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Hydralisk
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Ranged Unit

Armament
  • Needle spines (most common attack)
Properties
Size

Medium

Transport slots

2

Sight range

6

Production
Minerals

75 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

25 Gas Zerg SC1

Control

1[1] Control Zerg SC1

Build time

28 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Larva

Requires

Hydralisk den

Hotkey

H

Protection
Hit points

80

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

10LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Air attack

10LongboltMissiles SC2 DevGame1

Cooldown

15

Attack range

4 (5 with Grooved Spines) GroveSpines Hydra SC1

Function
Evolves to

Lurker (BW only)

OverviewEdit

Hydralisks have a single ranged attack, unlike in the cinematic where they may melee attack. They are the only zerg ground unit able to hit air targets, making them one of the most important zerg units in the whole game. Hydralisk dens are required to spawn them from larvae.

Hydralisks are cheap enough to be mass produced in a short period of time. Although hydralisks can deal huge damage in large groups, there are numerous counters; terrans benefit from large numbers of siege tanks, and marines paired with medics. Protoss can effectively counter mass hydralisks with reavers with ground support and high templar using Psionic Storm. In competitive StarCraft, hydralisks are most often used against the protoss race (e.g. the 3 hatch hydra opening) because it is an effective counter to many protoss units despite the easy counters against them. This is especially true if the zerg player is skilled at micromanaging his hydralisks. Against terrans, hydralisks do not see much usage because professional players are too skilled with their marines, medics, and siege tanks which are also natural counters to the hydralisk. In zerg vs zerg competitive play, hydralisks are virtually unseen as are most zerg units because the game is usually dominated by zerglings and mutalisks.

AbilitiesEdit

Burrow SC1 Able1 Burrow
Acquisition
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Evolved at

Hatchery/Lair/Hive

Hotkey

B

Usage
Hotkey

U

Notes

Many zerg ground units may burrow, rendering themselves invisible but incapable of moving or attacking.

LurkAspect SC1 Lurker Morph
Acquisition
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Evolved at

Hydralisk den

Hotkey

L

Usage
Minerals

50 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

Units

1 hydralisk

Hotkey

L

Notes

Allows a hydralisk to morph into a lurker. The control cost increases to 2.

UpgradesEdit

MissileAttack Zerg SC1 Icon Missile Attacks
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

Hotkey

A

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

150 Minerals Terran SC1

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Zerg SC1

150 Gas Zerg SC1

200 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Hatchery

Lair

Hive

Notes
  • +1 bonus to attack damage per level for hydralisks
  • +2 bonus to attack damage per level for lurkers
Carapace SC1 Upgrd1 Carapace
Evolved at

Evolution chamber

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
MuscAug Hydra SC1 Muscular Augments
Evolved at

Hydralisk den

Hotkey

M

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
GroveSpines Hydra SC1 Grooved Spines
Evolved at

Hydralisk den

Hotkey

G

Properties
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • Increases the attack range of hydralisks by 1 (to 5).

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment staff. Zerg Hydralisk. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-12-01.


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