StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Mega Guide: Tips, Secrets, Unlockables and more

Use our guide to get the most out of the game.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack for 2012′s StarCraft 2 and contains new units and features.

It features the Zerg Campaign and new multiplayer units for each race. Our review of the game praised it a lot and gave it a glowing 10/10 score.

You can read it here. It’s an RTS game which requires a lot of skills and getting these achievements won’t be an easy feat. There are tons of achievements in the game and most of them are time consuming however we have a guide for most of them below.

The expansion pack was commercially successful as well with over 2 million copies sold in a week.

Let’s start with the campaign achievements of the game. We have the complete list as well as videos on how to get them.

Achievements Guide

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Achievements list and guide courtesy of SOEgame and Videogamesblogger.

Umoja Missions Achievements:

1. Lab Rat (10 points) — Complete the “Lab Rat” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

2. Mighty Mouse (10 points) — Destroy 35 Sentry Bots in the “Lab Rat” mission.

3. Rat Race (10 points) — Complete the “Lab Rat” mission in less than 10 minutes on Normal difficulty.

4. Back In The Saddle (10 points) — Complete the “Back In The Saddle” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

5. Full Throttle (10 points) — Complete the “Prevent the Dominion from destroying a tram engine during the tram ride in the “Back In The Saddle” mission.

6. Brutal Legend (10 points) — Don’t take any damage from the Archangel in the “Back In The Saddle” mission on normal difficulty.

7. Rendezous (10 points) — Complete the “Rendezvous” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

8. First Strike (10 points) — Destroy 15 enemy structures before Naktul’s forces arrive in the “Rendezvous” mission.

9. Zerg Saves The Queen (10 points) — Rescue all trapped Swarm Queens before Naktul’s forces arrive in the “Rendezvous” mission on Normal difficulty.

10. Bonus Objectives: Umoja (10 points) — Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Umoja Missions.

11. Umoja Missions (20 points) — Complete all the Umoja Mission achievements.

Char Missions Achievements:

12. Domination (10 points) — Complete the “Domination” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

13. Poached Eggs (10 points) — Hatch all 6 Baneling Nests in the “Domination” mission before collecting 100 eggs.

14. No Egg For You (10 points) — Don’t let Zagara collect an Egg in the “Domination” mission on Normal difficulty.

15. Fire In The Sky (10 points) — Complete the “Fire in the Sky” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

16. Red Alert (10 points) — Don’t let 5 units die to the Gorgon Battlecruiser in the “Fire in the Sky” mission.

17. Conquer & Command (10 points) — Destroy 3 Orbital Command structures in the “Fire in the Sky” mission on Normal difficulty.

18. Old Soldiers (10 points) — Complete the “Old Soldiers” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

19. Nuclear Launch Rejected (10 points) — Destroy 20 enemy structures before the 1st Nuclear Strike in the “Old Soldiers” mission.

20. Recalled Down the Thunder (10 points) — Complete the “Old Soldiers” mission in less than 20 minutes on Normal difficulty.

21. Bonus Objectives: Char (10 points) — Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Char Missions.

22. Char Missions (20 points) — Complete all the Char Mission achievements.

Kaldir Missions Achievements:

23. Harvest of Screams (10 points) — Complete the “Harvest of Screams” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

24. Ice Breaker (10 points) — Destroy 20 unfrozen enemy structures in the “Harvest of Screams” mission.

25. Storm Chaser (10 points) — Complete the “Harvest of Screams” mission in less than 15 minutes on Normal difficulty.

26. Shoot the Messenger (10 points) — Complete the “Shoot the Messenger” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

27. Warp in Peace (10 points) — Don’t let a Protoss Shuttle begin Warping Out in the “Shoot the Messenger” mission.

28. Extreme Nexism (10 points) — Destroy 2 Protoss Nexuses in the “Shoot the Messenger” mission on Normal difficulty.

29. Enemy Within (10 points) — Complete the “Enemy Within” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

30. Biomass Effect (10 points) — Collect 450 biomass in the “Enemy Within” mission.

31. Failure to Launch (10 points) — Don’t let an Escape Pod reach less than 20 seconds in the “Enemy Within” mission on Normal difficulty.

32. Bonus Objectives: Kaldir (10 points) — Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Kaldir Missions.

33. Kaldir Missions (20 points) — Complete all the Kaldir Mission achievements.

Zerus Missions Achievements:

34. Waking the Ancient (10 points) — Complete the “Waking the Ancient” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

35. A Game of Drones (10 points) — Don’t lose more than 3 Drones in the “Waking the Ancient” mission.

36. Rude Awakening (10 points) — Kill 4 Primal Hives in the “Waking the Ancient” mission on Normal difficulty.

37. The Crucible (10 points) — Complete “The Crucible” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

38. Epic Meal Time (10 points) — Kill 75 enemy units with Primal Spawn Locusts in “The Crucible” mission.

39. Can’t Touch This Chrysalis (10 points) — Complete “The Crucible” mission without Kerrigan’s Chrysalis taking damage on Normal difficulty.

