Cybernetics Core (Heart of the Swarm)

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This article is for the Heart of the Swarm multiplayer version, for the Wings of Liberty version see: Cybernetics Core (Wings of Liberty).
ProtossIcon.pngCybernetics Core
CyCore.png
Cost: Minerals.gif 150 Vespene-protoss.gif 0 Buildtime protoss.gif 50
Defense: Icon Hitpoints.png 550 Icon Shields.png 550 Icon Armor.png 1 (Armored, Structure)
Hotkey:

B  Y

Sight:

9

Requirements:
Unlocked Tech:
Upgrades Available:

Description[edit]

The Cybernetics Core (sometimes referred to as Cyber Core or just Core) is a structure on the Protoss Technology Tree, which requires a Gateway before it can be warped in. The Cybernetics Core unlocks new units and enables research of several upgrades. Possessing a Cybernetics Core unlocks the construction of Sentries and Stalkers at the Gateway, and a Mothership Core at the Nexus. It also allows the player to research the uniquely Protoss Warpgate technology. The Cybernetics Core is also the location where upgrades for Air Weapons and Armor are researched.

Like most Protoss structures, the Cybernetics Core can only be warped in at a location powered by the Psionic Matrix. It can only research upgrades while it remains within the Matrix, otherwise it becomes unpowered and cannot function. However, even an unpowered Cybernetics Core still allows the construction of Sentries and Stalkers.

Air Weapons Upgrades[edit]

These upgrades affect the following units: Interceptor, Mothership, Mothership Core, Phoenix, Tempest, Void Ray. Levels 2 and 3 require a Fleet Beacon before they can be researched.

Air Weapons Level 1
Air weapons 1.gif
Minerals.gif 100     Vespene-protoss.gif 100     Buildtime protoss.gif 160 Hotkey: E
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increase the damage of Protoss air units.
Air Weapons Level 2
Air weapons 2.gif
Minerals.gif 175     Vespene-protoss.gif 175     Buildtime protoss.gif 190 Hotkey: E
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increase the damage of Protoss air units. Requires a Fleet Beacon.
Air Weapons Level 3
Air weapons 3.gif
Minerals.gif 250     Vespene-protoss.gif 250     Buildtime protoss.gif 220 Hotkey: E
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increase the damage of Protoss air units. Requires a Fleet Beacon.

Air Armor Upgrades[edit]

These upgrades affect the following units: Carrier, Interceptor, Mothership, Mothership Core, Observer, Oracle, Phoenix, Tempest, Void Ray, Warp Prism. Levels 2 and 3 require a Fleet Beacon before they can be researched.

Air Armor Level 1
Air armor 1.gif
Minerals.gif 150     Vespene-protoss.gif 150     Buildtime protoss.gif 160 Hotkey: A
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increases the armor of Protoss air units.
Air Armor Level 2
Air armor 2.gif
Minerals.gif 225     Vespene-protoss.gif 225     Buildtime protoss.gif 190 Hotkey: A
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increases the armor of Protoss air units. Requires a Fleet Beacon.
Air Armor Level 3
Air armor 3.gif
Minerals.gif 300     Vespene-protoss.gif 300     Buildtime protoss.gif 220 Hotkey: A
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Increases the armor of Protoss air units. Requires a Fleet Beacon.

Other Upgrades[edit]

Transform warpgate.gif
Minerals.gif 50     Vespene-protoss.gif 50     Buildtime protoss.gif 160 Hotkey: G
Researched from: Cybernetics Core
Allows Gateways to be changed into Warpgates.

Competitive Usage[edit]

The construction of the Cybernetics Core and the timing of the Warpgate Research is critical in Four Warpgate Pushes.

Blocking Opponent Expansions[edit]

The Cybernetics Core occasionally sees use for blocking Zerg expansion Hatcheries early in the game. The Cybernetics Core has 50 more shields and health compared to a Gateway, for the same 150 mineral cost.

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