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Guide to Terran Buildings in Starcraft 2

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

Struggling to get your Terran base building on the go and pump out those units? We provide an in-depth guide to every Starcraft 2 Terran building and structure for the SC2 online player.

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    In this next part of our total guide to the Terran forces in Starcraft 2 multiplayer, Bright Hub examines all of those important Terran building units and structures.

    While the Terrans may not have the technological superiority of the Protoss or the biological resources of the Zerg race, they do have a fairly well balanced tech tree, allowing them to get vital units produced at the right time. Key to exploiting the available resources on a multiplayer map as Terran in Starcraft 2 is using the mobility and cargo capacity of your central Command buildings to ferry worker SCVs quickly to the scene and get harvesting. This guide will help you develop a healthy and balanced network of production facilities, bases and research centers to create the perfect build order for your Terran army, with a comprehensive reference for every Terran building units vital stats, Abilities, Upgrades and Researches.

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    Command Center

    Starcraft 2 Terran Command Center   The Command Center is the core of any Terran base. Producing the resource-gathering SCVs, the Terran Command Center has the added flexibility of being able to move aerially and load up to five SCVs in its bay, allowing a Terran player to rapidly exploit newly discovered Mineral Fields and Gas Geysers.

    Minerals: 400

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 1500

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: SCV

    Required: -

    Abilities

    Lift Off

    Type: Command

    The Command Center Unit can take to the air and relocate to a new area.

    Load

    Type: Command

    The Command Center Unit can load up to 5 SCVs to transport when airborne.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Supply Depot

    Starcraft 2 Terran Supply Depot   The Supply Depot is the main focus for all Terran resource exploitation.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 350

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: -

    Abilities

    Lower: the Supply Depot unit will lower itself into the ground to allow ground troops to pass over it.

    Type: Command

    Raise: The Supply Depot unit will rise up out of the ground to prevent the passage of ground units

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Refinery

    Starcraft 2 Terran Refinery   The Refinery processes Vespene Gas into usable resources for Terran armies.

    Minerals: 75

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 500

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: -

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Barracks

    Starcraft 2 Terran Barracks   The production hub for ground infantry units.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 60 secs

    Health: 1000

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Ghost, Marauder, Marine, Reaper

    Required: Command Center

    Abilities

    Lift Off

    Type: Command

    The Barracks Unit can take to the air and relocate to a new area.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Orbital Command

    Starcraft 2 Terran Orbital Command   The Orbital Command is an upgraded Command Center with a Scanner detection system and a satellite upload link for calling in emergency supply and MULE vehicle drops.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 35 secs

    Health: 1500

    Energy: 200

    Armor: 1

    Required: Command Center, Barracks

    Abilities

    Lift Off

    Type: Command

    The Orbital Command Unit can take to the air and relocate to a new area.

    Scanner Sweep

    Type: Command

    Energy: 50

    Duration: 12 secs

    The Orbital Command unit will sensor sweep an area of the battlefield which will reveal the presnce of any burrowing or cloaked units.

    Calldown: MULE

    Type: Command

    Energy: 50

    Duration: 90 secs

    Cast Time: 6 secs

    The Orbital Command unit calls in a MULE drone to a targeted Mineral Field. The MULE will proceed to gather Minerals at a far faster pace than an SCV for the duration.

    Calldown: Extra Supplies

    Type: Command

    Energy: 50

    The Orbital Command unit calls in an emergency supply drop on a targeted Supply Depot, permanently increasing its ouput by a total of +8.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Planetary Fortress

    Starcraft 2 Terran Planetary Fortress   Another upgrade route for the Command Center, this building unit packs a powerful punch against ground units with its twin cannons.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 150

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 1500

    Energy: -

    Armor: 3

    Required: Command Center, Engineering Bay

    Weapons

    Twin Ibiks Cannons

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 6
    • Damage: 40

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Hi-Sec Auto Tracking

    • (Minerals: 100, gas: 100, Time: 80 secs)

    This Upgrade will add a +1 Range to the following units: Auto-Turrets, Point Defense Drones, Missile Turrets, Planetary Fortesses.

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    Engineering Bay

    Starcraft 2 Terran Engineering Bay   The Engineering Bay is the hub for Research into infantry-based Upgrades.

    Minerals: 125

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 35 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required:

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

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

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Researches

    Infantry Weapons 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran infantry units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Armory

    Infantry Armor 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran infantry units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Armory

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Hi-Sec Auto Tracking

    • (Minerals: 100, gas: 100, Time: 80 secs)

    This Upgrade will add a +1 Range to the following units: Auto-Turrets, Point Defense Drones, Missile Turrets, Planetary Fortesses.

    Neosteel Frames

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

    This upgrade increases the cargo space available in Bunkers, Command Centers and Planetary Fortresses.

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    Bunker

    Starcraft 2 Terran Bunker   Bunkers act as defensive outposts, providing protection to Terran infantry units.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 400

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: Barracks

    Abilities

    Salvage

    Type Command

    Duration: 3 secs

    This command will destroy the Bunker unit and return 100% of its Gas and Mineral value. Once triggered it cannot be halted.

    Load

    Type: Command

    The Bunker Unit can load up to 4 Units (6 with Neosteel Frames Upgrade) to protect against attack.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Neosteel Frames

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

    This upgrade increases the cargo space available in Bunkers, Command Centers and Planetary Fortresses.

