Co-op Commander Guide: Stukov

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Commander Summary

Stukov dominates the battlefield by overwhelming his enemies with large numbers of infested units.

Level Unlocks

Level/Icon Name Description
Infestation Infestation Stukov begins with an Infested Colonist Compound that automatically generates Infested infantry units every 60 seconds for no cost.

Stukov’s primary structure generates creep at an accelerated rate and unlimited range.
Hostile Incubation Hostile Incubation Infest Structure can now store two additional changes and can target enemy structures, disabling them in addition to spawning Broodlings.
Epidemic Epidemic Unlocks an additional level of Infestation at the Infested Colonist Compound.

Also unlocks an upgrade at the Infested Command Center to increase the number of Broodlings spawned by Infest Structure by 50%.
Apocalisk Apocalisk Unlocks the ability to spawn an Apocalisk at the target location. The Apocalisk is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds. Spawn the Apocalisk from the top panel.
Infested Engineering Bay Upgrade Cache Infested Engineering Bay Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Infested Engineering Bay:
  • Increase the armor of Infested Bunkers.
  • Increase the life regeneration rate of Infested Bunkers while they are rooted.
Corrupted Conscription Corrupted Conscription Spawn Infested Marine can now store 10 additional charges and Infested Marines now spawn 100% faster.
Infested Infantry Upgrade Cache Infested Infantry Upgrade Cache Unlocks an upgrade at the Infested Colonist Compound that spawns Broodlings when Infested Civilians die.

Unlocks an upgrade at the Infested Barracks Tech Lab that enables Infested Marines and Infested Troopers to deal additional damage over time to units they attack.
New Unit: Brood Queen New Unit: Brood Queen Flying support unit. Can use Ocular Symbiote and Spawn Broodlings.

Can attack air units.
Infested Factory Upgraded Cache Infested Factory Upgraded Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Infested Factory Tech Lab:
  • Increase the damage that Infested Siege Tanks deal to armored targets.
  • Enable Infested Diamondbacks to leave behind a trail of slime that deals damage and slows enemy ground units.
Aleksander Aleksander Unlocks the ability to call down the Aleksander at the target location. The Aleksander is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds. Call down the Aleksander from the top panel.
Infested Starport Upgrade Cache Infested Starport Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrades at the Infested Starport Tech Lab:
  • Increase the life of Infested Banshees.
  • Reduce the damage taken by Infested Liberators while they are attacking.
Incendiary Prosthetics Incendiary Prosthetics Increases the area damage dealt by the Apocalisk’s attacks and its initial spawn by 100%.
Brood Queen Upgrade Cache Brood Queen Upgrade Cache Unlocks the following upgrade at the Infested Starport Tech Lab:
  • Increase the Brood Queen’s energy regeneration rate by 100% and allow it to spawn with full energy.
  • Enable Brood Queens to immobilize and reveal enemy ground units while dealing damage to them over time.
Engorged Bunkers Engorged Bunkers Increases the number of units that Infested Bunkers can hold by 2, and increases the spawning rate of Infested Troopers by 20%.
Neural Infestation Neural Infestation Stukov gains control of enemy units who are under attack from the Aleksander’s tentacles.

Highlighted rows denote large power spikes for the commander.

Achievements

The commander-specific achievements for Stukov are:

Achievement Name Description
A Brood of Your Own A Brood of Your Own Deal 10,000 damage to enemies with Broodlings spawned from allied buildings in Co-op Missions.
Apocalisk Now Apocalisk Now Deal 100,000 damage with Apocalisks in Co-op Missions.
Short Term Infestment Short Term Infestment Spawn 5,000 Infested Marines in Co-op Missions.
The Stukov Maneuver The Stukov Maneuver Deal 100,000 damage with the Aleksander in Co-op Missions.

Calldowns

The calldowns for Stukov, at level 15, with no mastery points added are:

Calldown Name Description Recommended Usage Numbers
Deploy Psi Emitter Deploy Psi Emitter Sends all currently existed and newly constructed infested infantry units to the designated point.
  • Reposition your Psi Emitter often to ensure your Infested units are moving in the direction you want to.
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds
Infest Structure Infest Structure Infests target friendly or enemy structure, causing it to spawn 60 Broodlings over 20 seconds.

