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Starcraft 2 Hotkey Guide

Hotkey Guide

Hotkeys are one of the most important aspects of improving your game in Starcraft 2. Hotkeys are keyboard shortcuts that allow you to perform a command by clicking a key rather than clicking an action on the screen. This allows for a great improvement in your speed when it comes to microing and macroing since you can quickly click a hotkey rather than having to move your mouse around and click the on screen buttons.

If you have any real aspiration of becoming a good Starcraft 2 player you need to learn your hotkeys and practice them. You may start off really slow but keep with it and you will improve over time and once you’ve learned to only use hotkeys you will question how you ever played Starcraft 2 without them.

General Unit Hotkeys

  • A – Move to a designated spot and attack any enemy along the way.
  • B – Open basic construction menu.
  • C – Send harvester back to base to deposit resources.
  • D – Unload all units from a transport.
  • G – Send harvester to gather resources.
  • H – Instruct unit to hold in designated spot.
  • M – Instruct unit to move to designated spot.
  • O – Unload one unit from a transport.
  • P – Patrol the designated area.
  • S – Stop unit from performing current task.
  • V – Open advanced construction menu.
  • F1 – Cycles through non-utilized SCVs, probes or drones
  • CTRL + Right Click – Move to a designated spot and attack any enemy along the way.
  • CTRL + number – Sets all selected units as a control group.
  • SHIFT + number – Adds all selected units to a control group.
  • TAB – Cycle through types of units or buildings in a control group.
  • SPACE – View last warning area (e.g. unit attacking, unit produced, supplies exhausted, etc.)

Protoss Building Hotkeys

Basic Construction Hotkeys (B)

  • A – Assimilator
  • C – Photon Cannon
  • E – Pylon
  • F – Forge
  • G – Gateway
  • N – Nexus
  • Y – Cybernetics Core

Advanced Consturction Hotkeys (V)

  • B – Robotics Bay
  • C – Twilight Council
  • D – Dark Shrine
  • F – Fleet Beacon
  • R – Robotics Facility
  • S – Stargate
  • T – Templar Archives

Protoss unit Production Hotkeys

Carrier

  • I – Build Interceptor

Gateway (Warpgate)

  • D- Dark Templar
  • E – Sentry
  • G – Transform to Warpgate
  • M – Transform to Gateway
  • S – Stalker
  • T – High Templar
  • Z – Zealot

Nexus

  • C – Chrono Boost
  • E – Probe
  • M – Mothership

Robotics Facility

  • A – Warp Prism
  • B – Observer
  • C – Colossus
  • I – Immortal

Stargate

  • C – Carrier
  • V – Void Ray
  • X – Phoenix

Protoss Upgrade Hotkeys

Cybernetics Core

  • A – Air Armor Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • E – Air Weapons Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • G – Warp Gate
  • H – Hallucination

Fleet Beacon

  • F – Flux Vanes (increase void ray speed and acceleration)
  • G – Graviton Catapult (increase launch speed of interceptor)

Forge

  • A – Ground Armor Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • G – Ground Weapons Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • S – Shield Levels 1, 2 and 3

Robotics Bay

  • B – Gravitic Boosters
  • E – Extended Thermal Lance
  • G – Gravitic Drive

Templar Archives

  • K – Khaydarin Amulet (increases starting energy for high templar by 25)
  • T – Psionic Storm (allows spell for high templar)

Twilight Council

  • B – Blink
  • C – Charge

Protoss unit Ability Hotkeys

Stalker

  • B – Blink

Sentry

  • C – Hallucination
  • F – Force Field
  • G – Guardian Shield

Warp Prism

  • E – Phasing Mode
  • T – Transport Mode

Phoenix

  • G – Graviton Beam

High Templar

  • C – Archon
  • F – Feedback
  • T – Psi Storm

Dark Templar

  • C – Archon

Mothership

  • R – Recall
  • V – Vortex

Zeg Building Hotkeys

Basic Buildings (B)

  • B – Baneling Nest
  • C – Spine Crawler
  • E – Extractor
  • H – Hatchery
  • R – Roach Warren
  • S – Spawning Pool
  • V – Evolution Chamber
  • W – Spore Crawler

Advanced Buildings (V)

  • H – Hydralisk Den
  • I – Infestation Pit
  • N – Nydus Network
  • S – Spire
  • U – Ultralisk Cavern

Hatchery

  • H – Hive
  • L – Lair

Spire

  • G – Greater Spire

Zerg Unit Production Hotkeys

Larva

  • C – Corruptor
  • D – Drone
  • F – Infestor
  • H – Hydralisk
  • R – Roach
  • T – Mutalisk
  • U – Ultralisk
  • V – Overlord
  • Z – Zergling

