Co-op Commander Guide: Zeratul

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Commander Summary

Zeratul uses a very small force of powerful units that he strengthens as he finds Xel'Naga Artifacts.

Level Unlocks

Level/Icon Name Description
Power of the Xel'Naga Power of the Xel'Naga Zeratul has a 100 starting supply and his units have increased life and damage. Buildings do not require Pylon power and units cannot be warped directly onto the battlefield. Zeratul's Ancient Nexus can automatically construct Ancient Assimilators.
Prophecy Fulfilled Prophecy Fulfilled Unlocks the ability for Zeratul to find the third and final Artifact Fragment. Once all Artifacts are found, Zeratul unlocks the following abilties:
  • Call down the Avatar of Form, the embodiment of psionic potential.
  • Call down the Avatar of Essence, the embodiment of evolutionary potential.
Passageway Enhancement Cache 1 Passageway Enhancement Cache 1 Unlocks the following Passageway-level Artifact upgrades after the second Artifact Fragment is found:
  • Allows the Xel'Naga Ambusher's Blink to leave behind a Void Apparition that attacks once for 200% of its weapon damage.
  • Increases the energy regeneration of the Xel'Naga Shieldguard by 100%.
  • Allows the Void Templar's Blink to deal 50 damage to units caught in its path.
  • Allows Tesseract Cannons and Tesseract Monoliths to project themselves to a target location for 60 seconds.
New Unit: Xel'Naga Abrogator New Unit: Xel'Naga Abrogator Robotic Disruption unit. Can use Purification Nova to deal heavy area damage. Built at the Constructs Facility.

Can attack ground units.
Tesseract Enhancement Cache Tesseract Enhancement Cache Unlocks the option to select the following Artifact abilities:
  • Deploys a Tesseract Monolith at the target location. Tesseract Monoliths can stun enemies, project themselves, and protect themselves from damage.
  • Improves the effectiveness of the Shade Projection and Shade Barrier abilities by 100%.
Constructs Enhancement Cache 1 Constructs Enhancement Cache 1 Unlocks the following Constructs-level Artifact upgrades after the second Artifact Fragment is found:
  • Allows the Xel'Naga Enforcer's anti-air weapon to knock back enemy air units, dealing 50% of its damage to units caught in the path of the blast.
  • Reduces the cooldown of the Xel'Naga Abrogator's Purification Nova by 50%.
  • Increases the movement speed of Xel'Naga Watchers by 50%.
Path of the Void Path of the Void Unlocks the option to select the following Artifact abilities:
  • Call down Serdath and his legendary legion of Dark Archons to aid in the battle. Serdath cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar.
  • Summons an invulnerable Void Suppression Crystal that slows the movement and attack speeds of enemy units and disable enemy structures in its vicinity.
  • Reduces the cooldown of Zeratul and his units' Blink abilities by 50%.
Empowered Legions Empowered Legions Legendary Legions gain new abilities once the third Artifact Fragment is found:
  • Telbrus gains the Feedback ability, which drains energy from an enemy unit. Telbrus' Zealot Legion gains the Charge ability, which allows them to intercept enemy ground units.
  • Zoraya and her Void Ray legion gain the Prismatic Range ability, which increases the range of their weapons as they continue to attack.
  • Serdath and his Dark Archons gain the Maelstrom ability, which temporarily stuns enemy units in an area.
New Unit: Xel'Naga Void Array New Unit: Xel'Naga Void Array Flying wormhole generator. Builds two at a time. Can deploy to create a link between all Xel'Naga Void Arrays on the field.
Chronometry Chronometry Reduces the build time of units produced by the Xel'Naga Passageway and the Constructs Facility by 50%.
Passageway Enhancement Cache 2 Passageway Enhancement Cache 2 Unlocks the following Passageway-level Artifact upgrades after the third Artifact Fragment is found:
  • Allows the Xel'Naga Ambusher's to store up to 3 charges of Predictive Blink and regain a charge every 8 seconds.
  • Allows the Xel'Naga Shieldguard to create a range 4.5 aura that reflects 50% of all projectiles back to the attacker.
  • When a Void Templar takes fatal damage, it retreats to the Void and regenerates its health and shields over 10 seconds.
  • Allows Tesseract Cannons and Tesseract Monoliths to absorb up to 100 damage every 60 seconds.
Dark Agency Dark Agency Reduces the supply cost of Xel'Naga Shieldguards to 1. Reduces the supply cost of a pair of Xel'Naga Void Arrays to 1. Reduces the supply cost of Xel'Naga Watchers to 0.
Constructs Enhancement Cache 2 Constructs Enhancement Cache 2 Unlocks the following Constructs-level Artifact upgrades after the third Artifact Fragment is found:
  • Increases the damage absorbed by the Xel'Naga Enforcer's Barrier by 300%. The Xel'Naga Enforcers Barrier will fully restore its health whenever it activates.
  • When a Xel'Naga Abrogator's Purification Nova explodes, it generates three smaller Novas that deal 50 damage each to enemy units in their path.
  • Xel'Naga Void Arrays in Wormhole Mode increase the shield regeneration rate of nearby friendly units by 2 per second.
  • Increases the sight radius of Xel'Naga Watchers by 50%.
Purity of Perfection Purity of Perfection The Avatar of Form gains the ability to summon Charged Crystals that can individually cast miniature Psionic Storms. The Avatar of Essence gains the ability to transform all enemy units in a large area into a lower evolutionary form.
Purity of Will Purity of Will Upon finding all three Artifact Fragments, Zeratul gains additional shields, increased Shadow Cleave damage, and can store 3 charges of Blink.