Friendly structures are healed for 25 life per second and enemy structures are disabled for the duration of the effect.
  • Infest Structure cannot target uprooted Bunkers. Root them, then infest, then uproot them.
  • Useful for distracting enemy units while your army attacks.
  • Coolup: 180 seconds
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds
  • Max charges: 3
Apocalisk Apocalisk Spawns an Apocalisk at the target location. The Apocalisk is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.
  • Useful for dealing with ground forces.
  • Can deal with minimal air units.
  • Coolup: 300 seconds
  • Cooldown: 300 seconds
Aleksander Aleksander Calls down the Aleksander Infested Battlecruiser at the target location. The Aleksander is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds.
  • Useful for pushing into enemy bases.
  • After the Aleksander dies, it crashes to the ground, dealing 300 damage and spawning an infested unit every second for another 30 seconds.
  • Has an aura that reduces incoming damage.
  • Coolup: 360 seconds
  • Cooldown: 360 seconds

The Apocalisk ability brings an Apocalisk onto the battlefield. This unit has abilities itself, shown below:

Apocalisk

Apocalisk

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Cluster Rockets Cluster Rockets Fires a salvo of 5 missiles at the target enemy air unit, dealing a total 100 damage. (40 missiles max) 10 seconds/5 missiles
Burrow Charge Burrow Charge Burrow and charge at the target location dealing 150 damage and stunning non-heroic enemies for 5 seconds. 10 seconds

Masteries

Below are the three Power Sets for Stukov with the recommended point allocations for each. Note that these are meant to serve a general, all-purpose build that is effective across all maps. You are highly encourged to change these masteries to suit your playstyle and particular challenges you face (e.g. Weekly Mutations).

Power Set 1:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Volatile Infested Spawn Chance 5% per point
15% maximum
30 Players that use Infest Structure more aggressively might consider adding some points into that respective mastery. However, they should also consider the fact that Volatile Infested can deal a lot of splash damage, which can help weaken enemy defenses.
Infest Structure Cooldown -1 sec per point
-30 sec maximum
0

The Volatile Infested increase your commander power level. While Infest Structure is useful, it's power level does not match that of actual units on the field.

Power Set 2:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Aleksander Cooldown -2 sec per point
-60 sec maximum
0 Players that prefer to push into enemy bases backed up by the Aleksander (which provides a damage reduction buff) might find it useful to add some points into the Aleksander mastery. However, they will be taking away points from the Apocalisk mastery, which allows it to be spammed more frequently.
Apocalisk Cooldown -3 sec per point
-90 sec maximum
30

While the Aleksander is significantly more powerful, you probably won't be using it as much as the Apocalisk, which can be spammed to deal with attack waves and small pushes.

Power Set 3:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Infested Infantry Duration 1 sec per point
30 sec maximum
30 Players that rely on a stong presence of Mechanical units (Diamondbacks, Liberators and Siege Tanks) may prefer to add points into the Mech mastery to further strengthen their army.
Mech Attack Speed 1% per point
30% maximum
0

You probably won't be using enough Mech units to justify the Mech Attack Speed mastery. The Duration mastery affects all infested units, which makes it much more powerful.

Combat Units

For more information on unit stats, comparison between units and upgrade calculations, visit the Data Tables page.

Stukov's combat units are listed below:

Infested Civilian

Infested Civilian

  • Spawned from the Infested Colonist Compound.
  • Highly recommended to buy all Infested Colonist Compound upgrades, due to their power level and their ability to snowball the game.
  • They last 90 seconds.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Anaerobic Enhancement Anaerobic Enhancement Allows Infested Civilians to quickly leap toward nearby enemy ground units. 100/100 60 seconds
Broodling Gestation Broodling Gestation Infested Civilians spawn a Broodling when they die. 150/150 90 seconds
Volatile Infested

Volatile Infested

  • Spawned in place of some civilians from the Infested Colonist compound.
  • Lasts 90 seconds.
  • Deals splash damage upon death.
  • Also spawns from Infested Siege Tank shots.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Anaerobic Enhancement Anaerobic Enhancement Allows Infested Civilians to quickly leap toward nearby enemy ground units. 100/100 60 seconds
Broodling Gestation Broodling Gestation Infested Civilians spawn a Broodling when they die. 150/150 90 seconds
Infested Marine/Trooper

Infested Marine/Trooper

  • Spawned from the Barracks.
  • Bunkers spawn "Infested Troopers", which have the same stats, except for life span. Marines have 90 seconds, Troopers have 30 seconds.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Retinal Augmentation Retinal Augmentation Infested Marines and Infested Troopers gain +1 attack range. 100/100 60 seconds
Plagued Munitions Plagued Munitions Infested Marines and Infested Troopers deal an additional 50 damage over 15 seconds to units they attack. 150/150 90 seconds
Infested Bunker

Infested Bunker

  • Rooted Infested Bunkers spawn Infested Troopers every 24 seconds.
  • Rooted Infested Bunkers have high HP regeneration, even without the upgrade, which is also recommended.
  • Uprooted Infested Bunkers have a melee attack as well as a ranged attack.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Regenerative Plating Regenerative Plating Infested Bunkers regenerate life twice as fast while rooted. 100/100 60 seconds
Calcified Armor Calcified Armor Infested Bunkers gain +3 armor. 100/100 60 seconds
Infested Diamondback

Infested Diamondback

  • Generally not used due to its large size.
  • Can use Fungal Snare to allow enemy air units to be attacked by ground units.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Fungal Snare Fungal Snare Brings a target enemy air unit to the ground, allowing units to attack it as if it were a ground unit. 45 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Saturated Cultures Saturated Cultures Reduces the cooldown of the Infested Diamondback's Fungal Snare by 15 seconds. 100/100 60 seconds
Caustic Mucus Caustic Mucus Infested Diamondbacks leave behind a trail of acid when moving that deals 20 damage per second to enemy units. 150/150 90 seconds
Infested Siege Tank

