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"This is Hierarch Artanis, commanding the Shield of Aiur! Our matrix fields are within range! Engaging mass recall! My brethren, hear me, for there is little time left. All that remains of our race, our civilization, are those that stand beside you now. Trust in each other. Strike as one will. Let our last stand burn a memory so bright we will be remembered forever. En taro Tassadar!"

- Artanis at the last battle(src)

The Shield of Aiur was a mothership commanded by Hierarch Artanis in an apocalyptic vision of the future, viewed by the Overmind and others through it. On a distant, shadowed world, it was destroyed by the forces of Amon and Artanis was killed with it.[1]


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Cloaking Field

Passively cloaks nearby friendly units and buildings within a range of 5.

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Mothership: Mass Recall

Summons all units in target area (6.5) owned by the mothership's player to the mothership's location.

Hotkey R
Cost 100 (WoL/HotS)
50 (LotV)[2] Energy
Duration 2 seconds

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The mothership creates a Vortex that absorbs nearby units, allied and enemy alike, into it for the duration. The mothership will not be absorbed. When the Vortex ends, all affected units reappear around its location.

Units leaving the Mothership's Vortex are un-targetable and immune to damage for 1.5 seconds.

The area of effect is 2.5.

This ability is removed in Heart of the Swarm.

Hotkey V
Cost 100 Energy
Range 9
Duration 20 seconds
Cooldown 20 seconds

See also[]


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, In Utter Darkness (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. 2015-05-14, Legacy of the Void Beta Balance Update -- May 14, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-05-20