"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)

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A stargate

The stargate is an advanced protoss structure.


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

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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 StructureEdit


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.


  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
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Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core


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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 IIEdit

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 UpgradesEdit

  • +1 armor to shields per level.
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Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 129Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 154Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 179Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council

Legacy of the Void CampaignEdit

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 MissionsEdit

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.


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



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  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
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