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Starcraft 2 Zerg Infestor Guide

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

Shambling collections of parasitic creatures, Starcraft 2 Infestors can literally turn your own troops against you. Bright Hub pokes around these fetid horrors and likes what it sees.

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    Starcraft 2 Infestor - Introduction

    The complete Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide shuffles onwards to take in the mind-bending horror that is the Zerg Infestor.

    The Infestor is Starcraft 2 unit design at its best, combining great imagination with strong visual appeal. A symbiotic mobile nest of strange parasites and noxious plagues, the Infestor possesses some of the most interesting and varied Abilities of any SC2 unit, providing a Zerg player with a wealth of tactical options at any one time. In this article, we'll cover all these strategy variations with tactics tips for each of the three Starcraft 2 factions, as well as identifying some effective Infestor counters, and also delve into all the stats, Abilities and Upgrades info you'll need to take control of these denizens of nightmare.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Infestor Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Infestor - Infestors lashing out at Terran forces   Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 100
    • Gas: 150
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 50 secs
    • Produced By: Larva
    • Requires: Infestation Pit
    • Hotkey: F
    • Max Energy: 200

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.5
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 90
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Biological, Armored, Psionic
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Infestor Upgrades and Abilities

    Upgrades:

    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.

    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 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.

    Abilities:

    Burrow: The Infestor unit can burrow under the surface, making it invisible to enemy units and capable of moving across the map.

    • Type: Command

    Neural Parasite: The Infestor unit takes control of the mind of an enemy unit, allowing it to direct the enemy against its own side.

    • Type: Channeled
    • Energy: 100
    • Range: 9

    Fungal Growth: The Infestor unit emits a fungus that captures all enemies in its radius, renders them immobile and reveals invisible units while dealing 36 damage.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 75
    • Duration: 6 secs

    Infested Terrans: The Infestor unit can spawn an infested Terran at the targeted location.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 100
    • Range: 9
    • Cast Time: 4 secs
    • Duration: 20 secs

    Frenzy: The Infestor unit targets a biological Zerg unit and confers a 25% damage bonus to it, and gives immunity to snare, stun and mind control effects for the duration.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 25
    • Range: 6
    • Duration: 30 secs
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    Starcraft 2 Infestor Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Infestor   Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    The Infestor is perhaps the most fascinating and varied unit in the entire Zerg arsenal, and can have a dramatic effect on the direction of any multiplayer match. Deploy them in a ground support role, and cast Neural Parasite against major enemy units then let them loose on their own troops. Infested Terrans spat out from burrows can be highly effective against Zerg building units, and stop Zerglings in their tracks with Fungal Growth. Infestors are vulnerable to the long range attacks of Hydralisks and Roaches though, so give them cover.

    Zerg vs Terran

    Infestors can play havoc with Terran forces, especially if you research the Pathogen Glands Upgrade to provide them with an ample stock of Energy. As before, deploy Neural Parasite to deal with major enemy units and encase Marines in Fungal Growth. Two good Terran counters for the Infestor are the Raven, thanks to its Detector Ability and Seeker Missile, and the always useful EMP round of the Ghost.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    Protoss Immortals are great candidates for a Neural Parasite attack, while casting Frenzy can enable your weaker troops to overpower Zealot squads rapidly. Prey on Probes and Protoss buildings with surprise Infested Terran attacks from the safety of your burrow, but avoid High Templars like the plague, as their Feedback Ability is catastrophic for an Infestor, and avoid giving away your position to nearby Stalkers as their Blink Ability is unaffected by Fungal Growth.

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Infestor is a unit that is a joy to use, even under the constant time pressure of a real time strategy multiplayer match. Every game you seem to discover some new and memorable way to turn the tide of the game with these fascinating units. The Infestor, as for all of the Zerg race, requires great skill to use on Battle.net, but provides deep satisfaction when it turns your opponent's plans to dust online.



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