The Ultralisk is a relatively high-level Zerg ground unit.
While it is one of the most expensive Zerg units, it is also the most powerful, in terms of brute power combined with its sheer mass and endurance. With a base 2 armor and 400 hit points, the Ultralisk is one of the toughest enemies to kill when fully upgraded, making it a favorite target of spells such as "Spawn Broodling" (a one-hit-kill to any biological unit) and Psionic Storm. Its primary weakness is a weak attack - while it has a high rate of fire, it does little damage and takes time to switch targets. For such a large unit, it is suprisingly fast, especially after upgrading its speed. It also has the distinction of being one of the few Zerg ground units that is unable to burrow underground, presumably because of it's massive girth. (Broodlings and some heroic Zerg ground units also cannot burrow.) Unlike other Zerg units, Ultralisks take a lot of "Control" to produce.
The Ultralisk is armed with a pair of Kaiser blades, which are rumored to be monomolecular in nature and nearly indestructible.
One of the most effective strategies for using Ultralisks is to plant them in the middle of an army of much weaker units. By doing this, it is specifically targeted by the majority of the opposing force, allowing it to take the brunt of the damage, while your real core army attacks without being harmed.
Ultralisks can only be produced after the player morphs an Ultralisk Cavern. They have special upgrades available in StarCraft: Brood War which enhance their speed and armor, in addition to the typical armor upgrades available to all Zerg units. These special modifications came about due to direct exposure to raw Vespene gas.
The Ultralisk is descended from the peaceful Brontolith. The current Ultralisk bears little resemblence to the original creature. An Ultralisk is about 20 meters long (the size of a city bus), according to StarCraft: Alternity.
Brood War Upgrades
- Cost: 200\200
- Upgraded at: Ultralisk Cavern
Increases Ultralisk speed.
- Cost: 150\150
- Upgraded at: Ultralisk Cavern
Increases Ultralisk armor by 2.
The Torrasque is an especially powerful hero Ultralisk. The Torrasque has double the hit points and does over twice as much damage as a typical Ultralisk. The name is derived from the Torrasque, a powerful mythological monster (and one which can regenerate from apparent destruction in its "Dungeons & Dragons" incarnation). The Torrasque is present in some campaign missions but is absent in official multiplayer games.
It is first introduced in StarCraft: Enslavers on Aiur. Part of a Zerg Brood under the control of a Cerebrate controlled by Alan Schezar's Ghosts using Khaydarin Crystals and ancient Protoss technology.
When a former Alpha Squadron commander teamed up with Mojo, a Protoss Praetor, to attack Schezar's Scavengers, they were attacked by a strangely powerful Ultralisk. Mojo feared it was the Torrasque, a creature which had slain many Protoss.
It rampaged through their base before it was finally brought down by sustained offensive fire. The Terrans were surprised when it spontaneously regenerated after a few minutes.
A former Alpha Squadron advisor, Magellan, noted that it had a genetic signature very similar to that of the Cerebrate. Mojo theorized that slaying the Cerebrate would prevent the resurrection of the Torrasque.
Mojo was right, and the Torrasque was not reincarnated.
One was surrounded by Ultralisk caverns, and could create the powerful Torrasque. Once again, the Cerebrate could resurrect the Torrasque upon its death. The Psi Disrupter, however, prevented the Zerg Overmind from resurrecting its Cerebrates. With great effort, the UED forces repeatedly slew the Torrasque before destroying the Cerebrate.
Jim Raynor disabled the Disrupter by destroying its fusion reactors, and then Mengsk send down a SCV, carrying a psi-emitter, to lure nearby Zerg. These Zerg would then fall under the command of Infested Kerrigan.
The SCV encountered the Torrasque, which were added to Kerrigan's forces.
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