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A greater spire

The zerg greater spire is evolved from the spire (if there is a hive present somewhere in the same command structure) and it produces the genetic code that allows some zerg air breeds to mutate into different forms.[1]

Game StructureEdit

StarCraftEdit

Greater Spire
GreaterSpire SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Zerg

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

Build time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Spire

Requires

Hive

Protection
Hit points

1000

Armor

1

Function
Allows
Research

The greater spire enables mutalisks to mutate into guardians and devourers. It also provides the same upgrades as the spire and will retain the evolutionary progress so that any aerial units keep all upgrades that were completed at the spire.

Researched UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

+1 bonus to armor per level for overlords, mutalisks, guardians, devourers, scourge and queen.

Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

StarCraft IIEdit

Greater Spire
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Structure
Race

Zerg

Properties
Broodlings
produced

6

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1

Build time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Spire

Requires

Hive

Hotkey

G

Protection
Hit points

1000

Armor

1

Type
  • Armored
  • Biological
  • Structure
Function
Allows
Research

See below

In StarCraft II the greater spire enables production of the brood lord.

Researched UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

Increases armor of zerg air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect +1 armor
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Effect +1 armor
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
Effect +1 armor
ve

DevelopmentEdit

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An early render of the greater spire

The greater spire went through several revisions, essentially lingering in development hell. The initial designs were updates of the StarCraft I artwork which didn't seem to work. The shapes of the SC1 greater spire design didn't look good in 3D, as it was too bulky and the numerous pieces were too busy. Conveying the height the designers wanted was also a problem, since there were height limitations on tall buildings. When the development team started using Zbrush to create unit portraits some zerg buildings were also redesigned to take advantage of the more organic sculpting process.[2] The redesigned top of the greater spire was based on an unused concept of a queen's head by Trevor Jacobs.[3]

The revision of the greater spire made progress towards the final in-game design but the building still looked out of place compared to the rest of the zerg structures. The final unification pass finally solved many of these problems. The lower portion of the spire was reused and slightly modified with additional armor. The top portion was replaced with the new greater spire design and retextured, finally completing the long process of updating the first game's design.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011, SC2: Zerg Greater Spire. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01
  3. 2013, Greater Spire ver. 1. Deviantart, accessed on 2013-03-12

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