Vanadium is a type of metal utilized by terrans.


Vanadium was first created by Raynor's Raiders during the Second Great War. It was produced with the results of research conducted by Hyperion scientist Egon Stetmann, who was studying protoss crystals. Stetmann discovered the crystal he was studying had a molecular structure as complex as a biological organism, which made it tough and flexible. Stetmann was able to create vanadium based on these observations. Vanadium is lightweight and diffuses weapon impacts better than traditional armor plating. This results in the forces being trained and built by the Raiders able to take more damage before being destroyed.[1]

Hydralisk dens of the Simulant Project were given deadly vanadium blades, though investigators were never able to find out who was responsible for placing them there.[2]

Game EffectEdit

Wings of LibertyEdit

In the Wings of Liberty campaign, Vanadium Plating is unlocked with five protoss research points. It increases the maximum health of all units by 5% for each armor upgrade researched for them. Units previously damaged will be healed 5% if they were damaged before the upgrade.[1]

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Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades increase health of affected units by 5% per level.[1]

We have created a new lightweight alloy called vanadium. Vanadium diffuses weapon impacts much more efficiently than traditional armor plating, and it better preserves the life of our units. Now each of the armor upgrades in the armory and engineering bay increases unit life by 5% in addition to increasing armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Hyperion laboratory for 5 protoss research points

Co-op MissionsEdit

Vanadium plating is available as a level 10 upgrade for Jim Raynor in Co-op Missions, increasing the maximum health of all units by 10% for each armor upgrade researched for them.[2]

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Vanadium Plating

Armor upgrades at the armory and engineering bay increase the life of affected units in addition to increasing their armor.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Raynor Level 10.

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Vanadium Plating appears as a talent for Lt. Morales in Heroes of the Storm.[3]


Vanadium is a real-world metal with different properties. However, in the real-world, it is also added to steel to make it significantly stronger.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015