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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]

Overview[edit | edit source]

"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)

Info[edit | edit source]

  • 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)

Mastery[edit | edit source]

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% – -30%
Power Set 3
Legendary Legion Cost: -1% – -30% (down to a minimum of 560 Minerals)
Avatar Cooldown: -4 sec – -120 sec

Prestiges[edit | edit source]

Level 1 – Anakh Su'n
Advantage: Zeratul can deploy the Void Seeker, granting all friendly units in a target area Super Cloak for 15 seconds.
Disadvantage: The Void Seeker can no longer transport Zeratul.
Level 2 – Knowledge Seeker
Advantage: Zeratul can collect an unlimited number of Artifact Fragments.
Disadvantage: Zeratul's combat units cost 25% more.
  • Zeratul can find the third and subsequent Xel-Naga Artifact Fragments without Level 2 (Prophecy Fulfilled).
  • Zeratul can find maximum 103 Artifact Fragments in this prestige.
  • Level 15 talent (Purity of Will) gain max level after collect 100 Artifact Fragments.
Level 3 – Herald of the Void
Advantage: Each collected Artifact Fragment reduces the cooldown of Zeratul's Shadow Cleave by 5 seconds. Shadow Cleave spawns a tornado that damages and slows enemy units.
Disadvantage: Zeratul can only collect up to two Artifact Fragments.

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

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.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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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.

Purity of Will: Gain 1 additional charge per artifact fragment.

Usage
Hotkey B
Range 11
Cooldown 8seconds
4 (with Void Blink) seconds
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Effect Charges: 2
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Effect Charges: 3
Level 3
(unavailable with Herald of the Void)
Required Find the third artifact fragment
Effect Charges: 4
Level 4-100
(with Knowledge Seeker)
Required Find the fourth and more artifact fragments (summary 100)
Effect Charges: 4 +1 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 101
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Summon Void Seeker

Transports Zeratul to a target location.

Anakh Su'n: Replaced by Deploy Void Seeker ability.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cooldown 120 seconds
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Deploy Void Seeker

Deploys the Void Seeker to the target location, granting super cloak to all friendly units and structures in the area (radius 16). Lasts 15 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey T
Duration 15 seconds
Cooldown 180 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Anakh Su'n prestige.
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Shadow Cleave

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

Purity of Will: Increases the Shadow Cleave damage by 10 per artifact fragment.

Herald of the Void: Reduces the Shadow Cleave cooldown by 5 seconds per artifact fragment. Shadow Cleave spawns a tornado which attacks enemy units, dealing 20 damage per second and slowing them by 30% within a radius of 1.5. Lasts for 5 seconds. Detectors are targeted in priority.

Usage
Hotkey E
Duration 5 (with Herald of the Void) seconds
Cooldown 12 seconds

7 (with Herald of the Void and first artifact fragment) seconds

2 (with Herald of the Void and second artifact fragment) seconds
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 110
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 120
Level 3
(unavailable with Herald of the Void)
Required Find the third artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 130
Level 4-100
(with Knowledge Seeker)
Required Find the fourth and more artifact fragments (summary 100)
Effect Damage: 130 +10 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 1100
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Prophetic Vision

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

Knowledge Seeker: Zeratul can find 100 additional Artifact Fragments.

Herald of the Void: Zeratul can find only 2 Artifact Fragments.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cooldown Standard: 10 seconds

Between finding artifacts: 180 seconds

Mastery -2 seconds per Artifact Fragment Spawn Rate mastery point. Down to a minimum 120 seconds
Notes

After the final artifact fragment is found, this ability becomes unavailable.

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Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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Purity of Will

Zeratul will gain additional shields (+50), increased Shadow Cleave damage (+10), and additional charges of Blink (+1) for each Artifact Fragment he finds.

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 Level 1 and 2 – Initial available.
Level 3 – Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 110
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 120
Level 3
(unavailable with Herald of the Void)
Required Find the third artifact fragment
Effect Damage: 130
Level 4-103
(with Knowledge Seeker)
Required Find the fourth and more artifact fragments (summary 103)
Effect Damage: 130 +10 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 1130
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Protoss Armor

Increases the armor of all protoss units and defensive structures.

