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"Ready for dust off."

- Medivac pilot(src)

The medical evacuation dropship, officially designated as the G-226 medical transport[3] and called the medivac for short,[2] is a terran aerospace transport that also provides medical support for wounded troops in the battlefield.


Medivacs in flight

The medivac is outfitted with a state-of-the-art medical bay[4] (supposedly the most advanced in the Koprulu sector[2]) and triage station that uses auto-sutures and laser scalpels to seal wounds and repair tissue almost as fast as it's mangled,[4] though the accuracy and precision of these tools are questioned by marines.[3] Soldiers are administered growth stimulators, nanomachines,[4] and pain suppressants[2] to keep them in the field. The machines also bond with damaged tissue, exponentially boosting its natural regenerative properties.[4] Based on the Quantradyne dropship,[3] the medivac is larger and heavier than its predecessor, due to the medical bay and triage station in the rear of the ship, as well as the array of stabilizers and gyroscopes housed in the airframe that maintain the vessel's level and orientation[4] despite heavy cargo.[2] This ship is also designed to ferry personnel and vehicles, including the massive thor, to and from combat zones with minimal fuss.[4] Despite the increases in size and weight, the medivac is actually faster than the old Quantradyne.[2] It can be flown with one or two pilots.[5]

A mercenary medivac

A support ship,[6] the medivac retains the Quantradyne's rotatable engines, but unlike its predecessor, its boarding/departure ramp is at the front rather than the rear.[7] Heavy medivac losses led engineering crews to perform unsanctioned upgrades to increase engine output, namely adding injectors that pump oxygen-rich fuel into the exhaust stream. The first attempts, while successful at getting medivacs out of fire zones, resulted in heavy stress-induced damage to the turbines and, in rare cases, to the ship's airframe. When questioned, neither the engineering crews nor soldiers revealed who was responsible for the changes. Dominion officers determined that it was cheaper to upgrade their whole medivac fleet than to discipline an entire troop company.[4]

The ship is also equipped with a gravity tube for rapid loading and unloading of single units.[2]

While uncommon, some mercenaries use customized medevac dropships when missions involve important enough personnel. Private militias such as the Knights of Tyrador utilized well trained medivac pilots, though mostly for rescuing wealthy tourists in yacht crashes.[8]


A descending medivac

Dropships filling the role of a medical evacuation ship and referred to as "medivacs" predate the Great War, and were utilized by the Terran Confederacy.[9]

The modern medivac concept was first introduced as an improvised solution by the Terran Dominion's 19th Marine Division. The unit was operating in the acid storms of Thalon VII, and modifying a Quantradyne dropship to allow for remote control increased the combat life of medics by decaminutes.[3]

A medivac

The official adoption of medivacs was carried out by the Dominion Armed Forces. A Dominion post-Brood War analysis found a startling thirty-seven percent of field-deployed troops became casualties requiring evacuation to the rear. In light of these findings, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk personally ordered Quantradynes redesigned to produce the medivac transport. The redesigned dropship served as a forward triage station and kept units in the field longer, regardless of injury.[10] However, the medivac is very expensive to deploy,[11] and the deployment cost of a medivac is equivalent to the expenditure of a small colony town. Because of this, the Dominion still trains traditional field medics.[4]

The medivac

As part of the redesign, expedient deployment of vehicles and personnel (especially under fire) became a top priority in the dropship redesign. Due to budget constraints, Dominion engineers settled on a single gravity tube that reduced loading and unloading speeds to one tenth of a second, but could only deploy soldiers or machines individually.[4] The tube was developed by Bellerephon,[12] while Procyon Industries won the contract to provide the G-226's laser scalpels and auto-sutures by being the lowest bidder.[3] By the Second Great War, a healing AI had been developed for the medivac, allowing it to acquire and heal two targets simultaneously.[12]

The success of the medivac design caused the Umojan Protectorate and Kel-Morian Combine to adopt them as well.[10] The extensive medical training of Umojan medivac pilots has been credited for the longer than average soldier lifespan in the Protectorate.[8]

