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"For some time, our beautiful worlds have been under attack from enemies at all sides: the zerg vermin that want to consume us; the invading protoss who serve their own sinister, alien agenda; and worst of all, the human traitors who have cast their lot with anti-Dominion terrorists. While those threats will be dealt with in time, for now we must focus our efforts on rooting out the true enemy that lurks in the shadows.

Your time to show your complete and total dedication to the Dominion and your Emperor is at hand! Glory awaits!"

- Mengsk Summary(src)

Arcturus Mengsk is an upcoming commander in Co-op Missions mode. He utilizes masses of recruits to push the front, while "controversial" weapons support his fight against Amon.

The core of Mengsk's army are his Dominion troopers and laborers, conscripted forces who are cheap and easy to produce. They can switch between being a laborer and a trooper as the situation requires, and can equip themselves with powerful weapons, more expensive than they are. These weapons are dropped when they die.

Supporting these are Mengsk's Royal Guard, the most powerful forces of the Terran Dominion that he keeps for his personal safety. These units each have powerful abilities, and as they continue fighting in combat gain veterancy, which gives them more power and allows them to unlock more abilities.

By training troopers and laborers, leveling up the Royal Guard, and by using Imperial Witnesses, Mengsk gains Imperial Edict, which allows him to utilize powerful calldowns.[1]

OverviewEdit

InfoEdit

  • Recommended for experienced players
  • Conscript a large disposable army of Dominion Troopers.
  • Control and level up the Royal Guard, your personal elite fighting force

Calldown AbilitiesEdit

Forced Conscription

Drops a supply bunker with six unfortunate Dominion Trooper souls to man it.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
Contaminated Strike

Launch experimental payloads, fired from Mengsk's Earthspliiter Ordinance randomly near a target area.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 4.
ve
Dogs of War

Deploy enthralled zerg that will seek out and attack nearby enemies.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available (Tier 1 and 2)
Reach Mengsk Level 7 (Tier 3 and 4)
ve
Nuclear Annihilation

Call down a seemingly endless bombardment of Tactical Missiles followed by a nuclear missile.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 10.
ve

Army CompositionEdit

Units and StructuresEdit

Icon Unit Details Production
(No Discounts)
Base Statistics:
Laboror Coop Game1 Dominion laborer Basic worker unit. Can gather resources, build structures, and repair. Can switch to a trooper suit.
Trooper Coop Game1 Dominion trooper General-purpose infantry. Can be outfitted with weapons for different combat situations. Can switch to a laborer suit.

Can attack ground and air units.

Intercessor Coop Game1 Imperial Intercessor Air transport. Heals nearby biological units. Can use Ignite Afterburners.
Witness Coop Game1 Imperial Witness Aerial support unit. Can use Enable Patriot Mode to indoctrinate nearby allies. Detector.
AegisGuard Coop Game1 Aegis Guard Royal heavy assault infantry.

Can attack ground units.

EmperorsShadow Coop Game1 Emperor's Shadow Royal Guard specialist. Can use Pyrokinetic Immolation and EMP Blast. Can call down Tactical Missiles built at the Royal Academy.

Can attack ground and air units.

ShockDivision Coop Game1 Shock Division Royal Guard heavy tank. Can switch into siege mode to provide long range artillery support.

Can attack ground units, and can be upgraded to attack air units when picked up by Imperial Intercessor.

BlackHammer Coop Game1 Blackhammer Royal Guard heavy assault mech. Can use Overwatch Mode.

Can attack air and ground units.

SkyFury Coop Game1 Sky Fury Durable Royal Guard support flyer. Loaded with strong anti-capital air missiles. Can switch to ground mode to attack ground targets.

Fighter mode: Can attack air units.

Assault mode: Can attack ground units.

PrideofAugustgrad Coop Game1 Pride of Augustgrad Powerful Royal Guard warship. Can use Yamato Cannon and Tactical Jump.

Can attack air and ground units.

Talent ProgressionEdit

Mengsk acquires the following talents as he levels up.

