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The fleet beacon

The fleet beacon is an advanced protoss building.

Overview[]

Easily recognizable, the fleet beacon is built around a huge sphere carved from the largest and purest of khaydarin crystals. The beacon focuses psi through this sphere to strengthen and magnify the warp rift created by the stargate, allowing it to teleport the largest of protoss warships.[1]

Tal'darim fleet beacons course an irresponsible amount of psionic energy through their central sphere, enabling the teleportation of armored warships.[2]

Game Unit[]

StarCraft[]

The fleet beacon provides upgrades to most protoss air units and gives access to the carrier.

Researched Abilities[]

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Disruption Web

The Corsair pilot can focus their psychic energy through the vessel's Neutron Emitter, which creates psionic static which disrupts neural impulses and renders computer-directed attacks inaccurate. The web is drawn towards the magnetic resonance found in ores and minerals. This static prevents all ground units and buildings (including base defenses such as bunkers and missile turrets) from attacking while they remain under it, but does not prevent attacks from outside. Affected units may still be attacked and damaged by units outside the web.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cost 125 Energy
Range 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 80seconds

Researched Upgrades[]

  • Increases Scout sight range by 2 (to 10).
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 133seconds
  • Increases Scout movement speed.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey G
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 166seconds
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Carrier Capacity
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 100seconds
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Argus Jewel
  • Increases the Corsair's maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases corsair starting energy from 50 to 62.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey J
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 166seconds

Building Upgrades[]

  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Cybernetics core
Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals 400 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Cybernetics core

Development[]

During the StarCraft alpha, the fleet beacon was known as the "warp accelerator."[3]

StarCraft II[]

The fleet beacon plays a similar role in StarCraft II. It is a requirement for production of carriers, tempests and motherships.

Versus[]

Researched Upgrades[]
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 64seconds
ve

Launch interceptors faster. The first four interceptors are launched at a cooldown of 0.089, the last four at 0.18.

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 57seconds
ve
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Flux Vanes

Increases the void ray's movement speed to 4.65 and acceleration to 3.76.

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 57seconds
ve
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Tectonic Destabilizers

Improves the Tempest's Resonance Coil to deal +40 damage vs structures.

Usage
Notes

This upgrade changes the color of the attack to show that it was searched.

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey T
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 100seconds
ve
Building Upgrades[]
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 129seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 154seconds
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 179seconds
Required Twilight council
ve
Development[]

Co-op Missions[]

Artanis, Vorazun, Karax and Fenix have additional upgrades for their starships available at the fleet beacon.

Artanis Upgrades[]
Researches[]
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Anion Pulse-Crystals

Increases phoenix's attack range by 2.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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Double Graviton Beam

When the phoenix uses Graviton Beam on a target, another nearby enemy unit is also levitated.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey G
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
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Disintegration

Deals 500 damage over 20 seconds to target enemy unit or structure.

Valorous Inspirator: Increases the Disintegration damage from 500 to 1000.

Usage
Hotkey D
Range 15
Duration 20 seconds
Cooldown 90seconds
Mastery: -1.35seconds per Energy Regeneration and Ability Cooldown reduction mastery point. Down to a minimum 49.5 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
Purchases[]
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Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Vorazun Upgrades[]
Researches[]
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Disruption Web

Enemy ground units in the area of effect cannot attack. Can be set to autocast.

Withering Siphon: Disruption Web affects Heroic units and causes enemy units to lose 20 hit points per second, up to a maximum of 200. This effect cannot kill.

Usage
Hotkey D
Duration 10 seconds
Cooldown 30 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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Prismatic Range

Void rays gain +1.5 increased attack range as their beams increase in strength, up to +3 range at max charge.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
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Stasis Calibration

Enemies trapped in the oracle's Stasis Ward can now be attacked.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
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Stealth Drive

Corsairs and Oracles are now permanently cloaked.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
Purchases[]
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Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Karax Upgrades[]
Researches[]
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Anion Pulse-Crystals

Increases mirage's attack range by 2.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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Phasing Armor

The mirage becomes temporarily immune to damage when attacked.

Usage
Passive
Cooldown 5 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Karax Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey G
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve
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Repair Drones

Carriers are accompanied by two robotic drones that automatically repair nearby mechanical allied units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Karax Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 90seconds
ve

Carriers can launch interceptors faster (launch one interceptor every 0.125 seconds). Increases the interceptors attack speed by 25%.

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 80seconds
ve
Purchases[]
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Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Fenix Upgrades[]
Researches[]
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Combat Sensor Array

Scouts and Mojo gain +3 range against air and +1 range against ground.

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 50 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve

Carriers can launch interceptors faster (launch one interceptor every 0.125 seconds).

Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 80seconds
ve
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Interdictors

In addition to his Interceptors, Clolarion deploys 2 Interdictors that automatically bomb enemy ground units for 12 area damage.

Usage
Hotkey B
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Fenix Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 75 Minerals 75 Vespene gas 90seconds
Required Download Clolarion A.I. Personality upgrade
ve
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Suppression Procedure

Fire six Anti-Matter Missiles on three targets, dealing 6 (12 vs Armored) area damage and stunning nearby enemy air units for 1 second (2 seconds, when all missiles launched on one target).

Tactical Data Web: Suppression Procedure does an additional 0.9 (1.8 vs Armored) damage for each networked Scout (up to 6 (12 vs Armored) damage, summary 12 (24 vs Armored)).

Network Administrator: Increases the Suppression Procedure damage per each networked Scout from 0.9 (1.8 vs Armored) to 2.7 (5.4 vs Armored) (up from 6 (12 vs Armored) damage to 18 (36 vs Armored) damage, summary from 12 (24 vs Armored) to 24 (48 vs Armored)).

Usage
Hotkey C
Range 5
Cooldown 10 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Fenix Level 12
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey D
Cost 50 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 70seconds
Required Download Mojo A.I. Personality upgrade
ve
Purchases[]
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Operational Efficiency

Production and tech structures no longer have tech requirements, have their mineral costs reduced by 50%, and have their gas costs reduced by 100%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Fenix Level 10
ve
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Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve

Images[]

Notes[]

References[]

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  3. Renders, accessed on 2011-07-20
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