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Alexei Stukov

"Victory above all!"

Basic Info
Title Infested Admiral
Role Support Support
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price 750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
Release Date July 11, 2017
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 1682
Health Regen 3.5
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 0
Attack Speed 0.67
Attack Range 1.5
Attack Damage 259
Data Page

Alexei Stukov, the Infested Admiral, is a melee support hero from the StarCraft universe. Alexei Stukov had a hard life, and an even harder death. He has been betrayed, shot into space, resurrected and infested, almost cured, and then experimented upon as the infestation returned. Now, his infestation spreads within the Nexus...

Background[edit | edit source]

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In the 25th century of Earth's history, the United Earth Directorate Expeditionary Fleet was dispatched to reign in the Terran Colonies of the Koprulu Sector. The fleet arrived with the aim to subjugate the Terran colonies, enslave the new Zerg Overmind, and use their controlled Zerg broods to pacify the Protoss. Of the formidable commanders tasked with this imperative endeavor, Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov was second in command.

During the violent campaign in that system, developments ensued that would eventually cast Stukov in a traitorous light to his superiors. Having been found to be in violation of a direct order to destroy the powerful Psi Disrupter, Stukov was subsequently executed for his disobedience. Unbeknownst to the UED at the time, their ranks had been infiltrated by a powerful shape-shifting alien entity that sought to sow confusion about the importance of Stukov's mission. After his death, Stukov's corpse was later recovered by the Zerg, who sought to infest human leaders and mutate them into leaders of their own colonies. As the first of their attempts to blend their genetics with that of humanity's, the once lifeless husk of Stukov was reanimated into something at once both more and less than human.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Stukov is a Healer that brings high amounts of disruption from long range.

Strength[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Mobility
  • Escape

