Co-op Commander Guide: Raynor

Renegade Commander

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Commander Summary

Raynor overwhelms enemies by using his Orbital Drop Pods to quicky reinforce his armies on the battlefield.

Level Unlocks

Level/Icon Name Description
Rapid Recruitment Rapid Recruitment Raynor trains combat units and builds Barracks 50% faster.
Mechanical units cost 20% less gas.
Stimpack grants increase bonuses, costs less life, and does not require research.
Banshee Airstrike Banshee Airstrike Unlocks the ability to call down cloaked Dusk Wings with timed life, dealing damage to the target area upon arrival. Call down Banshee Airstrike from the top panel.
Nano Projectors Nano Projectors Increases the Firebat attack range and Medic heal range from 2 to 4.
Infantry Upgrade Cachee Infantry Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Barracks Tech Lab:
  • Widen Firebats' damage radius by 40%.
  • Increase Firebats' life from 100 to 200 and armour from 1 to 3.
  • Increase Medics' healing speed, allow them to heal mechanical units, and reduce the damage taken by units they heal.
Hyperion: Point Defense Drone Hyperion: Point Defense Drone Enables the Hyperion to deploy defensive drones that shoots down enemy missiles. Call down the Hyperion from the top panel.
New Unit: Battlecruiser New Unit: Battlecruiser Powerful warship. Can use Yamato Cannon and Tactical Jump. Built at the Starport.

Can attack ground and air units.
Battle Bunkers Battle Bunkers Equips bunkers with automated turrets that attack ground and air units. Increases the life of bunkers from 400 to 550.
Orbital Drop Pods Orbital Drop Pods Barracks, Factory, and Starport units are delivered directly to the structure's Rally Point
Factory Upgrade Cache Factory Upgrade Cachee Unlocks the following upgrades at the Factory Tech Lab:
  • Increase the blast and trigger radius of the Vulture's Spider Mine by 33%.
  • Reduce Siege Tanks' transformation time and increase their armor in Siege Mode from 1 to 3.
Vanadium Plating Vanadium Plating Armor upgrades at the Armory and Engineering Bay increase the life of affected units in addition to increasing their armor.
Armory Upgrade Cache Armory Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Armory:
  • Increase the attack range of all vehicles and ships by 1.
  • Allow all vehicles and ships to increase their movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds.
Orbital Depots Orbital Depots Allows SCVs to instantly deploy Supply Depots from orbit, eliminating their construction time.
Starport Upgrade Cache Starport Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Starport Tech Lab:
  • Upgrade the Banshee's attacks to fire missiles in a straight line.
  • Upgrade the Vikings' missile attacks to deal area damage.
Hyperion: Advanced Targeting Systems Hyperion: Advanced Targeting Systems Increases the damage dealt by friendly units near the Hyperion by 2. Call down the Hyperion from the top panel.
Mercenary Munitions Mercenary Munitions Increases the attack speed of Raynor's combat units and calldowns by 15%.

Highlighted rows denote large power spikes for the commander.

Achievements

The commander-specific achievements for Raynor are:

Achievement Name Description
Feels Good, Man Feels Good, Man Heal 10,000 life on allied units in Co-op Missions.
Hyperactive Hyperactive Kill 25 units with a single Hyperion calldown on Hard difficulty with Raynor.
Hyperion Alert Hyperion Alert Kill 500 units with Raynor's Hyperion in Co-op Missions.
The Thunder The Thunder Kill 25 units with a single Air-Strike on Hard difficulty.

Calldowns

The calldowns for Raynor, at level 15, with no mastery points added are:

Calldown Name Description Recommended Usage Numbers
Banshee Airstrike Banshee Airstrike Calls down 5 cloaked Dusk Wings, dealing 50 damage to enemies in the drop zone. Dusk Wings are controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.
  • Should be used as soon as it is off cooldown. With mastery points, Dusk Wings can be present on the map about 50% of the time.
  • Useful for dealing with ground-based attack waves, and before pushing into enemy bases.
  • Coolup: 240 seconds
  • Cooldown: 240 seconds
Hyperion Hyperion Calls down the Hyperion Battlecruiser. The Hyperion is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.
  • Useful for pushing into heavily guarded enemy bases.
  • Use Yamato Cannon to take out key units. Leave the rest of the units for your army to clean up.
  • Once key units are taken out, Hyperjump to another location and repeat the process.
  • Deploy Point Defense Drones in strategic locations to not only protect the Hyperion, but also your army when it comes in to clear.
  • Coolup: 300 seconds
  • Cooldown: 360 seconds

The Hyperion ability brings a Hyperion onto the battlefield. This unit has abilities itself, shown below:

Hyperion

Hyperion

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Hyperjump Hyperjump Hyperjump to the targeted location. 15 seconds
Yamato Cannon Yamato Cannon Blasts a unit with a devastating plasm cannon, dealing 600 damage to it and nearby enemies. 15 seconds
Pont Defense Drone Point Defense Drone Uses a laser to shoot down enemy missiles.
Cannot target special attacks.
Times out after 180 seconds.

