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"As Zagara, you’ll experience with profound clarity why the Zerg are referred to as the Swarm. You’ll multiply your economy at breakneck speeds, and spawn units in relentless waves to assault your opponents. Zagara herself will be present on the battlefield, hosting a repertoire of abilities to lend aid to your efforts. Zagara can call down sacs that rain damage and more Zerg creatures, or spawn potent Hunter Killers to take down priority targets. Zagara can even increase the combat prowess of all friendly units by sending them into a frenzy."

- Commander blurb(src)

Zagara
Swarm Broodmother
ZagaraBaneling SC2-LotV Art1
Unit
Race

Zerg

Base unit

Broodmother

Role

Guerrilla warfare
Swarming / Suicide attack

Zagara is a selectable commander in the Co-op Missions mode of Legacy of the Void. She is a controllable unit within missions, able to spawning abilities to call down sacs or summon hunter killers. She can also boost combat effectiveness of all friendly units.[1] She is not as powerful a hero as Kerrigan, but instead specializes in overrunning her enemies with swarms of disposable units, particularly banelings.[2]

OverviewEdit

InfoEdit

  • Recommended for experienced players
  • Control Zagara on the mission with spawning abilities
  • Breed a relentless swarm of Zerg to tear apart your enemies

MasteryEdit

Power Set 1
Zagara's Health and Energy Regeneration: +1% – 30%
Zagara's Attack Damage: +1 – 30
Power Set 2
Baneling Damage: +1% – 30%
Roach Damage and Health: +2% – 60%
Power Set 3
Larva Spawn Rate: +2% – 60%
Reduced Zagara's Birth and Respawn Time: +1s – 30s

Game UnitEdit

Zagara
Properties
Maximum energy

200 Energy Terran SC1

Movement
Speed

2.951

Protection
Hit points

600

Hit point
regen/second

Yes

Armor

2

Type
Acid Spines
Damage

30

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1.5

Range

6

Zagara is a deceptively fragile hero unit. Her slow attack rate makes her easily overwhelmed, but her splash damage upgrade helps significantly. Her abilities all spawn units to aid her in combat, and the player should use her Baneling Barrage and Spawn Hunter Killer abilities liberally for this purpose. Against most enemies either or both of these abilities allows Zagara to handle herself well, and she is perfectly effective for sustained engagements due to their low cooldown and energy costs.

Zagara's major weakness is superior enemy numbers that can overwhelm her Hunter Killers. Alone Zagara is easily dispatched and must rely on her army, spawned or mutated, to support her. She is best used with an army for this purpose, supporting them from range while sending banelings and Hunter Killers in to help as cooldowns allow.

If Zagara is ever killed, she respawns 60 seconds later at the player's primary hatchery/lair/hive.

AbilitiesEdit

BanelingMorph SC2 Icon1 Baneling Barrage

Launches 4 banelings towards the target point. The banelings explode on contact with any unit or structure, otherwise they explode when they reach the target point.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 10Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
HydraliskMorph SC2 Icon1 Spawn Hunter Killers

Spawn 4 hunter killers with timed life at target point.

Usage
Hotkey W
Cost 60 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 20Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - MassFrenzy Mass Frenzy

All friendly units on the map gain 15% attack and 25% movement speed for 15 seconds.

Usage
Cost 25 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 15Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - InfestedDrop Infested Drop

Calls down 10 roaches with timed life to any location on the map. Drop-pods deal 50 damage on impact.

Usage
Hotkey D
Duration 30Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 180Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara level 2.
ve

UpgradesEdit

ResearchedEdit

SC2 KerrHeroicFortitude Icon Heroic Fortitude

Increases Zagara's maximum HP by 200 and life regeneration by 100%.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey F
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 60Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 HotSGroovedSpines Icon Medusa Blades

Upgrade Zagara's attacks to deal splash damage.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 9
Acquisition
Purchased from Evolution chamber
Hotkey D
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 ZergVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve

TalentsEdit

SC2 Zagara AC - Broodmother Broodmother

Reduces the energy cost of Baneling Barrage and Spawn Hunter-Killers by 50%.

