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"It was a small outpost: a nexus, assimilator, and a couple of gateways. Commander didn't want to risk marines against the cannons they had dug in on the cliffs so me and the boys got brought in for a little death from above. First raid, we got a bunch of them little worker probes and lit up the pylons powering the cannon. They tore us up pretty bad, though, so we headed back for repairs. By the time we came back, it'd all changed. Two big stargates were there, and protoss flyers were popping out of those big hoops like bees from a hive. We got hit every which way, and I only made it home on one engine and half a wing. Couple of minutes later, protoss air hit our base hard; I'm starting to think they only let me get away so they could follow me back..."

- Flight Sergeant Aaron Keebler(src)

A stargate

The stargate is an advanced protoss structure.

Overview[]

"Makes weird sounds when it's calling ships in. Kind of like...whooomumumumooommm..."

Early stargate design

Stargates had been developed by the protoss prior to the Discord.[1] They are one of the most technologically advanced of protoss facilities.[2] The stargate provides a warp link strong enough to call ships to a planet's surface.[3] A large amount of electric (or similar) energy is generated just prior to the ship being warped in, showing itself visibly.[4] The process of warping in requires a vast amount of energy, and the stargate's excess light emissions can be witnessed from vast distances.[5] It also produces a sound when calling ships in. The range of which it can warp in ships has a limit, but the exact range has yet to be determined by the Terran Dominion. However, it is known to be in the range of light years.[6]

Current stargate design

The warships of the protoss fleet require a much stronger warp link in order to materialize than a standard gateway can provide. The immense stargate is capable of calling ships from high orbit or across immense distances to appear on a planet surface. The construction of one or more stargates at a protoss base is a sure sign that it has become a major staging point for an offensive.[7]

Tal'darim stargates are elongated to allow newly summoned ships to accelerate out of the bay directly onto the field of battle.[5]

Game Structure[]

StarCraft[]

The stargate is the production building for protoss combat air units. Although it is a floating structure in the concept, it requires an area to construct and ground units cannot go underneath it.

Upgrades[]

  • +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

Development[]

The StarCraft beta stargate

In the StarCraft beta, the stargate was originally known as the nexus.[8]

The stargate has an unused selection sound.[9]

StarCraft II[]

Stargates function exactly the same in StarCraft II.

When a stargate summons a unit, a shimmering silhouette of that unit appears within the stargate.

Stargates haven't been used by protoss players much over the course of Wings of Liberty, but Blizzard hopes to change this via the introduction of the tempest.[10]

Building Upgrades[]

  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 129seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 154seconds
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 179seconds
Required Twilight council
ve

Legacy of the Void Campaign[]

In the single-player campaign, the player can upgrade their robotics facilities and stargates into warp robotics facilities and warp stargates, allowing them to warp-in units anywhere with pylon power identical to the warp gate.

Co-op Missions[]

Artanis, Vorazun, Karax and Fenix are able to build stargates in Co-op Missions. At Level 8 Artanis acquires the talent Warp Harmonization, transforming his stargates into warp stargates. They also benefit from the Superior Warp Gate talent, allowing Artanis to warp in multiple units from a single stargate.

Artanis Upgrades[]
SC2 Artanis AC - WarpHarmonization.png
Warp Harmonization

Warp Gate technology also affects Stargates and Robotics Facilities. Units can be warped in to any location with pylon power.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 8.
ve
SC2 Artanis AC - SuperiorWarpGates.png
Superior Warp Gates

Enables for Artanis warp gates the ability to hold up to 3 charges.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 3.
ve
SC2 Artanis AC - UnlockTempest.png
New Unit: Tempest

Allows Artanis to warp in tempests from the stargate. Requires a fleet beacon

Siege artillery craft. Attacks from long range.

Can attack ground and air units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Artanis Level 11.
ve
SC2 ProShields.gif
Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Vorazun Upgrades[]
SC2 ProShields.gif
Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Karax Upgrades[]
SC2 ProShields.gif
Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve
Fenix Upgrades[]
OperationalEfficiency SC2 Button1.png
Operational Efficiency

Production and tech structures no longer have tech requirements, have their mineral costs reduced by 50%, and have their gas costs reduced by 100%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Fenix Level 10
ve
SC2 ProShields.gif
Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Shield armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Twilight council
Effect Shield armor: 3
ve

Development[]

New animations were developed for the stargate, which would reflect the unit being summoned.[11]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 2015-9-25, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - Reclamation. Battle.net, accessed on 2015-9-25
  2. 2015-02-05, Death from Above: Protoss. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-02-08
  3. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  4. Furman, Simon (w), Tomás Aira (p, i), German Erramouspe (i). "Creep." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 26-67. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 1427-80831-7.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  6. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  7. 2007-06-22. Stargate. Blizzard Entertainment. Official StarCraft II website. Acessed 2009-01-16.
  8. Klear, StarCraft 1 beta. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2009-07-13
  9. Starcraft Building Sounds. YouTube
  10. 2012-06-11, Dustin Browder gives Slasher the scoop on Heart of the Swarm. YouTube, accessed on 2012-06-21
  11. 2011, SC2: Protoss Robotics Facility. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-02-28