Extremely resilient, the torrasque is known for its abilities to resurrect itself, though the process requires an exorbitant amount of energy. Once, this energy was provided by the Overmind. Currently, torrasques regenerate through the energy generated by an infectious compound breaking down their tissue. Upon death, the torrasque enters a cocoon, and the energy generated is used to resuscitate them.
Only a few torrasques are known to exist. Larger and faster than the more common ultralisk, whole squadrons of infantry and artillery are required to take it down. Without these, the best one can do is flee. Or, better yet, take to the air.
- A marine witnessing a torrasque's resurrection(src)
The Enslaved Torrasque
The protoss had encountered Torrasques in the opening stages of the Great War, with many falling to their powerful blades. However, the first terrans known to have encountered the Torrasque were the Schezar's Scavengers mercenary organization. Schezar's psychics used khaydarin crystal technology to control a cerebrate on Aiur and its brood, along with the Torrasque. The Torrasque had already proven deadly against protoss forces sent against Schezar before a renegade former Alpha Squadron detachment led by Wraith pilot Tom Kazansky and science vessel commander Magellan arrived to arrest the Scavengers' leader, Alan Schezar.
Joining forces with Mojo, the renegade terrans assaulted the rogue brood and its keepers. They discovered that the Torrasque regenerated after being "killed". Magellan noted that the Torrasque's genetic signature was similar to the cerebrate's and Mojo theorized that slaying the cerebrate would prevent the resurrection of the Torrasque. The terrans and protoss destroyed the cerebrate, preventing the Torrasque's reincarnation.
The Torrasque on Char
The Torrasque would appear again during the United Earth Directorate's assault on Char. There one of the three cerebrates guarding the Overmind was surrounded by ultralisk caverns that could create the powerful Torrasque. Once again, a cerebrate could resurrect the Torrasque upon its death. The UED's psi disrupter, however, prevented the Overmind from resurrecting its cerebrates. As on Aiur, the death of the controlling cerebrate put an end to the Torrasque.
A Torrasque on Braxis
Heart of the Swarm
During the Second Great War, the Zerg Swarm under the leadership of Sarah Kerrigan would seek to bolster its strength and recover formerly lost strains of zerg. With the aid of Abathur, Kerrigan could recreate the torrasques. While older torrasques required the power of cerebrates to be revived, new torrasques were genetically modified to use nuclear and radiological components to fuel their regrowth.
- For StarCraft gameplay information see: Torrasque (StarCraft).
- For StarCraft gameplay information see: Torrasque (StarCraft II).