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Bio-Kill Switch Icon.png
Bio-Kill Switch
Cooldown: 16 seconds
Activate to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target for 450 health, and each Weighted Pustule does 100 damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds.
  • Can be cast while channeling Lurking Arm.
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Healing Pathogen
40 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 222 Health over 4.5 seconds. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 seconds, and a single Healing Pathogen can spread to each allied Hero 1 time.
  • Can cast it on self, and spread to self.
  • Cannot spread to targets to whom it has already spread.
Weighted Pustule Icon.png
Weighted Pustule
50 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing 20 damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds. Deals an additional 80 damage upon expiring or being removed.
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Lurking Arm
100 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Channel at a target location, creating an area that Silences enemies inside and deals 136 damage per second to them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes. Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted.
  • Deals 4 ticks of 34 damage per second. Each tick applies 0.25 seconds Silence.
  • Does not damage Structures.
Massive Shove Icon.png
Massive Shove
50 Mana Cooldown: 20 seconds
Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking 190 damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.
  • Enemy Heroes are revealed as long as they being shoved.
  • Enemy Heroes that collide with terrain are stunned for 0.5 seconds.
  • Massive Shove gets cancelled if the arm collides with terrain before hitting a Hero.
Flailing Swipe Icon.png
Flailing Swipe
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 48 damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Spine Launcher Icon.png
Spine Launcher
Basic Attacks become ranged and Slow enemies by 20% for 1.5 second, but deal 40% less damage.
Fetid Touch Icon.png
Fetid Touch
❢ Quest: Hit Heroes with Weighted Pustule. Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by 2.5 seconds.
❢ Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by an additional 2.5 seconds and remove its Mana cost.
Growing Infestation Icon.png
Growing Infestation
Lurking Arm's area expands by 50% over 2.5 seconds but its cooldown is increased by 5 seconds.
Poppin' Pustules Icon.png
Poppin' Pustules
Increase the final damage of Weighted Pustule by 50%.
❢ Quest: Detonate 10 Weighted Pustules without dying.
❢ Reward: Detonating a Weighted Pustule now applies its damage and Slow in an area.
One Good Spread... Icon.png
One Good Spread...
After a Healing Pathogen infests 3 targets, restore 10 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Healing Pathogen by 2 seconds.
Top Off Icon.png
Top Off
Healing Pathogen's healing-over-time on its initial target is increased by 50% while they are above 60% Health.
Biotic Armor Icon.png
Biotic Armor
Healing Pathogen grants 50 Physical Armor to its initial target while active on them.
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Vigorous Reuptake
❢ Quest: Detonate 50 Healing Pathogens with Bio-Kill Switch.
❢ Reward: Increase Bio-Kill Switch's healing by 40%.
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The Long Pitch
Increase the range of Weighted Pustule by 100%.
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Within My Reach
Increase the range of Lurking Arm by 50%.
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It Hungers
Each time an enemy Hero is hit by Lurking Arm, reduce its cooldown by 0.5 seconds, up to 6.5 seconds, and restore 10 Mana.
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Targeted Excision
Detonating exactly 1 Weighted Pustule (but any number of Healing Pathogens) with Bio-Kill Switch reduces the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch to 5 seconds.
Flailing Swipe Icon.png
Flailing Swipe
Cooldown: 80 seconds
Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 48 damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.
Massive Shove Icon.png
Massive Shove
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking 190 damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.
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Reactive Ballistospores
When taking damage below 50% Health, instantly spread a Weighted Pustule to all nearby enemy Heroes and reset the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch. This effect has a 10 second cooldown.
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Low Blow
Lurking Arm deals 150% more damage to enemy Heroes below 30% Health.
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Lingering Spines
Lurking Arm persists for 1.5 seconds after it is canceled.
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Virulent Reaction
Detonating a Weighted Pustule on an enemy who is inside of Lurking Arm Roots them for 2 seconds.
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Whenever an ally with Healing Pathogen is Stunned, they are instantly healed for 250 Health.
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Universal Carrier
Healing Pathogen can continually spread through Stukov, but its healing is reduced by 50%.
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Pox Populi
Bio-Kill Switch no longer removes Healing Pathogen but instead sets its duration to 3 seconds.
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Controlled Chaos
Flaing Swipe gains 2 additional charges, but each use only swings 1 time, at maximum range. Additionally, its cooldown is decreased to 30 seconds, and its Mana cost is reduced from 100 to 50.
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Push Comes To Shove
Massive Shove travels 25% faster. If Massive Shove pushes a target for more than 1.25 seconds, its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds.
Bio-Explosion Switch Icon.png
Bio-Explosion Switch
Bio-Kill Switch now also detonates Lurking Arm, applying a Weighted Pustule to enemy Heroes inside and Silencing them for 2 seconds.
  • Detonation instantly removes Lurking Arm, even if affected by Lingering Spines talent.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Stukov Skins
Rare Stukov
Backstory: Alexei Stukov had a hard life, and an even harder death. He has been betrayed, shot into space, resurrected and infested, almost cured, and then experimented upon as the infestation returned. Now, his infestation spreads within the Nexus...
Stukov Infested Admiral.jpg
750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
Infested Admiral
Stukov UED.jpg
Stukov Dictator.jpg
Stukov Kaldir.jpg
Shard.png 100
Stukov Zerus.jpg
Shard.png 100
Epic Admiral Krakenov
Backstory: Decades ago, a mutiny forced the Admiral of the Three Anchors to walk the plank. On moonless nights, his form haunts Blackheart's Bay, calling itself "Krakenov" and demanding a lot of fish.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Mistharbour skins.
Stukov Admiral Krakenov.jpg
Shard.png 400
Stukov Admiral Krakenov Reef.jpg
Shard.png 400
Stukov Admiral Krakenov Ghost.jpg
Shard.png 400
Stukov Admiral Krakenov Vice.jpg
Shard.png 400
Stukov Admiral Krakenov Tideswept.jpg
Shard.png 400

