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"Need a light?"

- Terran firebat(src)

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A firebat

The firebat is a type of terran infantry specialized for close-quarters combat.


"Fire washes the skin off the bone and the sin off the soul. It cleans away the dirt. And my momma didn't raise herself no dirty boy."

- Franko Tildon, widely credited as the first fighting firebat(src)

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A firebat during the Brood War

Firebats are "armored assault troopers,"[1] often attached to provide support for marine squads.[2] Particularly devastating in close quarters combat,[3] they're typically armed with dual arm-mounted flamethrowers and wear heat-resistant fireproof armor similar to those used by marines, although it's noticeably heavier.[1]

Firebats predate the Guild Wars, and were fielded by the Confederate Marine Corps to aid in expanding Confederate interests.[4] During the Guild Wars, the experimental CMC-230 XF power armor was equipped with jet packs and issued to flamethrower infantry troopers, and was given the nickname "firebat." The system had reliability issues, causing the jet packs to eventually be scrapped, though a non-jump ground variant continued to be produced for firebats.[5]

During the Great War, Terran Confederacy firebats were equipped with wrist-mounted Perdition flamethrowers and CMC-660 combat suits.[1] The vulnerable flame tanks are protected by containment fields.[2]

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Firebat armor during the Battle of Camp Pitcairn

At some point after the Battle of Adena, firebats utilized a leaner, more streamlined powered armor.[6]

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United Earth Directorate firebats were armed with the C-140 "Epyon" Plasma Incinerator Cannon.[7]

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Firebat tanks contained a large amount of hydrogen, which made them and their flamethrowers notoriously unstable.[8]


"I'd trust a resoc more than someone who would choose to wear one of these things."

- A Dominion marine on firebats' use of CMC-660 armor(src)

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A post-Brood War firebat

As with marines, many firebats are recruited or conscripted from "culturally challenged" persons. Such individuals undergo neural resocialization and receive aggression inhibitor implants as part of their training.[1] Firebats are almost exclusively composed of resocialized criminals and psychotic pyromaniacs.[9] During the reign of the Confederacy, firebats were infamous for being high-risk, unstable individuals, and older personnel manuals recommended the exclusive use of resocs or pyromaniacs for firebat duty.[3] Still, volunteers are not unheard of: in the Confederate Marine Corps, an individual had to have a PEB (Preferred Experience Base) of at least three months combat experience to become a firebat.[10]

The Terran Dominion continues the use of firebats. Its personnel manuals claim that its firebats are "stable, reliable soldiers."[3]

Game Unit[]


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Firebat (StarCraft).
For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft I Firebat Quotations.

StarCraft: Ghost[]

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The firebat in StarCraft: Ghost

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For StarCraft: Ghost in-game quotations see: StarCraft Ghost Firebat Quotations.

In StarCraft: Ghost multiplayer, the firebat was equipped with flamethrowers.[11] In addition, it could launch laser-guided or manually guided napalm rockets. The rockets had greater range than the flamethrowers.[11][12]

Firebats moved quite slowly, being outpaced by light infantry and marines.

In the Invasion Mode, a firebat cost three points.[13]

StarCraft II[]

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Firebat (StarCraft II).
For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Firebat Quotations.

Heroes of the Storm[]

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The firebat is represented in Heroes of the Storm via Blaze.[14]

Known Firebats[]

Main article: Terran firebats
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A firebat


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"Nothin' like a good smoke."


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The firebat action figure


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