40. Supreme (10 points) — Complete the “Supreme” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

41. Endangered Species (10 points) — Kill 500 enemy units with Kerrigan in the “Supreme” mission.

42. Queen of the Jungle (10 points) — Complete the “Supreme” mission without letting Kerrigan drop below 100 life on Normal difficulty.

43. Bonus Objectives: Zerus (10 points) — Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Zerus Missions.

44. Zerus Missions (20 points) — Complete all the Zerus Mission achievements.

Skygeirr Missions Achievements:

45. Just Getting Inside (10 points) — Complete the “Infested” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

46. Master of Puppets (10 points) — Kill 60 enemy units with Parasitic Dominated terran units in the “Infested” mission.

47. Spreading the Disease (10 points) — Infest all Garrisons without losing a Virophage in the “Infested” mission on Normal difficulty.

48. Hand of Darkness (10 points) — Complete the “Hand of Darkness” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

49. Shattered Command (10 points) — Destroy 2 Command Centers in the “Hand of Darkness” mission.

50. Power Underwhelming (10 points) — Destroy 3 Hybrid Holding Cells before the Hybrid are released in “Hand of Darkness” on Normal difficulty.

51. Phantoms of the Void (10 points) — Complete the “Phantoms of the Void” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

52. The Phantoms Menaced (10 points) — Kill 2 Hybrid within 20 seconds of each other in the “Phantoms of the Void” mission on Normal difficulty.

53. Stukov Strikes Back (10 points) — Don’t let Stukov die in the “Phantoms of the Void” mission.

54. Bonus Objectives: Skygeirr (10 points) — Complete all Bonus Objectives in each of the Skygeirr Missions.

55. Skygeirr Missions (20 points) — Complete all the Skygeirr Mission achievements.

Mastery Achievements:

113. Mad Dash (10 points) — Destroy 3 Factories in the “Lab Rat” mission in less than 10 minutes on Hard difficulty.

114. Nick of Time (10 points) — Complete “Back in the Saddle” with more than 40 seconds on each lockdown on Hard difficulty.

115. Premature Evacuation (10 points) — Destroy all Dominion Structures in the “Rendezvous” mission before Naktul’s brood arrives on Hard difficulty.

116. Shutout (10 points) — Destroy Zagara’s base in the “Domination” mission in less than 14 minutes on Hard difficulty before collecting 100 eggs.

117. Going, Going, Gorgon! (10 points) — Destroy 4 Gorgon Battlecruisers within 120 seconds in the “Fire in the Sky” mission on Hard difficulty.

118. Home Wrecker (10 points) — Destroy the Planetary Fortress in the “Old Soldiers” mission before the nuclear strike on Hard difficulty.

119. Psi-lence is Golden (10 points) — Complete all objectives in less than 12 minutes in the “Harvest of Screams” mission on Hard difficulty.

120. My Cool Bay Explosions (10 points) — Destroy all 3 Protoss Docking Bays in the “Shoot the Messenger” mission on Hard difficulty.

121. Monster Smash (10 points) — Kill 15 units with the Giant Ursadon in the “Enemy Within” mission on Hard difficulty.

122. Whack-A-Brakk (10 points) — Kill 15 units with the Giant Ursadon in the “Don’t let Brakk destroy any Biomass in the “Waking the Ancient” mission on Hard difficulty.

123. Short Life Expectancy (10 points) — Kill the Tyrannozor in under 1 minute after it appears in “The Crucible” mission on Hard difficulty.

124. Whose Queen Reigns Supreme? (10 points) — Complete the “Supreme” mission in less than 12 minutes on Hard difficulty.

125. Once, Twice, Three Times Malady (10 points) — Complete the “Infested” mission before the Dominion Gas the Platform a 3rd time on Hard difficulty.

126. Dominion Domination (10 points) — Kill 3 Hybrid Dominators with Terran units in the “Hand of Darkness” mission on Hard difficulty.

127. No-toss (10 points) — Destroy all Protoss structures in the “Phantoms of the Void” mission on Hard difficulty.

128. Ludicrous Speed! (10 points) — Complete the “With Friends Like These…” mission in less than 11 minutes on Hard difficulty.

129. Fast Break (10 points) — Complete the “Conviction” mission in less than 10 minutes on Hard difficulty.

130. Crash The Party (10 points) — Destroy all Dominion structures in the “Planetfall” mission before the 5th Bile Launcher lands on Hard difficulty.

131. Speed Bump (10 points) — Destroy the Odin in “The Reckoning” mission before Mengsk sends it at Raynor on Hard difficulty.

Unit Guide

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Check out our unit guide videos. They are from YouTube user ShokzSC.

Heart of the Swarm Terran Reaper Guide

Heart of the Swarm: Protoss Oracle Guide

Heart of the Swarm Hellbat Guide

Heart of the Swarm Viper Guide:

Note: This guide will be updated once we have more information on the game.


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