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"Impaler attacks while burrowed. Damages single target, tears through armor."

The impaler is an evolved strain of the hydralisk that appears in Heart of the Swarm and Co-op Missions.

OverviewEdit

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An impaler

During Kerrigan's resurgence, Abathur discovered the impaler strain after assimilating impaler colonies on the surface of Marek V, where the local hive cluster was under attack by the Dominion Prometheus Company. The impaler colony was a creation of the Overmind and an ancestor of the now-defunct sunken colony. After collecting the essence of the impaler colony, the impaler was formed from the hydralisk, and subsequently crushed the Dominion forces in short order. The impaler is able to launch tentacles that shreds through flesh, bone and armor.[1]

Game UnitEdit

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Impalers functionally identical to lurker with its ability to attack only while burrowed. However its attack is quite different, the impaler is only able to launch a single tentacle to an enemy that does massive damage. It has 11 range, and deals 20 damage to a single target, 45 to armored.

Impalers are better offensively compared to lurkers, due to having longer range and stronger damage versus armored targets (which includes any buildings). However, their lack of splash attacks means they can't fend off multiple foes nearly as easily.

Impalers also require a clear ground route to their targets to attack them. If there is a chasm separating the impaler from its target, the impaler cannot attack it.

Impalers are strong against marauders, firebats, thors, roaches, ultralisks, stalkers, and structures. They are weak against marines, zerglings, zealots, immortals, archons, any air units, and detectors in general. They are on par with siege tanks and colossi, but are out-ranged by siege tanks if detected. They also deal their bonus damage against hybrids, but will also be detected by hybrids even while burrowed.

Co-op MissionsEdit

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Model in Co-op Missions

Primal impalers are available to Dehaka in Co-op Missions. They are evolved from the primal hydralisk.[2][3]

Upgrades Edit

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Tenderize

Units hit by Impalers become tenderized. Tenderized units take 100 damage over 10 seconds. A tenderized unit Devoured by Dehaka will invoke half the normal cooldown time.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Dehaka Level 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Glevig's den
Hotkey S
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
PrimalZerg Damage Upg
Primal Attacks

Increases the attack damage of all primal zerg units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
ve
PrimalZerg Armor Upg
Primal Carapace

Increases the armor of all primal zerg units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
ve

DevelopmentEdit

Impalers originally had an ability named "spine lash" that dealt damage to units and stunned them for three seconds. Associated upgrades increased the range of spine lash by 50%, the damage it inflicted by 50%, and the stun duration by one second, to a total of four seconds.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Hydralisk Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2017-08-21, Dehaka is the latest co-op commander in StarCraft 2. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2017-08-22
  3. 2017-08-21, Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka.Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-28
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013