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"In this alternate timeline, Zeratul has survived to see the battle against Amon fully unfold. As a commander, he harnesses the power of the xel'naga for his army and upgrades."

- Zeratul Spotlight(src)

Zeratul is a commander for the Co-op Missions mode. He brings the power of xel'naga-enhanced protoss to bear against his enemies, and can utilize xel'naga relics to turn the tide in his favor. He is the mode's second hybrid-type commander, combining elements of the protoss and xel'naga arsenal.

Zeratul is deployed to the battlefield as a hero and can build advanced protoss forces augmented with xel'naga technology. Scattered through the map are a series of random artifact fragments Zeratul must collect. Using prophetic vision will give Zeratul a hint as to its location, and once found it will give Zeratul's forces new upgrades and top bar abilities.

Zeratul's top bar abilities are customizable, and each tier has options to select from. Zeratul can call down Legendary legions to help him in battle, which cannot be directly controlled but directed to locations. Zeratul can also utilize these customizable top bar to augment his army with passive abilities or new calldowns. Upon gaining all three artifact fragments, Zeratul can call down one of two xel'naga constructs, the Avatar of Form or the Avatar of Essence.[1]

OverviewEdit

"Alas, the day has finally come. The End War is upon us... and all of creation depends on our victory. I must look again to the wisdom of the Xel'Naga... their ancient constructs hold the power that could be our salvation!"

- Dark Prelate Zeratul(src)

InfoEdit

  • Power up your army and abilities with xel'naga artifacts
  • Control an elite xel'naga-enhanced protoss army
  • Build out your top bar with artifact fragments
  • Summon ultimate xel'naga constructs (Avatar of Form and Avatar of Essence)

MasteryEdit

Power Set 1
Zeratul Attack Speed: +1.5% – 45%
Combat Units Attack Speed: +0.5% – +15%
Power Set 2
Artifact Fragment Spawn Rate: -2 sec – -60 sec (down to a minimum of 120 sec)
Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction: -1 sec – -30 sec
Power Set 3
Legendary Legion Cost: -1% – -30% (down to a minimum of 350 Minerals Terran SC1)
Avatar Cooldown: -2 sec – -60 sec

Game UnitEdit

Zeratul deploys personally to the battlefield to aid his army. He serves as a viable source of air and ground damage, dealing 100 damage per attack. Zeratul himself can hunt around the map for artifact fragments, and use Prophetic Vision to close in on their location. While Zeratul himself is relatively fragile, his high mobility with blink and Void Seeker can let him move in and out of combat and strike key targets.

AbilitiesEdit

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One With the Shadows

Zeratul is permanently cloaked. He becomes immune to damage for 0.5 seconds after being attacked. Cannot occur more than once every 5 seconds.

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Blink

Teleports Zeratul to a nearby location.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
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VoidSeeker Coop Game1
Summon Void Seeker

Transports Zeratul to a target location.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
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ShadowCleave Coop Game1
Shadow Cleave

Deals 100 damage to nearby enemies. Hits both ground and air.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cooldown 12Time SC2 Game1
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Prophetic Vision

Shows the location of or unearths a hidden Xel'Naga Artifact Fragment.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cooldown 10 (180 between finding artifacts)Time SC2 Game1
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UpgradesEdit

(All upgrades below only apply at level 15)
ZeratulLevel15 Coop Game1
Purity of Will

Upon finding all three Xel'Naga Artifact Fragments, Zeratul gains additional shield (+100), increased Shadow Cleave damage (+25), and can store 3 charges of Blink.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 15.
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Protoss Weapons

Increases the attack damage of all protoss units and defensive structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds an artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
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Protoss Armor

Increases the armor of all protoss units and defensive structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds a artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
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Protoss Plasma Shields

Increases the shield armor of all protoss units and structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds a artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available. (Level 1 and 2)
Reach Zeratul Level 2. (Level 3)
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Level 3
Required Find the third artifact fragment
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Calldown AbilitiesEdit

Zeratul can customize his calldown abilities from a variety of options. His Legendary Legion calldowns are gained at the start of a match, but his other three top bar abilities are obtained for each artifact fragment collected. Once a top bar ability is chosen, it is finalized for that mission.

