The lurker den is a zerg structure in StarCraft II.

While much of the lurker den's structure appears to be bone, the exterior is made of a material much like grooved, thick leather.[1]

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

Heart of the Swarm[edit | edit source]

The lurker den appears as an upgrade of the hydralisk den in the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm campaign. It is required for the production of lurkers, and is an alternative to the impaler den.[2]

Legacy of the Void[edit | edit source]

The lurker den appears in the multiplayer of Legacy of the Void. It is again required to produce lurkers,[3] but is morphed from a drone rather than a hydralisk den.

Upgrades
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Adaptive Talons

Reduces Lurker burrow time from 2 to 0.7 seconds and increase movement speed by 10%.

Acquisition
Purchased from Lurker den
Cost 100 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 57seconds
Required Hive
ve
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Seismic Spines

Increases the Lurker’s range from 8 to 10.

Acquisition
Purchased from Lurker den
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 57seconds
Required Hive
ve

Nova Covert Ops[edit | edit source]

Lurker dens also appeared in the Nova Covert Ops campaign. Years after the End War, the Defenders of Man used Dominion ghosts, including Nova Terra, to plant psi-emitters in order to lure feral zerg to Antiga Prime.[4]

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

The lurker den and lurker are exclusive to Kerrigan in Co-op Missions, and become available when Kerrigan reaches Level 5. The structure is available in the Lair phase of the game to allow the morphing of lurkers. However one difference with the Versus mode structure is that the co-op lurker den morphs in from a hydralisk den, instead of directly from a drone like in Versus mode currently. Finally, the structure can research an upgrade for the lurker to increase their range once a Hive has been produced, which also requires Kerrigan to be Level 6.

Stetmann can construct a mecha lurker den to allow him to produce and upgrade mecha lurkers.

Upgrades
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Muscular Augments

Increases hydralisks movement speed by 25% and attack range by 1.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den/Lurker den
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals

Mastery: -2 Minerals per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Minerals
100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -2 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 40 Vespene gas
60seconds

Mastery: -1.2seconds per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 24seconds
ve
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Ancillary Carapace

Hydralisks gain +20 maximum life.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4.
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den/Lurker den
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals

Mastery: -3 Minerals per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 60 Minerals
150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -3 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 60 Vespene gas
90seconds

Mastery: -1.8seconds per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 36seconds
ve
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Frenzy

Hydralisks temporarily gains +50% attack speed. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey T
Duration 15 seconds
Cooldown 30 seconds
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4.
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den/Lurker den
Hotkey F
Cost 200 Minerals

Mastery: -4 Minerals per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 80 Minerals
200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -4 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 80 Vespene gas
120seconds

Mastery: -2.4seconds per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 48seconds
Required Hive
ve
SeismicSpines SC2 Icon.jpg
Seismic Spines

Lurkers gain +3 attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4.
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den/Lurker den
Hotkey E
Cost 200 Minerals

Mastery: -4 Minerals per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 80 Minerals
200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png
Mastery: -4 ZergVespene SC2 Game1.png per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 80 Vespene gas
120seconds

Mastery: -2.4seconds per Expeditious Evolutions mastery point. Down to a minimum 48seconds
Required Hive
Lurker den
ve

Development[edit | edit source]

The lurker den was initially set to appear in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty,[5] but was ultimately pushed back to Heart of the Swarm.

Prior to Patch 4.0, the lurker den was still mutated from a hydralisk den. The "Digging Claws" upgrade was announced.[6]

Patch 4.11 decreased the lurker den build time from 86 seconds to 57 and readded the scrapped Seismic Spines upgrade, increasing the lurker's attack range from 8 to 10 rather than 6 to 9 and taking 57 seconds to research instead of 80. The build time for Adaptive Talons was increased from 54 seconds to 57.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Hydralisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Flashpoint (mission) (in English). 2016-08-02.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010.
  6. 2017-08-17, StarCraft II Multiplayer - Major Design Changes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-20
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