Increases the number of units spawned by Baneling Barrage and Spawn Hunter-Killers by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 15.
ve

UnitsEdit

Zagara has access to the following units and structures:

Icon Unit Details
Icon Zerg Zergling Zergling Fast but weak melee attacker ideal for swarming attacks in large numbers.
(Evolves to swarmling breed at level 12)
Icon Zerg Queen Queen Powerful support unit ideal for zerg defense.
(Queen's Inject Larva spawns 8 total larva at level 3)
Icon Zerg Baneling Baneling Suicidal attack unit mutated from the zergling; a huge swarm of banelings will create devastating results to an enemy's base.
(Evolves to splitter breed at level 14)
Icon Zerg Aberration Aberration Powerful heavy support attacker.
Icon Zerg Scourge Scourge Suicidal air unit.
Icon Zerg Corruptor Corruptor Air-superiority strain; can corrupt enemy units, increasing damage taken.
Icon Zerg Overseer Overseer Spellcaster mutation of the overlord. Works as a detector and has numerous special abilities.
Icon Zerg Spine Crawler Spine crawler Anti-ground mobile creep-bound defensive structure.
Icon Zerg Spore Crawler Spore crawler Anti-air mobile creep-bound defensive structure.
Icon Zerg Bile Launcher Bile launcher Powerful zerg bombardment defensive structure.
(Unlocks at level 5)

TalentsEdit

Zagara acquires the following talents as she levels up.

SC2 Zagara AC - RelentlessSwarmer Relentless Swarmer

Zagara has a 100 supply maximum, but her combat units cost less resources and morph faster. Drones morph in pairs.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - InjectLarva Inject Larva

Queen's Inject Larva spawns 8 extra larva instead of 4.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 3
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - ScourgeUpgrades Scourge Upgrade Cache

Unlocks Scourge upgrades on the scourge nest.
Scourge deal 50% of their attack damage in a small area on death.
• Reduces the amount of vespene gas required to morph 2 Scourges by ZergVespene SC2 Game1 50.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 4.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - BileLauncher Unlock: Bile Launcher

Allows drones to mutate into bile launchers, defensive structures that deal area damage to ground and air targets.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 5.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - ZerglingUpgrades Zergling Upgrade Cache

Unlocks zergling upgrades on the spawning pool.
Zerglings gain +10 maximum life.
Zergling attacks reduced their target's armor to 0 for 10 seconds.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 6.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - BirthingChamber Baneling Nest: Birthing Chamber

Allows the baneling nest to periodically spawn banelings. Does not occur if supply is maxed.

Usage
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 7.
ve
SC2 Rupture Icon Incubate Banelings

When your aberrations are killed, 2 banelings spawn from their corpse.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 8.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - EvolutionChamberUpgrades Evolution Chamber Upgrade Cache

Unlocks additional upgrades for Zagara and aberrations on the evolution chamber.
Zagara's attacks deal area damage, splashing to enemy units near her primary target.
Aberrations grant +2 armor to units positioned beneath them.

ve
SC2 Zagara AC - DarkentheSkies Darken the Skies

Infested Drop spawns 10 additional roach with each drop pod, for a total of 20 roaches.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 10.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - BanelingNestUpgrades Baneling Nest Upgrade Cache

Unlocks additional baneling upgrades on the baneling nest.
• Increases the baneling's base attack damage against the primary target by 100%. Splash damage remains the same.
Baneling blast radius increased by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 11.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - Swarmling Zergling Evolution: Swarmling

Evolves Zagara's zerglings into the swarmling strain.

Fast melee units. Spawns in groups of three. Morphs almost instantly. Can morph into a baneling.

Can attack ground units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 12.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - BileLauncherUpgrades Bile Launcher Upgrade Cache

Unlocks bile launcher upgrades on the spawning pool.
• Increases the range of the bile launcher's bombardment by 7, for a total of 20.
• Reduces the cooldown of the bile launcher's bombardment by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 13.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - Splitter Baneling Evolution: Splitter

Upgrades Zagara's banelings into splitters.

