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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 is a zerg broodmother.

BiographyEdit

Heart of the SwarmEdit

"Listen carefully. This ship contains many dangers. Follow my commands and hide in the shadows. You will consume and grow. Infest this ship and kill every last protoss onboard."

- Kerrigan to Niadra(src)

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.

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Niadra, newly born

After being teleported to the ship, Lasarra tried to warn the Templar but died as the parasitic larva erupted 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. Niadra and her growing brood moved through the ship destroying the protoss, Niadra herself continuing to evolve and grow her powers by consuming the specimens in the ship.

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Niadra on the ship's bridge

After reaching the bridge and destroying the last protoss on the ship, Niadra and her brood became the only occupants of the craft. She attempted to contact Kerrigan to inform her of this, but her communications were not responded to. With few other options, Niadra decided to continue the Queen of Blades' last directives: to survive, grow her brood, and destroy the protoss, until the day came when her queen needed her again.[2]

Shadow WarsEdit

"I remember you well, o' Queen of Blades. I remember the purpose you gave me. I took a protoss ship in your name. I slew everyone onboard. And I never heard your voice again. But your purpose remains, o' queen. As long as any protoss remain, I will hunt them."

- Niadra(src)

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Niadra and her brood on Adena

Niadra never heard Kerrigan's voice again, but the directives she gave her remained, so she vowed that as long as any protoss live, she would hunt them. Eventually, she took her brood to an abandoned terran base on the planet Adena, hoping to lure terrans there to expand her brood to fight the protoss. A renegade Terran Dominion group landed on the planet, and Niadra sprung her trap, attacking their marines and placing a larva in their commander, hoping to infest their battlecruiser. The larva was successful in getting in their dropship, but the transport was shot down by Admiral Urun of the Daelaam in orbit. Niadra instead turned her attention to a psionic terran in the squad named Elms, who she saw as a powerful tool for her brood. Niadra sent her broods to retrieve her.[3]

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Niadra confronts Urun

She gave orders to her broods, but Elms was able to pick up on the psionic communications and move her forces accordingly to counter them. Her broods were pushed back when Urun arrived on the surface with a large number of protoss forces, but they amassed for a counterattack.[4] Pushing through the protoss and terran lines, Niadra soon came face to face with Urun and his forces.[5]

Game UnitEdit

A Niadra portrait will be available in StarCraft II for those who purchase a Season 1 War Chest.[6]

Larval FormEdit

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

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 includes:

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 71Time 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

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Niadra's evolutions as she consumes biomass

See StarCraft II Niadra Quotations

Personality and TraitsEdit

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Niadra

Niadra is a competent strategist,[8] and is extremely loyal to Kerrigan, even without the Queen of Blades giving her direct orders.[9] To this end, she is fixated on wiping out the protoss, as it was the last directive that Kerrigan gave her.[3] She has a motherly demeanor to her brood.[9] She regards terrans as being a species driven by greed.[3]

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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Watrous, Valerie (w), Manual, Garcia (i) and Sandra Molina (c). (July 19th, 2017). StarCraft II: Shadow Wars: Part 2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Shadow Wars: Part 2 Accessed 2017-07-19.
  4. Watrous, Valerie (w), Manual, Garcia (i) and Sandra Molina (c). (September 13th, 2017). StarCraft II: Shadow Wars: Part 3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Shadow Wars: Part 3 Accessed 2017-08-13.
  5. 2017-07-15. War Chests Page. Battle.net. Accessed 2017-07-15.
  6. 2017-08-16, War Chest Phase 2 Unlocked. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-17
  7. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  8. 2017-12-10, BlizzCon 2017 StarCraft II: What’s Next Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-12-10
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013