Starcraft 2 Zerg Overseer Guide
The Starcraft 2 Overseer is the Zerg scouting and infiltration expert. Bright Hub gets a close look at these giant floating eyeballs.
Starcraft 2 Overseer - Introduction
In this part of the complete guide to Zerg forces in Starcraft 2, we examine the Zerg spy unit the Overseer.
The Overseer is a genetically transformed Overlord, and a significant upgrade at that. Gifted not only with far superior pace and detection abilities, the Zerg Overseer also possesses the ability to cunningly infiltrate your opponent's infantry and lay waste to his production facilities. In this installment, we'll cover all the essential info on the Overseer's stats, Upgrades and Abilities, before showing you how to put these shadowy master spies into action on the SC2 battlefield.
Starcraft 2 Zerg Overseer Vital Stats
Production and Properties:
- Minerals: 50
- Gas: 100
- Supply: 8
- Build Time: 17 secs
- Produced By: Overlord
- Requires: Lair
- Hotkey: V
- Max Energy: 200
Movement and Protection:
- Speed: 1.88
- Acceleration: 2.13
- Hit Points: 200
- Shields: 0
- Armor: 1
- Armor Type: Biological, Armored
Starcraft 2 Zerg Overseer Upgrades and Abilities
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
Detector: The Overlord unit can reveal the presence of burrowing, hallucinated or invisible enemy units.
Contaminate: The Overlord unit can render a single enemy Building Structure unable to Train or Research for 30 secs.
- Type: Command
- Energy: 75
- Duration: 30 secs
Spawn Changeling: The Overlord unit can produce a Zerg Changeling, a small mobile creature that can imitate an enemy infantry unit's appearance but cannot attack.
- Type: Command
- Energy: 50
- Duration: 150 secs
Starcraft 2 Overseer Strategy, Tips and Tricks
Zerg vs Zerg
Overseers are a significant step up from Overlords, not least in their pace, which makes them useful scouts. Deploy them to sniff out burrowed Zerg enemy forces - especially useful against surprise Baneling traps. Steer clear of enemy anti-air such as Hydralisks and Queens, and watch out for pursuing Mutalisks.
Zerg vs Terran
Use Overseers in the second wave of any base attack to Contaminate any remaining Terran buildings once the main defenses are down to slow up rebuilding efforts. Also highly useful if you suspect Ghosts are in the area. Give Mutalisk support where necessary to ward off Viking attacks, and beware upgraded Missile Turrets.
Zerg vs Protoss
Overseers are great for infiltrating enemy forces with their Changelings to get a recon of your Protoss opponent's base and defenses. Station one near your Queens at your own base to prevent Dark Templars slipping through and taking them out. Stalkers cancel out the Overseers speed advantage, while Void Rays get a damage bonus against them, so are to be avoided at all costs.
The Starcraft 2 Overseer is a highly useful unit, functioning both as a guardian for your bases and nosing out your opponent's secrets. Like many other Zerg units, the Overseer presents a player with many flexible tactical options, so getting a good grasp of these is the first step to making the best use of these mobile eyes in the sky.