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Mutalisk
Mutalisk SC2 Head1
Mutalisk SC2 DevRend2
Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Air unit

Armament

Glaive wurm

Properties
Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1

Control

2 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

33 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Larva

Requires

Spire/Greater spire

Hotkey

T

Movement
Speed

3.75 (Wings of Liberty)
4 (Heart of the Swarm)

Acceleration

3.25

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

0.5

Protection
Hit points

120

Hit point
regen/second

0.2734 (WoL)
1 (HotS)/(LotV)

Armor

0 SC2ZergFlyerCarapace

Type
Armor type

Light

Glaive wurm
Damage

9 (3 on 1st bounce, 1 on 2nd bounce)

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1.5246

Range

3

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2ZergFlyerAttacks

Function
Evolves to

Brood lord (Heart of the Swarm Campaign)
Viper (Heart of the Swarm Campaign)

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

600

Production
score

300

OverviewEdit

The mutalisk's attack is still able to strike multiple targets, bouncing to strike up to two additional targets as in StarCraft.[1] The attack automatically bounces towards the next closest enemy.[2]

Mutalisks are able to stack quite well[3] but it is difficult for them to remain clumped.[4] Mutalisks spread out when they move or attack.[5] With some micromanagement, mutalisks are able to attack on the move as before.[6][7]

Mutalisks are strong against vikings, brood lords, and void rays, and are weak against thors (except when spread out), phoenixes, and corruptors. The mutalisk is also countered by marines (especially those equipped with combat shields and stimpacks) and ghosts, due to their high damage against lightly-armored units.[8]

Overall, mutalisks are more versatile than corruptors, due to their ability to raid, harass and decimate opponents without anti-air capabilities. Alternatively, the corruptor is strictly an anti-air unit.[9]

Game UnitEdit

Wings of LibertyEdit

UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

Increases armor of zerg air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect +1 armor
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Effect +1 armor
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
Effect +1 armor
ve

Heart of the Swarm Edit

Mutalisk SC2-HotS Story1

The mutalisk upgrade screen

In the campaign of Heart of the Swarm, mutalisks can mutate into either vipers or brood lords after completing the requisite evolution mission. Their visual appearance changes accordingly. [10]

AbilitiesEdit

TissueRegeneration SC2-HotS Icon Tissue Regeneration

Mutalisks regenerate more quickly than other zerg units.

ve

UpgradesEdit

SC2 ViciousGlave Icon Vicious Glave

Mutalisk's attacks bounce three more times. Attacks bounce further and do increased damage.

Glave wurm symbiote, simple sequences. Ample room for improvement. Can mutate constitution of cartilagnious framework, amplify damage of impact. Will increase number of targets affected by wurm before structure failure, disintegration.

Campaign Acquisition
ve
TissueRegeneration SC2-HotS Icon Rapid Regeneration

Mutalisk regeneration increases to 10 HP per second when out of combat for at least 5 seconds.

Mutalisk fragile, in need of improved survivability. Requires restructure of sequence down to core. When wounded, cells will activate, remodels tissue to original state. Rapid regeneration. Will require almost entire focus of mutalisk, much exertion. Must devise instinctive aversion to use in combat. Dead mutalisks of minimal use.

Campaign Acquisition
ve
SC2 SunderingGlave Icon Sundering Glave

Increases mutalisk attack damage +9 against armored targets. Attacks no longer hit multiple targets.

Alternative configuration of glave wurm possible. Similar constitution to baneling strain. Explosive. Will deal significant damage to single enemy. Wurm is destroyed upon detonation. Subsequent collisions impossible.

Campaign Acquisition
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Mutalisks are available to Kerrigan and Abathur in Co-op Missions. Kerrigan is able to evolve her mutalisks into brood lords, while Abathur's evolve into guardians and devourers. Both require a greater spire to evolve their mutalisks.

Kerrigan UpgradesEdit

TissueRegeneration SC2-HotS Icon Rapid Regeneration

Mutalisks rapidly regenerate health when not in combat.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Purchased from Spire / greater spire
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 ViciousGlave Icon Vicious Glave

Mutalisk attacks bounce three more times.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spire / greater spire
Hotkey V
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 SunderingGlave Icon Sundering Glave

Mutalisk attacks deal +9 damage to armored enemies.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach {{{1}}} Level 11.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spire / greater spire
Hotkey R
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve

Abathur UpgradesEdit

AmmoCounter SC2-WoL CineFireFury1

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ImagesEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Mutalisks lost the ability to morph into anti-ground flyers because the anti-air corruptor became "useless" once the zerg player had "swept the sky". The corruptor needed the morph more.[11]

There has been some community concern about the effects of massed mutalisks against protoss. Blizzard considered whether a change is truly necessary in early 2012.[12]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Mutalisks had two upgrade in the campaign that were cut. One, called "fibrous core," increased their maximum life by 35. The second, "interlocking scales," gave the mutalisk +1 armor[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Burnes, Andrew. 2008-03-10. StarCraft 2 - Zerg Attack: New Screenshots, Unit Images & Unit Info! IGN.com Accessed 2008-03-10.
  2. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  3. Karune. 2008-08-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 43. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-08-18.
  4. There has not been extensive testing of this yet, but in terms of Mutalisks, players will be able to stack, but it will be much harder to keep them clumped up. As more info surfaces about this, I will keep you informed. Karune. 2008-08-28. Karune About stacking!! Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-08-28.
  5. Dustin Browder, Lipton, Karune. 2009-04-22. The Official STARFEEDER Starcraft 2 Q&A. Starfeeder. Accessed 2009-04-22.
  6. Karune. 2008-12-17. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 47. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-12-17.
  7. Also, Mutalisks at first in StarCraft II while slowed down a bit before they attacked, but the code has been fixed to allow it to attack on the move like the original StarCraft. Karune. 2008-08-28. Karune About stacking!! Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-08-28.
  8. Thors and Marines (with stimpack and the additional hp upgrade) are quite effective against mass Mutalisks. Additionally as mentioned already in this thread, BCs are also very effective, especially with its new missile barrage ability (but of course this is at a later tech). Groups of stalkers are also lethal against mutalisks. Ghosts are good at taking out mutalisks as well, since they get a bonus to light armor, and have a very long range. Add that to snipe, cloak, or a bunker and it is quite a formidable counter as well. Karune. 2008-11-05. Karune, how is Terran air vs Zerg air? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-11-05.
  9. 2011-08-01, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Q&A With Dustin Browder. Gamespot, accessed on 2011-08-13
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Mutalisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  11. Michael Graf. 2010-03-25. Starcraft 2 - Exclusive interview with lead designer Dustin Browder. Gamestar. Accessed 2010-03-27.
  12. 2012-01-25, Questions from the Community. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-01-26
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013

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