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The hydralisk is a zerg unit in StarCraft II.

OverviewEdit

Hydralisks counter mutalisks and banshees. Hydralisks in large numbers also counter phoenixes. They are, however, relatively fragile and are inefficient against large numbers of armored units.

Hydralisks have a melee attack in addition to their normal ranged attack, but it does the same damage as the ranged attack.[1] The melee attack is not cosmetic, as it has the advantage of not triggering point defense drone lasers and not being affected by sentry's guardian shield.

StrategyEdit

Hydralisks work well paired with roaches, the hydralisks dealing damage while the roaches absorb it.[2] A combination of roaches and hydralisks can defeat a combo of zerglings and mutalisks.[3]

Hydralisks can excel against void rays, given the starship's weakness to mass units.[4] Burrowing for a short time to cause the void ray's attack to lose its charge, then resume attacking is the best idea against void rays.

Game UnitEdit

VersusEdit

Upgrades and Abilities
GlialReconstitution SC2 Icon1
Muscular Augments

Increases hydralisk movement speed by 25% on and off creep.

Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 71.4Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
ve
GroovedSpines SC2 Icon1
Grooved Spines

Increases hydralisk range by 1.

Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den
Hotkey G
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 71.4Time 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

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack.

Exceptions include:

Some units can unburrow via autocast, causing them to emerge and attack when an enemy moves into range.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 71Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
ve

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Hydralisk SC2-HotS Story1

The hydralisk upgrade screen

In the campaign mode of Heart of the Swarm, hydralisks can transform into either lurkers or impalers after completing the appropriate evolution mission. Their visual design changes accordingly.

Upgrades and Abilities
SC2 Zagara AC - MassFrenzy
Frenzy

Temporarily increases hydralisk attack speed by 50%. Cannot be autocast.

Hydralisk aggression inhibited by cerebral cortex. Can enable hive mind to trigger impulses directly. Upon command, attacks frenzy for limited period. Cortex requires recovery time after use. Limbic system fragile.

Usage
Hotkey T
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
ve
SC2 AncillaryCarapace Icon
Ancillary Carapace

Increases hydralisk HP by 20.

Hydralisk carapace evolved primarily for offensive role. Thin, hollow. Allows increased movement potential at cost of fragile structure. Possible to evolve ancillary carapace, redundant plating. Will increase protection. Hinder exoskeletal rupture.

Campaign Acquisition
ve
SC2 HotSGroovedSpines Icon
Grooved Spines

Increases hydralisk attack range by 1.

Spine projectile, effective. Few alterations made since assimilation of slothien urticating bristles. Grooved spines, common evolution on battlefield. Can be introduced directly into hydralisk template. Will increase aerodynamic properties of spines, allow hydralisk to attack distant foes.

Campaign Acquisition
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

The hydralisk den and hydralisk strain are exclusive to Kerrigan in Co-op Missions. Kerrigan also has access to the lurker and lurker den. Additional upgrades for the hydralisk and lurker become available when Kerrigan reaches Level 6. Frenzy is also autocast. Dehaka has the ability to produce primal hydralisks, which can evolve into impalers or primal mutalisks.

Upgrades and Abilities
SC2 ZergMissileWeap
Zerg Missile Attacks

Increases the attack damage of zerg ground ranged units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
SC2 ZergGrndCara
Zerg Carapace

Increases the armor of zerg ground units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
GroovedSpines SC2 Icon1
Muscular Augments

Increases hydralisk's movement speed and attack range.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den / lurker den
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 AncillaryCarapace Icon
Ancillary Carapace

Hydralisks gain +20 maximum life.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4.
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den / lurker den
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - MassFrenzy
Frenzy

Hydralisk temporarily gains +50% attack speed.

Usage
Hotkey T
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4.
Acquisition
Purchased from Hydralisk den / lurker den
Hotkey F
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
SC2ZergBurrow
Burrow

Buries the unit undeground. Burrowed unit are unable to move or attack, but they cannot be seen without detection. This ability

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Notes

This ability is available initially.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
Icon Zerg Lurker
Lurker Morph

The hydralisk can morph into a lurker, a anti-ground ambusher.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 5.
Acquisition
Hotkey E
Cost 50 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 1 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1 15Time SC2 Game1
Required Lurker den
ve

DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II which is no longer valid.

Hydralisk SC2 DevHeadAnim1

Development portrait

NotesEdit

The hydralisk's dance is based on Michael Jackson's Thriller.[6]

ImagesEdit

See: the image gallery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Correct. It really is the melee attack animation. :) But the damage is the same with the range attack. Cydra. 2009-04-21. HYDRALISK HAS MELEE ATTACK!!! (seriously). Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-04-21.
  2. 2012-06-08, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Battle Report (Protoss vs Zerg). Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-06-21
  3. Karune. 2008-08-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 43. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-08-18.
  4. machinima. 2010-02-22. Machinima / Starcraft II Gameplay: Protoss Siege (Beta Game Footage Video). Youtube. Accessed 2010-02-26.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named DeviHydralisk