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"Change is upon us."

Basic Info
Title Primal Pack Leader
Role Bruiser Bruiser
Difficulty Hard
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Release Date March 29, 2016
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 2434
Health Regen 5.0703
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 1.125
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 1.00
Attack Damage 100
Data Page

Dehaka, the Primal Pack Leader, is a melee bruiser 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 Bruiser with a strong, global presence that can effectively clear groups of minions.

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, slaying Arcturus Mengsk. In the aftermath, Dehaka swore to aid Kerrigan in her war against the fallen xel'naga Amon.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Dehaka is an aggressive Warrior with a strong map presence. Powerful self-sustain from Essence Collection makes him very hard to kill. Dark Swarm enables him to break apart enemy formations during fights, while his brutal single target crowd control can incapacitate key targets.

Strength[edit | edit source]

  • Powerful on demand self healing
  • Can Drag enemies out of position
  • Good waveclear
  • Cannot be body-blocked while using Dark Swarm
  • Can avoid incoming Abilities with Burrow
  • High map mobility via Brushstalker

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Lacks a reliable gap-closer
  • Susceptible to kiting
  • Drag and Isolation are difficult skillshots
  • Limited mobility when Brushstalker is on cooldown

Abilities[edit | edit source]

See Data Page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Essence Collection Icon.png
Essence Collection
Cooldown: 5 seconds
Gain 10 Essence from Takedowns and 2 Essence from nearby Minions dying. Activate to consume all Essence and heal yourself for 29 Health over 5 seconds for each Essence stored. Maximum of 50 Essence. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

    Type: Healing
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Self
    Targeting: No target
    Properties: Heal over Time
    Cast time: Instant
    Tickrate: 2 / second (x11)
Drag Icon.png
75 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Lash out with your tongue, dealing 160 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.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: Point target
    Properties: Clamping, Mobile channel, Skillshot
    Channel time (max): 1.75 seconds
    Cast time: 0.1875+Ch+0 seconds
    Range: 6
    Width: 1.25
Dark Swarm Icon.png
Dark Swarm
50 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Deal 47 damage every 0.5 seconds to nearby enemies for 3.5 seconds. While active, you are able to move through units. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: No target
    Properties: Area of Effect
    Cast time: Instant
    Range: 3.5
    Tickrate: 2 / second (x6)
Burrow Icon.png
65 Mana Cooldown: 20 / 0.5 seconds
Burrow into the ground, entering Stasis and becoming Invulnerable for 2 seconds.

    Type: Stasis
    Affects: Self
    Targeting: No target
    Properties: Stationary channel
    Cast time: Instant
    Reactivate: Cancel Burrow - Cancels Burrow
  • Removes most debuffs from Dehaka on cast.
Isolation Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 200 damage, Silencing and Slowing them 30% for 3 seconds. Only allows them to see a very short distance for 6 seconds.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemy Heroes
    Targeting: Point target
    Properties: Clamping, Skillshot
    Cast time: 0.375+0.1875 seconds
    Range: 8
    Width: 1.75
    Supressed sight radius: 3.5
  • Enemy Heroes hit by Isolation are revealed for 3 seconds.
Adaptation (Dehaka) Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
After 4 seconds, Heal for 100% of the damage Dehaka took over this period.

    Type: Healing
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Self
    Targeting: No target
    Properties: Delayed
    Cast time: Instant
Icon dehaka mount.png
Cooldown: 75 seconds
Activate to burrow to a bush on the Battleground.
Passive: Gain 20% movement speed while in a bush and for 2 seconds after leaving.

    Type: Mobility: Teleport
    Targeting: Point target
    Properties: Channeled cast (stationary)
    Channel time: 2 seconds
    Cast time: Ch+1.5 seconds
    Range: Global
  • Interrupting Brushstalker during it's cast puts it on a 10-second cooldown.
  • While travelling, Dehaka is Invulnerable for 1.5 seconds, removing most debuffs.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Enduring Swarm Icon.png
Enduring Swarm
Dark Swarm's duration is increased by 0.5 seconds and grants 50 Spell Armor while active.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
Tissue Regeneration Icon.png
Tissue Regeneration
Regneration Globes grant 10 Essence.
❢ Quest: Every 50 Essence collected permanently increases Health Regeneration by 4, up to 40, and maximum Essence by 1, up to 10.

