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"None will escape the area of impact!"

The Earthsplitter ordnance is a Terran Dominion artillery platform. It can fire traditional salvos at long range, or utilize shells contaminated with radiation or psycoactive drugs, and manned by Dominion troopers and Dominion laborers.

In the timeline where Arcturus Mengsk survived the Second Great War, Earthspliiter ordnance platforms were constructed on the field for use against the armies of Amon.[1]

Game StructureEdit

The Earthsplitter ordnance is a offensive artillery platform available to Arcturus Mengsk in Co-op Missions upon reaching Level 3. It has considerable range, which can be enhanced by upgrades at the engineering bay. Earthsplitters will fire randomly in the selected target area of a bombardment.

While the Earthsplitter ordnance itself costs no supply, by itself the platform fires at a rate of once every 30 seconds. This can be lowered by garrisoning Dominion troopers and Dominion laborers inside it, the the following firing rates:

  • 15 (with 1 garrisoned unit)
  • 10 (with 2 garrisoned units)
  • 7.5 (with 3 garrisoned units)
  • 6 (with 4 garrisoned units)

As such, it is important to have at least 3 or 4 units within each Earthsplitter to ensure a steady rate of fire. Alone these platforms do not do much, but in larger numbers they can continually shell an area for massive damage, aided by the random nature of their bombardments. Sufficient Earthsplitters can level incoming attack waves as they approach.

In addition, Earthsplitters can be salvaged for their full cost. This means that on maps where objectives may end up out of range, these platforms can be "leapfrogged" forward to an area where they can fire ob the objective. The attack so the Earthsplitter can be targeted through the fog of war, and briefly give vision of the area targeted.

The additional use of the Earthsplitter is for use with the Contaminated Strike calldown. Unlike the normal Bombardment, this calldown has unlimited range, but uses all Earthsplitters deployed. After around 6 Earthsplitters however, the Contaminated Strike zones begins to overlap for no additional effect.

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

Bombardment
Bombardment

Bombards a target location, randomly delivering payloads near that location, which deal 100 damage to enemy ground units.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Each garrisoned units reduce the ability's cooldown:

  • 1 unit reduced by -50%
  • 2 units reduced by -66.67%
  • 3 units reduced by -75%
  • 4 units reduced by -80%
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve

Salvages this structure, removing it and returning 100% of its mineral and gas value cost. Salvage takes 5 seconds to finish. Warning: once Salvage is triggers, it cannot be canceled.

Usage
Hotkey V
Cost 5Time SC2 Game1
ve
NeosteelFortifiedArmor
Neosteel Fortified Armor

Increases the life and armor of Supply Bunkers, Missile Turrets and Earthsplitter Ordnance by +200 and +2 respectively.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey S
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
HemisphericAccelerants
Hemispheric Accelerants

Increases the range of the Earthsplitter Ordnance's Bombardment ability by 25.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 6.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
Contaminated Strike CA Icon
Contaminated Strike

Loads all your Earthsplitter Ordnance with an experimental payload to target any location on the map. Payloads randomly land near the target location, saturating the area in Irradiated Biomaterial and causing all enemies who enter to take 5 damage per second for 20 seconds. Affected units cannot Cloak.

Psychoactive Payload: Contaminated Strike now Fears enemy units on impact, causing them to run around in panic for 5 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey Ctrl+X
Cost 25 Energy Terran SC1 5Time SC2 Game1
Duration 5 (Irradiate cloud)Time SC2 Game1
20 (Irradiate effect)Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Contaminated Strike deals summary 100 damage and stacks up to three (+25 damage when the enemy units are in the Irradiate cloud).
Mastery: +0.05 damage per second per Terrible Damage mastery point. Up to a maximum 6.5 damage per second (summary 130 damage per stack +32.5 damage when the enemy units are in the Irradiate cloud)

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Mengsk Level 4.
ve

NotesEdit

The model of the turret is taken from the turrets that surround Korhal Palace in the Heart of the Swarm mission "The Reckoning."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Arcturus Mengsk (in English). 2019.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
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