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The mutalisk is the zerg primary air-attack unit in StarCraft.

OverviewEdit

Mutalisk SCR HeadAnim

Unit profile from StarCraft: Remastered

The mutalisk's attack strikes three targets in succession, dealing 9 damage to the first, 3 to the second, and 1 to the last. Unlike many other air units, the mutalisk is small with light-type armor, making it more resistant to explosive damage, a common damage type found on anti-air units like dragoons and goliath. The mutalisk deals normal damage and is only affected by the armor of the target. Compared to the wraith and scout, the mutalisk's attack is weaker and more easily affected by armor.

Large groups of mutalisks tend to clump together making them ideal targets for attacks or abilities dealing area of effect or splash damage. Mutalisks are fast, but accelerate slowly making it harder to escape; this improves the effectiveness of the high templar's psionic storm against mutalisks. archons are likewise a good counter against mutalisks due to the splash damage of their psionic shockwave. On the other hand, stacking mutalisks does make them easier to control, and can make it harder for single target attacks to deal with them (e.g. marines). One can trick mutalisks into stacking by including an overlord in the control group.

AbilitiesEdit

GuardAspect Icon SC1
Guardian Morph

Causes mutalisk to morph into a guardian.

Usage
Hotkey G
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 1 mutalisk
Acquisition
Required Greater Spire
DevourAspect Icon SC1
Devourer Morph

Causes mutalisk to morph into a devourer.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 50 Gas Terran SC1 1 mutalisk
Acquisition
Required Greater Spire

UpgradesEdit

  • +1 bonus to attack per level for mutalisks
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for guardians and devourers.
Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

+1 bonus to armor per level for overlords, mutalisks, guardians, devourers, scourge and queen.

Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

DevelopmentEdit

Sound files suggest that the mutalisk was originally called the "mutalid."[1] Originally, the mutalisk was armed with an "acid spray" attack rather than glaive wurms. References to the acid spray may be found in the StarCraft manual. It can also be seen in The Death of the Overmind, the final cinematic for Episode III where mutalisks attack the Gantrithor.[2]

ImagesEdit

NotesEdit

The unit portrait of the mutalisk is not the face of the mutalisk, but rather the tail, which fires the glaive wurm.

The Mutalisk's name is possibly a play on words with "mutate" referring to their ability to mutate into guardians and devourers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). March 31, 1998
  2. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: The Death of the Overmind (in English). 1998.