The zantar slug is a carbon-based, resilient organism found in the humid mountain crevasses of Garrxax, capable of quickly healing maimed or damaged tissue by absorbing nutrients from the soil. This was made possible by their metabolism, to the extent that a zantar slug severed in two could stitch itself back together. They were small enough to fit into a terran's boot. They secreted acidic mucus, which could be used as a form of attack, strong enough to penetrate neosteel. They were not sapient, but possessed strong survival instinct. When its mucus came in contact the sap of a vine located on he other side of their continent, the result was a massive explosion, a phenomena studied by Terran Dominion researchers.
In 2501, they were assimilated into the Zerg Swarm, becoming roaches. The roach inherited its acidic abilities. Abathur later used the similarities between the unassimilated slug and the roach as the basis for a mutation for the roach that allowed its acid saliva to better dissolve poorly armored foes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Johnston, Antony. "“Acid Burns”." (April 18, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Acid Burns Accessed 2013-04-18.
- ↑ Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2010-07-24. Units: Roach. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2014-08-20.
- ↑ Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Evolution pit units (in English). 2013.