First Tier

The following abilities are available to pick from at the start of the game, and focus on Zeratul's summonable Legendary legions.

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Telbrus Legion

Call down Telbrus and his legendary legion of Zealots to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds.

Usage
Cost 500 Minerals Terran SC1
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Summon Telbrus and 6 zealots (8 with the first artifact fragment and 10 with the second artifact fragment).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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ZorayaLegion Coop Game1
Zoraya Legion

Call down Zoraya and her legendary legion of Void Rays to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds.

Usage
Cost 500 Minerals Terran SC1
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Summon Zoraya and 4 void rays (5 with the first artifact fragment and 6 with the second artifact fragment).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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SerdathLegion Coop Game1
Serdath Legion

Call down Serdath and his legendary legion of Dark Archons to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds.

Usage
Cost 500 Minerals Terran SC1
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Summon Serdath and 3 dark archons (4 with the first artifact fragment and 5 with the second artifact fragment).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
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Second Tier

The following abilities are available to pick from upon discovering the first artifact fragment.

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Stasis Beam

Fires a beam emanating from the Artifact Holder that places enemies in stasis for 15 seconds. Units in stasis cannot move, attack, be attacked, or be affected by abilities.

Usage
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 180Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Required Find the first artifact fragment.
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TesseractMonolith Coop Game1
Deploy Tesseract Monolith

Deploys a tesseract monolith at the target location. Tesseract monoliths can stun enemies, project themselves, and protect themselves from damage. Stores up to 3 charges.

Usage
Cooldown 180Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 5.
Acquisition
Required Find the first artifact fragment.
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VoidSupressionCrystal Coop Game1
Void Suppression Crystal

Summons an invulnerable Void Suppression Crystal that slows the movement and attack speeds of enemy units by 70% and disables enemy structures. The Void Suppression Crystal is controllable and lasts for 30 seconds.

Usage
Duration 30Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 180Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
Acquisition
Required Find the first artifact fragment.
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Third Tier

The following abilities are available to pick from upon discovering the second artifact fragment, and focus on passive buffs.

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Steadfast Reinforcements

Increases the duration of Zeratul's Legion and Avatar calldowns by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Required Find the second artifact fragment.
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Tesseract Matrix

Decreases the cooldown of Shade Projection by 100%. Increases the damage absorbed of Shade Barrier by 100%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 5.
Acquisition
Required Find the second artifact fragment.
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VoidBlink Coop Game1
Void Blink

Reduces the cooldown of Zeratul and his units' Blink abilities by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
Acquisition
Required Find the second artifact fragment.
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Fourth Tier

The following abilities are available to pick from upon discovering the third artifact fragment, and grant Zeratul his ultimate Avatar calldowns.

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Avatar of Form

Call down the Avatar of Form, the embodiment of psionic potential, at the target location. The Avatar of Form is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.

Usage
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 300Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Required Find the third artifact fragment.
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Avatar of Essence

Call down the Avatar of Essence, the embodiment of evolutionary potential, at the target location. The Avatar of Essence is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.

Usage
Cooldown 300Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Required Find the third artifact fragment.
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Army CompositionEdit

Units and StructuresEdit

Zeratul has access to the following units and structures:

Icon Unit Details Production Base Statistics:
AmbusherIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Ambusher Ranged support strider. Can automatically use Predictive Blink when threatened.

Can attack ground and air units.