Highlighted rows denote large power spikes for the commander.

Achievements

The commander-specific achievements for Zeratul are:

Achievement Name Description
Bank Shot, Pocket Natural Bank Shot, Pocket Natural Deal 2,000 damage with the Xel'Naga Abrogator's Cluster Novas.
Devolution Retribution Devolution Retribution Kill 500 devolved enemies in a single game.
Have a Portable Charger? Have a Portable Charger? Recharge 5,000 shields on allied units in Co-op Missions.
That Belongs in a Museum! That Belongs in a Museum! Complete the Xel'Naga Artifact within 12 minutes on Hard difficulty.

Artifact Abilities

The artifact abilities for Zeratul, at level 15, with no mastery points added are shown below. Only one ability from each set can be selected.

Legion Calldowns (costs 500 minerals to deploy):

Calldown Name Description Recommended Usage Numbers
Telbrus Legion Telbrus Legion Call down Telbrus and his legendary legion of Zealots to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds. Generally not worth picking, due to it being significantly weaker than the other legions.
  • Coolup: 0 seconds
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds
Zoraya Legion Zoraya Legion Call down Zoraya and her legendary legion of Void Rays to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds. Provides great potential for fast-expanding, even on contested maps. If bases are close to each other, players can even clear their ally's expansions.
  • Coolup: 0 seconds
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds
Serdath Legion Serdath Legion Call down Serdath and his legendary legion of Dark Archons to aid in the battle. This legion cannot be directly controlled but can be guided via the top-bar and will fight for 60 seconds. Powerful for breaking into tough-to-push fortifications by stealing high-value enemy units. Can also be used to significantly weaken powerful attack waves by spawning on top of it.
  • Coolup: 0 seconds
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

The number of fragments collected affect the Legion. Each fragment will add 100 shields to the hero unit (Telbrus, Zoraya, Serdath). Additionally, for Telbrus and Serdath, each fragment will add 100 energy to those heroic units. Artifact fragments also affect how many units are spawned from the Legion. This is summarized in the table below (numbers do not include the Hero unit):

