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"A newly created Zerg Queen. Highly intelligent, inexperienced, and eager to please Kerrigan by following her every command to the letter. Has a motherly demeanour to her brood."

- Character description(src)

Niadra
Naktul SC2-HotS Head1
Biographical
Born

Early 2505, Kerrigan's leviathan

Physical
Race

Zerg

Gender

N/A (female personality)

Eyes

Yellow

Political
Affiliation

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm (Early 2505–)

Niadra Brood
Occupation

Broodmother

Family and
Relatives

Sarah Kerrigan (creator)
Niadra Brood (offspring)

Real Life
Voice Actor

Courtenay Taylor[1]

Niadra is a zerg broodmother.

BiographyEdit

Niadra was created by Sarah Kerrigan when she battled the protoss on Kaldir. Although she succeeded in preventing them from contacting the Golden Armada, one of the protoss ships attempted to flee from the planet and travel to Shakuras. To prevent them from surviving, Kerrigan placed a parasitic larva within the captured protoss colonist Lasarra and dropped the psionic veil that prevented her from being warped back to her people.

After being teleported to the ship, the protoss attempted to warn the Templar but died as the parasitic larva spawned from her body. Shortly afterwards, it began infesting the local animals kept onboard by the protoss and hid within the ventilation shafts where it found a safe location to mature into a queen. Kerrigan gave her the name Niadra and tasked her with eliminating all the protoss onboard the ship, a task she accomplished with assistance from her zerg offspring. After damaging the vessel's warp drive, Niadra and her brood became the only occupants of the craft, but they had traveled beyond the reach of Kerrigan's psionic.

With few other options, Niadra decided to continue the Queen of Blades' last directives: to survive, grow her brood, and destroy the protoss.[2]

Game UnitEdit

Larval FormEdit

Larva
Niadra SC2-HotS Game2
Unit
Race

Zerg

Affiliation

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Base unit

Larva

Movement
Speed

1.2

Protection
Hit points

20

Armor

2

Type

Biological, Heroic

Armor type

Light

Niadra's larval form is used briefly. She has no form of offense in this form and must hide to avoid conflict until she can grow to her broodmother form.

Unlike a typical larva, this one has controllable movement and can survive without the creep.

AbilitiesEdit

SC2Queen Icon Grow

Niadra enters a cocoon and grows to the next stage of her evolution.

Usage
Hotkey G
Cost 6Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Requires a variable amount of biomass to use.

ve
SC2ParasiticInvasion Parasitic Invasion

Leap inside neutral critters and take control of them.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Range 4
ve
Consume(Viper) SC2-HotS Icon Consume Host

Consume a unit infested by Parasitic Invasion, killing it and gaining biomass.

ve

Broodmother FormsEdit

Niadra
Niadra SC2-HotS Game1
Unit
Race

Zerg

Affiliation

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Base unit

Queen

Armament

Acid Spines

Production
Control

Provides 8/15/30 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1

Campaign Cost

100/150/150 biomass

Build time

6 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Larva (see above) or earlier form of Niadra

Hotkey

G

Movement
Speed

2

Creep
bonus

+1.4

Protection
Hit points

200/250/300

Armor

2

Type

Biological, Heroic, Psionic

Acid Spines
Damage

8

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1

Range

5 or 6

Function
Evolves to

Later form of Niadra

Produces

Zergling, roach, hydralisk

As a broodmother, Niadra is a ranged support attacker. She is unsuited to fight enemies alone, and must rely on other units to fight. Niadra is able to quickly breed zerg units to fight for her, and has a regeneration aura that rapidly heals nearby allies. As she continues to consume biomass and evolve, the control she provides and thus the army she can command increases, as does her HP.

AbilitiesEdit

SC2Queen Icon Grow

Niadra enters a cocoon and grows to the next stage of her evolution.

Usage
Hotkey G
Cost 6Time SC2 Game1
Notes

Requires a variable amount of biomass to use.

ve
SC2ParasiticInvasion Parasitic Invasion

Instantly kill critters and gain biomass. When used on a giant ursadon, takes control of it.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Range 4
ve
Consume(Viper) SC2-HotS Icon Consume Host

Consume a unit infested by Parasitic Invasion, killing it and gaining biomass.

ve

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack. Exceptions are the roach, which may move while burrowed, the infestor, which may move and cast Infested Terran,[3] and the baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

Some units can unburrow via autocast, causing them to emerge and attack when an enemy moves into range.

The ability is not smartcast.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 2 seconds to burrow, 1 second to unburrowTime SC2 Game1
Acquisition
Purchased from Hatchery/Lair/Hive
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
ve
SC2RegenerationAura Regeneration Aura

Units in a radius around the caster gain +3 life regeneration per second. Also affects the caster.

Usage
Passive
Range 3 (Niadra)
7 (Stukov)
ve
Birth

Rapidly births zerg units from cocoons. The units which can be created depends on Niadra's level of evolution

Usage
Hotkey W (zergling), E (roach), D (hydralisk)
Cost 5Time SC2 Game1
ve

QuotationsEdit

See StarCraft II Niadra Quotations

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2013.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Enemy Within (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.

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