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Primal ultralisks are primal zerg lifeforms similar to ultralisks.

Overview[]

Primal ultralisk encompass a variety of primal zerg strains, and exhibit a high amount of variety in their appearance, with some closely resembling the ultralisks of the Zerg Swarm and others being better suited to life on Zerus.[1]

Primal ultralisks first appeared during the first engagement on Zerus, as part of Brakk's pack[2]. Later they appeared as part of Dehaka, Yagdra, Slivan and Zurvan's packs.[3][4]

During Kerrigan's invasion of Korhal, several primal ultralisks assisted Dehaka in disabling Mengsk's Psi Destroyer[5]. Primal ultralisks also participated in the final assault on Augustgrad.[6]

Heart of the Swarm Game Unit[]

The primal ultralisk uses the same base model as the primal zergling of Heart of the Swarm, tyrannozor, ravasaur, Indomilisk Rex and Brakk.

Primal ultralisks are drastically different from their Zerg Swarm counterparts, being significantly smaller, possessing lower health, and lacking the large shield-like carapace above a normal ultralisk's head. They also attack differently, as their kaiser blades, instead of being mounted to their backs, are attached to their front legs in the form of large, retractable claws. They also look more similar to ravasaurs, Brakk and tyrannozor.

Primal ultralisks are encountered throughout the campaign of Heart of the Swarm as both enemies and allies.

Abilities[]

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Frenzied

Immune to snare and stun effects.

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Many zerg ground units may burrow, becoming invisible and revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack while burrowed.

Exceptions include:

  • Roach, which may move while burrowed
  • Lurker, which may attack while burrowed
  • Infestor, which may move while burrowed
  • Baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

Some units can unburrow via autocast, causing them to emerge and attack when an enemy moves into range.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrow seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 71seconds
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
ve

Co-op Missions[]

Primal ultralisks are available to Dehaka in Co-op Missions. They can evolve into tyrannozors.[7] They appear as a re-skinned ultralisk rather than using the unique model in Heart of the Swarm.

Upgrades and Abilities[]

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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
UltraliskFrenzy SC2 Icon1.jpg
Frenzied

Immune to snare and stun effects.

ve
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Primal Combat: Tyrannozor

Two Primal Ultralisks battle and the survivor evolves into a Tyrannozor.

Heavy assault beast. Has a ground area-damage attack. Can attack ground and air units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Dehaka Level 11.
Acquisition
Hotkey V
Cost Recover 3 Control
8seconds
Required Dakrun's den
ve
DehakaBrutal Charge Icon.png
Brutal Charge

Primal ultralisks can charge to a target location, knocking back units in the area and dealing 25 damage. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Cooldown 10 seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Dakrun's den
Hotkey Q
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
DehakaHealingAdaptation Icon.png
Healing Adaptation

Primal ultralisks and Tyrannozors regenerate life quickly when out of combat.

Acquisition
Purchased from Dakrun's den
Hotkey W
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
DehakaImpalingStrike Icon.png
Impaling Strike

Primal ultralisks and Tyrannozors melee attacks have a 20% chance to stun.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Dehaka Level 13
Acquisition
Purchased from Dakrun's den
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
PrimalZerg Damage Upg.gif
Primal Attacks

Increases the attack damage of all primal zerg units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 39
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Glevig's den
Effect Damage: 43
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Murvar's den
Effect Damage: 47
ve
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Primal Carapace

Increases the armor of all primal zerg units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 3
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Glevig's den
Effect Armor: 4
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Murvar's den
Effect Armor: 5
ve

Development[]

The primal ultralisk originally had a "Devour" ability, where it swallowed a non-massive enemy unit. The enemy unit would not be destroyed, but would be removed from battle and take damage over time as long as it remained swallowed. Destroying the primal ultralisk frees the swallowed unit.[8]

Notes[]

  • A primal ultralisk skin (similar to the version seen in Co-op Missions) is available in multiplayer for players who reach level 10 with the zerg Katowice 2018 War Chest.[1]

Images[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Waking the Ancient (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Crucible (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Supreme (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Death From Above (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  7. 2017-08-21, Dehaka is the latest co-op commander in StarCraft 2. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2017-08-22
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013
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