Artifacts Telbrus Zoraya Serdath
0 6 4 3
1 8 5 4
2 10 6 5
3 10 6 5

The Telbrus Legion ability deploys a Telbrus Legion onto the battlefield. The units have abilities themselves, shown below:

Zealot

Zealot

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Charge Charge Requirements: 3rd Xel'Naga Artifact.
Intercepts enemy ground units and increases movement speed.
10 seconds
Whirlwind Whirlwind Deals 10 damage per second to all nearby enemy units. Lasts 3 seconds. 10 seconds
Telbrus

Telbrus

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Psionic Storm Psionic Storm Creates a storm of psionic energy that lasts 4 seconds, causing up to 112 damage to all enemy units in the target area. Does not damage friendly units. 4 seconds
Feedback Feedback Requirements: 3rd Xel'Naga Artifact.
Drains all energy from the target. Deals 1 damage per point of energy.
10 seconds

The Serdath Legion ability deploys a Serdath Legion onto the battlefield. The units have abilities themselves, shown below:

Dark Archon

Dark Archon

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Mind Control Mind Control Temporarily grants Zeratul control of a target enemy unit. Controlled units self-destruct after 120 seconds.

Heroic units are immune.
15 seconds
Maelstrom Maelstrom Requirements: 3rd Xel'Naga Artifact.
Temporarily stuns enemy units in an area of effect for 3 seconds.
15 seconds
Serdath

Serdath

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Mind Control Mind Control Temporarily grants Zeratul control of a target enemy unit. Controlled units self-destruct after 120 seconds.

Heroic units are immune.
15 seconds
Maelstrom Maelstrom Requirements: 3rd Xel'Naga Artifact.
Temporarily stuns enemy units in an area of effect for 3 seconds.
15 seconds

Fragment 1:

Calldown Name Description Recommended Usage Numbers
Stasis Beam Stasis Beam Fires a beam emanating from the Artifact Holder that places enemies in stasis for 15 seconds. Units in stasis cannot move, attack, be attacked, or be affected by abilities. Can be useful to temporarily take high value targets out of combat while dealing with weaker units first. However, targeting is dependent on the position of the Artifact Holder, making it extremely difficult to land several hits in a straight line. Cooldown: 180 seconds
Deploy Tesseract Monolith Deploy Tesseract Monolith Deploys a Tesseract Monolith at the target location. Tesseract Monoliths can stun enemies, project themselves, and protect themselves from damage. Exremely powerful when projected. Multiple can be used to stun attack waves and help when pushing into enemy bases.
  • Charge Cooldown: 180 seconds
  • Max Charges: 3
Void Suppression Crystal Void Suppression Crystal Summons an invulnerable Void Suppression Crystal that slows the movement and attack speeds of enemy units by 70% and disables enemy structures. The Void Suppression Crystal is controllable and lasts for 30 seconds. Great ability to use when pushing into heavily-fortified positions. Despite the short timer on the crystal, 30 seconds should be more than enough time to clear out high value targets and even an entire base if timed correctly. Cooldown: 180 seconds

The Deploy Tesseract Monolith ability brings a Tesseract Monolith onto the battlefield. This unit has abilities itself, shown below:

Tesseract Monolith

Tesseract Monolith

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Shade Projection Shade Projection Requirements: Core Forge and 2nd Xel'Naga Artifact Fragment
Projects the Tesseract Monolith to a target location for 60 seconds, transferring all of its shields and its weapon. The Tesseract Monolith is deactivated while this ability is active.
60 seconds
Shade Barrier Shade Barrier Requirements: Core Forge and 3rd Xel'Naga Artifact Fragment
Absorbs up to 100 damage. Lasts for 10 seconds.
60 seconds

Fragment 2:

