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    Campaign Walkthrough (Continued)

    Achievements

    The Reckoning: Complete "The Reckoning" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign

    Swarm Guardian: Prevent the Hyperion from taking damage in "The Reckoning" mission

    Zerg Rush: Complete "The Reckoning" mission in less than 25 minutes on Normal difficulty

    Speed Bump: Destroy the Odin in "The Reckoning" mission before Mengsk sends it at Raynor on Hard Difficulty

    Execution

    Alrighty, the final mission of the game, and no that's not really a spoiler because (1) we're marching down Mengsk's palace, what else would we be doing, and (2) you can see in the mission archives how many missions out of 27 you've completed, and this is the 27th mission we're going to do =).

    The Brutal version of this mission isn't that much different from the other difficulties, and this is also the final mission so it makes sense that it is a big sprawling battlefield. For those of you that can think on your feet and manage crisis well I definitely encourage not worrying about the achievements for the first run through the mission and try to chunk away the carnage on Brutal for yourself. There's a little bit of everything here and different units will certainly help in different ways. Recreate your army of choice and see how far you can get. For those of you who have already experienced this and are looking for one way to get the two end higher end achievements, Speed Bump and Zerg Rush, go ahead onto my method:


    Speed Bump/Zerg Rush Strategy: Hard Mode


    If you're playing for the brutal completion just take your time and be more careful and thorough than I am, this isn't like the Wings of Liberty final mission in terms of difficulty, at least in my opinion. This is my method of how to get these achievements, there's probably a better way to do it but I just haven't figured it out or heard of it yet. It is a simple strategy to understand, little tricky to execute.

    What we're going to do for our base building is clear out the expansion nearby and take it relatively quickly, and then we're going to max out on Ultralisks that have 3 attack/3 armor upgrades at about the 15 minute mark. Throughout the mission Mengsk is going to be sending a variety of attacks at you, one of which is a giant squad of reapers (The Wings of Liberty version that has anti-building grenades) so unless you have a million spine crawlers static defenses won't do too well. It's best to simply defend your bases with your army until you're ready to attack.

    For abilities on Kerrigan you will need Twin Drones, Zergling reconstitution, Spawn Banelings, Leviathan, and then the rest don't matter as much but I got Chain lightning and fury so Kerrigan's auto-attack would be more significant. This strategy also relies heavily on using the Torrasque strain of ultralisks, if you chose the Noxious strand you're going to have to cut things a bit closer to make ends meet. Spawn banelings also needs to be helped by having the damage to primary target mutation on banelings to really beef up its damage output. When the battle starts here's what you're going to want out of your base:

    • Drone up to full saturation, with gases
    • Eventually clear out the expansion to your east and fully saturate that one too (when leviathan is off of cooldown for the first time is a good time to get that taken care of)
    • Build a second evolution chamber
    • Morph your lair into a Hive
    • Build an Ultralisk Cavern.
    • Around the 14/15 minute mark, make like 20 spine crawlers at your expansion.

    The first 15 minutes of the game is pretty much going to be just you getting your maxed out 200/200 army and getting the melee attack and armor upgrades, which should finish by that time. You're going to want to make about a dozen Queens and then focus on nothing but Ultralisks. One other thing you might want to do around the 10 minute mark you're also going to want to go north of your expansion and take out the small collection of buildings there so you don't have to waste time with them later.

    Pretty soon into the mission Jim will fly down and make a base near you, you're going to want to send a few zerglings to him to help him get his base set up and then Mengsk is going to order two attacks on his base that he can't handle, when this happens run Kerrigan (not all of your army, just Kerrigan) over and summon Leviathan to kill the attack force then return to base. During the second attack you will want to use spawn banelings on top of a group of tanks right before they siege up outside of Jim's base.

    When the 15 minute mark rolls around you should have your army maxed out and 3/3 upgrades, time to attack towards the east side of the map, clearing out the entrenchment that will allow Zagara's brood to attack. Rally your hatcheries to Kerrigan and keep recreating the ultralisks you lose on the way.

