The Drakken laser drill is a large terran structure. It mounts a large turreted beam emitter which may be used for excavations or, if the need arises, as a weapon. Its laser has an energy output of 174 gigawatts.
The Foundation hired Raynor's Raiders to complete the dig. The Tal'darim pressed in on the new interlopers. The appearance of archons and warp prisms prompted Captain Matt Horner to grant Commander Jim Raynor manual control of the laser. This allowed the Drakken to be re-targeted against enemy units.
With the temple's doors destroyed, the Raiders extracted the artifact and departed.
The laser drill is a very powerful weapon, capable of killing archons and collossi in less than a second. It is also the only weapon that can destroy the three protoss research objectives on the map. Though it does massive damage in seconds once it begins firing, locking onto a target and firing the initial laser has a delay, and the laser must swing around to fire at units, further delaying its firing.
At the beginning of every mission, the laser drill begins construction automatically near Swann's command center, and takes five minutes to complete. Once completed, the laser drill can be manually controlled, and will otherwise automatically acquire and attack targets anywhere in the player's sight radius. The laser drill has infinite range and can be upgraded at the player's discretion. If the drill is destroyed, it is replaced with an invincible wreckage that takes two minutes to automatically repair itself.
The laser drill appears as an enemy structure in the mutators with 2000 shield and 1000 HP. If the laser drill is destroyed, it is replaced with an invincible wreckage that takes 2 minutes to automatically repair itself.
The drill underwent an artistic revision during development, in order to make it look more like hardware and less like a weapon. The artwork was re-textured a few times (construction yellow, to covert-ops black, and then back to construction yellow again with a hint of covert-ops black). There used to be a floor inside the railing which would have had operators maintaining the drill, as well as a seat in front of the monitor bank with an operator behind the keyboard. Time and various other factors eventually phased those features out. The texture on the monitors remained unchanged; they resemble the Windows Blue Screen of Death.