Battlecruiser (Legacy of the Void)

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[e][h]TerranIcon.png Battlecruiser
Battle Cruiser.png
Unit Information
Description:
Air Unit
Built From:
Cost:
Minerals.gif 400 Vespene-terran.gif 300 Buildtime terran.gif 64 Supply-terran.gif 6
Attributes:
Attack 1:
Targets: Ground
Damage: 8 (+1)
DPS: 50 (+6.25)
Cooldown: 0.16
Range: 6
Attack 2:
Targets: Air
Damage: 6 (+1)
DPS: 37.5 (+6.25)
Cooldown: 0.16
Range: 6
Defence:
Icon Hitpoints.png 550 Icon Armor.png 3 (+1)
B
Sight:
12
Speed:
2.62
Strong against:
Weak against:

Description[edit]

The Battlecruiser is the Terran's capital ship. In LotV the Battlecruiser has been granted the Tactical Jump ability, allowing it to teleport anywhere on the map (regardless of fog of war).

It can be constructed at a Starport with a Tech Lab add-on once a Fusion Core has been built. Similar to its Brood War counterpart, the Battlecruiser is a slow but powerful unit. It can deal large amounts of damage and has high health. This flying fortress boasts the highest default armour value of any combat unit in the game, which can make it particularly hard to kill. However, like in Brood War, the Battlecruiser is rarely used due to its slow speed, high cost and lengthy tech tree. Despite this, if built when the Terran has a large advantage, it can seal the victory and make a comeback very difficult. Players also sometimes pull SCVs to repair Battlecruisers during combat. The Battlecruiser retains the Yamato Cannon from Brood War.

Abilities[edit]

Tactical Jump.png
Cooldown: 71 s
Hotkey: T
After 4 seconds, warps to the target location. Battlecruiser is invincible while warping.
Yamato cannon.png
Range: 10
Cooldown: 71 s
Damage: 300
Hotkey: Y
Blasts a target with a devastating plasma cannon, causing 300 damage.

Upgrades[edit]

The following upgrades are available from the Fusion Core.

Yamato cannon.png
Minerals.gif 150     Vespene-terran.gif 150     Buildtime terran.gif 43 Hotkey: R
Researched from: Fusion Core
Enables use of the Battlecruiser Yamato Cannon.

Removed Upgrades[edit]

Behemoth reactor.gif
Minerals.gif 150     Vespene-terran.gif 150     Buildtime terran.gif 57 Hotkey: B
Researched from: Fusion Core
Increases the starting energy of Battlecruisers by 25.

Competitive Usage[edit]

Vs.ProtossIcon.png Protoss[edit]

Battlecruisers can occur in the very late game, although they are very rare. Since they are considered Massive units, they take bonus damage from Tempests, which can attack the Battlecruisers from afar. If there are Tempests on the field, it is important to use Yamato Cannons as soon as the engagement begins (preferably aimed at the Tempests, which take two Yamato shots to kill). Point Defense Drones from Ravens are effective at blocking Tempest shots due to their slow rate of fire, and can significantly increase the survivability of Battlecruisers in an engagement.

Carriers and Tempests can be killed with a single Yamato Cannon shot if you first wipe their shields with two EMPs. Spell damage is not reduced by armor, which means Yamato deals precisely enough damage to break the hull. The Colossus and Archon can also be killed with one Yamato if you damage the shields with one EMP. Because Immortal's Hardened Shield does not work against spell damage, it can be killed with exactly one Yamato Cannon.

Battlecruisers will use their more powerful ATS weapon against the Colossus.

Vs.TerranIcon.png Terran[edit]

Battlecruisers are most commonly seen in the mirror matchup. In longer TvT games, it is common for the player with air dominance to construct Battlecruisers. Since they are heavily outranged by Vikings, they must be supported by Vikings (and preferably Ravens as well) to be effective. Yamato Cannon is typically used on the opponent's Battlecruisers or Vikings to preserve air superiority and to prevent kiting.

Vs.ZergIcon.png Zerg[edit]

The Battlecruiser is rarely seen in the TvZ matchup because it requires Raven and Viking support to be effective. Transitioning to this composition takes a significant amount of time and resources, which can be done safely in TvT due to the defensive strength and efficiency of Siege Tanks against Terran units. However, in TvZ, the Zerg player has a large window of time to end the game before a full sky fleet can be created. If the Terran player is able to create a full sky army, the Zerg player will have very few options to fight it head-on, as Point Defense Drones block all Zerg anti-air except for casted spells such as Infested Terran (which do not benefit from upgrades and are nearly useless against +3 armor Battlecruisers), Fungal Growth, Neural Parasite, and Abduct.

Gallery[edit]

Battlecruiser.gif

Quotes[edit]

Battlecruiser's quotes (video and sound) - YouTube video.

Patch Changes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment (22 November 2016). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.8.0 -- November 22, 2016". Battle.net.