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General Information

Shortcuts are one of the helps StarCraft Brood War offers. A player can either perform an action by selecting the wanted command/order via mouse and left click on the map, or selecting a unit/building and pressing a key to avoid having to select the order manually first. The method using the keyboard shortens the time to perform mechanical tasks significantly.

This article lists all English shortcuts. If Brood War was installed with a different language version (German, Spanish, French, Japanese...) the shortcuts may be different.

General Commands

See also Basic Unit Commands for Commands available to Buildings and Units.

Command Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Attack A Attacks any unit in range and follows
Hold Position H Holds the Position and only attacks when opponent is in reach. Does not follow units
Move M moves from A to B and does nothing else
Patrol P Patrols between two or more spots. Attacks and follows incoming units
Stop S Stops any action
Gather G Gather Minerals (Workers only)
Set rally point (Buildings) Right Click / R Sets up rally point

Combinations of Shortcuts & Special Features

Several commands can be combined to alter or enhance their effect.

  • A combination of waypoints (Shift) and the patrol command enables a unit to patrol up to ten different spots on the map
  • With the help of waypoints (Shift) different commands can be queued; this way a worker can be send to raise a building and sent back to mine
  • A worker sent to gather or move on a mineral patch or vespene geyser in vision range will slide through blocking units
  • Air units without attack (Overlord, Shuttle, Dropship, Observer) will retreat from fire when moved with patrol command
  • A common strategy to block Dark Templar rushes is to block a ramp with SCVs and float a Barracks over this blockade. This way the Dark Templars will not be able to attack if another fighting unit is in their vision range. This can be circumvented when the Dark Templars are given the patrol command on the bottom of a blocked ramp.
  • Lurkers have no Hold Position command on their own. When grouped with an Overlord they will get this command.

Terran

Units

Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Train SCV S Trains an SCV when a Command Center is selected
Train Marine M Trains a Marine when a Barracks is selected
Train Firebat F Trains a Firebat when a Barracks is selected
Train Medic C Trains a Medic when a Barracks is selected
Train Ghost G Trains a Ghost when a Barracks is selected
Train Vulture V Trains a Vulture when a Factory is selected
Train Siege Tank T Trains a Siege Tank when a Factory is selected
Train Goliath G Trains a Goliath when a Factory is selected
Train Dropship D Trains a Dropship when a Starport is selected
Train Wraith W Trains a Wraith when a Starport is selected
Train Science Vessel V Trains a Science Vessel when a Starport is selected
Train Battlecruiser B Trains a Battlecruiser when a Starport is selected
Train Valkyrie Y Trains a Valkyrie when a Starport is selected

Basic Buildings

  • B for Basic Structure when SCV is selected, then
Basic Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Build Barracks B build Barracks
Build Command Center C build Command Center
Build Supply Depot S build Supply Depot
Build Refinery R build Refinery
Build Engineering Bay E build Engineering Bay
Build Missile Turret T build Missile Turret
Build Academy A build Academy
Build Bunker U build Bunker

Advanced Buildings

  • V for Advanced Structure when SCV is selected, then
Advanced Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Build Factory F build Factory
Build Starport S build Starport
Build Science Facility I build Science Facility
Build Armory A build Armory
  • Basic Building must be selected, then
Add-on Buildings
Command Shortcut Definition
Build ComSat Station C builds Comsat Station when Command Center is selected
Build Nuclear Silo N builds Nuclear Silo when Command Center is selected
Build Machine Shop C builds Machine Shop when Factory is selected
Build Cover Ops C builds Covert Ops when Science Facility is selected
Build Physics Lab P builds Physics Lab when Science Facility is selected

Spells

  • Spell caster / unit needs to be selected, then
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit
Scanner Sweep S Comsat Station
Stim Pack T Marine / Firebat
Heal A Medic
Restoration R Medic
Optical Flare F Medic
Yamato Y Battlecruiser
Lockdown L Ghost
Cloaking on/off C Ghost / Wraith
Defensive Matrix D Science Vessel
Irradiate I Science Vessel
EMP E Science Vessel

Advanced Abilities

Advanced Abilities
Command Shortcut Unit/Building
Load L Bunker / Dropship
Unload U Bunker / Dropship
Siege/Tank Mode O Siege Tank
Lay Spider Mines I Vulture
Nuclear Strike L Ghost
Arm Nuclear Silo L Nuclear Silo
Repair R SCV
Lift Building L Command Center, Barracks, Engineering Bay, Factory, Starport, Science Facility
Land Building L Command Center, Barracks, Engineering Bay, Factory, Starport, Science Facility
  • Clearifications:
    • Spider Mines and Siege Mode need to be researched first
    • Buildings can not lift when they're training units or its add-ons research an upgrade