Passive Name Description Recommended Usage
Steadfast Reinforcements Steadfast Reinforcements Increases the duration of Zeratul's Legion and Avatar calldowns by 50%. Useful for players that prefer to utilize their Legions more effectively. However, do note that they do tend to die relatively quickly and therefore, this passive upgrade may not provide as much value as initially intended.
Tesseract Matrix Tesseract Matrix Decreases the cooldown of Shade Projection by 50%. Increases the damage absorbed by Shade Barrier by 100%. Great passive for players that rely on the Shade Projections to pushing/defending. It can significantly strengthen Zeratul's late-game as well, where cannons are used as a mineral dump.
Void Blink Void Blink Reduces the cooldown of Zeratul and his units' Blink abilities by 50%. This passive compounds extremely well with the Void Templar's Void Fury upgrade. Otherwise, players should consider how often they utilize Blink and determine if this passive would help them.

Fragment 3:

Ability Name Description Recommended Usage Cooldown
Avatar of Form Avatar of Form Call down the Avatar of Form, the embodiment of psionic potential, at the target location. The Avatar of Form is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds. Generally not as useful as the Avatar of Essence, due to it not being able to buff your units. Additionally, the spawned Charged Crystals have a very low chance of casting Psionic Storms, and have a very low HP. Can be useful against certain Enemy Compositions with numerous, low-HP units like Swarmy Zerg or against Infested units. 300 seconds
Avatar of Essence Avatar of Essence Call down the Avatar of Essence, the embodiment of evolutionary potential, at the target location. The Avatar of Essence is controllable and will fight for 60 seconds. Extremely powerful Avatar due to the fact that it can devolve all non-heroic enemy units (including Infested). One devolution wave can significantly reduce the power level of the enemy forces. Additionally, it may be useful to pre-buff your units with the Avatar by spawning it a few seconds before you expect to take an engagement so your units will have an attack speed buff applied to them. 300 seconds

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

Avatar of Form

Avatar of Form

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Summon Charged Crystals Summon Charged Crystals Marks a target area on the ground. After 2 seconds, the Avatar of Form deals 100 damage and summons 10 Xel'Naga Charged Crystals at the target location.
Charged Crystals have a 10% chance to cast a miniature Psionic Storm with each attack, dealing 40 damage to all enemy units in a small area over 4 seconds.
30 seconds
Psionic Gale Psionic Gale Creates a storm of psionic energy that lasts 4 seconds, dealing 160 damage to all enemy units in a large target area. Does not damage friendly units. 10 seconds
Psionic Blast Psionic Blast Charges up, dealing 500 damage to a target unit after 3 seconds. 10 seconds

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

Avatar of Essence

Avatar of Essence

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Devolution Wave Devolution Wave Transforms all enemy units in a large area around the Avatar of Essence into a lower evolutionary form. 20 seconds

Devolve will Devolve all non-heroic, non-MapBoss enemy units within 10 range of the Avatar of Essence. Devolve works in a very similar way to the Transmutation Mutator. All units caught within the Devolve wave will Devolve to one tier lower. The tier list is shown below:

Tier Devolves Into
1
  • Drone
  • Probe
  • SCV
2
  • Marine
  • Zergling
3
  • Baneling
  • Hellbat
  • Hellion
  • Medic
  • Reaper
  • Roach
  • Vulture
  • Widow Mine
  • Zealot
4
  • Adept
  • Firebat
  • Marauder
  • Sentry
  • Swarm Queen
  • Queen
5
  • Corruptor
  • Dragoon
  • Ghost
  • High Templar
  • Hydralisk
  • Medivac
  • Mutalisk
  • Phoenix
  • Stalker
  • Viking
  • Widow Mine
  • Widow Mine (Burrowed)
  • Wraith
6
  • Banshee
  • Brood Queen
  • Cyclone
  • Dark Templar
  • Infestor
  • Oracle
  • Ravager
  • Scout
  • Warhound
7
  • Archon
  • Disruptor
  • Immortal
  • Liberator
  • Lurker
  • Lurker (Burrowed)
  • Raven
  • Science Vessel
  • Siege Tank
  • Swarm Host
  • Viper
  • Void Ray
8
  • Battlecruiser
  • Brood Lord
  • Carrier
  • Colossus
  • Reaver
  • Tempest
  • Thor
  • Ultralisk

For any units not included on the list, their tier will equal their supply cost, with a minimum tier of 1.

