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"The Void Ray is a different beast entirely however, as it is a Protoss vessel whose weapons are tuned for armored targets. This makes sense of course when you consider that the Prismatic Core’s energy is being focused through some incredibly durable Phase Crystals. Keep that in mind, and be sure to avoid Void Rays if you’ve got any metal plating on your person."

The void ray is a protoss ship in StarCraft II.

Overview

"Channel the light of Aiur!"

- A void ray commander(src)

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A void ray

In use by 2502,[3][4] the void ray is a Dark Templar[5] protoss escort ship;[1] the result of combining Nerazim and Khalai technologies,[6] and one of the first of its kind concerning joint Nerazim-Khalai creations.[7] It is designed for use against armored targets.[8] Several void rays were captured by the Tal'darim and outfitted with bloodshard crystals to create destroyers.[9] Because bloodshard crystals are not easily collected, the Tal'darim make use of the ship's existing armaments without hesitation when they do not have enough of them to convert a void ray into a destroyer.[10]

Design

"The result of combining Templar and Nerazim technology, void rays are devastating assault ships that demonstrate what is possible when the two factions unite for a common cause."

- Unit description(src)

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A void ray

The void ray is built around a prismatic core[6] an oblong crystal of synthetic origin[11] that serves as a virtually eternal power source.[6] The core derives its energy from both the Void and Khala, focusing them through phase crystals,[7] and forming a self-sustaining reaction.[12] The core has multiple layers to contain and stabilize the violent maelstrom within, transforming a perpetual state of flux into usable energy for the vessel's weapons, engines, and systems.

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A flight of void rays

The void ray's armored hull consists of plates fashioned from a flexible alloy, and are designed to handle the stress caused by the sheer power of the core. The molecular stability of this alloy is very high, a quality that prevents the energies of the core from disrupting its atomic bonds and degrading its structure from within.[11]

Other internal features of a void ray include a bridge, in which the commander has a chair to sit in. Terminals manned by the ship's crew extend from around the chair's position in concentric circles, allowing a void ray's commander to have a clear view of all the surrounding personnel. Such personnel include a navigator and damage control officer. The commander is entitled to a personal cabin.[7]

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A Purifier void ray

The Purifiers were able to adopt the void ray into their own arsenal, combining the research of three races into one elegant vessel.

After the End War, a new generation of void rays combined the style of the ancient Templar during the Golden Age of Expansion with the shadowy coloration of the Nerazim.[13]

Armament

Normally the void ray's core is kept in check by an arrangement of flux field projectors.[12] When the void ray has locked onto a target and deployed these projectors however, it can shoot searing beams of energy that grow exponentially more powerful over time. Even heavily armored structures and warships have been incinerated by the void ray, leading some terrans to believe that it will eventually replace the carrier as the flagship of the Great Fleet.[6] Multiple lenses are to stabilize its energy output, and a phase crystal is used to shape it into a cohesive beam. The flux field projectors amplify the power of the core. These projectors channel streams of unstable energy into the phase crystal, increasing the effectiveness of the prismatic beam against heavily armored targets.[11]

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A prismatic beam used against a mutalisk

It takes much training for protoss to master the Void energies involved in the creation of the beams, and even then few can master the full might of the projector. Those involved in this are given the rank/position/title of "Void lens." While Khalai technology in of itself is enough to align and contain the Khala's powers, a Dark Templar is required to focus the Void's power into usable form (hence the necessity of a Void lens). Without a disciplined Nerazim mind, the forces generated by the void ray will become too wild and cascade beyond control.[7]

In 2506, the phase-smith Karax devised solarite lenses for the void ray based on studying the Spear of Adun. The lenses allowed void rays to fire their beams further than normal as long as their prismastic lenses remained properly aligned.[9]

Game Unit

Versus

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The void ray's attack

The void ray's attack starts with one beam arm firing. Over time all arms will fire. The ship will follow the target and continue to attack.

Void rays are strong against battlecruisers, corruptors, motherships, and carriers, and weak against vikings, phoenixes, mutalisks, and hydralisks. The void ray is countered by specialized anti-air units or swarms of inexpensive units. In turn, the void ray should be partnered with other units to distract the enemy while it charges up.

Void rays work well with phoenixes as a raiding unit, via the former's graviton beam.[14]

The void ray is most efficient against units and structures with high hit points as it gives time for all arms to fire and rate of damage to maximize. There is a noticeable time between switching targets, making it less efficient against groups of weaker units.

If additional arms have engaged when a target is destroyed and a new target is selected within a short time, the void ray will engage the new target in that state from the onset. This allows many lesser units to be destroyed in quick succession. The void ray is still vulnerable from swarms of smaller anti-air units while it charges up on a significant target.

