, burrowed, or hallucinations enemy units.[1] The Detector units, categorized by race, are listed below.

Protoss[edit | edit source]

Terran[edit | edit source]

Zerg[edit | edit source]

Other

Spells and Abilities[edit | edit source]

The following abilities will reveal burrowed, cloaked, or hallucinated units for a short time.

The orbital command has the ability to temporarily clear the fog of war and detect all cloaked or burrowed units within the target area.

This can be executed anywhere on the map at any time. The circular view shown lasts for about 10 seconds before changing to the fog of war static view.

Analogous to the ComSat station in StarCraft.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Energy
Duration 12 seconds
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Drains 100 shields from protoss units and drains 100 energy[2] from units in the area of effect, including friendly units. Shield upgrades have no effect.

The EMP field has an area-of-effect of 1.5.[3]

Cloaked units are revealed for a short time. Burrowed units are not.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 75 Energy
Range 10[4]
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Fungal Growth

An infestor launches a projectile with a speed of 15;[5] enemy units within the area of effect (2.25 radius) have their speed reduced by 75% and suffer 30 damage over 3 seconds. Cloaked and burrowed units are revealed.

Fungal Growth stops the use of Blink, Tactical Jump and prevents units from burrowing or unburrowing. Affected units can not be loaded into buildings or transports.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cost 75 Energy
Range 10[5]
Duration 3 seconds seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Automatically researched
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Fungal Growth

Immobilizes enemy units and deals 80 damage over 4 seconds. Reveals cloaked and burrowed units.

Usage
Hotkey F
Cost 75 Energy
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Stukov Level 14.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested tech lab attached to infested starport
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
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Ocular Symbiote

Grants a friendly unit the ability to detect cloaked and burrowed units for 180 seconds and increases their sight range by 5.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 25 Energy
Duration 180 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Stukov Level 8.
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Revelation

Enemy units and structures in an area grant vision to the player for 30 seconds.

Reveals cloaked or burrowed units or structures (LotV only).

Usage
Cost 25 Energy
Range 12[6]
Duration 15 seconds
Cooldown 10 seconds
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Deals 100 damage to enemies in a large area (radius 27) around Kerrigan and stuns them for 10 seconds. Reveals cloaked and burrowed units and structures. Heroic units are slowed instead of stunned.

Folly of Man: Reduces the Immobilization Wave damage from 100 to 50.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cooldown Coolup: 600 seconds

Cooldown: 180 seconds

144 (with Ability Efficiency) seconds
Notes

Mastery: +3.33 (+1.665 with Folly of Man) ability damage per Immobilization Wave Increased Damage mastery point. Up to a maximum 200 (100 with Folly of Man) ability damage

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 2.
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Achievements[edit | edit source]

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Points

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Criteria

Destroy 10 cloaked or burrowed units in a single Melee game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  2. Lylirra. 2011-02-25. StarCraft II Patch 1.3.0 PTR Notes. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. 2011-11-08. Patch 1.4.2 Now Live!. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-11-16.
  4. Crygil. 2010-03-25. Patch Notes - Beta Patch 6. Battle.net StarCraft II General Beta Forum. Accessed 2010-03-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Spyrian. 2012-12-18. Beta Balance Update #10 – December 18, 2012. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2012-12-19.
  6. 2015-09-03, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- September 3, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-09-06
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