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"Somebody call for an exterminator?"

- Production line(src)

Ghosts are feared terran covert operatives. They are known for their skill, psionic powers and ability to cloak.[1]

The unit was voiced by Chris Metzen.[2]

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

Ghosts are support units. Their attack and health are unremarkable for their cost. Their weapons deal concussive damage, which is ineffective against large units (e.g. siege tanks and ultralisks) unless massed, which is usually unfeasible due to their high tech position, cost and build time. Ghosts are a poor choice for large-scale combat due to their expensive cost and fragility to many attacks and spells such as spawn broodling, psionic storm and irradiation. Ghosts are also fairly slow which leaves them vulnerable to units like vultures and mutalisks.

Ghosts are best used for their abilities. Their lockdown ability, while micro-intensive, is devastating to mechanical and robotic units.

Defensively, dark templar make good counters against ghosts, especially when they attempt to use the nuclear missile ability.

The ghost also has its own death sound that is in the game data, however it is not implemented into the gameplay. Instead, a recycled and slightly altered marine death sound is used.

Ghosts become available in to the player in the campaign in "The Big Push" in Episode 1 and in "Assault on Korhal" in Episode V, though the player uses them in "The Dylarian Shipyards."

Abilities[edit | edit source]

The ghost can cloak. It can still use attack and use other abilities while cloaked.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 (+1 per second) Energy
Acquisition
Purchased from Covert ops
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 80seconds

The ghost disables enemy mechanical or robotic units. Targets may not attack, move, or use abilities; passive detection and cloaking are disabled. Lockdown may be removed by a medic's restoration ability.

Usage
Hotkey L
Cost 100 Energy
Range 8
Duration 60 seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Covert ops
Hotkey L
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 100seconds

A nuclear silo may build and store one missile each.

A ghost launches and "aims" the nuclear missile at a targeted location. The missile arrives 10-15 seconds after. The ghost must aim for the entire duration; if the ghost takes any other action, or the ghost is killed, or the missile is cancelled, the launch is aborted and the missile is wasted.

The launch is broadcast to all players with the audio and visual message "Nuclear Launch Detected." The targeted location is visible to all players as a small flashing red dot.

The missile deals 500 damage or removes two-thirds of total hit points (whichever is greater) to all units within a wide blast radius. One nuke kill most units, and critically damage most buildings. Two nukes will destroy nearly anything. Without Ocular Implants, the ghost's targeting distance is within the blast radius.

Usage
Hotkey N
Range 8 or 10 (1 less than ghost's sight range)
Acquisition
Purchased from Nuclear silo
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 8 Supply
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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
  • Increases ghost sight range by 2 (to 11), making sight range greater than the nuke blast radius.
Acquisition
Purchased from Covert ops
Hotkey O
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 166seconds
  • Increases ghost maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases ghost starting energy from 50 to 62.5.
Acquisition
Purchased from Covert ops
Hotkey M
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 166seconds

Ghost Heroes[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

See: StarCraft Ghost Quotations

Images[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Chris Metzen (2009). BlizzCon Panel. BlizzCon 2009. YouTube. Accessed 2010-06-07.
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