"Sky Fury Squadron! Destroy the Hyperion!"

Sky Fury Squadron is an elite Viking unit of the Terran Dominion Royal Guard. During the Second Great War, they served in defense Emperor Arcturus Mengsk.[1] After Mengsk's death, a number of their members defected to the Defenders of Man and served as the elite guard of General Carolina Davis.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Near the end of the Second Great War, Sky Fury Squadron fought in defense of Augustgrad during the Swarm's invasion of Korhal. The squadron, along with the Night Wolves, attempted to stop Sarah Kerrigan from destroying the planet's Drakken defense network.[3] Later, Sky Fury Squadron fought in defense of the Korhal Palace itself against the zerg and Raynor's Raiders. At one point, Mengsk personally ordered Sky Fury Squadron to destroy the Hyperion, but they failed. Ultimately the Swarm and the Raiders triumphed over the Royal Guard and ended Mengsk's reign.[1]

During the Defenders of Man Insurgency, members of Sky Fury Squadron defected to General Carolina Davis and the Defenders of Man. They aided in the final defense of the Xanthos at the Cerros Shipyards against Dominion forces led by Agent Nova Terra.[2]

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

In the alternate timeline where Arcturus Mengsk survives the Second Great War, Sky Furies were deployed alongside the Royal Guard to combat the forces of Amon.[4]

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

Campaign[edit | edit source]

Sky Furies appear as enemies in the campaigns of Heart of the Swarm and Nova Covert Ops.

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Viking Transformation

The Viking transforms from one mode to another.
This ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey Assault mode: D
Fighter mode: E
Cost 3 seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Automatically researched
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Phobos-Class Weapons System

Vikings gain +2 missile range and +1 cannon range.

Bellerephon offers an improved loadout for the viking that adds a longer-range anti-air missile. An improved gatling cannon has also been added for increased range in ground assaults.[5]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $90,000
ve

Increases the damage of terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
ve

Increases the armor of all terran air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey P
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 160seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 190seconds
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 220seconds
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Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

Sky Furies are a variant of Vikings built by Arcturus Mengsk in Co-op Missions. They are powerful anti-air and anti-ground attack that does large amounts of damage to massive units. They can be upgraded to temporarily have 50% increased damage upon transforming at Rank 2, and at Rank 3 can evade attacks in the air and move into the air upon taking fatal damage when in assault mode.

Sky Furies cannot heal themselves, so having Dominion troopers turn into Dominion laborers between battles to repair them will aid greatly in their survivability.[4]

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Assault Mode/Fighter Mode

Assault Mode: Transforms the Sky Fury into a ground unit with a ground attack.

Fighter Mode: Transforms the Sky Fury into an air unit with an anti-air attack.

Usage
Hotkey Assault mode: D
Fighter mode: E
Cost 3 (Basic)seconds
1 (With Smart Servos) seconds
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Royal Guard of the Dominion

Killing enemy units grants experience to nearby Royal Guards. If there are no nearby Royal Guards when an enemy is killed, the experience is instead split between all Royal Guards in the mission. Experience allows the unit to gain Rank, which improves its damage, armor, health and unlock new abilities or passive bonuses.

  • Rank 1: Deals bonus damage to Massive targets.
  • Rank 2: Gain the Tactical Realignment ability.
  • Rank 3: Gain the Evasive Maneuvers and Phoenix Protocol abilities.


Principal Proletariat: Increases the gained experience by 100%.

Usage
Passive
Notes

The leveling up mechanics works as follows:

  • When an enemy unit is killed, 100 (200 with Principal Proletariat) experience per supply cost of the unit killed is "dropped".
  • If the unit is a non-Heroic unit with 0 supply cost, it will drop no experience.
  • If the unit is a Heroic unit with 0 supply cost, it will drop 800 (1600 with Principal Proletariat) experience.
  • Dropped experience is equally split among all eligible units (Royal Guard, not at max rank) within 15 range of the unit killed.
  • If there are no eligible units within 15 range of the unit killed, all eligible units on the map get an equal split of the dropped experience.
  • Once a Royal Guard unit has reached maximum rank, it is removed from the pool of eligible units so as to not waste experience.