Usage
Passive
Notes

Instantly upgrades when Zeratul finds an artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Level 1 and 2 – Initial available.
Level 3 – Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Effect Armor: 2
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Effect Armor: 3
Level 3
(unavailable with Herald of the Void)
Required Find the third artifact fragment
Effect Armor: 4
Level 4-103
(with Knowledge Seeker)
Required Find the fourth and more artifact fragments (summary 103)
Effect Armor: 4 +1 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 104
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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 an artifact fragment.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Level 1 and 2 – Initially available.
Level 3 – Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Level 1
Required Find the first artifact fragment
Effect Shield armor: 1
Shields: 500 (level 15)
Level 2
Required Find the second artifact fragment
Effect Shield armor: 2
Shields: 550 (level 15)
Level 3
(unavailable with Herald of the Void)
Required Find the third artifact fragment
Effect Shield armor: 3
Shields: 600 (level 15)
Level 4-103
(with Knowledge Seeker)
Required Find the fourth and more artifact fragments (summary 103)
Effect Shield armor: 3 +1 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 103
Shields: 600 +50 per artifact fragment. Up to a maximum 5450 (level 15)
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Calldown Abilities[edit | edit source]

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 800 Minerals
Mastery: -8 Minerals per Legendary Legion Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 560 Minerals
Duration 60seconds
90 (with Steadfast Reinforcements) seconds
Cooldown 120 seconds
Notes

Summon Telbrus and 10 zealots (13 with the first artifact fragment and 16 with the second artifact fragment).

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Notes

Telbrus Legion must be the legion picked from the top bar for this mission.

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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 800 Minerals
Mastery: -8 Minerals per Legendary Legion Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 560 Minerals
Duration 60seconds
90 (with Steadfast Reinforcements) seconds
Cooldown 120 seconds
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.
Acquisition
Notes

Zoraya Legion must be the legion picked from the top bar for this mission.

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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 800 Minerals
Mastery: -8 Minerals per Legendary Legion Cost mastery point. Down to a minimum 560 Minerals
Duration 60seconds
90 (with Steadfast Reinforcements) seconds
Cooldown 120 seconds
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.
Acquisition
Notes

Serdath Legion must be the legion picked from the top bar for this mission.

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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 15 seconds
Cooldown 90seconds
Mastery: -0.9seconds per Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction mastery point. Down to a minimum 63 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Stasis Beam is chosen as the support calldown from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

Required Find the first artifact fragment.
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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. (Starting with 1 charge)

Usage
Cooldown 180seconds
Mastery: -1.8seconds per Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction mastery point. Down to a minimum 126 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 5.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Deploy Tesseract Monolith is chosen as the support calldown from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

Required Find the first artifact fragment.
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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 30 seconds
Cooldown 180seconds
Mastery: -1.8seconds per Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction mastery point. Down to a minimum 126 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Void Suppression Crystal is chosen as the support calldown from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

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
Notes

Once Steadfast Reinforcements is chosen as the passive buff from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

Required Find the second artifact fragment.
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Tesseract Matrix

Decreases the cooldown of Shade Projection by 25%. Increases the damage absorbed by Shade Barrier by 100%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 5.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Tesseract Matrix is chosen as the passive buff from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

Required Find the second artifact fragment.
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Void Blink

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

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 7.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Void Blink is chosen as the passive buff from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

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.

Herald of the Void: Avatar of Form is unavailable.

Usage
Duration 60seconds
90 (with Steadfast Reinforcements) seconds
Cooldown 300seconds
Mastery: -4seconds per Avatar Cooldown mastery point. Down to a minimum 180 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Avatar of Form is chosen as the ultimate calldown from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

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.

Herald of the Void: Avatar of Essence is unavailable.

Usage
Duration 60seconds
90 (with Steadfast Reinforcements) seconds
Cooldown 300seconds
Mastery: -4seconds per Avatar Cooldown mastery point. Down to a minimum 180 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 2.
Acquisition
Notes

Once Avatar of Essence is chosen as the ultimate calldown from the top bar, it must be kept until the end of the mission.

