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Starcraft 2 Zerg Queen Guide

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

Twisted cockroach creatures sitting in wait at the Zerg base, the Starcraft 2 Queen has seen some fundamental changes from its earlier incarnations. Bright Hub looks at these royal developments.

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    Starcraft 2 Queen - Introduction

    The next part of Bright Hub's complete Starcraft 2 Zerg multiplayer guide focuses on the royalty of the Zerg, the Queen unit.

    Compared to the original Starcraft and Brood War expansion, the Starcraft 2 Queen has been stripped back to basics. Gone are the Infestation Abilities, hived off into the Infestor unit for SC2, and, although toughened up from before, they are pretty much confined to barracks in a Zerg base. In this article, we'll take a look at how these changes have affected the Zerg Queen's stats and weaponry, her new Abilities and Upgrades, and how your strategies need to take these into account in SC2 multiplayer.

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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Queen Vital Stats

    Starcraft 2 Queen - Zerg Queen defending base against Terran Hellions Production and Properties:

    • Minerals: 100
    • Gas: -
    • Supply: 2
    • Build Time: 50 secs
    • Produced By: Hatchery
    • Requires: Spawning Pool
    • Hotkey: Q
    • Max Energy: 200

    Movement and Protection:

    • Speed: 0.94
    • Acceleration: 1,000
    • Hit Points: 175
    • Shields: 0
    • Armor: 1
    • Armor Type: Biological, Psionic



    • Ground Attack
    • Attacks: 2
    • Range: 3
    • Damage: 4

    Acid Spines

    • Air Attack
    • Attacks: 1
    • Range: 7
    • Damage: 9
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    Starcraft 2 Zerg Queen Upgrades and Abilities


    Evolve 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. 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


    Burrow: The Queen unit can burrow under the surface, making it invisble to enemy units but unable to attack them.

    • Type: Command

    Transfusion: The Queen unit can target a friendly unit or building structure and restore 125 Hit Points to it.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 50

    Spawn Larva: The Queen unit can target a Hatchery building unit and enable it to spwn 4 new Larva.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 25
    • Cast Time: 40 secs

    Spawn Creep Tumor: The Queen unit can create an underground Creep generator to feed nearby building units and give Zerg units movement bonuses.

    • Type: Command
    • Energy: 25
    • Cast Time: 15 secs
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    Starcraft 2 Queen Strategy, Tips and Tricks

    Starcraft 2 Queen Strong Against:

    Vulnerable To:

    Zerg vs Zerg

    Queens are a vital part of your early-game base defense, providing basic air cover and speeding up production with the Spawn Larva Ability. The Transfusion Ability also means that they can keep a damaged base up and running even after a heavy attack. While good for warding off Overlords and Mutalisks, they are vulnerable to an early Zergling base rush, especially if some Roaches are accompanying.

    Zerg vs Terran

    The Queen comes into its own more against the non-Zerg races, where its Creep Tumor Ability makes them a vital part of your expansion plans. Embedding a Tumor can block off any enemy expansion options as well as upping your units mobility. Move your Queen into play if your Terran counterpart attempts to ramraid your base with Hellions, but be quick to burrow if an overwhelming Marine tide, or the heavier ground units like the Marauder are heading your way.

    Zerg vs Protoss

    Keep an Overseer close at all times to prevent sneak assassinations by Dark Templars. Queens in number make surprisingly good counters for Void Rays, but are prone to getting taken out of the fray by the Phoenix and its Graviton Beam.

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    The Starcraft 2 Queen is essentially a new unit compared to the earlier game and expansion, with a whole new set of tactics to employ. While she may feel very limited in comparison to before, the Queen is a powerful base defense unit, especially in numbers and backing each other up with Transfusions. Crank out several at the first opportunity to give your Zerg base some aerial cover.