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A brood lord

The brood lord is a powerful zerg flying unit derived from the corruptor.

OverviewEdit

BroodLord SC2 Head1

A brood lord up close

Brood lords are massive manta-like flying creatures that serve the Swarm's aerial siege units and used only in the largest conflicts. The brood lord releases biological symbiotes on ground targets. They are not very durable, and were vulnerable against aerial-strike combatants.

The brood lord was originally morphed from the corruptor.[1] However, the genetic templates for multiple strains were lost during the Second Great War when the Swarm fragmented after the Battle of Char, including those for the corruptor and the brood lord.[2]

Plot branch : Sarah Kerrigan chooses to evolve the mutalisk

The brood lord's template was reacquired from feral brood lords at Sigma Centari, a Terran Dominion defense platform. With the viper, it became one of the strains based on the mutalisk.[2]

Game UnitEdit

Brood Lord
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Heavy Siege Flyer

Armament

Broodling Strike

Properties
Sight range

12

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1

Control

4 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1

Build time

34 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Corruptor
Mutalisk (Heart of the Swarm Campaign)

Requires

Greater spire

Hotkey

B

Movement
Speed

1.4062

Acceleration

1.063

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Collision radius

1

Protection
Hit points

225

Hit point
regen/second

0.2734

Armor

1 SC2ZergFlyerCarapace

Type
  • Air
  • Biological
  • Massive
Armor type

Armored

Broodling Strike
Damage

20 per broodling (unleashes 1-2 broodlings per strike)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

2.5

Range

9.5

Upgrade/level

+2 SC2ZergFlyerAttacks

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

275

Production
score

550

Brood lords replace guardians as the zerg aerial bomber. Like the guardian, it has a long-ranged ground attack and no defense against air units. Brood lords launch broodlings; the broodlings do damage upon impact, and then act as separate timed-lifespan ground units. Brood lords can sustain a stream of single broodlings; the first attack after a break launches two broodlings.

AbilitiesEdit

SwarmSeeds SC2 Icon1 Swarm Seeds
Notes

The Brood Lord shoots Broodlings at its target. A Broodling is a small creature that can attack ground units.

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

UltraliskFrenzy SC2 Icon1 Frenzied
Notes

Immune to snare, stun, slow and mind control effects. As of May 23, 2014, this grants immunity to movement-restricting effects in Heart of the Swarm.[3]

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UpgradesEdit

SC2 ZergAirWeap Flyer Attacks
Evolved at
Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

175 Gas Zerg SC1

250 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes
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SC2 ZergAirCara Flyer Carapace
Evolved at
Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

225 Gas Zerg SC1

300 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes
  • +1 bonus to armor per level for zerg air units.
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Brood lords are the only unit to gain an attack bonus from both Flyer Attacks and Melee Attacks upgrades. This is received indirectly through the broodlings being upgraded by Melee Attacks.

Heart of the Swarm CampaignEdit

In the campaign, the brood lord is one of the evolution choices for the mutalisk. Choosing the brood lord prevents the use of the viper.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

During the development of StarCraft II, it replaced the swarm guardian.[4]

The combat role of the brood lord fluctuated for a very long time. Many variations of the guardian were presented but the intention was always clear that the development team wanted more out of this new flyer. Finally out of the blue, Samwise Didier concepted the brood lord like a bolt of lightning and thus the design team created the 3D art in accordance to his concept. The head design was lifted from the scrapped morphalisk.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brood Lord, accessed on 2011-01-18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Mutalisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. 2014-05-23. Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- May 23, 2014. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2014-05-23.
  4. Dustin Browder, Lipton, Karune. 2009-04-22. The Official STARFEEDER Starcraft 2 Q&A. Starfeeder. Accessed 2009-04-22.
  5. 2010, Starcraft 2: Zerg Broodlord. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20

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