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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.

Zeratul can deploy 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. Once it is found, it will give Zeratul 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

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

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
Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction: -1 sec – -30 sec
Power Set 3
Legendary Legion Cost: -1% – -30%
Avatar Cooldown: -2 sec – -60 sec

Game Unit Edit

Abilities Edit

Talent Progression Edit

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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ZeratulLevel4 Coop Game1
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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ZeratulLevel8 Coop Game1
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 health, increased damage, increased Shadow Cleave damage, and can store 3 charges of Blink.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 15.
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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