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The combined Raynor's Raiders and Terran Dominion battle group sustained heavy casualties gaining a foothold on Char. It was urgent to push on to the main hive before the invaders were overwhelmed. Commander Jim Raynor led a secondary attack to weaken the defenses and clear the way for the main assault.
Fire and Fury
Upon Raynor's return, General Horace Warfield delivered the assembled Keystone. Fighting together on Char allowed the two to strike a comradely rapport, despite being from opposing factions. Even at this late date it was uncertain whether the device would work as planned. Many soldiers were also tired and worn out from holding the line. However, Raynor, picking up the dog tag of M. Koiter, declared that it would be the bravery and common cause of terran soldiers who would be the true source of victory, which rallied up their spirits and prepared them for battle.
Engineers moved the Keystone to the base of the primary hive and the terrans rallied their remaining troops around it. With their backs to the lava, the terrans had to hold until the Keystone was fully charged. The task was assisted by the Keystone's tactical applications; a less powerful version of the fully charged effect, an energy nova, could be released intermittently to destroy all zerg in close proximity to the Keystone. This energy nova was used to repel the initial zerg attack before the defenses were prepared.
The Queen of Blades was impressed by the energy nova, but refused to be deterred from sallying forth personally to destroy the dwindling invaders. She had launched the Second Great War to secure the Keystone and now the terrans had delivered it to her.
However, even with Kerrigan's personal participation the zerg were unable to break through the terrans. When the Keystone reached its full charge it unleashed a massive energy shockwave that scoured the zerg from the immediate area and made Kerrigan human again.
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With zerg resistance broken, Raynor and Tychus Findlay led a squad into the hive. They found a helpless Kerrigan inside. As Raynor moved to secure Kerrigan, Findlay was forced to reveal his deal with Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. To fully regain his freedom, Findlay had to kill Kerrigan.
Raynor could not allow this. He interposed his armor between Kerrigan and the executioner's bullet, before shooting and killing Findlay with his sidearm. The rebel bore Kerrigan outside where the aerial battle continued to rage.
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Use the starting resources to begin researching weapon and armor upgrades, and perhaps build more armories and another engineering bay to upgrade weapons and armor simultaneously. The number of starting SCVs are initially adequate, but more should be queued up to increase production. Two or three bunkers at both choke points with siege tank support will suffice against the basic waves of zerg. Utilize Siege Breakers, but keep them further back as Kerrigan will prioritize her implosion ability on mercenaries, and there are a limited number that can be produced. Firebats in the bunkers or perdition turrets in front of them will greatly help with swarms of zerglings. Medivac dropships or medics can support infantry as the bunkers are destroyed. Have one or two SCVs at each choke to repair units and structures, and consider playing the siege tanks with the bunkers instead of on the high ground to reduce friendly fire damage. The plateau with the Keystone should not need to be defended at first, but later sacs or nydus worms will appear here so eventually move some defenders to the Keystone later in the mission.
Hire mercenary units as often as possible to replace your frontline defenders. A wall of supply depots can be useful, but only if the orbital supply depot drop was taken in the laboratory, otherwise it will require too many SCVs or take too long to set up. The fire-suppression system is invaluable for prolonging the durability of bunkers and missile turrets, especially since the zerg will often focus on killing repairing SCVs. At one point Horner will warn about a swarm of overlords advancing on the base. The overlords will drop infested terrans all over the base including in the mineral fields, so move defenders back quickly to minimize losses of SCVs. You can also build a sufficient number of missile turrets early to deal with the overlord swarm. Hive mind emulators or psi disrupters are invaluable for this mission. Either hive mind emulators or psi disrupters should be placed with the bunkers and targets for the emulators should be heavier units like roaches and ultralisks, but banelings are particularly useful; and fortunately, mind-controlled zerg units are immune to the Artifact novas, and can be healed by medics. Though the player will likely not realize this in the mission, Kerrigan can only use Implosion on mechanical units, and thus mind-controlled zerg units like ultralisks are quite effective at holding her off and distracting her from other forces.
Kerrigan has the ability to destroy mechanical units instantly with an Implosion ability, and also possesses a Razor Swarm ability that damages all units and buildings in the area of effect. Kerrigan can also see and target units on the high ground even without a unit to spot for her. She can quickly crush the player's defenses on her own so use all means to "kill" her as soon as possible; note, however, that all damage dealt to Kerrigan is capped at 6 and all spell damage to her is significantly reduced, minimizing the effectiveness of Yamato cannons from battlecruisers, psionic lash from spectres, and irradiate from science vessels. However, snipe from ghosts (which has a very short cooldown) and mind-controlled ultralisks immune to Implosion will all help, as will concentrated fire from infantry. Also remember to stim infantry in bunkers when she arrives. Kerrigan will always cast Razor Swarm against the first group of units she encounters, including structures, so strategically placed buildings can be used to make her waste her first Razor Swarm and give time for infantry to wear her down.