Each shot consumes 10 energy. (4 charges max)
5 seconds

Masteries

Below are the three Power Sets for Raynor with the recommended point allocations for each. Note that these are meant to serve a general, all-purpose build that is effective across all maps. You are highly encourged to change these masteries to suit your playstyle and particular challenges you face (e.g. Weekly Mutations).

Power Set 1:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Research Resource Cost -2% per point
-60% maximum
15 A careful balance is needed over here. Research cost reductions are great, but they are temporary. Once research is done, you won't be able to take advantage of the mastery. However, going for max unit speed can slow down getting research that significantly powers your army up.
Speed Increases for Drop Pod Units 2% per point
60% maximum
15

This depends a lot on the playstyle of the player. Research Cost Reduction can help with early game upgrades, while Speed Increases can make reinforcing units a lot more powerful.

Power Set 2:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Hyperion Cooldown -4 sec per point
-120 sec maximum
0 For players that prefer to have the much more powerful Hyperion more available at their disposal, the Hyperion mastery can be selected. On certain mutators, it might be better to have it present rather than the Banshees that die quickly.
Banshee Airstrike Cooldown -4 sec per point
-120 sec maximum
30

The Banshee Airstrike Cooldown mastery is the better choice here. At maximum level, Banshees can be out on the battlefield for almost 50% of the mission time.

Power Set 3:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Medics Heal Addtional Target 3% per point
90% maximum
? This is purely a matter of what kind of build the player prefers to do. Medic heals don't really benfit Mechanical units greatly and thus, the mastery points are better spent on the Mech attack speed.
Mech Attack Speed 1% per point
30% maximum
?

This depends on the playstyle. If going for a Mech build, the Mech Attack Speed is the better choice here. Otherwise, Medic Healing should be picked.

Combat Units

For more information on unit stats, comparison between units and upgrade calculations, visit the Data Tables page.

Raynor's combat units are listed below:

Marine

Marine

  • Should be the core of Raynor's army.
  • Make them out of Reactor'ed Barracks.
  • Extremely high DPS and versatile unit.
  • Vulnerable to splash damage.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Stimpack Stimpack Injects the unit with powerful stimulants that greatly increase attack speed (by 43%) and movement speed (by 50%) for 10 seconds. Injures the unit for 5 of the unit's life. 0 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Combat Shield Combat Shield Marines gain +10 life. 100/100 60 seconds
Marauder

Marauder

  • Have a few in your army to deal with armored units.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Stimpack Stimpack Injects the unit with powerful stimulants that greatly increase attack speed (by 43%) and movement speed (by 50%) for 10 seconds. Injures the unit for 10 of the unit's life. 0 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Concussive Shells Concussive Shells Upgrades the Marauder weapons to slow down opponents movement speed by 50%. 50/50 60 seconds
Firebat

Firebat

  • Useful on infested maps due to splash damage.
  • Can be used against Swarmy and MutaLing Zerg compositions.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Stimpack Stimpack Injects the unit with powerful stimulants that greatly increase attack speed (by 43%) and movement speed (by 50%) for 10 seconds. Injures the unit for 10 of the unit's life. 0 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Incinerator Gauntlets Incinerator Gauntlets Widens the Firebat's damage radius by 40%. 50/50 60 seconds
Juggernaut Plating Juggernaut Plating Firebats gain +100 life and +2 armor. 100/100 60 seconds
Medic

Medic

  • Must-have in your army, especially if going for a Bio-based build.
  • Used to heal off the effects of Stim Pack as well as damage to your army.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Heal Heal Heals a friendly biological target.

Heals 9 life per 3 energy per second.
0 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Stabilizer Medpacks Stabilizer Medpacks Increases the Medic's healing speed to 12 life per 3 energy per second and allows them to heal mechanical units. Units being healed by Medics take 25% less damage. 100/100 60 seconds
Vulture

Vulture

  • Useful for spawn-camping enemy spawn points.
  • Ensure you get the "Replenishable Magazine" upgrade to allow you to re-make Spider Mines.
  • Can be used to take out ground-base objectives like the train on Oblivion Express.
  • Deals low DPS, so keep them away from your frontline.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Deploy Spider Mine Deploy Spider Mine Spider Mines pursue enemy units that come in range, and detonate for heavy area damage. Buried Spider Mines can only be seen by enemy Detectors. (3 charges max). 0 seconds 0
Replenish Spider Mine Deploy Spider Mine Constructs a new Spider Mine to replace those used at a cost of 15 minerals each.

