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"I am Dehaka. One-who-collects. I kill, I take essence."

- Dehaka introduces himself to Sarah Kerrigan(src)

Dehaka
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Biographical
Born

Unknown, Zerus

Physical
Race

Primal zerg

Gender

N/A (male personality)

Eyes

Yellow

Political
Affiliation

Primal zerg

Dehaka's Pack

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm (alliance, early 2505mdash;)

Occupation

Pack leader

Real Life
Voice Actor

Steve Blum[1]

Unit
Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Armament

Claws, Corrosive Expulsion

Movement
Speed

3.4

Protection
Hit points

500

Armor

1

Type

Biological

Claws
Damage

25 (+25 vs buildings)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

0.7

Range

1

Corrosive Expulsion
Damage

50 (+25 vs buildings)

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

1

Range

3

Function
Produces

Dehaka spawn

Dehaka is a primal zerg pack leader from Zerus. He was among the last of the primal zerg pack leaders.

Dehaka is bipedal with a large left arm and a small right arm. The small right arm appears to be counterpart for a severed small left arm.

BiographyEdit

ZerusEdit

Dehaka lost his large right arm prior to the Swarm's return to Zerus[2]; it was later to be found in the same area where Sarah Kerrigan defeated the other primal pack leaders.[3]

When the Zerg Swarm returned to Zerus, Dehaka initially opted to simply observe the Swarm and Kerrigan. He witnessed the newcomers awaken Zurvan[4] and the primal-infestation of Kerrigan.[2][3]

Dehaka perceived Kerrigan as the strongest zerg. He and his pack welcomed the new power by allying with the Swarm, believing Kerrigan would lead them to new essence. Dehaka correctly predicted that the other pack leaders would refuse to similarly adapt[5][6]; the other pack leaders were destroyed by Kerrigan, including Zurvan.[3] Kerrigan confronted Dehaka afterwards, confirming that Dehaka had known that Zurvan would turn on her. He did not deny this—one zerg would grow strong, the other would fall. Dehaka remained with the Swarm.[7][8]

KopruluEdit

The following section contains timeline information which isn't necessarily in chronological order.

SkygeirrEdit

"A floating home in the sky. Wasteful."

- Dehaka upon observing Skygeirr Station(src)

The Swarm arrived at Skygeirr Station, a Terran Dominion base. Dehaka was perplexed at the structure, but was nonetheless content, and eager to sample terran essence.[9][7] Essence of another kind existed within the base however, that of protoss-zerg hybrids. While their essence was strong, Dehaka could not collect it. He knew the beings' creator served Amon, a being that would "devour all essence." Dehaka believed that if Amon succeeded, all change would stop, and all essence would be collected. And he was willing to fight to prevent that from happening.[7][10]

Working with TerransEdit

"There will be no essence here. I cannot collect if there is none."

- Dehaka(src)

The Swarm operated with Raynor's Raiders with the intent of retriving Jim Raynor from Dominion custody. Dehaka was disgruntled by the lack of essence to be found, and exchanged verbal barbs with Zagara. Kerrigan broke up the altercation, and forbid Dehaka from collecting essence in the area.[7][11] Raynor was successfully rescued,[12] but Dehaka noticed Kerrigan's silence afterwards.[13][7]

KorhalEdit

"This planet has much essence."

- Dekaha, upon arriving at Korhal(src)

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Dehaka and Zagara

Kerrigan took the Swarm to Korhal, intent on deposing Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. Dehaka noted the abundance of essence on the world, and how different it was from essences he had encountered in the past. He and his pack would collect it.[14][7]

With the deployment of the Psi Destroyer, Dehaka and his pack were at an advantage, as they lacked the psionic connection that Swarm zerg shared. This made him immune to the Destroyer's effects, and he and his pack were able to sabotage its power links, allowing Kerrigan's zerg to destroy the device, giving the Swarm access to Augustgrad.[15] Soon afterward, Dehaka and his pack participated in the final attack on Korhal Palace.[16]

Game UnitEdit

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Dehaka's game render

Dehaka's name is revealed when he joins the Swarm after "The Crucible". Before that, his unit is identified in-game as "Strange Creature."

Dehaka has the following abilities:

  • Burrow
  • Cliff Jumper (like a reaper)
  • Drag (Q), Dehaka can drag another unit much like a viper. Cooldown 3.
  • Mend (E), which heals Dehaka for 150 hit points and nearby allies for 50 hit points. Afterward, all targets regenerate 50% of this health over 15 seconds. Cooldown 10.
  • Spawn (W), which summons 2 spawns. The spawns have half of Dehaka's hit points but deal full damage and last 30 seconds. This ability is on a cooldown.[15]

QuotationsEdit

See StarCraft II Dehaka Quotations

Personality and TraitsEdit

"Essence is change. Change is survival. Collect and live. Stay still and die."

- Dehaka(src)

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Dehaka

Dehaka is fixated on collecting essence, but not for the sake of power. Power, in Dehaka's mind, is a trap, and one the other pack leaders fell into. For Dekaha, essence is survival.[17][7]


The following section contains information from StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm that is ambiguously canonical.

Dehaka views primal zerg as the "true zerg" (as opposed to their Swarm counterparts).[18]

TriviaEdit

Dehaka might be named for Azi Dahaka, an evil figure in Persian mythology.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Crucible (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Supreme (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Waking the Ancient (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Dehaka (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Crucible. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Dehaka (in English). 2013-03-12.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Supreme. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations before Infested (in English). 2013-03-12.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Hand of Darkness (in English). 2013-03-12.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Friends Like These... (in English). 2013-03-12.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Conviction (in English). 2013-03-12.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Conviction (in English). 2013-03-12.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations before Planetfall. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Death from Above (in English). 2013-03-12.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations before Friends Like These... (in English). 2013-03-12.
  18. 2014-08-20, Unused HoTS Story Elements. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2014-08-30

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