The physics lab is a terran support structure, an add-on to the science facility. Via a high-energy particle accelerator and a plethora of diagnostic equipment, it provides upgrades to the battlecruiser, and is an alternative to the covert ops.

The physics lab does not appear in StarCraft II, its role of providing support for battlecruisers having been taken by the fusion core and tech lab.

Game StructureEdit

Researched AbilitiesEdit

The Yamato Gun is a powerful weapon that focuses a nuclear explosion into a beam using magnetic fields. It deals 260 damage.

Hotkey Y
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1
Range 10
Purchased from Physics lab
Hotkey Y
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1

Researched UpgradesEdit

  • Increases battlecruiser maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases battlecruiser starting energy from 50 to 62.5.
Purchased from Physics lab
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1


In the StarCraft beta, cloaking was researched at the physics lab.[1]


Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.

  1. 2011-05-03, Blizzard Archive. "", accessed on 2018-07-03
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