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StarCraft Portal: Hotkeys & Shortcuts

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General Information[edit]

Shortcuts are a mechanical aid that StarCraft: Brood War offers. A player can perform an action by selecting a unit/building and then either click the desired command with the mouse, or press the assigned key. Using the keyboard shortens the time to perform mechanical tasks significantly, especially when the order selected further requires a mouse click on the map to assign its target..

This article lists all English shortcuts for issuing commands to units. If Brood War was installed with a different language version (German, Spanish, French, Japanese, etc.) the shortcuts may be different.

For a list of other shortcuts (i.e. not just for issuing commands), see Keyboard Shortcuts.

General Commands[edit]

See also Basic Unit Commands for Commands available to Buildings and Units.

  • Attack, Move, Gather, and Set Rally Point can also be activated with a right-click on a relevant target.
Command Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Definition
Attack A Attacks any unit in range and follows
Hold Position H Holds in Position and only attacks when an opponent is in reach. Does not follow units
Move M moves from A to B and does nothing else
Patrol P Patrols between two or more spots. Attacks and follows incoming units
Stop S Stops any action
Gather G Gather Minerals (Workers only)
Set Rally Point (Buildings) R Sets a rally point for units produced

Shortcuts & Special Features[edit]

Several commands can have an altered or enhanced effect.

  • A combination of waypoints (Shift) and the patrol command enables a unit to patrol up to ten different spots on the map
  • With the help of waypoints (Shift) different commands can be queued, for instance Move to a point and then Hold Position
  • A worker sent to gather or move on a mineral patch or vespene geyser in vision range will slide through blocking units
  • Air units without attack (Overlord, Shuttle, Dropship, Observer) will retreat from fire when moved with patrol command
  • A common strategy to block Dark Templar rushes is to block a ramp with SCVs and float a Barracks over this blockade. This way the Dark Templars will not be able to attack if another fighting unit is in their vision range. This can be circumvented when the Dark Templars are given the patrol command on the bottom of a blocked ramp.
  • Lurkers have no Hold Position command on their own. When grouped with an Overlord they will get this command.

Terran[edit]

Unit Production[edit]

  • Trains each unit at its production facility. Select the relevant building first
Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Location
Train SCV S Command Center
Train Marine M Barracks
Train Firebat F Barracks
Train Medic C Barracks
Train Ghost G Barracks
Train Vulture V Factory
Train Siege Tank T Factory
Train Goliath G Factory
Train Dropship D Starport
Train Wraith W Starport
Train Science Vessel V Starport
Train Battlecruiser B Starport
Train Valkyrie Y Starport

Basic Buildings[edit]

  • Orders a worker to build each structure. When an SCV is selected, B for Basic Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Basic Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut
Build Command Center C
Build Supply Depot S
Build Refinery R
Build Barracks B
Build Engineering Bay E
Build Missile Turret T
Build Academy A
Build Bunker U

Advanced Buildings & Add-Ons[edit]

  • Orders a worker to build each structure. When an SCV is selected, V for Advanced Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Advanced Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut
Build Factory F
Build Starport S
Build Science Facility I
Build Armory A
  • Builds Add-ons at particular buildings. Select the Main Building first
Add-on Buildings
Command Shortcut Main Building
Build Comsat Station C Command Center
Build Nuclear Silo N Command Center
Build Machine Shop C Factory
Build Control Tower C Starport
Build Covert Ops C Science Facility
Build Physics Lab P Science Facility

Spells & Abilities[edit]

  • Spell-caster/unit needs to be selected first
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit or Building
Scanner Sweep S Comsat Station
Stim Pack T Marine / Firebat
Heal A Medic
Restoration R Medic
Optical Flare F Medic
Yamato Cannon Y Battlecruiser
Lockdown L Ghost
Cloak/Decloak C Ghost / Wraith
Defensive Matrix D Science Vessel
Irradiate I Science Vessel
EMP Shockwave E Science Vessel

Advanced Abilities[edit]

Advanced Abilities
Command Shortcut Unit/Building
Load L Bunker / Dropship
Unload U Bunker / Dropship
Siege Mode/Tank Mode O Siege Tank
Lay Spider Mines I Vulture
Nuclear Strike N Ghost
Arm Nuclear Silo L Nuclear Silo
Repair R SCV
Lift Building L Command Center, Barracks, Engineering Bay, Factory, Starport, Science Facility
Land Building L Command Center, Barracks, Engineering Bay, Factory, Starport, Science Facility
  • Notes:
    • Spider Mines and Siege Mode need to be researched first
    • A Building can not lift when it is training units or its add-on is researching an upgrade

