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Locust
Harpy SC2-HotS DevRend1
Unit
Race

Zerg

Affiliation

Zerg SC2 Icon Kerrigan's Swarm

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm
Legacy of the Void

Base unit

Locust

Production
Parent

Carrion

The flying locust is a zerg variant strain of the locust that appears in Heart of the Swarm. It is spawned by the carrion swarm host strain. The flying locusts are faster and deal 50% more damage than regular locusts, but have 25% less life. They cannot attack air normally. It can fly at speed 3.[1]

In Legacy of the Void, locusts in multiplayer default as flying locusts. They have the swoop ability, where they home in on a ground unit and become ground units.

Game UnitEdit

AbilitiesEdit

LeapUrsadon SC2 Icon1
Swoop

Orders flying locust to land at target location, so it may attack enemies.

Usage
Hotkey Z
Cooldown 0Time SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Already available


ve

UpgradesEdit

EnduringLocusts SC2-HotS Icon
Enduring Locusts

Increases the lifespan of locusts by 10 seconds (to 25 seconds). This upgrade was removed from HotS in the April 2015 update, as the locust's base lifespan was increased to 25 seconds. [2]

This upgrade is not present in Legacy of the Void.[3]

Acquisition
Purchased from Infestation pit
Hotkey L
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
ve
FlyingLocustIcon
Flying Locusts

Allows locusts spawned by swarm hosts to fly. Flying locusts can use Swoop to land and attack units.

Automatically available in Legacy of the Void.

Acquisition
Purchased from

Infestation pit (HotS)

Already researched (LotV)
Hotkey L
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
ve
  • Attack bonus for queens and zerg ground ranged units.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
  • +1 bonus to armor per level for zerg ground units.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 114Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 136Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 157Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

Heart of the Swarm CampaignEdit

In the Heart of the Swarm campaign, flying locusts are used by the carrion strain of the swarm host. These locusts still need an upgrade in order to attack air.

UpgradesEdit

SC2 RapidIncubation Icon
Rapid Incubation

Locusts spawn 20% faster.

Locust production inefficient. Will greatly benefit from redundancy removal. Sequences are complex, wasteful. Byproduct of wild, uncontrolled evolution. Simplification of sequences will allow swarm hosts to incubate full-grown locusts at rapid speeds.

Campaign Acquisition
ve
SC2 PressurizedGlands Icon
Pressurized Glands

Locusts can attack both ground and air units.

Swarm host defense reliant on locust organism. Locust secrets solvent fluids, projectiles towards enemy. Can mutate glands, increase pressure. Will allow projectile to reach incredible height. Attack both ground and aerial targets.

Campaign Acquisition
ve

NoteEdit

It was named "harpy" during development.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. 2015-04-07. Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- April 9, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2015-05-11.
  3. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. Heart of the Swarm beta Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). September 4, 2012

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