Mastery: +0.5 (+1 with Principal Proletariat) experience per supply (+4 (+8 with Principal Proletariat) experience on Heroic unit with 0 supply cost) per Royal Guard Experience Gain Rate mastery point. Up to a maximum 115 (230 with Principal Proletariat) experience per supply (920 (1840 with Principal Proletariat) experience on Heroic unit with 0 supply cost).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Rank 1 & 2 - Initially available.
Rank 3 - Reach Mengsk Level 15.
Acquisition
Purchased from Sky Fury (Individual)
Rank 1
Required 1200 experience.
Effect Hit points: 340
Armor: 2
Damage in Fighter mode: 26.25 (+62.5 vs Massive)
Damage in Assault mode: 22.5 (+62.5 vs Massive)
Rank 2
Required +2800 experience. (summary 4000)
Effect Hit points: 410
Armor: 3
Damage in Fighter Mode: 31.5 (+75 vs Massive) (Basic)
47.25 (+112.5 vs Massive) (With Tactical Realignment)
Damage in Assault Mode: 27 (+75 vs Massive) (Basic)
40.5 (+112.5 vs Massive) (With Tactical Realignment)
Rank 3
Required 4800 experience. (summary 8800)
Effect Hit points: 480
Armor: 4
Damage in Fighter Mode: 36.75 (+87.5 vs Massive) (Basic)
55.13 (+131.25 vs Massive) (With Tactical Realignment)
Damage in Assault Mode: 31.5 (+87.5 vs Massive) (Basic)
47.25 (+131.25 vs Massive) (With Tactical Realignment)
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Might of the Empire

Royal Guards increase Imperial Support based on their supply cost and Rank. Each point of Imperial Support generates 1 Imperial Mandate every 240 seconds.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Imperial Support=100% for Royal Guard's Supply. Depending on the Rank level, the number of Imperial Support increases by x1.5 (Rank 1), x2 (Rank 2) or x2.5 (Rank 3).
Mastery: +1% of Imperial Support per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum +30%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 5.
Acquisition
Unranked
Effect Mandate every 240seconds
Mastery: Mandate every 240seconds per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum Mandate every 240seconds
Rank 1
Effect Mandate every 240seconds
Mastery: Mandate every 240seconds per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum Mandate every 240seconds
Rank 2
Effect Mandate every 240seconds
Mastery: Mandate every 240seconds per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum Mandate every 240seconds
Rank 3
Effect Mandate every 240seconds
Mastery: Mandate every 240seconds per Royal Guard Support mastery point. Up to a maximum Mandate every 240seconds
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Tactical Realignment

After transforming, this unit gains 50% increased attack damage for 5 seconds. Cannot occur more than once every 15 seconds.

Usage
Duration 5 seconds
Cooldown 15 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Sky Fury (Individual)
Required Unlocks at Rank 2.
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Evasive Maneuvers

This unit has a 50% chance to evade attacks. Only usable in Fighter Mode.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 15.
Acquisition
Purchased from Sky Fury (Individual)
Required Unlocks at Rank 3.
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Phoenix Protocol

When this unit takes fatal damage, the Sky Fury transforms into Fighter Mode and temporarily gains a barrier that absorbs 400 damage for 15 seconds. Can only occur once every 90 seconds.

Only usable in Assault Mode.

Usage
Passive
Duration 15 seconds
Cooldown 90 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 15.
Acquisition
Purchased from Sky Fury (Individual)
Required Unlocks at Rank 3.
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Aesir Turbines

Increases the movement speed of Sky Furies in Fighter Mode by 55%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 8.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fusion core
Hotkey V
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
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Smart Servos

Reduces the transformation time of Shock Divisions, Blackhammers, and Sky Furies.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Sky Fury was designed in Co-op Missions in reference to the Heart of the Swarm opening cinematic, where a Viking lands to fight an ultralisk only to be crushed. According to Co-op director Kevin Dong, the Sky Fury's bonus vs massive was designed to make it powerful vs ultralisks as a means to "redo" that part of the cinematic.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, End Game (in English). 2016-11-22.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Planetfall (in English). 2013-03-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Arcturus Mengsk (in English). 2019.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  6. BlizzCon 2019 Pylon Show Live Youtube.com, 11-2-2019
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