Required Find the third artifact fragment.
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Army Composition[edit | edit source]

Units and Structures[edit | edit source]

Zeratul has access to the following units and structures:

Icon Unit Details Production Base Statistics:
Stalker XN Ambusher Zeratul.jpg Xel'Naga Ambusher Ranged support strider. Can automatically use Predictive Blink when threatened.

Can attack ground and air units.

300 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 2 Psi

42 (21 with Chronometry) seconds

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

Sentry XN Shieldguard Zeratul.jpg Xel'Naga Shieldguard Robotic support unit. Can use Shield Recharge and Reflective Shield.

Can attack ground and air units.

75 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 2 Psi

37 (19 with Chronometry) seconds

Life: 120 / Shields: 120 / Armor: 1

MS: 2.25


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

Dark Templar Void Templar Zeratul.jpg 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 225 Vespene gas 2 Psi

42 (21 with Chronometry) seconds

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)

Immortal XN Enforcer Zeratul.jpg 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 300 Vespene gas 4 Psi

55 (28 with Chronometry) seconds

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)

Disruptor XN Abrogator Zeratul.jpg 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 450 Vespene gas 3 Psi

50 (25 with Chronometry) seconds

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)

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Phase Mode
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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 2 Psi

50 (25 with Chronometry) seconds for 2 void arrays.

Life: 200 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1

MS: 4.79

Observer XN Watcher Zeratul.jpg Xel'Naga Watcher Flying Detector. Cloak renders the unit invisible to enemies without detection. 25 Minerals 75 Vespene gas 1 Psi

30 (15 with Chronometry) seconds

Life: 40 / Shields: 20 / Armor: 1

MS: 1.875

Photon Cannon Tesseract Zeratul.jpg Tesseract Cannon Primary defensive structure. Can project itself onto the battlefield. Can use Shade Barrier to absorb damage.

Can attack ground and air units.

300 Minerals 

40 seconds

Life: 200 / Shields: 200 / Armor: 1


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

Talent Progression[edit | edit source]

Zeratul acquires the following talents as he levels up.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Blink abilities for Zeratul and his units 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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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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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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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 absorb up to 100 damage every 60 seconds.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 11.
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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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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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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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Purity of Will

Zeratul will gain additional shields (+50), increased Shadow Cleave damage (+10), and additional charges of Blink (+1) for each Artifact Fragment he finds.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zeratul Level 15.
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Strategies[edit | edit source]

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Recommended Masteries[edit | edit source]

Power Set 1
☀Zeratul Attack Speed: +1.5% – +45%
Or
Combat Units Attack Speed
+0.5% – +15%

Either mastery can work out well, depending on the playstyle used. Zeratul's attack speed can greatly increase his early game presence and allow him to be a formidable unit the later game.

Power Set 2

Artifact Fragment Spawn Rate : -2 sec – -60 sec

The support calldown cooldown reduction, while powerful, ultimately does not have a large impact on Zeratul's gameplay comparing to the artifact fragment spawn rate which allows him to hit his power spikes faster. This mastery also directly buffs power set 3 by increasing legion power and allows you to get more out of the legions, or unlocks the avatar earlier to make use of the cooldown mastery.

With his upgrades available much faster to him comparing to other commanders, Zeratul can easily steamroll the enemy much earlier in the game before any significant resistance can be made.

Power Set 3
Legendary Legion Cost: -1% – -30% (down to a minimum of 560 Minerals)
Or
Avatar Cooldown
-4 sec 120 sec

Reducing the cost of the Legendary Legion enables Zeratul to make much more avid use of this calldown. This enable Zeratul to summon a highly effective and expendable force to serve as a shield for his expensive army and lead pushes through enemy bases.

On the other hand, avatar cooldown increases avatar uptime, allowing the player to deal more damage with the Avatar of Form or to have higher buff coverage with the Avatar of Essence. This mastery is preferred when the player cannot or prefer not to use legendary legions.

