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Probius
Probius
Basic Info
Title Curious Probe
Role Specialist Specialist
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price 750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
Release Date March 14, 2017
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1260
Health Regen 2.625
Resource 600 Mana
Armor 0
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 3.0
Attack Damage 33
Data Page

Probius, the Curious Probe, is a ranged specialist hero from the StarCraft universe. Since his activation, Probius has always wanted to prove himself. He may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur. As the bravest of probes, Probius is eager to fulfill his purpose in the Nexus.

Background[edit | edit source]

StarCraft This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.

Originally designed by the Khalai caste to lay the foundation for protoss settlements, probes are robotic drones that service the Nexus and gather the numerous resources needed to power protoss technologies. Probes also manufacture and plant the micro-beacons that anchor the teleport matrices of structures. These beacons allow the protoss to warp-in prefabricated structures from their homeworld. Often probes are used as rudimentary spies, sent ahead to survey the potential locations of enemy encampments.

Probius is a protoss probe that took part in the initial stages of the Reclamation of Aiur as part of an akhundelar under Kaldalis. During the initial landing, Probius was able to set down a warp beacon for a pylon while the conflict raged around him. Though the akhundelar suffered heavy casualties, Probius's pylon allowed reinforcements to be warped in at a key moment, allowing the Daelaam to establish to a beachhead on Aiur.

Probes are not programmed with individuality, personalities, or traits such as curiosity, as self-aware AI was deemed heretical to the protoss at the time of Probius's creation due to an AI uprising named the Purifier Rebellion in their distant past. However, Probius gained a spark of life upon entering the Nexus, bringing him to "life" and granting him a sense of curiosity and adventure.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Probius is a high damage Summoner that must stay near Pylons to be effective.

Strength[edit | edit source]

  • Strong area control
  • High burst damage

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Warp In Pylon Icon.png
D
Warp In Pylon
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Warp in a Pylon that generates a Power Field and grants vision of the surrounding area. Probius only regenerates mana while inside a Power Field. Up to 2 Pylons can be active at a time.

Type: Summon
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Self-castable
Cast time: 0.15+0 seconds
Range: 3
Pylon

Summon type: Stationary
Scaling: 5.00%
Health: 400
Vision radius: 8.5
Unit radius: 0.5
Power field radius: 9.25
Properties: Unstoppable
Disruption Pulse Icon.png
Q
Disruption Pulse
75 Mana Cooldown: 3 seconds
Fire a burst of energy forward, dealing 142 (+5% per level) damage to all enemies it passes through. Hitting the center of a Warp Rift will cause it to explode, dealing additional damage.

Type: Damage
Scaling: 5.00%
Affects: Enemies / Warp Rifts
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 10
Hitbox: 1x1.5 (vs. Enemies) / 1x1.7 (vs. Warp Rifts)
Missile speed: 20
Warp Rift Icon.png
W
Warp Rift
150 Mana Cooldown: 6 seconds
Open an unstable Warp Rift at a location that takes 1.25 seconds to arm, which then slows nearby enemies by 25% lasting 9 seconds.
Armed Warp Rifts explode when hit by Disruption Pulse, dealing 261 (+5% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Stores up to 2 charges.

Type: Damage / CC
Scaling: 5.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect, Slow, Self-castable
Cast time: 0.125+0.125 seconds
Range: 7
Radius: 3

  • A Warp Rift cannot be places so its center overlaps with a structure, an unpathable terrain, or another Warp Rift's center.
Photon Cannon Icon.png
E
Photon Cannon
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Warp in a Photon Cannon that deals 105 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts for 13 seconds.
Must be placed within a Pylon's Power Field. Deactivates if it doesn't have a Pylon powering it.

Type: Summon
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Self-castable
Cast time: 0.125+0
Range: 3
Photon cannon

Summon type: Stationary
Scaling: 4.00% (health and damage)
Health: 778
Vision radius: 7
Unit radius: 1
Attack speed: 1.0
Attack range: 6.5
Attack damage: 105
Properties: Unstoppable
Pylon Overcharge Icon.png
R
Pylon Overcharge
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Increase the size of Pylon power fields and allow them to attack enemies within it for 96 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts 10 seconds.