A very good tactic against Kerrigan is using a large squad of reapers (at least 30). As their attack deals huge damage against light units, a large number of reapers is able to kill Kerrigan in two salvos, provided they are all in range when they fire. Kerrigan's area attack isn't strong enough to kill them in such a short time.
Another tactic against Kerrigan is using vulture mines. Plant mines on the left and right entrances to your bases. Provided you have the replenish mines upgrade for the vulture, its easier. When Kerrigan spawns, she will destroy every mine since she's a detector, but she will be distracted long enough for your defense troop to attack her. This tactic is recommended if you completed the "Belly of the Beast," and your dealing with flyer attacks in this mission.
Use the Keystone to relieve pressure. However, if going for "Aces High," use it only at the never-ending onslaught towards the end for the ground game, or when the leviathan and its numerous reinforcements come for the air battle. The device will not kill Kerrigan or the leviathan, but they will take significant damage.
If "Belly of the Beast" was completed prior to "All In," there are no nydus worm attacks, but there are numerous attacks by flyers attacks and zerg sacs drop into the base to spawn zerg and creep tumors. Attacks by mutalisks and brood lord swarms are frequent, and the player should maintain a patrol of vikings over their base to deal with the brood lords as they outrange missile turrets and bunkers. Goliaths can also help. If the player has researched missile pods for the battlecruiser, a single usage can quickly reduce mutalisk swarms to critical health, and even two or three vikings supporting the battlecruiser can destroy them afterward. Wraiths can move much faster than vikings or other units, but are very gas-intensive and lack the viking's potential splash capabilities. Later in the mission flier attacks also come from over the mineral line, so station more vikings there to ward them off. Hive mind emulators are more helpful in this version of the mission than psi disruptors, as they can not only instantly remove brood lords as a thread but turn them into an invaluable defensive unit.
When the Keystone reaches seventy percent power, a leviathan will appear and head for the Keystone. The leviathan is very powerful, and will only complicate the player's defense efforts if Kerrigan arrives while it is still alive and they attack together. Use a fleet of vikings and battlecruisers with Yamato cannon to destroy it quickly. While the zerg air force is their main strength in this mission, their ground forces are still potent, so do not neglect standard defenses and rebuild and repair bunkers after every attack. Brood lords not only do significant damage to bunkers but will spawn broodlings that result in friendly fire from siege tanks, so keep an eye on the minimap and take them out quickly.
If "Shatter the Sky" was completed prior to "All In," no mutalisks or brood lords attack but there are nydus worm attacks. There are numerous announced nydus worm eruptions, and while some of the worms emerge in range of the artifact's energy nova, others do not. Worms may also surface in the middle of the player's base. To protect themselves from this sneak attack the player should consider stationing units around their production facilities, or at least move some defenders back when news of a worm attack arrives. The worms disgorge increasingly more powerful units, up to several ultralisks, the longer they survive. Psi disruptors are invaluable during this version of the mission due to the enemies only attacking through the set choke points, but if you have hive mind emulators, snag ultralisks to help boost your forces.
A force of Banshees can snipe nydus worms as they pop up, keep them on a hotkey and repair any losses. With the advance cloaking upgrades they can sneak through to the worms and get out before spore crawlers root in position. Retain some anti-air defenses to ward off the overlords, but do not invest heavily in them. As the worms erupt, spore crawlers and spine crawlers move in and nest on the creep they excrete, and later overlords will excrete creep to support this. The player may wish to eliminate the overlords after clearing out the worms so as to cause the creep to recede back so the zerg do not gain their movement speed bonuses when attacking. If using the Keystone, one of the most efficient times to do so is after a second set of Nydus worms surface if the player doesn't manage to destroy those currently disgorging units.
At the very end of the mission, Nydus worms will surface in large numbers on the platform with the Keystone, so make sure it is well guarded.
Complete the mission
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Kill 150 zerg units with the Artifact on Normal difficulty
Use the Artifact only once on Hard difficulty
Complete the "All In" mission without using the Artifact on Normal difficulty.
- The name of the mission and the names of the achievements are poker terms.
- "All In" is also a term frequently used to describe early pushes that are very committed to ending the game early such as bringing workers with your attack force to assist in fighting or cancelling your expansion in favor of an unexpected amount fighting units, but it will put the player at an economic disadvantage should the push be held off without doing enough damage.
- During the in-game cutscene that follows the completion of this mission, the artifact can still be destroyed before it discharges its final blast. This will not affect the outcome of the mission, and the artifact will still release its final blast, destroying all zerg forces, and awarding the player a victory.
- Depending on the player's choice between "Shatter the Sky" and Belly of the Beast" there will be minor visual changes on the map. If "Shatter the Sky" was completed, there will be piles of debris and falling debris from the sky. If "Belly of the Beast" was completed, the map will be littered with dead nydus worms.