Starcraft 2 Zergling Guide

Starcraft 2 Zergling Guide
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Starcraft 2 Zergling - Introduction

Our ultimate guide to the Zerg in Starcraft 2 continues onwards with an examination of the Zergling unit.

The attack dogs of the Zerg Swarm, Zerglings are ferocious and furious fighters, hacking and slashing apart their enemies as they speed in massive packs across the Starcraft 2 battlefield. In this part of the guide, we’ll give you all the vital info on the Zergling’s stats, Upgrades including Metabolic Boost and Adrenal Glands, as well as our usual set of indepth strategy tips and tricks for using the Zergling in Starcraft 2 multiplayer.

Starcraft 2 Zerg Zergling Vital Stats


Production and Properties:

  • Minerals: 50
  • Gas: 0
  • Supply: 0.5
  • Build Time: 24 secs
  • Produced By: Larva
  • Requires: Spawning Pool
  • Hotkey: Z
  • Max Energy: 0

Movement and Protection:

  • Speed: 2.95
  • Acceleration: 1,000
  • Hit Points: 35
  • Shields: 0
  • Armor: 0
  • Armor Type: Biological, Light



  • Ground Attack
  • Attacks: 1
  • Range: 1
  • Damage: 5

Starcraft 2 Zerg Zergling Upgrades and Abilities


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. 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 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%.


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

Type: Command

Morph to Baneling: The Zergling unit can transform into a Zerg Baneling unit.

Type: Command Cast Time: 20 secs

Starcraft 2 Zergling Strategy, Tips and Tricks

Starcraft 2 Zergling

Strong Against:

Vulnerable To:

Zerg vs Zerg

Zerglings are like a wave of pestilence in Starcraft 2 multiplayer - their attack can be virulent but also over fairly quickly. Crank these units out - make the most of the ability of a Larva to spawn two at a time, and set them off in great swathes. Metabolic Boost is an essential upgrade, allowing the Zerglings to rapidly surround and overwhelm even relatively powerful units like the Hydralisk, but their fragility means that area of effect attacks by the likes of the Ultralisk and the Baneling can wipe them out in great numbers in one go. Roaches can make an effective counter, especially if they block up choke points on the battlefield.

Zerg vs Terran

The Zerglings speed, especially after Metabolic Boost, makes them a good counter for the slow and cumbersome Marauder. The Zergling rush remains a possibility against Terran bases and building structures, but watch out for clever use of Supply Depots and Bunker units that funnel you into a corridor. Hellions are the prime Terran Zergling repellent - its turn of speed matches even the Zerg units and its Infernal Flamethrower weapon is lethal to them.

Zerg vs Protoss

Zerglings make a surprisingly good counter for Stalkers, negating their pace, and if deployed in large enough numbers can take on Zealot squads on an even footing, especially if the terrain gives the Zerg unit room to maneuver. The High Templar’s Psionic Storm Ability can chew Zerglings up in numbers, while clever use of the Sentry’s Force Field can chop even large swarms of Zerglings up into manageable numbers, especially near Photon Cannons.


The Starcraft 2 Zergling is arguably the most disposable of all the SC2 units in the game - and make no mistake, they will die in droves. But manufacture them in enough quantities and they will surprise you in just how effective they can be in swarming and overwhelming even major opposition units in Starcraft 2 multiplayer, leaving a trail of destruction in their vicious wake. They may burn out fast, but they burn brightly while it lasts.