Type: Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant
Range: Global
Power field radius: 14.75
Attack speed: 2.0
Attack range: 15
Attack damage: 48

  • Attacks prioritize heroes.
  • Pylon power field is increased only for the ability duration.
Null Gate Icon.png
R
Null Gate
100 Mana Cooldown: 30 seconds
Vector Targeting. Project a barrier of negative energy in the target direction that lasts 4 seconds. Enemies who touch the barrier take 68 (+4% per level) damage per second and are slowed by 80% for as long as they remain in contact with it.

Type: Damage / CC
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Vector targeting
Properties: Slow
Cast time: 0.125 seconds
Range: 8.5 (initial point)
Area of Effect: 1x8 rectangle
Tickrate: 4 / second
Damage per tick: 17
Slow duration per tick: 0.3125 seconds
Probius mount.png
Z
Worker Rush
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Activate to gain an additional 50% Movement Speed for 5 seconds. Taking damage ends this effect early.
Passive: Probius moves 10% faster by hovering over the ground.

Type: Movement speed bonus
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant

  • This includes Damage over Time ticks even if applied before activating Worker Rush.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Echo Pulse Icon.png
Echo Pulse
Disruption Pulse now returns to Probius 1.25 seconds after reaching its target, dealing 75% damage on the return trip.
Warp Resonance Icon.png
Warp Resonance
❢ Quest: Hit Heroes with Warp Rift explosions.
❢ Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes with Warp Rift explosions, increase the explosion damage by 100.
❢ Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes with Warp Rift explosions, Warp Rift gains 1 additional charge.
Gather Minerals Icon.png
Gather Minerals
❢ Quest: Enemy Heroes and Minions drop Minerals when killed. Collect them to increase the Health of Photon Cannons by 8, up to 560.
❢ Reward: After collecting 70 Minerals, Photon Cannons deal 35% more damage, can see over obstacles, and reveal nearby Cloaked units.
4
Photon Barrier Icon.png
Photon Barrier
While a Photon Cannon is alive and powered, Probius gains 30 Spell Armor.
Turbo Charged Icon.png
Turbo Charged
Worker Rush grants an additional 10% passive Movement Speed while in a Power Field, and its cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds.
Shield Capacitor Icon.png
Shield Capacitor
Probius gains permanent Shields equal to 10% of his max Health. Shields regenerate quickly as long as he hasn't taken damage recently.
7
Particle Accelerator Icon.png
Particle Accelerator
Disruption Pulse deals 10% more damage for each enemy or Warp Rift hit, up to 50%.
Rift Shock Icon.png
Rift Shock
Hitting an enemy Hero with Warp Rift explosion increases Probius's damage against them by 20% for 10 seconds.
Tower Defense Icon.png
Tower Defense
When Photon Cannon damages an enemy Hero, its cooldown is reduced by 1.25 seconds.
10
Pylon Overcharge Icon.png
Pylon Overcharge
Cooldown: 80 seconds
Increase the size of Pylon power fields and allow them to attack enemies within it for 96 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts 10 seconds.
Null Gate Icon.png
Null Gate
Cooldown: 40 seconds
Vector Targeting. Project a barrier of negative energy in the target direction that lasts 4 seconds. Enemies who touch the barrier take 68 (+4% per level) damage per second and are slowed by 80% for as long as they remain in contact with it.
13
Aggressive Matrix Icon.png
Aggressive Matrix
Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 35% increased Attack Damage.
Power Overflowing Icon.png
Power Overflowing
Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 10% increased Spell Power and 2 Mana per second.
Shield Battery Probius Icon.png
Shield Battery
Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 28 Shields per second, up to 112. Shields persist for 2 seconds after exiting a Pylon Power Field.
16
Quantum Entanglement Icon.png
Quantum Entanglement
Enemies continue to be slowed for 3 seconds after their last contact with a Warp Rift.
Gravity Well Icon.png
Gravity Well
Enemies are slowed more the closer they are to the center of the Warp Rift, up to a maximum slow of 60%.
Repulsor Icon.png
Repulsor
Enemies hit by a Warp Rift explosion are knocked away from the center.
Interference Icon.png
Interference
Enemy Heroes hit by Warp Rift detonations have their Spell Power reduced by 35% for 5 seconds.
20
Construct Additional Pylons Icon.png
Construct Additional Pylons
Probius can now have up to 3 active Pylons, and increase the damage of Pylon Overcharge by 25%.
Gate Keeper Icon.png
Gate Keeper
Null Gate lasts indefinitely if either end is within a Power Field. Only one Null Gate may be active at a time.
Shoot 'Em Up Icon.png
Shoot 'Em Up
Hitting a Warp Rift with Disruption Pulse causes 4 additional pulses that deal 50% damage to be fired from the impact location in different directions.
  • Additional Pulses do not benefit from Echo Pulse or Particle Accelerator.
Probius Loop Icon.png
Probius Loop
Whenever a Rift explosion hits 1 or more enemy Heroes, create a new Warp Rift in the same location.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Probius Skins
 
