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Starcraft 2 Zerg Corruptor Guide

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

Fearsome flying brain of the Zerg Swarm, the Starcraft 2 Corruptor is a powerful aerial threat for any SC2 opponent. Bright Hub finds out why.

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    Starcraft 2 Corruptor - Introduction

    Our Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide moves on to the primary aerial defense of the Zerg forces, the Corruptor.

    Like some insane imagining from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, the Zerg Corruptor is a giant floating brain surrounded by lashing tentacles and crunching bony beaks. If the sight of this unit wasn't enough to drive enemies to the edge of madness, the Corruptor's ability to spit corrosive gobbets of acid upon its target soon will. In this installment of the Zerg guide, we take in this nightmarish flying beast, looking at all the Corruptor's stats, weapons and Upgrades, as well as our usual assortment of tactical tips and strategy advice for using this unit against Terran, Protoss and Zerg opposition.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Corruptor Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Corruptor - Corruptors take out Terran Battlecruisers Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 150
    • Gas: 100
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 40 secs
    • Produced By: Larva
    • Requires: Spire
    • Hotkey: C
    • Max Energy: 200

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 2.95
    • Acceleration: 2.63
    • Hit Points: 200
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 2
    • Armor Type: Biological, Armored


    Parasite Spore

    • Air Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 6
    • Damage: 14
    • Bonuses: +6 vs Massive
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Corruptor Upgrades and Abilities


    Flyer Attacks 1-3 (Upgrade for all of the Zerg air units) Level 1: (Minerals: 100, Gas: 100, Time: 140 secs) Level 2: (Minerals: 175, Gas: 175, Time: 170 secs) Level 3: (Minerals: 250, Gas: 250, Time: 200 secs) Required: Hive 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


    Corruption: The Corrupter unit covers its target in an acid, increasing the amount of damage dealt by 20%.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 75
    • Range: 6
    • Duration: 30 secs

    Morph to Brood Lord: The Corruptor unit will transform into a Zerg Brood Lord unit.

    • Type: Command
    • Cast Time: 34 secs
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    Starcraft 2 Corruptor Strategy Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Corruptor Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    Corruptors are the most powerful anti-air defense available to the Zerg. Use them to down incoming Mutalisk waves or decimate Overlord troop transports. Hydralisks with the Grooved Spines Upgrade are an effective Corruptor counter, while the Infestor's Fungal Growth Ability can turn them into sitting ducks for Spore Crawler attacks.

    Zerg vs Terran

    Corruptors can dominate even the mighty Terran Battlecruiser, with the Corruption Ability upping the rate of damage significantly. Corruptors are also great for preying upon Ravens and Banshees, but be careful of the Viking's high maneuverability in the air and ability to duck out of the Corruptor's reach by transforming into ground mech mode, while concentrations of Thors and even Marines can blast away without reply.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    Use your Corruptors to take out Protoss aerial units, especially Phoenixes, allowing your Overlords free movement across the battlefield. Stalkers are a hard counter for the Corruptor, while massed Void Rays can take on the Zerg unit at range.

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    The Starcraft 2 Corruptor is a vital cog in any Zerg force's aerial protection in the late-game stages of a SC2 multiplayer match. Deploy them to provide your bases with effective anti-air cover and to achieve aerial supremacy when preparing for that final push to take you to victory on