During the Second Great War, when the zerg attacked the main research campus of the Moebius Foundation on Tyrador VIII, Doctor Emil Narud gave Commander Jim Raynor control of their medivacs so that he could use them to transport his men around the city and avoid most of the zerg.[13]

Dominion Special Forces medivac

After a covert operation resulted in heavy casualties among the Dominion Special Forces, the Dominion authorized a greater use of medivac dropships for their specialists.[8]

Game Unit[]

StarCraft II[]

A medivac transporting a thor

Medivacs appear in StarCraft II, dropping units quickly one at a time.[14] There is a delay between every dropped unit.[15][16] Transports have a drop animation which doesn't affect gameplay, although it will be more vulnerable as it will not automatically move away if attacked.[17]

The medivac dropship picks units up extremely quickly, fast enough to enable units to dodge stalker attacks.[14][15] The medivac dropship can transport a thor. The thor transforms into a cube and hangs underneath. This fills up the entire capacity of the dropship.

The medivac dropship from below

Medivac dropships make great support to marines, especially those bolstered by M98 ballistic alloy combat shields, which enables them to survive a hit from a high damage unit, after which they can be quickly healed.[18] Against the zerg, medivacs work well with marauders as part of a "commando force."[19]

The unit was voiced by Lani Minella.[20]


Upgrades and Abilities
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Rapid Reignition System

Decreases the cooldown of Ignite Afterburners from 14 to 9, and increase the Medivac's base movement speed from 3.5 to 4.13.

Purchased from Fusion core
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 57seconds
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Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

Purchased from Armory
Hotkey V
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds

The medivac dropship heals a friendly biological unit nearby it.

Can be set to autocast. May only be cast on one unit as a time, and may not be stacked by multiple medivacs.

The ability does not "stack" with a roach's fast healing rate.[21]

Medivac dropships cannot heal units inside of them.

Hotkey E
Cost 1 (per 4 hit points healed) Energy
Range 4
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Ignite Afterburners

The medivac dropship gains a speed and acceleration boost to 5.94 for 4.3 seconds.

This was added in Heart of the Swarm.

Hotkey B
Duration 6 (9 with High Capacity Fuel Tanks) seconds
Cooldown 14 seconds

Wings of Liberty[]

Medivac dropships are unlocked by playing "The Moebius Factor" mission, available after Doctor Emil Narud gives Commander Jim Raynor control control of the Moebius Foundation medivacs.[13]

When using medivacs, their usage should be weighed against the hercules dropship. The hercules can carry as many troops as four medivacs for a bit more than the cost of two, and is much more durable, but the medivac has a major advantage in its ability to use a reactor to build two at a time, and builds in just over half the time of the hercules. If the player needs to transport small strike teams, the medivac is preferable, but when dealing with larger armies, the hercules is preferable. The need for healing is a moot point if the player goes with an all mechanical force, in which case the hercules is universally superior to the medivac.

Upgrades and Abilities

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

Purchased from Armory
Hotkey P
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 160seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 190seconds
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 220seconds
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Rapid Deployment Tube

Medivacs deploy loaded troops almost instantly.

Dropping troops onto a hostile battlefield is always dangerous, but a slow drop can be lethal. Bellerephon has made this problem a thing of the past be developing a new gravity tube that can deploy the medivac's contents almost instantly.[12]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $50,000
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Advanced Healing AI

Medivacs can heal two targets at once.

This new healing AI enables the medivac to acquire and heal two targets simultaneously, allowing the medivac to expend its energy faster keeping troops alive and in fighting condition. Never again will you be saddened by the sight of a squad of dead marines and a live medivac with half its energy reserves.[12]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $115,000

Increase starting energy of all units by 100. Increase maximum energy of all units by 100.[22]

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

Damaged mechanical units recover hit points when out of combat, at a rate of 0.6015 each second.[22]

Our ship and vehicle hulls are now made from a material called Regenerative Bio-Steel. This material uses internal nanobots to slowly repair any damage the hull sustains. While this regeneration process is much slower than conventional SCV repairs, it can be the difference between life and death if no SCVs are available.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 20 zerg research points
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Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades increase health of affected units by 5% per level.[23]