    Type: Bonus Health regeneration
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Self
Enhanced Agility Icon.png
Enhanced Agility
Brushstalker's movement speed bonus now lasts 5 seconds after leaving a brush
❢ Quest: Each time Dehaka collects 50 Essence, his Brushstalker Movement Speed bonus is permanently increased by 2%, up to 20%.
Lurker Strain Icon.png
Lurker Strain
Reduce the cooldown of Burrow by 4 seconds. Emerging from Burrow grants Dehaka Stealth for 3 seconds and also knocks nearby enemies back, Slowing them by 30% for 3 seconds.

    Radius: 3
    Knockback range: 2.5
    Knockback duration: 0.25 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% and gain 1 Essence each time an enemy hero is hit by Dark Swarm.
Feeding Frenzy Icon.png
Feeding Frenzy
Basic Attacks reduce Drag's cooldown by 2 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.
Isolation Icon.png
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 200 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
Cooldown: 60 seconds
After 4 seconds, heal for 100% of the damage Dehaka took over this period.
One-Who-Collects Icon.png
Primal Rage
Gain 1% increased Attack Damage per Essence stored.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
Ferocious Stalker Icon.png
Ferocious Stalker
Dark Swarm Slows enemy Heroes by 15% for 0.75 seconds and deals 50% more damage while Brushstalker's Movement Speed bonus is active.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Ability
Primal Swarm Icon.png
Primal Swarm
Dark Swarm causes enemies hit to lose 10 Armor for 0.75 seconds, causing them to take 10% extra damage.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Enemies
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%.

    Bonus range: 1.1
Tunneling Claws Icon.png
Tunneling Claws
Dehaka can move while Burrowed.
Contagion Icon.png
Isolation hits all Heroes near the first target.

    Additional properties: Splash
    Splash radius: 3.5
Change Is Survival Icon.png
Change Is Survival
Increases Adaptation healing to 200% of the damage received and reduces the cooldown by 30 seconds.
Apex Predator Icon.png
Apex Predator
Reduces Brushstalker's cooldown by 35 seconds and the cast time by 0.5 seconds.
Essence Claws Icon.png
Essence Claws
Dehaka's Basic Attacks Slow the target by 20% for 1 second. If the target is a Hero, Dehaka gains 5 Essence.

    Type: Attack modifier
    Affects: Enemies

Skins[edit | edit source]