Rare Probius
Backstory: Since his activation, Probius has always wanted to prove himself. He may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur. As the bravest of probes, Probius is eager to fulfill his purpose in the Nexus.
Probius Curious Probe.jpg
750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
Curious Probe
Probius Purifier.jpg
Free
Purifier
Probius Tal'darim.jpg
Free
Tal'darim
Probius Ara Tribe.jpg
Shard.png 100
Ara Tribe
Probius Nerazim.jpg
Shard.png 100
Nerazim
Rare Prime
Backstory: Though the probe's basic design has remained unchanged for many cycles, inventive phase-smiths are always experimenting with ways to improve its operational efficiency.
Probius Prime.jpg
Shard.png 100
Probius Prime Ascendant.jpg
Shard.png 100
Ascendant
Probius Prime Warpforge.jpg
Shard.png 100
Warpforge
Probius Prime Solarite.jpg
Shard.png 100
Solarite
Probius Prime Sargas.jpg
Shard.png 100
Sargas
Rare Terran
Backstory: Despite loud opposition from the SCV pilot's union, the Dominion Engineering Corps continues its attempts to replicate the technology utilized by the protoss in their construction of probes.
Features: Themes abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
Probius Terran.jpg
Shard.png 100
Probius Terran G1.jpg
Shard.png 100
G1
Probius Terran 01.jpg
Shard.png 100
01
Probius Terran X1.jpg
Shard.png 100
X1
Probius Terran Red One.jpg
Shard.png 100
Red One

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Probius Portraits
 
Carbot Probius Portrait.png
Carbot Probius
Shard.png 100
Gingerbread Probius Portrait.png
Winter Veil Gingerbread Probius
Shard.png 60
Probius Emblem Portrait.png
Probius Emblem
Shard.png 40
Probius Hero Portrait.png
Probius Hero
Probius Mastery Portrait.png
Probius Mastery
Pro-boo-us Portrait.png
Hallow's End Pro-boo-us
Shard.png 40
Snobius Portrait.png
Winter Veil Snobius
Shard.png 60

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Probius Sprays
 
Carbot Probius Spray.png
Carbot Probius
Shard.png 100
Gingerbread Probius Spray.gif
Winter Veil Gingerbread Probius
Shard.png 100
Paper Probius Spray.gif
Paper Probius
Shard.png 100
Pro-boo-us Spray.gif
Hallow's End Pro-boo-us
Shard.png 100
Swabbius Spray.png
Swabbius
Shard.png 40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Probius Pack 1 Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius Happy.png Probius Pack 2 Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius Happy.png Probius Happy  :probiushappy:
:probhappy:
Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Angry.png Probius Angry  :probiusangry:
:probangry:
Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius ROFL.png Probius ROFL  :probiuslol:
:probiusrofl:
:problol:
:probrofl:
Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Cool.png Probius Cool  :probiuscool:
:probcool:
Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius Sad.png Probius Sad  :probiussad:
:probsad:
Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Oops.png Probius Embarrassed  :probiusoops:
:probiusembarrassed:
:proboops:
:probembarrassed:
Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius Silly.png Probius Silly  :probiussilly:
:probsilly:
Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Love.png Probius in Love  :probiuslove:
:probiusinlove:
:problove:
:probinlove:
Emoji Probius Pack 1 Probius Meh.png Probius Speechless  :probiusmeh:
:probiusspeechless:
:probmeh:
:probspeechless:
Emoji Probius Pack 2 Probius Surprised.png Probius Surprised  :probiuswow:
:probiussurprised:
:probwow:
:probsurprised:

