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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]

Overview[edit | edit source]

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.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey W
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Fleet beacon
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 330seconds
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 200 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Cybernetics core
Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals 400 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Cybernetics core
  • Increases Scout sight range by 2 (to 10).
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 133seconds
  • Increases Scout movement speed.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey G
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 166seconds

Scout Heroes[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

See: StarCraft Scout Quotations

Development[edit | edit source]

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]

Images[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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