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Mantaling SC2 DevGame1

The mantaling

In June 2009 broodlings were known as mantalings.[1]

Until April 2009, broodlings were created by swarm guardian attacks; every time the swarm guardian attacked, it spawned a pair of broodlings[2][3] which lasted only a few seconds. The broodlings are very weak.[4][3] They spawned when buildings were attacked as well.[5] The ability was moved to the brood lord.[6]

In May 2008 builds, broodlings were created from infested terran and protoss structures, which were created when an infestor infested the buildings.[7] In these cases, the broodlings have been replaced by infested marines and before their cancellation, infested protoss respectively.[8]

Heart of the Swarm UpgradesEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

Posthumous Mitosis[9]

Zergling has a 20% chance to spawn 2 broodlings on death.[9]

Spawn Broodling[9]

Sarah Kerrigan corruption ability.[9] Kills an enemy unit.[10] Massive and Heroic units are immune. Instantly spawns 5 broodlings from the corpse.[9]

Cost 50[9] Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 10[9]Time SC2 Game1


  1. Dustin Browder, Robert Simpson, Yeon-Ho Lee, David Kim. 2009-06-22. Battle Report (3). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-06-22.
  2. Yup, all Zerg buildings (not including defenses) when destroyed, will produce a handful of broodlings (which have a timed life).

    Any player plowing through a Zerg base should always remember to keep moving their units around to take the least amount of damage from these broodlings.

    Swarm Guardians still produce broodlings as well, when they strike a unit or building.
    Karune. 2008-09-25. Karune: Spawning Pool. Guardians & Broodlings. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-09-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Swarm Guardian is similar to the original Guardian, acting as a flying long range siege unit. In addition, the attacks also spawn Broodlings upon hitting the target, which do additional damage to the enemy, lasting only a few seconds. Karune. 2008-05-22. Re: guardians? StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-05-22.
  4. They do have timed life. They are not very strong. But your examples are accurate. Banelings can be wasted, Siege Tanks can splash their friends. We'll see how this all pans out in Beta. We have plenty of hooks to nerf the little buggers if they become too problematic. Cavez. 2009-02-24. Swarm Guardian... is Broodling overpowered? StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-24.
  5. They spawn when you attack buildings as well. Karune. 2008-05-22. Re: guardians? (page 2) StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-05-22.
  6. Dustin Browder, Lipton, Karune. 2009-04-22. The Official STARFEEDER Starcraft 2 Q&A. Starfeeder. Accessed 2009-04-22.
  7. Mielke, James. 2008-05-08. The Dangerous Book for Zerglings: The latest intel on Zerg units and structures (page 2). Accessed 2008-05-08.
  8. 2008-24-06, Fansite Q & A With Dustin Browder, p2. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2008-24-06
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-05-30. May 2011 HoTS Gameplay Info. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  10. Michael McWhertor. 2011-05-31. Hands On With StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm’s Campaign, Now With More RPG and Space Yetis. Kotaku. Accessed 2011-05-31.
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