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Basic Info
Title Queen of Blades
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Type Melee
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Health 1748
Health Regen 3.64
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.25
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 125
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 0
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0

Sarah Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, is a melee assassin hero from the StarCraft universe.[1] Once a terran ghost with formidable psionic abilities, Sarah Kerrigan was betrayed by her allies and transformed by the zerg into the Queen of Blades. Now freed of the dark one's corruption, Kerrigan faces a threat that could destroy the galaxy itself.

Kerrigan is an aggressive hero who gains temporary shields by attacking enemies and using her abilities. She is able to stun enemies and pull them towards her.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

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Sarah Louise Kerrigan discovered the strength of her latent psionic gift as a young girl. An innocent flash of childish anger at her parents resulted in massive cerebral hemorrhaging and a horrific death for her mother. Her father would only repeat one thing over and over again in the ensuing years: “I saw her head come apart.” This gruesome event alerted the Terran Confederacy to her powers, and she quickly became the focus of the fledgling ghost program. Because she had reached unheard-of scores on psi-evaluation tests, her abilities elicited a complete readjustment of the scoring system so that she could be properly measured. The remnants of her humanity were stripped from her, and Kerrigan was designated Ghost Number 24601.

Following her emergence from the ghost program, she became an unstoppable assassin for the corrupt Confederate government. It was her assassination of the independent senator Angus Mengsk that brought her to the attention of his ambitious son, Arcturus. At first wishing to extract revenge from Kerrigan for his father’s murder, Arcturus soon realized that she was much more useful as a weapon against the Confederacy. After rescuing her from a clandestine experimental facility, he removed her neural inhibitor and used her restored memories to build righteous anger against the government that had abused her. Kerrigan and Mengsk became allies.

She was running a mission on Antiga Prime when she first came across one-time Confederate marshal Jim Raynor, a new recruit to the Sons of Korhal. He disapproved of her lethal dealings with the Confederacy, but the conflict between the two soon grew into mutual respect, admiration, and even... something more. Kerrigan and Raynor ran several secret missions together before Mengsk’s revolutionary movement brought them to Tarsonis. Even Kerrigan’s jaded sensibilities were shocked when she learned what Arcturus had planned for the Confederate capital world: the placement of psi emitters to lure the zerg to one of the most densely populated planets in the sector. It would result in the death of almost every living thing on Tarsonis. Voicing her opposition, she nonetheless set about loyally fulfilling her mission to protect the hive clusters from a mysterious new alien enemy, the protoss. Mengsk would take advantage of that loyalty, abandoning her to die on Tarsonis when the mission was complete. He couldn’t run the risk of having a powerful weapon like Kerrigan running loose in the shadow of his new government, and he couldn’t resist the chance to claim some vengeance long overdue.

Little did Arcturus Mengsk suspect that he had just succeeded in arming the zerg against him. The zerg Overmind sensed Kerrigan’s formidable psionic powers and desired to adapt this new weapon for the Swarm. Bringing all of the evolutionary strength of its genetic skill to bear upon the one-time ghost, the Overmind transformed Sarah Kerrigan into an unstoppable combination of psychic ability and biological deadliness: the Queen of Blades was born.

Not wanting to hamper Kerrigan’s intellectual and strategic brilliance, the Overmind left her a degree of individual will that differed from its cerebrates. It was this freedom that allowed her ambitions to rise, and before long, the Queen of Blades conquered her cerebrate kin and took charge of the Swarm when the Overmind was slain.

