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Voice Lines[edit | edit source]

Availability Quote Audio Background
Default All Things Change One of Dehaka's select quotes in StarCraft II.
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40 Essence One of Dehaka's attack quotes in StarCraft II.
I Refuse
One Dies, One Grows After Kerrigan kills Zurvan in the Heart of the Swarm mission "Supreme," Dehaka tells her "He was zerg. You are zerg. One dies and one grows strong. You know."

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Hero Quote Audio Background
Emoji Abathur Pack 1 Abathur Meh.png


  • Dehaka: You change swarm, but not yourself.
  • Abathur: Conversation superfluous. Focus upon combat.
In spite of being the evolution master of the Swarm, Abathur refuses to modify himself, going so far as to design creatures capable of tactical thinking in his coup against Zagara. Dehaka meanwhile is a primal zerg, who is focused on making the individual as strong as possible.
  • Abathur: Conquer. Kill. Collect essence.
  • Dehaka: (growls) Evolution master, disinterested in evolution. Pathetic.
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Meh.png


  • Dehaka: Sword collects much essence, but what are you without it?
  • Arthas: Silence.
Frostmourne collects the souls of the fallen, and traps them within its blade. While essence is genetic information in the StarCraft universe, it's the closest approximation to souls for the zerg.
  • Arthas: Are you ready for the slaughter?
  • Dehaka: I will collect fallen essence. Do no try to take what is mine.
Arthas leads the Scourge, which resurrects the dead into a shambling undead legion. Dehaka meanwhile consumes the fallen to gain their strength.
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Happy.png


  • Dehaka: Queen of Blades, looking forward to fighting with you again.
  • Kerrigan: Follow me and the essence keeps flowing. Got it?
Dehaka's promise to Kerrigan was that he would follow her as long as the essence flowed, and he would stop when it did not.
  • Kerrigan: This'll be just like the psi destroyer, split and conquer.
  • Dehaka: Yes, always much essence when fighting with you.
During Kerrigan's invasion of Korhal in Heart of the Swarm, Arcturus Mengsk deployed a superweapon named the psi destroyer capable of tearing the zerg apart using their connection to the hive mind. As Dehaka and the primal zerg lacked this connection they were able to enter its field and cut the power relays to the superweapon.
Emoji Malthael Pack 1 Malthael Meh.png


  • Dehaka: You collect many different kinds of essence. Must learn from you.
  • Malthael: You may find death a stern teacher.
Malthael, the self-proclaimed aspect of death, collects the souls of the fallen. Meanwhile, Dehaka collects the "essence," or genetic material, of the fallen, bringing what they are into himself. While more grounded in reality, this is the closest the zerg get to "souls."
  • Malthael: Curious. Many souls stir within you.
  • Dehaka: I collect what I can.
Emoji Mephisto Pack 1 Mephisto Happy.png


  • Dehaka: We fight together, yes. Collect much essence.
  • Mephisto: Submit to my rule, and I will slake your greed with the essence of realms beyond your comprehension.
Emoji Murky Pack 1 Murky Happy.png


  • Dehaka: Peculiar essence. Not sure if I can collect.
  • Murky: <Response indicating he is excited and ready to fight>
Murky respawns after death, making Dehaka wonder if he can collect essence from them.
  • Murky: <Playfully questioning the person next to him>
  • Dehaka: Do not understand. Learn to speak properly.
Emoji Tassadar Pack 1 Tassadar Happy.png

Protoss Hero

  • Dehaka: You do not change. Cannot change. But you can fight.
  • Protoss hero: <hero dependent>
Protoss have purity of form, and thus do not change dramatically, though some genetic modification has occurred among their race.
  • Protoss : <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Be thankful I cannot collect from you.
Protoss and zerg DNA are incompatible, and through normal means such as infestation the zerg cannot assimilate the protoss, with further safeguards like the Khala and Void protecting them. While some extreme exceptions exist of protoss infestation and protoss/zerg hybridization, Dehaka cannot use the essence of the protoss.
Emoji Sylvanas Pack 1 Sylvanas Meh.png


