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The dune runner (also spelt as dune-runner)[1] was a swift,[2] agile,[1] nomadic,[3] small and savage creature native to the desert world of Zz'gash.[4] Exposure to Zz'gash's harsh weather made dune runners a fairly adaptable species, and their leathery skin developed seven distinct layers with specialized humidity-retention ducts. These prevented moisture loss, while still allowing fluid circulation to keep the dune runner's body temperature at an appropriate level.[3] They apparently had dorsal fins on their backs.[5] It is known that they possessed a tail with a spike that portruded from the tip.[3]

Their DNA was assimilated into the Zerg Swarm, forming the basis for the zerglings.[4] Zerglings possess the dune runner's adaptability, and its spiked tail as a vestigal trait.[3]

Dune runners were apparently known to terrans before/during the Great War.[6] Their biology and history is known to the Dominion at least.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2011-05-20, A Smaller Type o' Zerg. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2011-05-26
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Unit: Zergling, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-12-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Evolution pit units (in English). 2013.
  6. Zergling. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-04