Upgrades

  • Upgrades will be researched instantly, when the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Command Shortcut in Building affects Unit
Infantry Weapons W Engineering Bay Marine, Firebat, Ghost
Infantry Armor A Engineering Bay Marine, Firebat, Ghost, Medic, SCV
U-238 Shells (Range) U Academy Marine
Stim Packs T Academy Marine, Firebat
Restoration R Academy Medic
Optic Flare F Academy Medic
Caduceus Reactor D Academy Medic
Vehicle Weapons W Armory Siege Tank, Vulture, Goliath
Vehicle Plating P Armory Siege Tank, Vulture, Goliath
Ship Weapons S Armory Wraith, Valkyrie, Battlecruiser
Ship Plating H Armory Wraith, Valkyrie, Battlecruiser, Dropship, Science Vessel
Cloaking Field C Control Tower (Starport Add-On) Wraith
Apollo Reactor A Control Tower (Starport Add-On) Wraith
Ion Thrusters I Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Vulture
Spider Mines M Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Vulture
Siege Tech S Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Siege Tank
Charon Boosters C Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Goliath
EMP E Science Facility Science Vessel
Irradiate I Science Facility Science Vessel
Titan Reactor T Science Facility Science Vessel
Lockdown L Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Ocular Implants O Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Moebius Reactor M Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Personal Cloaking C Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Yamato Gun Y Physics Lab (Science Facility Add-On) Battlecruiser
Colossus Reactor C Physics Lab (Science Facility Add-On) Battlecruiser

Protoss

Units

Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Train Probe P Trains a Probe when a Nexus is selected
Train Zealot Z Trains a Zealot when a Gateway is selected
Train Dragoon D Trains a Dragoon when a Gateway is selected
Train High Templar T Trains a High Templar when a Gateway is selected
Train Dark Templar K Trains a Dark Templar when a Gateway is selected
Train Shuttle S Trains a Shuttle when a Robotics Facility is selected
Train Reaver V Trains a Reaver when a Robotics Facility is selected
Train Observer O Trains an Observer when a Robotics Facility is selected
Train Corsair O Trains a Corsair when a Stargate is selected
Train Scout S Trains a Scout when a Stargate is selected
Train Carrier C Trains a Carrier when a Stargate is selected
Train Arbiter A Trains a Arbiter when a Stargate is selected

Basic Buildings

  • When Probe is selected press B, then
Basic Buildings
Command Shortcut Definition
Nexus N builds Nexus
Pylon P builds Pylon
Gateway G builds Gateway
Forge F builds Forge
Photon Cannon C builds Photon Cannon
Cybernetics Core Y builds Cybernetics Core
Shield Battery B builds Shield Battery

Advanced Buildings

  • When Probe is selected press V, then
Advanced Buildings
Command Shortcut Definition
Robotics Facility R builds Robotics Facility
Stargate S builds Stargate
Citadel of Adun C builds Citadel of Adun
Robotics Support Bay B builds Robotics Support Bay
Fleet Beacon F builds Fleet Beacon
Templar Archives T builds Templar Archives
Observatory O builds Observatory
Arbiter Tribunal A builds Arbiter Tribunal

Spells

  • Spell caster / unit needs to be selected, then
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit
Psionic Storm T High Templar
Hallucination L High Templar
Recall R Arbiter
Stasis Field T Arbiter
Disruption Web D Corsair
Feedback F Dark Archon
Mind Control C Dark Archon
Maelstrom E Dark Archon

Advanced Abilities

Advanced Abilities
Command Shortcut Unit/Building
Load L Shuttle
Unload U Shuttle
Recharge Shields R Shield Battery
Build Interceptors I Carrier
Build Scarabs R Reaver
Merge to Archon R High Templar (two needed)
Merge to Dark Archon V Dark Templar (two needed)