Upgrades[edit]

  • Upgrades will begin researching instantly once the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Upgrade Shortcut Building Units Affected
Infantry Weapons W Engineering Bay Marine, Firebat, Ghost
Infantry Armor A Engineering Bay Marine, Firebat, Ghost, Medic, SCV
U-238 Shells (Range) U Academy Marine
Stim Pack T Academy Marine, Firebat
Restoration R Academy Medic
Optical Flare F Academy Medic
Caduceus Reactor D Academy Medic
Vehicle Weapons W Armory Siege Tank, Vulture, Goliath
Vehicle Plating P Armory Siege Tank, Vulture, Goliath
Ship Weapons S Armory Wraith, Valkyrie, Battlecruiser
Ship Plating H Armory Wraith, Valkyrie, Battlecruiser, Dropship, Science Vessel
Ion Thrusters I Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Vulture
Spider Mines M Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Vulture
Siege Tech S Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Siege Tank
Charon Boosters C Machine Shop (Factory Add-On) Goliath
Cloaking Field C Control Tower (Starport Add-On) Wraith
Apollo Reactor A Control Tower (Starport Add-On) Wraith
EMP Shockwave E Science Facility Science Vessel
Irradiate I Science Facility Science Vessel
Titan Reactor T Science Facility Science Vessel
Lockdown L Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Ocular Implants O Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Moebius Reactor M Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Personal Cloaking C Covert Ops (Science Facility Add-On) Ghost
Yamato Gun Y Physics Lab (Science Facility Add-On) Battlecruiser
Colossus Reactor C Physics Lab (Science Facility Add-On) Battlecruiser

Protoss[edit]

Unit Production[edit]

  • Trains each unit at its production facility. Select the relevant building first
Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Location
Train Probe P Nexus
Train Zealot Z Gateway
Train Dragoon D Gateway
Train High Templar T Gateway
Train Dark Templar K Gateway
Train Shuttle S Robotics Facility
Train Reaver V Robotics Facility
Train Observer O Robotics Facility
Train Corsair O Stargate
Train Scout S Stargate
Train Carrier C Stargate
Train Arbiter A Stargate

Basic Buildings[edit]

  • Orders a worker to build each structure. When a Probe is selected, B for Basic Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Basic Buildings
Command Shortcut
Build Nexus N
Build Pylon P
Build Assimilator A
Build Gateway G
Build Forge F
Build Photon Cannon C
Build Cybernetics Core Y
Build Shield Battery B

Advanced Buildings[edit]

  • Orders a worker to build each structure. When a Probe is selected, V for Advanced Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Advanced Buildings
Command Shortcut
Build Robotics Facility R
Build Stargate S
Build Citadel of Adun C
Build Robotics Support Bay B
Build Fleet Beacon F
Build Templar Archives T
Build Observatory O
Build Arbiter Tribunal A

Spells & Abilities[edit]

  • Spell-caster/unit needs to be selected first
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit
Psionic Storm T High Templar
Hallucination L High Templar
Feedback F Dark Archon
Mind Control C Dark Archon
Maelstrom E Dark Archon
Recall R Arbiter
Stasis Field T Arbiter
Disruption Web D Corsair

Advanced Abilities[edit]

Advanced Abilities
Command Shortcut Unit/Building
Load L Shuttle
Unload U Shuttle
Recharge Shields R Shield Battery
Build Scarabs R Reaver
Merge to Archon R High Templar (two needed)
Merge to Dark Archon V Dark Templar (two needed)
Build Interceptors I Carrier

Upgrades[edit]