Infested Siege Tank

  • Can use Deep Tunnel to any visible location with creep with a 60 second cooldown.
  • Uses Infested Civilians (from the Infested Colonist Compound) or Infested Troopers (from the Infested Bunkers) as ammunition.
  • Cannot use Infested Marines from the Barracks.
  • Has 18 range when rooted.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Deep Tunnel Deep Tunnel Can travel quickly to any visible location with creep. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Automated Mitosis Automated Mitosis Infested Siege Tanks automatically spawn 1 round of Volatile Biomass every 30 seconds. 100/100 60 seconds
Acidic Enzymes Acidic Enzymes Infested Siege Tanks deal an additional +15 damage to armored units and structures in both modes. 150/150 90 seconds
Infested Liberator

Infested Liberator

  • Powerful anti-air solution for Stukov.
  • Not recommended to mass them due to high chance of overkilling targets.
  • Cloud Dispersal upgrade is a must-get.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Viral Contamination Viral Contamination Increases the damage Infested Liberators deal to their primary target by 100%. 100/100 60 seconds
Cloud Dispersal Cloud Dispersal Infested Liberators instantly transform into a cloud of microscopic organisms while attacking, reducing the damage they take by 90%. 100/100 60 seconds
Infested Banshee

Infested Banshee

  • Generally not recommended due to the existence of better anti-ground units.
  • Can burrow to regenerate HP faster.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Cloak Cloak Cloaks the unit, preventing enemy units from seeing or attacking it. A cloaked unit will only be revealed by detectors or effects.

Drains 0.9 energy per second.
0 seconds 0
Burrow Burrow Buries the unit underground. Burrowed units are unable to move or attack, but they cannot be seen without detection. 0 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Rapid Hibernation Rapid Hibernation Allows Infested Banshees to burrow. Infested Banshees regenerate 20 life and energy per second while burrowed. 100/100 60 seconds
Braced Exoskeleton Braced Exoskeleton Infested Banshees gain +100 life. 100/100 60 seconds
Brood Queen

Brood Queen

  • Mostly useful for its Fungal Growth ability, which can decimate attack waves with low HP units, such as Swarmy Zerg.
  • Spawn Broodling is relatively ineffective due to the Brood Queen's high aggro rating, which increases the likelihood of losing it.
  • Ocular Symbiote should only be used if no detection is present.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Ocular Symbiote Ocular Symbiote Grants a friendly unit the ability to detect cloaked and burrowed units for 60 seconds. 0 seconds 25
Spawn Broodlings Spawn Broodlings Kills target enemy ground or air unit and spawns 2 Broodlings from its corpse.

Massive units and heroic units are immune.
0 seconds 100
Fungal Growth Immobilizes enemy units and deals 80 damage over 4 seconds. Reveals cloaked and burrowed units. 0 seconds 75

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Minerals/Gas Research Time
Fungal Growth Fungal Growth Allows Brood Queens to immobilize enemy units and deal 80 damage to them over 4 seconds, and reveal them if they are cloaked or burrowed. 100/100 60 seconds
Enhanced Mitochondria Enhanced Mitochondria Increases the Brood Queen's energy regeneration rate by 100%. Brood Queens spawn with full energy. 100/100 60 seconds

Build Order

Below is the standard economic build order for Stukov. For more information on how to read and construct your own build orders, please check the Build Order Theory page.

15 Overlord
15 Refinery
19 Command Center at Rocks
21 Refinery
21 Anaerobic Enhancement
22 Engineering Bay
22 Overlord
24 Broodling Gestation
25 Barracks

Gameplay Guide

Playstyle Traps

A common trap for Stukov players is to opt for a Barracks-based build. While for most intents and purposes this is fine, this strategy may fail on missions which last much longer than the average game time. These situations may arise on some mutators. With a long game time, a Barrack's based Stukov player may run out of minerals as their Infested army is not persistent.

A better build is to go for a Bunker-based build, which spawns free Infested units. The Bunker build is superior to the Barracks build, even on regular missions, due to the higher strength of the Bunker, and its ability to regenerate health. Additionally, the infested troopers inside the Bunkers do not have timed life until they are removed from the Bunker.

The Infested Colonist Compound

The Infested Colonist Compound provides some of the most powerful upgrades and makes up the core of Stukov's army. Every 60 seconds, the Compound creates a wave of Infested Civilians based on its level. The Civilians start off in eggs, and take 30 seconds to hatch.

The Infested Colonist Compound infestation level is persistent. That is, if it is destroyed, it will keep its level when rebuilt.

Level Eggs Requirements Minerals/Gas
0 8 - -
1 16 Infested Barracks 400/0
2 32 Infested Engineering Bay 400/200
3 64 Infested Armory 400/200

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