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Mercenaries are terran soldiers who fight for hire.

Game UnitsEdit

Wings of LibertyEdit

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The various mercenaries of the campaign, to the right of their normal unit counterparts.

In the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign, mercenaries are more powerful versions of basic units. Mercenary contracts may be purchased with credits from Graven Hill, a recruiter in Hyperion's cantina.[1] 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.[2]

Mercenaries have unique unit models—60% of the model is altered to ensure the models are unique, but still recognizable.[3]

WarPigs SC2 Icon1 War Pigs
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

Free of charge after "Zero Hour"

Squad size

4 War Pigs marines

Squads per mission

3

Cooldown

5 min.

Resource Cost

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+65% Health, +35% Damage

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DevilDogs SC2 Icon1 Devil Dogs
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

25,000 credits

Squad size

2 Devil Dogs firebats

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

5 min.

Resource Cost

250 Minerals Terran SC1 75 Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+60% Health, +25% Damage

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HammerSecurity SC2 Icon1 Hammer Securities
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

40,000 credits

Squad size

2 Hammer Securities marauders

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

6 min.

Resource Cost

250 Minerals Terran SC1 75 Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+25% Health, +20% Damage

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SpartanCompany SC2 Icon1 Spartan Company
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

40,000 credits

Squad size

2 Spartan Company goliaths

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

6 min.

Resource Cost

300Minerals Terran SC1 125Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+33% Health, +33% Damage

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SiegeBreakers SC2 Icon1 Siege Breakers
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

45,000 credits

Squad size

2 Siege Breakers siege tanks

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

7 min.

Resource Cost

400Minerals Terran SC1 200Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+33% Health, +66% Damage

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HelsAngels SC2 Icon1 Hel's Angels
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

45,000 credits

Squad size

3 pirate viking fighters

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

5 min.

Resource Cost

400 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+45% Health, +40% Damage

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DuskWings SC2 Icon1 Dusk Wings
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

60,000 credits

Squad size

2 rogue banshees

Squads per mission

2

Cooldown

7 min.

Resource Cost

350 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+25% Health, +50% Damage

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JacksonsRevenge SC2 Icon1 Jackson's Revenge
Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Hired at

Graven Hill

Price

80,000 credits

Squad size

1 Jackson's Revenge battlecruiser

Squads per mission

1

Cooldown

7 min.

Resource Cost

400 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1

Produced at

Merc compound

Notes

+30% Health, +33% Damage

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Left 2 DieEdit

In Left 2 Die, Raynor's Raiders can also hire Skibi's Angels (medics), Outback Hunters (hellions) and Death Heads (reapers).[4]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

In the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm campaign, Raynor continues to employ mercenary units. In the final mission, the War Pigs, Spartan Company, and the Siege Breakers, contribute to Raynor's allied offensive with Sarah Kerrigan. Mercenary units also appear in the employ of the Umojan Protectorate.

Notable MercenariesEdit

Main article: Terran mercenaries

Notable Mercenary OrganizationsEdit

Main article: Terran mercenary organizations

NotesEdit

Mercenary unit models are recycled throughout the campaign for other units, usually when that unit is meant to be a stronger version of the base unit. For instance, the Jackson's Revenge model is reused as the Loki, and the War Pigs model is reused for the Umojan Marine. In the final mission of Heart of the Swarm, members of Mengsk's Elite Guard use mercenary models.

On higher level difficulties, some pre-placed enemy units will be replaced by their mercenary counterparts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Graven Hill's laptop (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  3. 2011, SC2: Terran Automated Refinery. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-03-19
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Map: Left 2 Die (in English). 2011.

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