Cybernetics Core (Heart of the Swarm)
- This article is for the Heart of the Swarm multiplayer version, for the Wings of Liberty version see: Cybernetics Core (Wings of Liberty).
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
Air Armor Upgrades
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.
The construction of the Cybernetics Core and the timing of the Warpgate Research is critical in Four Warpgate Pushes.
Blocking Opponent Expansions
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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