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Starcraft 2 Zerg Baneling Guide

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

Suicide bomber sacs bulging with burning acid, the Starcraft 2 Baneling can cause massive destruction to your opponent's infantry and supply lines. Bright Hub pokes around these explosive Zerg globules.

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    Starcraft 2 Baneling - Introduction

    The Bright Hub ultimate Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide continues with an examination of the living Zerg bombs, the Banelings.

    Baneling units have only one mission in life: to take out as much of the enemy forces in one hideous explosion of toxic acid as possible. These strange seething suicide bombers are mutated from basic Zergling units, and are one-hit wonders, making the placement and timing of their attacks essential. In this article, we'll look over all the vital stats, Upgrades and Abilities info for these walking bombs, as well as then presenting a set of multiplayer strategy tips for deploying them against all three SC2 races.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Baneling Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Baneling - Banelings take out Terran base   Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 25
    • Gas: 25
    • Supply: 0.5
    • Build Time: 20 secs
    • Produced By: Zergling
    • Requires: Baneling Nest
    • Hotkey: E
    • Max Energy: 0

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.5
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 30
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Biological


    Volatile Burst

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 1
    • Damage: 20
    • Bonuses: +20 vs Light
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Baneling Upgrades and Abilities



    • (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.

    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 Evolve Centrifugal Hooks (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 110 secs) This upgrade for the Baneling unit increases its movement speed.


    Burrow: The Baneling unit can burrow under the surface, making it invisible to enemy units but unable to attack.

    • Type: Command

    Explode: The Baneling unit will detonate itself damaging enemy units around it.

    • Type: Command

    Attack Structure: The Baneling unit will explode against an enemy building unit, dealing massive damage.

    • Type: Auto-Cast
    • Damage: 80 vs Building Units
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    Starcraft 2 Baneling Strategy Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Baneling   Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    Banelings are devastating to building units and light infantry like Zerglings. Either use the terrain of the multiplayer map, searching out the choke points and burrowing a group of Banelings ready for a surprise attack when your opponent's main force passes by, or research the Centrifugal Hooks Upgrade to give your Baneling force a decent turn of speed to charge bases and Mineral Fields. Hydralisks make a good Baneling counter, picking them off at a distance, or Roaches can act as a defensive screen against a Baneling wave, soaking up the brunt of the explosive damage.

    Zerg vs Terran

    Again, Terran building structures and infantry Marines should be your main targets for Baneling suicide runs. Siege Tanks can wipe out an entire Baneling squad from distance with its artillery strikes, while Marauders can provide a good defensive shield around the more vulnerable Marines.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    The Protoss have a few good counters for a Baneling strike, so catching them off guard is essential - make as much use of the Burrow Ability as possible. High Templars can detonate them at distance using Psionic Storm, while Immortals are all but invulnerable to Banelings. Watch out for your opponent "kiting" your Baneling wave - retreating but leaving single armored units to sacrifice themselves.

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    A well-timed surprise Starcraft 2 Baneling attack can be lethal to an opponent's light forces in a multiplayer map, taking out a large portion of their army in one toxic blast or crippling their supply lines, leaving them vulnerable to counter-attack by your own forces. Especially useful against Zerg and Terran opposition, the Baneling is brute biological force at its best.