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"Need a light?"

- Terran firebat(src)

The firebat is a terran infantry unit in StarCraft. It is voiced by Jason Hayes.[1]

Overview[edit | edit source]

The firebat's attack is optimized against groups of small-sized units, as it deals concussive splash damage. Firebats are most useful in the early game, as all of the base units for the three races are small. Supported by medics, firebats can stand up to zealots despite the large difference in health between them. With stims and medics, firebats can easily defeat swarms of zerglings, especially when positioned at choke points. Unlike marines, firebats cannot attack air targets. However, firebats are less effective against more durable targets, and do not work well in large numbers, due to their limited range of attack.

The firebat's attack is ranged, but it still works under the defiler's dark swarm. The attack also deals full damage against protoss shields, regardless of the size of the unit.

Firebats become available to the player in the campaign with the mission "Backwater Station" in Episode I and "First Strike" in Episode V.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Marines and firebats double their rate of fire and increase their movement rate for a limited period of time.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 HP
Acquisition
Purchased from Academy
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 80seconds

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

  • +1 bonus per attack per level for ghosts, and marines.
  • +2 bonus per attack per level for firebats.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey W
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Science facility
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Science facility

Firebat Heroes[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

See: StarCraft Firebat Quotations

Development[edit | edit source]

Firebats were developed from the flamethrower weapon initially given to the goliath in the StarCraft alpha. It was decided the goliath had too many weapons for one unit, so the flamethrower weapon was developed into its own unit, creating the firebat.[2] Firebats could originally set doodads (like trees) on fire.[3]

Images[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 11-8-2018, Email Correspondence with Jason Hayes
  2. 2018-07-03, StarCraft's 14 Month Crunch. "PC Games.net", accessed on 2018-07-03
  3. Beta. StarCraft Evolution. Accessed 2011-12-08.
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