StarCraft® II

Originally designed by the Khalai caste to lay the foundation for Protoss settlements, Probes are robotic drones that service the Nexus and gather the numerous resources needed to power Protoss technologies. Probes also manufacture and plant the micro-beacons that anchor the teleport matrices of structures. These beacons allow the Protoss to warp-in prefabricated structures from their homeworld. Often Probes are used as rudimentary spies, sent ahead to survey the potential locations of enemy encampments.
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Unit Statistics

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Basic information

Race: Protoss
Life: 20
Shield: 20
Armor: 0 (3)
Movement: Fast
Cargo Size: 1
Attributes: Light - Mechanical

Production

Producer: Nexus
Hotkey: E
Cost: 50 -
Supply: 1
Build time: 17

Combat

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3D Model

Basic information

Race: Protoss
Life: 20
Shield: 20
Armor: 0 (3)
Movement: Fast
Cargo Size: 1
Attributes: Light - Mechanical

Production

Producer: Nexus
Hotkey: E
Cost: 50 -
Supply: 1
Build time: 17

Combat

Upgrades:
Weapon:
Ability:

DATA MATRIX

Probes are at the forefront of Protoss colonization and military efforts. After locking dimensional coordinates, these small robotic constructs manufacture and set micro-beacons that anchor the teleport matrices of all necessary infrastructure. This process enables the Protoss to quickly settle in new worlds—or establish Nexus points to strike at their enemies—with nothing more than a handful of Probes.
An example of Khalai technological achievement, Probes are functional, light, and easy to produce. Their outer shell does not offer much in the way of protection—even factoring in their plasma shield—but it allows Probes to operate virtually anywhere without sacrificing speed or mobility. The frame can also absorb light and turn it into energy, forgoing the need for a power supply.
As multipurpose platforms designed to operate in hazardous environments—likely teeming with dangerous creatures—Probes are equipped with a miniature energy projector. Commonly used to collect samples and mineral crystals, the beam can be boosted to cause kinetic damage to targets deemed a threat.
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General Strategy

  • Light unit used to construct buildings and gather resources. They can only attack ground targets.
  • Highly vulnerable to enemy attacks and will likely be high-priority targets, so protecting them is essential.
  • If you have no other options, groups of them can be used to repel an early rush.
  • Probes warp-in buildings instead of constructing them, so a single probe can summon as many structures as you have the resources for.
  • Use the Nexus’s Chrono Boost ability to increase production early in the game or whenever you require more Probes.

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