    The Ultralisks should do well against the tanks and planetary fortresses you come across, you want Kerrigan and the Leviathan taking out any battlecruisers and thors you see. Leviathan has an ability similar to Kerrigan's Kinetic blast but a bit more powerful so be sure they are both spamming their blasts to take out heavy targets. Keep the attack rolling straight up through to the other entrenchment where you allow Dehaka's pack to start attacking. You want to finish cleaning up these areas by around the 20 minute mark. Replace your lost ultralisks, take a moment to compose yourself and your army, and save right here if you made a good time. We're probably going to have to make two separate attempts to get both achievements.

    Take your army and rush upwards, going up the ramp that will take you to the final plateau where the last of Mengsk's defenses are and you'll need to either attack left to kill the Odin or focus north to kill the door into Mengsk's palace. Make sure you can have the leviathan for the majority of the battle.

    When attacking the Odin:

    Focus your army to the left side and attack into the center of the buildings, a bunch of units will cluster together in between them so have Kerrigan sneak up from behind the Ultralisks and spawn banelings right on top of them to clear out about half the army. After that find the Odin and keep spamming both Kerrigan's and Leviathan's version of Kinetic blast on the Odin until he is dead. This should get done just before Mengsk sends him to attack Jim if you made good time. Most of your army is probably dead at this point so reload your save and...

    When attacking the door:

    Attack your ultralisks into the northern section of the plateau towards the Planetary fortresses and use Kerrigan's and Leviathan's Kinetic blasts to focus them down, once they're dead hit f2 and order EVERYONE to start focusing down the door, Kerrigan and Leviathan should still be Kinetic Blasting their hearts out and the only retaliation you're going to throw at the drop pods appearing behind you is to cast Spawn Banelings once to clear out as many as possible. Now just pray you kill the door in time and you might get as lucky as I did and destroy it with only 3 ultralisks left out of your 200/200 army, Kerrigan and Leviathan both dead, heh.

    Enjoy your achievements and watch the credits roll! If you followed my guide you should have gotten all of the harder achievements to obtain as well as beaten the game on Brutal difficulty, if you're missing any of the Kerrigan or Story mission achievements you can play through the game on a leisurely normal and make the appropriate focuses to your play style. Thanks so much for your readership!

    And also if you have any suggestions for strategies that might make some of these endeavors easier feel free to e-mail me at Taenju@hotmail.com and include your GameFaqs username so I can credit you and add them to the guide!

    Story Mode


    • Heart of the Swarm: Complete the Heart of the Swarm Campaign
      • Reward: Primal Queen Portrait

    • Heart of the Swarm: Normal (5,10,15,20): Complete (#) Heart of the Swarm campaign missions on Normal difficulty
      • Note: Evolution missions do not count towards this total as they do not have difficulty options

    • Heart of the Swarm: Hard (5,10,15,20): Complete (#) Heart of the Swarm campaign missions on Hard difficulty
      • Note: Evolution missions do not count towards this total as they do not have difficulty options
      • Reward (20): Zurvan Portrait

    • Heart of the Swarm: Brutal (5,10,15,20): Complete (#) Heart of the Swarm campaign missions on Brutal difficulty
      • Note: Evolution missions do not count towards this total as they do not have difficulty options
      • Reward (20): Narud Portrait

    • Rally the Troops: Speak to the following Characters before assaulting Mengsk's Palace on Korhal (Abathur, Zagara, Dehaka, Stukov, Izsha)

    • Abathur's Cookbook: Complete all the Evolution Missions
      • Reward: Abathur Portrait

    • Swarm Domination: Complete all Kerrigan Level, Army Mutation, and Evolution mission achievements

    • StarTours: Click on each object viewable from the Leviathan
      • Reward: Izsha Portrait