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

Co-op Missions[]

Tychus can deploy medivacs as a calldown from the medivac platform in Co-op Missions.[24]

Mengsk can deploy specialized medivacs named imperial intercessors. These have the ability to carry Shock Division siege tanks, and can be upgraded to have the tank fire while being carried.[25]


See: StarCraft II unit quotations#Medivac Dropship


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

The medivac dropship was designed to replace medics, which it did by March 2008. It would've deployed "medical drones" as its healing animation before eventually gaining a healing laser, as did the medic.[26] Medics could not keep up with reapers, which discouraged the latter's use in favor of the medic/marine combination. The medivac dropship allowed for more flexibility.[27] The idea for the medivac come from David Kim; in a meeting, a developer pointed out that medics could only heal in the original StarCraft, while another pointed out that dropships could only transport. Thus, Kim decided to combine the two units. After all, the original dropship was good for harassment, but players would always load marines with medics regardless. Likewise, the medivac would allow players to better read their terran opponents in multiplayer, while the medic was a more indistinct infantry unit. The medivac would also give terran players an incentive to play more aggressively.[28]

The medivac had two upgrades that are not present in the final version of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign but are available in the map editor; Expanded Hull and Auxiliary Med-Bots. The two upgrades increased the cargo space of the medivac and healing rate respectively.[29]

The medivac's quotes originally had a radio filter effect applied to them.[30]

Patch 1.1.2 in Wings of Liberty reduced the medivac's speed from 2.75 to 2.5 and their acceleration from 2.315 to 2.25.

In the Heart of the Swarm beta, medivacs gained the Emergency Thrusters ability, increasing their movement speed and acceleration to 4.25 for 8 seconds with a 20 second cooldown. The Caduceus Reactor upgrade at the tech lab was modified; health restored per second increased from 9 to 15 and energy cost was reduced from 3 health per 1 energy to 5 health per 1 energy, while the cost increased from 100/100 and 80 seconds to 150/150 and 110 seconds.[31][32] The enhanced healing beam would change color.[33] A fusion core was required for the upgrade.[34] The upgrade was later reverted to the Wings of Liberty version via the January 9, 2013 balance update, and Emergency Thrusters was renamed Ignite Afterburners.[31]

In Legacy of the Void, the medivac lost its energy upgrade in the patch 2.5.2 Balance Update in favor of a new upgrade that reduced its unit drop time from 1 second to 0.5 seconds, but this was removed in patch 2.5.5 and the High Capacity Fuel Tanks upgrade was added, increasing the duration of Ignite Afterburners by 50% from 4.29 seconds to 6.43 seconds.[35] The medivac also gained the ability to pick up siege tanks in siege mode, but this was removed in Patch 3.8. Patch 4.7.1 renamed High Capacity Fuel Tanks to Rapid Reignition System and modified it to instead decrease the cooldown of Ignite Afterburners from 8.57 seconds to 6.43 seconds. Medivacs also gained the ability to heal units lifted by a phoenix's Graviton Beam. Patch 4.11 moved Rapid Reignition System from the tech lab to the fusion core and again modified it to both reduce the cooldown of Ignite Afterburners by 5 seconds and increase the medivac's base movement speed from 3.5 to 4.13.

Removed Upgrades
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Caduceus Reactor

Increases the starting energy of the medivac dropship by 25.

This upgrade is removed in Legacy of the Void.[35]

Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 80seconds


The flying heal bus.jpg The Flying Heal Bus

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Heal 5,000 life with medivacs in a single Unranked or Ranked game.

Hot pickup.jpg Hot Pickup

10 Achievement SC2 Game1.JPEG


Load a Dropship with a unit that is under attack in an Unranked or Ranked game.


Heroes of the Storm[]

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

The medivac appears in Heroes of the Storm, as a transport summoned by Rosa Morales.[36]

Known Medivacs[]


Known Pilots[]




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