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Medics are a campaign and Co-op Missions only unit in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. They are unlocked by playing the mission "The Outlaws".[1] The healing ability has a somewhat longer range than in StarCraft, allowing medics to stay behind friendly troops. Bunkered medics may also heal troops in the same bunker, allowing bunkered marines to use stimpacks more liberally.

Medics are cheaper and available earlier in the campaign than the medivac dropship. Medics are better able to keep formation with infantry, but are in turn more vulnerable to attack. Medics have a higher priority in StarCraft II than in StarCraft and are more likely to be targeted.

Game Unit[]

Wings of Liberty[]

Upgrades and Abilities
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Heal

The medic automatically (autocast) heals friendly biological units near it with a visible animation.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 1 (per 3 hit points healed) Energy
Range 2
ve
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Armory
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Armory
ve

Medics heal targets 25% faster and use 33% less energy per heal.

The stabilizer medpack is a new generation of medical nanobot that heals targets more efficiently and can be injected at faster rates. Show your marines that you truly care by outfitting your medics with stabilizer medpacks today![2]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $105,000
ve
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Advanced Medic Facilities

Medics no longer need a tech lab to be trained.

Storing medpacks has traditionally required the advanced facilities of the tech lab. Remedius Medical Systems now offers a storage facility that can be housed in the barracks itself, eliminating the need for the tech lab when training and outfitting medics.[2]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $60,000
ve
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Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades increase health of affected units by 5% per level.[3]

We have created a new lightweight alloy called vanadium. Vanadium diffuses weapon impacts much more efficiently than traditional armor plating, and it better preserves the life of our units. Now each of the armor upgrades in the armory and engineering bay increases unit life by 5% in addition to increasing armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points
ve

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[4]

This reactor has a larger energy reserve on startup and can hold a much larger charge. Now our specialist units can use their abilities the moment they hit the battlefield, and they can store more energy when idle for long periods of time. All "Specialists units" use energy: such as the medic, ghost, spectre, thor, wraith, banshee, raven, science vessel and battlecruiser.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
ve

Co-op Missions[]

Medics can be used by Jim Raynor in Co-op Missions. Tychus Findlay has access to an elite outlaw medic named Lt. Nikara.

Upgrades and Abilities
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Heal

The medic automatically (autocast) heals friendly biological units near it with a visible animation.

Medics Heal Additional Target Mastery: Medics can heal another friendly units in target area, restoring 0.03 hit points per each mastery point.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 1 (per 3 hit points healed) Energy
Range 2
Notes

Mastery: +0.03 hit points per Medics Heal Additional Target mastery point. Up to a maximum 2.7 hit points

ve
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Stabilizer Medpacks

Enables medics to heal 25% faster and target mechanical units. Units being healed by medics take 25% less damage.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 4
Acquisition
Purchased from Tech lab attached to barracks
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals
Mastery: -2 Minerals per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Minerals
100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -2 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Vespene gas
60seconds
ve
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Nano Projectors

Increases attack range of firebats and heal range of medics by 2, for a total of 4.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 3.
ve
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Terran Infantry Armor

Increases the armor of terran infantry.

Vanadium Plating: Increases the life of terran infantry by 10% per level.

Backwater Marshall: The increase of life for terran infantry go up, from 10% per level to 20% per level.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals
Mastery: -2 Minerals per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Minerals
100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -2 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Vespene gas
160seconds
Effect Hit points
Basic: 66
With Backwatter Marshall: 132
Armor: 2
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals
Mastery: -3.5 Minerals per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 70 Minerals
175 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -3.5 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 70 Vespene gas
190seconds
Effect Hit points
Basic: 72
With Backwatter Marshall: 144
Armor: 3
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals
Mastery: -5 Minerals per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 100 Minerals
250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -5 TerranVespene SC2 Game1.png per Research Resource Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 100 Vespene gas
220seconds
Effect Hit points
Basic: 78
With Backwatter Marshall: 156
Armor: 4
ve

