Later on in the conflict, the cantina became the location of much discussion in regards to Raynor's alliance with Valerian Mengsk and his intention to return to Char. Tychus Findlay and Milo Kachinsky were opposed to the alliance, but Rory Swann supported Raynor's decision. The discussion became physical when Findlay threw Swann. Raynor managed to subdue the convict in a bar fight. The bar's jukebox was destroyed in the process (though it was soon fixed).
Mercenary contracts may be purchased with credits from Graven Hill, a recruiter in Hyperion's cantina. A mercenary unit may only be hired after its base unit is unlocked by playing the appropriate campaign mission. The War Pigs are the exception; they are hired free of charge after "Zero Hour".
During missions, a mercenary squad is trained at a merc compound. They have no build time, and arrive nearly instantly at the compound by drop pod. There is a short cooldown until the mercenary squad may be trained again. The squad size varies by the unit, and there is a limit to the number of squads that may be trained for each mercenary per mission. Mercenaries benefit from armory upgrades and laboratory research that benefit their base unit.
Mercenaries have unique unit models—60% of the model is altered to ensure the models are unique, but still recognizable.
The television shows UNN's Vermillion Live after most missions; it is hosted by Donny Vermillion, and Kate Lockwell makes frequent appearances. The content often pertains to the previous mission undertaken by the player. Commercials are shown occasionally.
Over the years, the Raiders have visited many locales and acquired exotic and interesting recipies for alcohol, their sources ranging from backwater worlds to megacities. Known liquors include the following: