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PrimalHydralisk SC2-LotV Art1

A primal hydralisk

Primal hydralisks are primal zerg creatures based off the Zerg Swarm's own hydralisk strain.

OverviewEdit

According to Abathur, the primals stole the hydralisk's essence from the Swarm, and used it to produce their own hydralisks.[1][2] They were among the first of the Swarm zerg breeds to be adapted into the primal zerg genome, and the evolutionary strength of the hydralisk's essence meant that many of their traits were retained among the primals.

Some primal hydralisks develop mutations that exhibit an increasing number of lurker traits, with many resembling more lurker than hydralisk.[3]

Game UnitEdit

Primal hydralisks are very similar in appearance to normal hydralisks, though they are slightly larger and have greenish-gray carapaces. In the Heart of the Swarm single player campaign, their stats are almost identical to those of their Swarm counterparts.

Primal hydralisks in Co-op Missions have more health than their Swarm counterparts.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Primal hydralisks appear as enemies, and later allies on Zerus.[4] They also appear as part of Dehaka's pack during the attack on Korhal.[5]

Kerrigan, in her Primal Queen of Blades form, can summon sacs containing a group of primal zerg consisting of primal zerglings, primal hydralisks, and primal roaches.[6]

AbilitiesEdit

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack.

Exceptions include:

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 unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 71Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Primal hydralisks can be spawned by Dehaka in Co-op Missions. They can, at the requisite level, evolve into a primal mutalisk or impaler.[8]

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

SC2ZergBurrow
Burrow

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

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 (burrow)Time SC2 Game1
1 (unburrow)Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
DehakaImpalerIcon
Primal Combat

Two Primal Hydralisks battle and the survivor evolves into a Impaler.

Long-range anti-armor ambusher. Must burrow to attack. Can attack ground units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Dehaka Level 8.
Acquisition
Hotkey V
Cost 8Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
ve
DehakaPrimalMutaliskIcon
Primal Combat

Two Primal Hydralisks battle and the survivor evolves into a Primal Mutalisk.

Air unit. Bounces its shot to strike multiple targets. Can attack ground and air units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Dehaka Level 6.
Acquisition
Hotkey T
Cost 25 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 Decrease 1 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1 8Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
ve
DehakaMuscularAugments Icon
Muscular Augments

Increases primal hydralisks movement speed and attack range.

Acquisition
Purchased from Glevig's den
Hotkey A
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 50 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
PrimalZerg Damage Upg
Primal Attacks

Increases the attack damage of all primal zerg units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect Damage: 13
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Effect Damage: 14
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
Effect Damage: 15
ve
PrimalZerg Armor Upg
Primal Carapace

Increases the armor of all primal zerg units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Effect Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
Effect Armor: 3
ve

NotesEdit

A primal hydralisk skin is available in multiplayer for reaching level 2 with the zerg Katowice 2018 War Chest.[3]

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Abathur (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Waking the Ancient. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Collections Tab: Skins. October 17, 2016
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Waking the Ancient (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Kerrigan's abilities and status (in English). 2013.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  8. 2017-08-21, Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka.Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-28
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