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Targeting drones were a type of automated terran device constructed by Nighthawks.[1][3] They are flying, stealthed, and immobile.[1] They shone a laser on enemy targets, increasing the damage of the victim unit by 50%. It could only target one unit at a time.[1]

The targeting drone was created with an energy cost from the Nighthawk, and did not have a timed life.[1] It was canceled as of April 2009.[4]


Targeting drones could be coupled with auto-turrets to increase their damage.[1]

Targeting Drone

Targeting drones are flying units[1][3] which shine a laser on an enemy unit, giving a +50% damage boost to targeted units.[5] Only one drone can target one unit at a time.[1] The drone is cloaked.[6][1] The targeting laser can be seen even without the use of detectors.[7]

The drone has 120 hit points, and is immobile.[1]

They do not have a timed life.[1]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 The Targeting Drone is similar to the Auto Turret in the fact that it does not have a timed life. It currently costs 50 energy to deploy and has 120 hitpoints (all subject to balance of course). The Targeting Drone can target one unit at a time, and increases the damage that unit takes by 50%. You cannot have two drones targeting the same target. These drones are also flying, stealthed, and immobile. They may excellent perimeter defenses and can be coupled with Auto Turret raids to maximize the damage. Karune. 2008-10-16. Karune : Targeting Drone. StarCraft General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-10-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-04. Terran Unit Information. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nomad. StarCraft Source. Accessed 2008-07-09.
  4. There have been some changes to the Ghost since the last time everyone has seen it. The Ghost currently does 10 base damage and an additional 10 damage to light armored units as its normal attack with 6 range. The Ghost's snipe ability now does 60 damage, ignoring armor for 75 energy. It also has an EMP ability, in addition to it's cloak ability, which does 100 damage to shields and drains all energy of spell casters in that area of effect. The Ghost also no longer sees spellcasters in the fog of war.

    Many of these changes help make the Ghost a better support unit, used for strategic abilities and harassment of specialty units on the field. On top of all that, firing a nuke every now and then is pretty nice too since it does do 200 damage and an additional 300 damage towards all buildings.

    With the targeting drone currently removed from the Nighthawk, we'll have to wait to see if another unit takes it up as an ability.
    Karune. 2009-03-08. Karune: Questions about the ghost. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-04-08.
  5. Targeting Drone. StarCraft Source. Accessed 2008-07-09.
  6. GearvOsh. 2008-10-14. Community Q&A [Batch 1]. StarCraft II Armory. Accessed 2008-10-14.
  7. Even though the drone is stealthed, visually, there will be a red laser coming from the drone aimmed at the target, so you will know when there is one around. Karune. 2008-10-16. Karune : Targeting Drone. StarCraft General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-10-17.