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Starcraft 2 Zerg Larva and Drone Guide

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

The Starcraft 2 Larva and Drone units are the two basic blocks from which an entire Zerg army is brought forth. Bright Hub has a close look at two unassuming but essential units in the first part of our Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide.

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    Starcraft 2 Larva and Drone - Introduction

    We start off our ultimate guide to the Zerg in Starcraft 2 multiplayer with an overview of the Larva and Drone, from which all other Zerg units spring.

    The unusual life-cycle of the Zerg begins with the lowly Larva unit, a creature with the inherent potential to develop into any of the later Zerg creatures. The first of these, the Drone, you will need in plentiful supply to help create the various Zerg building units that unlock the genetic potential of the Larva. In this opening installment of our Zerg guide, we take a look at these two fundamental units, their stats, Upgrades and Abilities, and see how from humble beginnings an awesome army can spring.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Larva Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Larva   Production and Properties:

    • Produced By: Hatchery
    • Requires: -
    • Hotkey: S

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 0.56
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 25
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 10
    • Armor Type: Biological, Light

    The Zerg Larva is the basic building block of the Zerg Swarm, its genetic code containing the necessary information to transmute it into any of the other Zerg units. While initially only the basic codes for Drones are available, as you construct your base and add new building units to it the codes for more advanced units unlock.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Drone Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Drone   Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 50
    • Gas: -
    • Supply: 1
    • Build Time: 17 secs
    • Produced By: Larva
    • Requires: Hatchery
    • Hotkey: D
    • Max Energy: -

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.81
    • Acceleration: 2.50
    • Hit Points: 40
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 0
    • Armor Type: Biological, Light

    Weaponry:

    Spines

    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 1
    • Damage: 5
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Drone Upgrades and Abilities

    Upgrades:

    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. 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

    Abilities:

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

    • Type: Command

    Gather: The Drone unit will collect Minerals and gas from the designated area.

    • Type: Command

    Morph into Structure: The Drone unit can break down its own genetic code and transform itself into basic building units in the presence of Creep.

    • Type: Command

    Morph into Advanced Structure: The Drone unit can break down its own genetic code, allowing it to transmute into more advanced building structures, where Creep is present.

    • Type: Command
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    Starcraft 2 Drone Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    While the Drone's Spines attack is relatively worthless, these diminutive creatures are surprisingly hardy thanks to their ability to regenerate Hit Points. Serving a dual purpose as Resource gatherers and transforming into Zerg building units, an act which consumes the individual Drone in the process, the shared Zerg ability to burrow allows for some tactical play with these units beyond simple worker tasks, such as burying a healthy supply of Drones at a future expansion point then bringing them into action with the support of Creep-producing Overlords to rapidly kickstart a new forward base.

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    Conclusion

    The Starcraft 2 Larva and Drone may not be exciting little animals, but you will need to produce plenty during the early stages of your build order to stand you in good stead as a SC2 multiplayer match progresses, so ensure you have their vital info off by heart. Next, we'll move onto some more advanced Zerg units, the Overlord and the Zergling.

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