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"My life for Aiur!"

- Protoss zealot(src)

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A zealot

Zealots are a type of protoss warrior.


"Peerless warriors on the battlefield, zealots undergo decades of intense training in order to perfect their combat skills. Their signature psi-blades are formed with their own psionic energy."


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A zealot during the Discord

Zealots are lower-ranked Templar who have yet to reach the upper levels of the Khala.[1] They form the backbone of the protoss military,[2] and have been utilized since before the Discord.[3] At least some, if not all Khalai zealots are members of the Zealot Order.[4] Zealots can operate in platoons[5] and legions.[6] The Tal'darim also employ zealots.[7][8] As the lowest ranking links in the Chain of Ascension, they are the ones most eager to prove themselves.[9]


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A zealot during the Great War

Each zealot is trained for decades in hand-to-hand combat, tactics, pain tolerance and martial discipline. Zealots are taught to hate their enemies with a white hot passion and to hunt them down without mercy,[1] even in the face of their own deaths.[10] Through the path of the Khala, zealots learn to hone their innate battle rage to a fine edge,[11] though they can invoke a near-berserker rage when in battle if need be.[12] Zealots undergo rigorous training and trials before receiving their power suits. Those that distinguish themselves in battle receive complex leg augmentations that enhance their speed, mobility, and endurance.[6]

The shame of the fall of Aiur drove the zealots to intensify physical training.[1] This includes duels at the end of their training, which appears to have the potential to be shortened.[13]


"Armed with dual psi-blades and inexhaustible courage, Zealots can take down the galaxy's most fearsome long as those creatures are within arm’s reach."
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A zealot during the Second Great War

All protoss have a degree of psionic power, and zealots use theirs exclusively for battle. Zealots have a limited form of precognition; they may predict enemy movements, strike with deadly accuracy, and dodge attacks.[1] Leg augmentations enhance movement speed; zealots may catch an enemy offguard with brutal charges.[6] After the Brood War, some zealots developed the ability to turn their body into pure energy for a few microseconds; the resulting lighting-fast speed allows them to strike suddenly against an enemy that thinks they are out of range.[1]

Zealots are armed with psionic blades channelled through the forearm units of their power suits.[12] The Khalai's refinement of the focussers in these units allow the psi-blades to increase in power as a zealot's rage increases in battle.[6] The blades may tear through armored structures and vehicles.[14] Zealots use their psionic powers, with the aid of cybernetic implants, to surround themselves with plasma shields.[11]

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A zealot of the current day

The zealots' mastery of their emotions mean they can fight longer, harder, and better than their adversaries.[6] A handful of zealots can easily control an entire colony of lesser species.[14]

The protoss population has diminished due to conflict, and great lengths are taken to minimize zealot casualties.[6] A severely injured zealot may be transported off the battlefield upon the moment of defeat, in order to be transformed into a dragoon or an immortal.[15]

Game Unit


For StarCraft gameplay information see: Zealot (StarCraft).
For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft Zealot Quotations.

StarCraft: Ghost

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A charging zealot

Zealots appeared as enemies to Nova in StarCraft: Ghost. They appeared identical to their portrayal in StarCraft.

StarCraft II

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Zealot (StarCraft II).
For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Zealot Quotations.

Heroes of the Storm

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

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A Blizzard DotA zealot

Zealots appeared in early builds of Heroes of the Storm.[16]

Known Zealots

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A zealot on the prowl


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A zealot's visage


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A zealot in Ready Player One

  • Historically, the term "zealot" means one who is zealous on behalf of God.
  • A zealot bottlecap figure produced by Kotobukiya is available.[17]
  • A zealot figurine was made after the launch of StarCraft.[18]
  • A zealot appears as a cameo in the film Ready Player One, in the background of one of the shots.


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  5. Todd, Hugh. "“Lens of the Void”." (April 25, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Lens of the Void Accessed 2013-04-26.
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  11. 11.0 11.1 Zealot. StarCraft Compendium. Accessed on 2008-01-11
  12. 12.0 12.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  13. Elder, Josh and Ramanda Kamarga. "Why We Fight." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 1, pp. 6–47. Tokyopop, August 1, 2008. ISBN 1427-80721-3.
  14. 14.0 14.1 StarCraft: Ghost-Units. Accessed on 2011-02-03
  15. Karune. 2007-01-22. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 26. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-01-22.
  16. 2014-05-21, Blizzard set out to make a StarCraft mod, and instead reinvented gaming's most popular genre. Polygon, accessed on 2014-05-22
  17. STARCRAFT 2 KOTOBUKIYA Protoss (Zealot) Bottle Cap Figure Collection Miniature, Accessed on 2015-08-06
  18. Starcraft Collection 1 Protoss Zealot , Accessed on 2017-07-08