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"One hundred and seventy four gigawatts - 'the power of the sun at your fingertips.'"

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.[1]


The laser drill was originally designed for excavation projects.[2]

In 2504, the Moebius Foundation assembled a Drakken on Xil to breach the door of a xel'naga temple and retrieve an alien artifact. The excavation was interrupted when the terrans were wiped out by the Tal'darim.

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.[1]

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A laser drill being used in the Battle of Camp Pitcairn.

After the End War, Drakken laser drills were utilized by the miners of Cavir in their illegal mining operations on the world. They used these drills against the zerg in the Battle of Camp Pitcairn.[3]

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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.

During the End War, Amon's forces use a Drakken Laser Drill against the allied commanders.

Game StructureEdit

Wings of LibertyEdit

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The drill opening fire

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.[1]

Co-op MissionsEdit

The laser drill is usable by Rory Swann in the Co-op Missions mode of Legacy of the Void.[4]

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.


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Concentrated Beam

Deals 400 damage to enemy units and structures in a line across the map to the target point.

Cooldown 180Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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Pulse Cannon

Deals 600 damage to enemy units and structures in target area after a small delay.

Cooldown 300Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 4.


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Upgrade Laser Drill Level 1

Increases the drill's damage by 10 and allows use of Concentrated Beam ability.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
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Upgrade Laser Drill Level 2

Increases the drill's damage by 20 and allows use of Pulse Cannon ability.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 4.
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1



Development render stages

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.[5]

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The laser drill in Heroes of the Storm

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

A Drakken laser drill can be summoned by Tychus Findlay in Heroes of the Storm.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Dig (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tychus - Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-05-12
  3. Houser, Jody (w), Guzmán,Gabriel (p, i). "StarCraft: Scavengers: Issue 4" StarCraft: Scavengers 4 (7) (October 31st, 2018) Dark Horse Comics.
  4. 2015-9-25, Co-op Missions: Additional Commanders Revealed., accessed on 2015-9-25
  5. 2010, Starcraft 2: Terran Laser Drill. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20