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Starcraft 2 Zerg Mutalisk Guide

by: Simon Williams ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Flying dragons with an evil bite, the Starcraft 2 Mutalisk is the primary aerial weapon of the Zerg Swarm. We take a look at getting the best out of these horrific beasts of the sky.

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    Starcraft 2 Mutalisk - Introduction

    Our indepth guide to the Zerg in Starcraft 2 multiplayer continues with an examination of the frightening foe that is the Mutalisk.

    Swooping down in massed flocks upon quaking enemy infantry, the Zerg Mutalisk is a terrifying aerial apparition. Spitting out a deadly symbiotic Wurm that can bounce from enemy unit to unit in quick succession, the Mutalisk is extremely useful in SC2 multiplayer when deployed en masse against your opposition's weakest units. In this guide, we'll cover the Starcraft 2 Mutalisk's stats, its Glaive Wurm weapon as well as its available upgrades, and provide you with a set of tailored multiplayer strategies and opposition counters for this vision of death from above in Starcraft 2 online.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Mutalisk Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Mutalisk - Mutalisks swarm Terran Battlecruisers Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 100
    • Gas: 100
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 33 secs
    • Produced By: Larva
    • Requires: Spire
    • Hotkey: T
    • Max Energy: 0

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 3.75
    • Acceleration: 3.25
    • Hit Points: 120
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Biological, Light

    Weapons:

    Glaive Wurm

    • Ground/Air Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 3
    • Damage: 9
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Mutalisk Upgrades and Abilities

    Upgrades:

    Flyer Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units) Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs) Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs) Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs) Required: Hive Flyer Carapace 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units) Level 1: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs) Level 2: (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 170 secs) Level 3: (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 200 secs) Required: Hive
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    Starcraft 2 Mutalisk Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Mutalisk Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    To make the most of Mutalisks against Zerg opposition, a fair bit of micro-managing can be involved. You want to harness the Mutalisk's ability to target several enemy ground units, like Zergling squads, at once with the Glaive Wurm, bouncing it from unit to unit, while using this unit's agility and speed to rapidly get it out of trouble. If your opponent deploys a Brood Lord, swarm it with massed Mutalisks at the first opportunity. Beware grouped Hydralisks, especially with the Grooved Spines upgrade.

    Zerg vs Terran

    Mutalisks are excellent at dealing with Viking fighters thanks to their speed and maneuverability in the air, but fair less well against Terran ranged units such as the Thor, not least because its splash damage effect can drop a whole swarm of Mutalisks in one go. Watch out for being sniped out of the sky by the Ghost as well.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    Mutalisks are traditionally strong against Protoss ground units, especially when massed into large squadrons, and can devastate Zealot squads in rapid fashion with the Glaive Wurm. Research Flyer Carapace at the earliest opportunity though, and steer clear of base defenses, as Photon Cannons can take Mutalisks out with ease. The Protoss Phoenix is probably the hardest counter to the Mutalisk in the whole game, as its ability to move while firing enables them to run rings around the Zerg unit in the air.

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Mutalisk is a vital component of any Zerg build order in SC2 multiplayer, and the sooner you can deploy them against your enemy's weak ground units, the more havoc they can cause. Ensure you produce them in numbers, though, and expect casualties in the later stages of an online game, especially against a Protoss opponent.