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"You're not gonna believe this! Defilers are here, and they'll be able to shield other zerg around them."

Defilers appear in StarCraft II.

Game UnitEdit

Defiler SC2 Game1

Defiler bones

The bones of defilers appear in Wings of Liberty as zerg research objectives in the level "The Great Train Robbery", and in the Heart of the Swarm mission "Fire in the Sky" as evolutionary objectives for Kerrigan.[1][2]

Nova Covert OpsEdit

Feral defilers appear in Nova Covert Ops mission "Sudden Strike."


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Infects all enemy units and buildings in area of effect, dealing 300 damage over 40 seconds. Cannot reduce units below 1 HP. Reveals cloaked and burrowed units caught in the area of effect for its duration.

Hotkey G
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 40Time SC2 Game1
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Dark Swarm

Allied units in the area of effect take 0 damage from ranged attacks.

Hotkey D
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 10Time SC2 Game1

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack.

Exceptions include:

  • Roach, which may move while burrowed
  • Lurker, which may attack while burrowed
  • Infestor, which may move while burrowed
  • Baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

Some units can unburrow via autocast, causing them to emerge and attack when an enemy moves into range.

The ability is not smartcast.

Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 71Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)


  • +1 bonus to armor per level for zerg ground units.
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive


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The untextured defiler model

In StarCraft II, an untextured model of the defiler was included in the Galaxy Map Editor for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.[3] The model is identical to the model later used in Covert Ops.


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Great Train Robbery (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Fire in the Sky (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
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