Devolve will not create the following units as a result of the Devolution Wave:

All units present within 10 range of the Avatar will get an evolution buff level every 15 seconds. When out of range, they will lose an evolution buff level every 15 seconds.

Buff Level Attack Speed Damage Reduction
1 25% 15%
2 50% 30%
3 75% 45%
4 100% 60%

Masteries

Below are the three Power Sets for Zeratul 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
Zeratul Attack Speed 1.5% per point
45% maximum
0 The choice here depends on how you use Zeratul compared to his units. If you prefer to use Zeratul's auto-attack more than his abilities, Zeratul's attack speed is a better investment.
Combat Unit Attack Speed 0.5% per point
15% maximum
30

Because Zeratul, in general, is a relatively weak commander that depends on his skills and his units to deal damage, it is much more optimal to go for the Combat Unit Attack Speed mastery.

Power Set 2:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Artifact Fragment Spawn Rate -2 sec per point
-60 sec maximum
30 Artifact Fragments directly correlate to Zeratul's power level in the game and should be prioritized. Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction may be useful for players that prefer to spam them.
Support Calldown Cooldown Reduction -1 sec per point
-30 sec maximum
0

The Support Calldowns, while strong, do not provide as much of a ramp up in power level of the commander as the Artifact Fragments. It is much more efficient to increase the spawn rate of Artifact Fragments.

Power Set 3:

Power Value Recommended Points to Add Further Considerations
Legendary Legion Cost -1% per point
-30% maximum
? Players that utilize Avatars often can find some benefit for the Avatar Cooldown. The Legendary Legion cost makes it easy to spam them, and for players that use them to fast-expand, allows them to expand faster.
Avatar Cooldown -2 sec per point
-60 sec maximum
?

This is a matter of preference. Players that prefer to fast-expand with the Legion calldown can use that mastery to get them out faster and expand quicker.

Hero Unit

Zeratul

Spawn time: 4:00

Respawn time: 1:00

The abilities for Zeratul are:

Ability Name Description Cooldown
Blink Blink Teleports Zeratul to a nearby location. 8 seconds
Summon Void Seeker Summon Void Seeker Transports Zeratul to a target location. 120 seconds
Shadow Cleave Shadow Cleave Deals 100 damage to nearby enemies. 12 seconds
Prophetic Vision Prophetic Vision Shows the location of or unearths a hidden Xel'Naga Artifact Fragment. 10 seconds if Fragment is not found
Remaining seconds until next Fragment spawns if found.

The upgrades for zeratul are:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Purity of Will Purity of Will Upon finding all three Artifact Fragments, Zeratul gains 100 additional shields, increased Shadow Cleave damage by 25, and can store 3 charges of Blink. 3

Combat Units

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

Zeratul's combat units are listed below:

Xel'Naga Ambusher

Xel'Naga Ambusher

  • Good all-round unit for dealing with a wide variety of compositions.
  • Does high amounts of burst damage with the "Vengeance of the Void" upgrade which can be used to completely destroy attack waves and high-HP targets.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Predictive Blink Predictive Blink Teleports this unit to a nearby target location. 8 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Predictive Blink Predictive Blink Allows this unit to teleport to a nearby target location. Xel'Naga Ambushers will automatically teleport to safety once their hulls have been breached. 1
Vengeance of the Void Vengeance of the Void Blinking leaves behind a Void Apparition that attacks once for 200% of the unit's weapon damage. Cannot occur more than once every 8 seconds. 2
Phase Battery Phase Battery This unit can now store up to 3 charges of Predictive Blink and regains a charge every 8 seconds. 3
Xel'Naga Shieldguard

Xel'Naga Shieldguard

  • Recommended to have a few in your army to replenish shields to prevent unnecessary losses, especially considering each unit is expensive.
  • Reflection shield only works on projectiles (e.g. Stalker attacks) and not Hitscan (e.g. Marine attacks) shots.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Shield Recharge Shield Recharge Recharges the shields of a friendly Protoss unit.

