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Mercenary symbol

Mercenaries are soldiers or warriors who fight for profit.

OverviewEdit

"That's how it works, kid. You survive, you get paid. If you don't? Too bad."

- A terran mercenary(src)

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A group of mercenaries

Mercenaries often customize their vehicles, whether it's adding speed through engine optimization, versatility in control configurations, or cosmetic changes to intimidate enemies. They rarely use highly advanced surveillance craft such as the raven. They are known for taking chances in battle.[1]

The Kel-Morian Combine employs a well stocked and well equipped mercenary army at their command.[2]


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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

Any "self-respecting merc" is meant to have disdain for government.

The Dominion Armed Forces have used a number of mercenaries over its history, but only a few have received honorable discharges.[3]

Game EffectEdit

StarCraftEdit

In StarCraft Secret Missions, numerous Zerg mercenary broods offered their services to Alexei Stukov when he requested assistance in destroying enemies of his who had collected on a dark planet.

At some point after the Brood War, numerous offered their services to the Terran Dominion to help deal with the New Trinidad Pirates.

StarCraft IIEdit

VersusEdit

In StarCraft II versus mode, mercenary skins for the supply depot and marine are available upon reaching level 20 and 30 respectively with terran.[4]

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.

Data exists in the galaxy editor for hellion, reaper and medic mercenaries, but none appeared in the campaign.

ArcadeEdit

In StarCraft II arcade mode, Left 2 Die, Raynor's Raiders can also hire Skibi's Angels (medics), Outback Hunters (hellions) and Death Heads (reapers).[5]

Wings of LibertyEdit

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

In the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign, mercenaries are more powerful versions of basic units.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

In the late stages of the Second Great War, Raynor's Raiders continued to employ mercenary units. In the final attack on Korhal Palace, the War Pigs, Spartan Company, and the Siege Breakers, contributed to Raynor's allied offensive with Sarah Kerrigan.[6] Mercenary units also appeared in the employment of the Umojan Protectorate.[7]

Legacy of the VoidEdit

In the epilogue of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Raynor employed mercenaries units on his journey to the Void, along with the Daelaam and the Zerg Swarm, to destroy Amon.[8][9]

Nova Covert OpsEdit

In StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops, the Umojan Protectorate hired some War Pigs during their expedition to Jarban Minor.[10]

Co-op MissionsEdit

In StarCraft II: Co-op Missions, Mira's Marauders joined with the Dominion Fleet under Admiral Matt Horner in order to help push back Amon's Forces.[11] Heaven's Devils, Tychus's reformed squadron in Co-op Missions.[12]

Notable MercenariesEdit

"What's the point of being a mercenary if you can't be as ruthless as possible?"

ProtossEdit

TerranEdit

ZergEdit

Notable Mercenary OrganizationsEdit

"Swann knew enough about mercs to know that they put their credits where they counted, not in cosmetic care."

- Rory Swann on mercenaries(src)

ProtossEdit

TerranEdit

ZergEdit

OtherEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. July 19, 2017
  2. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Tychus Findlay (in English). 2018.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Map: Left 2 Die (in English). 2011.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Back in the Saddle (in English). 2013-03-12.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Into the Void, Into the Void (in English). 2015-11-10.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Into the Void, Amon's Fall (in English). 2015-11-10.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Night Terrors (in English). 2016-08-02.
  11. Youtube. 2017-11-03. Co-op Commander Preview: Han and Horner. Youtube.com Accessed 2017-11-03.
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