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Basic Info
Title Primal Pack Leader
Role Warrior Warrior
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Type Melee
Release Date March 29, 2016
Base Stats
Health 2532
Health Regen 5.27
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 1.00
Attack Damage 114
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 4
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0

Dehaka, the Primal Pack Leader, is a melee warrior hero from the StarCraft universe.[1][2] On Zerus, the zerg pack leader Dehaka was a constantly evolving apex predator. His drive to slay the strongest prey and consume their Essence has now led him to the Nexus, where Dehaka stalks his opponents across the battlefield. Able to regenerate through massive damage and swiftly move into and out of combat, Dehaka uses the primal zerg’s mutability to deadly effect.[3]

Dehaka is a devious melee warrior that can attack from any shrub and grows more durable by collecting the Essence of his enemies.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

StarCraft This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.

Dehaka is a primal zerg pack leader from Zerus, the birthworld of the zerg. He is fixated on collecting essence, believing that change is necessary for survival.

After Kerrigan came to Zerus and became the Primal Queen of Blades, Dehaka realized she was the most powerful of the zerg. He allied his pack with her Swarm, believing she would lead them to new essence.

When Kerrigan took the Swarm to Korhal, Emperor Mengsk deployed a Psi Destroyer that could harm the Zerg by attacking their hive mind. Since Dehaka and his pack lacked the psionic connection the Swarm zerg shared, they were able to approach and sabotage it, allowing Kerrigan's zerg to advance. Soon afterward, Dehaka and his pack participated in the assault on Augustgrad.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Essence Collection Icon.png
Essence Collection
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Gain 10 Essence from Takedowns and 2 Essence from nearby Minions dying. Activate to consume all Essence and heal yourself for 29 (+4% per level) Health over 5 seconds for each Essence stored. Maximum of 50 Essence. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.
Drag Icon.png
75 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Lash out with your tongue, dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit, stunning and dragging them with you for 1.75 seconds. If you are stunned or silenced while using Drag, the effect ends.
Dark Swarm Icon.png
Dark Swarm
50 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds
Deal 60 (+4% per level) damage a second to nearby enemies for 3 seconds, and become able to move through units. Deals double damage to Heroes. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.
Burrow Icon.png
65 Mana Cooldown: 0.5 seconds
Burrow into the ground, entering Stasis and becoming Invulnerable for 2 seconds.
Isolation Icon.png
100 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage, silencing and slowing them 30% for 3 seconds. Only allows them to see a very short distance for 6 seconds.
Adaptation (Dehaka) Icon.png
85 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
After 4 seconds, heal for 100% of the damage Dehaka took over this period.
Icon dehaka mount.png
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Activate to burrow to a bush on the battleground.
Passive: Gain 15% movement speed while in a bush and for 1 second after leaving.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Enduring Swarm Icon.png
Enduring Swarm
Dark Swarm grants 40 Spell Armor, reducing Ability damage taken by 40%.
Primal Aggression Icon.png
Primal Aggression
Dark Swarm duration increased by 0.5 seconds and it deals 90% bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries.
Enhanced Agility Icon.png
Enhanced Agility
❢ Quest: Each time Dehaka collects 50 Essence, his Brushstalker Movement Speed bonus is permanently increased by 1.5%, up to 15%.
Tissue Regeneration Icon.png
Tissue Regeneration
❢ Quest: Each time Dehaka collects 50 Essence, his Health Regeneration is permanently increased by 5, up to 50.
Lurker Strain Icon.png
Lurker Strain
Burrow grants Stealth for 3 seconds. Emerging from Burrow knocks nearby enemies back and slows them by 30% for 2 seconds.
One-Who-Collects Icon.png
Increases Essence collected from Minions by 50%.
Hero Stalker Icon.png
Hero Stalker
Increases Essence gained from Takedowns by 100%.
Feeding Frenzy Icon.png
Feeding Frenzy
Basic Attacks reduce Drag's cooldown by 1.5 seconds.
Constriction Icon.png
Increases Drag duration by 0.5 seconds.