Suicide unit. Deals damage over a small area upon death. Splits into smaller units as it dies.

Can attack ground units.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 14.
ve
SC2 Zagara AC - Broodmother Broodmother

Reduces the energy cost of Baneling Barrage and Spawn Hunter-Killers by 50%.

Increases the number of units spawned by Baneling Barrage and Spawn Hunter-Killers by 50%.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Zagara Level 15.
ve

StrategiesEdit

Zagara's army are extremely fragile, micro-intensive units with extreme mobility. Zagara can solo a lot of early waves and allow you to spend all your resources in upgrades. Zagara struggles more than other commanders against hybrid dominators or hybrid behemoths, both which possess powerful AOE abilities and cleaving attacks; all of which eviscerates her forces in seconds.

Recommended masteries

Power Set 1: Zagara Attack Damage

Full points in attack damage doubles Zagara's attack damage. Zagara's energy regen is never a problem with her level 15 ability; the 30% increase is not that noticeable.

Power Set 2: Baneling Attack Damage

Full points in attack is a straight +1 damage to banelings (not +1%); so dump all your points into this ASAP. Upgraded Banelings do 100+ damage each with this.

Power Set 3: Larva Spawn Rate

Full points in larva allows fewer hatcheries that are built and a constant production of drones and zerglings until around 25 supply; all extremely useful for economic openers.

Relentless SwarmerEdit

Zagara is capable of raising an entire army in a matter of seconds and cheaply due to her discount on offensive units and their fast mutate times. The catch is she only has a maximum supply of 100; a huge problem that forces Zagara to spam static defense more frequently than any other hero. Zagara is a hero unit similar to Kerrigan, but focuses on summoning units to aid her in combat rather than fighting directly, and she is not as durable as Kerrigan in battle. Her baneling spawn works to quickly wipe out groups of enemies, while her hunter killer spawn helps to serve as pinch defenders, especially against air.

Mission SpecialistsEdit

Zagara's units are all specialists; only her air units can attack air units, and her ground units can only attack ground units. Zagara's ground presence is all about morphing large numbers of zerglings and banelings and using them to overwhelm the opponent. With a strong economy and all their upgrades researched, Zagara's banelings can quickly crush the enemy, then be rapidly replaced to keep up the assault. Zagara's scourges can do the same on maps with a strong enemy air presence.

For a prolonged army, Zagara's aberrations are powerful support troops, being better against splash damage units than zerglings when upgraded; they'll survive the initial shots and can release banelings upon death. Hostile spellcasters must be faced with caution; heavy losses will drain resources and impede Zagara's ability to replace units in seconds. Zagara's bile launchers are powerful, they must be manually controlled and require upgrades to be truly powerful. They also are fairly costly and micro-intensive.

Kamikaze is Best OffenseEdit

Zagara has terrible anti-air capabilities; she relies on hunter killers summons and corruptors until her Hive-tier scourge upgrades are researched. Focus on getting a strong economy that can support Zagara's suicidal playstyle. Once her resources are steady, upgrade zerglings and banelings and constantly mutate more of both. Use Zagara's banelings and scourge to wipe out the majority of enemy defenders, then allow your ally to send in their more durable forces and clean up what's left while Zagara replenishes her forces--repeat as needed to decimate enemies swiftly. This type of aggressive playstyle makes Zagara well-suited for offensive missions, but she struggles more on defensive missions. A prolonged ground force of Zagara's units will demand several aberrations and corruptors supporting large numbers of zerglings, banelings and scourges. Zagara's main damage output is zerglings, so upgrade them early. Keep having her queens use Inject Larva on her hatcheries so her forces can reinforce quicker.

SynergiesEdit

Protoss CommandersEdit

Alarak is an effective teammate for Zagara. Zagara provides a very large expandable melee army for Alarak's "Empower Me" ability. Supplicants shielded by aberrations are surprisingly effective tanks due to their defensive buffs. Alarak can use Destruction Wave to knock enemies into the range of Zagara's mostly short-ranged army. Ascendants are good to focus down powerful enemy units Zagara's army may have trouble with.

