Protoss Timings

Intro

While it is obviously impossible to quantify the exact timings of every Starcraft build, this page will hopefully provide a general framework that can be used when playing against Protoss in your games.  Keep in mind that Protoss players in the lower leagues will usually lag behind these exact timings, so just because your in-game clock is past time X does not mean that you no longer have to worry about that timing.

Comprehensive List of Protoss Timings by In-Game Clock

2:00
3:00
4:00
5:00
6:00
7:00
8:00
9:00
  • 9:30 – 1st Colossus will finish in standard play (PvT)
  • 9:30 – Storm will first finish in standard play (PvT)
  • 3rd base will try to be taken (PvZ)
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
  • Storm after Colossus-First can be finished (PvT)
  • 3 Base Colossus Timings can hit (PvZ)
13:00+

Note that after this point (and even before this point), exact Protoss timings become a lot less important, and tactics/strategy become key.  In general, when playing against Protoss, denying bases and taxing their multitasking will give you the leg-up in the late-game that you need to pick apart the Armada.  Be sure that you can protect your economy while outproducing your Protoss opponent.