Upgrades

  • Upgrades will be researched instantly, when the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Command Shortcut in Building affects Unit
Ground Weapons W Forge Zealot, Dragoon, Dark Templar, Archon
Ground Armor A Forge all Protoss units
Plasma Shields S Forge all Protoss units
Air Weapons W Cybernetics Core Corsair, Scout, Arbiter, Interceptor
Air Armor]] A Cybernetics Core Corsair, Scout, Arbiter, Interceptor, Carrier, Observer, Shuttle
Singularity Charge (Range) S Cybernetics Core Dragoon
Leg Enhancements (Speed) L Citadel of Adun Zealot
Scarab Damage S Robotics Support Bay Reaver
Increase Reaver Capacity C Robotics Support Bay Reaver
Gravitic Drive (Speed) G Robotics Support Bay Shuttle
Psionic Storm P Templar Archives High Templar
Hallucination H Templar Archives High Templar
Khaydarin Amulet K Templar Archives High Templar
Mind Control M Templar Archives Dark Templar
Maelstrom E Templar Archives Dark Templar
Argus Taliman T Templar Archives Dark Templar
Apial Sensors (Vision Range) A Fleet Beacon Scout
Gravitic Thrusters (Speed) G Fleet Beacon Scout
Increase Carrier Capacity C Fleet Beacon Carrier
Disruption Web D Fleet Beacon Corsair
Argus Jewel J Fleet Beacon Corsair
Gravitic Booster G Observatory Observer
Sensor Array S Observatory Observer
Recall R Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter
Stasis Field S Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter
Khaydarin Core K Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter

Zerg

Units

Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Spawn Drone D Trains an Drone when a Larva is selected
Spawn Zergling Z Trains a Zergling when a Larva is selected
Spawn Overlord O Trains a Overlord when a Larva is selected
Spawn Hydralisk H Trains a Hydralisk when a Larva is selected
Spawn Mutalisk M Trains a Mutalisk when a Larva is selected
Spawn Scourge S Trains a Scourge when a Larva is selected
Spawn Queen Q Trains a Queen when a Larva is selected
Spawn Ultralisk U Trains a Ultralisk when a Larva is selected
Spawn Defiler F Trains a Defiler when a Larva is selected


Aspects
Command Shortcut Definition
Morph Lurker L Morphs a Lurker when a Hydralisk is selected
Morph Guardian G Morphs a Guardian when a Mutalisk is selected
Morph Devourer D Morphs a Devourer when a Mutalisk is selected

Basic Buildings

  • Drones mutate into basic buildings, when B is pressed, then
Basic Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Build Hatchery H build Hatchery
Build Creep Colony C build Creep Colony
Build Extractor E build Extractor
Build Spawning Pool S build Spawning Pool
Build Evolution Chamber V build Evolution Chamber
Build Hydralisk Den D build Hydralisk Den

Advanced Buildings

  • Drones mutate into basic buildings, when V is pressed, then
Advanced Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Build Spire S build Spire
Build Queen's Nest Q build Queen's Nest
Build Nydus Canal N build Nydus Canal
Build Ultralisk Cavern U build Ultralisk Cavern
Build Defiler Mound D build Defiler Mound

Building Upgrades

  • Some structures can be morphed to a new one
Building Upgrade Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Original Building
Build Lair L morphed from Hatchery
Build Hive H morphed from Lair
Build Sunken Colony U morphed from Creep Colony
Build Spore Colony S morphed from Creep Colony
Build Greater Spire G morphed from Spire

Spells

  • Spell caster / unit needs to be selected, then
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit
Burrow U Drone, Zergling, Hydralisk, Lurker, Defiler
Parasite R Queen
Spawn Broodling B Queen
Ensnare E Queen
Infest Command Center I / Right Click on CC Queen
Dark Swarm W Defiler
Plague P Defiler
Consume C [[|Defiler]]

Upgrades

  • Upgrades will be researched instantly, when the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Command Shortcut in Building affects Unit
Burrow B Hatchery Drone, Zergling, Hydralisk, Lurker, Defiler
Ventral Sacks V Lair Overlord
Antennae A Lair Overlord
Pneumatized Carapace P Lair Overlord
Metabolic Boost M Spawning Pool Zergling
Adrenal Glands A Spawning Pool Zergling
Muscular Augments M Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Grooved Spines G Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Lurker Aspect L Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Flyer Attack A Spire Mutalisk, Guardian, Devourer
Flyer Carapace C Mutalisk, Guardian, Devourer, Scourge, Queen, Overlord Spire
Spawn Broodling B Queen's Nest Queen
Ensnare E Queen's Nest Queen
Gamete Meiosis G Queen's Nest Queen
Plague G Defiler Mound Defiler
Consume C Defiler Mound Defiler
Metasynaptic Node M Defiler Mound Defiler
Anabolic Synthesis A Ultralisk Cavern Ultralisk
Chitinous Plating C Ultralisk Cavern Ultralisk
Melee Attack M Evolution Chamber Zergling, Ultralisk, Broodling
Missile Attack A Evolution Chamber Hydralisk, [[Lurker], Drone
Carapace C Evolution Chamber Zergling, Ultralisk, Broodling, Hydralisk, [[Lurker], Drone, Defiler