Quotations[]

See: StarCraft II Medic Quotations

Development[]

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

Early medic concept art

Early concept art for the medic depicts it equipped with a rear-mounted energy shield generator, along with a bayonet in place of its usual shield.[5]

When developing StarCraft II, Dustin Browder and David Kim wanted to go somewhere else for the terran healing role. While medics were powerful, there wasn't a lot of counterplay for the unit. Even in moderate skill levels, even picking off a single medic was difficult for players. Furthermore, medics in the original game encouraged a passive playstyle for terrans; a faction that already excelled in static defense due to their bunkers and siege tanks.[6]

In early builds, the medic was available in multiplayer before being replaced by the medivac dropship by March 2008.[7] The medics could not jump and made reapers much less useful.[8]

Early render of the medic

The medic's abilities remained largely the same as in StarCraft. Medics were produced from barracks with attached tech labs.[9] The medic's campaign-only upgrades would make them overpowered in multiplayer.[10] Development footage from 2007-2009 shows medics and medivacs using unused Heal sounds from StarCraft before eventually gaining a healing laser animation.[11]

Per the development of StarCraft II, it was decided that if a unit was being brought back from the original, something else had to be cut. In the context of that conversation, a developer pointed out that all the medic really did in the original was heal. Someone else followed up with how the dropship only transported units. David Kim had what he described as a "eureka moment" and thought about combining the two. The dropship was good for harassment in StarCraft multiplayer matches, and in that tactic, players always paired marines with medics. Thus, why not combine the units? Furthermore, the medivac would allow opponents to "read" the terran player better in multiplayer, since the dropship was more distinct than an infantry unit. Furthermore, the medivac would encourage terran players to play more aggressively.[6]

The medic's initial unit profile

In initial development, Campbell returned to voice the medic. However, as she was replaced with Tricia Helfer as Kerrigan, she has expressed doubt as to whether the current lines are her own (at least in terms of delivery).[12] Julie Nathanson said that she recorded lines for the Medic.[13]

The Galaxy Map Editor contains a "mercenary" medic model that is unused in Wings of Liberty. The model was later used for Skibi's Angel in Left 2 Die, and then Field Response Theta in Heart of the Swarm.[14]

Cut Abilities[]

  • Flare
    • The grenade launcher ability had been changed to reveal an area rather than blind a target unit.[15][16] It required 100 minerals and gas and 70 seconds of research time, cost 50 energy to use, and lasted 10 seconds. The flare did not act as a detector, but it did reveal terrain over cliffs (spotting for siege tank attacks).[16]

Images[]

References[]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Outlaws (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zerg research (in English). 2010.
  5. Toyama, Kevin. The Art of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (hardcover). Insight Editions, July 27, 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 2018-04-03, EVOLUTION COMPLETE: REIMAGINING CLASSIC STARCRAFT UNITS FOR STARCRAFT II. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2018-03-07
  7. Cavez. 2008-03-11. Medic is out currently, heal to Dropship? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forums. Accessed 2008-03-11.
  8. 2008-24-06. Fansite Q & A With Dustin Browder, p3. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2008-24-06
  9. Shoemaker, Brad. 2007-08-03. BlizzCon 07: Starcraft II Hands-On -- The Terrans. GameSpot. Accessed 2007-09-22.
  10. Dustin Browder, Destructoid. 2009-06-29. Destructoid Interview. Destructoid. Accessed 2009-06-29.
  11. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty Single Player Gameplay Demo
  12. 2015-05-25, Interview with Glynnis Campbell. StarCraft Wiki, accessed on 2015-05-30
  13. https://twitter.com/julie_nathanson/status/625675090621890560 "Happy Birthday #SC2! I loved voicing Medic." July 28 2015
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  15. Leord. 2007-09-20. Research Flare. The Unofficial Starcraft 2 Forums @ IncGamers. Accessed 2007-10-11.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Karune. 2008-02-12. Terran Medic Abilites. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-02-12.
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