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"Let’s begin with the Hellbat. It may not look like much when it’s just a Hellion, zipping around the battlefield spitting tiny streams of infernal plasma fuel. When it stands up however, this little car transforms into Hell on legs. With a cone-blasting flamethrower that obliterates any piece of flesh sorry enough to stand before it, the Hellbat is one of the most fearsome ground troops an enemy might ever stand toe-to-toe with."
Hellbat
Hellbat SC2-HotS Art3
Latest sighting

2505

Physical
Race

Terran

Type

Buggy/Bi-pedal battle walker

Propulsion

Four wheels/Two legs

Armaments

Infernal flamethrower

Political
Role
  • Tactical assault walker (walker mode)
  • Raider (vehicle mode)
Personnel
Crew

1 (pilot)

The hellbat, formerly called the battle hellion,[1] is a transforming terran vehicle based on the hellion.

OverviewEdit

Due to the good performance of the original hellion designed, the Terran Dominion opted to provide an upgrade to the vehicle. By combining the original vehicle’s speed, agility and firepower with the new battle mode’s strength, armor and durability, the hellbat is said to represent "the future of tactical assault technology."[2] After the hellbat proved its worth on the battlefield, Dominion engineers quickly developed an upgrade kit to retrofit all previous generation hellions with the required components.[3]

DesignEdit

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The hellbat

The hellbat template was built upon a heavily modified version of the hellion’s stock neosteel frame, which houses the complex set of servos, hydraulic systems, and robotic components that allow the mechanized walker to seamlessly transform into a vehicle and vice versa. The hellbat makes use of its predecessor’s base platform but adds state of the art robotics to the design. The most striking advancement comes in “battle mode,” which reconfigures the buggy into a mechanized walker.[2]

The hellbat is equipped with a large variable burn engine powered by a variety of liquid or compressed fuels—essentially the big brother of the stock Hellion engine with much improved airflow. This upgraded engine provides enough newtons to compensate for the extra weight of the hellbat’s bulky systems. Like the hellion, it is also rumored to run on Scotty Bolger's Old No. 8 Whiskey.[3]

ArmamentEdit

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The hellbat in action

With the advent of the hellbat, it became a necessity to replace the hellion’s scant plating. Dominion engineers used an experimental paristeel/bonded carbide weave (lighter and better insulated) to protect operator and machine from the incredibly high temperatures of the napalm spray. Additional heat-shielding, made from an expanding and re-forming material, was installed under the hellion’s chassis. It has proven very effective as a means of additional insulation, and it doubles as a solid riot shield. [3]

In battle mode, the hellion’s infernal flamethrower transitions for immediate use, while a thick layer of heat shielding beneath the hellion’s chassis expands and re-forms to protect both robot and driver.[2] The original incarnation of the infernal flamethrower was ineffective in close quarters, and installing a second weapon on an already taxed chassis proved unfeasible. To solve the issue, handy hellbat operators added a home-made, manually activated system, albeit useful only in walker mode as it reduces effective range, to pump polystyrene foam into the barrel of the infernal flamethrower prior to firing. The foam alters the density of the plasma fuel, which increases the flame’s intensity when ignited. This makes it very deadly against unarmored or lightly armored targets. This foam system is now standard issue in all Dominion hellbats.

After a friendly fire incident that killed 17 marines and sent 48 to the medbay with fourth-degree burns, the hellbat’s antiquated targeting system (a relic even by the antiquated hellion's standards) was replaced with a more sophisticated version. The new system provides better target acquisition, tracking functionality, and enhances the hellbat operator’s situational awareness. However, no targeting system can make up for the fact that the weapon sprays napalm. Troops are advised to steer clear of the line of fire.[3]

Game UnitEdit

Hellbat
BattleHellion SC2 Head1
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Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Armament

Napalm Spray

Properties
Transport
size

4

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Supply

2 TerranSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

30 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Factory

Upgrades from

Hellion

Requires

Armory

Movement
Speed

2.25

Protection
Hit points

135

Armor

0 SC2TerrVehArm

Type
Armor type

Light

Napalm Spray
Damage

18 (splash radius 45)[4]

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

2

Range

2

Upgrade/level

+2 SC2TerrVehWeap

Function
Upgrades to

Hellion

The hellbat is produced directly from the factory with an armory requirement. The factory can also produce the hellion directly.

In comparison to the hellion, the hellbat's attack has a shorter, but stronger and wider flame. It is slower than its counterpart, but also tougher. While the hellion is mechanical, the hellbat is both biological and mechanical, and can both be repaired and healed.

The hellbat is an effective counter unit to massed (charging) zealots.[5] Its attack is effective against groups of light units such as zerglings, zealots, hydralisks, marines and some short-range armored units such as the roach. Being biological and a slow mover makes it easily kited—it is weak against the archon, stalker, marauder, and baneling.

UpgradesEdit

SC2 TerrVehWeap Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

E

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the attack damage of terran vehicles and spacecraft.

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SC2 TerrVehArm Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating
Researched at

Armory

Hotkey

V

Properties
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

175 Gas Terran SC1

250 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the armor of terran vehicles and spacecraft

Edit
InfernalPreigniter SC2 Game1 Infernal Pre-Igniter
Researched at

Tech lab attached to factory

Hotkey

I

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Notes

Increases the hellion's attack damage by +5 (to +11) vs light units and the hellbat's attack damage by +12 vs light units. The flame changes to a blue color.

The flame color on the icon was changed to blue in patch 1.3.5.

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Transformation Servos
Researched at

Tech lab attached to factory

Hotkey

T

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

110 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Armory

Notes

Allows the hellion and hellbat to transform between modes freely.

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AbilitiesEdit

  • Hellion Mode (E): With the Transformation Servos upgrade, a hellbat can transform into a hellion. The transformation takes 4 seconds.

QuotationsEdit

See: StarCraft II Hellbat Quotations

DevelopmentEdit

Main article: Hellion/Development

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cloaken. 2012-10-12. Balance Update #6 (10/12/2012) Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion. Accessed 2012-10-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-12-20. Hellbat. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-12-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2014-12-18, Hellbat Science. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-19-12
  4. Spyrian. 2013-01-09. Beta Balance Update #11 – January 9, 2013. Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion Accessed 2013-01-10.
  5. June, 2012, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm "New Units" Explained by David Kim. G4, accessed on 2012-06-21

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