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Beginners Guide to Starcraft 2: Protoss Warp Prism

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

The Starcraft 2 Warp Prism is a troop transport with a twist. Bright Hub has a look for beginners at using these Protoss units to catch your enemies out in SC2 online matches.

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    Starcraft 2 Warp Prism - The Basics

    We continue our indepth guide to Starcraft 2 Protoss multiplayer units with an examination of the Warp Prism.

    Protoss Warp Prisms are robotic ships melded with the ability to manipulate the fabric of space and time. Combining their ability to quickly transport fresh troops with the Warp Prism's dual role as a mobile power grid makes them one of the most tactically useful units in the Protoss line-up. In this article, we'll show beginning SC2 players how to use the Warp Prism to change the course of any multiplayer battle, as well as presetting all the vital information you need to achieve victory.

    For more Protoss advice, check out the Bright Hub Protoss Strategy and Protoss Builds guides.

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    SC2 Protoss Warp Prism Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Warp Prism - Warp Prisms in Phasing Mode 

    Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 200
    • Gas: 0
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 50 secs
    • Produced By: Robotics Facility
    • Requires: Robotics Facility
    • Hotkey: A
    • Max Energy: 0

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.50
    • Acceleration: 2.13
    • Hit Points: 100
    • Shields: 40
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Mechanical, Psionic, Light
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    SC2 Protoss Warp Prism Upgrades and Abilities


    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 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
    Gravitic Drive
    (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 80 secs)
    Phasing Mode: The Warp Prism unit becomes immobile and converts into a power supply similar to a Pylon building.
    Type: Channeled
    Cast Time: 2 secs
    Transport Mode: The Warp Prism unit reverts to its normal state and can again move across the battlefield.
    Type: Command
    Cast Time: 2 secs
    Load: The Warp Prism unit can transport up to 8 units.
    Type: Command
    Unload: The Warp Prism will come to an immediate stop and disembark its passengers.
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    Starcraft 2 Warp Prism Strategy Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Warp Prism Vulnerable To:

    Protoss vs Protoss

    The Warp Prism is a vital unit in terms of Protoss mobility on the battlefield. Use its troop transport abilities to form a beachhead at an enemy stronghold, then switch to the War Prism's Phasing Mode to power up structures and enable you to use the Warp Gate to rapidly reinforce your raiders. Against Protoss opposition, ensure you've eliminated any defensive weaponry such as Photon Cannons before you bring the Warp Prism in for a troop drop off. Phoenix units will try to take out this unit while still in the air and laden with combatants, while Stalkers with the Blink ability are useful at rapidly dealing with a number of incoming Prisms.

    Protoss vs Terran

    Similar strategies apply when facing Terran opposition. Use your Warp Prism units to ferry shock troops to tactically important locations, and then power up building units to rapidly escalate your strength in that area. Like Photon Cannons, Terran Missile Turrets will need to be dealt with first, while Vikings will pose a significant threat to any Warp Prism fleet.

    Protoss vs Zerg

    When using Warp Prisms to make inroads into Zerg territory, never forget the threat posed by the Zerg Queen unit, even if you've eradicated defensive Spore Colonies before hand. Mutalisks are swift enough aerial units to be able to hunt down your Warp Prisms as well.

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    The Starcraft 2 Warp Prism is one of the units that will give the thoughtful Protoss tactician the edge in SC2 multiplayer. It's ability to ferry and drop troops then provide power support for buildings and warping in reinforcements means that it can be used to rapidly change the state of battle on surprising locations on a multiplayer map. Use the Warp Prism to keep your enemy guessing, and then wrong-foot them at their weakest points.