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Gantrithor was a protoss super carrier. During the Great War, it served as Executor Tassadar's flagship. The carrier was sacrificed to destroy the first Overmind.[1]


Tassadar aboard Gantrithor

Ganrithor was a legendary flagship prior to the outbreak of the conflict with the zerg. Its design served as a template for the carriers of the era.[2]

At the outbreak of the Great War, Gantrithor was the flagship of the Koprulu Expeditionary Force sent to prevent the Zerg Swarm from gaining a hold in the Koprulu sector. In the first months, it participated in the purification of the terran worlds of Chau Sara,[3] Mar Sara[4] and Antiga Prime.[5] The campaign failed at Tarsonis and the fleet was recalled to Aiur. Tassadar refused to return and took the carrier alone[6] to Char to investigate a psionic call from an unknown entity.[7]

Raynor's Raiders and the Terran Dominion's Alpha Squadron were already investigating Char for the same reason. When Gantrithor arrived the terrans were already under attack by zerg boarders. The super carrier destroyed every terran ship regardless of affiliation to stem the infestation. Only the terran flagships, Hyperion and Norad III, escaped.[8]

Tassadar's disobedience rankled the Conclave and they dispatched Judicator Aldaris, Artanis and the Fleet of the Executor to find him.[9][8] Artanis joined forces with his predecessor at Char and Gantrithor joined the fleet.[10] Together they returned to Aiur.[11]

Final flight

Gantrithor went into battle one last time at the end of the Great War. With Tassadar in command it joined a combined protoss and terran assault against the Overmind. To ensure the creature's destruction, Tassadar ordered the carrier on a collision course with the Overmind, while he channelled the energies of the Void for the killing blow.[12] Gantrithor was pursued by mutalisks and guardians. Several mutalisks entered the interior and caused significant damage. The energies erupting from Tassadar's body were too great for the ship; the carrier burst apart, releasing a coruscating bolt that destroyed the Overmind.[13]

While carrier designs would evolve, many sects of protoss would continue to construct carrier in the style of Gantrithor many years later in order to honor its final sacrifice.[2]

Game Unit


Gantrithor is only controllable in "Eye of the Storm". It functions as a hero unit.


The carrier can create up to four interceptors (eight with the Carrier Capacity upgrade).

Hotkey I
Cost 25 Minerals 18 seconds


Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Fleet beacon
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
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


See: Tassadar Quotations

StarCraft: The Board Game

Gantrithor appears as a deployable heroic carrier in the StarCraft: The Board Game's Brood War expansion, available to the Tassadar faction.[14]


  • In the introduction slide of the mission "The Hunt for Tassadar" indicates that Artanis and Aldaris took the Gantrithor to Char to hunt Tassadar. This is contradicted by Twilight, which states Tassadar took the Gantrithor to Char alone. Queen of Blades reinforces that Tassadar only took one ship to Char, but it is never identified as the Gantrithor.


  1. 2007-10-05. Carrier. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-10-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  3. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. 2010-07-24. Koprulu Sector Systems: Mar Sara. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Trump Card (in English). 1998.
  6. Golden, Christie (June 30, 2009). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #3: Twilight. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7129-9.
  7. Tassadar: "As you know, the Zerg vanished after the fall of the Terran world of Tarsonis, and though the Conclave bid me return home, I was compelled to remain. A powerful psionic call drew my attention to a remote, barren world named Char." StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Into the Flames (in English). 1998.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rosenberg, Aaron (May 23, 2006). StarCraft: Queen of Blades. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7133-6.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Hunt for Tassadar (in English). 1998.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Choosing Sides (in English). 1998.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: The Return to Aiur. (in English). 1998.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Eye of the Storm (in English). 1998.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: The Death of the Overmind. (in English). 1998.
  14. Corey Konieczka, Robert A. Kouba, Dan Clark (December 17, 2008). StarCraft: The Board Game: Brood War. Fantasy Flight Games. ASIN 1589945034