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"Massive assault beast that dwarfs even the Ultralisk in size and strength."

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A brutalisk

The brutalisk is a variant strain of the ultralisk[1] which resembles a cross between a zergling and a hydralisk.

History[]

During the Second Great War, one was present on Redstone III,[2] and another on Tyrador VIII.[3] The Terran Dominion captured a number of brutalisks—one was held at a bio-weapons lab orbiting Castanar[4] while another two were at Skygeirr Station. During her assault on Skygeirr, Sarah Kerrigan liberated these brutalisks and turned them against their Dominion captors.[5]

During the End War, a number of brutalisks were enslaved by Amon and incorporated into his brood. During Amon's attack on the Keystone on Aiur, several brutalisks stood guard over the zerg bases surrounding Hierarch Artanis and his troops.[6]

After the End War, a brutalisk was among the feral zerg lured to the Terran Dominion colony of Borea by the Defenders of Man. It was much stronger than those encountered before and attacked Admiral Matt Horner's base, but was killed by Agent Nova Terra and her forces.[7]

Game Unit[]

Brutalisks appear in every StarCraft II campaign.

While powerful, brutalisks have a very slow movement rate. Fast-moving units easily dominate brutalisks by utilizing hit and run tactics. Alternately, powerful weapons such as siege tanks and battlecruisers make short work of brutalisks from afar. Every time they appear, brutalisks are optional research objectives that yield three points of zerg research in the Wings of Liberty campaign, and levels for Kerrigan in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

In the Legacy of the Void campaign mission "Salvation" killing the brutalisk on hard awards an achievement. The best way to kill the brutalisk is with dark templars, immortals or void rays.

Co-op Missions[]

Brutalisks can be spawned by Abathur in the Co-op Missions mode of Legacy of the Void upon reaching level 2. They are spawned instantly when a ground unit such as roaches reaches 100 biomass. Abathur can field a maximum of three brutalisks.

Upgrades and Abilities[]

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Ultimate Evolution

Unlocks the ability for ground units with 100 stacks of Biomass to evolve into Brutalisks. Air units with 100 stacks of Biomass evolve into Leviathans.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur level 2.
ve
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Symbiote

Brutalisks and Leviathans gain Symbiotes that follow them, attacking enemies and protecting their host with the Carapace ability.

Usage
Notes

Damage: 20
Mastery: +0.66 attack damage per Symbiote Ability Improvement mastery point. Up to a maximum 40 attack damage
Cooldown: 1
Range: 6
Carapace ability: when the Ultimate Evolution is taking damage, Symbiotes create a Carapace that can absorb 200 damage.
Mastery: +6.66 absorbed damage per Symbiote Ability Improvement mastery point. Up to a maximum of 400 absorbed damage
Carapace duration: 8seconds
Carapace cooldown: 20seconds

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur level 10.
ve
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Burrow

Buries the unit underground. Burrowed unit are unable to move or attack, but they cannot be seen without detection.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 (burrow)seconds
1 (unburrow) seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
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Deep Tunnel

Brutalisks can burrow to any location on the map. Does not require vision.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cost 2 seconds
Cooldown 10 seconds
ve
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Zerg Missile Attacks

Increases the attack damage of zerg ground ranged units.

(Also affects Broodlings)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals

100 Vespene gas
160seconds

Mastery: -3.2seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 64seconds
Effect Damage vs Ground: 33
Damage vs Air: 55
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals

150 Vespene gas
190seconds

Mastery: -3.8seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 76seconds
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Damage vs Ground: 36
Damage vs Air: 60
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals

200 Vespene gas
220seconds

Mastery: -4.4seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 88seconds
Required Hive
Effect Damage vs Ground: 39
Damage vs Air: 65
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Zerg Ground Carapace

Increases the armor of zerg ground units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals

100 Vespene gas
160seconds

Mastery: -3.2seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 64seconds
Effect Armor: 3
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals

175 Vespene gas
190seconds

Mastery: -3.8seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 76seconds
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Armor: 4
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals

250 Vespene gas
220seconds

Mastery: -4.4seconds per Structure Morph and Evolution Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 88seconds
Required Hive
Effect Armor: 5
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Development[]

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

A brutalisk in the development of Wings of Liberty

The brutalisk was designed initially as a unit for multiplayer in Wings of Liberty during its development. According to Phill Gonzales, the unit had gone through over ten iterations before being finally removed. The multiplayer brutalisk was much smaller than its campaign appearance.[8]

Special Brutalisk Strains[]

References[]

  1. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Devil's Playground (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Moebius Factor (in English). 2010-08-01.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Piercing the Shroud (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Hand of Darkness (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Legacy of the Void, Salvation (in English). 2015-11-10.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Sudden Strike (in English). 2016-03-29.
  8. Phil Gonzo. Zerg 5-11-07 Deviantart.com (in English). June 11, 2019