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The spire

The zerg spire is based on the towering spires of the mantis screamers, although altered to be sustained with creep. It holds the genetic code of the mutalisk.[1]

A feral spire can support up to 60 mutalisks.[2]

Game UnitEdit

StarCraftEdit

Spire
Spire SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Zerg

Production
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Zerg SC1

Build time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Drone

Requires

Lair

Protection
Hit points

600

Armor

1

Function
Evolves to

Greater spire

Allows
Research

The spire produces the genetic code that allows larvae to morph into mutalisks or split into pairs of scourge. It is capable of mutating into a greater spire after a hive has been developed, enabling the hive cluster to produce guardians and devourers.[1]

Researched UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

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

Acquisition
Purchased from
Hotkey C
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive

Building AbilitiesEdit

Greater Spire SC1 icon Mutate into Greater Spire

Transforms a spire into a greater spire.

Usage
Hotkey G
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1 Spire
Acquisition
Required Hive

DevelopmentEdit

Spire SC1Dev Game1

An alpha version of the spire

During the StarCraft alpha and beta, the spire possessed a different appearance from their final version which had its model borrowed from the scotia, a canceled zerg structure.[3]

StarCraft IIEdit

Spire
Spire SC2 DevRend2
Structure
Race

Zerg

Properties
Broodlings
produced

6

Production
Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 ZergVespene SC2 Game1

Build time

100 Time SC2 Game1

Evolves from

Drone

Requires

Lair

Hotkey

S

Protection
Hit points

850

Armor

1

Type
Function
Evolves to

Greater spire

Allows
Research

See below

The spire appears in StarCraft II. It functions identically to its predecessor.

The spire can be transformed into a greater spire.

Researched UpgradesEdit

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
ve

Increases armor of zerg air units.

Acquisition
Purchased from
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect +1 armor
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 190Time SC2 Game1
Required Lair
Effect +1 armor
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 220Time SC2 Game1
Required Hive
Effect +1 armor
ve

Building AbilitiesEdit

SC2 Greater Spire icon Mutate into Greater Spire

Transforms a spire into a greater spire.

Usage
Hotkey G
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1 Spire
ve

DevelopmentEdit

Spire SC2 DevRend1

An early render of the spire

The spire was a simple update of the original game's sprite artwork. The challenging aspect of creating the spire in 3D was conveying the height of the building. StarCraft II has height limitations for building models, especially for multiplayer artwork due to the altitude flying units move at. Buildings exceeding certain heights either require air pathing blockers so flying units don't clip through them, or height adjustments so they're lowered under the flight elevation. Air pathing blockers are not an option for multiplayer art, so the spire was lowered for the sake of functionality. Another consideration was making this building somewhat humble so the presence of a greater spire would be more significant.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Bogdanove, Kal-El. "Frenzy." (Feb. 28, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Frenzy Accessed 2013-02-28.
  3. [1]
  4. 2010, SC2: Zerg Spire. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-07-01

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