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Starcraft 2 Terran Siege Tank Guide

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

The juddering giant battle tank and heavy duty artillery emplacement rolled into one, the Starcraft 2 Siege Tank can hammer down on enemy units. Bright Hub rolls with the blows to get up close to this marvelous machine.

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    Starcraft 2 Siege Tank - Introduction

    Our ultimate guide to the Terrans in Starcraft 2 multiplayer rolls onward to take in the mighty Siege Tank.

    An upgraded successor to the original Arclite Siege Tank, the new Crucio model packs a powerful shot both in regular tank mode and when it converts into an awesome artillery gun to rain death down upon the Dominion's enemies. In this article, we'll look at the explosive power of this unit in both Tank and Siege Mode, with all the vital stats, Abilities and Upgrades info you'll need to blitzkrieg your way through Blizzard's monster RTS. To top it off, we have indepth strategy tips and counter advice for all three races in SC2 multiplayer.

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    Starcraft 2 Terran Siege Tank Vital Statistics

    Starcraft 2 Siege Tank - Terran Siege Tanks in Siege Mode Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 150
    • Gas: 125
    • Supply: 3
    • Build Time: 45 secs
    • Produced By: Factory
    • Requires: Factory Tech Lab
    • Hotkey: S
    • Max Energy: 200

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.25
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 160
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 1
    • Armor Type: Mechanical, Armored


    90mm Cannons

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 7
    • Damage: 15
    • Bonuses: +10 vs Armored

    Crucio Shock Cannon

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 13
    • Damage: 50
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    Starcraft 2 Terran Siege Tank Upgrades and Abilities


    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

    Siege Tech

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


    • Siege Mode: In this mode the Siege Tank unit becomes an immobile weapons implacement, improving its weapons range and area damage values.
    • Type: Command
    • Cast Time: 4 secs
    • Tank Mode: The Siege Tank unit reverts back to standard Tank mode.
    • Type: Command
    • Cast Time: 4 secs
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    Starcraft 2 Siege Tank Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Siege Tank Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Terran vs Terran

    The Siege Tank, like the Viking, fulfills a dual role in the Terran ranks. Deploy it to deal with concentrations of enemy armor, especially Marauders, where its high vs Armored bonus will cause massive destruction rapidly. Its other role is in base defense. Choose your emplacements wisely in prime defensive locations around your most important holdings and transform to Siege Mode. Aerial units such as the Battlecruiser and Banshee are always good counters to Siege Tanks, and Ravens can deposit Auto-Turrets in close proximity to inconvenience them.

    Terran vs Protoss

    Use Siege Tanks to dominate a multiplayer map's prime choke points, making any attempt at a full-on frontal assault by Protoss armored units bordering on the suicidal. The Immortal is the premier Protoss counter due to its Hardened Shields Ability, but the Phoenix is also highly useful, since it can levitate Siege Tanks and render them inert with the Graviton Beam, so make sure you provide your Siege Mode placements with some circling air cover.

    Terran vs Zerg

    Against Zerg opposition, again use the Siege Tank to achieve area domination, and exploit funneling terrain to rain down artillery strikes on enemy concentrations. The main threat will appear to be Mutalisks attacking from above, but don't let that distract you from the danger of a Roach burrowing up from below.

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    The Starcraft 2 Siege Tank is one of the most vital strategic units in the Terran armory. Correct reading of a multiplayer map's terrain and choke points combined with good Tank placement can bottle up your enemy and keep your bases safe to churn out more units. Suppress your opponent's ambitions with a steady diet of Siege artillery, and then unleash your massed ranks upon them.