"We regard the swift one-man Scout as a tool for exploration and light combat, but against the inferior technology of other species it is a formidable combat unit on its own."

- Anonymous protoss(src)

The scout is a protoss aerospace superiority and reconnaissance starfighter.


"Never actually seen this up close. They blow up good?"
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A scout under fire

The scout is a versatile and powerful protoss fighter,[1] though are generally considered by the protoss to be more for scouting purposes.[2] However, scouts are easily a match for most other craft, employing antimatter missiles against aerial targets and dual photon blasters against ground targets.[2] Their anti-matter missiles fare well against heavyweight enemy flyers.[3] The Dark Templar maintain(ed) their own scouts and equipped them with technology to engage in FTL travel through the Void.[4] Some protoss escape pod designs were modeled after the scout, and retain the fighter's maneuverability.[5]


"The speedy, gritty scout was once the primary all-purpose air/space superiority fighter of the protoss fleet. The protoss originally regarded the swift one-man craft as a tool for exploration (as its name suggests). But when confronted by terran and zerg flyers of the time, the scout matched up surprisingly well as a frontline combat unit."
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Scouts flying high

Scouts were in use as early as the Golden Age of Expansion.[6] In their days of service, scouts served as point guards for the protoss fleet,[2] used as an all-purpose air/space superiority fighter.[3]They were maintained in the hangars of carriers,[4] and were often called upon to engage hostile forces.[2] Shortly before the Great War, recent developments in enhanced sensor systems and high-power engines further increased its effectiveness.[1] As the protoss found themselves in conflict with both the zerg and terrans, it was discovered that the scout matched up surprisingly well against their alien counterparts as a frontline combat unit.[3]

Since the end of the Brood War, the scout was steadily in the process of being phased out by the phoenix.[7] However, the design was still used by the Daelaam, and was incorporated into the Tal'darim arsenal by 2504.[8][9]

Game UnitEdit


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Scout (StarCraft).
For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft Scout Quotations.

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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A scout seen from below

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The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

Scouts were to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.[10] There are indications that they could be flown in singleplayer.[11]

StarCraft IIEdit

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Scout (StarCraft II).
For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Scout Quotations.

Known PilotsEdit

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A scout pilot



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  5. Golden, Christie (June 30, 2009). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #3: Twilight. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7129-9.
  6. Brooks, Robert. "It Will End in Fire." (Nov 3, 2015). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: It Will End in Fire Accessed 2015-11-03.
  7. Phoenix. Accessed on 2008-16-03
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Haven's Fall (in English). 2010-07-27.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Dig (in English). 2010-07-27.
  10. StarCraft: Ghost-Units. Accessed on 2011-02-03
  11. 2011-12-17, Unit Pictures. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2011-12-25
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