Starcraft 2 Marine Guide

Starcraft 2 Marine Guide
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Starcraft 2 Marine - Introduction

We continue our comprehensive Starcraft 2 Terran multiplayer guide with a look at the basic ground trooper of the Terran forces, the Marine.

Often conscripted from the criminal scum of the old Confederacy, the Starcraft 2 marine remains the bedrock of the Terran planetary defences, marching out in huge formations to take on foes of any size. Mentally reprogrammed to be absolutely loyal, possibly completely insane, these hardy warriors will lay down their lives by the score for you in Starcraft 2 multiplayer. In this article, we’ll go over all the vital stats and upgrades information for the SC2 Marine unit, as well as present a collection of strategies and counters to make best use of this vital unit in online matches

Starcraft 2 Terran Marine Vital Statistics


Production and Properties:

  • Minerals: 50
  • Gas: 0
  • Supply: 1
  • Build Time: 25 secs
  • Produced By: Barracks
  • Requires: -
  • Hotkey: A
  • Max Energy: 0

Movement and Protection:

  • Speed:2.25
  • Acceleration:1,000
  • Hit Points: 45
  • Shields: 0
  • Armor: 0
  • Armor Type: Biological, Light


Gauss Rifle

  • Ground/Air Attack
  • Attacks: 1
  • Range: 5
  • Damage: 6

Starcraft 2 Terran Marine Upgrades and Abilities


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


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

Combat Shield

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


  • Stimpack: The Marine unit can inject itself with a stimulant to increase movement speed and attack, but at a cost to its health of 10 Hit Points.
  • Type: Command
  • Duration: 3 secs
  • Combat Shield: The Marine unit can be equipped with a shield that effectively increases their Hit Point total by 10.

Starcraft 2 Marine Strategy, Tips and Tricks

Starcraft 2 Marine

Strong Against:

Vulnerable To:

Terran vs Terran

Marines are fine all-round ground troops, able to take on both ground and aerial targets, but its vital to produce them in large numbers and create a balanced force with other units such as Medivacs and Hellions to support them. Against Terran opposition, use Marines and bunkers to dominate the choke points of the map or swarm larger units such as the Marauder, but beware of large formations being decimated in splash damage attacks by Siege Tanks and the Flame Cannon of the Hellion.

Terran vs Protoss

Marines are weaker than the Protoss ground troop the Zealot, so ensure you have numbers on your side when engaging in infantry warfare, or you may find yourself quickly outflanked. Watch out for a Protoss opponent using the Force Field Abilities of the Sentry to break up your Marine formations into smaller, more manageable groups, and the Psionic Storm Ability of the High Templar, which can grind up large swathes of Marine units very rapidly.

Terran vs Zerg

Fighting a Zerg opponent generally means you’re going to have to go head to head on numbers, so ensure you are producing a plentiful supply of Marines and then backing them up with proper support when you stride out into the open on the battlefield. Marines are an excellent counter to Hydralisks, but watch out for the Roach, as it can take a lot of punishment, and especially a Baneling rush which can wipe out a fair number of Marines in one strike.


Every army needs its unknown heroes, and the Starcraft 2 Marine fills that role for the Terran faction. They will fall in numbers, but optimize your production to ensure your Barracks are spitting these guys out at a steady rate and they will prove capable of taking on far larger enemies and overcoming them in Starcraft 2 multiplayer.