Law and Order

Mengsk conscripts Dominion Laborers instead of SCVs to work and Dominion Troopers instead of Marines to fight. His Royal Guard units can level yup, gaining new abilities and improvements to existing abilities.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
Expanded Arsenal

Allows Troopers to equip Flamethrowers and Rocket Launchers.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 2.
ve
New Unit: Earthsplitter Ordinance

Randomly bombards near a target location, dealing damage to ground units in the area. Enables Contaminated Strike from the top panel.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 3.
ve
Contaminated Strike

Unlocks the ability to launch experimental payloads, fired from your Earthsplitter Ordnance randomly near a target area. Activate Contaminated Strike from the top panel.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 4.
ve
Unquestioned Authority

Imperial Mandate generates more quickly based on the supply count and ranks of your Royal Guard. Indoctrinated Laborers and Troopers also increase Imperial Mandate generation. Unlocked the Amplified Airwaves upgrade, which doubles Imperial Mandate generation from Indoctrinated Laborers and Troopers (Researched at the Fusion Core).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 5.
ve
Engineering Bay Upgrade Cache

Unlocks the following upgrades at the Engineering Bay:

  • Allows Laborers and Troopers to switch modes directly on the battlefield.
  • Further increases the range of units within Supply Bunkers by +1.
  • Increases the range of Earthsplitter Ordnance's Bombardment ability by +10.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 6.
ve
Wolves of War

Dogs of War now deploys additional Mutalisks and Ultralisks at higher Imperial Mandate levels.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 7.
ve
Primal Royal Guard Upgrade Cache

Unlocks the following upgrades:

  • Allows Aegis Guard to slow enemy units with their attack (Researched at the Royal Academy).
  • Allows Shock Division in Siege Mode to fire at enemy air units while picked up by an Imperial Intercessor (Researched at the Armory).
  • Increases the movement speed of Sky Furies (Researched at the Fusion Core).
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 8.
ve
New Unit: Blackhammer

Royal Guard heavy assault mech. Can use Overwatch Mode.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 9.
ve
Nuclear Annihilation

Unlocks the ability to call down a rain of Tactical Missiles followed by a Nuclear Missile. Activate Nuclear Annihilation from the top panel.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 10.
ve
Psychoactive Payload

Contaminated Strike now Fears enemy units on impact, causing them to run around in panic.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 11.
ve
New Unit: Pride of Augusgrad

Powerful Royal Guard warship. Can use Yamato Cannon and Tactical Jump. Built from the Starport.

Can attack ground and air units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 12.
ve
Complete Annihilation

Increased the number of Tactical Missiles dropped by Nuclear Annihilation from 20 to 40.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 13.
ve
Advanced Royal Guard Upgrade Cache

Unlocks the following upgrades:

  • Allows Emperor's Shadows to fire Tactical Missile Strikes without Channeling (Researched at the Royal Academy).
  • Blackhammers grant 3 armor to units positioned beneath them (Researched at the Armory).
  • Pride of Augustgrads grant +1 attack range to nearby friendly ranged ground units (Researched at the Fusion Core).
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 14.
ve
Promotion Granted

Royal Guard units can now attain Veterancy: Rank 3, gaining the following abilities:

  • Aegis Guard can greatly increase their attack speed.
  • The Emperor's Shadow's Pyrokinetic Immolation causes an explosion with the target dies. Units take feedback damage from the Emperor's Shadow's EMP Blast.
  • Increases the Shock Division's attack's area of effect radius in Siege Mode.
  • Increases the attack speed of Blackhammers in Overwatch Mode.
  • Grants Sky Furies with a chance to evade enemy attacks in Fighter Mode. When Sky Furies take fatal damage in Assault Mode, they transform to Fighter Mode and gain a barrier.
  • Allows the Pride of Augustgrad's Yamato Cannon to fire three times in rapid succession.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 15.
ve

DevelopmentEdit

As one of the iconic villains of StarCraft lore, the goal of Mengsk was to capture his duplicity and ruthlessness. His talk of unity and the "common good" being used to manipulate people was made to be captured in his trooper weapons, which cost more than the troopers themselves and are dropped when the trooper dies, to reflect how little he cares about them. His Royal Guard meanwhile were the elite soldiers he keeps close to his chest, and designed to be used to support troopers with powerful abilities. As the bastion of military power in the Koprulu Sector, Mengsk was made to embody the iconic real-time strategy concept of a commander who entrenches and plays to win at all costs.

The ability to swap laborers for troopers and garrison units within supply bunkers were concepts borrowed from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, to allow Mengsk to defend his base with workers alone.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 New Co-Op Commander: Arcturus Mengsk Battle.net, 10-3-2019
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