300 Minerals Terran SC1 50 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 2 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

42 (21 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 100 / Shields: 100 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.95


Particle Disruptors
Damage: 26 (+10 vs Armored)
AS: 1.44 / Range: 6
Upgrade: +3 (+1 vs Armored) per level
DPS: 18.05 (+2.08)
25 (+2.78) vs Armored

ShieldguardIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Shieldguard Robotic support unit. Can use Shield Recharge and Reflective Shield.

Can attack ground and air units.

75 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 2 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

37 (19 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 120 / Shields: 120 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.25


Disruption Beam
Damage: 12
AS: 1 / Range: 6
Upgrade: +1 per level
DPS: 12 (+1)

VoidTemplarIcon SC2 Game1 Void Templar Deadly warrior-assassin. Cloak renders the unit invisible without detection. Can teleport to a nearby location and deal damage to enemies along the way.

Can attack ground units.

375 Minerals Terran SC1 225 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 2 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

42 (21 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 80 / Shields: 320 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.81


Warp Blade
Damage: 60
AS: 1.21 / Range: 0.1 (melee)
Upgrade: +6 per level
DPS: 49.59 (+4.96)

EnforcerIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Enforcer Assault strider. Can use Barrier to absorb damage and knock back enemy air units.

Can attack ground and air units.

750 Minerals Terran SC1 300 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 4 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

55 (28 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 400 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.25


Annihilation Cannon
Targets: Air
Damage: 40 (+60 vs Armored)
AS: 2.18 / Range 11
Upgrade: +4 (+6 vs Armored) per level
DPS: 18:35 (+1.83)
45.87 (+4.59) vs Armored


Phase Disruptors
Targets: Ground
Damage: 20 (+30 vs Armored)
AS: 1.45 / Range: 5
Upgrade: +2 (+3 vs Armored) per level
DPS: 13.79 (+1.38)
34.48 (+3.45) vs Armored)

AbrogatorIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Abrogator Robotic Disruption unit. Can use Purification Nova to deal heavy area damage.

Can attack ground units.
(Unlocks at level 4)

450 Minerals Terran SC1 450 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 3 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

50 (25 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 200 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.25


Purification Nova
Damage: 100
AS: 12 / Range: 10
Upgrade: +10 per level
DPS: 8.33 (+0.83)

VoidArrayIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Void Array Flying wormhole generator. Builds two at a time. Can deploy to create a link between all Xel'Naga Void Arrays on the field.

(Unlocks at level 9)

300 Minerals Terran SC1 2 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

50 (25 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1 for 2 void arrays.

Life: 200 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1

MS: 4.79

WatcherIcon SC2 Game1 Xel'Naga Watcher Flying Detector. Cloak renders the unit invisible to enemies without detection. 25 Minerals Terran SC1 75 ProtossVespene SC2 Game1 1 ProtossSupply SC2 Icon1

30 (15 with Chronometry) Time SC2 Game1

Life: 40 / Shields: 20 / Armor: 1

MS: 1.875

TesseractCannonIcon SC2 Game1 Tesseract Cannon Primary defensive structure. Can project itself onto the battlefield. Can use Shade Barrier to absorb damage.

Can attack ground and air units.

250 Minerals Terran SC1 

40 Time SC2 Game1

Life: 200 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1


Phase Disruptor
Damage: 30
AS: 1.25 / Range: 7
Upgrade: +3 per level
DPS: 24 (+2.4)

Talent ProgressionEdit

Zeratul acquires the following talents as he levels up.

ZeratulLevel1 Coop Game1
Power of the Xel'Naga

Zeratul has a 100 starting supply and his units have increased life and damage. Buildings do not require pylon power and units cannot be warped directly onto the battlefield. Zeratul's ancient nexus can automatically construct ancient assimilators.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
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ZeratulLevel2 Coop Game1
Prophecy Fulfilled

Unlocks the ability for Zeratul to find the third and final Artifact Fragment. Once all Artifacts are found, Zeratul unlocks the following abilities:

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 2.
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ZeratulLevel3 Coop Game1
Passageway Enhancement Cache 1

