When you're rushing a player it's best to take out their Spawning Pool. It takes a long time to rebuild (plus its pretty costly), there's not normally multiples of them, and it's vital to much of the tech tree (coupling this with destroying the Lair or Hive is particularly effective).

When you're rushing a player, it's best to take out pylons powering the production buildings. They're relatively weak and can knock out unit production for a minute, plus it throws off the player's supply. After that the Cybernetic Core is good to knock out the tech-tree.

But what about players? Nothing seems particularly vital to a player. All of the buildings are redundant, cheap, and easy to replace. Their main tech tree (Barracks -> Factory -> Starport) is all buildings that they tend to make many of - there's no equivalent to the Spawning Pool or the Cybernetic Core where taking out a single building throws off the entire tech tree. You could destroy the Supply Depots to have a bit of an impact on unit production, but they don't give as much supply as Pylons, and there's no other benefit like knocking out a power grid as when hitting a Pylon. Add-ons are quickly and cheaply replaced.

So, what's the best building to hit when you're attacking a player (I'm specifically wondering early game, but later game information is good to know, too. Also, if anyone has better buildings to hit when you're hitting a or base than what I suggest in this question, do share.)

  • Are you set on killing just buildings? What about simple workers.
    – dphil
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:57
  • @dphil - Obviously workers are always a great target when you can manage it, but that's not always an option. They might have a large concentration of towers protecting them that would make it costly to attack the workers, or they may have run away (or burrowed, in the case of zerg drones). So yes, my question is specifically buildings, which can't flee and are less likely to have a high concentration of towers defending them. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 20:00

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With the note of only focusing on the early game, you say that add-ons are quickly and cheaply replaced, but in fact they are costing a lot more than you think.

If you kill one while they are researching Stimpack, Concussive shells, or Combat shields it sets them back that much further in the research of that technology making their army weaker for a longer period of time.

They have a reactor instead of a Tech Lab? Killing one will cut their unit production in half and if they want to get the add-on back, they need to spend over an entire production cycle reproducing the add-on. During the time you are still producing at full force so your army size will out pace them.

Another good thing to target are SCVs that are building something. This is will slow down the production of the building forcing them to pull another SCV off harvesting duty to finish the building. This will slow down their economy allowing you to pull ahead in the resources game. If you can outright destroy the building in production that's even better as the resources spent on building it are completely lost forever.

Of course, if you can take out the Command Center, always go for that (but not at the cost of losing your entire army as a counter push could cause you to lose the game).

When you're looking at late game, taking out things like the armory and engineering bay are all good targets as they slow down their upgrades and will usually give you the upgrade lead making your army stronger for longer.

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    Good suggestions! I hadn't considered the fact that rebuilding the add-on will stall further unit production. I will definitely give more attention to taking out add-ons than I have in the past. Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 3:05

As previously mentioned, add-ons are more valuable than you think. Taking out a reactor halves production, and re-making a reactor puts the building out of commission for longer than one cycle of marines. Delaying a critical upgrade like stim or combat shield is also good.

Another option is to kill mules, or to kill refineries. Both of those do set back your enemy's resources quite a bit, and killing refineries makes their army composition more predictable (and thus counter-able) for the next few minutes.


If you are going for a very early rush, you might be able to go fast enough to destroy the Barracks along with any other structures that are in construction. But, this would take extreme precision and speed. If you could destroy the Barracks before they are made, or when they are the only thing, it could decide the entire game. No Barracks means no basic combat units, no Factory, and no StarPort. I am assuming the the Rush is meant to be VERY early game, and not late enough for them to have lots of unit production or a good defense.

  • That is true, but I would expect them to have at least two barracks already before you attack. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 22:49
  • That's why I said VERY early game, you cant pull it off easily without perfect precision.
    – The Man
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 2:33
  • It seems to me that you're making the assumption that you're playing against a terrible player. If you decided to 6 pool, your first zerglings would finish at 2:13. The Terran player will finish walling in at 2:20, so you have just 7 seconds to get in. The first marines come out at 3 minutes, at which point they could already have another barracks coming up. There's no way to hit so early that this is viable, unless the opponent is terrible. Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 19:01

In response to attacking mules...only attack them if you scout often and know they just deployed them recently. i have seen a few grandmaster games where a player wastes time sniping a mule that is just seconds away from dying anyway. Sometimes it's just better to force a player to spend an extra 50 minerals if you're unsure of how old the mule is.

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