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A scourge

The scourge is an aerial zerg kamikaze strain.

OverviewEdit

Scourge SC1 Head1

A scourge during the Great War

Scourges are blind, suicidal fliers of unknown origin, seeking out enemy starships and diving into them. Catalytic agents within the Scourge allow it to undergo a form of plasma metamorphosis, causing it to explode like a living bomb.[1] A single scourge is capable of destroying a terran starfighter or shuttle and a handful can breach the hull of a starship.[2] They are able to engage these targets in both air[2] and the vacuum of space.[3]

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A scourge during the Second Great War

The primary drawback of the scourge is its limited ability to store energy, able to fly for barely a few hours without requiring additional substance. To conserve energy, they often perch on the backs of overlords. However, this presents a hazard, as the scourge's explosive nature can damage friendly zerg at this proximity.[2]

Scourges possess a simple genetic makeup, allowing them to spawn in pairs from a single larva similar to that of zerglings.[1] By the Second Great War, scourges could be spawned from leviathans.[4]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Scourge
Scourge SC1 Game1
Unit
Race

Zerg

Role

Biological missile

Armament

Plasma metamorphosis

Properties
Size

Small

Sight range

5

Production
Minerals

12.5 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

37.5 Gas Zerg SC1

Control

0.5 Control Zerg SC1

Build time

30 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Larva

Requires

Spire

Hotkey

S

Protection
Hit points

25

Armor

0

Combat
Air attack

110

Attack range

1

Scourges spawn in pairs. Patrolling scourges may help deter low intensity enemy drops. Without supervision groups of scourges tend to lock onto and attack the first target that comes into range which may be overkill against low-HP targets (causing scourges to sacrifice themselves needlessly). Using other units to draw enemy fire may allow scourge to hit.

Corsairs may be micromanaged to negate attacking scourge. If the corsairs are not managed so expertly, armor upgrades may be beneficial for scourges.

If a scourge egg is hatched after the controlling player is eliminated, one will spawn normally but the other will become blue and neutral.

UpgradesEdit

FlyArmor Zerg Icon SC1 Flyer Carapace
Evolved at
Hotkey

C

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

225 Gas Zerg SC1

300 Gas Zerg SC1

Evolution time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Lair

Hive

Notes

+1 bonus to armor per level for overlords, mutalisks, guardians, devourers, scourge and queen.

DevelopmentEdit

Originally, scourges were called "avengers." Instead of being produced at a hatchery, they spawned from destroyed guardians.[5]


StarCraft IIEdit

Scourge
Scourge SC2 Head1
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Unit
Race

Zerg

Affiliation

Zerg Swarm

Campaign

Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm

Armament

Plasma metamorphosis

Production
Control

0.5 ZergSupply SC2 Icon1

Movement
Speed

3.75

Protection
Hit points

25

Hit point
regen/second

0.2734

Armor

0

Suicide
Damage

110

Targets
  • Air
Cooldown

0.86 (used once)

Range

1

Scourge appear in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as environmental ambiance in missions[6]; they appear in the protoss mini-campaign[7] and in the Char missions.[8][4] They are last seen as a special form of attack by leviathans, dealing 500 damage each.[4]

In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, scourge are launched from scourge nests as part of scripted events in "Fire in the Sky".[9]

"Scourge spore" exists in Heart of the Swarm beta files.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rosenberg, Aaron (June 1, 2006). StarCraft: Queen of Blades. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7133-4.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: The Downing of Norad II. (in English). 1998.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Shatter the Sky (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). March 31, 1998
  6. 2010, Starcraft 2: Zerg Scourge. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-20
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Whispers of Doom (in English). 2010-07-27.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Gates of Hell (in English). 2010-07-27.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Fire in the Sky (in English). 2013-03-12.
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. Heart of the Swarm beta Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). September 4, 2012


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