Unlocks the following passageway-level Artifact upgrades after the second Artifact Fragment is found:

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 3.
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New Unit: Xel’Naga Abrogator

Robotic Disruption unit. Can use Purification Nova to deal heavy area damage. Built at the constructs facility. Can attack ground units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 4.
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ZeratulLevel5 Coop Game1
Tesseract Enhancement Cache

Unlocks the option to select the following Artifact abilities:

  • Deploys a tesseract monolith at the target location. Tesseract monoliths can stun enemies, project themselves, and protect themselves from damage.
  • Improves the effectiveness of the Shade Projection and Shade Barrier abilities by 100%.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 5.
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ZeratulLevel6 Coop Game1
Constructs Enhancement Cache 1

Unlocks the following Constructs-level Artifact upgrades after the second Artifact Fragment is found:

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 6.
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ZeratulLevel7 Coop Game1
Path of the Void

Unlocks the option to select the following Artifact abilities:

  • Call down Serdath and his legendary legion of dark archons to aid in the battle. Serdath cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar.
  • Summons an invulnerable void suppression crystal that slows the movement and attack speeds of enemy units and disables enemy structures in its vicinity.
  • Reduces the cooldown of Zeratul and his units' Blink abilities by 50%.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
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Empowered Legions

Legendary Legions gain new abilities once the third Artifact Fragment is found:

  • Telbrus gains the Feedback ability, which drains energy from an enemy unit. Telbrus' Zealot Legion gains the Charge ability, which allows them to intercept enemy ground units.
  • Zoraya and her Void Ray Legion gain the Prismatic Range ability, which increases the range of their weapons as they continue to attack.
  • Serdath and his dark archons gain the Maelstrom ability, which temporarily stuns enemy units in an area.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 8.
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ZeratulLevel9 Coop Game1
New Unit: Xel’Naga Void Array

Flying wormhole generator. Builds two at a time. Can deploy to create a link between all xel'naga void arrays on the field.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 9.
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ZeratulLevel10 Coop Game1
Chronometry

Reduces the build time of units produced by the xel'naga passageway and the constructs facility by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 10.
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ZeratulLevel11 Coop Game1
Passageway Enhancement Cache 2

Unlocks the following passageway-level Artifact upgrades after the third Artifact Fragment is found:

  • Allows the xel'naga ambusher to store up to 3 charges of Predictive Blink and regain a charge every 8 seconds.
  • Allows the xel'naga shieldguard to create a range 4.5 aura that reflects 50% of all projectiles back to the attacker.
  • When a void templar takes fatal damage, it retreats to the Void and regenerates its health and shields over 10 seconds.
  • Allows tesseract cannons and tesseract monoliths to project themselves to a target location for 60 seconds.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 11.
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ZeratulLevel12 Coop Game1
Dark Agency

Reduces the supply cost of xel'naga shieldguards to 1. Reduces the supply cost of a pair of xel'naga void arrays to 1. Reduces the supply of xel'naga watchers to 0.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 12.
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ZeratulLevel13 Coop Game1
Constructs Enhancement Cache 2

Unlocks the following Constructs-level Artifact upgrades after the third Artifact Fragment is found:

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 13.
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ZeratulLevel14 Coop Game1
Purity of Perfection

The Avatar of Form gains the ability to summon Charged Constructs that can individually cast miniature Psionic Storms. The Avatar of Essence gains the ability to transform all enemy units in a large area into a lower evolutionary form.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 14.
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ZeratulLevel15 Coop Game1
Purity of Will

Upon finding all three Xel'Naga Artifact Fragments, Zeratul gains additional shield (+100), increased Shadow Cleave damage (+25), and can store 3 charges of Blink.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 15.
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StrategiesEdit

