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Infested Terran
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Suicide Bomber

Armament

Suicide

Properties
Size

Small

Sight range

5

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

50 Gas Zerg SC1

Control

1 Control Zerg SC1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Infested command center

Hotkey

I

Protection
Hit points

60

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

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Attack range

1

An infested terran is a breed of zerg created when the zerg infest a terran with a hyper-evolutionary virus.[1][2] They are used as powerful suicide bombers.

Game UnitEdit

SC1 Infested Terran

The infested terran in StarCraft I

Infested terrans have more hit points than terran marines and much greater speed. They don't normally have a regular attack, but can explode to do 500 points of explosive damage. This will destroy many structures and nearly any ground unit. If an infested terran is set on an attack-move command, it will ignore any enemies in its path, and once it reaches the spot, it will explode on that spot and do no damage (unless there are any units nearby).

Infested terrans are produced from the infested command center. To acquire one, the zerg player must infest a damaged terran command center with a queen. In some games (those without a terran opponent) the structure is not available, so infested terrans cannot be created.

Infested terrans are created with a queue rather than through larvae; they are the only zerg units created this way in StarCraft I.

AbilitiesEdit

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

Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 80Time SC2 Game1

UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

StrategiesEdit

Despite their hit point and speed increase, infested terrans aren't particularly effective, as they are easily killed before they can get to their target. Covering them with Dark Swarm is a way around this weakness.

One strategy that can be effective is combining the abilities of overlords with those of infested terrans. Fully-loaded overlords can literally go on bombing runs over an enemy base, dropping the infested terrans as they fly. It is a risky strategy as the overlord can be caught and destroyed, but the eight infested terrans that an overlord can carry have the capacity to cause severe damage and chaos. Since the infested terrans can deal up to 500 explosive splash damage, equaling a terran's Nuke, an "overlord's bombing trip" is essentially having 8 nukes deploy at once.

DevelopmentEdit

Infested terrans were originally referred to as "bug guys" in game files.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Neilson, Micky. "StarCraft: Hybrid." Amazing Stories 601 (Spring 2000): 70-75.
  2. Metzen, Chris; Chambers, Andy; StarCraft Legacy staff. 2007-08-31. BlizzCon 2007 StarCraft Lore Panel Editorial. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2007-12-02.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). March 31, 1998

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