In this article, I will be going over some strategies
needed to beat the "Breakout" mission in brutal mode.
This mission in and of itself is not very hard, but it does require some patience and some decent micro.
Unlike the majority of the missions which put your macro skills to the test, Breakout only gives you control of
a single unit: Tosh.
Fortunately, Tosh has a lot of great abilities which make this mission a breeze if you have the right
Step-by-Step Breakout Brutal Guide
We can break down this mission into 5 "tasks" - destroying the three main bases and rescuing the two sets of
Step 1: First Base
To break into the first base, start by climbing up the ramp to the left of the base. From up here, you will be
able to pick off a Siege Tank, a Bunker, and a handful of units.
As you attack the Bunker, watch for any SCVs in the base that may come to repair the building. If you see them,
immediately Mindblast the area and kill them off with Tosh.
Once you kill off what you can from the safe platform, sit back and wait for your troops to come assist you. Use
the Medics to heal Tosh. When Tosh is fully healed, push forward, right up the center of the base with Tosh.
Use Mindblast on the group of units that comes to meet your units, then use Tosh's shield and take out the close
Missile Turret. After you kill off that Missile Turret, you can move Tosh to the bottom right part of the base and
kill off the Factory without being detected. With the Factory and final Siege Tank dead, clearing this base is
Step 2: Path between First and Second Base
At this point you do get the "consume" ability which Tosh can use on Marauders to get almost a full energy
refill. Get Tosh up to full HP and Energy and around the base through the small passage-way (there is an arrow on
Once Tosh emerges from the back, he can pick off all the Siege Tanks and the SCVs that come to repair them. With
these units dead, taking out the rest of the base is easy.
Step 3:Rescue #1
To rescue the first set of Prisoners, you are on your own with Tosh. Throw down 3 Mindblasts on the group of
Infantry there and you will kill them outright. Note that there is no cool-down on Mindblast. Use your shield
and go in and finish off the Tank and it is very easy.
Step 3:Second Base
The second base is a bit tougher, but there is no time limit, so be sure not to rush. Move Tosh up the hidden
ramp and head towards the back. Use Tosh's Shield and use Mindblast on the Raven (look at the shadow on the ground
it leaves rather than trying to cast "on" the unit) and then take it out.
With the Raven dead, you can easily take out the Siege Tank and any other unit or structure from this high area.
The Raven provided the units on the ground sight for the ledge - nothing can hit you from up here with the Raven
dead. In other words, detectors do not matter from on this ledge with all the air units dead.
From here, head back to the main entrance and fight with your reinforcements. This is tricky and you do not want
to rush - focus on taking out 1 building at a time with each push of units.
The most important thing you can do with Tosh is to kill off the computer's reinforcements by using Mindblast
twice in a row as the Marines, Medics, and Hellions pour in. Use Consume on Marauders regularly to keep your HP
Eventually, you will break through just by using Mindblast repeatedly. Remember to pick off any SCVs as well
that you see - Mindblast works here as well
Step 4: Rescue #2
Once again, Mind Blast is all it takes. Wait for the Raven to move out of position, head to the other side of
the base, and Mind Blast the group of clumped units three times in a row.
Pop your shield, move in, and finish off everything else that is still alive. Move up right next to the Siege
Tank in order to reduce its damage.
Step 5: Final Base
The Final Base is the trickiest part, especially if you waste your nukes. Drop 1 Nuke right on the entrance as
soon as you get access to them. This will allow you to push forward with Tosh and your units.
From here, clear out the area slowly, sticking with your waves of units and using Mind Blast and Consume
liberaly. You will want to clear a space so you can nuke the final ramp. Nuke that (pop your shield as you do),
then back out until the next wave arrives.
When your next wave arrives, push up the ramp and drop two Nukes - one on each side, trying to hit as many tanks
and units as you can with it. With these dead, you can easily pick off the buildings.
I recommend killing off the Starports (and the Ravens they produce) as quickly as possible as these will be able
to detect Tosh.
With the final base down, the Breakout mission is complete on Brutal.