Starcraft 2 is one of the most popular real-time strategy games in the world, with millions of players competing online. But what if you want to enjoy the game without an internet connection? Is it possible to play Starcraft 2 offline?
The answer is yes, but with some limitations. In this article, we will explain how to play Starcraft 2 offline, what you can and cannot do in offline mode, and why you might want to try it.
How to Launch Starcraft 2 Offline
To play Starcraft 2 offline, you need to have logged in to the game online at least once within the last 30 days[^1^]. This is because the game needs to verify your license and download any updates before you can play offline.
Once you have done that, you can launch the game offline by following these steps:
Launch the Battle.net App
In the login screen, click Settings (cogwheel icon)
Select Continue Without Logging In
If the Play button is greyed out, it means you haven't logged in to this account for the last 30 days. You will need to connect to the internet and log in again before you can play offline.
What You Can Do in Offline Mode
Playing Starcraft 2 offline will allow you to:
Play all Campaign and Challenge missions. You can choose from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops campaigns, depending on which ones you own. You can also replay any mission you have completed before.
Play Custom Games vs. the AI. You can create your own custom games with any map and settings you want, and play against computer-controlled opponents. You can adjust the difficulty and behavior of the AI to suit your skill level and preference.
Play Any Battle.net Arcade maps you have previously played (or can otherwise be found on your computer). The Arcade is a collection of user-created maps and modes that offer different gameplay experiences. You can play any Arcade map that you have downloaded or played online before, as long as it is stored on your computer.
What You Cannot Do in Offline Mode
Playing Starcraft 2 offline will not allow you to:
Earn Achievements. Achievements are rewards for completing certain objectives or challenges in the game. They are only tracked and awarded when you are online.
Earn Experience for your Starcraft 2 profile. Experience is earned by playing any mode in the game, and it unlocks new portraits, decals, skins, and other cosmetic items for your profile. Experience is only accumulated and applied when you are online.
Play LAN games, or otherwise invite anyone else into custom games. LAN games are local multiplayer games that do not require an internet connection. However, Starcraft 2 does not support LAN mode, so you cannot play with other people on your local network or invite them into your custom games.
Battle.net social features. Battle.net social features include chat, friends list, groups, clans, and voice communication. These features are only available when you are online.
Why Play Starcraft 2 Offline?
You might wonder why anyone would want to play Starcraft 2 offline when there are so many benefits and features that are only available online. Here are some possible reasons:
You have a slow or unreliable internet connection. Playing online can be frustrating if your connection is laggy or drops frequently. Playing offline can provide a smoother and more stable gameplay experience.
You want to practice or learn the game without pressure. Playing online can be intimidating or stressful if you are new to the game or facing skilled opponents. Playing offline can help you improve your skills and knowledge at your own pace and without fear of losing or being judged.
You want to enjoy the story or explore the maps without distractions. Playing online can be distracting or annoying if you have to deal with chat messages, friend requests, notifications, or other interruptions. Playing offline can help you immerse yourself in the game's rich story 061ffe29dd