Development[edit | edit source]

  • Probius first design was more beeing a builder doing a cannon rush or having pylons occasionally warp in some zealot minions. However, it didn't work out very well. When the developers realized the pure builder angle wasn't working out, they took a step back and approached him from a different perspective, and they're very satisfied with the result.[1] According to MattVi: "It was kind of like playing Abathur without his Q ability. It was cool for a couple of games, but the novelty wore off very quickly =( I think what we ended up with gives him a much more active playstyle and lots of room for mastery, while still being very builder/setup focused."[2]
  • Alexstrasza's second Heroic Ability, Cleansing Flame, had its core concept originally meant for Probius, where he would summon a Protoss Mothership to bombard his enemies. The development team found that to contradict with his builder-oriented gameplay, and scrapped the idea. This was later moved to Alexstrasza instead.[3]
  • There was a question during development as to whether Probius actually needed a Basic Attack, since his cooldowns are so short and he has nearly unlimited mana. According to MattVi: "It's true that he rarely uses his BA, but even so it feels good to be able to use it when you need it - plus his little zap is just the cutest thing ever >_>" [4]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Development Team started referring to Probius as "Beep, Boop - You're dead" because of his incredible burst damage.[5]
  • Probes first appeared in StarCraft (March 1998). Probius first appeared in the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (November 2015). However, he was not given a name, personality and identity until Heroes of the Storm.
  • The second tint of Probius' default skin depicts it as a Purifier probe, and the third one as a Tal'darim probe.
  • The skin "Terran Probius 01" is a referrence to the anime "Evangelion" in which a giant mecha called "Eva 01" has a similar color design.
  • Probius is the smallest StarCraft hero in the game.
  • Probius appears as an easter egg in StarCraft II's Co-op Missions mode as a special champion for the Purifier Fenix. If the player constructs all six champions and then constructs another probe, the probe will have a special Purifier model and be named "Probius." This probe does not have any additional stats or abilities.
  • Probius's Warp in Pylon ability spawns a pylon, which serve as a power conduit for the protoss race, and allows protoss players to expand the number of units they can build.
  • The Warp Rift ability is a reference to the probe's ability to set down micro-beacons that allow for warping in structures from long distances.
  • Photon Cannons are protoss defensive structures that can fire at range. Much like in Heroes of the Storm, photon cannons cannot function without a pylon.
  • Pylon Overcharge references the removed StarCraft II ability of the mothership core "Photon Overcharge," which allowed pylons to fire on the enemy.
  • Probius's Z ability Worker Rush is the name of a StarCraft tactic where the player sends their workers to attack the enemy base early in the game in the hopes of catching them unaware.
  • The Level 1 talent Gather Minerals references the probe's main function in the StarCraft series, which is gathering minerals and vespene gas. This ability spawns minerals clusters on the field. The quest reward that allows photon cannons to detect stealthed heroes is a reference to their function as a detector in StarCraft and StarCraft II.
  • The Level 4 talent Tower Defense references a genre of games where players construct static defenses to hold off hordes of enemies. This genre is often credited with having been started in StarCraft custom maps, many of which used photon cannons.
  • The Level 4 talent Shield Capacitor references the fact all protoss units, including probes, are equipped with plasma shields.
  • The Level 13 talent Shield Battery references the shield battery structure, which allows protoss units to recover their shields.
  • The Level 13 talent Power Overflowing references the archon quote and StarCraft invulnerability cheat code "Power Overwhelming."
  • The Level 20 talent Construct Additional Pylons references the famous voice line when a protoss player has reached their supply limit "You must construct additional pylons."
  • The Level 20 talent Shoot 'Em Up references the Shoot 'Em Up genre of video games, as the many small pulses it fires are similar to those found in the genre.
  • The Level 20 talent Probius Loop is a reference to the geometrical shape of the Moebius Loop.

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