A Vulture can only carry 3 Spider Mines at a time.
6 seconds 0
Ignite Afterburners Ignite Afterburners Increases this unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Replenishable Magazine Replenishable Magazine Allows the Vulture to build additional Spider Mines to replace those used. 50/50 60 seconds
Cerberus Mine Cerberus Mine Increases the blast radius and trigger radius of the Vulture's Spider Mine by 33%. 100/100 60 seconds
Advanced Optics Advanced Optics Increases the range of all vehicle and ship weapons by 1. 200/200 120 seconds
Afterburners Afterburners Vehicles and ships gain afterburners that increase the unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds upon activation. 100/100 60 seconds
Siege Tank

Siege Tank

  • Great defensive unit.
  • Defend them with a strong Bio force or Spider Mines.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Ignite Afterburners Ignite Afterburners Increases this unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Advanced Siege Tech Advanced Siege Tech Reduces the transformation time of Siege Tanks by 50%. Siege Tanks gain +3 armor in Siege Mode. 150/150 90 seconds
Advanced Optics Advanced Optics Increases the range of all vehicle and ship weapons by 1. 200/200 120 seconds
Afterburners Afterburners Vehicles and ships gain afterburners that increase the unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds upon activation. 100/100 60 seconds
Viking

Viking

  • Great for anti-air combat.
  • "Ripwave Missiles" is a must-get against heavy air compositions.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Ignite Afterburners Ignite Afterburners Increases this unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Phobos Weapons System Phobos Weapons System Viking weapons system upgrade. Increases air attack range by 2 and ground attack range by 1. 100/100 60 seconds
Ripwave Missiles Ripwave Missiles Upgrades the Viking's missiles to deal area damage. 150/150 90 seconds
Advanced Optics Advanced Optics Increases the range of all vehicle and ship weapons by 1. 200/200 120 seconds
Afterburners Afterburners Vehicles and ships gain afterburners that increase the unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds upon activation. 100/100 60 seconds
Banshee

Banshee

  • Generally not worth making.
  • Does great ground DPS, but very fragile.
  • Can be used to compliment ground forces.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Cloak Cloak Cloaks the unit, preventing enemy units from seeing or attacking it. A cloaked unit will only be revealed by detectors or effects.

Drains 0.9 energy per second.
0 seconds 0
Ignite Afterburners Ignite Afterburners Increases this unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Cloaking Field Cloaking Field Enables Banshees to use the Cloak ability. Cloak renders the Banshee invisible to enemies unless the unit is revealed by detectors or effects. 100/100 60 seconds
Shockwave Missile Battery Shockwave Missile Battery Upgrades the Banshee's attack to fire multiple missile bursts in a straight line. 150/150 90 seconds
Advanced Optics Advanced Optics Increases the range of all vehicle and ship weapons by 1. 200/200 120 seconds
Afterburners Afterburners Vehicles and ships gain afterburners that increase the unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds upon activation. 100/100 60 seconds
Battlecruiser

Battlecruiser

  • Powerful capital ship.
  • High survivability and mobility with Tactical Jump.
  • Extremely expensive.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Yamato Cannon Yamato Cannon Blasts a target with a devastating plasma cannon, causing 300 damage. 60 seconds 0
Tactical Jump Tactical Jump Warps to the target location. Battlecruiser is invulnerable while warping. 60 seconds 0
Ignite Afterburners Ignite Afterburners Increases this unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Weapon Refit Weapon Refit Enables use of the Battlecruiser Yamato Cannon. 150/150 90 seconds
Advanced Optics Advanced Optics Increases the range of all vehicle and ship weapons by 1. 200/200 120 seconds
Afterburners Afterburners Vehicles and ships gain afterburners that increase the unit's movement speed by 100% for 8 seconds upon activation. 100/100 60 seconds

Build Order

Below is the standard economic build order for Raynor. For more information on how to read and construct your own build orders, please check the Build Order Theory page.

14 Supply Depot
16 Command Center at Rocks
19 Barracks
20 Orbital Command Upgrade
20 Command Center at Rocks
21 Orbital Command Upgrade
21 Refinery
22 Refinery
25 Command Center at Main

Gameplay Guide

Playstyle Traps

A common trap for Raynor players is to try and rush Battlecruisers, given their strength, while either ignoring/using their calldowns inefficiently. This causes them to be extremely weak in the early game.

In order to rush BC's, players must be familiar with their build order and ensure that they are able to macro up and build their economy. Additionally, they also need to use their calldowns as efficiently as possible (as these calldowns will be the sole damage output from them for a while). In the early phases of the game where only a few Battlecruisers are present, players will need to also actively micro them, to ensure they do not lose any unncessarily.

An additional note to make is that a player should focus on one type of build, and not hybridize their build unless they intend on playing a long game. This is because when doing a Hybrid build, the player's resources are stretched too thinly and can weaken their entire army. For longer games, players can choose to transition into higher tech units in order to deal with high tech attack waves, such as Reavers and Disruptors.

Playstyle Tips