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A brood is a zerg formation.

Great War BroodsEdit

The first broods were formed by the Overmind, with the direction of each brood being delegated to a cerebrate. A brood was engineered for a specific function, which impacted its numerical strength and the diversity of its strains. The terrans gave the Great War broods reporting names based on beasts found in Earth mythology.[1]

Command WingEdit

The Command Wing broods were responsible for defending the Overmind and searching for new species for assimilation. These broods did not engage in front-line combat unless necessary.[1]

The Command Wing included the Tiamat Brood, Baelrog Brood, and Fenris Brood.[1]

Attack WingEdit

The Attack Wing broods were the Swarm's front-line forces, meant to conquer and occupy worlds. The wing's primary broods were amongst the largest in the Swarm.[1]

The Attack Wing included the Garm Brood, Jormungand Brood, and Surtur Brood.[1]

Renegade BroodsEdit

A brood depended on a nexus creature to direct it. In the pre-Brood War Swarm, this position was filled by cerebrates. However, supplanting the cerebrate with another entity could allow broods, or other large groups of zerg, to be controlled by non-Swarm agents.

During the Brood War, the UED Expeditionary Fleet took control of the zerg unaligned with Infested Kerrigan by controlling the second Overmind. The enslaved broods played a critical role in ensuring the UED's temporary dominance of the sector.[2]

Alan Schezar used a khaydarin crystal to control a cerebrate and its brood.[3] Ulrezaj also used khaydarin crystals to achieve similar results.[4]

"Independent" broods appeared after the turmoil resulting from the Overmind's death. Some were employed as mercenaries.[5][6]

Post-Brood War BroodsEdit

The Swarm was reunited under Infested Kerrigan at the end of the Brood War.[7] The cerebrates were eliminated from the Swarm[8] but broods such as the Char Brood remained.[9]

Between the end of the Brood War and Kerrigan's defeat on Char, Infested Kerrigan created numerous broodmothers, powerful queens, each of which would lead a brood.

The queens were ordered to evolve and only submit to the will of the strongest leader, which became a problem upon Kerrigan's defeat. The brood mothers scattered their broods. Kerrigan was forced to follow and attempt to subdue them.[10]


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  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Vile Disruption (in English). 1998.
  3. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Enslavers bonus campaign, mission 3B: "The Final Blow" (in English). 1998.
  4. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Enslavers: Dark Vengeance bonus campaign, episode V: "Dark Vengeance" (in English). 1999-06-25. StarCraft Map Archives
  5. 1999-03-26. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Mercenaries (in English). Map Archives: Mercenaries. StarCraft Compendium Map Archives.
  6. 2001-01-31. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Mercenaries II (in English). Map Archives: Mercenaries II.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Reckoning (in English). 1998.
  8. Metzen, Chris; Chambers, Andy; StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. BlizzCon 2007 StarCraft Lore Panel Editorial. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  10. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-05-30. May 2011 HoTS Gameplay Info. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-05-31.

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