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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 Unit[]

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 Ops[]

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
Duration 40 seconds
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Dark Swarm

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

Hotkey D
Cost 100 Energy
Duration 10 seconds

Many zerg ground units may burrow, becoming invisible and revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack while burrowed.

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 unburrow seconds
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 71seconds
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 150 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Hive


The untextured defiler model

The defiler can be seen in a 2006 build of StarCraft II.[3] An untextured model of the defiler was included in the Galaxy Map Editor for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.[4] 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. Starcraft 2 Alpha
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010