Restores 4 shields per 1 energy.
0 seconds 0
Reflection Shield Reflection Shield Creates an aura that reflects 50% of all projectiles back to enemy attackers. Lasts 15 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Shield Recharge Shield Recharge Allows this unit to recharge the shields of a friendly Protoss unit. 1
Eclipse Protocol Eclipse Protocol Increases the energy regeneration of this unit by 100%. 2
Reflection Shield Reflection Shield Allows this unit to create an aura that reflects 50% of all projectiles back to enemy attackers. 3
Void Templar

Void Templar

  • Does great anti-ground DPS.
  • Relatively fragile due to low HP and should be backed up with Shieldguards.
  • Void Fury provides a significant powerspike due to high burst-damage capabilities.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Blink Blink Allows the Void Templar to teleport to a nearby target location. 8 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Blink Blink Allows this unit to teleport to a nearby target location. 1
Void Fury Void Fury When this unit Blinks, it will deal 50 damage to units caught in its path. 2
Back to the Shadows Back to the Shadows When this unit takes fatal damage, it retreats to the Void and regenerates its health and shields over 10 seconds. Cannot occur more than once every 180 seconds. 3
Xel'Naga Enforcer

Xel'Naga Enforcer

  • One of the most powerful units in Zeratul's army composition.
  • Always recommended to have a few to take down high-HP objectives.
  • Massing them is viable, but not efficient, because their shots are projectiles, leading to a lot of potential overkill on targets and wasted shots.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Barrier Barrier Absorbs up to 100 damage. Lasts for 10 seconds. 60 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Barrier Barrier Allows this unit to absorb 100 damage. Lasts for 10 seconds. 1
Force Cannon Force Cannon Allows this unit's anti-air weapon to knock back enemy air units, dealing 50% of its damage to units caught in the path of the blast. 2
Eternity Barrier Eternity Barrier Increases the damage absorption of the Xel'Naga Enforcer's Barrier by 300% and fully repairs its hull damage. 3
Xel'Naga Abrogator

Xel'Naga Abrogator

  • Great unit for dealing with Enemy Compositions with numerous, low-HP units like Swarmy Zerg or against Infested units.
  • Relatively ineffective when massed due to overkills.

Skills:

Skill Name Description Cooldown Energy Cost
Purification Nova Purification Nova Shoots out a ball of energy that detonates 3 seconds or on contact with an enemy unit, dealing 100 splash damage to nearby ground units and structures. The Xel'Naga Abrogator is immobile while this is active. 12 seconds 0

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Nova Battery Nova Battery Reduces the cooldown of Purification Nova by 50%. 2
Cluster Nova Cluster Nova When a Purification Nova explodes, it generates three smaller Novas that deal 50 damage each to enemy units in their path. 3
Xel'Naga Void Array

Xel'Naga Void Array

  • A must-have in Zeratul's army to allow for great mobility around the map.
  • Can be used to quickly reinforce units on the battlefield.

Skills: None

Upgrades:

Upgrade Name Effect Fragments Required
Infinite Void Infinite Void Grants the Xel'Naga Void Array unlimited capacity. 2
Shield Boosters Shield Boosters Nearby units regenerate an additional 2 shields per second. 3

Build Order

Below is the standard economic build order for Zeratul (assumes max points in Legion Cost Reduction). For more information on how to read and construct your own build orders, please check the Build Order Theory page.

16 Probe -> Expo
17 Zoraya Legion
21 Nexus

Gameplay Guide

Playstyle Traps

None.

