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A seeker missile

The seeker missile is a thermobaric, laser-guided projectile launched by the raven. It is constructed onboard through hundreds of thousands of AI-operated nanomachines.[1] Once launched, the missile will track its target relentlessly before detonating in an explosion over a wide area.[2]

During the Defenders of Man Insurgency, a more advanced Hunter-seeker missile was developed for ravens.[3]

Game Effect[edit | edit source]

StarCraft II[edit | edit source]

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Seeker Missile

Missile comes out and stays immobile in front of the Raven for 4 seconds while charging up, then rapidly moves (it’s not dodgeable at this point) and explodes at the target, causing 100 damage to target plus splash damage. Targeted unit lights up red when targeted. If the unit moves 13 range out of where the Seeker Missile is, the missile fizzles.

The missile cannot target buildings.

Hotkey R
Cost 125 Energy
Range 10
Duration 14 (increased to 20 with Durable Materials upgrade) (WoL) 4 (HotS/LotV) seconds
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Recalibrated Explosives

Increases the Seeker Missile's unit tracking range by 50% (13 to 19.5) and the damage by 30%.

Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey E
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 79seconds

Development[edit | edit source]

In Wings of Liberty, seeker missiles were a projectile with normal speed. When it got within a range of 2 of a target, it would speed toward it becoming impossible to avoid. However, if the target was able to keep out of that range, the seeker missile would break down harmlessly.[4]

In earlier versions of Legacy of the Void, seeker missiles gained the explosive shrapnel shells upgrade. This was removed in patch 3.8.

The missile was eventually re-tooled into the shredder missile in a patch for Legacy of the Void.[5]

Removed Upgrades[edit | edit source]
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Explosive Shrapnel Shells

Increases the damage of auto-turrets and seeker missiles by 30%.
Removed in Patch 3.8.

Purchased from Tech lab attached to starport
Hotkey E
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 110seconds

Achievements[edit | edit source]

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Destroy 6 units with a single Seeker Missile in an Unranked or Ranked game.


As seeker missiles have been removed in Legacy of the Void, this can only be accomplished in custom games set on Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm expansion level.


Heroes of the Storm[edit | edit source]

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Seeker missiles appear as the primary attack of the raven mercenaries in Heroes of the Storm.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2014-10-10, Raven Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-10-21
  2. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Dark Skies (in English). 2016-11-22.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  5. 2017-08-17, StarCraft II Multiplayer - Major Design Changes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-20
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
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