Symbiosis Icon.png
Every time Dark Swarm damages an enemy Hero, reduce its cooldown by 0.4 seconds.
Essence Devourer Icon.png
Essence Devourer
❢ Quest: Gathering Regeneration Globes grant 10 Essence and increase your maximum Essence by 1, to a maximum of 10 increased Essence.
❢ Reward: After collecting 10 Regeneration Globes, the amount of Essence you gain from Regeneration Globes is increased to 15.
Isolation Icon.png
Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 439 (208 + 4% per level) damage, silencing and slowing them 30% for 3 seconds. Only allows them to see a very short distance for 6 seconds.
Adaptation (Dehaka) Icon.png
After 5 seconds, heal for 60% of the damage you took over this period.
Swift Pursuit Icon.png
Swift Pursuit
Brushstalker's Movement Speed duration after leaving a Bush is increased from 1 to 3 seconds.
Ferocious Stalker Icon.png
Ferocious Stalker
After using Brushstalker, increase all damage you deal by 25% for 10 seconds.
Primal Swarm Icon.png
Primal Swarm
Dark Swarm causes enemies hit to take 10% extra damage for 0.75 seconds.
Paralyzing Enzymes Icon.png
Paralyzing Enzymes
Drag slows enemies by 50% for 2 seconds after it ends.
Elongated Tongue Icon.png
Elongated Tongue
Increase Drag range by 20%.
Tunneling Claws Icon.png
Tunneling Claws
You can move while Burrowed
Contagion Icon.png
Isolation hits all Heroes near the first target.
Change Is Survival Icon.png
Change Is Survival
Increases Adaptation healing to 200% of the damage received.
Apex Predator Icon.png
Apex Predator
Reduces Brushstalker's cooldown by 25 seconds and the cast time by 0.5 seconds.
Essence Claws Icon.png
Essence Claws
Your Basic Attacks slow the target by 20% for 1 second. If the target is a Hero, you gain 5 Essence.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Dehaka, Primal Pack Leader
Cunning and wise, Dehaka is one of the last surviving pack leaders of the forgotten world of Zerus. As with all primal zerg, he is driven by a powerful desire to consume the esence of his foes and evolve into newer and more deadly forms.
Default Palid Toxic
Dehaka Primal Pack Leader 1.jpg
750gems / 10,000gold
Dehaka Primal Pack Leader 2.jpg
Dehaka Primal Pack Leader 3.jpg
Rare Pack Leader
To the primal zerg, form and function are one. With each change comes greater strength, and thus survival. Few have undergone as much change as Dehaka... and he intends to keep it that way.
Default Hunter Noxious
Dehaka Master 1.jpg
Shard.png 100
Dehaka Master 2.jpg
Shard.png 100
Dehaka Master 3.jpg
Shard.png 100
Legendary Mecha
Zerus-class mech D3-H4K4 was developed to gather Kaijo DNA mid-combat. Troublingly, the onboard AI has begun rejecting orders, extracting "essence" from its own targets.
Skin Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities. Drag uses an electrified tongue, Dark Swarm creates spinning blades, Isolation launches a machine onto the target, and different parts of him glow when using Adaptation.[5]
Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Kaijo world skins.
Default Prototype Stealth
Dehaka Mecha 1.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Dehaka Mecha 2.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Dehaka Mecha 3.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Shard.png 1,600

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dehaka first appeared in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013).
  • The reveal of Dehaka as a new Hero was teased on several occasions. First, in Arena image (which also teased Xul and Li-Ming), a monstrous arm laid in the dirt far in the background — an arm which matches the one Dehaka lost, but the player can find during the events of Heart of the Swarm. Later on Twitter some screenshots were posted. The first picture on twitter showed some dead minions and footprints leading to a bush.[6] The next picture on Twitter showed some creature underground.[7] The last one showed some News Report of mssing pigs and farmers spotting a strange creature.[8]
  • Dehaka is voiced by Steve Blum.
  • Dehaka's dance is a reference to the song Hotline Bling.
  • Dehaka is missing two of his four arms, but they regrow when he picks his heroic ability.[9]
  • Dehaka's appearance has changed since Heart of the Swarm; his dialogue attributes the change to the essence he collected while following the Queen of Blades.[10]
  • One of Dehaka's gag quotes refers to the famous line "life finds a way" from the legendary film Jurassic Park.
  • Another gag quote refers to the famous Pokémon series and Dehaka's desire to "collect 'em all" when it comes to types of essence.

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