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"You think your college years were stressful? Ghost academy classes are held next to a nuclear missile silo."

- A ghost(src)

The ghost academy is a terran structure in StarCraft II. It is required for the production of ghosts and with a factory can produce nukes.

Overview[edit | edit source]

As part of the overhaul of the Ghost Program shortly after founding the Terran Dominion, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk ordered the construction of dedicated ghost academies with attached nuclear silos. However, these academies had an issue where radiation from the nuclear silos would leak into the nearby training areas. Newer designs fixed this issue.[1]

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

Researched Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Enables ghosts to cloak.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 (+0.9 per second) Energy
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 85.7seconds
ve
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Enhanced Shockwaves

Increases the radius of Ghost's EMP Round by +0.5.

Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost Academy
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 79seconds
ve
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Arm Silo with Nuke

Arms the silo with a tactical nuke.

Nukes take 20 seconds to land, but they deal up to 300 (+200 vs. structures) damage in a large radius.

Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost Academy
Hotkey N
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 43seconds
Required Factory
ve

Building Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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Neosteel Armor

Upgrades the armor of structures by 2. Increases the cargo space of bunkers by 2. Also provides extra cargo space for command centers and planetary fortresses.

Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve

Wings of Liberty Campaign[edit | edit source]

All structures repair themselves to 50% life. All structure fires are automatically put out.

This all-in-one safety system automatically dispatches robotic drones to put out any fires and perform basic repairs on damaged structures. Although these drones are effective at doing basic repairs, they do not have a strong enough AI to perform the more delicate repairs needed to restore a structure past half life.[2]

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete eleven missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $90,000
ve

Nova Covert Ops[edit | edit source]

In Nova Covert Ops, the ghost academy automatically produces nuclear missiles for no cost over a period of five minutes.[3]

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

The ghost academy can be build by Nova in Co-op Missions. They research upgrades for Nova (ghost upgrades are researched at the tech lab) and allow her to train spec ops ghosts. Nova automatically begins every mission with a ghost academy, but if it is destroyed can build another as a normal structure. She is otherwise limited to a single academy at a time.[4]

Tychus Findlay uses a variant of the ghost academy named the fixers' safehouse, which lets him build and upgrade Vega, Nux, and Lt. Nikara.[5]

Arcturus Mengsk can build a variant of the ghost academy named the royal academy. This has upgrades for his infantry Royal Guard, lets him build Emperor's Shadows, and will automatically product tactical missiles.[6]

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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Ghost Visor

Nova becomes a detector and reveals cloaked and burrowed units in her sight radius. Allows Nova to see enemy units within 20 radius in the fog of war.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey G
Basic
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
With Research and Development
Cost 75 Minerals 75 Vespene gas 45seconds
ve
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Caduceus Reactor

Increases Nova's HP regen rate by 5.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 8
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey C
Basic
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
With Research and Development
Cost 75 Minerals 75 Vespene gas 45seconds
ve
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Operational Efficiency

Nova recovers 25 energy when killing an enemy unit with Snipe.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey E
Basic
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 120seconds
Required Armory
With Research and Development
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
Required Armory
ve
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Infernal Projectiles

Penetrating Blast has +2 range.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey H
Basic
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 120seconds
Required Armory
With Research and Development
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
Required Armory
ve

Development[edit | edit source]

The ghost academy uses the former shadow ops render. It was capable of flying in early versions of the game, but this was later removed, as it was decided that only unit-producing structures should be capable of doing so.[7] Such a technique unbalanced the ghost academy in multiplayer, as players could move it to an obscure corner of the map and nuke the enemy at will.[8]

Heroes of the Storm[edit | edit source]

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Factories appear in the background of the map Warhead Junction in Heroes of the Storm.[9]

Overwatch[edit | edit source]

A ghost academy features as an attraction in the Blizzard World map in Overwatch.

Images[edit | edit source]

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3. Ghost Academy Tyrador.jpg

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Enemy Intelligence (in English). 2016-03-29.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Nova Terra (in English). 2018.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Tychus Findlay (in English). 2018.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Arcturus Mengsk (in English). 2019.
  7. 2011, Terran Engineering Bay. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-05-30
  8. 2011, SC2: Terran Ghost Academy. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-06-10
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
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