Playstyle[edit | edit source]

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 is fully customizable. Both at the start of the game and with each Artifact Fragment recovered, players will 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.

I Shall Find A Way[edit | edit source]

Zeratul's unique mechanics make him somewhat tricky to use. While the nature of the artifact pieces means that the player can get a tremendous amount of value for free, it also presents a difficulty: artifacts can be hard to find or be placed right in the middle of an enemy base. Good map awareness and good reflexes are key. Players should familiarize themselves with Zeratul's blink and his ability to use the Void Seeker to traverse great distances, while also being wary of unwittingly dropping Zeratul into a death trap with the Void Seeker.

Protect the Dark Prelate[edit | edit source]

Just as keeping a good eye on Zeratul when he is searching for artifacts is critical, so is keeping him alive during battle. Zeratul himself is a powerful hero, but he has less aggressive abilities then heroes like Fenix or Alarak. His cleave allows him incredible wave clear, but hybrid units and siege units can rapidly wear down Zeratul. This can be especially problematic if he dies directly before the next artifact is ready to be found. Essentially, the player can accidentally increase the time it takes to find the artifacts by poor micro. Xel'Naga Shieldguards can help alleviate this weakness, but players should still keep a careful eye on Zeratul during engagements.

Retribution Will be Swift[edit | edit source]

The army Zeratul can field is almost entirely ground-based, bar the Xel'Naga Watchers, and they are fairly slow-moving. Players should familiarize themselves with the Void Array, which allows Zeratul and his army to traverse the battlefield at incredible speeds. Without them, the player is left watching Zeratul's army perform a slow march across the battlefield while the other commander handles speedier threats. This weakness can be somewhat compensated for by an awareness of map objectives and careful timing, however that strategy will leave Zeratul in a precarious position in the more random mutators.

The Might of the Ancients[edit | edit source]

Zeratul's units function similarly to Nova's army: they are all much more powerful than regular units, but are also much more expensive and limited by a 100 max supply cap. Thus, knowing which units to pick is essential. All of Zeratul's Xel'Naga enhanced units function similarly to the standard variety of the unit at first glance, but they have powerful buffs and additional abilities. The Xel'Naga Enforcer, unlike the Immortal, can target air units with a slower but powerful attack. In a similar vein, the Xel'Naga Abrogator automatically targets enemy units, as opposed to its multiplayer counterpart. As a general rule of thumb, the Xel'Naga Ambusher will form the backbone of Zeratul's forces, due to it effectively replacing zealots as the first combat unit Zeratul gains access to, and Xel'Naga Shieldguards will keep Zeratul's expensive units alive to fight.

Zeratul's Void Templar are capable units. Their blink has the passive ability to do damage to enemy units, allowing Zeratul and his cloaked allies to blink into the middle of an enemy force and shred ground enemies. However, this can be very risky. The player should wait until Zeratul has all three artifact fragments before investing in Void Templar, as their high cost makes them devastating to lose. With the third fragment, the Void Templar gain the ability to fully heal upon taking critical damage, and Zeratul himself becomes a more able combatant with his final upgrades, making a blink into the enemy force a less risky gamble.

Legendary Power[edit | edit source]

Arguably, Zeratul has the most versatile and powerful set of call downs in the game. He can customize his call downs depending on the map and the composition of the enemy forces or the needs of the other commander. Players should practice with all of Zeratul's powerful abilities and examine the different combinations or uses of the units for maximum effect. For example, Serdath's forces can form a powerful wave of crowd control, but they lack the speed of the Telbrus zealots. Similarly, Zeratul's final call downs, the Avatar of Form and the Avatar of Essence, each have different strengths that make them incredibly effective in the proper situations.

Players should experiment with Tesseract Monlyths and Void Suppression Crystals, as both lend powerful effects: the Monlyths give crowd control via stun and the Void Suppression Crystals drastically weaken enemies.

In is important for players to remember that the Legendary Legion is expendable and on a timer. Likewise, the Avatars are powerful, but they can rapidly be crushed by hybrid if the Avatar is left to fend for itself.

