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The Complete Starcraft 2 Zerg Building Units Guide

by: Simon Williams ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

There are few more disturbing sites in gaming than a Zerg base taking shape. Bright Hub guides you through the many twisted Starcraft 2 buildings and structures you'll require on your way to galactic domination.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Introduction

    In this latest installment of our complete Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide, we tak a close look at the strange and twisted shapes that make up the Zerg building units and structures.

    The Zerg are the least technological of the three Starcraft 2 races, their armies being based on their bizarre and alien biology, and their building structures are no different. Many of them resemble the fetid imaginings of some terrible Lovecraftian nightmare. It's vital if you're going to play Zerg in Starcraft 2 multiplayer online that you develop a firm grasp of the various building units, as many of the Zerg units require specialized structures to Research their respective Upgrades, a fact that makes this race arguably the hardest to play as for players new to SC2. This guide will help you decide on a build order that suits your end-game needs with full information on each Zerg building unit, its stats, weapons, Abilities and Researches.

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    Hatchery

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Hatchery   The Hatchery is the foundation of your Zerg colony, and expanding your territory as the match progresses, since it can be built where no Creep presently exists. The Hatchery churns out the Larva units that you will evolve into your different Zerg units, and produces Creep to allow the other Zerg building units to be constructed.

    Minerals: 300

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 1250

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Larva, Queen

    Required: -

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Hatchery will spawn 9 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Mutate into Lair

    Cast Time: 80 secs

    The Hatchery evolves into the Lair unit, allowing access to further Zerg unit and building types.

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    Extractor

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Extractor   The Extractor unit is the focus of your economy, converting Minerals and Gas into resources.

    Minerals: 25

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 500

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: -

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    Spawning Pool

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Spawning Pool   The Spawning Pool is the source of researched upgrades for your Zergling ground troop units.

    Minerals: 200

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 750

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Hatchery

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Spawning Pool will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Adrenal Glands

    • (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 130 secs)
    • Required: Hive

    Upgrade for the Zerg Zergling unit that increase its speed of Attack by a factor of +20%.

    Evolve Metabolic Boost

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 110 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Zergling unit that increases its speed of movement by a factor of +20%.

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    Evolution Chamber

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Evolution Chamber   This building unit is the focal point for upgrades for weaponry and armor for all your Zerg ground forces.

    Minerals: 75

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 35 secs

    Health: 750

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Hatchery

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Evolution Chamber will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Melee Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground melee units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Lair

    Ground Carapace 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Lair

    Missile Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground ranged units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 150. Gas: 150, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Lair
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    Spine Crawler

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Spine Crawler   The Spine Crawler is the main ground defense building unit for protecting your bases and supply chain.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 300

    Energy: -

    Armor: 2

    Produces: -

    Required: Spawning Pool

    Weapons

    Impaler Tentacle

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 7
    • Damage: 25
    • Bonuses: +5 vs Armored

    Abilities

    Root

    Type: Command

    Cast Time: 12 secs

    The Spine Crawler unit roots itself to the designated spot. In this state it is immobile but able to attack ground units.

    Uproot

    Type: Command:

    Cast Time: 1 secs

    The Spine Crawler unit can move across the map, though it is significantly slower when not on creep and unable to attack enemy units.

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    Spore Crawler

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Spore Crawler   The Spore Crawler fulfils the same duties as the Spine Crawler, but this time against incoming aerial attack.

    Minerals: 75

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 30 secs

    Health: 400

    Energy: -

    Armor: 2

    Produces: -

    Required: Evolution Chamber

    Weapons

    Spore Crawler

    • Air Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 7
    • Damage: 15

    Abilities

    Root

    Type: Command

    Cast Time: 12 secs

    The Spore Crawler unit roots itself to the designated spot. In this state it is immobile but able to attack air and detected units.

    Uproot

    Type: Command:

    Cast Time: 1 secs

    The Spore Crawler unit can move across the map, though it is significantly slower when not on creep and unable to attack enemy units

    Detector

    The Spore Crawler can detect burrowing, cloaked and hallucination enemy units

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    Hydralisk Den

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Hydralisk Den   The Hydralisk Den is required for the vital Grooved Spines upgrade for the Zerg Hydralisk unit.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 40 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Lair

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Hydralisk Den will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Grooved Spines

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 80 secs)

    Increases the range of the Zerg Hydralisk unit's attacks.

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    Baneling Nest

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Baneling Nest   This building unit is the home for upgrades for Zerg Banelings.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 50

    Build Time: 60 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Spawning Pool

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Baneling Nest will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Centrifugal Hooks

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

    This upgrade for the Baneling unit increases its movement speed.

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    Lair

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Lair   The Lair is an upgraded Hatchery that opens up Researches for Burrowing units and the Zerg Overlord.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 80 secs

    Health: 1800

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Larva, Queen

    Required: Spawning Pool

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Lair will spawn 9 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Mutate into Hive

    Cast Time: 100 secs

    The Lair will evolve further into the Hive unit, allowing access to further researches and buildings.

