"Lurker, attacks many foes while burrowed. Effective against light enemies."
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The lurker

The lurker is a zerg unit that may attack only when burrowed.


"Watch it! Lurker! Those bastards attack while they're burrowed - we need some detection out there to root it out."
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The lurker during the Brood War

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A Leviathan Brood lurker

Compared to other zerg strains, lurkers are arachnid in appearance.[1] Evolved from the hydralisk, these creatures are powerful anti-ground ambushers.[2] They serve as defense warriors for hive clusters and outlying zerg colonies.[3] Lurkers emit waves of super-dense spines against their enemies, having a full width of damage of ten meters.[4] However, lurkers must actually burrow underground to release these subterranean attacks. Any warriors on the surface who are caught by these spines are instantly impaled. These spines themselves are capable of tearing into flesh, steel, and even reinforced armor plating.[3] The spines can even be directed downward into open spaces, provided the lurker is underground.[5] As such, even a handful of lurkers can turn an inoccuous chokepoint into a nightmare.[2] The only weakness of the lurker is that it is virtually defenseless while above ground.[3] Within the Leviathan Brood, the innate connection between hydralisks and lurkers is unparalleled among the Swarm. As such, their metamorphosis yields a considerable number of additional seismic spikes.[6]


The lurker had been developed from the hydralisk strain by the Brood War. The strain was first observed under the leadership of Kerrigan (although technically, it was their handiwork that was the first indication).[4]

Plot branch : Sarah Kerrigan decides to evolve the hydralisk
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A lurker during the Second Great War

During the Second Great War, Abathur discovered a group of feral lurkers on Cavir, left over from the Tiamat Brood in the Brood War. The Swarm was able to find a lurker den and protect from the feral zerg long enough for Broodmother Kilysa to recover its essence.[7]

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Years later, the Defenders of Man used Nova Terra to plant psi-emitters to lure feral lurkers to Antiga Prime.[8]

Game UnitEdit


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Lurker (StarCraft).

StarCraft: GhostEdit

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The lurker in StarCraft: Ghost

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This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

The lurker was to appear in StarCraft: Ghost.[9] Its form underwent an extensive redesign from its Brood War incarnation during development.[10]

StarCraft IIEdit

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Lurker (StarCraft II).

Heroes of the StormEdit

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

In Heroes of the Storm, Dehaka has the ability to gain a talent named "Lurker Strain," a reference to the unit.[11]


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A lurker supported by hydralisks.

The lurker is often nicknamed "lurk" in online culture.


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  4. 4.0 4.1 Bill Slavicsek, David Eckelberry, Shawn F. Carnes (March 1, 2000). Alternity: StarCraft Edition. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786-91618-4
  5. Zapotek, Ren (w), Noel Rodriguez (p, i), Mel Joy San Juan (i). "Twilight Archon." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 3 (paperback binding), pp. 132-177. Tokyopop, July 14, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80832-5.
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  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Hydralisk Evolution (in English). 2013-05-08.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops, Flashpoint (in English). 2016-08-02.
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