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"Your Majesty used to store all her ideas, thoughts and plans within me."

- Izsha(src)

Izsha SC2 Head2



N/A (female personality)




Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm



Family and

Sarah Kerrigan (creator)

Real Life
Voice Actor

Karen Strassman[1]

Izsha is a zerg advisor in service to Sarah Kerrigan. She is a unique type of zerg, one of a kind.[2]

Izsha exemplifies a midpoint for Kerrigan, standing between Kerrigan's cold rationality and the feral nature of the Swarm. She harkens back to the ideology of the Overmind, but is still a rational individual.[3]


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Izsha on Char

In earlier times, Kerrigan used her to store her thoughts and plans.[4] On at least one occasion she entrusted Izsha with a plan to infest a planet using the hyper-evolutionary virus through its water supply.[5]

Izsha reunited with Kerrigan following the latter's de-infestation and subsequent return to the Swarm. She served as an advisor, recalling memories from her time as the Queen of Blades and helping her to reclaim the Swarm[6] while remaining attached to her queen's leviathan.[7]

Game EffectEdit

Izsha SC2 Head1


Izsha, in Heart of the Swarm, plays a role similar to Matt Horner from Wings of Liberty, providing the player with the distribution of missions and tactical/intelligence support,[6] along with plot points relevant to Kerrigan's past.[8]

Izsha does not appear on the field of battle in missions as per her attachment to the leviathan.[7]

Izsha's portrait is made available to players after obtaining the achievement "StarTours" in Heart of the Swarm.[9][10]


Inside the story-mode space of the leviathan, Iszha will make a comment every two minutes if the player remains inactive. They progress as follows:

  • "We will never conquer our enemies by doing nothing."
  • "There are enemies to be fought, planets to be taken."
  • "The old Queen of Blades was much more active than you."
  • "I have heard that the Overmind was a very active leader. You should try it sometime."
  • "Really? You have a terrifying Swarm, a giant leviathan, and a deadly grudge but you choose to stand around?"
  • "Think I'll go for a walk" (the comments do not loop back after this line).


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Concept art

While Abathur was designed to be "evil," the concept of Izsha was to strike a balance between human and monster. Unlike Abathur, Izsha was to have a face that the player could talk and relate to, one that Kerrigan could have more of an emotional connection with.[11]

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

Izsha's original background had her as an adjutant, from an era where they were cybernetic rather than synthetic.[5] Her organic components allowed her to be infested by the zerg.[12] By BlizzCon 2011, her backstory had been altered, instead portraying her as a former Amanda Haley.[2][13][14] However, her (supposed) former life as Haley is never mentioned in the campaign.

Promotional materials suggested that Izsha might have had ulterior motives for assisting Kerrigan.[15] There was no sign of this in the final product.

A description of Iszha in the map editor offers an alternative view on her character, which may have tied into earlier plans for her to have ulterior motives: "Very organized and intelligent, but also very sly and aware of the political ramifications going on around her. When she means business, she sounds no-nonsense. When she is politicking or engaging in dark humor, she has a slightly more playful air."[16]


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011-10-22, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  3. 2011-11-08, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm interview—Blizzard breaks down Zerg lore. PC Gamer, accessed on 2011-11-19
  4. Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2011-05-31. Story. Blizzard Entertainment's official website Accessed 2011-06-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 2011-05-31, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Hands-On Preview - Zerg Campaign. Gamespot, accessed on 2011-07-08
  6. 6.0 6.1 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-05-30. May 2011 HoTS Gameplay Info. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  7. 7.0 7.1 2011-05-31, May 2011 HoTS Fansite Interview. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2011-05-31
  8. Heart of the Swarm Screenshots, Kotaku. Accessed on 2011-07-08
  9. 21-05-2013, [
  10. 25-10-2012, Heart of the Swarm Preview: Leveling. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-11-01
  11. 2011-06-01, Interview: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm director Dustin Browder. Shack News, accessed on 2011-07-08
  12. Maxwell McGee. 2011-05-31. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Hands-On Preview - Zerg Campaign. Gamespot. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  13. SoMuchMass. 2011-10-22. BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Panel (Full). Youtube. Accessed 2011-10-22.
  14. 2011-21-10, Interview: Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Facts You Need To Know. G4TV, accessed on 2011-21-10
  15. 2011-05-31, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm preview. ShackNews, accessed on 2011-07-08
  16. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013

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