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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]

History[edit | edit source]

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]

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 used a Drakken Laser Drill against the allied commanders.

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

Wings of Liberty[edit | edit source]

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 Missions[edit | edit source]

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 some mutators with 2000 shields and 1000 HP. Like Swann's drill, it will be replaced with an invincible wreckage when destroyed and automatically repair itself after two minutes.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Drakken Laser Drill

Attack with the drakken laser drill dealing 20 damage per second to target unit. Has unlimited range. Drill can be upgraded to increase damage.

Heavy Weapons Specialist: Deals 100% area damage within a range of 1.5, slows the enemy units by 70%, and locks onto target by 70% faster.

Usage
Cost 1 seconds
0.3 (with Heavy Weapons Specialist) seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
ve
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Concentrated Beam

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

Usage
Cooldown 180 seconds
Notes

Mastery: +2% beam width and +8 ability damage per Concentrated Beam Width and Damage mastery point. Up to a maximum +60% beam width and 640 ability damage

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
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Pulse Cannon

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

Heavy Weapons Specialist: Pulse Cannon is unavailable.

Payload Director: Increases the Pulse Cannon cooldown by 50%.

Usage
Cooldown 300 seconds
450 (with Payload Director) seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 4.
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Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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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.
Acquisition
Cost 200 Minerals
Mastery: -3 Minerals per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 110 Minerals
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Mastery: -3 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 110 Vespene gas
190seconds
Mastery: -2.85 seconds per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 104.5seconds
Required Armory
Effect Damage: 30
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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.
Acquisition
Cost 300 Minerals
Mastery: -5 Minerals per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 150 Minerals
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Mastery: -5 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 150 Vespene gas
220seconds
Mastery: -3.3seconds per Laser Drill Build Time, Upgrade Time, and Upgrade Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 121seconds
Required Armory
Effect Damage: 50
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Development[edit | edit source]

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 Storm[edit | edit source]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  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. Battle.net, accessed on 2015-9-25
  5. 2010, Starcraft 2: Terran Laser Drill. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20
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