Starcraft 2 Terran Air Units
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Terran Air Units (you are here)
In this section below, I will be covering all of the main Starcraft 2
Terran air units.
Note: The Medivac and Raven are included in the Starcraft 2 Terran Support Units section, as
this unit would not comprise the majority of an offensive attack.
Terran have more aerial options than any other race, which leaves them with some great air units. They have (in
my opinion) the best Anti-Air unit in the Viking and have one of the best air to ground units in the Banshee.
Cost: 150 minerals, 75 vespene gas, 2 supplies
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The Viking is a brand new Starcraft 2 Terran air unit and is one of the most important additions to the Terran
arsenal. The Viking has great anti-air capacity with long range (9) missiles that allow it to kite many slow air
units (like the Battlecruiser).
The long range of the Viking also allows it to strike units which are out of range. The Viking has the unique
ability to morph (kind of like a Transformer) into a ground-dwelling assault unit that allows it to attack ground
units with a respectable attack power.
When Vikings are in the Air, they can only attack other air units (but do so with great power). Due to their air
dominance, decent speed, and ability to morph into ground units, Vikings are great at protecting tanks, killing
heavy aircraft, and sniping the enemy mineral line in hit-and-run fashion.
They also have an unusually low gas-cost for an air unit, making them easily producible in large numbers.
Cost: 150 Minerals, 100 vespene gas, 2 supplies
Requires: Starport with a Tech Lab attached
The Banshee is another new Starcraft 2 Terran air unit. The Banshee is a light aircraft with great air-to-ground
abilities. It also retains the Starcraft 1 Wraith ability to use cloaking.
Players can research Banshee cloaking technology at the Starport's tech lab. They can also research an upgrade
which gives the Banshee more starting energy (I find the later upgrade isn't really worth it unless you are relying
heavily on Cloak, otherwise it is better to have more Banshees!)
It has a high powered attack (24 damage) against ground units that allows it to quickly take worker units like
Probes. It also has a decent amount of HP (140), which combined with it's high end attack allow it to take down
many units in a 1v1 such as a Queen or Hydralisk.
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It's ability to cloak also makes it quite deadly against Protoss players who fail to get early Observers.
The major downside of the Banshee is that it has no air to air abilities. Despite this, it is a great unit and a
Banshee rush is a particularly viable strategy versus Zerg players. Zerg get anti-air late and a Banshee takes down
a Queen in a 1v1 match-up.
Cost: 400 Minerals, 300 vespene gas, 6 supplies
Requires: Starport with Tech Lab attached and a Fusion Core
The Battlecruiser is also back in Starcraft 2 and is the most powerful Starcraft 2 Terran Air unit.
The Battlecruiser is the Terran master in large scale air to ground combat.
Its ground attacks have been increased significantly since Starcraft 1 (it deals over 40 damage per second to
The Battlecruiser is most effective at taking out masses of light ground units, such as Marines and Hydralisks
(as well as units with no air attack, naturally). It now attacks at a blistering pace of over 4 times a second,
making it never waste any damage on nearly dead units.
It also has a very high natural armor (3), limiting the amount of damage it takes versus light ground units like
Hydralisks and Marines.
With that said, the Battlecruiser struggles versus the Viking and Corruptor. It is too slow to chase down the
Viking as the Viking has a longer ranged anti-air attack.
It is seriously deficient versus the Corruptor, as the Corruptor has an ability which increases the damage taken
of a unit (spammable on all Battlecruisers easily) and the Corruptor also deals bonus damage versus the
Battlecruiser by default (+damage versus massive units). It is also faster than the Battlecruiser so they cannot
As a result, it is much easier to use Battlecruisers in 2v2 combat, where the Zerg player is more likely to get
Hydralisks. In 1v1, stick to ground mech versus the Zerg.
And that is all for the damage-dealing Starcraft 2 Terran Air Units!
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