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A broodling

A broodling is a short-lived zerg creature spawned from queens and later, brood lords.

OverviewEdit

Broodlings are small but vicious and upon hatching, will attack any nearby enemies,[1] attacking them until either they or the broodlings are destroyed.[2] In the event that there are no nearby enemies, they await commands from a higher strain. Their effectiveness is primarily compromised, however, by their very limited lifespans.[3]

HistoryEdit

Broodling SC1 Head1

The original broodling strain

Broodlings were originally grown from globs of spores launched from queens. These spores attempted to 'fertilize' any organic matter they come into contact with and were capable of eating through even the armored hulls of vehicles to reach the occupants within.[1] If these spores made contact with an organic being, they forced the organism to metabolize, serving as the breeding ground for a near instantaneous metabolization and birth of a pair of broodlings.[3] The explosive birth was fatal to the host.[1]

The newest generation of broodlings can fly (if spawned from the brood lord, but only until launched)[2] and emerge from destroyed zerg structures.[4] After her de-infestation, Sarah Kerrigan could spawn broodlings by tapping into her zerg abilities.[5]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Broodling
Broodling SC1 GameAnim1
Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Infestation Ground Unit

Armament

Toxic spores

Properties
Life span

180 seconds Time SC2 Game1

Size

Small

Sight range

5

Production
Produced from

Victim of Queen's Spawn Broodling ability

Hotkey

B

Protection
Hit points

30

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

4

Cooldown

15

Attack range

1

Two broodlings are created using a queen's Spawn Broodling ability and last a maximum of 180 seconds. Broodlings can wreak havoc in a siege tank artillery line. The initial spawning destroys one tank, while the other closely packed tanks damage each other via splash damage as they fire on the broodlings.

It is even possible to spawn broodlings from a broodling.


SpawnBrood Icon SC1 Spawn Broodling
Acquisition
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Evolved at

Queen's nest

Hotkey

B

Usage
Energy

150 Energy Terran SC1

Range

9

Hotkey

B

Notes

Creates two broodlings from the targeted ground mechanical or organic unit. The target is instantly destroyed in the process. Archons, dark archons, and robotic units such as probes and reavers may not be targeted. Broodlings last a maximum of 180 seconds.

UpgradesEdit

MeleeAttack Zerg SC1 Icon Melee Attacks
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

Hotkey

M

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

150 Minerals Terran SC1

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

150 Gas Zerg SC1

200 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Hatchery

Lair

Hive

Notes
  • +1 bonus per attack per level for broodlings and zerglings.
  • +3 bonus per attack per level for ultralisks.
Carapace SC1 Upgrd1 Carapace
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

Hotkey

C

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

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes

"Permanent" BroodlingEdit

In Dark Origin, slaying all the ursadons creates a broodling from one of their stomachs that does not have a 'countdown' life span. Aside from that it behaves like any other broodling and may be mind-controlled by a dark archon.[6]

StarCraft IIEdit

Broodling
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Fast melee creature

Armament

Claws

Properties
Life span

8 Time SC2 Game1

Sight range

7

Production
Control

0 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1

Produced from
  • Destroyed zerg buildings
Movement
Speed

3.836

Acceleration

0

Lateral
acceleration

0

Deceleration

0

Creep
multiplier

x1 (no effect)

Collision radius

0.375

Protection
Hit points

30

Hit point
regen/second

0.2734

Armor

0 SC2ZergCarapace

Type
  • Biological
Armor type

Light

Claws
Damage

4

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

0.6455

Range

0.1 (melee)

Upgrade/level

+1 SC2ZergMelee

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

0

Production
score

0

The broodling is a StarCraft II unit.

SpawningEdit

Broodlings are created from brood lord attacks.

Broodlings are created when some zerg structures are destroyed.

In Heart of the Swarm, when Kerrigan reaches a certain level, her attacks can spawn broodlings if the infected target is killed quickly enough.

UpgradesEdit

SC2 ZergMeleeWeap Melee Attacks
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

Hotkey

M

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

150 Minerals Terran SC1

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

150 Gas Zerg SC1

200 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes
Edit
SC2 ZergGrndCara Carapace
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

Hotkey

C

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 ground units.
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DevelopmentEdit

Main article: Broodling/Development

The broodling used to be known as the mantaling.[7]

Heroes of the StormEdit

Heroes DevLog2

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

In the current technical Alpha, Zagara can choose to amplify an ability to spawn broodlings. [8]

Broodling TypesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brood Lord, accessed on 2011-01-18
  3. 3.0 3.1 Broodling. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-02-07
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Kerrigan's abilities and status (in English). 2013.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Dark Origin (in English). 1998.
  7. Q u o t e:

    What's that little guy floating over the brood lord? Mantaling?

    Close. Those are my Broodlings, vicious little critters. Avarius, Zogbar. 2009-12-15. New Blues - Avarius & Zhydaris!. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-12-15.
  8. 2014, Zagara. Heroes Nexus, accessed on 2014-06-27

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