Science facilities are terran structures responsible for conducting advanced research into new weapons and defensive technologies. During the Great War, it was rumored that protoss technology was researched in such structured,[1] a study that continued well into the End War.[2]

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

StarCraft[edit | edit source]

The science facility researches the upgrades for science vessels, and allows research of tier 2 and 3 armor and weapon upgrades.

Researched Abilities[edit | edit source]

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EMP Shockwave

Reduces shield and energy to 0 for all enemy or allied units within the blast radius. Particularly useful against protoss units and buildings.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Energy
Range 8
Acquisition
Purchased from Science facility
Hotkey E
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 120seconds
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Irradiate

Reduces the hit points of biological units near the targeted unit (and the targeted unit itself if it is biological) by 250 over 30 seconds. Mechanical units are immune, but biological units passing near an irradiated mechanical unit will still be affected.

Usage
Hotkey I
Cost 75 Energy
Range 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Science facility
Hotkey I
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 80seconds

Researched Upgrades[edit | edit source]

  • Increases the science vessel's maximum energy by 50.
  • Increases science vessel starting energy from 50 to 62.5.
Acquisition
Purchased from Science facility
Hotkey T
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 166seconds

Building Abilities[edit | edit source]

The science facility can add a physics lab to itself, enabling production of battlecruisers and researching abilities and upgrades for them. This prevents the science facility from building a covert ops.

Usage
Hotkey P
Cost 50 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 40 seconds

The science facility can add a covert ops facility to itself, enabling production of ghosts and researching abilities and upgrades for them. This prevents the science facility from building a physics lab.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 40 seconds

This structure can lift off, enabling it to fly. It cannot produce units or conduct research while in flight, and must leave add-ons behind.

Usage
Hotkey L

Development[edit | edit source]

During the StarCraft alpha, the science facility was known as the "research center."[3]

StarCraft II[edit | edit source]

A science facility appears in the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty mission, Media Blitz.[4] It serves as the access point for the secret mission, Piercing the Shroud.[5]

Infested Science Facility on Skygeirr

Science facilities appear in the mission Infested in Heart of the Swarm. Placing a creep tumor next to them infests the structure as a bonus objective, each one granting a bonus Kerrigan level.

Science facilities appear in Brothers in Arms in Legacy of the Void where they are under attack by Moebius Corps. Destroying all enemies near them frees units to support the player and their allies, and earns five solarite as a bonus objective.

In Left 2 Die, the science facility is the responsible for unlocking new units and structures (or upgrades for them) researched using biomass. On the map, it possesses a radar ability similar to the sensor tower.[6]

Known Facilities[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Brothers in Arms. (in English). November 10, 2015
  3. [1]
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Media Blitz (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Piercing the Shroud (in English). 2010-07-27.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Map: Left 2 Die (in English). 2011.
  7. 2000-10-27. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Deception (in English). Map Archives: Deception.
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