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The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

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Concept art of the corruptor on land

Corruptors have changed many times over the course of their development. However, they have always been an example of an anti-air unit.[1]

In the first phases of development the Corruptor were ground units.[2]

Corruption SC2 Icon2 Corruption

The corruptor disables a building, which becomes covered in slime.[3]

Hotkey C[3]
Cost 75[3] Energy Terran SC1
Duration 30[3]Time SC2 Game1

Corruptors used to convert enemy air units into turrets.[4] The attack was technically a debuff, which lasted for about two seconds. If that unit was destroyed during this time, it became corrupted, regardless of which unit landed the final blow.[5] A corrupted unit became a stationary turret on the side of the zerg player.[4]

Corrupted UnitsEdit

Corrupted Mass[6]
BattlecruiserCorrupted SC2 CineZergTrail1


Base unit

The attacked unit

Life span

Limited[7] Time SC2 Game1



Ground attack

7[8] (damage is fixed, does not depend on original unit type)[9]

Air attack

7[8] (damage is fixed, does not depend on original unit type)[9]

Attack range


Corrupted units could attack ground and air units as well as structures. The player can control them, forcing them to attack certain targets.[8]

Corrupted units had a limited life span and would eventually die on their own. A ground unit affected by Anti-Gravity will return to the ground.[7]

If the corruptor corrupted a transport, such as a medivac dropship, the units inside perish.[10]

When corruptors attacked an enemy force, the opposing player must decide whether to destroy any corrupted units, whether to try to kill the corruptors, or whether to retreat.[11]

EnduringCorruption SC2 Game1 Enduring Corruption
Purchased from Hive[12]
Hotkey E[12]
Cost 150[12] Minerals Terran SC1 150[12] Gas Terran SC1 80[12]Time SC2 Game1

In Heart of the Swarm development, corruptors had a siphon ability, letting them attach to a building and suck out resources.[13] They will lose their Corruption ability.[14]


  1. 2010-04-30, BlizzChat Developer Chat on Twitter 4/30. forums, accessed on 2010-05-06
  2. Phill Gonzo. 5-11-07.[1] Deviantart. Accessed 2013-03-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). February 18, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-03-11. Blizzard’s Rush: 36 Hours of Zerg. SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-03-20.
  5. Karune. 2008-07-16. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 41. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-07-16.
  6. SC2 Exhibition Match. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-09-27.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Karune. 2008-04-08. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 34. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-04-08
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Browder, Dustin and Shadowie. 2009-05-01. Fan Site Q&A #3 - SC2Pod. SC2pod. Accessed 2009-05-01.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blizzard Entertainment, gearvOsh. Fansite Q&A 5: SC2A . StarCraft 2 Armory News Updates Forum. Accessed 2009-05-28.
  10. Karune. 2008-06-11. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 40. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-06-11.
  11. Pardo, Rob and Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-06-29. WorldWide Invitational 2008: Pictures, Presentations, Videos (StarCraft II Panel: Evolving Design) SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-06-30.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-04. Zerg & Protoss Upgrades. SCLegacy. Accessed 2009-06-18
  13. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-10-22. BlizzCon 2011 StarCraft II Multiplayer Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-10-23.
  14. The Rusher. 2011-10-26.​A complete list of all multiplayer HOTS changes/additions, now that Blizzcon is over. Reddit. Accessed 2011-10-29.

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