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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

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