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

- Dehaka introduces himself to Sarah Kerrigan(src)

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

Dehaka is bipedal with two pairs of arms, one large and one small, though he is missing his right large arm and left small one.

BiographyEdit

ZerusEdit

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Dehaka's right arm on Zerus

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

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

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.[5] Dehaka correctly predicted that the other pack leaders would refuse to similarly adapt;[6][7] the other pack leaders were destroyed by Kerrigan, including Zurvan.[2] 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.[6][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)

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Dehaka and Kerrigan at Skygeirr

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.[6][9] 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.[6][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 retreiving Jim Raynor from Dominion custody. Dehaka was disgruntled by the lack of essence to be found, and exchanged verbal barbs with Broodmother Zagara. Kerrigan broke up the altercation, and forbid Dehaka from collecting essence in the area.[6][11] Raynor was successfully rescued,[12] but Dehaka noticed Kerrigan's silence afterwards.[6][13]

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.[6][14]

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]

End WarEdit

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

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Dehaka during the End War

After Korhal, Dehaka strengthened his pack.[17] He returned to Zerus, where he incorporated three pack leaders, Glevig, Murvar, and Dakrun, into his pack.[18] During the End War, he lead the primal zerg against Amon and his forces. He was aided by his new pack leaders, who followed him for his strength.[17]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraft IIEdit

Dehaka is available as an announcer in StarCraft II.[19]

Heart of the SwarmEdit

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 is playable as a hero unit in "Death From Above."

AbilitiesEdit
Abduct SC2-HotS Icon
Drag

Dehaka targets a unit and pulls that unit to his location, stunning it for a short time. This allows him to pull allies to safety, or pull enemy units out of position. The ability can pull units up and down cliffs.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve
GenerateSpawn SC2 Icon1
Generate Spawn

Creates two Spawn of Dehaka at target location. Spawns have 50% HP but deal full damage. Spawns last 30 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey W
Duration 30Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 45Time SC2 Game1
ve
Transfusion SC2 Icon1
Mend

User instantly heals self for 150 HP and nearby units for 50 HP. An additional 50% of the HP restored to affected units is rapidly healed over 15 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cooldown 10Time SC2 Game1
ve
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Cliff Jumper

Dehaka can jump up and down cliffs.

Usage
Passive
ve

There are also unfinished commands in the map editor for two additional abilities; Devour, where Dehaka bites an enemy to deal damage and heal HP; and Flurry, where Dehaka rapidly attacks around him dealing splash damage to nearby enemies.

QuotationsEdit
See StarCraft II Dehaka Quotations

Co-op MissionsEdit

Heroes of the StormEdit

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

Dehaka appears as a character in Heroes of the Storm.[20]

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 a survivor first and foremost,[21] and possesses both cunning and a strong will to survive,[17] and believes that one must continuously evolve in order to stay on top.[19] He 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 Dehaka, essence is survival.[6][22] He is willing to make alliances when it suits him.[23]


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

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm that is ambiguously canonical.

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Dehaka

Dehaka views primal zerg as the "true zerg" (as opposed to their Swarm counterparts).[24]

Dehaka reflected that he had changed much since joining Kerrigan's side. Cunning and wise,[25] he remains one of the strongest surviving primals.[26] Few primals have undergone as much change as Dehaka, and he intends to keep it that way.[25]

NotesEdit

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Dehaka

  • Dehaka might be named after Azi Dahaka, an evil figure in Persian mythology.
  • Dehaka's appearance is markedly different in Heroes of the Storm. His highlights now glow pink, he now only has two eyes, and his tusks are replaced by more insect-like mandibles.
  • Map editor files for Dehaka allude to a different personality intended during development: "Eager and not too bright. Loud, speaks in a yell."[27]
  • Dehaka was matched against Alexei Stukov on the StarCraft Twitter. 57% of voters claimed that Stukov would win.[28]

ReferencesEdit

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  18. 2017-08-21, Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka.Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-28
  19. 19.0 19.1 2017-08-23, Patch 3.17 Preview: Dehaka Announcer. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-29
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  21. Dehaka Announcer, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed n 2017-08-31
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  23. Dehaka Commander, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2017-09-01
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