Abilities

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Prismatic Alignment

The Void Ray gains +6 damage against Armored enemies. Slows the Void Ray by 40%.

Usage
Hotkey E
Duration 14.3Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 43Time SC2 Game1
ve

Upgrades

Increases attack damage of protoss air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve

Increases protoss air unit armor.

Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics Core
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

Legacy of the Void

In the Legacy of the Void single-player campaign, the void ray is one of three assault ships the player may use, the others being the destroyer and arbiter. The void ray functions as it did in Wings of Liberty, dealing more damage the longer it focuses on a single target. The void ray has a passive ability that increases its range as its damage increases, first by 1.5, then by 3 at maximum power. This makes the void ray an effective siege craft, able to attack ground units and structures safely from out of range of retaliation as at max range it outdistances all enemy defense turrets, and a very powerful anti-all flyer in general when in small groups. The damage and range boosts last for approximately four seconds after the current target is destroyed and both will remain at full power if they can quickly switch to another target, allowing a squad of them to mow through enemy troops, buildings, and special tough units like hybrid with surprising speed, arguably even faster than the Destroyer with its split beams. They also have rather "smart" targeting in terms of protecting themselves; against a highly mixed force of enemies and buildings they will first prioritize anything that can hit them (ground-to-air and air-to-air units and turrets) quickly eliminating inbound damage to them before moving on to the defenseless targets. While this makes their damage potential greater than that of the carrier, the carrier's ability to repair damaged void rays makes the two synergize well together. The Spear of Adun's Reconstruction Beam, Warp Harmonization and Warp In Pylon abilities also tie in well with a void ray fleet, allowing for heavy pushes into enemy territory.

Co-op Missions

In Co-op Missions, Vorazun is able to build void rays. They function identically to the single-player campaign of the trilogy, charging up to deal more damage the longer it attacks a single target.

Zeratul can call down a legion of void rays under the command of Zoraya to support him in Co-op Missions. While they cannot be directly commanded, they can be ordered to move to target locations via the calldown bar.

Vorazun Upgrades and Abilities

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Prismatic Beam

The Void Ray's damage output gradually increases the longer it remains on a single target.

ve
PrismaticRange SC2-LotV Icon
Prismatic Alignment

Void rays gain increased attack range as their beams increase in strength, up to +3 range at max charge, and gain +2 damage vs armored per charge, up to a maximum of +6.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Vorazun Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Fleet beacon
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 ProAirWeap
Protoss Air Weapons

Increases the attack damage of protoss air units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
SC2 ProAirArm
Protoss Air Armor

Increases the armor of protoss air units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Cybernetics core
Hotkey G
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Fleet beacon
ve
SC2 ProShields
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 Terran SC1 100 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Twilight council
ve

Zeratul Upgrades and Abilities

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Prismatic Beam

The Void Ray's damage output gradually increases the longer it remains on a single target.

ve
PrismaticRange SC2-LotV Icon
Prismatic Alignment

Increases the range of the this unit's weapon as it continues to attack.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 8.
ve
SC2 ProGrndWeap
Protoss Weapons

Increases the attack damage of all protoss units and defensive structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds an artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
ve
SC2 ProGrndArm
Protoss Armor

Increases the armor of all protoss units and defensive structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds a artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
ve
SC2 ProShields
Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds a artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
ve

Quotations

See: StarCraft II Void Ray Quotations

Development

Main article: Void ray/Development

Known Void Rays

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A void ray

Variants

Known Commanders

Notes

  • Old warp ray lore stated that the void ray is powered by both the Void and psionic matrix.[12] In current lore, the conjunction is between the Void and Khala instead.[7]
  • The void ray is Allen Dilling's favorite unit in regards to art design.[15]

Images

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Karune. 2007-12-12. December Discussion Topic: Artistic Direction. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2007-12-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  3. Elder, Josh (w), Ramanda Kamarga (p). "Why We Fight." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 1 (paperback binding), pp. 6–47. Tokyopop, August 1, 2008. ISBN 978-1427-80721-2.
  4. April 6, 2010. "Timeline". StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
  5. Anglet, Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2007-08-05. Blizzcon 2007 Starcraft 2 Art panel 1/6. Youtube. Accessed 2009-04-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Void Ray. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Todd, Hugh. "“Lens of the Void”." (April 25, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Lens of the Void Accessed 2013-04-26.
  8. 2015-02-05, Death from Above: Protoss. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-02-08
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. War Council interface (in English). 2015-11-10.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 2015-02-05, Void Ray Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-02-08
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 2007-07-09. Warp Ray. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-07-09.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  14. 2011-08-01, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Q&A With Dustin Browder. Gamespot, accessed on 2011-08-13
  15. 2016-11-12, BlizzCon 2016: StarCraft Interview with Allen Dilling. YouTube, accessed on 2016-11-16