Twilight Council (Legacy of the Void)
- This article is for the Legacy of the Void multiplayer version. For the previous expansions' multiplayer version, see Twilight Council (Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm).
The Twilight Council is a structure on the Protoss Technology Tree, which requires a Cybernetics Core before it can be warped in. The Twilight Council enables research of the Charge, Blink and Resonating Glaives upgrades. It also unlocks the Templar Archives and Dark Shrine structures, which in turn unlock the High Templar and Dark Templar units, respectively. Additionally, the Twilight Council is a requirement for the second and third Protoss Ground Weapons, Ground Armor and Shields upgrades at the Forge.
Like most Protoss structures, the Twilight Council 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 Twilight Council still meets the prerequisites for all of the upgrades and buildings it unlocks.
The Twilight Council unlocks the powerful Charge, Blink and Resonating Glaives abilities. In many competitive matches, the timing of the first upgrades for the backbone of the Protoss army (the Zealot and Stalker) is critically important. Some rush techniques take advantage of an early Blink upgrade, to allow for surprise hit-and-run attacks with Stalkers. Finally, the Resonating Glaives upgrade makes the Adept much more effective against light units, like workers or Marines.
Similarly, the Dark Templar Rush takes advantage of the Twilight Council to unlock the Dark Shrine for an early stealth attack with the permanently cloaked Dark Templar. Both of these techniques require players to get the Twilight Council at specific, carefully timed moments in a build order.