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The defiler

The defiler was a zerg breed that used toxic substances to support other zerg forces.


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A defiler during the Great War

The defiler was a relatively rare zerg breed, resembling a silverfish in appearance and acting akin to a 'cancer factory' in function.[1] Its core genus, if it had one, is unknown, as the defiler contained the DNA of all other zerg breeds[2] and, unlike the larva, used them to synthesize virus-like biochemicals.[1] These biochemicals were extremely hazardous, resistant to the most effective anti-toxins, and, paradoxically, dangerous even to the zerg.[1] Defilers were known to cannibalize other zerg to fuel the metasynaptic processes that generated the biochemicals,[2] often accompanied by zergling escorts for this very reason.[1]

The defiler's body was host to countless small organisms that lived on the carapace, constantly feeding on each other.[2] The defiler could spontaneously launch a number of these creatures to swarm a location that make it difficult to target anything under the ensuing cloud. In addition, defilers could produce corrosive spores and hurl them at a target area, the spores exploding in a dense cloud. The highly toxic mist that resulted corroded anything it touched.[2] The spores were also prone to igniting due to a flammable accelerant contained in them.[3]

By the end of the Second Great War, the defiler had been replaced by the viper.[4]

Game UnitEdit


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Defiler (StarCraft).

StarCraft IIEdit

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Defiler bones

In StarCraft II, the defiler has been replaced by the Infestor.[5] The viper also has similar traits.

Wings of LibertyEdit

The bones of defilers appear in Wings of Liberty as zerg research subjects on the level The Great Train Robbery.[6]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

An untextured defiler model is included in the Galaxy Map Editor for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.[7]

Known DefilersEdit

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A defiler up close

Variant StrainsEdit


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Defiler. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-02-07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. Gerrold, David (w), Fernando Heinz Furukawa (p, i). StarCraft: Ghost Academy: Volume 2 (paperback binding). Tokyopop, August 10, 2010. ISBN 978-1427-81613-9.
  4. Unit Guide: Viper, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-05-12
  5. Medievaldragon. 2008-03-10, StarCraft II-Zerg Unveiled. Blizzplanet. Accessed on 2008-03-10
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Great Train Robbery (in English). 2010-07-27.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010

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