    • For the Swarm!: Mutate each Zerg unit in the Evolution Pit

    • Xel'Naga Secrets: Discover the true purpose of the Xel'Naga Artifact while at the Skigeirr Platform

    • Fashion Statement: Show off your new look to the following characters (Izsha, Abathur, Zurvan)

    • Judgement Day: Discover Zeratul's next destination

    • Visionary: On Char, teach Zagara what it means to be the Ruler of the Swarm

    • Umoja Missions: Complete the Umoja Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Prince Valerian Portrait

    • Kaldir Missions: Complete the Kaldir Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Lasarra Portrait

    • Char Missions: Complete the Char Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Zagara Portrait

    • Zerus Missions: Complete the Zerus Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Dehaka Portrait

    • Skygeirr Missions: Complete the Skygeirr Station Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Infested Stukov Portrait

    • Space Missions: Complete the Space Missions in the Heart of the Swarm campaign
      • Reward: Mira Han Portrait

    Kerrigan

    Note: All achievements are during one mission, even if they don't specifically say so. If you're missing a few achievements but you've been using the associated power throughout the game, that's probably why.


    • Kerrigan Domination: Complete all the Kerrigan Achievements

    • Smoking Corpses: Kill 50 enemy units or structures with Kinetic Blast

    • Leaping Death: Deal 15,000 damage with Leaping Strike

    • Get a Grip: Target and hit 150 enemy units with Crushing Grip

    • Unchained: Deal 5,000 damage with Chain Reaction

    • Shifted Priorities: Deal 5,000 Damage with Psionic Shift

    • Endless Swarm: Reconstitute 500 Zerglings with Zergling Reconstitution

    • So Many Banelings!: Kill 100 enemy units or structures with Spawn Banelings

    • Where the Wild Things Are: Target and hit 100 friendly units with Wild Mutation

    • Worker Rush: Morph 36 sets of Drones with the Twin Drones ability active

    • Surprise!: Kill 100 enemy units with the Infest Broodlings ability active

    • To the Limit: Maintain Kerrigan's Fury for 60 seconds with Fury

    • Spammer: Use 4 abilities within 10 seconds with Ability Efficiency

    • Air Drop: Use Drop-Pods 3 times in a single mission

    • Apocalypse Now: Use Apocalypse to kill 50 enemy units or structures in a single mission

    • Release the Kraken: Use a Leviathan to kill 25 enemy units or structures in a single mission

    Umoja Missions


    • Bonus Objectives: Umoja: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Umoja Missions

    • Umoja Missions: Complete all the Umoja mission achievements

    • Lab Rat: Complete the "Lab Rat" Mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign

    • Mighty Mouse: Destroy 35 Sentry Bots in the "Lab Rat" Mission

    • Rat Race: Complete the "Lab Rat" Mission in less than 10 minutes on Normal difficulty

    • Back in the Saddle: Complete the "Back in the Saddle" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign

    Full Throttle: Prevent the Dominion from destroying a Tram Engine during the Tram Ride in the "Back in the Saddle" mission


    Brutal Legend: Don't take damage from the Archangel in the "Back in the Saddle" mission on Normal difficulty


    Rendezvous: Complete the "Rendezvous" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    First Strike: Destroy 15 enemy structures before Naktul's forces arrive in the "Rendezvous" mission


    Zerg Save the Queen: Rescue all trapped Swarm Queens before Naktul's forces arrive in the rendezvous mission on Normal difficulty


    Char Missions


    Bonus Objectives: Char: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Char Missions


    Char Missions: Complete all the Char mission achievements


    Domination: Complete the "Domination" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Poached Eggs: Hatch all 6 Baneling Nests in the "Domination" mission before collecting 100 eggs


    No Egg for You: Don't let Zagara collect an Egg in the "Domination" mission on Normal difficulty


    Fire in the Sky: Complete the "Fire in the Sky" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Red Alert: Don't let 5 units die to the Gorgon Battlecruiser in the "Fire in the Sky" mission


    Conquer and Command: Destroy 3 Orbital Command structures in the "Fire in the Sky" mission on Normal difficulty


    Old Soldiers: Complete the "Old Soldiers" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.


