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Starcraft 2 Protoss Void Ray Guide

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

The Starcraft 2 Void Ray is the giant aerial cannon of the Protoss, dealing out destruction to both ground and air units. Bright Hub shows you how to wield this death ray wisely.

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    Starcraft 2 Void Ray - Introduction

    Our Starcraft 2 Protoss multiplayer guide continues with the Void Ray in our sights.

    There are few moments as exciting in Starcraft 2 multiplayer as when you have managed to maneuver a potent force of Protoss Void Rays into perfect position against your opponent's armored units, and then watching them fire their awesome, incandescent Prismatic Beams. In this installment of our complete Protoss units guide, we'll not only give you the statistics, upgrades and abilities for the Void Ray, but strategy advice on how to unleash these mighty weapons of war to cause maximum destruction.

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    SC2 Protoss Void Ray Vital Statistics

    Starcraft 2 Void Ray - Void Rays in action against Terran Battlecruisers  

    Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 250
    • Gas: 150
    • Supply: 3
    • Build Time: 60 secs
    • Produced By: Stargate
    • Hotkey: V
    • Max Energy: 0

      Movement and Protection:

      • Speed: 2.25
      • Acceleration: 2.00
      • Hit Points: 150
      • Shields: 100
      • Armor: 0
      • Armor Type: Mechanical, Armored

      Weaponry:

      Prismatic Beam

      • Ground/Air Attack
      • Attacks: 1
      • Range: 6
      • Damage: 5
      • Bonuses: 15 vs Armored
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      SC2 Protoss Void Ray Upgrades and Abilities

      Upgrades:

      Shields 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Protoss 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

      Air Weapons 1-3 (Upgrade for all Protoss air 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 Protoss air 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

      Flux Vanes

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

      Abilities:

      • Prismatic Beams: The Void Ray unit's damage to a single enemy target increases the longer that it stays focused on that unit.
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      Starcraft 2 Void Ray Tips and Tricks

      Starcraft 2 Void Ray  

      Strong Against:

      Vulnerable To:

      Protoss vs Protoss

      The Void Ray's large bonus against armored units combined with its damage escalation while focused on one target make it a great unit for taking out slower armored Protoss units such as the Immortal. Remember that the Prismatic Beam can stay fully charged for a few seconds after disengaging from one unit, so try to attack enemy concentrations to give you a sequence of inviting targets. The Void Ray's slow aerial speed makes them particularly vulnerable to Protoss Phoenix fighters as well as Stalkers equipped with the Blink teleport ability.

      Protoss vs Terran

      Use the Void Ray to counter Terran build-ups of Battlecruisers, as they are fearsome against that unit. Vikings have the ability to pick Void Rays off at a significant distance, while the Protoss unit can be vulnerable to being swarmed by large formations of Marines.

      Protoss vs Zerg

      This Protoss unit is ideal for rapid devastation of Zerg Mineral Fields, and, if you can concentrate enough of them and maneuver them stealthily, can wreak havoc against a Zerg base. Watch out for defensive measures such as Spore Colonies though, while the Mutalisk can deal a lot of damage to Void Rays.

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      Conclusion

      The awesome firepower at the disposal of the Starcraft 2 Void Ray makes it an essential unit to master for any Protoss player in online matches, and it is arguably the most important aerial unit in the Protoss arsenal, even above the Carrier. Use the Void Ray to deal with any build-up of heavily armored units by an SC2 opponent, but make sure you don't leave them too exposed to swarms of lesser but more nimble units.

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