Starcraft 2 Brood Lord Guide

Starcraft 2 Brood Lord Guide
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Starcraft 2 Brood Lord - Introduction

In the final part of our unit-by-unit guide to Zerg forces in Starcraft 2, we profile the awe-inspiring flying giant, the Brood Lord.

The Zerg Brood Lord is a truly massive and terrifying monstrosity - a huge flying wing that vomits out symbiotic Broodling creatures upon enemy ground targets, who proceed to merrily hack and slash away till all are destroyed. Yet Blizzard have once again done their careful balancing act, preventing the Brood Lord from being over-powering by making it highly vulnerable to aerial attack. Thus, getting the best out of this unit requires careful planning and allocation of your Zerg forces. In this article, we’ll go through a series of tactics, strategies and counters for the Zerg Brood Lord, as well as providing an indepth look at its stats, weapons and Upgrades.

Starcraft 2 Zerg Brood Lord Vital Stats


Production and Properties:

  • Minerals: 150
  • Gas: 150
  • Supply: 4
  • Build Time: 34 secs
  • Produced By: Corruptor
  • Requires: Greater Spire
  • Hotkey: G
  • Max Energy: 0

Movement and Protection:

  • Speed: 1.41
  • Acceleration: 1.06
  • Hit Points: 225
  • Shields: 0
  • Armor: 1
  • Armor Type: Biological, Armored, Massive


Broodling Strike

  • Ground Attack
  • Attacks: 1
  • Range: 9
  • Damage: 20

Starcraft 2 Zerg Brood Lord 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


Swarm Seeds: The Brood Lord will produce two Broodling creatures each time it uses the Broodling Strike attack. These are small animate creatures that will proceed to attack enemy ground units.

Starcraft 2 Brood Lord Strategy, Tips and Tricks

Starcraft 2 Brood Lord

Strong Against:

Vulnerable To:

Zerg vs Zerg

The Brood Lord can be a devastating anti-ground unit in the late stages of a multiplayer match, but only if you provide it with effective support. Their Broodling Strike weapon enables them to carve up Zergling forces and Zerg building units alike, but with no aerial defenses of their own, they are highly vulnerable to Corruptor attack, so surround them with a defensive guard of Corruptors and Mutalisks to ward off enemy attentions while the Brood Lord decimates your opponent’s ground forces.

Zerg vs Terran

The longer you can keep your Brood Lord units alive and in the air over enemy ground troops, the more effective they become, as they can churn out Broodlings at a terrific pace, so again provide them with a substantial aerial escort. Watch out for rapid hit-and-run tactics from Vikings, while the Battlecruiser upgraded with the Yamato Cannon can fell a Brood Lord with one strike. Ghosts are also capable of sniping them out of the air given a window of opportunity.

Zerg vs Protoss

Against a Protoss opponent, your defensive screen of aerial units accompanying a Brood Lord will have to be more pro-active, as the Protoss have several units that can engage at range, such as Carriers and Void Rays. Ward them off with Corruptors while your Brood Lord sets to work annihilating the Protoss base structures.


Like many Zerg units, the Starcraft 2 Brood Lord can be tricky to get the best out of, especially for inexperienced SC2 multiplayer gamers. However, once you get the right balance of accompanying aerial defense, the results can be truly spectacular, as the Zerg Brood Lord can completely devastate an opponent’s ground forces and supply line at the critical culmination of a multiplayer match. With the information in this article and the others in our Zerg unit series, you should soon be on your way to wreaking destruction upon all sworn enemies of the Swarm.