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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
Notes

The leveling up mechanics works as follows:

  • When an enemy unit is killed, 100 experience per supply cost of unit killed is "dropped".
  • If the unit is a non-Heroic unit with 0 supply cost, it will drop no experience.
  • If the unit is a Heroic unit with 0 supply cost, it will drop 800 experience.
  • Dropped experience is equally split among all eligible units (Royal Guard, not at max rank) within 15 range of the unit killed.
  • If there are no eligible units within 15 range of the unit killed, all eligible units on the map get an equal split of the dropped experience.
  • Once a Royal Guard unit has reached maximum rank, it is removed from the pool of eligible units so as to not waste experience.

Mastery: Increases the gained experience per supply by +0.5 (+4 on Heroic unit with 0 supply cost) per Royal Guard Experience Gain Rate mastery point. Up to a maximum 115 experience per supply (920 experience on Heroic unit with 0 supply cost).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Rank 1 & 2 - Initially available.
Rank 3 - Reach Mengsk Level 15.
Acquisition
Purchased from Emperor's Shadow (Individual)
Rank 1
Required Grants 1200 experience.
Effect Hit points: 250
Energy: 250
Armor: 1
Damage: 18.75 (+18.75 vs Light)
Rank 2
Required Grants 2800 experience. (summary 4000)
Effect Hit points: 300
Energy: 300
Armor: 2
Damage: 22.5 (+22.5 vs Light)
Rank 3
Required Grants 4800 experience. (summary 8800)
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 240 seconds.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Imperial Support=50% for Royal Guard's Supply. Depending on the Rank level, the number of Imperial Support increases by x2 (Rank 1), x3 (Rank 2) or x4 (Rank 3).
Mastery: +1% of Imperial Support per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum +30%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 5.
Acquisition
Unranked
Effect 2 (+0.02 per mastery point. Up to a maximum 2.6) every 240 seconds
Rank 1
Effect 4 (+0.04 per mastery point. Up to a maximum 5.2) every 240 seconds
Rank 2
Effect 6 (+0.06 per mastery point. Up to a maximum 7.8) every 240 seconds
Rank 3
Effect 8 (+0.08 per mastery point. Up to a maximum 10.4) every 240 seconds
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PyrokineticImmolation Coop Game1
Pyrokinetic Immolation

Immolates a target biological enemy for 20 seconds, dealing 20 damage per second to themselves and nearby biological enemies.

At Rank 2, this ability dealing 30 damage per second 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 1 second. cloaked units are revealed for 10 seconds after being hit.

At Rank 2, this ability stuns mechanical units for 2 seconds.

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. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey Z
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Emperor's Shadow (Individual)
Required Unlocks at Rank 1.
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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 (+100 vs. structures) damage to enemies in a small radius.

Purchase charges at the royal academy.

Usage
Hotkey N
Cost 4Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 90Time SC2 Game1
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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