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Dark Shrine (Legacy of the Void)

This article covers the current multiplayer version of this building. For other versions see Dark Shrine (Heart of the Swarm) and Dark Shrine (Wings of Liberty).
[e][h] Dark Shrine
Building Information
150 150 71
500 500 1 (Armored, Structure)
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Unlocked Tech:
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The Dark Shrine is a structure on the Protoss Technology Tree. Its only function is to unlock the powerful Dark Templar stealth melee unit at the Gateway and/or Warp Gate. The Dark Shrine requires a Twilight Council before it can be warped in.

Like most Protoss structures, the Dark Shrine can only be warped in at a location powered by the Psionic Matrix. However, if it loses access to the power field, even an unpowered Dark Shrine still allows the creation of Dark Templar, therefore the Dark Shrine only needs power to initiate its warping in.

Competitive Use[edit]

The Dark Templar is often used in surprise attacks, and for that reason, hiding the Dark Shrine from enemy scouting is usually considered an important part of any strategy that uses Dark Templar. In an early Dark Templar Rush, players will try to keep the Dark Templar obscured from view to increase the chance that the opponent will neglect to get detection until after the Dark Templar carry out their first attack. In late-game transitions to Dark Templar, the same desire for subterfuge often means that the Dark Shrine is built in an area unlikely to be scouted by the opponent.

Deciding between High Templar and Dark Templar is often a crucial distinction, especially in the mid-game transition. The Dark Shrine does not require a Templar Archives, and the converse is also true. Each building can therefore be considered on a separate branch of the tech tree, forcing players who are rushing Templar tech to choose between Dark Templar or High Templar. Deploying both in the mid-game is virtually impossible due to the high cost in Vespene Gas of both structures and the units themselves.

Due to the small size of a Dark Shrine, a Probe can easily sneak off into a remote location and build a Dark Shrine and Pylon with relatively low risk of being scouted.


Shadow Stride
 100      100      100 Hotkey: B
Researched from: Dark Shrine
Allows Dark Templars to teleport to nearby target location.


Patch Changes[edit]


  1. Blizzard Entertainment (22 November 2016). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.8.0 -- November 22, 2016".
  2. Blizzard Entertainment (20 November 2018). "STARCRAFT II 4.7.1 PATCH NOTES".