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The drone is the zerg worker unit in StarCraft.


Drones mutate into the buildings they construct. The only way to stop a building from completing is to destroy it or to cancel it; in the latter event the drone is recovered and may be used for some other purpose. Once the building is complete the drone is unrecoverable.

Drones benefit from burrow. Unless the enemy brings detectors burrowing can minimize the damage caused by a raid on harvesting operations. Once the enemy is repelled harvesting may immediately resume without requiring the replacement of all workers.


Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Hive


The drone morphs into structures and harvests minerals and vespene gas.

Many zerg ground units may burrow, rendering themselves invisible but incapable of moving or attacking.

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Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 80seconds


During development, drones had an "infest command center" ability.[1]

It is voiced by Allen Adham.


A StarCraft II "Classic" skin modeled after the StarCraft drone is available for those who purchased the physical or virtual ticket for BlizzCon 2018. It was later made available for purchase.



  1. Hidden Pics, Angelfire. Accessed on 2018-06-06