Starcraft 2: Protoss Phoenix Guide with Counters

The Starcraft 2 Phoenix is the top gun of the Protoss aerial forces in SC2. In this guide, we lay out the best strategies for these fast flying alien fighters in Starcraft 2 multiplayer matches.

Starcraft 2 Phoenix - Introduction

Quick and nimble, the Protoss Phoenix is the frontline aerial unit for harrying your enemies with hit-and-run raids, especially during the mid-game. Used wisely, this unit can take on even significantly more powerful units, levitating them up into the air with its Graviton Beam. In this guide to the Starcraft 2 Phoenix, we'll study how to use the elite flying corps of Protoss to cripple your opponent's forces in SC2 multiplayer, as well as the unit's individual stats, upgrades and counters.

SC2 Protoss Phoenix Vital Statistics


Production and Properties:

  • Minerals: 150
  • Gas: 100
  • Supply: 2
  • Build Time: 45 secs
  • Produced By: Stargate
  • Requires: -
  • Hotkey:X
  • Max Energy: 200

Movement and Protection:

  • Speed: 4.25
  • Acceleration: 1,499.94
  • Hit Points: 120
  • Shields: 60
  • Armor:0
  • Armor Type: Mechanical, Light


Ion Cannons

  • Air Attack
  • Attacks: 2
  • Range: 4
  • Damage: 5
  • Bonuses: +5 vs Light, Attack while moving

Starcraft 2 Phoenix Tips and Tricks

Strong Against:

  • Protoss Void Ray
  • Terran Banshee
  • Zerg Mutalisk

Vulnerable To:

  • Protoss Carrier
  • Terran Battlecruiser
  • Zerg Corruptor

Protoss vs Protoss

The Phoenix is one of the most useful units against Protoss opponents, thanks to its high speed and ability to attack while in motion. Deploy Phoenixes to take out your enemy's Void Rays with hit-and-run tactics, or levitate opposition light units to disable them. The High Templar Feedback ability is highly effective against the Protoss Phoenix, draining its energy supply and doing significant damage, while massive air units like the Carrier with its Interceptors can cause this unit no end of problems.

Protoss vs Terran

Banshees are sitting ducks for Phoenix units, slow and with no means of defending themselves, so hound these to destruction. Use your Phoenixes to provide fast scouting services, but avoid Ghosts and their disabling EMP rounds, and veer away from heavy concentrations of Marines and other Terran units.

Protoss vs Zerg

Concentrate your firepower on Mutalisks, as Protoss Phoenixes get the additional damage bonus against light units. They are also useful for taking out Overlords. Corruptors will take a heavy toll on the Phoenix, though, so wherever possible give them a wide berth.

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