StarCraft® II

Although their abilities are already impressive, High Templar and Dark Templar can wield even greater might by laying down their lives to merge their souls and form Archons. These unified Protoss spirits radiate incalculable power, unleashing psionic barrages against cowering enemy forces both in the air and on the ground. With the reunification of the Protoss race, any pair of High Templar or Dark Templar, or even one of each, can be fused together. The Protoss are loath to sacrifice their loyal warriors, but those who make this final commitment are forever honored in the memories of their people.
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Unit Statistics

3D Model

Basic information

Race: Protoss
Life: 10
Shield: 350
Armor: 0 (3)
Movement: Fast
Cargo Size: 4
Attributes: Psionic - Massive

Production

Producer: High Templar
Hotkey: C
Cost: - -
Supply: 4
Build time: 12

Combat

Upgrades:
Weapon:

3D Model

Basic information

Race: Protoss
Life: 10
Shield: 350
Armor: 0 (3)
Movement: Fast
Cargo Size: 4
Attributes: Psionic - Massive

Production

Producer: High Templar
Hotkey: C
Cost: - -
Supply: 4
Build time: 12

Combat

Upgrades:
Weapon:

DATA MATRIX

In times of great need, two High Templar or Dark Templar can merge into a single entity that radiates overwhelming psionic power and rage. The decision to lay down the lives of valuable Templar is never made lightly. Perhaps their energy was spent. Maybe the warriors themselves chose this final act of sacrifice over succumbing to their injuries. Regardless of its origins, the Archon’s presence on the battlefield fills the minds of all beings—psionic or otherwise—with primal fear and awe.
The Archon is, for the most part, a being of pure energy that hovers above ground by displacing gravity itself. Nonetheless, this embodiment of power has a nigh-intangible physical form with unmistakable Protoss features—a remnant of the Templar who sacrificed their lives to bring it into being. Its purpose is to shape and anchor the psionic maelstrom, preventing the Archon from burning out like a star as soon as the merging is complete.
Archons use rage and will to shape their energy into deadly Psionic Shockwaves. These powerful blasts rip organic tissue apart, causing massive damage through rapid cellular degeneration—like preternaturally sharp subatomic scalpels performing a dissection—and the transfer of thermal energy. While Psionic Shockwaves are most effective against biological targets, even heavy plating yields before their might.
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General Strategy

  • Psionic warrior that can attack air and ground targets.
  • Their large shield pool allows them to withstand heavy punishment.
  • Excellent against biological units.
  • Costly to create, as they require the permanent merging of two High or Dark Templars (or one of each).
  • They have extremely high shields, but extremely low hp.
  • Only morph into an Archon if your High Templars are out of energy, or there is too much detection around to use Dark Templars.

Strong Against

Countermeasures

Terran VS
  • Train Ghosts and fire EMP rounds at them, as each shot will deal heavy damage to their shields.
  • Deploy Banshees and use the terrain to prevent them from getting in range.
Zerg VS
  • Spawn Infestors to cast Fungal Growth, which will root enemy Archons, or use Neural Parasite to turn them against your opponent’s forces.
  • Use a sizeable force of Hydralisks, and don’t forget to focus fire.
  • Roaches should be effective against them, but remember to burrow your damaged units to allow them to regenerate.
Protoss VS
  • Ranged armored units like Stalkers, Immortals, and Colossi do well against Archons.
  • Launch Void Rays or Carriers, and use the terrain to prevent them from getting in range.

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