Legion Expands

One of the advantages of Zeratul is his access to powerful Legion calldowns which can be used to not only clear expansion rocks, but also clear contested expansions and sometimes even clear their ally's expansion too. The table below explains how to maximize utilization of your first Legion calldown.. Note that for some missions (like Oblivion Express, the Legion expand is simple because clearing both expansions is easy and therefore, no details will be provided.

Map Legion Expand
Chain of Ascension Clear your expansion and direct the Legion towards the nearest enemy camp.
Cradle of Death This expand is incredibly difficult and will require a lot of practice.

Step 1:
Cradle of Death Legion Expand Step 1

Step 2:
Cradle of Death Legion Expand Step 2

Notes:
  • Move your truck to the first Beacon as soon as the Construct dies to prevent losing your truck.
  • The second truck can move to the remaining beacon and simply ignore the remaining defenders.
Dead of Night No expansion available.
Lock & Load You can fully clear both expansion with one Zoraya Legion calldown shown below:
Lock & Load Legion Expand
Malwarfare Clearing both expansions is difficult because units that cannot hit air will run away from the Zoraya Legion. You may improve the effectiveness of your Legion by luring enemy units with your Probe into the Legion.

Be careful with enemy Zerg compositions. When structures are destroyed, they will spawn broodlings that can kill your Probe.
Miner Evacuation This expand is incredibly difficult and will require a lot of practice.

Step 1: Make your way to Evacuation Ship #4 in the top-left of the map.
Cradle of Death Legion Expand Step 1

Step 2: Drop a Serdath Legion in that area. This causes Infested Banshees to unburrow and get Mind Controlled.
Cradle of Death Legion Expand Step 2

Step 3: Use these Banshees to clear the Expansion. Make sure you do not lose any. There are many Infested Marines present in that area. Notes:
  • Your Probe will take 2 hits from Infested Marauders (it dies on the third hit).
  • As soon as you summon the Legion, move your probe away towards the expansion so it does not die to Infested.
  • You can Burrow Infested Banshees to get them to quickly regenerate HP.
Mist Opportunities Due to the large distance between expansions, it is not possible to clear both expansions before the Legion's timer runs out.
Oblivion Express Simple expand because the expansions are next to each other.
Part & Parcel The pathing for the fast-expand is race-dependent (similar to Alarak's fast expand.
Protoss
Terran
Zerg
Zeratul Legion Expand on Part & Parcel
Rifts to Korhal It is generally really difficult to deal with the first attack wave with the Legion used to clear the expansion.

Zoraya Legion takes approximately 25 seconds to clear the Expansion rocks. Additionally, the Legion takes roughly 25 seconds to reach the main ramp, allowing for only 10 seconds of attacking the first wave.

Arrival of the initial attack wave at the top of the main ramp depends on the composition of the attack wave and can range from anywhere between 2:35 to 2:55.
Scythe of Amon Scythe of Amon Legion Expand
Temple of the Past Timing for this is really tight. The Legion will die when they have 0.1 seconds left on the timer.

Step 1: Target the Zoraya Legion as shown below.
Temple of the Past Legion Expand Step 1

It should look like below:
Temple of the Past Legion Expand Path

Step 2: As soon as the Void Rays start attacking the rocks, place the pathing marker up to the gas rocks.
Temple of the Past Legion Expand Step 2

If done correctly, one Void Ray will move to attack the top gas rock when the main rock break, while the rest of the Legion attack the lower gas rock.

Step 3: As soon as the single Void Ray starts attacking the top gas rock, move the pathing marker down to your ally's lower gas rock. Use the minimap to do so. You may fine-tune the positioning once they start moving shown below.
Temple of the Past Legion Expand Step 3
The Vermillion Problem It is not possible to clear both, your and your ally's expansion with one Zoraya Legion.

