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Lurkers are a zerg unit introduced in StarCraft: Brood War.

OverviewEdit

Lurkers must burrow in order to attack, rendering them invisible from enemy attackers.

Lurkers are particularly effective as a defense against enemy raids on workers. As long as the defenders can keep enemy detectors from penetrating, raiders deployed by air transport are at risk of being annihilated by pre-deployed lurkers that they cannot see. Terrans are not as handicapped against lurkers because of the ComSat station.

Out of all the zerg units in the game, lurkers benefit the most from attacking from high ground. They are particularly effective on ramps when set up at the choke point.

The lurker's attack does linear splash damage to allied and enemy ground units, but not the player's other ground units, in its path. The lurker has no means of defending itself when not burrowed, and is vulnerable during the process of burrowing; this takes more time than for other units and enemy units can still attack them at that stage, possibly killing the lurker before it even has a chance to effectively become invisible to the enemy and attack.

AbilitiesEdit

Lurkers may burrow even if the ability has not been researched. Lurkers may attack only when burrowed.

UpgradesEdit

  • +1 bonus to attack damage per level for hydralisks
  • +2 bonus to attack damage per level for lurkers
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Required Hatchery
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
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

DevelopmentEdit

The lurker was given a visual upgrade in StarCraft: Remastered, along with every other unit. The features of the original sprite were hard to ascertain.[1]

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2017-04-21, Remastering StarCraft's Art. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-04-21