The backbone of the Zerg Swarm, Hydralisks are one of the few landborn creatures engineered by the Swarm that can fire at a range. Though made for range, a Hydralisk can hold its own in a forced melee confrontation with its claws and bite. Wherever the Swarm is found, there will likely be ample amounts of Hydralisks to take out its enemies.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 8-C

Name: Hydralisk, originally Slothein or "Caterpillar Cow"

Origin: StarCraft

Gender: Presumed Genderless

Age: Varies

Classification: Ranged attacker, animal, Zerg Beast | Burrowed attacker, animal, Zerg Beast

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Poison Manipulation, Regeneration (High-Low), Adaptation with Abathur

Attack Potency: Building level (Can break the shields of a High Templar)

Speed: Likely Peak Human travel speed, higher with Muscular Augments, likely with Superhuman reactions. (Are fast enough to ambush peak Protoss warriors) Supersonic+ attack speed. (Hydralisk spines are stated to move at near-hypersonic speeds in the Field Guide)

Lifting Strength: Unknown

Striking Strength: Building Class

Durability: Likely Building level

Stamina: Very high, were evolved solely for combat against the swarm's enemies.

Range: Standard melee range with bite, extended melee range with claws, half a kilometer with needle spines, likely higher with Muscular Augments/Grooved Spines.

Intelligence: Very Low

Weaknesses: Cannot transform back into a Hydralisk after evolving into a Lurker or Impaler.

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Muscular Augments: Just as the name implies, the mutation changes the musculature of the Hydralisk, allowing it to move faster. In standard multiplayer, this also increases their range to the same effect of Grooved Spines, which is unavailable.
  • Grooved Spines: The Hydralisk's spines can be evolved to be grooved to improve their range, though it is not certain if the stated half a kilometer range includes this evolution.
  • Frenzy: Ordinarily, the Hydralisk's aggression is inhibited by it's cerebral cortex. However, the hivemind is able to activate the impulses on the fly, allowing it to fire more rapidly at targets. This cannot be used constantly, however, as the Hydralisk's cortex is too fragile to keep it up.
  • Ancillary Carapace: The Hydralisk, by default, was created for an entirely offensive role, its carapace being mostly thin and hollow for ease of movement at the cost of fragility. The Ancillary Carapace mutation evolves redundant plating, providing more protection to the Hydralisk with little cost to the mobility they were designed for.
  • Lurker Strain: If the hive evolves their Hydralisk Den into a Lurker Den, then the Hydralisk can evolve into a Lurker, allowing it to shoot even more powerful spines in a 10 meter line around it, hitting all targets in a line, though Lurkers can only attack while burrowed.
  • Impaler Strain: If the hive evolves their Hydralisk den into a Impaler Den, then the Hydralisk can evolve into the Impaler. Similarly to the lurker, it can only attack while burrowed, but in contrast shoots a more powerful tentacle to a single target, presumably with the same range.


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