Artanis is an excellent teammate for Zagara. Shield Overcharge and Guardian Shell alleviates the fragility of Zagara's numerically superior offensive units. Zagara's swarmlings and banelings in turn will cover ground units and melee combat, letting the Artanis player devote more resources to more powerful, higher-tier reavers, archons, and tempests.

Karax offers negligible synergy to Zagara, since her units already all mutate quickly. His Unity Barrier can give her swarmlings and banelings a little more toughness, but beyond that he isn't hugely beneficial to her (although his Chrono Wave can speed up her research, and his cannons can compensate for her poorer static defenses).

Vorazun can use her black hole in combination with Zagara's banelings to heavy damage a large number of units. Her time stop is also devastating since Zagara's units are generally high damage but low life. Zagara has no cloaked units and does not benefit at all from Vorazun's cloak bonuses, though.

Terran CommandersEdit

Jim Raynor is a questionable choice of teammate for Zagara, gaining a lot of benefit from Mass Frenzy, but not providing her very much useful utility. Scanner Sweeps can keep Zagara from needing to make overseers, but medics are not helpful for Zagara's suicidal strategy (except for her corruptors and aberrations). Both can rapidly reproduce armies, allowing for constant aggression, but both are also vulnerable to splash damage and spells.

Rory Swann is another good choice for teammates. Swarmlings can occupy enemy ground forces while Swann's goliaths and thors decimate air units and siege tanks provide ranged support.

Nova Terra doesn't have great synergy with Zagara , as the two combined field small armies and Zagara doesn't help in keeping Nova's troops alive. However, Zagara's army can attack a position earlier, giving Nova a chance to plan ahead and target-firing down detectors and dangerous enemies. Both are strong at destroying bases, and Zagara can constantly apply pressure with her rapidly-respawning armies while Nova recovers if she suffers a big loss.

Zerg CommandersEdit

Kerrigan has mutalisks and ultralisks that are generally superior to corruptors and aberrations, so there is little Zagara can offer her that Kerrigan cannot do better herself. Kerrigan's Malignant Creep, however, is very handy for Zagara, and Zagara's queens can provide more larva to Kerrigan's hatcheries than her own queens can.

Abathur has little to offer Zagara. Abathur's weak early game can be counteracted by Zagara's stronger early units. Otherwise, there is too much overlap in Abathur's short range heavily armored army and Zagara's cheap expendable short range units.

AchievementsEdit

GameplayEdit

CoopZagara SC2-LotV AchieveIcon1 Queen of Destruction
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill 500 units in a single mission when playing as Zagara on Hard difficulty.

Edit
CoopZagara SC2-LotV AchieveIcon2 Mass Frenzy
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Your ally deals 10,000 damage while Zagara's Mass Frenzy is activated.

Edit
CoopZagara SC2-LotV AchieveIcon3 Roach Rampage
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill 100 enemy units using Zagara's Infested Drop in a single mission on Hard difficulty.

Edit
CoopZagara SC2-LotV AchieveIcon4 Big Bangs
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill 5,000 units with Zagara's banelings.

Edit
CoopZagara SC2-LotV AchieveIconMaster Broodmother of the Swarm
Points

20 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete all the Commander Zagara achievements

Rewards
Zagara SC2Portrait Zagara portrait
Edit

LevelsEdit

CoopLevel SC2-LotV AchieveIconZagara1 Zagara: Level 5
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 5 with Zagara.

Edit
CoopLevel SC2-LotV AchieveIconZagara2 Zagara: Level 10
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 10 with Zagara.

Edit
CoopLevel SC2-LotV AchieveIconZagara3 Zagara: Level 15
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 15 with Zagara.

Edit

DevelopmentEdit

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2015-9-25, Co-op Missions: Additional Commanders Revealed. Battle.net, accessed on 2015-9-25
  2. 2015-10-30, Legacy of the Void Features: Co-op Missions. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-11-01
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). November 10, 2015

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