"They're infesting banshees too? Great."

Infested banshees are banshees infested by the zerg. In addition to retaining their rockets and cloak, infested banshees gain the ability to burrow in order to ambush prey.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

When the Umojan Protectorate expedition to Jarban Minor was overrun by the zerg, banshees and their pilots were infested and made to serve the Swarm. They were set up around the extraction devices, and burrowed near them to ambush would be attackers.

When Agent Nova Terra came to Jarban Minor to retrieve terrazine, she was forced to engage the infested banshees surrounding the extraction devices.[1]

Game unit[edit | edit source]

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

Infested banshees can be built by Alexei Stukov in co-op missions. They retain their ability to burrow (which does need to be researched), and can regenerate their health with an upgrade.

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Stukov's Infested banshees can use cloak. Infested banshees gain +2 range while cloaked.

Usage
Hotkey C (cloak), D (decloak)
Cost 0 (+0.9 per second) Energy
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Burrow

Buries the unit underground. Burrowed unit are unable to move or attack, but they cannot be seen without detection.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 (burrow)seconds
1 (unburrow) seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Required Rapid Hibernation upgrade from the infested tech lab
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Load

Loads infested infantry into a banshee's hold.

Usage
Hotkey O
Notes

When an infested infantry is loaded inside a banshee, its timed life countdown is stopped, but restart when dropped.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Plague Warden prestige.
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Remote Deployment

Launches the Infested banshee cargo content at the target location, dealing 20 damage to nearby enemy ground units on impact.

Usage
Hotkey E
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Plague Warden prestige.
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Rapid Hibernation

Infested Banshees regenerate 20 life and energy per second while burrowed.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested tech lab attached to infested starport
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
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Braced Exoskeleton

Infested Banshees gain +100 life.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Stukov Level 11.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested tech lab attached to infested starport
Hotkey R
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
Required Infested armory
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Infested Terran Vehicle and Ship Weapons

Increases the attack damage of infested terran vehicles and spacecrafts.

(Also affect Brood Queens and Uprooted Infested Bunkers)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested armory
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 13
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Effect Damage: 14
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Effect Damage: 15
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Infested Terran Vehicle and Ship Plating

Increases the armor of infested terran vehicles and spacecrafts.

(Also affect Overlords, Overseers and Brood Queens)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested armory
Hotkey V
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Effect Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Effect Armor: 3
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Nova Covert Ops[edit | edit source]

Infested banshee appear in the Nova Covert Ops mission Night Terrors. They are comparable to the normal terran banshee, but will appear from the ground once Nova's army approaches too closely. Nova's snipe, liberator anti-air, or goliaths and marines can take these out with relative ease.

When assaulting the far northwest extraction device, the zerg will send swarms of banshees at the player that focus the extraction device. However, target priority may mean anti-air liberators will focus the harder to kill corruptors first. Consider placing several missile turrets around this extractor, as they will both be a priority for the banshees and take them out with relative ease.

Infested banshees have the ability to cloak, but do not make use of it.[1]

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Many zerg ground units may burrow, becoming invisible and revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack while burrowed.

Exceptions include:

  • Roach, which may move while burrowed
  • Lurker, which may attack while burrowed
  • Infestor, which may move while burrowed
  • Baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

Some units can unburrow via autocast, causing them to emerge and attack when an enemy moves into range.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrow seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 71seconds
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

An infested banshee portrait named Banshee Queen is available for players who pre-ordered the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm digital deluxe or collectors' edition.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Night Terrors (in English). 2016-08-02.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Collecstor's Edition. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). April 21, 2016
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