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The point defense drone (PDD)[1] is a defensive device deployed by the raven. It is constructed onboard through hundreds of thousands of AI-operated nanomachines.[2] The drone uses lasers to accurately intercept many types of enemy weapon fire.[1]

Game Effect[]

StarCraft II[]


The drone intercepts missiles and projectiles fired by certain enemy units and buildings. According to the in-game description of the point-defense laser it is effective against marauders, vikings, banshees, battlecruisers, thors, missile turrets, stalkers, phoenixes, photon cannons, queens, mutalisks, corruptors, hydralisks, and spore crawlers.

Its defensive abilities use up ten energy per shot. Units like vikings and phoenixes that attack twice or more per cycle will drain ten energy for each of its individual attacks (i.e. one viking attack consists of two missiles. Twenty energy would be consumed to intercept both attacks).

The ability was removed from the raven in Versus in the Patch 4.1.4 balance update.

Upgrades and Abilities
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Point Defense Drone

Deploys a drone which intercepts missiles and projectile shots, such as those fired by missile turrets. It cannot stop special attacks.

Cost 100 Energy
Duration 14 seconds
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Durable Materials

Not available in Legacy of the Void

Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 110seconds

Increases the attack range of automated defenses: missile turrets, auto-turrets, point defense drones, and the planetary fortress by +1.

Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey H
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 57seconds
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 100seconds

Co-op Missions[]

Point defense drones are available to Jim Raynor in Co-op Missions. They are generated by the Hyperion at level 5.

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Point Defense Drone

Enable the Hyperion to deploy Point Defense Drone ability that shoots down enemy missiles. Call down the Hyperion from the top panel.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 5.

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 model of the point defense drone is used for the scouting drone ability in Heroes of the Storm.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2014-10-10, Raven Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-10-21
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015