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Kerrigan's chrysalis on Char

A chrysalis is a type of cocoon used by the zerg to infest terrans. Most experiments yielded poor results, but one "success" came in the form of the Queen of Blades. She in turn used this method in projects infesting terrans. The process was usually a failure,[1] but it proved to be successful with Ethan Stewart.[2]

Game UnitEdit


Mature Chrysalis
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Zerg Swarm

Hit points




There are two known forms of chrysalises:

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The young chrysalis

  • Young chrysalis, a drone-portable "power-up".[3][4]
    • The chrysalis is placed in a beacon in the two first missions.[3][4] In the first mission, if the carrying drone is killed, the chrysalis will simply reappear on the beacon.[3] If the carrying drone is killed on the second mission, the player will have two minutes to retrieve it or will receive a "defeat".[4]
  • Mature chrysalis, a special structure.[5][6]
  • Both versions of the chrysalis shares the cocoon portrait.

StarCraft II: Wings of LibertyEdit

In Wings of Liberty, chrysalises are found in The Evacuation as optional research objectives. There are three scattered about the map, with each yielding one zerg research point.[7]


The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty which is no longer valid.

Zerg Evolution Research

+1 Damage for Infantry[8]

Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Stedman, Hyperion Lab
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A chrysalis in StarCraft II

During development of Wings of Liberty, Raynor's Raiders could collect genetic information from chrysalises with SCVs. This granted bonus damage to infantry.[8]

StarCraft II: Heart of the SwarmEdit

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A Chrysalis holding Kerrigan.

In Heart of the Swarm, chrysalises are formed at the player's main hive cluster when Kerrigan is killed in a mission, and also if Alexei Stukov is killed in the Phantoms of the Void mission.[9] In The Crucible, Kerrigan enters a chrysalis which must be protected from Yagdra's pack and the remnants of Brakk's pack.[10]


  1. Neilson, Micky. "StarCraft: Hybrid." Amazing Stories 601 (Spring 2000): 70-75.
  2. Golden, Christie (November 27, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #2: Shadow Hunters. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7126-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Among the Ruins (in English). 1998.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Egression (in English). 1998.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: The New Dominion (in English). 1998.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Agent of the Swarm (in English). 1998.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Evacuation (in English). 2010-07-27.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Zero. 09/08/17. July 20, 2009 Wings of Liberty Single Player Info. StarCraft Legacy. Last accessed: 09/08/17.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Phantoms of the Void (in English). 2013-05-16.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Crucible (in English). 2013-03-12.

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