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"Raptor strain, leap to close on enemy. Scales cliffs."

The raptor is a variant strain of the zergling that appears in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

Game UnitEdit

Raptors offer quality over quantity compared to swarmlings. Their leaping ability makes them much effective in battle, quickly closing the distance on enemies and surrounding them much more efficiently, as well as letting them leap up and down cliffs for superior manoeuvrability. In tandem with the Raptor's +2 damage upgrade due to their Aggressive passive ability, they are much more powerful than zerglings or swarmlings.

If the player finds themselves being attacked without defense frequently, the swarmling is a more effective response. Swarmlings are also more effective if the player prominently uses banelings, since swarmlings mutate faster and in greater numbers, in turn allowing for more banelings quicker. Otherwise, the raptor is universally superior.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

It becomes available with the swarmling after completing either "Shoot the Messenger" or "Fire in the Sky."[1]

During Kerrigan's resurgence, Abathur discovered the raptor strain in feral karak native to the planet Calus. The karak essence were assimilated to produce the raptor. This enhanced the quadriceps of the zergling and mutated its wing function, allowing the raptor to traverse cliffs and leap at targets from a distance. However, as a side effect the raptors were also affected with a minor increase in aggression.[1]

Co-op MissionsEdit

Kerrigan's zerglings automatically upgrade to the raptor strain when she reaches Level 12.

Upgrades and AbilitiesEdit

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack.

Exceptions include:

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
MetabolicBoost SC2 Zergling
Metabolic Boost

Increases zergling movement speed by 60%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey M
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
AdrenalGlands SC2 Game1
Adrenal Glands

Increases zergling attack speed by 40%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey A
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
Shredding Claws SC2-LotV Icon
Shredding Claws

Zergling attacks reduce the target's armor to 0 for 10 seconds.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
SC2 HardenedCarapace Icon
Hardened Carapace

Increases maximum zergling HP by 10.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Kerrigan Level 4
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
ve
SC2 ZergMeleeWeap
Zerg Melee Attacks

Increases the attack damage of zerg ground melee units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve
SC2 ZergGrndCara
Zerg Carapace

Increases the armor of zerg ground units.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey M
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

DevelopmentEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

The raptor used the model of the swarmling in development.[3]

The raptor originally had an ability named "barbed talons" that dealt 10 damage to enemies upon leaping towards them. An upgrade for them named "hip extensors" extended their leaping range by 50%. A third upgrade gave them +10 life; an identical upgrade for the zergling that also affects the raptor is used in the final product.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Zergling Evolution (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. 2011-05-27 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Campaign Preview. YouTube. Accessed 2013-03-29.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). March 12, 2013