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Starcraft 2 Protoss High Templar Guide

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

Proud psychic elite of the Protoss, the Starcraft 2 High Templar is a formidable opponent, capable of wreaking havoc on the battlefield. Bright Hub shows you how.

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    Starcraft 2 High Templar - Introduction

    This latest installment of Bright Hub's complete Starcraft 2 Protoss multiplayer guide focuses on the High Templar.

    Having left common weapons behind them, the Protoss High Templars have devoted themselves to the study and mastery of the powerful psionic forces that underly the visible matter of the universe, giving them unique and terrifying powers. In this article, we'll take a look at deploying these masters of mind warfare to cause untold carnage against opponents of all three races in Starcraft 2 online multiplayer.

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    SC2 Protoss High Templar Vital Statistics

    Starcraft 2 High Templar - High Templar unleashing Psionic Storm 

    Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 50
    • Gas: 150
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 55 secs
    • Produced By: Gateway
    • Requires: Templar Archives
    • Hotkey: T
    • Max Energy: 200

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 1.88
    • Acceleration: 91,000
    • Hit Points: 40
    • Shields: 40
    • Armor: 1
    • Armor Type: Biological, Psionic, Light
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    SC2 Protoss High Templar 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

    Ground Armor 1-3 (Upgrade for all 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

    Khaydarin Amulet

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

    Psionic Storm

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


    • Feedback: The High Templar unit drains all the energy from an enemy target while inflicting damage equal to the amount of energy drained.
    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 50
    • Psionic Storm: The High Templar unit creates an explosive storm of psychic damage that inflicts up to 80 points of damage upon any enemy units in the targeted area.
    • Type: Command
    • Range: 6
    • Radius: 1.5
    • Energy: 75
    • Duration: 4 secs
    • Cooldown: 3 secs
    • Archon Warp: Two Dark Templars or High Templars sacrifice themselves to create an Archon unit.
    • Type: Command
    • Cast Time: 17 secs
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    Starcraft 2 High Templar Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 High Templar 

    Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Protoss vs Protoss

    Once High Templars possess Psionic Storm, they can be devastating to even sizeable groups of lower order units such as Zealots. Use combinations of Warp Prisms and Warp Gates to get your High Templars in behind your enemy's lines, and then wreck their Mineral Fields by casting repeated Storms. Individual units such as the Protoss Immortal and Colossus that possess an abundance of hit points are difficult for High Templars to deal with, and they are far less effective against non-energy units in general.

    Protoss vs Terran

    Use High Templars either as support to your own ground troops or via Warp Gates to lay into massed Terran Marine ranks. Beware the Ghost's highly effective energy-draining EMP round, and other ranged Terran units such as the Raven and Banshees with Cloaking Field.

    Protoss vs Zerg

    Roaches with the Organic Carapace are the bane of High Templars, as their regeneration rate actually outpaces how much damage the Psionic Storm can do. When attacking Zerg formations, watch out for the presence of attached Infestors, as they can Mind Control your High Templar and then wreak destruction amongst your own ranks with their psychic abilities.

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    Placed effectively on the battlefield, the unique and powerful psionic attacks of the Starcraft 2 High Templar can cut through masses of enemy troops in little or no time. It will take a clever opponent to ensure they have the necessary counter to your High Templar units ready at the right time, so choose your moment wisely, and then unleash psychic hell.