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"Assaulting an enemy encampment can be a very costly affair, and rather than sacrificing Protoss lives we have developed a robotic war machine, the Reaver, to use as mobile artillery. The Reaver is heavily armored and houses a micro-manufacturing plant to produce tiny, highly explosive drones called Scarabs. The Reaver carries no weapons but a wave of Scarabs can reduce both troops and buildings to rubble in moments."

The reaver is a protoss mobile siege-artillery unit.


"We must call for aid! Executor, bring up the reavers!"

A reaver during the Great War

Reavers are heavy ground artillery, though are not artillery in the classic sense (of terran understanding) in that they don't lob unguided projectiles.[1] In fact, the reaver itself does not mount any weaponry, but instead houses a micro-manufacturing plant similar to the carrier, producing tiny robotic drones known as scarabs.[2] While the reaver looks ungainly, just one of these war constructs can level a colony in minutes.[1]

Tube-like protrusions are located on the sides of the reaver's head, giving the appearance of 'eyes'. These are used to help the reaver navigate.[3] Reavers are limited in mobility, and are often shuttled by protoss air units.[1]


"The reaver might have looked awkward, like a walking trilobite, but it could level an entire colony in minutes."

The reaver evolved from a civilian mobile manufacturing unit that was militarized[4] to become a mobile artillery piece, ensuring that fewer lives would be lost when assaulting enemy bases.[5] Somewhat fittingly, reavers are renowned for leveling entire colonies in moments.[2]

A reaver during the End War

Reavers fell into less use after the end of the Brood War, but remained part of the Daelaam's arsenal in clearing out zerg hive clusters.[6] A number of reavers came back into service during the End War when Phase-smith Karax developed automated scarab production based on Spear of Adun's star forge. [7] Reavers were also deployed against the Daelaam by Amon in defense of the psionic matrix, but were able to be reclaimed by Karax.[8] They were deployed by the corrupted Golden Armada against the Daelaam defending the xel'naga Keystone, but failed in their objective.[9]

Game Unit[]


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Reaver (StarCraft).

StarCraft: Ghost[]

Reaver in StarCraft: Ghost

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Reavers were set to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.[10]

StarCraft II[]

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Reaver (StarCraft II).

A reaver mount in Heroes of the Storm

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

Reavers appear as a mount in Heroes of the Storm.[11]

Known Reavers[]

A reaver

Reaver Variants[]


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