"Saw ranged primal zerg creatures on battlefield? Based on hydralisk! Primal zerg stole design from Swarm!"

A primal hydralisk

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

Overview[edit | edit source]

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 Unit[edit | edit source]

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 Swarm[edit | edit source]

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]

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

Co-op Missions[edit | edit source]

Primal hydralisks can be spawned by Dehaka in Co-op Missions. They can, at the requisite level, evolve into a primal mutalisk or impaler.[7]

Upgrades and Abilities[edit | edit source]

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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.
ve
DehakaImpalerIcon.jpg
Primal Combat: Impaler

Two Primal Hydralisks battle and the survivor evolves into an 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 Recover 1 Control
8seconds
Required Glevig's den
ve
DehakaPrimalMutaliskIcon.jpg
Primal Combat: Primal Mutalisk

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 Vespene gas
Recover 1 Control
8seconds
Required Murvar's den
ve
DehakaMuscularAugments Icon.png
Muscular Augments

Increases primal hydralisks movement speed by 22% and attack range by 1.

Acquisition
Purchased from Glevig's den
Hotkey A
Cost 50 Minerals 50 Vespene gas 60seconds
ve
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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 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage
Basic: 13
From Glevig with Primal Contender: 19
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Glevig's den
Effect Damage
Basic: 14
From Glevig with Primal Contender: 20
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Murvar's den
Effect Damage
Basic: 15
From Glevig with Primal Contender: 21
ve
PrimalZerg Armor Upg.gif
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 100 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 190seconds
Required Glevig's den
Effect Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 220seconds
Required Murvar's den
Effect Armor: 3
ve

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  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. 2017-08-21, Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka.Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-28
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