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"What are these ugly things?!!"

- Viking pilot(src)

The torrasque is a variant strain of ultralisk introduced in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

"It got back up! Oh that ain't right!"

- Marine(src)

The players controls torrasques in the Ultralisk evolution mission and can choose to permanently upgrade their ultralisks to torrasques after completing the mission. They are a counterpart to the noxious strain. Torrasques are also available in the mission "Amon's Fall."

Upon death the torrasque ultralisk will enter a cocoon and rapidly regenerate, restoring the torrasque to full health. Reincarnate has a 60-second cooldown; if the ultralisk is killed while in the cocoon or while reincarnate is on cooldown, it will die.[1]

Thanks to the reincarnation effect, the torrasque strain has far more staying power than the noxious strain, effectively forcing enemies to kill it twice, in addition to tanking damage in its cocoon form which will be healed once it hatches. It also has innately higher armor and HP. Combined with the Tissue Assimilation upgrade to afford it healing, the torrasque becomes very hard to kill. As a trade-off, the noxious deals far more damage to enemies than the torrasque.

When using the torrasque strain, players should take time to pause between engagements, to allow their reincarnation cooldown to wear off. Being too hasty in the attack will result in wasted torrasques.

AbilitiesEdit

SC2Reincarnation
Reincarnation

Upon death the Torrasque ultralisk enters a cocoon to regenerate, emerging at full HP upon hatching. The cocoon has 200 HP and 10 armor; if it is killed the torrasque dies.

Usage
Passive
Cost 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Kerrigan's ultralisk automatically upgrade to the torrasque strain upon her reaching Level 14.

AbilitiesEdit

SC2ZergBurrow
Burrow

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

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Notes

This ability is available initially.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
SC2Reincarnation
Reincarnation

Upon death the Torrasque ultralisk enters a cocoon to regenerate, emerging at full HP upon hatching. The cocoon has 200 HP and 10 armor; if it is killed the torrasque dies.

Usage
Passive
Cost 10Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
UltraliskFrenzy SC2 Icon1
Frenzied

Immune to snare, stun, slow and mind control effects.

ve

Researched AbilitiesEdit

SC2 ChitinousPlating Icon
Chitinous Plating

Ultralisks gain +2 armor.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 BurrowCharge Icon
Burrow Charge

Ultralisks burrow and quickly move towards target point, stunning enemies for two seconds on eruption. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey C
Range 9
Cooldown 10Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 TissueAssimilation Icon
Tissue Assimilation

Ultralisks heal 40% of the damage dealt with their attacks.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey T
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

UpgradesEdit

SC2 ChitinousPlating Icon
Chitinous Plating

Ultralisks gain +2 armor.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 ZergMeleeWeap
Zerg Melee Attacks

Increases the attack damage of zerg ground melee units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
SC2 ZergGrndCara
Zerg 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 Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

DevelopmentEdit

Torrasque SC2Hots DevRend1

Incomplete Heart of the Swarm model

Near the start of development for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm the art team requested a concept of the original torrasque, the concept would be partially completed as a model during development but not make it into the final product.[2]

NotesEdit

  • A torrasque skin is available to zerg players in Heart of the Swarm, provided they purchase the game's collector's edition.[3]

A torrasque decal is available in StarCraft II upon reaching level 26 with zerg. The decal is the outline of an ultralisk head.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Ultralisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2019, [1]. Deviantart, accessed on 2019-01-12
  3. Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2012-12-03
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013