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Stukov Portraits
Admiral Krakenov Portrait.png
Admiral Krakenov
Shard.png 40
Carbot Stukov Portrait.png
Carbot Stukov
Shard.png 100
Gingerbread Stukov Portrait.png
Winter Veil Gingerbread Stukov
Shard.png 60
Remastered Stukov Portrait.png
Remastered Stukov
Shard.png 40
Stukov Emblem Portrait.png
Stukov Emblem
Shard.png 40
Stukov Hero Portrait.png
Stukov Hero
Stukov Icon Portrait.png
Stukov Icon
Shard.png 40

Stukov Mastery Portrait.png
Stukov Mastery

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Stukov Sprays
Carbot Stukov Spray.png
Carbot Stukov
Shard.png 100
Admiral Krakenov Spray.png
Admiral Krakenov
Shard.png 40
Cartoon Stukov Spray.gif
Cartoon Stukov
Shard.png 100
Gingerbread Stukov Spray.gif
Winter Veil Gingerbread Stukov
Shard.png 100
Stukov Icon Spray.png
Stukov Icon
Shard.png 40
Tattoo Stukov Spray.png
Tattoo Stukov
Shard.png 40
Zerg Russian Spray.png
Zerg Russian
Shard.png 40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Stukov Pack 1 Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Happy.png Stukov Pack 2 Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Happy.png Stukov Happy  :stukovhappy:
Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Angry.png Stukov Angry  :stukovangry:
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov ROFL.png Stukov ROFL  :stukovlol:
Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Cool.png Stukov Cool  :stukovcool:
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Sad.png Stukov Sad  :stukovsad:
Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Oops.png Stukov Embarrassed  :stukovoops:
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Silly.png Stukov Silly  :stukovsilly:
Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Love.png Stukov in Love  :stukovlove:
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Meh.png Stukov Speechless  :stukovmeh:
Emoji Stukov Pack 2 Stukov Surprised.png Stukov Surprised  :stukovwow:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Stukov/Quotes

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Stukov made his debut in StarCraft: Brood War (November 1998)
  • Despite being a support, Stukov has the highest basic attack damage in the game, but also the lowest attack speed in the game, tied with Hanzo.
    • This high basic attack damage is because his left arm is larger and stronger than the rest of his limbs.
  • Stukov's Home Screen music is from StarCraft: Brood War, and it could be heard at the end of the Terran campaign, where a news report shows his funeral.
  • Stukov is voiced by Cástulo Guerra in StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft 64, and by Victor Brandt in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, and Heroes of the Storm.
  • Blizzard hinted at a new StarCraft hero related to a failed research project at the Moebius Foundation.[1] Stukov was confirmed the following day.[2]
  • Stukov's voice line when killing Dehaka references a Twitter poll.[3]
  • Stukov tends to use Vs instead of Ws due to his thick Russian accent.
  • Stukov is the third StarCraft Support hero in the game, the first two being Tassadar and Lt. Morales, and the first and only Zerg Support hero.
    • He is also the twelfth support hero in the game.
  • Stukov has a habit of calling Abathur "slug".
  • Dictator Stukov is based on M. Bison from the Street Fighter series (August 1987), who is sometimes referred to as "Dictator" due to having different names in different versions of the game. Stukov's "it was Tuesday" joke also makes a reference to the dialogue spoken by M. Bison in the Street Fighter film (December 1994).
  • Ghost Krakenov is based upon the undead pirate LeChuck from the Monkey Island series of games, with his colours matching his appearance in Monkey Island II: LeChuck's Revenge.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. BlizzHeroes. (2017, June 28). Initiate containment protocol 5-P0T immediately! …the Nexus has been contaminated…. Twitter. Retrieved on 2017-06-29.
  2. BlizzHeroes. (2017, June 29). Stukov is infesting the Nexus! Tune in to tomorrow's first HGC matches for his gameplay reveal and a dev interview.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2017-06-29.
  3. StarCraft. (2016, December 13). Stukov vs. Dehaka, who would win?. Twitter. Retrieved on 2017-07-04.

External links[edit | edit source]

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