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Starcraft 2 Terran SCV Guide

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

The rugged backbone of any Terran deployment, the hard-working Starcraft 2 SCV will be at the heart of everything you do on the battlefield. Bright Hub looks at these unassuming but vital cogs in the Terran war machine.

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    Starcraft 2 SCV - Introduction

    In the first part of our comprehensive Starcraft 2 Terran multiplayer guide, we start off with the humble SCV unit.

    They will never get the headlines or the glory, but the Terran SCV is the foundation upon which every other unit and building structure rest for the Terran faction in Starcraft 2 multiplayer. Like many of the Terran units we'll look at later in this guide, the SCV are more flexible than their Zerg and Protoss equivalents and can fulfill a multiple number of functions. In this article, we'll examine all the vital stats, Upgrades and Abilities information for the Terran SCV, as well as discussing how to make the best use of them during the course of a SC2 multiplayer match.

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    Starcraft 2 Terran SCV Vital Statistics

    Starcraft 2 SCV - Terran SCVs going about their work   Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 50
    • Gas: 0
    • Supply: 1
    • Build Time: 17 secs
    • Produced By: Command Center
    • Requires:-
    • Hotkey: S
    • Max Energy: 0

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.81
    • Acceleration: 2.50
    • Hit Points: 45
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Biological, Mechanical, Light


    Fusion Cutter

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 1
    • Damage: 5
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    Starcraft 2 Terran SCV Upgrades and Abilities


    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


    • Repair: The SCV unit will expend resources to repair and restore nearby Mechanical units and building structures.
    • Gather: The SCV unit will head to the selected Mineral Field or Gas Geyser resource and gather all available reources from it.
    • Build Structure: The SCV unit will construct the chosen structure.
    • Build Advanced Structure: The SCV unit will build the advanced structure chosen.
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    Starcraft 2 SCV Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 SCV   Vulnerable To:

    For the SCV, race by race tactics are not really necessary, as the same basic rules always apply. While their Fusion Cutter is no great shakes as a weapon, with some Marine support they can put a decent fight if your opponent decides to attempt an early game rush. Far more resilient than either the Protoss Probe or Zerg Drone, the SCV has a role to play on the battlefield - attach a couple to any of your major armored units to effect running repairs during the heat of battle, and their ability to repair themselves adds to their durability. They also make a decent scouting option due to a fair turn of speed. When base building, pump out as many of these useful workers as you can but remember the golden rule of never assigning more than three to any one refinery or the excess units will simply be going to waste - instead group them with your armor. When playing against Terran opposition, focus on the SCVs rather than the structures, as their repair abilities make smoking the buildings ultimately futile as they will soon have them up and running again.

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    No, they're not exciting, but the Starcraft 2 SCV is both dependable and adaptable, and will serve any Terran player in Starcraft 2 multiplayer matches well, not only in the basics of unit and structure building, but also as armor support and even as unassuming scouts.