StarCraft Wiki
StarCraft Wiki
Shakurus SC1 Art2.jpeg

This article is about the StarCraft unit. You may be looking for:

Shakurus SC1 Art2.jpeg

This article concerns unit lore. You may be looking for:

The guardian

"Easy to be accurate when you're splashing everything in 100 yards."

- A Dominion marine on guardians(src)

The guardian is a zerg long-range bomber.


A guardian during the Great War

The guardian is evolved from the mutalisk and thought to be based on the nesting form of the mantis screamer. It possesses a thicker carapace than its counterpart and attacks by lobbing explosive globs of acid with extreme accuracy.[1] The guardian is much slower than the mutalisk however, and was often designated to guard larvae.[2]

Despite being devastating in terrestrial combat, guardians are next to useless in space combat.[3]

Guardians were replaced by brood lords following the Brood War.[4] A number of them were utilized by Amon in the End War, as they were taken under his control along with the feral zerg of Aiur.[5][6] Feral guardians remained on Tarsonis years after the conflict,[7] while additional guardians were among the zerg that attacked the Umojan research team on Jarban Minor.[8]

Game Unit[]


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Guardian (StarCraft).

StarCraft II[]

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Guardian (StarCraft II).

Heroes of the Storm[]

Heroes DevLog2.jpg

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

A guardian in Heroes of the Storm

Guardians can be spawned on the map Braxis Holdout, and are part of the zerg attack waves that are sent against opponents.[9]

Known Guardians[]

A guardian

Variant Strains[]



A guardian close up

Most sources list the guardian's attack as being one of acid.[1][10] However, its page lists its attack as being one of plasma.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Guardian StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-13
  3. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  4. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Vivendi Games. Mission: For Aiur!. (in English). November 10, 2015
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Vivendi Games. Mission: Last Stand. (in English). November 10, 2015
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Enemy Intelligence (in English). 2016-03-29.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Night Terrors (in English). 2016-08-02.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
  10. Golden, Christie (June 30, 2009). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #3: Twilight. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7129-9.