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Maw of the Void


Belly of the Beast or Shatter the Sky

Gates of Hell
BattleChar SC2-WoL Story2

Second Great War


Wings of Liberty


December, 2504



  • Terran forces establish a foothold on Char
  • Warfield rescued by Raynor
  • Terrans take heavy casualties

RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders
TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm


RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Commander Jim Raynor
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Captain Matt Horner
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Tychus Findlay
TerranDominion Logo2a General Horace Warfield

Zerg SC2 Icon Queen Sarah Kerrigan





Valerian Mengsk


Gates of Hell is a StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty mission.


Dangerous GameEdit

Starcraft II WoL - 102:47

Starcraft II WoL - 1.32 - Dangerous Game

In preparation for the assault on Char, Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk not only acquired the pieces of the Keystone, but also took nearly half of the Dominion Fleet as well. Valerian was acting parallel to Emperor Arcturus Mengsk, and neglected to share all the details with his father. Only upon reaching Char did Valerian reveal his intentions to Arcturus: to defeat the Queen of Blades and prove himself a worthy successor.

The emperor was pleasantly surprised by his son's initiative and daring, but doubted whether Valerian had the experience to succeed. On the other hand, Arcturus was unpleasantly surprised to find Valerian had entered into an alliance with Commander Jim Raynor, and Raynor's Raiders. Nonetheless, it was too late for the emperor to recall the expedition.[1]

The BattleEdit

Gaining a FootholdEdit

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The fleet embattled in orbit.

The initial landing was a near disaster. Most battlegroups were destroyed before reaching the surface, and those that survived were badly scattered. The chaos was aggravated by communication difficulties between ground units and higher command.

Raynor took command of his sector and rallied terran forces in reach in order to have a chance to assault the zerg, as terran casualties escalated both in the ground and in orbit. Several Dominion units, continuing to land by drop pod, were rescued by Raynor's Raiders from the zerg and attached themselves to the rebels in the absence of orders.

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Helios crash landed on Char.

As Raynor pulled in troops to secure a perimeter, General Horace Warfield crash landed nearby aboard the battlecruiser Helios. The crew dug in as the zerg pressed in.[2]

Card to PlayEdit

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StarCraft 2 - Card to Play Cinematic

The Raiders sortied to relieve the beleaguered battlecruiser. They made it just as the zerg were overrunning the survivors. Raynor and Tychus Findlay personally rescued a wounded Warfield.[3]


See also: campaign quotations'

The terrans had their foothold, but at heavy cost. A push on the main hive was urgently needed before their strength was depleted against the numerically superior zerg.[4][5]

The next article in this series is Belly of the Beast.

The next article in this series is Shatter the Sky.


Supply depots are not required for this mission. Over the course of the mission, drop pod "reinforcements" with increasingly powerful units arrive across the map. They become part of the player's army when player units move to their position. The reinforcements may be destroyed by the zerg if not rescued fast enough. Pods continue dropping after Warfield arrives. The final four pods drop in pairs, each arriving at a different location. When one of the pairs is rescued, the other is automatically attacked, forcing the player to divide the rescue team into two. Rescuing the early pods can help toward reaching the first army-building objective, and bring in production structures.

There are spore cannons scattered around the map. Destroying these yield additional resources.

Destroying the three nydus worms near Warfield's crashed battlecruiser is the final objective.


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Gates of Hell

15 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1


Complete the mission

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The Big Bang Cannon

10 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1


Destroy all spore cannons on Normal difficulty

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Dominion Roundup

10 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1


Rescue 10 Drop-Pods of Dominion Troops on Hard difficulty



Cut lines from the mission indicate that the spore cannons could be destroyed to receive a gameplay bonus.[6]


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Dangerous Games. (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Gates of Hell (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Card To Play. (in English). 2010.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Tychus Findlay (in English). 2010.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Gates of Hell (in English). 2010
  6. 2014-08-30, Unused HoTS Story Elements. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2014-09-01

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