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Devourers are the anti-air aspect of the mutalisk. They are slower than mutalisks but faster and more resilient than guardians.


The devourer's attack has the additional effect of attaching "acid spores" to anything it hits. A unit affected by spores will be revealed (if cloaked), have its attack speed slowed by 1/8 per spore, and take 1 point of additional damage from every attack for every spore attached. A maximum of 9 spores may affect a target at any one time. Spores will disappear after a period of time.

The fast firing and bouncing attack of mutalisks benefit greatly from the acid spores. Against a group of targets splashed with 9 spores a single mutalisk can deal 18 damage on its first attack instead of the normal 9 damage, this also applies to the mutalisk's second and third attack which makes it effective take out high armor targets faster, like battlecruisers and carriers, and able to go toe to toe with area-of-effect anti-air units like corsairs and Valkyries.

Devourers have a very slow rate of fire, and the attack travels slowly. If a devourer moves before the glob of acid strikes, the glob disappears. The devourer's slow speed and rate of fire also makes it vulnerable to hit-and-run attacks from groups of scouts and wraiths. Scourges, marines, goliaths, dragoons and massed hydralisks are also effective against devourers.

Devourers become available to the player in the campaign with the mission "Fury of the Swarm" in Episode VI.


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Devourer Morph

Causes mutalisk to morph into a devourer.

Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 50 Gas Terran SC1 1 mutalisk
Required Greater Spire


  • +1 bonus to attack per level for mutalisks
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for guardians and devourers.
Purchased from
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

+1 bonus to armor per level for overlords, mutalisks, guardians, devourers, scourge and queen.

Purchased from
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive


Early in development, the devourer was referred to as the "ladybug." The concept was designed by Maxx Marshal.[1]

The devourer has a cut cocoon sprite and morphing animation in StarCraft: Brood War.

It is voiced by Allen Adham.



  1. Deviantart. 2019-09-01. Old Starcraft Art Accessed 2019-09-01.
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