In the Defense of Aiur[edit | edit source]

An intriguing ability that Zeratul has access to is the ability to temporarily create a copy of his Tesseract Cannons. With these copies, Zeratul can add some additional firepower to the battlefield or close a gap in the battlefield with a series of expendable copies. These copies do come at the cost of draining the shields of the original cannons, however, meaning that the player should use them judiciously. Zeratul's Tesseract Monoliths share this ability, allowing Zeratul to project his towers into key battlegrounds.

With the adjustments made to Zeratul made in recent patches, relying heavily on these towers has been made more difficult. The cost of a single Tesseract Cannon is 300 minerals, and the number of starting charges for the Tesseract Monolith was reduced to one. Nevertheless, the cannons remain a powerful option for the player. Proper use of these weapons is key as Zeratul the hero, even with full attack speed mastery and careful micro, is not capable of taking the place of a functioning army, especially on Brutal, and an ally can rapidly become exasperated by seeing Zeratul attempt to solo attack waves and objectives. Therefore, in order to replace the "missing" army, the player needs to produce a mixture of Tesseract Cannons with Xel'Naga Shieldguards to recharge their shields and use projection of the cannons and Legendary Legions very liberally. Xel'Naga Watchers are useful to this build, as they give Zeratul vision that enables him to project his cannons into the battle.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

Protoss Commanders[edit | edit source]

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 Commanders[edit | edit source]

Swann can deploy vespene drones to help ease the expense of Zeratul's high cost units, and Swann's laser drill receives added damage from the dark templar's stealth when moving into enemy entrenchments. Combined with a few science vessels for detection and healing for Zeratul's mechanical units (Stalkers and Xel'naga enforcers), Zeratul's army becomes even more unstoppable.

Nova has a similar playstyle and costs with similar offensive and defensive capabilities. Having two cloaked commanders on the field can present challenges, but utilizing Nova's nukes with Zeratul's avatar calldowns creates a surprisingly effective pairing. One major drawback to the Void Seeker is that you can only move Zeratul from one end of the map to the other, but playing off your partner's use of tactical airlift can mobilize both armies to drop in on different map objectives, bonuses, or to easily fall back to take down incoming enemy attack waves. This comes in handy if you're both playing offensively with little base defense. Otherwise, a nice mix of tesseract monolith's and cannons with Nova's turrets makes for a devastating defensive line.

Zerg Commanders[edit | edit source]

Stetmann has a very different playstyle, but his Stetzones can help Zeratul's relatively slow Protoss army move around the field, and can help all of his units regenerate health. Combined with Shieldguards, this gives Zeratul's army unprecedented sustaining power. Stetzones will also regenerate Shieldguard energy significantly faster.

Quotations[edit | edit source]

See: Zeratul Commander Quotations

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

PortableCharger SC2 AchieveIcon1.JPG Have a Portable Charger?
Points

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Criteria

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

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BankShotNatural SC2 AchieveIcon1.JPG Bank Shot, Pocket Natural
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Criteria

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

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Devolution SC2 AchieveIcon1.JPG Devolution Retribution
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Criteria

Kill 200 devolved enemies in a single game.

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ThatBelongsInAMuseum SC2 AchieveIcon1.JPG That Belongs in a Museum!
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Complete the Xel'Naga Artifact within 12 minutes on Hard difficulty.

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ProphecyFufilled SC2 AchieveIcon1.JPG Prophecy Fufilled
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Complete all the Commander Zeratul achievements.

Rewards
ZeratulCoop SC2 Portrait1.jpg Zeratul portrait
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Levels[edit | edit source]

Zeratul5 SC2AchiveImage.jpg Zeratul: Level 5
Points

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Criteria

Reach level 5 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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Zeratul10 SC2AchiveImage.jpg Zeratul: Level 10
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Reach level 10 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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Zeratul15 SC2AchiveImage.jpg Zeratul: Level 15
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Reach level 15 with Zeratul in Co-op Missions.

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Development[edit | edit source]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

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