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A.R.E.S. is a Terran Dominion warbot series. It can be equipped with different weapons like missiles, flamethrowers and automatic weaponry.

History[]

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This article or section contains information from the optional Rebellion Missions in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

The A.R.E.S. prior to activation

While infiltrating a secret science facility used by the Dominion, Raynor's Raiders came to a cargo bay full of heavy resistance including siege tanks and vikings. Jim Raynor hacked the nearby security console to activate a nearby A.R.E.S. and used it to destroy the guards. After destroying the facility's energy core and accidentally releasing a powerful hybrid they activated a second unit (equipped with a cannon) to buy them time as they fled.[1]

Game Unit[]

Wings of Liberty[]

The A.R.E.S. is massively powerful and is easily capable of destroying the nearby guards. It can be equipped with one of three weapons when the player activates it - anti-personal napalm, anti-armor missile pods, or all-purpose cannons. The anti-armor missiles are advised, as the siege tanks and vikings are more formidable than the Dominion's marines, and the player's current forces can kill them without the need for the warbot. On some higher difficulties a thor may be encountered in the area as well. The A.R.E.S. has a timed life and will self-destruct when it runs out regardless of health.

A feat of strength for the mission requires the player to kill the nearby brutalisk with the warbot on Normal difficulty. Due to the A.R.E.S.'s timed life, this requires the player to clear out the cargo bay on their own. Once this is done they can activate the A.R.E.S. and march it to the chamber with the brutalisk. Clearing out the cargo bay without the warbot is the only difficulty, in a straight-up fight the A.R.E.S. is more than a match for the brutalisk. Because the brutalisk is an armored unit, the anti-armor missiles armament is again advised.

Co-op Missions[]

Rory Swann is able to use the Combat Drop ability to summon four A.R.E.S. warbots to the field. The warbots have a timed life of 60 seconds and are fully controllable, and attack both ground and air units.

Upgrades[]

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Six for the Price of Four

Increases the number of A.R.E.S. war bots called down by Combat Drop by 2, for a total of 6.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 14.
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Advanced Optics

All vehicles and ships gain +1 attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 120seconds
Effect Range: 7
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Mechnical Know-how

Increases the life of Swann's SCV's, vehicles and starships by 20%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Swann Level 15.
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Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 17
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Effect Damage: 19
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Effect Damage: 21
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Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey V
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 4
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Effect Armor: 5
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Effect Armor: 6
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Trivia[]

Ares is the god of war in the Greek mythology.

The Napalm Burninator is a possible reference to Trogdor the Burninator, a spin-off character of the Homestar Runner flash web cartoons.

The sentry bot and the eradicator re-use the A.R.E.S. model.

References[]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Piercing the Shroud (in English). 2010-07-27.