, take these, the deadliest of my minions. They shall aid you in your search."
A Hunter Killer
Hunter Killers are a special hydralisk strain. They are among the most elite and infamous of all zerg specialist strains.
Originally created and used exclusively by
Daggoth of the Tiamat Brood, Hunter Killers protected Sarah Kerrigan's chrysalis in orbit above Tarsonis.
Hunter Killers participated in the invasion of
Brontes IV, assaulting a hidden base held by the New Dresdin Outlaws.
Daggoth later sent a pair of Hunter Killers to escort Kerrigan when she infiltrated the
The Brood War Edit
Brood War, The dark archon Ulrezaj intended to use Hunter Killers in his attack on Shakuras. Using a technique to combine Dark Templar and zerg energy to create false, warped khaydarin crystals, he would control and summon hydralisks and zerglings from his base on Char and, using genetic stations on a space platform over Shakuras transform them into enhanced zerg with the false crystals. The technique rendered the Hunter Killers immune to the effects of the xel'naga temple.
The plot was foiled by heroes dispatched by
Zeratul's forces. 
Although Daggoth was a rival to Kerrigan during the conflict, Hunter Killers fell under her control on at least a few occasions. They were used to retake control of
hives under attack by renegade zerg and through a  psi emitter, Kerrigan gained control of a few on Braxis.
Second Great War Edit
Four years later, Hunter Killers escorted Kerrigan during the
attack on the Moebius Foundation's main research campus on Tyrador VIII , and  the Terran Dominion invasion of Char.
Game Unit Edit
Hunter Killers are essentially double-powered
hydralisks, doing double damage and enjoying double the hit points, as well as having all hydralisk upgrades by default. They are usually tinted red in campaign missions. Unlike the Devouring One and other specialized units, the Hunter Killer received a custom portrait. They cannot be produced.
Hunter Killers also appear in a few scenario maps, specifically in
, StarCraft Fortress as reinforcements in  Bunker Command II and appear in  . The yellow brood defends each Twilight Struggle cerebrate with four of them. Hunter Killers are also found on the map  , and are sold by Bazaar Crazy Bob's Bazaar. They are slightly less resilient than their Swarm counterparts, but are otherwise just as deadly.
StarCraft II Edit
Hydralisk (left) and Hunter Killer (right)
Elite ranged creature
Hunter Killers appear during the
campaign. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty  They are slightly larger than  hydralisks and have improved statistics. Other than that, the two are indistinguishable.
Co-op Missions, Zagara can summon Hunter Killers.
Unlike in the original game, Hunter Killers do not receive a custom portrait.
Heroes of the Storm Edit
Zagara can summon Hunter Killers in .
Heroes of the Storm
Known Hunter Killers Edit
Hunter Killer decal
A Hunter Killer
decal is available in upon reaching level 22 with zerg. The decal is the outline of a hydralisk head. StarCraft II
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