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Overview

The Terran Battlecruiser (often abbreviated to BC) is the flagship of the Terran fleet. Despite introduction of anti-capital ship starfighters such as the Wraith, the Battlecruiser continues to play an important role in Terran space faring operations. Capable of carrying a contingent of fighters and heavily armed with several laser batteries, the Battlecruiser is a potent threat to all who oppose the Terrans.

StarCraft

Behemoth-class Battlecuriser

The Battlecruiser initially had several different abilities including a Plasma Barrage, Missile Pods and Defensive Matrix. The Plasma Barrage was removed because the Terrans had too much ground, splash damage abilities. The other two abilities were removed during play testing, which revealed that Yamato Cannon remained the primary ability that players chose to save up for. The Defense Matrix and Missile Pods appear in campaign. Battlecruisers have been subjected to three balance changes so far to encourage their usage. The Behemoth class Battlecruiser was the standard Battlecruiser during the Brood War. Armed with laser batteries, nuclear warheads, neosteel plating, forcefields, and the powerful Yamato Cannon, the Behemoth is an enduring design that remains in service despite introduction of more advanced classes of Battlecruisers.

Behemoth-Class BattlecruiserSTATS
RaceTerran
TypeFlying-mechanical-large
RoleHeavy command flagship
ArmamentBurst laser batteries, Yamato gun
ProtectionNeosteel
Resources400 minerals, 300 gas
Supply6 units
Build time160 sec
Hit points500
Armor3 (+1 per Ship Plating upgrade)
Energy200
Attack (ground/air)25 (Lasers) (+3 per Ship Weapons upgrade), 260 (Yamato Gun)
Cool down30
Attack range6 (Lasers), 10 (Yamato Gun)
Sight range11
Movement speedSlow
Built atStarport
RequiredControl Tower (attachment), Science Facility with Physics Lab (attachment)
HotkeyB
Build dialogue"Battlecruiser operational"
UpgradeCostResearch TimeEnergyEffect
Yamato Gun100 min 100 gas120s150Fires the Yamato Gun, dealing 260 damage to target
Colossus Reactor150 min 150 gas166sN/AIncreases max energy from 200 to 250
Increases starting energy from 50 to 62.5

Tactics

The Battlecruiser is rarely seen in higher levels of play due to its extreme cost and build time. It is however, a very useful unit should the Terran commander decide to pursue it. Battlecruisers are typically built to end stalemates as their Yamato Cannon can kill most units in a single hit. They are most commonly seen in Terran mirror matches to break Siege Tank stalemates and to force the construction of Goliaths. Battlecruisers are rarely seen against Zerg and Protoss. Against the Zerg, Battlecruisers are vulnerable to both of the Defiler’s abilities as well as Scourge. Against Protoss, they can be used as counters to Carriers on certain maps thanks to their Yamato Cannon. However the prevalence of Dragoons makes Battlecruisers very hard to field. Like Carriers, Battlecruisers are incredibly vulnerable to spells such as Psionic Storm, Mind Control, Feedback and Lockdown.

Battlecruisers are commonly referred to as Cattlebruisers after the Korean player Firebathero used a Battlecruiser to Yamato Cannon an Ultralisk.

StarCraft: Ghost

Battlecruiser from StarCraft: Ghost

The Battlecruiser was featured as a support unit in Starcraft Ghost. Nova can call orbital bombardments from allied Battlecruisers and some levels take place inside a Battlecruiser.

StarCraft II

The new Minotaur-class Battlecruiser

The Minotaur class Battlecruiser is the latest Battlecruiser in service with the Terran Dominion. Based off the venerable Behemoth, the Minotaur is even larger than the Behemoth and is equipped with more laser batteries to increase its firepower. It is also armed with the new Class V Yamato Cannon. It is highly adaptable, capable of carrying missile pods and defensive matrix systems.

Minotaur-Clas BattlecruiserSTATS
RaceTerran
TypeFlying-mechanical, massive, armored
RolePowerful warship
ArmamentATA laser batteries (air), ATS laser batteries (ground), Yamato Cannon
ProtectionNeosteel
Resources400 minerals, 300 gas
Supply6
Build time90 sec
Hit points550
Armor3 (+ 1 per Ship Armor upgrade)
Energy200
Regeneration per second0.5625
Attack (ground)8 (+1 per Ship Weapons upgrade), 300 (Yamato Cannon)
Attack (air)6 (+1 per Ship Weapons upgrade), 300 (Yamato Cannon)
Cool down0.225 sec (Laser batteries), 3 sec (Yamato Cannon)
Attack range6 (Laser batteries), 10 (Yamato Cannon)
Sight range12
Movement speed1.875
Built atStarport
RequiredTech Lab (attachment), Fusion Core
HotkeyB
Build dialogue"Who called in the fleet?"
Multiplayer UpgradeCostResearch TimeEnergyEffect
Weapon Refit150 min 150 gas60s125Equips the Yamato Cannon on all Battlcruisers
Behemoth Reactor150 min 150 gas80sN/AIncreases starting energy from 50 to 75
Campaign UpgradeCostEnergyEffect
Missile Pod$140,000125Fires a volley of missiles at target area, dealing 40 splash damage (+50 vs light) against air units
Defensive Matrix$150,000100Creates a Shield that absorbs 200 damage.

Tactics

The Battlecruiser is even more powerful in Starcraft II thanks to its new laser batteries. Its new attack is a constant laser barrage as opposed to the single fire laser of the Behemoth. Though the lasers deal less damage, the Minotaur has a much higher damage per second. However it is still slow and expensive and as such, it serves a similar role as it did in Brood War. New dedicated anti-air units such as the Viking and Corruptor, pose a significant threat to the Battlecruiser.

In addition to being an effective late game unit in Terran mirror matches, the Battlecruiser is also useful against the Protoss as they have no direct counter to the Battlecruiser. Feedback and Psionic Storm can deal significant damage but not enough to kill the ship. Void Rays must charge up before they deal significant damage to Battlecruisers and can be taken out quickly with Yamato Cannon. Large amounts of Blink Stalkers can be threatening but they can also be negated with the Raven's point defense drones or ground support. Phoenixes must severely outnumber Battlecruisers before they pose a significant threat and like Stalkers, it is negated by point defense drones. Battlecruisers are both faster and more heavily armed than the Protoss Carrier.

Development

Battlecruiser with Defensive Matrix

The Battlecruiser initially had several different abilities including a Plasma Barrage, Missile Pods and Defensive Matrix. The Plasma Barrage was removed because the Terrans had too much ground, splash damage abilities. The other two abilities were removed during play testing, which revealed that Yamato Cannon remained the primary ability that players chose to save up for. The Defense Matrix and Missile Pods appear in campaign. Battlecruisers have been subjected to three balance changes so far to encourage their usage.

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