    Nuclear Launch Rejected: Destroy 20 Terran structures before the 1st Nuclear Strike in the "Old Soldiers" mission


    Recalled Down the Thunder: Complete the "Old Soldiers" mission in less than 20 minutes on Normal difficulty


    Kaldir Missions


    Bonus Objectives: Kaldir: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Kaldir Missions


    Kaldir Missions: Complete all the Kaldir mission achievements


    Harvest of Screams: Complete the "Harvest of Screams" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Ice Breaker: Destroy 20 unfrozen enemy structures in the "Harvest of Screams" mission


    Storm Chaser: Complete the "Harvest of Screams" mission in less than 15 minutes on Normal difficulty


    Shoot the Messenger: Complete the "Shoot the Messenger" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Warp in Peace: Don't let a Protoss Shuttle begin Warping Out in the "Shoot the Messenger" mission


    Extreme Nexism: Destroy 2 Protoss Nexuses in the "Shoot the Messenger" mission on Normal difficulty


    Enemy Within: Complete the "Enemy Within" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Biomass Effect: Collect 450 biomass in the "Enemy Within" Mission


    Failure to Launch: Don't let an Escape Pod reach less than 20 seconds in the "Enemy Within" mission on Normal difficulty


    Zerus Missions


    Bonus Objectives: Zerus: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Zerus Missions


    Zerus Missions: Complete all the Zerus mission achievements


    Waking the Ancient: Complete the "Waking the Ancient" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    A Game of Drones: Don't lose more than 3 drones in the "Waking the Ancient" mission


    Kill 4 Primal Hives in the "Waking the Ancient" mission on Normal difficulty


    The Crucible: Complete "The Crucible" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Epic Meal Time: Kill 75 enemy units with Primal Spawn Locusts in "The Crucible" mission


    Can't Touch This Chrysalis: Complete "The Crucible" mission without Kerrigan's Chrysalis taking damage


    Supreme: Complete the "Supreme" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Endangered Species: Kill 500 enemy units with Kerrigan in the "Supreme" mission


    Queen of the Jungle: Complete the "Supreme" mission without letting Kerrigan drop below 100 life on Normal difficulty


    Skygeirr Missions


    Bonus Objectives Skygeirr: Complete all Bonus Objectis in each of the Skygeirr Missions


    Skygeirr Missions: Complete all the Skygeirr mission achievements


    Just Getting Inside: Complete the "Infested" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Master of Puppets: Kill 60 enemy units with Parasitic Dominated terran units in the "Infested" mission


    Spreading the Disease: Infest all Garrisons without losing a Virophage in the "Infested" mission on Normal difficulty


    Hand of Darkness: Complete the "Hand of Darkness" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Shattered Command: Destroy 2 Command Centers in the "Hand of Darkness" mission.


    Power Underwhelming: Destroy 3 Hybrid Holding Cells before the Hybrid are released in "Hand of Darkness" on Normal Difficulty


    Phantoms of the Void: Complete the "Phantoms of the Void" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Stukov Strikes Back: Don't let Stukov die in the "Phantoms of the Void" mission


    The Phantoms Menaced: Kill 2 Hybrid within 20 seconds of each other in the "Phantoms of the Void" mission on Normal Difficulty


    Space Missions


    Bonus Objectives: Deep Space: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Space missions


    Deep Space Missions: Complete all the Space mission achievements


    With Friends Like These...: Complete the "With Friends Like These..." mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign.


