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The swarm queen is a type of queen found in the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm single-player campaign and Co-op Missions.

Game UnitEdit

Compared to regular queens, they move more quickly when off the creep (although being on creep still gives them a movement advantage). They do not possess the Spawn Larvae ability.[2] The swarm queen also has the Rapid Transfusion ability instead of Transfusion, which heals a small amount of HP over time, but can be set to autocast.

In combat, swarm queens are somewhat more vulnerable than regular queens since they count as armored units, causing them to take bonus damage from units such as marauders and immortals. Their ground attack deals slight bonus damage against armored units, but they will tend to be ineffective in combat on their own against ground units, and should instead accompany other units such as roaches.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Upgrades and 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
CreepTumor SC2 Icon1
Create Creep Tumor

The queen forces a creep tumor out of her bowels.[4]
Alternatively, each creep tumor may create a single additional creep tumor, using the same build time but no energy cost. This changes the tumor's appearance.

Creep tumors can only be created upon the creep, and within a range.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 Energy Terran SC1 11 secondsTime SC2 Game1
Cooldown 11 seconds (can only be used once by a creep tumor)Time SC2 Game1
ve
Transfusion SC2 Icon1
Rapid Transfusion

The swarm queen instantly restores 25 hit points to target biological unit or structure[2] over a short period of time. It may be autocast.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Swarm queens are mutated by Abathur in Co-op Missions as an alternative to normal queens. Upgrades for swarm queens are unlocked at the evolution chamber when Abathur reaches Level 6.

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
CreepTumor SC2 Icon1
Spawn Creep Tumor

The swarm queen moves to and places a creep tumor at the targeted location. The tumor has 50 hit points and generates creep every 0.8332 seconds. each creep tumor can spawn one other creep tumor within a radius of 10.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 15 (Creep Tumor morph)Time SC2 Game1
Range 1
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve
Transfusion SC2 Icon1
Rapid Transfusion

The Swarm Queen heals a friendly biological unit or building for 25 health over 3 seconds. Can be set to autocast.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 Energy Terran SC1
Range 6
Duration 3Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve
BioMechTransfuse SC2 Icon1
Bio-Mechanical Transfusion

Increases the HP healed by swarn queen's Transfusion by 10. Swarm queen can use Transfusion on mechanical units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1
100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
60 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
24 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
ve
IncubationChamber SC2 Icon1
Incubation Chamber

Allows hatcheries, lairs, and hives, to mutate two swarm queens at once.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey I
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1
100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
60 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
24 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair/Hive
ve
SC2 ZergMissileWeap
Zerg Missile Attacks

Increases the attack damage of zerg ground ranged units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1
100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
160 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
64 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Effect Damage vs Ground: 5 (+2 vs Armored)
Damage vs Air: 10
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1
150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
190 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
76 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Damage vs Ground: 6 (+2 vs Armored)
Damage vs Air: 11
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1
200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
220 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
88 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
Effect Damage vs Ground: 7 (+2 vs Armored)
Damage vs Air: 12
ve
SC2 ZergGrndCara
Zerg Ground Carapace

Increases the armor of zerg ground units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1
100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
160 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
64 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Effect Armor: 2
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1
175 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
190 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
76 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair/Hive
Effect Armor: 3
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1
250 ZergVespene SC2 Game1
220 (basic)Time SC2 Game1
88 (with full Mastery)Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
Effect Armor: 4
ve

ReferencesEdit

  1. Starcraft 2 Official Game Site. 2018-8-07. StarCraft II 4.5.0 Patch Notes Accessed 2018-8-07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Shindigs and GHOSTCLAW. 2013-01-22. Heart of the Swarm Preview - (22.01.13). Teamliquid. Accessed 2013-01-23.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  4. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
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