Make sure you access the expansion from either the East or the South ramp, rather than the Northern ramp to avoid the defenders there.
Void Launch Due to the large distance between expansions, it is not possible to clear both expansions before the Legion's timer runs out.
Void Thrashing Due to the large distance between expansions, it is not possible to clear both expansions before the Legion's timer runs out.

Artifact Spawn Locations

A key part of Zeratul gameplay is finding Artifact Fragments. These fragments directly correspond to the power level of your units and therefore, it is critical to get them as fast as possible.

Spawn timings of the Artifact Fragments are below, assuming no mastery points added to the Artifact Spawn Timing mastery:

Fragment Spawn Time
1 4:00
2 9:00
3 14:00

If an artifact is not found within a certain amount of time, the minimap will be pinged and a circle displaying the rough area to look shown to the player. Each hint makes the search radius smaller, making it easier for the player to find the artifact fragment. The hint timings are shown below and are also affected by the Zeratul Artifact Spawn mastery:

Fragment Hint 1 (Radius 35) Hint 2 (Radius 25) Hint 3 (Radius 15)
1 5:00 6:00 7:00
2 10:00 11:00 12:00
3 15:00 16:00 17:00

Artifacts spawn within a certain distance away from either the Zeratul Artifact Container, or the mid-point of both player bases. There are many limitations as to where the artifact can spawn, from maximum walking distance and the total health of enemy units nearby. This technical data is listed below. A more visual guide is shown in the subsequent table.

To allow the table to fit, the column headers are referred as variable names instead as follows:

Map Fragment 1 Fragment 2 Fragment 3
Rmin Rmax Wmax HPmax Rmin Rmax Wmax HPmax Rmin Rmax Wmax HPmax
Chain of Ascension 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 110 0 1000
Cradle of Death 20 40 50 0 50 70 80 1000 70 90 110 1000
Dead of Night 30 100 60 0 50 100 100 1000 60 100 150 1000
Lock & Load 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000
Malwarfare 30 50 0 0 50 80 110 1000 80 120 140 1000
Miner Evacuation 25 40 0 0 40 80 100 1000 80 100 130 1000
Mist Opportunities 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000
Oblivion Express 20 40 60 1000 40 70 90 1000 60 90 130 1000
Part & Parcel 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 110 0 1000
Rifts to Korhal 30 50 0 0 60 90 0 1000 80 110 0 1000
Scythe of Amon 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000
Temple of the Past 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 0 80 100 0 0
The Vermillion Problem 20 40 0 1000 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000
Void Launch 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000
Void Thrashing 30 50 0 0 50 80 0 1000 80 100 0 1000

A more visual guide for the Artifact Spawn locations is shown below, with green, yellow and red areas denoting the spawn locations of the first, second and third artifacts. Note that because these locations are dependent on the nearby HP's of enemies, there will be some variance with different races, and if you have previously pushed into those locations.

Map Artifact Spawn Locations
Chain of Ascension Chain of Ascension Artifact Spawn Locations
Cradle of Death Cradle of Death Artifact Spawn Locations
Dead of Night Dead of Night Artifact Spawn Locations
Lock & Load Lock & Load Artifact Spawn Locations
Malwarfare Malwarfare Artifact Spawn Locations
Miner Evacuation Miner Evacuation Artifact Spawn Locations
Mist Opportunities Mist Opportunities Artifact Spawn Locations
Oblivion Express Oblivion Express Artifact Spawn Locations
Part & Parcel Part & Parcel Artifact Spawn Locations
Rifts to Korhal Rifts to Korhal Artifact Spawn Locations
Scythe of Amon Scythe of Amon Artifact Spawn Locations
Temple of the Past Temple of the Past Artifact Spawn Locations
The Vermillion Problem The Vermillion Problem Artifact Spawn Locations
Void Launch Void Launch Artifact Spawn Locations
Void Thrashing Void Thrashing Artifact Spawn Locations

Playstyle Tips

Video Guides

The below videos demonstrate the various Legion expands explained earlier.