Similar to the previous Mercenaries map, it supports one to three players. The number of players determines the number and strength of enemy forces the players must defeat.
Mercenaries II follows Deception, a mission in which the Kimeran Pirates stealthily entered a Confederate remnant science facility and left with valuable secret data files. The pirates may have spotted Infested Stukov there, and, leaving with a rescued experimental infested terran in their stealthy battlecruiser, but may have been followed by cloaked Wraiths from the facility (something the battlecruiser's commander, Captain Buzan, believed to be impossible).
- The exact events are uncertain, as Infested Stukov's presence is a "top secret" and skillful players of the Deception map will not have their ship pursued by the Wraiths.
- Depending on the head mercenary that you choose, you can play with the StarCraft race of your choice. If you choose Jenn the Vivacious, you can gain access to the Skullder Unit 004, a similar unit to the Skullder Unit 001 designs found in the map Deception.
You will be paid handsomely for your assistance in this matter, and I will be providing you with a selection of the most gruesome mercenaries this side of the galaxy. The leader of the mercenary you hire has a group of followers that will fight for you, so long as you pay for them.Be sure not to dally. It is important that you strike quickly, or you may be overrun. These people have mercenaries of their own who are at least as ruthless as you..."
- Stukov's greetings to the mercenaries(src)
The player, symbolized by a civilian, can select from nine groups of "gruesome" mercenaries; each player can only select one mercenary group, and cannot "share" a group with another player. Each mercenary group has a leader (a modified hero unit) and a pair of special units that correspond to a regular unit. After selecting the mercenaries, the player is granted the leader and the two special units, and the player receives four workers and a town center for the race (effectively playing the race, even though they are treated as terran for game purposes). Whenever a regular unit of the special unit type is made or mind controlled, that unit is immediately replaced by a special version of that unit at no cost, providing a valuable boost to the player's forces. Furthermore, "spellcasting" special units automatically start with full energy and all upgrades, and the Tycho Reaver is produced with ten scarabs as well.
The leader is listed first, followed by the special unit types.
- Jenn the Vivacious (ghost) and her Skullder Unit 004s (goliath).
- Minos the Malevolent (zealot) and his Dragoons of Malice.
- Frayne the Feral (hydralisk) and his Feral Guardians.
- Aios Karnage (vulture) and his Karnage tanks.
- Heiberg the Heretic (high templar) and his Tycho Reavers.
- Eschueta the Wicked (infested terran, represented by Infested Kerrigan's unit) and her Eschutriarchs (queen).
- El Kang the Quixotic (battlecruiser) and his Kang science stations (science vessels).
- Pagan the Pernicious (Dark templar) and his Paganites (arbiters).
- Meserole the Marauder (zergling) and Meserole's Plague Bringers (defilers).
Stukov's enemies consisted of protoss, terrans and zerg; he considered them all to be "detestable vermin".
The orange protoss in the center only appear if there are at least two players, and do not have any heroes.
In the three player version of the map, the white terrans in the southwest corner were led by the Kimeran Juggernaut. The white terrans are, presumably, the same Kimeran Pirates from Deception, and Stukov managed to track them down in order to eliminate them.
In order to achieve victory, all enemy buildings must be destroyed. Once all buildings of an enemy base being destroyed, the player will receive a message indicating the fact, and all units still alive of that enemy will become inactive.
The special mercenaries can be found on raised ground at the far corners (from the center) of their respective bases. They follow special AI scripts causing them to wade into combat if their bases are attacked and to retreat when the player is beaten off. These mercenaries have no distinguishing characteristics visible to the player unless the player clicks on them (they have no auras and are the same color as their forces); this is due to a limitation of the StarCraft game engine. Whenever a special mercenary is killed, the player receives a message indicating the fact.
If an enemy base is destroyed without its special mercenary being killed, the player will receive a message indicating that the special mercenary of that enemy was killed, and that special mercenary will become inactive.
|The next article in this series is Resurrection IV.|