    Researches

    Evolve Burrow

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 100 secs)
    • Required: Lair

    This upgrade for certain Zerg units allows them to burrow and remain undetected by enemy units.

    Evolve Pneumatized Carapace

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 60 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Overlord unit that increases its movement speed.

    Evolve Ventral Sacs

    • (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 130 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Overlord unit that allows it to act as a unit transport.

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    Roach Warren

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Roach Warren   As is the established Zerg pattern, the Roach unit has its own dedicated Research building unit.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 55 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Spawning Pool

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Roach Warren will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Glial Reconstitution

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 110 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Roach unit that increases its movement speed.

    Evolve Tunneling Claws

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Roach unit that gives it the ability to move while burrowed and also allows it to regenerate lost Hit Points when under the ground.

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    Infestation Pit

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Infestation Pit   The Infestation Pit provides the Zerg Infestor with its vitally important Neural Parasite Ability, allowing it to take control of enemy units and turn them against their comrades.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 100

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Lair

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Infestation Pit will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Pathogen Glands

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 80 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Infestor unit that increase its starting Energy stat by +25

    Evolve Neural Parasite

    • (Minerals: 150, gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Infestor unit that unlocks the Neural Parasite Ability.

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    Spire

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Spire   The Spire unlocks Researched Weapon and Armor Upgrades for Zerg aerial units.

    Minerals: 200

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 600

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Lair

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Spire will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Mutate Into Greater Spire

    Cast Time: 100 secs

    The Spire unit will mutate into a Greater Spire unit, unlocking researches for Zerg aerial units.

    Researches

    Flyer Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Hive

    Flyer Carapace 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Hive

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    Nydus Network

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Nydus Network   The Nydus Network illustrates the crossover between technology and biology in the Zerg forces. It allows a giant worm to act as a troop transport for your units to ferry them across the battlefield.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 50 secs

    Health: 850

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Nydus Worm

    Required: Lair

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Nydus Network will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Summon Nydus Worm

    Cast Time: 20 secs

    The Nydus Network unit will summon a Nydus Worm allowing the transport of friendly units to any other Nydus Network on the map.

    Load

    Type: Command

    The Nydus Network will take onboard an unlimited amount of friendly units.

    Unload

    Type: Command

    The Nydus Network will unload all the transported units.

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    Hive

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Hive   The further upgrade for the Hatchery and Lair buildings.

    Minerals: 200

    Gas: 150

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 2500

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: Queen

    Required: Infestation Pit

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Hive will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Burrow

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 100 secs)
    • Required: Lair

    This upgrade for certain Zerg units allows them to burrow and remain undetected by enemy units.

    Evolve Pneumatized Carapace

    • (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 60 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Overlord unit that increases its movement speed.

    Evolve Ventral Sacs

    • (Minerals: 200, Gas: 200, Time: 130 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Overlord unit that allows it to act as a unit transport.

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    Ultralisk Cavern

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Ultralisk Cavern This structure provides the Ultralisk with its Chitinous Plating Upgrade.

    Minerals: 150

    Gas: 200

    Build Time: 65 secs

    Health: 600

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Hive

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Ultralisk Cavern will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Evolve Chitinous Plating

    • (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs)

    Upgrade for the Zerg Ultralisk unit that increases its Armor stat by +2

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    Greater Spire

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Greater Spire An evolved Spire, unlocking Researches for aerial units.

    Minerals: 100

    Gas: 150

    Build Time: 100 secs

    Health: 1000

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Hive

    Abilities

    Spawn Broodlings

    Cast Time: Instant

    The Greater Spire will spawn 6 Broodlings when destroyed by enemy units.

    Researches

    Flyer Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Hive

    Flyer Carapace 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units)

    • Level 1: (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 140 secs)
    • Level 2: (Minerals: 225, Gas: 225, Time: 170 secs)
    • Level 3: (Minerals: 300, Gas: 300, Time: 200 secs)
    • Required: Hive
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    Creep Tumor

    Starcraft 2 Zerg Buildings - Creep Tumor An unusual structure produced from a Zerg Queen unit, that acts as a Creep generator allowing you to expand your building network.

    Minerals: -

    Gas: -

    Build Time: 15 secs

    Health: 50

    Energy: -

    Armor: 1

    Produces: -

    Required: Queen

    Abilities

    Spawn Creep Tumor

    Type: Command

    Cast Time: 15 secs

    Energy: 25

    This ability produces a burrowed Creep generator that will feed nearby Zerg building units.

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Zerg buildings are a weird and disturbing collection of biological growths. Mastering a build order while playing Zerg in Starcraft 2 multiplayer online is vital, due to so many of the Zerg units requiring individual structures to access their Upgrades. Learn the information contained within this building units guide, and then apply it to overwhelm and absorb your many enemies on Battle.net.

The Complete Starcraft 2 Building Units Guide

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