  • Upgrades will begin researching instantly once the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Upgrade Shortcut Building Units Affected
Ground Weapons W Forge Zealot, Dragoon, Dark Templar, Archon
Ground Armor A Forge all Protoss units
Plasma Shields S Forge all Protoss units
Air Weapons W Cybernetics Core Corsair, Scout, Arbiter, Interceptor
Air Armor A Cybernetics Core Corsair, Scout, Arbiter, Interceptor, Carrier, Observer, Shuttle
Singularity Charge (Range) S Cybernetics Core Dragoon
Leg Enhancements (Speed) L Citadel of Adun Zealot
Scarab Damage S Robotics Support Bay Reaver
Increased Reaver Capacity C Robotics Support Bay Reaver
Gravitic Drive (Speed) G Robotics Support Bay Shuttle
Psionic Storm P Templar Archives High Templar
Hallucination H Templar Archives High Templar
Khaydarin Amulet K Templar Archives High Templar
Mind Control M Templar Archives Dark Templar
Maelstrom E Templar Archives Dark Templar
Argus Talisman T Templar Archives Dark Templar
Apial Sensors (Vision Range) A Fleet Beacon Scout
Gravitic Thrusters (Speed) G Fleet Beacon Scout
Increased Carrier Capacity C Fleet Beacon Carrier
Disruption Web D Fleet Beacon Corsair
Argus Jewel J Fleet Beacon Corsair
Gravitic Booster (Speed) G Observatory Observer
Sensor Array (Vision Range) S Observatory Observer
Recall R Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter
Stasis Field S Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter
Khaydarin Core K Arbiter Tribunal Arbiter

Zerg[edit]

Unit Production[edit]

  • Spawns each unit from a Larva. Select a Hatchery, then S to select Larva, then the specific unit Key
Unit Shortcuts
Command Shortcut
Spawn Drone D
Spawn Zergling Z
Spawn Overlord O
Spawn Hydralisk H
Spawn Mutalisk M
Spawn Scourge S
Spawn Queen Q
Spawn Ultralisk U
Spawn Defiler F
Spawn Infested Terran F
Aspects
Command Shortcut Base Unit
Morph Lurker L Hydralisk
Morph Guardian G Mutalisk
Morph Devourer D Mutalisk

Basic Buildings[edit]

  • Orders a Drone to morph into each structure. When a Drone is selected, B for Basic Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Basic Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut
Build Hatchery H
Build Creep Colony C
Build Extractor E
Build Spawning Pool S
Build Evolution Chamber V
Build Hydralisk Den D

Advanced Buildings[edit]

  • Orders a Drone to morph into each structure. When a Drone is selected, V for Advanced Structure, then the specific structure Key, then place the building with a left-click
Advanced Building Shortcuts
Command Shortcut
Build Spire S
Build Queen's Nest Q
Build Nydus Canal N
Build Ultralisk Cavern U
Build Defiler Mound D

Building Upgrades[edit]

  • Some structures can be morphed into a more advanced version
Building Upgrade Shortcuts
Command Shortcut Original Building
Build Lair L Hatchery
Build Hive H Lair
Build Sunken Colony U Creep Colony
Build Spore Colony S Creep Colony
Build Greater Spire G Spire

Spells & Abilities[edit]

  • Spell-caster/unit needs to be selected first
Basic Spells
Command Shortcut Unit
Burrow U Drone, Zergling, Hydralisk, Lurker, Defiler
Parasite R Queen
Spawn Broodling B Queen
Ensnare E Queen
Infest Command Center I / Right Click on CC Queen
Dark Swarm W Defiler
Plague G Defiler
Consume C Defiler

Upgrades[edit]

  • Upgrades will begin researching instantly once the building is selected and the shortcut is pressed
Upgrades
Command Shortcut Building Units Affected
Burrow B Hatchery Drone, Zergling, Hydralisk, Lurker, Defiler
Ventral Sacs V Lair Overlord
Antennae A Lair Overlord
Pneumatized Carapace P Lair Overlord
Metabolic Boost M Spawning Pool Zergling
Adrenal Glands A Spawning Pool Zergling
Muscular Augments M Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Grooved Spines G Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Lurker Aspect L Hydralisk Den Hydralisk
Flyer Attack A Spire Mutalisk, Guardian, Devourer
Flyer Carapace C Mutalisk, Guardian, Devourer, Scourge, Queen, Overlord Spire
Spawn Broodling B Queen's Nest Queen
Ensnare E Queen's Nest Queen
Gamete Meiosis G Queen's Nest Queen
Plague G Defiler Mound Defiler
Consume C Defiler Mound Defiler
Metasynaptic Node M Defiler Mound Defiler
Anabolic Synthesis A Ultralisk Cavern Ultralisk
Chitinous Plating C Ultralisk Cavern Ultralisk
Melee Attack M Evolution Chamber Zergling, Ultralisk, Broodling
Missile Attack A Evolution Chamber Hydralisk, Lurker, Drone
Carapace C Evolution Chamber Zergling, Ultralisk, Broodling, Hydralisk, Lurker, Drone, Defiler