Kerrigan's chrysalis on Char

A chrysalis is a type of cocoon used by the zerg.

Overview[edit | edit source]

"I see it in your mind... You designed the Queen of Blades! Your limbs wrapped me in the chrysalis!"

Chrysalises have been used to infest terrans. Most experiments yielded poor results, but one "success" came in the form of the Queen of Blades. She in turn used this method in projects infesting terrans. The process was usually a failure,[1] but it proved to be successful with Ethan Stewart.[2]

When Sarah Kerrigan went into the first spawning pool on Zerus to become primal zerg, she was encased within a chrysalis as her body was reformed.[3]

During the assault on Korhal, the torrasque ultralisk strain was made. Upon suffering fatal damage, the ultralisk would enter a chrysalis state, before emerging from the chrysalis fully healed.[4]

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

StarCraft[edit | edit source]

There are two known forms of chrysalises:

  • Young chrysalis, a drone-portable "power-up."[5][6]
    • The chrysalis is placed in a beacon in the two first missions.[5][6] In the first mission, if the carrying drone is killed, the chrysalis will simply reappear on the beacon.[5] If the carrying drone is killed on the second mission, the player will have two minutes to retrieve it or will lose the mission.[6]
  • Mature chrysalis, a special structure.[7][8][9]
  • Both versions of the chrysalis shares the cocoon portrait.

StarCraft II[edit | edit source]

Wings of Liberty[edit | edit source]

In Wings of Liberty, chrysalises are found in The Evacuation as optional research objectives. There are three scattered about the map, with each yielding one zerg research point.[10]


The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty which is no longer valid.

Zerg Evolution Research

+1 Damage for Infantry[11]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Stedman, Hyperion Lab

A chrysalis in StarCraft II

During development of Wings of Liberty, Raynor's Raiders could collect genetic information from chrysalises with SCVs. This granted bonus damage to infantry.[11]

Heart of the Swarm[edit | edit source]

In Heart of the Swarm, chrysalises are formed at the player's main hive cluster when Kerrigan is killed in a mission, and also if Alexei Stukov is killed in the Phantoms of the Void mission.[12] In The Crucible, Kerrigan enters a chrysalis which must be protected from Yagdra's pack and the remnants of Brakk's pack.[3]

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

In Co-op Missions, Zagara and Kerrigan both use chrysalises to spawn on the field, and to respawn when they are defeated.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Neilson, Micky. "StarCraft: Hybrid." Amazing Stories 601 (Spring 2000): 70-75.
  2. Golden, Christie (November 27, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #2: Shadow Hunters. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7126-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Crucible (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Ultralisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Among the Ruins (in English). 1998.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Egression (in English). 1998.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: The New Dominion (in English). 1998.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Agent of the Swarm (in English). 1998.
  9. StarCraft: Retribution. WizardWorks Software. Zerg campaign: “Dynamic Evolution, mission 11: "The Battle of Char” (in English). 1999.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Evacuation (in English). 2010-07-27.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Zero. 09/08/17. July 20, 2009 Wings of Liberty Single Player Info. StarCraft Legacy. Last accessed: 09/08/17.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Phantoms of the Void (in English). 2013-05-16.
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