The Beginners Guide to Starcraft 2: Protoss Zealot
by: Simon Williams
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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The Starcraft 2 Protoss Zealot is the core ground unit for any SC2 multiplayer Protoss army. Bright Hub takes an indepth look at the basics of these versatile alien warriors, and how to use them to grind down your enemies in Starcraft 2.
Martial monks devoted to the study of the art of warfare, the Zealot is the building block of the Protoss military forces in Starcraft 2. Initially, these units may appear expensive and time-consuming compared to their Terran and Zerg opposite numbers, but as battle is fully joined, the Zealot punches well above its weight. In this article, we'll give the beginner SC2 player a rundown on everything you need to know, from statistics to strategies, about the Starcraft 2 Protoss Zealot.
The basic Protoss ground unit, the Zealot is more expensive compared to the likes of the Marine and Zergling, but makes up for it with hitting power. Against a Protoss opponent, use Zealot squads to swarm slow moving heavy units such as the Immortal, and keep your enemy off-guard by making full use of the battlefield maneuverability the WarpGate offers, but beware of Colossus units and Sentries employing force fields to break up your Zealot ranks into smaller squads to pick off at their leisure.
Protoss vs Terran
When fighting groups of Terran Marines or Marauders, attempt to lure them out into open areas and make full use of the Zealot's Charge ability to close the gap rapidly. The Zealot is highly vulnerable to fast-moving units like the Reaper and the Hellion, especially when the latter is equipped with the Infernal Pre-Igniter upgrade.
Protoss vs Zerg
Zealots can easily stand toe-to-toe with even large hordes of Zerglings, and are a good solution to a lot of Zerg ground units, but keep an eye out for movement-upgraded Roaches and Infestors casting Fungal Growth. Equip a Sentry with a Guardian Shield to provide Zealot forces with some defence against the ranged attacks of Hydralisks.
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As with many of its race's units, the Starcraft 2 Protoss Zealot can initially seem expensive and difficult to output in sufficient quantities compared to its Terran and Zerg equivalents, the Marine and Zergling. However, the Zealot is ultimately a far more durable unit than either of those two, and as a match progresses, a good standing force of Protoss Zealots will come into their own. Deploy them wisely, especially with support from Sentries, and these ground troops will do you proud in Starcraft 2 multiplayer.