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"Those things can jump?"

- A marine(src)

The hunter

The hunter is a variant strain of the baneling that appears in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

Game Unit[]

The hunter is able to leap up and down cliffs thus giving it mobility. It is also capable of leaping towards its targets thus reducing the damage taken from ranged targets.

Due to how the hunters jump at their targets before exploding, this can lead to an increase in cost efficiency for the banelings, as they will not waste as many explosions. However, since they also seem to prioritize targets one at a time, it can also lead to them being slightly slower at taking out the enemy if all the banelings only focus on one target at a time.

Heart of the Swarm[]

It becomes available with the splitter after completing "Old Soldiers."[1]

During Kerrigan's resurgence, Abathur discovered the hunter strain when he exposed the banelings to extreme conditioning. The banelings were placed on the resource-rich but highly volcanic planet of Scoria where periodic surges of lava would kill them. The banelings that survived developed the ability to leap up and down cliffs.[1]


The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

During the development of Heart of the Swarm, the hunter was known as the gorgeling.[2]


SDCC special Hunter Baneling plush

  • A special edition of the reversible zergling/baneling plush was sold at San Diego Comic Co in 2013 that allowed the zergling to turn into a hunter baneling.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Baneling Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. 2011-05-27 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Campaign Preview. YouTube. Accessed 2013-03-29.
  3. 2017-07-08, 2013 Starcraft Zergling / Baneling Plush Sdcc Blizzcon Reversible., accessed on 2017-07-08.