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The guardian

The guardian is a zerg long-range bomber.

OverviewEdit

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A guardian during the Great War

The guardian is evolved from the mutalisk and thought to be based on the nesting form of the mantis screamer. It possesses a thicker carapace than its counterpart and attacks by lobbing explosive globs of acid.[1] The guardian is much slower than the mutalisk however, and is often designated to guard larvae.[2]

Despite being devastating in terrestrial combat, guardians are next to useless in space combat.[3]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Guardian
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Heavy Siege Flyer

Armament

Acid spores

Properties
Size

Large

Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

Control

2 Control Zerg SC1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Mutalisk

Requires

Greater spire

Hotkey

G

Protection
Hit points

150

Armor

2

Combat
Ground attack

20

Cooldown

30

Attack range

8

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Unit profile

The guardian is converted from an existing mutalisk. It has an anti-ground attack that out-ranges almost all ground-to-air weapons, and in large groups can be particularly devastating as a bomber unit. While the guardian has a respectable attack of 20 (26 when fully upgraded), it has no defense against enemy air units and is vulnerable to ground-to-air units when on the run. The slow speed of the guardian also renders it vulnerable to area-of-effect spells such as psionic storm and irradiate.

ProductionEdit

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Acquisition
Requires

Greater Spire

Usage
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

Units

1 mutalisk

Hotkey

G

Notes

Causes mutalisk to morph into a guardian.

UpgradesEdit

FlyAttack Zerg Icon SC1 Flyer Attacks
Evolved at
Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

175 Minerals Terran SC1

250 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

175 Gas Zerg SC1

250 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes
  • +1 bonus to attack per level for mutalisks
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for guardians and devourers.
FlyArmor Zerg Icon SC1 Flyer Carapace
Evolved at
Hotkey

C

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

225 Gas Zerg SC1

300 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes

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

DevelopmentEdit

During development, scourges (or "avengers" as they were then known) emerged from destroyed guardians.[4]

StarCraft IIEdit

In StarCraft II, the guardian has been replaced by the swarm guardian[5] and later the brood lord.[6]

In Heart of the Swarm, guardians appear as a strain of primal zerg duplicated from the Swarm.[7] A non-primal model also exists but remains unused.[8]

Known GuardiansEdit

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A guardian

Variant StrainsEdit

IndividualsEdit

NotesEdit

Most sources list the guardian's attack as being one of acid.[1][9] However, its battle.net page lists its attack as being one of plasma.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Guardian StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-13
  3. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04149-5.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). March 31, 1998
  5. Medievaldragon. 2008-03-10, StarCraft II-Zerg Unveiled. Blizzplanet. Accessed on 2008-03-10
  6. Dustin Browder, Lipton, Karune. 2009-04-22. The Official STARFEEDER Starcraft 2 Q&A. Starfeeder. Accessed 2009-04-22.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Waking the Ancient (in English). 2013-03-12.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. Galaxy Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). 2013-05-16.
  9. Golden, Christie (June 30, 2009). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #3: Twilight. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7129-9.

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