Zagara

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Zagara
Za'Gara
Basic Info
Title Broodmother of the Swarm
Role Specialist Specialist
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Type Ranged
Release Date June 26, 2014
Base Stats
Health 1709
Health Regen 3.56
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Armor
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.25
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 85
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 4
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0


Zagara, the Broodmother of the Swarm, is a ranged specialist hero from the StarCraft universe.[1] If Kerrigan is the Queen of the Zerg, then Zagara is the mother of the brood. Cunning and tenacious, she commands her vicious children on field of battle. Encounter her brood and beware: mess with her children, and you'll answer to mama.

Zagara spreads Creep and summons Zerg minions to assault enemy Fortifications.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

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Like many of the Queen of Blades' creations, the Broodmother Zagara was birthed of the terrible ash and heat of Char. Unlike most Zerg, Broodmothers are capable of complex problem-solving and multi-tasking, and are possessed of the ability to command members of their race with fewer sapient traits. Each Broodmother is an important piece of the greater Zerg organism, able to provide large groups of Zerg with a nearly "independent" perspective.

Zagara is as vicious and resilient as any in the Swarm, but she also possesses extreme cunning. In the years since her emergence, the Broodmother came to see the volcanic planet of Char as the Swarm's crucible: a brutal environment that pushes the zerg to increasing fitness, sharpening their claws and teeth and forcing their flesh to grow thicker.

Autonomic learning has convinced Zagara of the inferiority of other intelligent species, and the time she spent uniting disparate feral broods on Char only strengthened her contempt for the weakness of most races in the galaxy.

When Kerrigan first returned to Char, Zagara resisted Kerrigan's attempt to retake the Swarm, but when Kerrigan defeated her, Zagara submitted, and thus she served the Queen of Blades.

Zagara continued to serve the Queen of Blades during her campaign of vengence against Arcturus Mengsk. After Kerrigan's victory against the Dominion, she turned her focus towards destroying Amon, a fallen Xel'Naga. Eventually Kerrigan, Artanis and James Raynor met a Xel'Naga who could merge his essence with Kerrigan to transform her into a Xel'Naga. Zagara participated in defending a flank during Kerrigan's long transformation sequence as Amon's forces attacked her. Just before the transformation was complete and as Amon's forces were decimated by a psionic pulse eminated by Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades relinquished her leadership and gave the Swarm to Zagara. Now Zagara is the Queen of the Swarm.

