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"Ultralisk reconstituted. Ultimate expression of Swarm evolution."

The ultralisk remains the heavy assault beast for zerg forces. The ultralisk may now burrow, although it takes longer to burrow than smaller zerg units.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Ultralisks deal splash damage which makes them effective against groups of low HP units, such as terran infantry, zerglings and zealots. They are vulnerable to immortals, siege tanks, tempests, void rays, banshees, cyclones that hit and run on ultralisks, brood lords, and the Steady Targeting ability of ghosts. They are immune to stun and mind control effects. The ultralisk is the only zerg unit that can withstand a nuclear missile strike.

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

Versus[edit | edit source]

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Chitinous Plating
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 79seconds
ve
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Anabolic Synthesis

Increases Ultralisk speed when off creep from 4.13 to 4.95. The Ultralisk on-creep speed will remain the same at 5.36.

Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey A
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 42seconds
ve
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Hive
ve
  • +1 bonus to armor per level for zerg ground units.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Hive
ve

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
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Frenzied

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

ve

Wings of Liberty[edit | edit source]

Ultralisks are fast and deal high damage to armored units. Captive ultralisks are featured as a number of destructible doodads. "Piercing the Shroud" has a captive ultralisk: when destroyed it releases broodlings. A similar unselectable ultralisk is found in a hidden place in "Ghost of a Chance." Though it maintains its frenzied attribute it can still be captured using the hive mind emulator.

Heart of the Swarm[edit | edit source]

In the Heart of the Swarm campaign, ultralisks are unlocked upon playing the mission "Phantoms of the Void." The ultralisk can be evolved into either the Noxious or Torrasque strain after the necessary evolution mission is completed.

It is also significantly less powerful offensively compared to the multiplayer version, doing only 25 damage per attack against its main target and 5 damage to secondary targets.

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

The ultralisk upgrade screen

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Burrow Charge

Ultralisk burrows and charges towards target point. On eruption, knocks enemies back and stuns them for 2 seconds. Can be autocast.

Ultralisk, large muscular surface area. Able to vibrate billions of subdermal muscles, break apart terrain, burrow into ground. Possible to mutate muscular system, amplify vibration resonance. Allow ultralisk to dive into ground, charge enemy. Exploit misconceptions of solid terrain.

Usage
Range 9
Cooldown 10 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
ve
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Tissue Assimilation

Ultralisk recovers 40% of damage inflicted to enemies.

Kaiser blades extremely effective. Monofilament edge tears through materials. Flesh, bone, armor. Significant carnage. Can utilize, turn into asset. Can alter carapace surface. Allow assimilation of usable matter from fluids, wreckage. Will become fuel for immediate tissue regeneration.

Campaign Acquisition
ve
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Monarch Blades

Ultralisk deals +20 splash damage.

Significant alteration, monarch blades. Tissues of kaiser blades reconfigured on microscopic scale. New structure prevents momentum loss. Blades cleave multiple enemies with same strength as striking single foe.

Campaign Acquisition
ve

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

The ultralisk and ultralisk cavern are exclusive to Kerrigan in Co-op Missions. Additional upgrades for the ultralisk become available when Kerrigan reaches Level 13. Kerrigan's ultralisks automatically upgrade into Torrasque when she reaches Level 14.[1]

Stukov can call down an apocalisk, a massive ultralisk outfitted in thor armor.[2]

Dehaka has the ability to summon primal ultralisks, which can evolve into tyrannozors at Level 11. [3]

Stetmann has the ability to construct mecha ultralisks, which are specialized to take out mechanical ground units.[4]

Mengsk can summon temporary enthralled ultralisks at the cost of Imperial Mandate as part of his Dogs of War calldown.[5]

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

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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
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Frenzied

Immune to snare and stun effects.

ve
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Chitinous Plating

Ultralisks gain +2 armor.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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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 10 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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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 150 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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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 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 38
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Damage: 41
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Hive
Effect Damage: 44
ve
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Zerg Ground 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 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 3 (basic)
5 (with Chitinous Plating)
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Armor: 4 (basic)
6 (with Chitinous Plating)
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Hive
Effect Armor: 5 (basic)
7 (with Chitinous Plating)
ve
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Ultralisk Evolution: Torrasque

Evolves Kerrigan's ultralisks into the torrasque strain.

Heavy assault beast. Has an area-damage cleave attack. When killed, can be revived after 10 seconds, once every 60 seconds.

Can attack ground units.

Usage
Notes

Replace default skin Icon Zerg Ultralisk.jpg to torrasque strain IconTorrasqueStrain.jpg

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan level 14.
ve

Development[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

A Torrasque skin is available for ultralisks in StarCraft II's multiplayer for players who purchased the digital deluxe or collector's edition of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.[6]

In the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Campaign first cinematic, the Ultralisks have the same front foot as the back but the in-game model the Ultralisks have spiky front foot instead.

Images[edit | edit source]

Skins
Portraits

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Sarah Kerrigan (in English). 2018.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Alexei Stukov (in English). 2018.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Dehaka (in English). 2018.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Egon Stetmann (in English). 2019.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Arcturus Mengsk (in English). 2019.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Collecstor's Edition. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). April 21, 2016
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