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The Complete Starcraft 2 Protoss Building Units Guide

by: Simon Williams ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Dazzled by the array of high technology the Protoss bring to the SC2 battlefield? Bright Hub is on hand to provide a comprehensive guide to Starcraft 2 Protoss buildings and structures for multiplayer.

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    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Introduction

    In the next part of our complete guide to the Protoss in Starcraft 2, we take a look at all the key Protoss buildings and structures.

    The Protoss are the most technologically advanced of the three playable races in Starcraft 2 multiplayer, allowing to produce powerful war machines as a match progresses, but this does come at the cost of relatively slow build up of units and structures in the early part of the game. It is therefore vital to know what Starcraft 2 Protoss buildings produce what units, upgrades and researches to provide yourself with the breathing room to create a balanced and mighty build order. This guide to Protoss building units will give you a complete reference for every units vital statistics, upgrades and requirements.

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    Nexus

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Nexus  

    The Nexus are the essential base blocks of the Protoss buildings. They produce the Probe worker units and hold all resources that have been gathered. They are the foundation of your Protoss build.

    Minerals: 400

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 750

    Shields: 750

    Energy: 100

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Probe, Mothership

    Abilities

    Chrono Boost

    Cast Time: Instant

    Energy: 25

    Duration: 20 secs

    Speeds up train rate for units or the upgrade rate for researches on a targeted building by 50% for duration.

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Pylon

    Pylons are the ultimate support unit, providing power to all the other Protoss building units, bar the Nexus. It is therefore essential that you defend these important units, because when destroyed they power down all your buildings within their influenceStarcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Pylon   range.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 25 secs

    Health: 200

    Shields: 200

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Nexus

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Assimilator

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Assimilator  

    Assimilators are the gas refineries for the Protoss, transforming the raw deposits collected by your Probes into a usable resource. Thus, it is vital you construct these relatively early to ensure you can access the later game units and buildings.

    Minerals: 75

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 450

    Shields: 450

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Nexus

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Gateway

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Gateway  

    The foundation for the Protoss race's unique battlefield abilities, the Gateway rends space and time, constructing a direct path between the Protoss home systems and the front line, allowing for the transport of the major Protoss units. This Protoss building is reliant on a functioning power grid of Pylons and Phase Prisms as it requires massive amounts of energy.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Zealot, Stalker, Sentry, High Templar, Dark Templar

    Required: Nexus

    Abilities

    Transform to Warpgate

    Cast Time: 10 secs

    Required: Gateway

    Researched: Cybernetics Core

    Upgrades an existing Gateway unit into a Warpgate.

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Forge

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Forge  

    The driving force of Protoss technology, this building unit enables shield upgrades for all other Protoss units as well as weapon and armor upgrades for ground-based units.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 45 secs

    Health: 400

    Shields: 400

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Nexus

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Shields 1-3 (Provides an upgrade for all of the Protoss units and buildings)

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Ground Weapons 1-3 (Provides an upgrade for all of the Protoss ground units)

    Level 1 (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Ground Armor 1-3 (Provides an upgrade for all of the Protoss ground units)

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Photon Cannon

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Photon Cannon  

    The essential defensive Starcraft 2 Protoss building, and the cornerstone of any Protoss strategy, with the ability to deal damage to attackers from the ground and air, as well as uncloak opposition units.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 40 secs

    Health: 150

    Shields: 150

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Forge

    Weapons

    Photon Cannon

    Type: Ground/Air

    Base Damage: 20

    Range: 7

    Speed: Normal

    Abilities

    Detector

    Cast Time: Instant

    Allows Photon Cannon to detect burrowing, hallucinating or cloaked enemy units.

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    WarpGate

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - WarpGate  

    An upgraded Gateway unit, the WarpGate combined with a Phased Warp Prism allows the player to transport units anywhere on the battlefield, a great tool for reinforcement and catching your opponent off-guard.

