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Overview

A pair of Phoenix harassing a Zerg worker line
A pair of Phoenix harassing a Zerg worker line

The Phoenix is a Protoss air superiority ship that is only capable of attacking other air units. It is equipped with an ability that allows it to lift up enemy ground units into the air, allowing it to be attacked by friendly anti-air units and preventing the enemy unit from escaping or attacking back. Like other Protoss ships, it is built from the Stargate.

Equipped with twin ion blasters, the Phoenix has become the primary air superiority fighter of the Protoss, replacing older fighters like the Scout and the Corsair. As an air superiority unit, the Phoenix is adept at intercepting enemy fighters such as Vikings or Banshees, but it has difficulty with heavy armor air units such as Battlecruisers.

Stats

RaceProtoss
Built FromStargate
Mineral Cost150
Gas Cost100
Supply Cost2 Psi
Built Time35 sec
Hit Points120
Shield Points60
Sight Range10
Damage5 (+5 vs light)
Attack Range5 (7 with upgrade)
Movement Speed4.25
HotkeyX

Tactics

  • A popular strategy involving the Phoenix is to send a couple to harass the enemy's workers. If the Phoenix harass hits before the enemy has a lot of anti-air the damage done to their economy will be significant.

Trivia

A Phoenix using the Overload ability
A Phoenix using the Overload ability
  • When the Phoenix was first demonstrated it possessed an ability called Overload that was capable of destroying all air units that were in the vicinity.
  • In pre-release builds of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty the Phoenix was capable of attacking both air and ground units similar to the Scout in the original game.
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