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UltraliskCavern SC2 Rend1

Early render of the ultralisk cavern

The ultralisk cavern was one of the last zerg buildings to be overhauled as StarCraft II neared completion. Many different attempts were made to figure out the rhyme and reason for the zerg building designs. Several buildings were visually interesting but had no correlation to the Zerg units they enabled. There had been at least three different versions of the ultralisk cavern before the final artwork was created.

The final zerg buildings we produced had many visual elements in common with the units they unlocked. The main idea behind the ultralisk cavern was to display the distinct ultralisk features on a revamped version the building from the first game.[1]

At one point the cavern was represented by what would become the roach warren.[2]

Cleaving Talons[3]

This upgrade gives ultralisks splash damage.[3][4]

Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern[4]
Cost 150[3] Minerals Terran SC1 150[3] Gas Terran SC1 80[3]Time SC2 Game1
ve
Beta DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II beta which is no longer valid.

SC2 AnabolicSynthesis Icon Anabolic Synthesis

Increases ultralisk speed.[5]

Acquisition
Purchased from Ultralisk cavern[5]
Hotkey A[5]
Cost 150[5] Minerals Terran SC1 150[5] Gas Terran SC1 110[5]Time SC2 Game1
ve

Heart of the Swarm DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

ShapeShift SC2 Icon1 Burrow Assault[6]

This ability allows ultralisks to quickly (speed 3.75)[7] tunnel underground and charge forward to resurface in the midst of battle. This is to combat ultralisks being unable to get into battle due to their size or other units being in their way.[8] Vision to the attacked area is not necessary.[9]

It seems to deal damage when the ultralisk emerges from the ground.[10]

Usage
Hotkey C[11]
Cost 200[9] Minerals Terran SC1 200[9] Gas Terran SC1
Cooldown 30[6]Time SC2 Game1
ve

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2010, SC2: Zerg Ultralisk Cavern. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01
  2. 2011, SC2: Roach Warren. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Zerg Ultralisk. StarCraft II Armory. Accessed 2009-09-27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 HDstarcraft et al. 2009-09-01. Starcraft 2/Blizzcon 2009 Podcast p11. Youtube. Accessed 2009-09-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). February 18, 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Rusher. 2011-10-26. ​A complete list of all multiplayer HOTS changes/additions, now that Blizzcon is over. Reddit. Accessed 2011-10-29.
  7. Aldrexus. 2012-10-26. Balance Update #7 (10/26/2012). Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion. Accessed 2012-10-26.
  8. 2011-10-21. Blizzard Cuts and Adds StarCraft II Units. IGN. Accessed 2011-10-21.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Raiderrobert. 2012-09-05. Summary of HOTS Changes. Reddit. Accessed 2012-09-09.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-06-08. Heart of the Swarm Update - New Videos (StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Multiplayer Unit Update). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-08.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-06-08. Heart of the Swarm Update - New Videos (StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Battle Report (Protoss vs Zerg)). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-08.

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