Dehaka Skins
Rare Primal Pack Leader
Backstory: 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.
Dehaka Primal Pack Leader.jpg
Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Primal Pack Leader
Dehaka Pallid.jpg
Dehaka Toxic.jpg
Dehaka Feral.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Legendary Mecha
Backstory: 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.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Kaijo world skins.
Dehaka Mecha.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha Prototype.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha Stealth.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha Infiltrator.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha D.Haka.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha V.Haka.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Mecha Hunter.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Limited-Time OfferHunter
Rare Pack Leader
Backstory: 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.
Dehaka Pack Leader.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dehaka Pack Leader Hunter.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dehaka Pack Leader Noxious.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dehaka Pack Leader Savage.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dehaka Event Skins
Legendary Dehakasaurus Rex Toys
Backstory: From this summer's blockbuster, Dehakasaurus Rex is on the hunt! With spring-loaded chomping action and patented dino-grasper technology, this beast will tear through playtime like razor-sharp teeth through its prey.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities, themed animations.
Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex Dinometal.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex Playtime.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex Ferocious.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Dehaka Dehakasaurus Rex X-Treme.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Dehaka Portraits
Carbot Dehaka Portrait.png
Carbot Dehaka
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dehaka Hero Portrait.png
Dehaka Hero
Dehaka Mastery Portrait.png
Dehaka Mastery
Dehakasaurus Rex Portrait.png
Toys Dehakasaurus Rex
D.Haka Portrait.png
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Mecha Dehaka Portrait.png
MechaStorm II Mecha Dehaka
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Mecha Dehaka Insignia Portrait.png
Mecha Dehaka Insignia
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Primal Kingdom Dehakasaurus Rex Portrait.png
Toys II Primal Kingdom Dehakasaurus Rex
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Scary Dehakasaurus Rex Portrait.png
Toys II Scary Dehakasaurus Rex
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Stylized Dehaka Portrait.png
Stylized Dehaka
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Toon Dehakasaurus Rex Portrait.png
Toys Toon Dehakasaurus Rex
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
V.Haka Portrait.png
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Dehaka Sprays
Ancient Beast Spray.gif
Toys II Ancient Beast
Gem.png180 / Shard.png112
Beware Sharkhaka! Spray.png
Beware Sharkhaka!
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Dehaka Spray.png
Carbot Dehaka
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Cute Dehakasaurus Rex Spray.png
Toys Cute Dehakasaurus Rex
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Gift of the Dehakasaur Spray.png
Toys Gift of the Dehakasaur
Head in the Brush Spray.gif
Head in the Brush
Gem.png250 / Shard.png300
Máscara de Dehaka Spray.gif
Nexomania Máscara de Dehaka
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Mecha Dehaka Insignia Spray.png
Mecha Dehaka Insignia
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Paper Dehaka Spray.gif
Paper Dehaka
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
What A Drag Spray.png
What A Drag
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Dehaka Pack 1 Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Happy.png Dehaka Pack 2 Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Happy.png Dehaka Happy :dehakahappy:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Angry.png Dehaka Angry :dehakaangry:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka ROFL.png Dehaka ROFL :dehakalol:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Cool.png Dehaka Cool :dehakacool:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Sad.png Dehaka Sad :dehakasad:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Oops.png Dehaka Embarrassed :dehakaoops:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Silly.png Dehaka Silly :dehakasilly:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Love.png Dehaka in Love :dehakalove:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Meh.png Dehaka Speechless :dehakameh:
Emoji Dehaka Pack 2 Dehaka Surprised.png Dehaka Surprised :dehakawow:
Mecha Dehaka Pack 1 Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka Happy.png Mecha Dehaka Pack 2 Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka Happy.png Mecha Dehaka Happy :dehakamechahappy:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Angry.png Mecha Dehaka Angry :dehakamechaangry:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka ROFL.png Mecha Dehaka ROFL :dehakamechalol:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Cool.png Mecha Dehaka Cool :dehakamechacool:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka Sad.png Mecha Dehaka Sad :dehakamechasad:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Oops.png Mecha Dehaka Embarrassed :dehakamechaoops:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka Silly.png Mecha Dehaka Silly :dehakamechasilly:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Love.png Mecha Dehaka in Love :dehakamechalove:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 1 Mecha Dehaka Meh.png Mecha Dehaka Speechless :dehakamechameh:
Emoji Dehaka Mecha Pack 2 Mecha Dehaka Surprised.png Mecha Dehaka Surprised :dehakamechawow:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dehaka/Quotes

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dehaka first appeared in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (March 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.[4] The next picture on Twitter showed some creature underground.[5] The last one showed some News Report of missing pigs and farmers spotting a strange creature.[6]
  • 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.[7] Half of his right tusk will regenerate when he selects his heroic ability.
  • 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.
    • His Heroes of the Storm appearance was used as an evolution for him in the Co-op Missions mode.
  • The Drag ability based off of his Drag ability Dehaka has in Heart of the Swarm.
  • The Dark Swarm ability is based off of the ability of the defiler in StarCraft. In StarCraft, Dark Swarm did not do damage, but created a cloud that would cause ranged attacks to miss.
  • Burrow is based off of the Burrow ability many zerg ground units have in StarCraft and StarCraft II, which cloaks them.
  • Essence Collection is a callback to Dehaka's ability to consume the genetic information of others in order to evolve himself, which serves as the core of his character.
  • The Bushstalker references Dehaka's appearances in the Zerus arc of Heart of the Swarm, where he can be found in bushes scattered around the map of the first two missions, spying on Kerrigan and her forces.
  • The level 4 talent Lurker Strain is a reference to the lurker unit from StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II.
  • The level 4 talent One-Who-Collects is a reference to the title Dehaka's introduces himself with, One-Who-Collects.
  • The level 16 talent Tunneling Claws is a reference to the roach upgrade from StarCraft II, which allows the roach to move and burrow, much like the talent.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

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Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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