Now Kerrigan moves the zerg toward an unknown future. Ancient prophecies foretold her coming. The sense and meaning behind these prophecies are vague, but make no mistake: countless billions of lives are bound to the destiny of Sarah Kerrigan.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Assimilation Icon.png
Gain 10% of damage dealt from Basic Attacks and Abilities as Shields for 6 seconds. Shield amount gained doubled against Heroes.Current maximum: 2200 (1045 + 4% per level)
Ravage Icon.png
40 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Leap to a target, dealing 500 (238 + 4% per level) damage. If this kills the target, its cooldown is instantly reset.
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Impaling Blades
75 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
After 1.25 seconds, deal 550 (262 + 4% per level) damage to enemies within the target area, stunning them for 1 second.
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Primal Grasp
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Pulls enemies within the target area towards you, dealing 242 (115 + 4% per level) damage.
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Summon Ultralisk
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 200 (95 + 4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
Maelstrom Icon.png
100 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
Deals 180 (86 + 4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Siphoning Impact Icon.png
Siphoning Impact
If the targeted enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, Kerrigan heals for 10% of her maximum Health.
Sharpened Blades Icon.png
Sharpened Blades
Impaling Blades deals 25% more damage.
Energizing Grasp Icon.png
Energizing Grasp
Reduces the Mana cost of Primal Grasp by 75%.
Block Icon.png
Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Clean Kill Icon.png
Clean Kill
If Ravage kills the target, it restores 75% of its Mana cost and increases the damage of your next Ravage by 25%.
Psionic Pulse Icon.png
Psionic Pulse
After casting Primal Grasp, deal 88 (42 + 4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts 5 seconds.
Fury of the Swarm Icon.png
Fury of the Swarm
Basic Attacks splash for 60% damage around the target.
Envenom Icon.png
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to poison an enemy Hero, dealing 352 damage over 10 seconds.
Adaptation Icon.png
Ravage can be used to jump to allies, refunding 50% of the cooldown and 100% of the Mana cost.
Blade Torrent Icon.png
Blade Torrent
Increases Impaling Blades' radius by 30%.
Assimilation Mastery Icon.png
Assimilation Mastery
Increases the duration of Assimilation by 100%. While Assimilation Shields are active your Health and Mana regeneration is increased by 100%.
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Bladed Momentum
Basic Attacks reduce your Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.6 seconds.
Maelstrom Icon.png
Deals 82 damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.
Summon Ultralisk Icon.png
Summon Ultralisk
Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 91 damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
Lingering Essence Icon.png
Lingering Essence
Increases Assimilation Shield's duration to 20 seconds.
Eviscerate Icon.png
Increases Ravage's range by 40%.
Double Strike Icon.png
Double Strike
When your Basic Abilities damage an enemy, your next Basic Attack hits for 75% bonus damage.
Queen's Rush Icon.png
Queen's Rush
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Activate to increase your Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Queen's Rush is also applied for free on Takedowns.
Aggressive Defense Icon.png
Aggressive Defense
Increases base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 100%.
Essence for Essence Icon.png
Essence for Essence
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to deal 10% of target enemy Hero's Max Health and gain Assimilation Shields for twice that amount.
Overdrive Icon.png
Cooldown: 25 seconds
Activate to increase Ability Power by 25% and Mana costs by 40% for 5 seconds.
Omegastorm Icon.png
Maelstrom size increased by 25% . Amount of Assimilation Shields generated by Maelstrom increased by 100%.
Torrasque Icon.png
The Ultralisk morphs into an egg when it dies. If the egg isn't killed within 4 seconds, a new Ultralisk is born.
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Nexus Blades
Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.
Bolt of the Storm Icon.png
Bolt of the Storm
Cooldown: 70 seconds
Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • Queen of Blades
    • Backstory: Once a terran ghost with formidable psionic abilities, Sarah Kerrigan was betrayed by her allies and transformed into the Queen of Blades. Now freed of the dark one's corruption, Kerrigan faces a threat that could destroy the galaxy itself.
    • Price: 4,000gems / 6.49gold
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: The primal zerg essences within Kerrigan cannot remain static for too long. With every kill, they incorporate their foe's strengths, becoming increasingly deadly... and spikey.
    • Price: 10,000gems (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Succubus
  • Epic Countess
    • Backstory: Countess Sarah von Kerrigan's bloodthirst knew no bounds. It was only a matter of time before the Vampire Slayers of Raven Court rose up against her reign of terror.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed mount, themed abilities. The skin's Impaling Blades resemble iron stakes, and she gains access to Bat Transformation.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Raven Court skins.
  • Legendary Queen of Ghosts
    • Backstory: Fully cleansed by the Xel'Naga Artifact, Kerrigan joined forces with Jim Raynor and Prince Valerian. Armed with the latest Umojan tech, they prepare to bring Arcturus to justice once and for all.
    • Price: $14.99 / 13.99€.
    • Legendary Skin Features: Themed abilities, replaced voice-over. Impaling Blades and Primal Grasp are technological in nature. Summoned Ultralisks are robotic. Maelstrom's area of effect indicator is different. All abilities are colored based on the tint chosen.

Unreleased skins[edit | edit source]

  • Epic Cheerleader
    • Backstory: Unsurprisingly, cheerleading for the Burning Courts can be extraordinarily demanding. As team captain, Kerrigan has little patience for squad members who can’t take the heat.
    • Price: $9.99 / 9.99€
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of sports skins.

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Countess Kerrigan has access to "Bat Transformation", a unique mount that makes her look like a small bat.

  • Backstory: It's Heroes of the Storm Trivia Time™! Did you know that the Countess Kerrigan doesn't transform into a vampire bat, but rather a fruit bat instead? Talk about bananas!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kerrigan first appeared in StarCraft (1998).
  • Kerrigan is voiced by Glynnis Talken Campbell in StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War, and Tricia Helfer in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and Heroes of the Storm.
  • Kerrigan was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Kerrigan's ghost form was under consideration to be a separate hero in the game.[3] It has since been made an optional tint for Nova.[4]
  • Kerrigan's quote "Hell hath no fury like a woman swarmed" is derived from a line in William Congreve's play The Mourning Bride.
  • Kerrigan's quote "Phenomenal psionic powers...icky, sticky living space" is based on a line in the Disney movie Aladdin.
  • Kerrigan's quote "You will be assimilated; resistance is futile" is derived from the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Kerrigan's quote "I'm a killer queen, guaranteed to blow your mind" is a reference to the Queen song "Killer Queen".

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