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The nuclear silo was a terran auxiliary building attached to command centers that allow the storage and launching of nuclear missiles, and was an alternative to the ComSat station.

During reformation of the Ghost Program, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk ordered the nuclear silos to be moved from the command center to dedicated ghost academies.[1]

Game Unit[]


As an add-on, the nuclear silo is abandoned, including any missiles it contains, when its parent structure lifts off.


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 14 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.

Hotkey N
Range 8 or 10 (1 less than ghost's sight range)
Purchased from Nuclear silo
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 8 Supply

StarCraft II[]

In StarCraft II, the nuclear silo's functionality is built into the ghost academy.

Still, a number of them were present at Avernus Station.[2]


This article or section contains information from the optional Covert Missions in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

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During her infiltration of Avernus Station, Nova could hack into some of them, giving her access to nukes.[2]

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Additional nuclear silos were found on the Dominion world Cruxas III. They were destroyed by the zerg in order to test out their carrion strain swarm hosts, as well as to pave the way for the Korhal invasion.[3]


The nuclear silos in Ghost of a Chance are represented by the munitions depot model.[2]



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  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. 2016-10-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Ghost of a Chance (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Swarm Host Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.