Starcraft 2 Hydralisk Guide

Starcraft 2 Hydralisk Guide
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Starcraft 2 Hydralisk - Introduction

Our complete Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide moves onto the shambling monstrosity that is the Zerg Hydralisk.

Clearly inspired by the otherworldly art of H.R. Giger, the Hydralisk is the outcome of evolutionary experiments upon a poor herbivore called the Slothien. The result is a disgusting and terrifying sight, an armored caterpillar with drool-covered jaws and a mighty complement of armor-piercing quills. In this latest installment of the guide, we provide full statistics and Upgrades information for the Zerg Hydralisk, and then proceed onwards to showing you how to make the most of this powerful ground and air attack unit in Starcraft 2 multiplayer on

Starcraft 2 Zerg Hydralisk Vital Stats


Production and Properties:

  • Minerals: 100
  • Gas: 50
  • Supply: 2
  • Build Time: 33 secs
  • Produced By: Larva
  • Requires: Hydralisk Den
  • Hotkey: H
  • Max Energy: 0

Movement and Protection:

  • Speed: 2.25
  • Acceleration: 1,000
  • Hit Points: 80
  • Shields: 0
  • Armor: 0
  • Armor Type: Biological, Light


Needle Spines

  • Ground/Air Attack
  • Attacks: 1
  • Range: 5
  • Damage: 12

Starcraft 2 Zerg Hydralisk 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.

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 Missile Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg ground ranged 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 Evolve Grooved Spines (Minerals: 150, Gas: 150, Time: 80 secs) Increases the range of the Zerg Hydralisk unit’s attacks.


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

  • Type: Command

Starcraft 2 Hydralisk Strategy, Tips and Tricks

Starcraft 2 Hydralisk

Strong Against:

Vulnerable To:

Zerg vs Zerg

Hydralisks are invaluable as both ground and air attack units, so provide them with a defensive shield of Zergling and other units. Against Zerg opposition, Hydralisks can blast Mutalisks and other aerial units out of the sky at range, especially with the Grooved Spines Upgrade, so use them to provide an attacking force with mobile anti-air cover. Watch out though for suicide Baneling attacks and Roaches rearing up from burrows, as the Hydralisk is poor in close combat.

Zerg vs Terran

Again, Hydralisks will provide you with a good measure of defense against Viking, Banshee and Raven harassment, and should be at the heart of any substantial troop grouping. Watch out for Hellion charges, while keep your Hydralisks well spaced amidst your ranks to avoid Siege Tanks in Siege Mode wiping several out in one artillery barrage.

Zerg vs Protoss

Hydralisks suffer a bit of a disadvantage against Protoss opposition, as this race possesses a number of decent counters against them. Zealots are the hardiest of the ground infantry amongst the three races, especially when coupled with Sentries to give them added protection, while both High Templars and Colossus units are effective means of dispatching several Hydralisks in one fell swoop.


The Starcraft 2 Hydralisk is the primary ranged defense for any Zerg army, with its dual ability to pick ground forces off at a distance and blast aerial units out of the sky. Given decent protection and spacing, the Hydralisk can dole out huge amounts of damage, and should be one of the most treasured units in any Zerg build order in Starcraft 2 multiplayer.