What does natural mean in StarCraft 2?

Natural expansion

StarCraft 2 (SC2) players often abbreviate the phrase "natural expansion" to "natural." In both cases, this term describes the location nearest a player's main base that contains resources (minerals and vespene gas). The location's resources make it the "natural" place to which a player should expand their base.

You're most likely to encounter discussion of "the natural" in SC2 strategy guides, forums, and commentary. Typically, these discussions center around the location of a particular map's naturals, as well as when and how to expand to them.


I hate the natural on Desert Oasis
Yeah, that's a tough one to defend
An SC2 noob asking about the natural
An SC2 noob asking about the natural

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Updated September 19, 2023

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