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"Might have to call in sick today. Feeling a little touch of something."

- Infested terran(src)

The infested terran is a unit in StarCraft II created by an infestor. It is often referred to as the infested marine. It was removed from Versus in Patch 4.11.

A similarly-themed melee weaker with lower stats, the infested terran or "infested colonist" appears in campaigns and Co-op Missions.

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

An infestor uses 25 energy to deploy an infested swarm egg a short distance away; the infested terran hatches five seconds afterwards. An infestor may deploy as many infested terrans as energy allows.[1]

Infested terrans have short lifespans and move slowly, but have slightly better health and attack power than marines. Infestors may spawn infested marines while burrowed, enhancing surprise and utility for economy raiding. Infested terrans provide on-demand firepower against ground and air targets.

Versus[edit | edit source]

In Patch 4.0, the infested terran's gauss rifle was made to only target ground units, and they were given the infested rocket ability, doing heavy damage to air from a longer range. Infested marines were also made to benefit from ranged and carapace upgrades.

Infested terrans were removed from Versus mode in Patch 4.11, in favor of the infestor gaining the Microbial Shroud ability.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

  • Attack bonus for queens and zerg ground ranged units.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Hive
ve
  • +1 bonus to armor per level for zerg ground units.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 114seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 136seconds
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 157seconds
Required Hive
ve

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)
ve

Wings of Liberty[edit | edit source]

In the campaign of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, infested terrans are referred to as "infested marines", distinguished from their unarmed infested colonist counterparts.[2]

Heart of the Swarm[edit | edit source]

The infestor does not have the ability to create infested terrans in the campaign. Instead, these are produced from garrisons infested by virophages.

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

Alexei Stukov is able to construct infested marines from his infested barracks. These marines have a timed life, but deal high damage and are rallied alongside infested colonists with his psi emitter ability. Stukov also gets infested troopers, which are identical to infested marines, but are spawned for free from the infested bunker and have a shorter timed life.

Infested terrans serve as enemies on the Dead of Night and Miner Evacuation maps, and are spawned during the Outbreak mutator.

Upgrades and Abilities
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Retinal Augmentation

Infested Marines and Infested Troopers gain +1 attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested tech lab attached to infested barracks
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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Plagued Munitions

Infested Marines and Infested Troopers deal an additional 50 damage over 15 seconds to units they attack.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Stukov Level 7.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested tech lab attached to infested barracks
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
Required Infested engineering bay
ve
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Corrupted Conscription

Spawn Infested Marine can now store additional charges and spawn faster. (Stores 10 charges and spawns in 5 seconds.)

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Stukov Level 6
ve
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Infested Terran Infantry Weapons

Increases the attack damage of infested terran infantry.

(Also affect Broodlings)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested engineering bay
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 7
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Infested armory
Effect Damage: 8
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Infested armory
Effect Damage: 9
ve
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Infested Terran Infantry Armor

Increases the armor of Infested terran infantry.

(Also affect Broodlings)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Infested engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Infested armory
Effect Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Infested armory
Effect Armor: 3
ve

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Infested terror.jpg Infested Terror
Points

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Criteria

Destroy 30 units with Infested Terrans in a single Unranked or Ranked game.

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Points

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Criteria

Spawn 5,000 Infested Marines in Co-op Missions.

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Development[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The infested marine portrait can be earned with the Team Zerg 50 achievement.

At the end of their limited duration, the infested terran death animation depicts them committing suicide with their gauss rifle.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). August 02, 2010
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Outbreak (in English). 2010-07-27.
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