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The Reckoning

Death From Above
PsiDestroyer SC2-HotS Game1

Second Great War


Heart of the Swarm


Early April, 2505



  • Psi Destroyer destroyed
  • Zerg Swarm moves on Korhal Palace

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion


Zerg SC2 Icon Queen Sarah Kerrigan
Zerg SC2 Icon Dehaka

TerranDominion Logo2a Emperor Arcturus Mengsk


Dominion Garrison


Psi Destroyer

  • Destroy the Psi Destroyer

Kerrigan, Dehaka

Death from Above is the second-last mission of Heart of the Swarm. [1]

The Terran Dominion activated a potent anti-zerg psionic weapon, the Psi Destroyer, which took advantage of the zerg hive mind to destroy them. However, the primal zerg, which lacked this hive mind, were unaffected.

The Destroyer was powered by several power links. Destroying a link would temporarily depower the Destroyer, and destroying them all would shut it down.

Kerrigan dispatched Dehaka and his primal zerg pack to destroy the power links. Whenever a link was destroyed and the Destroyer depowered, Kerrigan's own zerg would do as much damage to the Dominion forces as possible.

Eventually, the Psi Destroyer was destroyed.


In this mission, the psi destroyer will emit an energy wave that will damage any zerg in it over time, eventually killing it. This affects both creatures and structures. Only primal zerg, namely Dehaka and his pack, can survive as they do not have a hive mind connection. The player begins in control of Dehaka, and uses him to destroy a power link for the psi destroyer, temporarily weakening it. However, over time the psi destroyer's range will increase back to its original radius. Over the course of the mission, Dehaka will spawn on more platforms to destroy more power links, until the psi destroyer is permanently shut down. Dehaka will also acquire a new ability to aid in clearing the area. If the player takes too long to destroy the power links, the psi destroyer's radius will increase until the player's base is destroyed. Once the third power link is destroyed, Dehaka and his pack arrive in the player's base to help with the rest of the mission.

In control of Kerrigan and a base now, the player should cause as much damage as they can before the psi destroyer powers back up. There is a Dominion base south-east of the player's that should be cleared out first and seized as an expansion. From there the player should build up their forces and attack the Dominion as much as they can, then retreat when the psi destroyer reactivates. As long as the player is careful to keep their unit away from the field until Dehaka disables the power link, the mission is not overly difficult. The mission is won once the psi destroyer is destroyed.

To earn the achievement for destroying the psi destroyer before the third power link is disabled, the player should take the mentioned expansion immediately when they get control, then move out in force to clear out the northern area before the destroyer reactivates. While Dehaka and his pack will arrive at the second power link, the player can let them idle there and focus on expanding and upgrading their forces. When the second link is destroyed, the player can move in and rush the destroyer. It is recommended to have several hatcheries to quickly rebuild their army as they fall to keep on the pressure. It is also advised to attempt earning the achievement on a lower difficulty setting, as on Hard and Brutal difficulties the power field expands faster, giving the player less time to build up their forces before they need to destroy the second power link.

An important note is that all primal zerg are immune to the psi destroyer, not just Dehaka and his pack. The player can use this to their advantage by giving Kerrigan the drop pods ability, letting her summon a mass of primal zerg to attack.

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Starcraft 2 Death from Above Brutal All Achievements HOTS Campaign Final 2


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Death From Above

10 Achievement SC2 Game1


Complete the “Death From Above” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

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Terran Up the Sky

10 Achievement SC2 Game1


Destroy 20 enemy structures before the 2nd Psi Destroyer field activation in the “Death From Above” mission.

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Apex Predator

10 Achievement SC2 Game1


Don’t let Dehaka die while destroying a Power Link in the “Death From Above” mission on Normal difficulty.

Missing Link SC2-HotS Icon
Missing Link

10 Achievement SC2 Game1


Complete the "Death From Above" mission before destroying the final power link on Hard difficulty.



Cut lines for the mission indicate that Echo would have played a role in the mission.[2]


  1. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Death From Above (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2014-08-20, Unused HoTS Story Elements. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2014-08-29