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Rally at Xel'naga Void Array: Since Zeratul doesn't have powerfield usage, walking is not a good option. Yet Xel'naga Void Array is so effective at cost and function, I suggest more than 1 pair. Leave one at base, take one to battlefield and scatter others around the map. Since Void Array moves very fast, be careful when you F2 A. You could use Void Array to snipe Void Shard without engaging front guard.
Legendary Legion Cost: With Zoraya legion, Zeratul can expand very early!
Instant immobile detection: Tesseract cannon projection during deployment doesn't draw much aggro and is durable enough. Redundancy is recommended. Xel'naga watcher is nice with 0 supply cost but I don't think spending gas is worth investment.
Tesseract rush: [Insert your rapid fire here].
Using a legion cooldown early on over producing probes can get you a quick expansion, and potentially, depending on the map, even your ally.
Void blink and void templar are great for anti ground, especially against clumped units and units with less than 150 health.
Immortals are great anti air in most cases, notably against protoss and terran.
Canceling tesseract cannon projections starts the cooldown early so you should cancel them after you are done with them.
Cannon detection is preferable when you have excess minerals to spend as you aren't ever at risk of losing one in the field unlike with the observers.
6 to 8 sentries is a good count to keep your shields high, adjust for lower army sizes.
The void crystal calldown seems like a good way to invade opposing bases and deal with the absolute largest attack waves. Otherwise, the tesseract monoliths seem like the better option.
Void rays seem like the best out of the legion options.
Niche use for archons on maps with high tech units in entrenched positions, notably chain of ascension as you can still use it to clear the expo as well. (With minor difficulties if its a zerg, cuz of the ultralisk)
While you cannot control the legion, you can control units the legion mind controls and they will not follow the legion around the map, so you should remember to control them yourself.
If you can offset the timing of your tesseract monoliths, you can stunlock a large portion of an enemy force till they die.
Cannons and monoliths add to your defensive coverage nicely so you can still push into enemy camps if you have enough cannons at home.
Expired cannon projection can be salvaged (pair with H&H). I recommend aggressive cannon rush unless it's considered a bug in future.
Enforcer is really anti everything but not anti crowd. Mixing with some abrogator and shield guard can make a perfect comp.
Due to expensive unit, no upgrade and chrono boost, Zeratul likely doesn't need extra army production building.
Starting with free assimilators, Zeratul could share his chrono boost with ally.


PlaystyleEdit

Zeratul's gameplay will revolve heavily around the Prophetic Vision ability, which allows the player to discover three Xel’Naga Artifact Fragments on the map. Players are encouraged to seek out these Artifact Fragments as they will improve Zeratul in a variety of ways:

  • Zeratul, his units, calldowns, defensive structures, and even Probes will gain weapon, armor, and shield upgrades with each Artifact Fragment.
  • Zeratul has no traditional researchable abilities. Instead, Artifact Fragments he finds will grant his units Artifact Enhancements, which are either new abilities or improvements to existing abilities.
  • Zeratul has a potential of four top-bar abilities, but only one is unlocked at the start of the game. Players unlock new top-bar abilities with each Artifact Fragment they find.
  • The Legendary Legion calldowns improve with each Artifact Fragment found.
  • Zeratul himself gains bonuses.

In addition, uniquely among Commanders, Zeratul's top-bar will be fully customizable. Both at the start of the game and with each Artifact Fragment recovered, you'll be able to choose one additional top-bar ability from a selection of two or three. Players should select these abilities carefully based on both their individual playstyles and the needs of the mission.

SynergiesEdit

Protoss CommandersEdit

Unlike other protoss commanders, Zeratul does not utilize pylon power and thus cannot benefit from nor provide benefit to other protoss allies in that manner. Chrono boost from the nexus however remains a vital asset. Xel'naga shieldguards are capable of restoring the shields of all allied protoss units and structures.

Artanis remains ever a trusted companion for Zeratul. Guardian shell serves to allow Zeratul's very expensive units a safety net to retreat. High templar or archons with Plasma Surge can be used to charge shields in an area, with shieldguards topping them off. Enforcers provide the answer to all of Artanis's anti-air problems, and pair well with immortals on the ground for dealing with armor. Watchers can be spread around the map for no detriment to supply, giving Artanis the ability to intercept attack waves with warp-ins on a moment's notice.

