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The swarm queen is a type of queen found in the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm singleplayer campaign and Co-op Missions.

Game UnitEdit

Compared to regular queens, they move more quickly when off the creep (although being on creep still gives them a movement advantage). They do not possess the Spawn Larvae ability.[1] The swarm queen also has the Rapid Transfusion ability instead of Transfusion, which heals a small amount of HP over time, but can be set to autocast.

Heart of the SwarmEdit

AbilitiesEdit

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack. Exceptions are the roach, which may move while burrowed, the infestor, which may move and cast Infested Terran,[2] and the baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

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
CreepTumor SC2 Icon1
Create Creep Tumor

The queen forces a creep tumor out of her bowels.[3]

Alternatively, each creep tumor may create a single additional creep tumor, using the same build time but no energy cost. This changes the tumor's appearance.

Creep tumors can only be created upon the creep, and within a range.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 Energy Terran SC1 11 secondsTime SC2 Game1
Cooldown 11 seconds (can only be used once by a creep tumor)Time SC2 Game1
ve
Transfusion SC2 Icon1
Rapid Transfusion

The swarm queen instantly restores 25 hit points to target biological unit or structure[1] over a short period of time. It may be autocast.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve

Co-op MissionsEdit

Swarm queens are mutated by Abathur in Co-op Missions as an alternative to normal queens. Upgrades for swarm queens are unlocked at the evolution chamber when Abathur reaches Level 6.

AbilitiesEdit

Many zerg ground units may burrow, become invisible and may be revealed primarily by detectors, and may not move or attack. Exceptions are the roach, which may move while burrowed, the infestor, which may move and cast Infested Terran,[2] and the baneling, which can detonate while burrowed.

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
CreepTumor SC2 Icon1
Create Creep Tumor

The queen forces a creep tumor out of her bowels.[3]

Alternatively, each creep tumor may create a single additional creep tumor, using the same build time but no energy cost. This changes the tumor's appearance.

Creep tumors can only be created upon the creep, and within a range.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 25 Energy Terran SC1 11 secondsTime SC2 Game1
Cooldown 11 seconds (can only be used once by a creep tumor)Time SC2 Game1
ve
Transfusion SC2 Icon1
Rapid Transfusion

The swarm queen instantly restores 25 hit points to target biological unit or structure[1] over a short period of time. It may be autocast.

Usage
Hotkey T
Cost 10 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 3Time SC2 Game1
ve

UpgradesEdit

BioMechTransfuse SC2 Icon1
Bio-Mechanical Transfusion

Increases the HP healed by swarn queen's Transfusion by 10. Swarm queen can use Transfusion on mechanical units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey T
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
IncubationChamber SC2 Icon1
Incubation Chamber

Allows hatcheries, lairs, and hives, to mutate two swarm queens at once.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Abathur Level 6
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey I
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Shindigs and GHOSTCLAW. 2013-01-22. Heart of the Swarm Preview - (22.01.13). Teamliquid. Accessed 2013-01-23.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment Staff. 2010-07-24. Infestor. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.