Wraith

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[e][h]Terran Wraith
Wraith.png
Unit Information
Type:
Large Air Unit
Cost:
Minerals 150 Vespene Gas 100 Build Time 38 Supply 2
Defense:
Hitpoints 120 Armor 0
Ground Damage:
8 (+1)
Air Damage:
20 (+2) Explosive Damage
5
0.924
6.349
21.645
7
4.963
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Built From:

Description[edit]

The Wraith is the initial Terran air unit which can be built from the Starport without any addons. It deals 8 normal damage against ground units, and 20 explosive damage against air units. It can be upgraded with Cloak, which renders it invisible, and it can be upgraded with an energy upgrade to give it 50 extra energy.

Abilities[edit]

Cloak
Cloak.gif
Cost: EnergyIcon.gif 25 (~0.930 per second while cloaked)

Duration: until it uncloaks or energy is depleted

Makes the Wraith invisible to all units except when Detection is present.

The cloaking ability works the same as a Ghost's Cloaking ability.

Upgrade[edit]

These are researched at the Control Tower addon.

Cloaking Field
Cloak.gif
Mineral.gif 150     Vespine.gif 150     DurationIcon.gif 63 (fastest)
Grants all Wraiths the Cloaking ability.
Apollo Reactor
Wraith Energy.gif
Mineral.gif 200     Vespine.gif 200     DurationIcon.gif 105 (fastest)
Increases Wraith's starting energy to 62 and maximum energy to 250.

Wraith Grouping[edit]

Clustering your wraiths together to make them fire and move seemingly as a single unit is very important for effective harass. To do this, you need to select your Wraiths in addition to another unit that will remain far away from them and/or not able to respond to the commands that you only want your Wraiths to execute. As a Terran, there are multiple units that can fit this role:

  1. A trapped unit, such as a Marine blocked by other Marines (especially next to your wall) or an SCV trapped by buildings
  2. A tank in Siege Mode.
  3. A SCV which is currently building (your Supply Depot SCV(s), for example).

Competitive Usage[edit]

versus Zerg[edit]

Unless you are Leta, the Wraith has a niche role in TvZ. It serves the role of harassment and can flip the dynamics of TvZ. With its high speed, Cloak ability, and high air damage, it can be used to harass Drones, and to hunt Overlords. The Zerg player will generally counter with Hydralisks at his minerals, and may choose to make Scourge.

Currently, the best way to utilize Wraiths is the 2-Port Wraith Build which allows the Terran to upgrade Cloak, and supply the player with sufficient reinforcements. The 2-Port Wraith Build has become fairly common in TvZ.

versus Terran[edit]

The Wraith is considered an effective unit in TvT. The 2-Port Wraith Build also exists in TvT, but it is less common. A more popular variant is One-port Wraith, which can lead into an expansion. A Terran can utilize his Wraiths with Siege Tanks, or use them to soften an enemy Siege Tank line. When making a few Wraiths they are generally used for scouting or minor harassment, but larger Wraith forces primarily afford air control which negates opposing Dropship play, as well as a large mobile harassment force, which is very useful in a match-up with severely restricted ground movement. However, Wraiths are generally helpless against Missile Turrets and Goliaths, which are capable of dispatching the relatively fragile Wraith quickly.

The Wraith can also be used to harass SCVs, but with 60 Hit Points, SCVs generally absorb damage better than Drones.

Early game, 2 Wraiths and 2 sieged Tanks can kill an enemy Siege Tank in one volley, with Wraiths also spotting for the Tanks.

At the later stages of the game, cloaked Wraiths can serve as a counter to Battlecruisers. With their 20 explosive damage, and higher rate of fire, Wraiths are capable of dealing significant damage to a Battlecruiser fleet, until detected.

versus Protoss[edit]

The Wraith sees little play in TvP. Due to the strength of the Protoss Dragoon, Photon Cannon, and the early Observer, the Wraith generally is not cost-effective.

Wraiths can see play when a Terran chooses to use Wraiths to kill Shuttles, but such instances are relatively rare.

Cloaked Wraiths can also see play as Carrier snipers. Boxer used Medics and their Optical Flare to blind Observers while the Wraiths destroy the Carriers.

Notable Games[edit]

See also[edit]