Vorazun is a great ally to her fellow Nerazim. Strike From the Shadows boosts Zeratul's damage, while Veil gives him stronger shield regeneration. These benefits are also applied to the cloaked void templar as well. Time Stop can be combined with Serdath's legion to quickly strip enemy positions of strong defenders, and Vorazun's normal dark archons can clean up. Zeratul can blink into a black hole full of enemy defenders, use Cleave, and leave them crippled; abrogators can also provide splash damage potential to erase attack waves. Time stop also provides Zeratul a safety net where he can quickly retrieve artifact fragments without fear of attack.

Karax, while not the most obvious of choices, proves a valuable asset to Zeratul, and receives benefit from him in return. Reconstruction Beam benefits all of Zeratul's units save for void templar and Zeratul himself. Combined with shieldguards and shield batteries, this allows all units to remain at full health. Enforcers provide a wonderfully strong ground-to-air unit to make up for Karax's lack of, and energizers are invaluable in boosting the effectiveness of Zeratul's force. On the defensive front, tesseract monoliths provide the perfect addition to Karax's already solid static defense, with an AoE stun allowing his cannons and khaydarin monoliths to be more effective than ever in holding a position. Tesseract cannons can be projected in to provide reinforcement should it appear Karax will not be able to hold. Chrono Wave is not as valuable to Zeratul as any other commander due to his lack of timed research, but it still quintuples his production, and thus should be taken advantage of.

Terran CommandersEdit

Zerg CommandersEdit

AchievementsEdit

GameplayEdit

PortableCharger SC2 AchieveIcon1 Have a Portable Charger?
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Recharge 5,000 shields on allied units in Co-op Missions.

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BankShotNatural SC2 AchieveIcon1 Bank Shot, Pocket Natural
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Deal 2,000 damage with the Xel'Naga Abrogator's Cluster Novas.

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Devolution SC2 AchieveIcon1 Devolution Retribution
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill 500 devolved enemies in a single game.

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ThatBelongsInAMuseum SC2 AchieveIcon1 That Belongs in a Museum!
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the Xel'Naga Artifact within 12 minutes on Hard difficulty.

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ProphecyFufilled SC2 AchieveIcon1 Prophecy Fufilled
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete all the Commander Zeratul achievements.

Rewards
Zeratul SC2Portrait Zeratul portrait
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LevelsEdit

Zeratul5 SC2AchiveImage Zeratul: Level 5
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 5 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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Zeratul10 SC2AchiveImage Zeratul: Level 10
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 10 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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Zeratul15 SC2AchiveImage Zeratul: Level 15
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 15 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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DevelopmentEdit

The designers of Co-op have stated that they always had been huge fans of Zeratul as a character in the StarCraft universe, and wanted to bring him into Co-op Missions. However, there was already a “Dark Templar” commander in Vorazun, so care was taken to differentiate him.

The team wanted him both to be on the field as a hero and have a small elite fighting force, as he was most often featured in insurgent-style missions in the StarCraft II campaign, but to go beyond his singular identity as a dark templar. Throughout the campaign, Zeratul looked to the wisdom of the xel’naga for guidance, obsessed with finding their prophecies, and as such the idea to have him hunt xel'naga relics to aid him was made.

In addition, the team was committed to creating a commander that felt and played differently from his protoss brethren. To that end, Zeratul's army was given xel'naga enhancements, with the intention of making him feel as much of a xel'naga commander as a protoss commander.

The Legendary Legion mechanic was inspired by Zeratul's propensity to have allies sacrifice themselves to aid him in the campaign.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2018-11-02, Co-op Commander Preview: Zeratul. Battle.net, accessed on 2018-11-02