  • Dehaka: Dead will serve you, but I take essence first.
  • Sylvanas: I would expect no less.
Sylvanas rules a kingdom of the undead, but Dehaka consumes the fallen.
  • Sylvanas: You look like you could actually be of use here.
  • Dehaka: Not the first queen I follow.
Dehaka served Kerrigan during Heart of the Swarm when she proved useful in obtaining essence for him.
Emoji Raynor Pack 1 Raynor Happy.png

Terran Hero

  • Dehaka: You adapt with tools, not with change. Will it be enough?
  • Terran hero: <hero dependent>
Dehaka looks down upon the terrans, as they do not change themselves, but use tools to adapt. When confronted the terran stronghold of Skygeirr Platform, Dehaka stated "Their tools stay the same. I collect, I change."
  • Terran: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: We will see if you are weak or strong.
Emoji Zagara Pack 1 Zagara Meh.png


  • Dehaka: Strong for one who does not collect. But how strong?
  • Zagara: A foolish question.
While Zagara does not collect essence, she was the second-in-command of the Zerg Swarm and later its leader. She adapted herself through putting her and her brood through extreme situations forcing change, and was later modified by Abathur.
  • Zagara: Hmm, you...
  • Dehaka: You seek change to adapt, evolve. More like me than you know.
Emoji Zagara Pack 1 Zagara Meh.png

Zerg Hero

  • Dehaka: You are not primal zerg, but you are still strong.
  • Zerg: <hero dependent>
Primal zerg were the zerg on the planet Zerus that avoided assimilation into the hive mind of the Overmind. Thus, they have evolved along a natural evolutionary course untouched by the Swarm's evolutionary path.
  • Zerg: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Not the same as you, but more like you than others. We'll fight together.
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Happy.png


  • Dehaka: Are you prepared to hunt and kill?
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: You must ready yourself.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: I will hunt, evolve, survive.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Their essence will soon be mine.
"Their essence will be mine!" is an attack quote for Dehaka in StarCraft II.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Nothing can stop me.
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka ROFL.png



  • Dehaka: We fight together, yes. Collect much essence.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: You are strong. Will bring much essence.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: I follow you. Very close. Ready to kill and collect.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Your strength will bring essence. I will follow.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: They are dust, we are the wind.
A reference to the Kansas song "Dust in the Wind."
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Yes. You speak truth.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: They will die. We will grow strong.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Much essence here. I will collect it all.
Emoji Dehaka Pack 1 Dehaka Meh.png



  • Dehaka: Must I fight with one so weak?
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Do not care about you. Only essence.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: (growls) Do not provoke primal zerg.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Dehaka: Your essence... not worth collecting.

Eliminations[edit | edit source]

