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"The spawning pool allows the hatchery to turn larvae into zerglings."
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The spawning pool

The zerg spawning pool is a pit of primordial ooze which contains the genetic makeup of the zergling.[1] A core feature of any hive cluster, the spawning pools are all modeled after the first spawning pool on Zerus, the pool of ooze where the very first zerg evolved and consumed essence to evolve.[2]

Game StructureEdit

StarCraftEdit

Spawning Pool
SpawningPool SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Zerg

Production
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

80 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Drone

Requires

Hatchery

Hotkey

S

Protection
Hit points

750

Armor

1

Function
Allows
Research

The spawning pool gives larvae the ability to morph into zerglings and the hatchery the ability to evolve into the lair. The spawning pool is also responsible for evolving the zergling with Metabolic Boost (faster movement) and Adrenal Glands (faster attack).[1]

Researched UpgradesEdit

MetabBoost SC1 Icon Metabolic Boost
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey M
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
AdrenalGlands SC1 Upgrd1 Adrenal Glands
  • Increases the attack rate of zerglings by 20%.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey A
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

StarCraft IIEdit

Spawning Pool
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Structure
Race

Zerg

Properties
Broodlings
produced

6

Production
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

65 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Drone

Requires

Hatchery

Hotkey

S

Protection
Hit points

1000

Armor

1

Type
  • Armored
  • Biological
  • Structure
Function
Allows
Research

See below

The spawning pool reappears in StarCraft II.

Researched UpgradesEdit

MetabolicBoost SC2 Zergling Metabolic Boost
  • Increases zergling movement speed. The zerglings "grow wings".
Campaign Acquisition
Acquired from Evolution pit
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey M
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 110Time SC2 Game1
ve
AdrenalGlands SC2 Game1 Adrenal Glands
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey A
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 130Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Kerrigan and Zagara can unlock further upgrades for zerglings at the spawning pool. Zagara also has bile launcher upgrades.

Kerrigan UpgradesEdit
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
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
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
ve
Zagara UpgradesEdit
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
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 Zagara Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey R
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 HardenedCarapace Icon Hardened Carapace

Increases maximum zergling HP by 10.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 HydriodicBile Icon Artillery Ducts

Increases the range of the bile launcher's attacks by 7.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey B
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
RapidBombardment SC2 Icon Rapid Bombardment

Reduces the cooldown of bile launcher attacks by 50%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Spawning pool
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

DevelopmentEdit

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Development render

The spawning pool was visually updated during the first pass of creating final artwork for StarCraft II. The main difference was artistic direction asking for a single large pool rather than the numerous smaller pools seen in the original game. The beating heart in the center was an afterthought to make the design more interesting. It was desired that the intestines have a more "veins pumping look" but the water obscured it too much for this to be implemented.[4]

The research to unlock the ability for zerglings to morph into banelings was once possessed by the spawning pool.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Crucible (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. 2015-03-31, StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta Release Patch Notes. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-04-03
  4. 2010, SC2: Zerg Spawning Pool Deviantart, accessed on 2012-12-09
  5. 2011, SC2: Zerg Baneling Nest. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01

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