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A D-8 charge

A deuterium-eight (D-8) charge is a type of terran demolition device. Unstable, D-8 charges were historically used in controlled civil demolitions. When they became optional requisitions for reaper squads, chaos ensued. High civilian casualty rates, destruction of allied installations, and death of key personnel led the Dominion Armed Forces to stop issuing these charges to the Reaper Corps. That hasn't put an end to illegal acquisitions however, and rumors abound of heavily modified versions of the base explosive in the hands of renegade units.[1]

D-8's can be thrown a short distance, and will detonate after a short delay. However, utilizing them is a skill that few reapers live long enough to master.[2]

Game Effect[]

StarCraft II[]

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D-8 charges (early image)

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D8 Charge

The reaper throws a demolition charge on the ground; two seconds later, it detonates, damaging friendly and hostile ground units and buildings in the vicinity. A red timer bar shows how long until it detonates.

The mines deal 30 damage + 30 against armored units and buildings. Mine explosions do not detonate other mines and do not deal damage to burrowed units unless the player can detect them.

The mines are very small but visible. They can be hidden by units moving past them.

The mines do not take damage.

Cost 2 seconds seconds
Cooldown 20 seconds
Purchased from Merc compound
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 110seconds

The ability was removed by the StarCraft II beta and became an alternate anti-building attack for the reaper.[3] This was removed in Heart of the Swarm.[4]

Nova Covert Ops[]

D8 charges are available as an anti-building attack to reapers equipped with the special ordnance upgrade in Nova Covert Ops.[5]

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Special Ordnance

Equips reapers with D8 charges, increasing the damage they deal when attacking structures.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Obtain the special weaponry in "In the Enemy's Shadow."


  1. 2014-08-24, Reaper Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-09-10
  2. Reaper. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-08-10.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). February 18, 2010
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. BALANCE UPDATE # 2 (Activision Blizzard) (in English). September 14th, 2012
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Dark Skies (in English). 2016-11-22.