    Minerals: 50

    Gas: 50

    Build Time: 10 secs

    Health: 550

    Shields: 550

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Gateway

    Abilities

    Transform to Gateway

    Cast Time: 3 secs

    Required: WarpGate

    Downgrades a WarpGate back to a standard Gateway.

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Cybernetics Core

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Cybernetics Core  

    The key to advanced Protoss units for the late-game, the Cybernetics Core is the research foundry for Protoss aerial units.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 0

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 550

    Shields: 550

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Gateway

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Air Weapons 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Protoss aerial units)

    Level 1 (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Fleet Beacon

    Air Armor 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Protoss aerial units

    Level 1 (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Fleet Beacon

    Warpgate (Upgrade for Gateway units)

    (Minerals: 50, Gas: 50, Time: 140 secs)

    Hallucination (Upgrade for Sentry units)

    (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 110 secs)

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    Twilight Council

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Twilight Council  

    Another of the core building blocks of your Protoss support structures, the Twilight Council is a research unit for Zealot and Stalker upgrades as well as enabling the Shields upgrade for all Protoss units and buildings.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Cybernetics Core

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Charge (Upgrade for Zealot units)

    (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Blink (Upgrade for Stalker units)

    (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

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    Robotics Facility

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Robotics Facility  

    The main production unit for all the robotic automaton Protoss units, vital as the battle progresses.

    Minerals: 200

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 450

    Shields: 450

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Observer, Immortal, Warp Prism, Colossus

    Required: Cybernetics Core

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Stargate

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Stargate  

    The Stargate is a massive version of the WarpGate, allowing the giant Protoss war vessels to materialize onto the battlefield. These vital late-game units provide unparralled firepower.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 150

    Build Time: 60 secs

    Health: 600

    Shields: 600

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Phoenix, Void Ray, Carrier

    Required: Cybernetics Core

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Templar Archives

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Templar Archives  

    This research Protoss building unit is the key building the High Templar, as well as unlocking its awesome Psionic Storm special ability.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Twilight Council

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Psionic Storm (Upgrade for the High Templar unit)

    (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 110 secs)

    Khaydarin Amulet (Upgrade for the High Templar unit)

    (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

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    Dark Shrine

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Dark Shrine  

    This Protoss building simply provides access to the Dark Templar unit, and serves no other function.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Twilight Council

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

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    Robotics Bay

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Robotics Bay  

    Formerly know as the Null circuit, this Protoss structure allows access to the Colossus and researches upgrades for that unit as well as the Observer and Warp Prism.

    Minerals: 200

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Robotics Facility

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Extended Thermal Lances (Upgrade for the Colossus unit)

    (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Gravitic Booster (Upgrade for the Observer unit)

    (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 110 secs)

    Gravitic Drive (Upgrade for the Warp Prism unit)

    (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 80 secs)

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    Fleet Beacon

    Starcraft 2 Protoss Buildings - Fleet Beacon  

    This Protoss building provides the huge amounts of energy needed by the Stargate to be able to materialize the Protoss capital ships, the Carrier and Mothership, as well as providing researches for both units.

    Minerals: 300

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 60 secs

    Health: 500

    Shields: 500

    Energy: 0

    Armor: 1

    Required: Stargate

    Upgrades

    Shields 1-3

    Level 1 (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 140 secs)

    Level 2 (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 170 secs)

    Level 3 (Minerals: 400, Gas: 400, Time: 200 secs)

    Required: Twilight Council

    Researches

    Flux Vanes (Upgrade for the Void Ray unit)

    (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 80 secs)

    Graviton Catapult (Upgrade for the Carrier unit)

    (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 80 secs)

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Protoss buildings are amongst the most visually stunning and powerful in the game. Familiarizing yourself with these building units stats, upgrades and researches will help you form a coherent strategy and set you on the path to dominating your opponents in Starcraft 2 multiplayer, be they Terran, Zerg or Protoss, allowong you to wield crushing force as the game moves into its later stages.

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