    MinedCraft: Collect every mineral pickup with the Hyperion in the "With Friends Like These..." mission


    Space Ace: Don't let a Mag Mine hit the Hyperion in the "With Friends Like These..." mission on Normal difficulty


    Conviction: Complete the "Conviction" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Staying Alive: Prevent Kerrigan's life from dropping below 50% in the "Conviction" mission


    Saturday Night Fever: Reach the Prison Deck with Kerrigan in less than 8 minutes in the "Conviction" mission on Normal Difficulty


    Final Missions


    Bonus Objectives: Final: Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Final Missions


    Final Missions: Complete all the Final mission achievements


    Planetfall: Complete the "Planetfall" mission in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign


    Fully Operational: Don't lose a Bile Launcher in the "Planetfall" Mission


    Death Start: Destroy 3 Augustgrad Gates before the 5th Bile Launcher lands in the "Planetfall mission on Normal Difficulty


    Death From Above: Complete the "Death from Above" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Terran Up the Sky: Destroy 20 enemy structures before the 2nd Psi Destroyer field activation in the "Death From Above" mission


    Apex Predator: Don't let Dehaka die while destroying a Power Link in the "Death From Above" mission on Normal difficulty


    The Reckoning: Complete "The Reckoning" mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign


    Swarm Guardian: Prevent the Hyperion from taking damage in "The Reckoning" mission


    Zerg Rush: Complete "The Reckoning" mission in less than 25 minutes on Normal difficulty


    Mastery


    Mad Dash: Destroy 3 Factories in the "Lab Rat" mission in less than 10 minutes on Hard difficulty


    Nick of Time: Complete "Back in the Saddle" with more than 40 seconds on each lockdown on Hard difficulty


    Premature Evacuation: Destroy all Dominion Structures in the "Rendezvous" mission before Naktul's brood arrives on Hard difficulty


    Psi-lence is Golden: Complete all objectives in less than 12 minutes in the "Harvest of Screams" mission on Hard difficulty


    My Cool Bay Explosions: Destroy all 3 protoss docking bays in the "Shoot the Messenger" mission on Hard difficulty


    Monster Smash: Kill 15 units with the Giant Ursadon in the "Enemy Within" mission on Hard difficulty


    Shoutout: Destroy Zagara's base in the "Domination" mission in less than 14 minutes on Hard difficulty before collecting 100 eggs


    Going, Going, Gorgon!: Destroy 4 Gorgon Battlecruisers within 120 seconds in the "Fire in the Sky" mission on Hard difficulty


    Home Wrecker: Destroy the Planetary Fortress in the Old Soldiers mission before the nuclear strike on Hard difficulty


    Whack-A-Brakk: Don't let Brakk destroy any biomass in the "Waking the Ancient" mission on Hard difficulty


    Short Life Expectancy: Kill the Tyrannozor in under 1 minute after it appears in "The Crucible"


    Whos Queen Reigns Supreme?: Complete the "Supreme" mission in less than 12 minutes on Hard difficulty


    Once, Twice, Three Times Malady: Complete the "Infested" mission before the Dominion Gas the Platform a 3rd time on Hard difficulty


    Dominion Domination: Kill 3 Hybrid Dominators with Terran units in the "Hand of Darkness" mission on Hard difficulty


    No-Toss: Destroy all Protoss structures in the "Phantoms of the Void" mission on Hard difficulty


    Ludicrous Speed!: Complete the "With Friends Like These..." mission in less than 11 minutes on Hard Difficulty


    Fast Break: Complete the "Conviction" mission with less than 10 minutes on Hard difficulty


    Crash the Party: Destroy all Dominion structures in the "Planetfall" mission before the 5th Bile Launcher lands on Hard difficulty


    Missing Link: Complete the "Death From Above" mission before destroying the third power link on Hard difficulty


    Speed Bump: Destroy the Odin in "The Reckoning" mission before Mengsk sends it at Raynor on Hard difficulty


    Credits

    Starcraft II/Battle.Net username: AdvsInfinity

    This Faq is by me, alias Tanju.

    I do not own Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm or its registered trademarks, they belong to their respective owners and entities.

    A FAQ's section will be added provided I get e-mailed a lot of common questions, if you have anything I need to answer simply shoot me an e-mail at: Taenju@hotmail.com