Hero Quote Audio Background
vs. Abathur Change cannot be controlled. Must be embraced. Abathur, being the evolution master, controls the evolution of the Swarm, while Dehaka simply consumes the strongest traits of the foes he slays and brings them into himself, leading to his more slapdash appearance.
vs. Arthas You collected dead essence. Foolish. Life stronger than death. Arthas leads the Scourge, who resurrects the dead for an army. Dehaka meanwhile consumes the dead to gain strength.
vs. Cho'gall Double the essence. Very good. Cho'gall counts as two players, and in-game gives Dehaka double the essence of a normal hero kill.
vs. Kerrigan I followed you for essence, now I have yours. Dehaka promised to follow Kerrigan as long as she would bring him essence in Heart of the Swarm, as he saw her as powerful after she became primal zerg.
vs. The Lost Vikings The essence of three. Must collect the rest. The Lost Vikings each count as a full hero when it comes to Dehaka's essence collection mechanic, but are controlled by one player.
vs. Murky Collected essence. But it remains. Must try again. Murky, without an egg, quickly respawns. While Murky counts as 1/4th of a kill for exp purposes, he grants full essence to Dehaka.
vs. Protoss {frustrated growl) Cannot collect your essence. Why? Protoss have safeguards against assimilation into the Swarm, as well as a base genetic incompatibility, though some extreme examples of infested protoss exist. Dehaka cannot assimilate the genetic material of the protoss.
vs. Sgt. Hammer Terran shell of steel. No match for claws. When Dehaka first sees the terran fortress of Skygeirr Platform, he asks Kerrigan "this place of metal and stone. Why?" and later comments "I do not need a wall, I will evolve armor. I do not need a weapon, I will evolve claws." He sees the terran reliance on tools and technology as a weakness compared to evolving the self.
vs. Stitches Much essence in you, but none was yours. Stitches is an abomination, sown together by a number of different corpses. As such Stitches as an amalgamation of genetic material.
vs. Sylvanas Cold essence. Like it was collected before... During Warcraft III,' Arthas slays Sylvanas, then strips her soul from her body. Essence to the zerg, while genetic information, is compared to souls.
vs. Terran hero Strong essence... for a terran. Dehaka looks down on terrans, and even Abathur commented they have "minimal adaptability" which leads to less traits for Dehaka to assimilate.
vs. weird hero Strange essence. Curious to collect.
vs. Zagara Waited so long to collect your essence... disappointing. When Zagara and Dehaka get into a verbal fight in the Space arc of Heart of the Swarm, he tells Zagara "yes, come to me. I will collect your essence now."
vs. Zerg hero Your strength lives on in me. Zerg have many different traits woven into their genetic structure, making them a valuable cache of essence for Dehaka to assimilate into himself.
vs. hero with kill streak All you have killed I now collect. Deheka gains strength from killing others.
Generic One dies, one grows strong. After Kerrigan kills Zurvan in the Heart of the Swarm mission "Supreme," Dehaka tells her "He was zerg. You are zerg. One dies and one grows strong. You know."
This is the law of survival. Primal zerg live off a code of survival of the fittest, where the weak perish and the strong survive.
I collect your essence. A common phrase said by Dehaka.
You failed to adapt. "They failed to adapt" is one of Dehaka's responses to destroying an enemy position in Co-op Missions.
Your essence is not enough.

Click-quotes[edit | edit source]

Quotes marked "Click-Quotes" are triggered when the player repeatedly clicks on the hero with the Left mouse button.

Quote Audio Background
I listen. One of Dehaka's select quotes in StarCraft II.
So much essence. One of Dehaka's select quotes in StarCraft II.
Do not aggravate me.
I wonder, how tastes YOUR essence? "Your essence looks delicious" is one of Dehaka's poke quotes in StarCraft II.
I must collect essence. It is the core of my being. It is... essential. A pun on essence and essential.
We are the zerg. Your essence will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. A reference to the catchphrase of the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation "We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."
A rival pack leader once tried to test me. I consumed his essence with terran fava beans and a nice chianti. A reference to a quote from Hannibal Lecter, "a census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti", from the film The Silence of the Lambs"
I just flew in from Zerus, and boy is my arm tired. <Pauses> Probably should have evolved wings. Zerus is the birthworld of the zerg and homeworld of Dehaka. A joke at the fact Dehaka could likely evolve wings.
Change. Change... Spare some change? Dehaka repeats "change," which can mean changing oneself or panhandling for loose change.
Every evolution is a choice. Every change affects the final outcome. So when the choice is yours... click on the right one. A joke at how Dehaka "changes" depending on which talent you click.
You think I change too much? No such thing. This is not even my final form. A reference to the quote from the animated series Dragon Ball Z by the character Frieza "this isn't even my final form." The quote has become a rather popular joke.
Primal zerg do not have a psionic connection. Do not need it. My pack has family texting plan. Primal zerg have no psionic connection between one another, as they are disconnected from the hive mind of the Zerg Swarm.
So many different kinds of essence. Hundreds, and more arise every year. Gotta collect them all. A reference to the Pokémon series and the catchphrase "gotta catch 'em all."
Overmind tried to control the zerg. To direct and harness evolution. Life will not be contained. No... life, ah, finds a way. The Overmind was the hive mind created by Amon as a means to ensure control over the Swarm. A reference to the famous "life, uh, finds a way" quote from the film Jurassic Park.
I followed Queen of Blades to collect essence. Traveled across sector... but left leviathan only once, to destroy terran machines. Should have been more proactive. In spite of only following Kerrigan to collect essence, Dehaka rarely shows up in missions during the Heart of the Swarm campaign, remaining as someone to talk to between missions. The only time he is controllable in a mission "Death From Above" to shut down a device named the psi destroyer.
Have changed much since following [[Kerrigan}Queen of Blades]]. Almost cannot recognize me, yes? Good. Dehaka's model changed dramatically between Heart of the Swarm and Heroes of the Storm. Both models would be used for Dehaka in the Co-op Missions mode.

