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"Warning. Unidentified zerg organism detected inbound. Largest on record."

- An adjutant after detecting a leviathan.(src)

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A leviathan

The leviathan is a massive airborne zerg breed.

OverviewEdit

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A leviathan above Char

Leviathans are classified as class-10 zerg flyers and are the largest in terran records,[1] even larger than a mothership,[2] and have been referred to as "moon sized."[3] Leviathans possess interior evolution chambers, can store many zerg warriors within them, are capable of deep-space travel and can land on planets. They can operate in temperature conditions of near absolute zero[4] and are capable of traveling through warp space.[5] Sacs may be dropped from leviathans.[6]

HistoryEdit

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Leviathans during the Great War

Leviathans were used by the Swarm as far back as the fall of Aiur,[7][8] and at least one was present at Char in the Second Great War.[1][9] During the Battle of Char, zerg broods in leviathans were on their way to the planet when Kerrigan was de-infested. These broods were then scattered or destroyed. Upon her return to the Swarm, Kerrigan's new base of operations was a leviathan. It would fly to different planets and land on them at her direction.[4]

During the Swarm invasion of Korhal, a number of leviathans under the command of Broodmother Kilysa formed a blockade to prevent the Dominion Fleet from protecting the throne world.[10]

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Leviathans alongside terran and protoss ships

Leviathans were used by Kerrigan when entering the Void through Ulnar in the last stages of the End War[11]

Game UnitEdit

Leviathan
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Affiliation

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm

Campaign
Role

Massive interstellar orbital assault-carrier bioship

Armament
  • Bile Swarm
  • Tentacles
Properties
Maximum energy

500 Energy Terran SC1

Sight range

14

Movement
Speed

2

Collision radius

1.375

Protection
Hit points

2500

Hit point
regen/second

Yes

Armor

2

Type
Bile Swarm
Damage

10

Attacks

6

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

2.5

Range

12

Tentacles
Damage

20

Attacks

4

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

2.21

Range

12

Function
Abilities

Spawns lesser airborne strains

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A leviathan

The leviathan is a special zerg unit in Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm.

Wings of LibertyEdit

Leviathans creates airborne eggs and cocoons to spawn mutalisks and brood lords, respectively. It attacks with the four spine crawlers on its underbelly and bile swarm projectiles, and launches scourges and bioplasmid globes dealing 500 damage. It may also put enemy units and buildings in biostasis, removing them from the fight.[1][9] It may be confronted by the player in the mission "Shatter the Sky"[1] or later in "All In",[9] depending on decisions made beforehand. When it dies, it loses its coloration before it explodes.[1][9]

AbilitiesEdit

Despite not having a detector passive icon, the leviathan is able to detect cloaked or burrowed units.

Explode SC2 Icon1 Bio-Plasmid Discharge

Fires a Bio-Plasmid Discharge at a single target unit, dealing 500 damage.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cost 125 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 6Time SC2 Game1
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Corruption SC2 Icon1 Bio-Stasis

Takes affected units out of combat and places them in Bio-Stasis.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 125 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 20Time SC2 Game1
ve
MutaliskSpawn SC2 Icon1 Spawn Mutalisk

Releases a small aerial "cocoon" which shortly spawns a mutalisk.

ve
BroodLordMorph SC2 Icon1 Spawn Brood Lord

Releases a small aerial "cocoon" which shortly spawns a brood lord.

Usage
Cost 0 Minerals Terran SC1 0 Gas Terran SC1
ve

Heart of the SwarmEdit

In Heart of the Swarm, once Kerrigan has reached level 60 she can summon leviathans to the field, one at a time. These leviathans do not spawn brood lords, scourges or mutalisks. These leviathans also only have 1000 hit points and last 4 minutes. She has to wait 5 minutes before she can summon another one (4 minutes with ability efficiency).

AbilitiesEdit

Despite not having a detector passive icon, the leviathan is able to detect cloaked or burrowed units.

Explode SC2 Icon1 Bio-Plasmid Discharge

Fires a Bio-Plasmid Discharge at a single target unit, dealing 500 damage.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cost 125 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 6Time SC2 Game1
ve
Corruption SC2 Icon1 Bio-Stasis

Takes affected units out of combat and places them in Bio-Stasis.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 125 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 20Time SC2 Game1
ve

NotesEdit

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Concept art

  • The leviathan is the level 2 boss for the Lost Viking arcade game in Hyperion's cantina. Its attacks include time-delayed explosive globules and four tentacles.[12]
  • The Leviathan is a large creature in the Bible (e.g. Job 3:18; 41:1). BDB translates leviathan as serpent or dragon. In Isaiah and the Psalms, "leviathan" can represent Egypt, the traditional nemesis of Israel. In Modern Hebrew, it simply means "Whale."
  • The description says that it can spawn scourges and mutalisks; however, the game unit spawns mutalisks and brood lords instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Shatter the Sky (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. Leviathan
  3. Heart of the Swarm Index, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2012-12-03
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-05-30. May 2011 HoTS Gameplay Info. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Conviction (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm opening (in English). 2013-03-12.
  7. Kindregan, Brian T. "Mothership." (January 15, 2010). Blizzard Entertainment. Mothership Accessed 2010-01-15.
  8. 2015-9-25, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - Reclamation. Battle.net, accessed on 2015-9-25
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, All-In (air version) (in English). 2010-07-27.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations before Planetfall. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Into the Void (in English). 2015.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Lost Viking (in English). 2010.

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