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StarCraft II
StarCraft II cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Windows July 27, 2010
macOS (OS X) July 27, 2010
StarCraft II guide at StrategyWiki
StarCraft II at Wikipedia
StarCraft 1998
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 2013
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 2015
StarCraft Remastered 2017

Key points

Offline mode requires authentication once every 30 days.[1]

General information

Official technical support forum
Official forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
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Requires online authentication.
macOS (OS X)
Free Starter Edition is also available.
StarCraft II requires internet authentication every 30 days. The Starter Edition cannot be played offline.[1]

Version differences[edit]

Starter Edition[edit]

The StarCraft II Starter Edition is a free but limited version of StarCraft II.

  • Only the first five missions of the Terran campaign are available, as well as the first four missions of the Zerg campaign. Two challenge missions are available as well.
  • Custom non-ranked multiplayer and AI battles are available with all three races.
  • The entire Arcade mode is available. Custom maps can be created with the Editor, but not published.
  • All achievements and progress carry over to the full version.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Heart of the Swarm Standalone. Can be bought from the store.
macOS (OS X)
Legacy of the Void Standalone. Can be bought from the store.
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 1
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 2
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 3
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


StarCraft Mass Recall[edit]

StarCraft Mass Recall is a fan remake of the original StarCraft with the Brood War expansion in StarCraft II's engine.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Blizzard/StarCraft II/Accounts

Default StarCraft II folder[edit]

There are also shortcuts in the StarCraft II folder that are named as account character names that you've already logged into from that computer, that link directly to that account's folder. This is handy for quick access to replays.
Local files are stored under %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\ - This folder contains:
  • Variables.txt - Stores several of your personal settings
  • Hotkey folder - Contains a file for each set of custom hotkeys you may have created up
  • Another folder that contains replays, saved games, screenshots and other locally saved data
The game is typically installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft II\, where you can find:
  • StarCraft II Editor
  • StarCraft II Public Test - only used when a patch is in public testing
  • Under the Support folder, the Repair.exe tool that will repair file corruption - try this before reinstalling, it may save time
  • Other folders containing the game files, crash logs, and so on.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Locked to 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
May need to change resolution in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Variables.txt
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Called "Fullscreen (Windowed)" in-game.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
Enable under Options, Gameplay.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Will use Windows's channel count.
Unit phrases are not included.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled or disabled.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
US, EU, and SEA
Brazilian Portuguese
AL and EU
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Use StarFriend.
Online play
Starter edition includes access to a limited co-op multiplayer mode.[2]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724
UDP (outbound) 1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724
UPNP support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to download game data from Blizzard's servers[edit]

Disable Windows' firewall[citation needed]
Other firewalls may also block connection, including McAfee, Eset Nod 32 Antivirus & Smart Security and Norton Enterprise, disable or whitelist the whole installation folder for Starcraft to bypass

Jumping/jittery/lost mouse cursor (OS X)[edit]

There are a ton of threads, that boil down to it being a problem with mouse acceleration screwing up when there is a high CPU load. The problem with turning mouse acceleration off is that StarCraft will turn it back on, even if you disable the option for OS mouse control override.

The solution is a program available here. This program turns off mouse acceleration in StarCraft II after the game boots.

Trouble installing game[edit]

If you receive an error similar to "The file <name of file> could not be written", follow this guide.

Run as administrator[3]

1) Right click the installer and choose Run as administrator (skip this step if using Windows XP).

2) Choose the installation options.

3) Once it begins installing, minimize the installer until the installation is completed.

Language Pack Issues[edit]

Language Pack Issues[citation needed]

If upon logging into you receive the error dialogue "You need an authorized language pack from blizzard entertainment to use this language" use the following instructions to modify variables.txt. Support Article

1) Locate variables.txt within your StarCraft II folder (specifically the one containing your accounts, replays and saves which is distinct from the folder of the same name containing the game installation).

The default in Windows is %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II

2) Open variables.txt in a text editor and locate the following lines (use control + f to search); localeidassets= and localeiddata=

In each of those lines insert your language code after the equals sign as follows:

{| class="wikitable"
! Region !! Code
| '''Americas''' ||
| American English || enUS
| Latin American Spanish || esMX
| Brazilian Portuguese || ptBR
| '''Europe''' ||
| German || deDE
| European English || enGB
| European Spanish || esES
| French || frFR
| Italian || itIT
| Polish || plPL
| Portuguese || ptPT
| Russian || ruRU
| '''Korea''' ||
| Korean || koKR
| '''Taiwan''' ||
| Traditional Chinese || zhTW
| '''Southeast Asia & Australia/New Zealand''' ||
| Southeast Asia English || enSG
Example: If you have the SEA version of the game:



3) Save the file and start the game to test.

If this does not fix the issue close the game then create a back up of the variables.txt file before deleting it.

Restart the game and attempt to login, this will automatically create a new variables.txt file and often fixes the issue although this method may require you to reset any customizations you have made to graphic, audio or control settings (your hotkeys are stored separately and are safe). If you need to reference your previous settings you can use the backup you made of variables.txt.

Deletion of the variables.txt file and re-creation should also resolve any issues with Region Limited licenses that have recently upgraded to Region Unlimited licenses.

Non-Steam Game Overlay[edit]

  • Some people have noted issues using StarCraft II with Steam, saying that upon leaving the Steam overlay, any commands issued would become waypointed instead of directly done and the game would act as if the Shift key was being held down.

This has been found to be as a result of the default Steam shortcut to enter the overlay - Shift + Tab, which makes StarCraft II assume the shift key is being held down. When the overlay is exited, the game does not note the lifting of the shift key, and assumes that the shift key is still being held, thus creating this issue. This can be fixed by changing the Steam shortcut to another key/key combination, such as Insert, Home or Insert+Home.

Alternative Non-Steam Game Overlay[edit]

Non-Steam Game Overlay[citation needed]
  1. Click on "Add a Non-Steam Game"
  2. Browse for SC2Switcher.exe in StarCraft II\Support\
  3. Add selected program


You will have to login every time you launch the game

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista (latest service pack) 7, 8, 10 64-bit (latest service pack)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
Intel Core i5 Series Processor or better
AMD FX Series Processor or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Intel HD Graphics 3000
128 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
AMD Radeon HD 7790
1024 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5 (Latest Version) 10.11 (Latest Version)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 or better
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 4670
AMD Radeon HD 6970
Support for Windows XP and Windows Vista will be dropped some time in 2017. The game will no longer run on these versions after this change.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1
  3. WON'T INSTALL -- "CAN'T WRITE <SOME FILE>" - StarCraft II Forums
  4. StarCraft II System Requirements -
  5. Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista - StarCraft II Forums