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The scout is a protoss air unit in StarCraft.

Scouts become available to the player in the campaign with the mission "Higher Ground" in Episode III and "Dunes of Shakuras" in Episode IV.

It is voiced by Glenn Stafford.[1]

OverviewEdit

The Scout is optimized for the anti-air role in a similary way to the terran wraith. In comparison, the Scout has greater durability but no cloaking device, and is slower without the Gravitic Thrusters upgrade which gives the scout equivalent speed. Due to the explosive damage of their anti-air attack, they have strong anti-air attack to counter heavily armored flyers such as battlecruisers. Their ground attacks are fairly weak. Ground anti-air units such as the goliath or hydralisk counter the Scout. The Valkyrie's diffused attack is less effective against lone Scouts.

The Scout is rarely used in competitive play due to its uneconomically high cost, the aforementioned weak ground attack, and the paywall the Gravitic Thrusters upgrade represents. Instead, niche roles are filled by the corsair.

However, the Scout is more useful in of the Protoss campaign. They are first used in Higher Ground against Mutalisks, although they really shine against other protoss units in Homeland where their explosive-type missiles do full damage to shields and dispatch enemy Arbiters and Carriers. However, for balance purposes Scouts are large units and take full damage from Dragoons.

UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey W
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
  • Increases Scout sight range by 2 (to 10).
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 133Time SC2 Game1
  • Increases Scout movement speed.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey G
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 166Time SC2 Game1

Scout HeroesEdit

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft Scout Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

The Scout, or at least its model, was originally a speeder bike.[2] A protoss rider was visible on the unit. However, the tab was removed as it wouldn't fit the other protoss units, especially in terms of size—comparison has been made to the battlecruiser, where what would be a single protoss rider would look like a giant compared to a capital ship.[3]

In the StarCraft alpha, Scouts were armed with disruptors.[4] In the StarCraft beta, Scout engines produced green exhaust instead of their current blue.[5] Scouts also used their anti-matter missiles against ground targets.[6]

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Glenn Stafford, Behind the Voice Actors. Accessed on 2015-04-22
  2. 2016-11-12, BlizzCon 2016: StarCraft Interview with Allen Dilling. YouTube, accessed on 2016-11-16
  3. 2008-01-24, Ten years of Starcraft - an interview with the Blizzard designers. GameStar, accessed on 2020-03-17
  4. 2009-03-19, StarCraft Wire. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-02-03
  5. 2009-03-19, StarCraft Wire. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-01-13
  6. Beta. StarCraft Evolution. Accessed 2011-12-08.
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