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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.

Emperor's Shadows are an elite Terran Dominion unit of ghosts that fight in the Royal Guard. They deploy powerful EMPs, advanced cloaking, and pyrokinesis abilities, as well as the ability to call down tactical missiles.[1]

Game UnitEdit

The Emperor's Shadow are ghosts usable by Arcturus Mengsk in Co-op Missions. They are elite spellcasters, which can use Pyrokinetic Immolation to deal heavy damage to enemies, and later to groups of enemies. They gain a temporary cloak at Rank 1 which prevents them from being attacked for 10 seconds. Their EMP Blast ability can stun and drain the energy and shields of targets in an area, and at Rank 3 can be upgraded to deal damage to those they effect.

Emperor's Shadows can also calldown tactical missiles, which do high damage in a small area. These can be upgraded to have no cast time.[1]

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

RoyalGuardoftheDominion
Royal Guard of the Dominion

Killing enemy units grants experience to nearby Royal Guards. If there are no nearby Royal Guards when an enemy is killed, the experience is instead split between all Royal Guards in the mission. Experience allows the unit to gain Rank, which improves its damage, armor, health, energy and unlock new abilities or passive bonuses.

  • Rank 1: Gain Labyrinth Cloak ability.
  • Rank 2: Increase Pyrokinetic Immolation periodic damage by 50%. Increase EMP Blast stun duration by 1 second.
  • Rank 3: Upon target's death, Pyrokinetic Immolation deals 50 damage to nearby enemies. EMP Blast drain all of the target's energy and deals damage equal to that amount.
Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Rank 1 & 2 - Initially available.
Rank 3 - Reach Mengsk Level 15.
Acquisition
Rank 1
Required Grants experience
Effect Hit points: 250
Energy: 250
Armor: 1
Damage: 18.75 (+18.75 vs Light)
Rank 2
Required Grants 4050 experience
Effect Hit points: 300
Energy: 300
Armor: 2
Damage: 22.5 (+22.5 vs Light)
Rank 3
Required Grants experience
Effect Hit points: 350
Energy: 350
Armor: 3
Damage: 26.25 (+26.25 vs Light)
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MightoftheEmpire
Might of the Empire

Royal Guards increase Imperial Support based on their supply cost and Rank. Each point of Imperial Support generates 1 Imperial Mandate every 120 seconds.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 5.
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PyrokineticImmolation Coop Game1
Pyrokinetic Immolation

Immolates a target Biological enemy for 20 seconds, dealing 20 damage per second (+10 at Rank 2) to themselves and nearby Biological enemies.

At Rank 3, this ability deals 50 damage to nearby enemies upon the target's death.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Duration 20Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 5Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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EMPBlast Coop Game1
EMP Blast

Deals 100 damage to shields and depletes the energy of enemy units in the target area. Stuns Mechanical units for 2 seconds (+1 second at Rank 2). Cloaked units are revealed for 10 seconds after being hit.

At Rank 3, this ability deals damage to equal in the amount of energy drained.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 75 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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LabyrinthCloak Coop Game1
Labyrinth Cloak

Prevents the Emperor's Shadow from taking any damage for 10 seconds after being attacked. Cannot occur more than once every 30 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey Z
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Unlocks at Emperor's Shadow Rank 1.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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TacticalMissile Coop Game1
Tactical Missile Strike

Calls down a Tactical Missile Strike at a target location. Tactical Missiles take 4 seconds to land, but they deal up to 150 (+200 vs. structures) damage to enemies in a small radius.

Purchase charges at the royal academy.

Usage
Hotkey N
Notes

Requires royal academy to have a stocked tactical missile.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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SovereignTacticalMissiles
Sovereign Tactical Missiles

Emperor's Shadows no longer need to channel the Tactical Missile Strike ability.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 14.
Acquisition
Purchased from Royal academy
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
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TriviaEdit

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The concept art similar to the Emperor's Shadow design

  • The design of the Emperor's Shadow appears to be based off of the early concept art for Arcturus Mengsk, with a similar looking ghost standing in his shadow.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Arcturus Mengsk (in English). 2019.
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