|Release Date||March 13, 2014|
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Zeratul, the Dark Prelate, is a melee assassin hero from the StarCraft universe. The enigmatic Dark Templar faithfully serves the Xel'Naga. While he expertly wields the powers of the Void, it is his wisdom that earns him the respect of the Koprulu sector's greatest leaders - despite his penchant for dramatic entrances.
History[edit | edit source]This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.
Zeratul is a dark templar, a renowned psionic warrior and assassin whose forbears were exiled from the protoss homeworld of Aiur over a thousand years ago. The dark templar refused to submerge themselves in the communal protoss mind link, the Khala, preferring instead to strive as individuals. Zeratul holds the rank of prelate and is probably best known for his role in ensuring the survival of the protoss since the zerg threat first became apparent.
It was Zeratul who overcame the prejudices of Executor Tassadar when they met on Char, and thus began to heal the rift between the Aiur protoss and the dark templar. It was Zeratul who was the first to slay a zerg cerebrate although the cerebrates had been thought immortal. Most of all it was Zeratul who returned to Aiur with Tassadar and set into motion the events that would rejoin the sundered halves of the protoss race and overthrow the oppressive rulership of the Conclave.
Zeratul went on to fight alongside Tassadar to bring about the destruction of the zerg Overmind during the invasion of Aiur, and then helped the protoss evacuate the planet as it continued to be overrun by the zerg. When the Swarm followed the refugees to the dark templar world of Shakuras, Zeratul helped recover the Khalis and Uraj crystals, which allowed the protoss to activate the xel’naga temple there and wipe out the invaders. Later, when the dark archon Ulrezaj threatened to destroy the Aiur protoss “violating” Shakuras, Zeratul was instrumental in thwarting Ulrezaj’s schemes.
But Zeratul also carries many terrible burdens. In the act of slaying the cerebrate Zasz, Zeratul became temporarily linked with the Overmind. Zeratul came to know much about the Overmind’s plans, but the zerg leader gleaned the location of Aiur itself from Zeratul’s mind, and so the seeds of the planet’s devastation were sown. Furthermore, Zeratul has a long and bitter history with the Queen of Blades, having been manipulated and betrayed by her more than once as she destroyed the remaining zerg cerebrates in order to secure her control over the Swarm after the Overmind’s death.
As part of her schemes, the Queen of Blades took control of the beloved protoss matriarch Raszagal. Zeratul later rescued the matriarch, but he found her to be irrevocably corrupted. Sorrowfully he took the matriarch’s life to spare her from continuing as the plaything of the Queen of Blades. With her mind freed by the deathblow, Raszagal thanked him and named him as leader of the dark templar. Such an honor Zeratul felt unfit to take, his soul too scarred by his experiences.
For the moment he focused on a more immediate concern: contacting any other nearby protoss who had survived the Queen of Blades’ treachery. Tracking protoss power signatures to an obscure moon, he hoped to reunite with his comrades and return to Shakuras with them in order to plan for the future. Instead of comrades, however, he found a former agent of the Queen of Blades – the enigmatic Samir Duran – engaged in breeding protoss/zerg hybrid creatures. Although Zeratul destroyed the facility, Duran claimed that it was merely one of many. Duran also revealed that he had been known by many names over the millennia and that he was not serving the Queen of Blades, but rather a “far greater power.” Deeply troubled by what he had seen, Zeratul went into self-imposed exile with only a handful of followers at his side. He continued to seek answers for what manner of being Duran truly was, and what dark future he was working toward.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Talents[edit | edit source]
Activate to teleport to the last non-structure target you attacked within 3 seconds.
❢ Reward: Upon gathering 20 Regeneration Globes, Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Blink by 1 second.
Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.
Skins[edit | edit source]
- Dark Prelate
- Backstory: The enigmatic Dark Templar Zeratul faithfully serves the Xel'Naga. While he expertly wields the powers of the Void, it is his wisdom that earns him the respect of the Koprulu sector's greatest leaders - despite his penchant for dramatic entrances.
- Dark Prelate
- Backstory: Upon selection, each Dark Prelate is presented with a unique armor reflecting their beliefs and personality. Zeratul rarely dons the Shadow's Embrace, as he prefers less formal attire.
- Backstory: In his final moments, Zeratul made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the Overmind and secure victory over the zerg. Inspired by his example, the Templar and Dark Templar are united once more.
- High Templar
- Backstory: Despite Judicator Raszagal's warning that only heresy comes from contact with the Dark Ones, Praetor Zeratul believes that the young Prelate "Tassadar" may be the key to Aiur's salvation.
- Backstory: After failing to protect his lord from the Lenassa clan, Zeratul severed his nerve cords and his connection to his home. Now he wanders, searching for a way to atone for his sins.
- Epic Skin Features: Themed abilities. Ronin Zeratul's Cleave effect is red. His Singularity Spike is a shuriken. His Blink produces tree leaves, and briefly leaves behind a small wooden log.
- Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
- Zerg Hunter
- Backstory: The Zer'atai clan of Dark Templar are renowned hunters. For nearly a millennium, they have wandered Shakuras, fashioning intricate armors from the very bones of their prey.
- Epic Skin Features: Themed abilities. Zerg Hunter Zeratul's Singularity Spike is a bladed projectile followed by a trail of purple slime. His Blink produces purple smoke and briefly leaves behind a Zerg symbol.
- Backstory: The deserts of Aranoch are inhospitable in the best of times. After Mephisto bound the demonic spirit to the corpse of the Assassin-Prince Zeratul, things have grown considerably worse.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Zeratul first appeared in StarCraft (1998).
- Zeratul is voiced by Jack Ritschel in StarCraft, and by Fred Tatasciore in StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm.
- Zeratul is the first protoss assassin hero, the second being Alarak.
- He is also one of the two stealthed StarCraft heroes, the other being November Terra.
- Zeratul appeared in early builds of the game. His abilities allowed him to move quickly and confuse the enemy. He benefited from dexterity items.
- One of Zeratul's quotes references the running joke about Darkness.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- 2013-11-09, Heroes Skin Showcase - Heroes of the Storm - Blizzcon 2013. YouTube, accessed on 2013-11-19
- StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
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- Zeratul - Heroes of the Storm
- Zeratul - StarCraft II
- Zeratul - StarCraft Wiki
- Zeratul Build Guide on Icy Veins
- Zeratul Balance Changelog - Heroes Patch Notes
- Zeratul Sound Files - Sounds of the Storm