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    Missile Turret

    Starcraft 2 Terran Missile Turret   Performing air defense duties for Terran bases, the Missile Turret is able to detect hidden enemies as well.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 25 secs

    Health: 250

    Energy: -

    Armor: 0

    Required: Engineering Bay

    Weapons

    Longbolt Missile

    • Air Attack
    • Attacks: 2
    • Range: 7
    • damage: 12

    Abilities

    Detector: The Missile Turret unit can detect the presence of burrowing, cloaked and hallucinated enemy units.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Hi-Sec Auto Tracking

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

    This Upgrade will add a +1 Range to the following units: Auto-Turrets, Point Defense Drones, Missile Turrets, Planetary Fortesses.

    Neosteel Frames

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

    This upgrade increases the cargo space available in Bunkers, Command Centers and Planetary Fortresses.

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    Sensor Tower

    Starcraft 2 Terran Sensor Tower   The Sensor Tower can provide Terran players with important intel on enemy troop movements otherwise obscured by the fog of war.

    Minerals: 125

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 25 secs

    Health: 200

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: Engineering Bay

    Abilities

    Radar: The Sensor Tower unit can indicate enemy troop movements up to a 30 Range.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Factory

    Starcraft 2 Terran Factory   The Factory is the Production hub for the heavier and armored Terran ground units.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 60 secs

    Health: 1250

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Hellion, Siege Tank, Thor

    Required: Barracks

    Abilities

    Lift Off

    Type: Command

    The Command Unit can take to the air and relocate to a new area.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Ghost Academy

    Starcraft 2 Terran Ghost Academy   Dedicated Research structure for the Terran Ghost class of unit.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 50

    Build Time: 40 secs

    Health: 1250

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required:

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

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

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Researches

    Personal Cloaking

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 120 secs)

    This Upgrade allows Ghost units the Cloak Ability.

    Moebius Reactor

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

    This Upgrade increases Ghost units starting Energy by +25.

    Arm Silo With Nuke
    (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 60 secs)
    This Upgrade allows a Ghost Unit to call in a Tactical Nuke.
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    Armory

    Starcraft 2 Terran Armory   The Armory researches Upgrades for Terran vehicle and ship unit weaponry and armor.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 750

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: Factory

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

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

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Researches

    Vehicle Weapons 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran vehicle units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Factory

    Vehicle Plating 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran vehicle units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Factory

    Ship Weapons 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran ship units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Starport

    Ship Plating 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Terran ship units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 160 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 190 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 220 secs)
    • Required: Starport
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    Starport

    Starcraft 2 Terran Starport A vital late-game production facility, spitting out aerial units for the Terran forces, including the mighty Battlecruiser.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 1300

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Banshee, Battlecruiser, Medivac, Raven, Viking

    Required: Factory

    Abilities

    Lift Off

    Type: Command

    The Starport Unit can take to the air and relocate to a new area.

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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    Fusion Core

    Starcraft 2 Terran Fusion Core A building unit dedicated to researching upgrades for the Battlecruiser unit.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 150

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 750

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Required: Starport

    Upgrades

    Building Armor

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

    Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

    Researches

    Behemoth Reactor

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

    This Upgrade increases a Battlecruiser's starting energy by 25.

    Weapon Refit

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time; 60 secs)

    This Upgrade unlocks the powerful ability Yamato Cannon.

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      Tech Lab

      Starcraft 2 Terran Tech Lab Tech Labs are multi-purpose units that can be attached to either Barracks, Factories or Starports, and can then Research Upgrades for the classes of units produced by those particular structures.

      Minerals: 50

      Gas: 25

      Build Time: 25 secs

      Health: 400

      Energy: -

      Armor: 1

      Required: Barracks, Factory, Starport

      Upgrades

      Building Armor

      • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

      Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

      Researches

      Stimpack (Upgrade for Marine unit)

      • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)

      Combat Shield (Upgrade for Marine unit)

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

      Infernal Pre-Igniter (Upgrade for Hellion unit)

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

      Siege Tech (Upgrade for Siege Tank unit)

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

      Corvid Reactor ( Increase to Raven unit starting Energy of 25)

      • (MInerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

      Seeker Missile (Upgrade for Raven unit)

      • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)
      • Required: Fusion Core

      Caduceus Reactor (Increases starting Energy of Medivac by a value of +25)

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

      Cloaking Field (Upgrade for Banshee unit)

      • (MInerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 110 secs)
      • Required: Fusion Core

      Nitro Packs (Upgrade for Reaper Unit)

      • (Minerals: 50, Gas: 50, Time: 100 secs)

      Concussive Shells (Upgrade for Marauder unit)

      • (Minerals: 50, Gas: 50, Time: 60 secs)

      250mm Strike Cannons (Upgrade for Thor unit)

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

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      Reactor

      Starcraft 2 Terran Reactor When attached to any one of a Barracks, Factory or Starport, the Reactor doubles the production capacity and allows for two production queues at once, although the individual unit costs remain the same.

      Minerals: 50

      Gas: 50

      Build Time: 50 secs

      Health: 400

      Energy: -

      Armor: 1

      Required: Barracks, Factory, Starport

      Upgrades

      Building Armor

      • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)

      Upgrades building units armor by 2 points.

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      Conclusion

      The Terran building units may seem fairly staid and functional, but what they sacrifice in aesthetic appeal they make up for when it comes to pumping out those units at a regular rate in the heat of battle. Absorb the info in this article, and you'll soon have a solid understanding of the essential stats, Upgrades and Researches from each of these buildings and structures, helping you form a cohesive plan to march towards Starcraft 2 multiplayer domination on Battle.net.

    The Complete Starcraft 2 Building Units Guide

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