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Spine Crawler
SpineCrawler SC2 DevGame4
Structure
Race

Zerg

Role

Anti-ground defensive structure[1]

Armament

Impaler Tentacle

Properties
Sight range

11

Production
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

50 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Drone

Requires

Spawning pool

Hotkey

C

Movement
Speed

1

Acceleration

1000

Lateral
acceleration

46.0625

Deceleration

0

Creep
multiplier

2.5

Protection
Hit points

300

Armor

2

Type
Armor type

Armored

Impaler Tentacle
Damage

25 (+5 vs armored)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

Normal (1.85)

Range

7

Meta
Target
priority

19

Kill score

250

Production
score

50

The Spine crawler is a mobile zerg defensive structure. It replaces the sunken colony as the zerg's primary anti-ground defense structure in StarCraft II. The spine crawler's tentacle can stretch nearly twice its height and slam into ground targets.[2]

Game UnitEdit

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Spine crawlers attacking.

Spine crawlers are ground defensive structures that can uproot and relocate. They can only plant themselves on the creep. The spine crawler will stop rooting itself if the creep under it recedes during the rooting animation.

Like the spore crawler, the spine crawler will slowly die if rooted in ground not covered with creep. They can, however, survive indefinitely without creep as long as they are uprooted.

Players will want to spread creep onto the map to create more space for their crawlers, such as putting creep onto choke points.[3] The ability to mobilize base defense also allows for new streamlined strategies that would call for less units, as they can be redistributed across the base depending on the situation. They can be used offensively, moving them forward with the creep as either fall back position or a long ranged attack unit (something which the zerg generally lack), depending on where the enemy attacks.

In Co-op Missions, all zerg commanders can construct spine crawlers.

Heroes of the StormEdit

Heroes DevLog2

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

A spine crawler is spawned by The Butcher's Lamb to the Slaughter ability when its Butcherlisk skin is equipped in Heroes of the Storm.[4]

AbilitiesEdit

SC2 Root-Uproot Root/Uproot

Crawlers can uproot themselves from the creep and move about, but can only plant themselves back onto the creep. They move much more quickly on the creep than off it.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cost 1 (uproot), 12 (root)Time SC2 Game1
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DevelopmentEdit

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

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Early image of the spine crawler

The concept of mobile defenses in StarCraft II began with the phase cannons, but was transferred to spine and spore crawlers when the phase cannon proved to be unbalanced in testing.[5] Prior to this, crawlers were stationary structures. They underwent a visual re-design late in the game's development cycle.[6]

In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the spine crawler gained was made larger (a collision size of 0.95), allowing it to block pathing of small units such as zerglings that try to pass between them and other buildings.[7]

While moving, spine crawlers used to lose their armor[8] and their hit points were reduced to 100.[9]

It was recommended that spine crawlers be built near mineral fields as a counter to the oracle's entomb ability, as they would automatically attack the energy shields while drones would not.[10]

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Mobile crawler in development

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-08-02.
  2. Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  3. Pardo, Rob and Zetaras Xal'Kurat. 2008-06-29. WorldWide Invitational 2008: Pictures, Presentations, Videos (StarCraft II Panel: Evolving Design) SC2 Blog. Accessed 2008-06-30.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
  5. 2011, SC2: Protoss Photon Cannon. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-02-20
  6. 2010, SC2: Zerg Crawlers. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01
  7. Aldrexus. 2012-10-26. Balance Update #7 (10/26/2012). Heart of the Swarm Beta Discussion. Accessed 2012-10-26.
  8. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2008-07-16. StarCraft: Legacy Internal Q&A. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2008-07-17.
  9. Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-19.
  10. 2012-06-08, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Battle Report (Protoss vs Zerg). Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-06-21

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