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Starcraft 2 Zerg Ultralisk Guide

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

Gigantic living battering ram of the Zerg forces, the Starcraft 2 Ultralisk is truly a sight to behold when unleashed upon your opponent's ground troops. Bright Hub runs the rule over this magnificent beast.

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    Starcraft 2 Ultralisk - Introduction

    The complete guide to the Zerg race in Starcraft 2 multiplayer moves onto the awesome Ultralisk unit.

    No longer docile Brontoliths, the Ultralisk has been bred into an incredible living tank, sporting huge bone scythes to cut a frightening swathe through even the largest of infantry formations. In this installment, we'll get up close to these awe-inspiring creatures, providing you with all the vital knowledge on their stats, weapons and Upgrades, as well as taking in a gamut of strategy tips for wielding them against Zerg, Terran and Protoss opposition in Starcraft 2 online matches.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Ultralisk Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Ultralisk - Ultralisks cause carnage at Terran base Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 300
    • Gas: 200
    • Supply: 6
    • Build Time: 70 secs
    • Produced By: Larva
    • Requires: Ultralisk Cavern
    • Hotkey: U
    • Max Energy: 0

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.95
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 500
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 1
    • Armor Type: Biological, Armored, Massive

    Weapons:

    Head Thrust

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 1
    • Damage: 75

    Kaiser Blades

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 1
    • Damage: 15
    • Bonuses: +15 vs Armored
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Ultralisk Upgrades and Abilities

    Upgrades:

    Burrow

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 100 secs)
    • Required: Lair

    This upgrade for certain Zerg units allows them to burrow and remain undetected by enemy units.

    Melee Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground melee units) Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs) Level 2: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 170 secs) Level 3: (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 200 secs) Required: Lair Ground Carapace 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground 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: Lair Evolve Chitinous Plating (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs) Upgrade for the Zerg Ultralisk unit that increases its Armor stat by +2

    Abilities:

    Burrow: The Ultralisk unit can burrow under the surface, making it invisible to enemy units but unable to attack.

    • Type: Command
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    Starcraft 2 Ultralisk Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Ultralisk Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    Ultralisks are the preeminent ground unit in the Zerg locker. They are also particularly effective when turned upon opposition from their own race. They can savage swarms of Zerglings, and their invulnerability to the Infestor's Mind Control abilities make them vital in the late stages of a Zerg vs Zerg match. Their one weak point is their lack of defense against aerial attack from the likes of Brood Lords and Mutalisks, but this can be countered by giving them mobile anti-air support from Hydralisks.

    Zerg vs Terran

    Wade into concentrated groupings of Marines and toss them around for fun, and Ultralisks will terrorize any Terran unit up close. Research the Chitinous Plating Upgrade early to provide some defense against ranged attacks from Marauders and Siege Tanks, counter attack by Battlecruisers with Hydralisk support, but beware the one-shot kill of the Thor Strike Cannon.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    The Ultralisk's ability to break Force Fields defeats the classic Sentry dividing tactic, so assign an Ultralisk to provide support for Zergling swarms when attacking Zealot formations or Protoss Base Buildings. Ground troops in tight terrain are also easy prey. All the Protoss aerial units are highly effective against this unit, so especially beware Void Rays and Carriers.

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Ultralisk is a truly destructive unit when unleashed upon an enemy's ground forces, trampling and smashing them into submission. Just make sure to cover its aerial achilles heel with a decent ring of anti-air fire from your Hydralisk units, and then stand back and admire as the Zerg Ultralisk stampedes its way across the SC2 online battlefield.