Commands[edit | edit source]

Command Quote Audio Background
Move Forward!
Yes. One of Dehaka's move quotes in StarCraft II.
I follow. One of Dehaka's move quotes in StarCraft II.
Watchful. One of Dehaka's move quotes in StarCraft II.
More essence. One of Dehaka's move quotes in StarCraft II.
Essence flows. "Essence flows, I follow" is of Dehaka's move quotes in StarCraft II.
I must act.
All things change. One of Dehaka's select quotes in StarCraft II.
I will collect. One of Dehaka's select quotes in StarCraft II.
Attack Strike swiftly. "Our enemies come, strike swiftly" is one of Dehaka's quotes when an enemy wave spawns in Co-op Missions.
Their essence will be mine! One of Dehaka's attack quotes in StarCraft II.
Essence! One of Dehaka's attack quotes in StarCraft II.
Mine to collect.
Kill! One of Dehaka's attack quotes in StarCraft II.
Change drives me. One of Dehaka's attack quotes in StarCraft II.
Not Enough


Need mana.
Out of mana.
Mana is low.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Use Quote Audio Background
Lock-in Change is upon us!
Purchase Let the essence flow!
Try Mode You seek power. I seek essence. We work together.
Witness strength of primal zerg.
Healed Excellent aid.
Strength returns. Thankful.
I am resurgent.
Hearthing I must go. Cannot win here.
Retreating now.
Respawn I live?
You will not exterminate me.
Adversity begets change.
Resurrected Primal zerg do not die so easily.
You have brought me back. Thank you.
Taunting Come to me. I will collect your essence now. When Dehaka and Zagara verbally fight during the Space arc of Heart of the Swarm, he tells her "yes, come to me. I will collect your essence now."
I adapt. You do not. I live. You will not.
Your essence will make me strong.
Talent chosen Change is upon me.
Yes... good adaptation.
I evolve. My enemy does not.
A clever use of essence.
This is why I collect.
Worth It

(Getting a kill

after getting killed)

We both die, but only I will evolve.
With your essence, I will rise again.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Use Quote Audio Background
Essence Collection Icon.png

Essence Collection

Maximum Essence Cannot collect more.
Maximum essence.
Full of essence.
Isolation Icon.png


at target You will be consumed!
You die alone!
No escape!
Adaptation (Dehaka) Icon.png


Change is survival!
I will adapt!
I cannot be stopped!
Hero Quotes
Bruisers Bruiser

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Healers Healer

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Melee Assassins Melee Assassin

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Ranged Assassins Ranged Assassin

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Support Support

AbathurMedivhTassadar (Mecha) • The Lost VikingsZarya

Tanks Tank

Anub'arakArthasBlazeChoDiablo (LurkabloPrime Evil) • E.T.C.GarroshJohanna (Warsong) • Mal'GanisMeiMuradin (Maraudin') • StitchesTyrael (Mecha)

Announcer Quotes
Warcraft Warcraft

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StarCraft StarCraft

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Diablo Diablo (franchise)

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Overwatch Overwatch

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Nexus Heroes of the Storm

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