The following section contains information from StarCraft: Retribution.

Thakras is a powerful defiler.


It served or led a Brood whose name is unknown, attacking Jenson Archimedes's science facility in an effort to acquire the Argus Stone. The assault failed. Thakras and many minions were captured by the terrans, and many were used in scientific experiments.

Another zerg force entered the same installation, intent on rescuing the stone. Cerebrate Zargil instructed them to rescue Thakras, as it had powers which would help in acquiring the Stone.

Thakras was rescued, and used its Plague powers to reveal and sicken ghosts who were the Stone's final defenders. The ghosts were slain, and the Stone was acquired for the Swarm.[1]


Many zerg ground units may burrow, rendering themselves invisible but incapable of moving or attacking.

Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1
DarkSwarm Icon SC1
Dark Swarm

Shields units in a 6x6 area from ranged attacks. Ranged attacks with splash damage only deal minimal splash damage. Firebat and lurker attacks, and damage from cast abilities, are totally unaffected. The casting player's buildings are shielded; enemy and allied buildings are not.

Hotkey W
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Plague Icon SC1

Sprays all units and buildings in a 3 x 3 target area with spores that inflicts 25 damage per second for a maximum of 295 damage. 'Plague' will not kill or destroy affected units and buildings leaving at least 1 hit point. Plague does not drain shields but will affect the hit points underneath regardless of shield strength. Affected cloaked units will be revealed.

Hotkey G
Cost 150 Energy Terran SC1
Range 9
Purchased from Defiler mound
Hotkey G
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
Consume Icon SC1

Kills a "friendly" zerg unit while giving the consuming defiler 50 energy points. The amount of energy gained is the same regardless of the unit 'consumed'. Therefore a cheap unit, such as a zergling, or one that is about to die, is considered the best "food".

Hotkey C
Range 1
Purchased from Defiler mound
Hotkey C
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1


Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive


  1. StarCraft: Retribution. WizardWorks Software. Zerg campaign: Dynamic Evolution, mission 7: “Guardians of the Stone” (in English). 1998.
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