After aiding her Queen in destroying Amon, Zagara took her Swarm and returned to Char where she forcibly lay claim to Char and the systems surrounding it.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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D
Creep Tumor
20 Mana Cooldown: 18 seconds
Lay a Creep Tumor that generates Creep. While on Creep, Zagara gains 20% additional attack range and both Zagara and her summons move 20% faster. Tumors last 240 seconds.
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Q
Baneling Barrage
50 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Launch 1 Baneling that deals 86 (+4% per level) splash damage.
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W
Hunter Killer
60 Mana Cooldown: 14 seconds
Summon a Hydralisk to attack a single target, dealing 65 (+3.5% per level) damage per second. Lasts 8 seconds.
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Infested Drop
50 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Bombard target area with a Zerg Drop Pod for 147 (+3% per level) damage. The pod spawns 2 Roachlings that deal 29 (+3% per level) damage per second and last for 8 seconds.
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Devouring Maw
100 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Summon a Devouring Maw that devours enemies for 4 seconds. Devoured enemies cannot fight and take 80 (+4% per level) damage per second. Usable on Unstoppable enemies.
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Nydus Network
50 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Summon a Nydus Worm on Creep anywhere that Zagara has vision. Zagara can enter a Nydus Worm and travel to any other Nydus Worm by right-clicking near it. While inside a Nydus Worm, Zagara regenerates 9.75% Health and Mana per second. Stores up to 2 charges. Maximum of 10 Nydus Worms at a time.
Passive:Creep spreads 15% farther.
Passive:While on Creep, each Basic Attack reduces all of Zagara's cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
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Volatile Acid
Banelings can travel 50% further before exploding and their damage to non-Heroes is increased by 50%.
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Corpse Feeders
Reduces the cooldown of Infested Drop by 3 seconds and Roachlings take 40% less damage from non-Heroic sources.
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Infest
Nearby Ranged Minions deal an additional 100% damage, plus an additional 1% per 1000 Siege damage Zagara has dealt. Can be toggled on or off.
4
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Envenomed Spines
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Activate to have Zagara's next Basic Attack apply 230 (+4% per level) damage over 5 seconds.
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Medusa Blades
Basic Attacks deal 33% damage to three nearby targets.
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Serrated Spines
❢ Quest: Each Basic Attack against a Hero increases Zagara's Attack Damage by 0.3.
7
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Baneling Massacre
Gain 2 additional charges of Banelings.
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Viscous Acid
Banelings slow enemies by 20% for 1.5 seconds.
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Bile Drop
❢ Quest: Passively increases the damage of Infested Drop by 50%. Each Hero hit by the impact damage of Infested Drop increases this bonus by 5%.
❢ Reward: Upon reaching 150% bonus damage, increase the impact radius of Infested Drop by 20%.
10
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Devouring Maw
Summon a Devouring Maw that devours enemies for 4 seconds. Devoured enemies cannot fight and take 80 (+4% per level) damage per second. Usable on Unstoppable enemies.
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Nydus Network
Summon a Nydus Worm on Creep anywhere that Zagara has vision. Zagara can enter a Nydus Worm and travel to any other Nydus Worm by right-clicking near it. While inside a Nydus Worm, Zagara regenerates 9.75% Health and Mana per second. Stores up to 2 charges. Maximum of 10 Nydus Worms at a time.
Passive:Creep spreads 15% farther.
Passive:While on Creep, each Basic Attack reduces all of Zagara's cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.
13
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Hydralisk Transfusion
Zagara is healed for 75% of the damage dealt by Hunter Killers' Basic Attacks to Heroes.
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Protective Coating
While on Creep, Zagara gains 20 Armor, taking 20% less damage.
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Spell Shield
Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%. Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.
16
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Brood Expansion
Reduces the cooldown of Hunter Killer by 6 seconds.
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Corrosive Saliva
When used against Heroes, Hunter Killers deal additional damage equal to 2% of their maximum Health.
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Mutalisk
Hunter Killer now spawns a Mutalisk. Mutalisks have a bounce attack and last for 45 seconds.
20
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Tyrant Maw
Devouring Maw deals 50% more damage and when you get a Takedown reduce its cooldown by 25 seconds.
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Endless Creep
The cast range for Creep Tumor is increased by 2000%. Creep Tumors now last 600 seconds. While on Creep, Zagara gains an additional 20% Movement Speed.
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Fury of the Storm
Every 5 seconds, your next Basic Attack will deal an additional 91 (+4% per level) damage to the target, and 228 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • Broodmother of the Swarm
    • Backstory: If Kerrigan is the Queen of the Zerg, then Zagara is the mother of the brood. Cunning and tenacious, she commands her vicious minions on the field of battle. Encounter her brood and beware: Mess with her children, and you answer to mama.
    • Price: 4,000gems / 6.49gold
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: As his Queen ordered, Abathur augmented Zagara, allowing her more flexible thinking and a stronger control over her brood... but there's always room for more improvement.
    • Price: 10,000gems (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Insectoid
    • Backstory: Dr. Wright hypothesized only insects would survive in the apocalypse. Years later, as the mutated hivemother's pincers closed around his neck, he realized how right he was.
    • Price: $7.49 / 6.49€
  • Epic Desert Queen
    • Backstory: The sands of Luxoria are ever shifting. In ancient times, they were ruled by the Scorpid Swarm, and if the ancient Queen Zagara has her way, they shall be once again.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed abilities. Desert Queen Zagara's banelings, hydralisks, and roachlings have modified models.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Luxoria skins.

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Zagara's default mount is "Broodmother Flight", a state where she uses her wings to fly. She is otherwise limited to mounts she can stand on (such as Blackheart's Doubloon, Champion's Nexagon, Championship Banner, Hearthstone Card, Magic Carpet, Star Chariot, and Void Speeder).

  • Backstory: Abathur's alterations of the Queen essences suppressed their flight in order to improve their abilities to care for the Hive. Of course, this does not extend to Broodmothers.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Zagara first appeared in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013).
  • Zagara is voiced by Nika Futterman.
  • Zagara was one of the four heroes revealed at PAX East 2014.[3]
  • In the lore, Zagara is a zerg broodmother that summons and commands an endless legion of zerg to destroy her enemies. The developer took that fantasy to heart when they designed her kit and made it so all of her power was reflected in her summons, which can easily outnumber and overwhelm minion waves. They made sure that all of her abilities summoned in some fashion, and they matched the ability functionality with a zerg unit that properly represented it. Another huge part of the zerg fantasy is their ability to spread and use creep. Being a zerg summoner, it felt appropriate for Zagara to be able to lay Creep Tumors down.[4]
  • Zagara is the youngest hero of whole game, since she is more or less 4 years old.

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