Hatchery / Lair / Hive

  • Q – Queen

Corruptor

  • B – Brood Lord

Zergling

  • E – Baneling

Overlord

  • V – Overseer

Zerg Upgrade Hotkeys

Hatchery

  • B – Burrow
  • H – Hive
  • L – Lair
  • P – Pneumatized Carapace
  • V – Ventral Sacs

Evolution Chamber

  • A – Missile Attacks Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • C – Ground Carapace Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • M – Melee Attacks Levels 1, 2 and 3

Spawning Pool

  • A – Adrenal Glands
  • M – Metabolic Boost

Baneling Nest

  • C – Centrifugal Hooks

Roach Warren

  • G – Glial Reconstitution
  • T – Tunneling Claws

Infestation Pit

  • E – Neural Parasite
  • G – Pathogen Glands

Hydralisk Den

  • G – Grooved Spines

Spire

  • A – Flyer Attacks Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • C – Flyer Carapace Levels 1, 2 and 3

Ultralisk Cavern

  • C – Chitinous Plating

Zerg unit Ability Hotkeys

Overlord

  • G – Generate Creep
  • L – Load
  • V – Morph to Overseer

Overseer

  • C – Spawn Changeling
  • E – Contaminate

Queen

  • C – Spawn Creep Tumor
  • T – Transfusion
  • V – Spawn Larvae

Infestor

  • E – Neural Parasite
  • F – Fungal Growth
  • T – Infested Terran

Zergling

  • E – Morph to Baneling

Baneling

  • C – Attack Structure
  • X – Explode

Corruptor

  • B – Morph to Brood Lord
  • C – Corruption

Spine Crawler / Spore Crawler

  • R – Uproot / Root

All Non-Flying Units

  • R – Burrow

Terran Building Hotkeys

Basic Buildings (B)

  • B – Barrack
  • C – Command Center
  • E – Engineering Bay
  • N – Sensory Tower
  • R – Refinery
  • S – Supply Depot
  • T – Turret
  • U – Bunker

Advanced Buildings (V)

  • A – Armory
  • C – Fusion Core
  • F – Factory
  • G – Ghost Academy
  • S – Starport

Command Center

  • B – Orbital Command
  • P – Planetary Fortress

Barrack / Factory / Starport

  • C – Reactor
  • X – Tech Lab

Terran Unit Production Hotkeys

Barracks

  • A – Marine
  • D – Marauder
  • G – Ghost
  • R – Reaper

Factory

  • E – Hellion
  • S – Siege Tank
  • T – Thor

Starport

  • B – Battle Cruiser
  • D – Medivac
  • E – Banshee
  • R – Raven
  • V – Viking

Command Center

  • S – SCV

Orbital Command

  • E – MULE

Terran Upgrade Hotkeys

Engineering Bay

  • A – Infantry Armor Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • B – Building Armor
  • E – Infantry Weapons Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • H – Hi-Sec Auto Tracking
  • N – Neosteel Frame

Armory

  • E – Vehicle Weapons Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • P – Ship Plating Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • S – Ship Weapons Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • V – Vehicle Plating Levels 1, 2 and 3

Ghost Academy

  • C – Personal Cloaking
  • M – Moebius Reactor
  • N – Arm Silo With Nuke

Fusion Core

  • B – Behemoth Reactor
  • R – Weapon Refit

Barracks Tech Lab

  • C – Combat Shield
  • G – Concussive Shells
  • N – Nitro Packs
  • T – Stimpack

Factory Tech Lab

  • C – 250mm Strike Cannons
  • I – Infernal Pre-Igniter
  • S – Siege Tech

Starport Tech Lab

  • A – Caduceus Reactor
  • C – Cloaking Field
  • D – Durable Materials
  • R – Seeker Missile
  • T – Corvid Reactor

Terran Unit Ability Hotkeys

Battlecruiser

  • Y – Yamato Cannon

Thor

  • C – 250mm Strike Cannons

Raven

  • D – Build Point Defense Drone
  • R – Seeker Missile
  • T – Build Auto-Turret

Viking

  • D – Assault Mode
  • E – Fighter Mode

Siege Tank

  • D – Tank Mode
  • E – Siege Mode

Banshee

  • C – Cloak
  • D – Decloak

Ghost

  • C – Cloak
  • D – Decloak
  • E – EMP Round
  • N – Tactical Nuclear Strike
  • R – Sniper Round

Orbital Command

  • C – Scanner Sweep
  • E – Call Down MULE
  • L – Lift Off
  • X – Call Down Extra Supplies

Supply Depot

  • R – Lower / Raise

Command Center

  • L – Lift Off
  • O – Load

Planetary Fortress

  • O – Load

Barracks / Factory / Starport

  • L – Lift Off

Bunker

  • L – Load
  • T – Stimpack
  • V – Salvage

SCV / MULE

  • R – Repair

Marine / Marauder

  • T – Stimpack
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