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Primal roaches are primal zerg creatures based off the Zerg Swarm's roach strain. They are one of the many strains whose essences, according to Abathur, were stolen by the primals shortly after the Swarm landed on Zerus.[1][2]

Game UnitEdit

Primal roaches are similar in basic appearance to normal roaches, though they have different colors, have a slightly more bulbous carapace, and possess larger claws. They also have more health than normal roaches in the campaign.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

Primal roaches appear as enemies on Zerus.[3] They later appear as part of Dehaka's pack after Kerrigan's rebirth and also during her attack on Korhal.[4]

Kerrigan, in her Primal Queen of Blades form, can summon sacs containing a group of primal zerg consisting of primal zerglings, primal hydralisks, and primal roaches. These units have a timed life and do not have any of the benefits normal roaches gain from the evolution pit.[5]

AbilitiesEdit

RapidRegeneration
Roach Regeneration

Roaches regenerate at 5 hit points/second when burrowed.[6]

The rate of healing increases with the Tunneling Claws upgrade to a rate of 10 hit points per second.[6]

The regeneration doesn't stack with the medivac dropship's healing ability.[7]

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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,[8] 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 71Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair (WoL)
Hatchery (HotS/LotV)
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Co-op MissionsEdit

Primal roaches can be constructed by Dehaka in Co-op Missions. They regenerate health quickly while burrowed. They can mutate into a primal igniter or primal guardian.[9]

Upgrades Edit

DehakaGlialReconstitution Icon
Glial Reconstitution

Increases the movement speed of primal roaches and primal igniters.

Acquisition
Purchased from Glevig's den
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 60Time SC2 Game1
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PrimalZerg Damage Upg
Primal Attacks

Increases the attack damage of all primal zerg units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
ve
PrimalZerg Armor Upg
Primal Carapace

Increases the armor of all primal zerg units.

Acquisition
Purchased from Primal hive
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Glevig's den
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Murvar's den
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ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Waking the Ancient. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Abathur (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Waking the Ancient (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Kerrigan's abilities and status (in English). 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  7. Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  9. 2017-08-21, Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka.Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-08-28