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Kerrigan
Kerrigan

"Wait 'til they get a load of me!"

Basic Info
Title Queen of Blades
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price 500Gem.png / 4,000Money.png
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 1680
Health Regen 3.50
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 0
Attack Speed 1.25
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 120
Data Page

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.

Background[edit | edit source]

StarCraft This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.

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.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan is a melee assassin that utilizes a devestating combo of Primal Grasp and Impaling Blades to Stun and damage groups of enemies. Assimilation allows Kerrigan to dive deep into team fights and quickly regenerate Health in the form of shields through her own damage output.

One of Kerrigan's greatest strenghts is her ability to roam the map in search of ganks. Impaling Blades does not only stun all enemies it strikes, but also deals a significant amount of AoE damage to them. There is a noticeable delay between when the ability is cast and when it will actually trigger, making Impaling Blades relatively difficult to land. This is why Impaling Blades should always (for the most part) be used in conjunction with Primal Grasp, as Primal Grasp will pull enemies into Impaling Blades, making it almost impossible to avoid. Newer Kerrigan players are strongly encouraged to spend time practicing her Primal Grasp/Impaling Blades combo in Training; as without it, Kerrigan loses almost everything that makes her such a valuable asset to her team.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

  • Excellent burst damage and crowd control
  • Strong inititaition by means of Ravage
  • Excels at ganking
  • Deceptively tanky due to Assimilation

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Incredibly vulnerable to crowd control
  • Very reliant on ability cooldowns
  • Low sustained damage
  • High skill cap/learning curve
  • No means of escape

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Assimilation Icon.png
Assimilation
Gain 10% of damage dealt from Basic Attacks and Abilities as Shields for 6 seconds. Shield amount gained doubled against Heroes.
Current maximum: 1004 (+4% per level)
Ravage Icon.png
Q
Ravage
40 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Leap to a target, dealing 210 (+4% per level) damage. If the enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, this cooldown is instantly reset.
Impaling Blades Icon.png
W
Impaling Blades
75 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
After 1.25 seconds, deal 261 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within the target area, stunning them for 1 second.
Primal Grasp Icon.png
E
Primal Grasp
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Pulls enemies within the target area towards you, dealing 114 (+4% per level) damage.
  • Enemies within the target area are pulled a flat distance regardless of the distance between them and Kerrigan.
Summon Ultralisk Icon.png
R
Summon Ultralisk
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 100 (+4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
  • Ultralisk is a mobile Summon.
  • Attack speed: 1.00.
  • Health: 1369 (+4% per level)
  • Ultralisks Basic Attacks deal Basic Attack damage.
  • Summoning Ultralisk while Kerrigan is affected by Spell Power buff/debuff, increases/decreases Ultralisk's Basic Attack damage. Gaining or losing Ability Power after Ultralisk is summoned does not affect it.
Maelstrom Icon.png
R
Maelstrom
100 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
Deals 74 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.
  • Maelstrom deals its damage in 14 ticks of 37 damage up to 518 total damage.
  • Kerrigan can't mount while Maelstrom is active.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
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.
Block Icon.png
Block
Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.
4
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 36 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Deals its damage in 10 ticks of 18 damage up to total of 180 damage.
Fury of the Swarm Icon.png
Fury of the Swarm
Basic Attacks splash for 60% damage around the target.
Envenom Icon.png
Envenom
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Active: Activate to poison an enemy Hero, dealing 352 (+4% per level) damage over 10 seconds.
  • Deals damage once per second.
    Damage from Envenom does not trigger Assimilation.
7
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%.
Bladed Momentum Icon.png
Bladed Momentum
Basic Attacks reduce your Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.6 seconds.
10
Maelstrom Icon.png
Maelstrom
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Deals 74 damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.
Summon Ultralisk Icon.png
Summon Ultralisk
Cooldown: 80 seconds
Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 100 damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
13
Eviscerate Icon.png
Eviscerate
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
Active: Activate to increase your Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Queen's Rush is also applied for free on Takedowns.
16
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
Active: Activate to deal 10% of target enemy Hero's Max Health and gain Assimilation Shields for twice that amount.
Overdrive Icon.png
Overdrive
Cooldown: 25 seconds
Active: Activate to increase Spell Power by 25% and Mana costs by 40% for 5 seconds.
20
Omegastorm Icon.png
Omegastorm
Maelstrom size increased by 25% . Amount of Assimilation Shields generated by Maelstrom increased by 100%.
Torrasque Icon.png
Torrasque
The Ultralisk morphs into an egg when it dies. If the egg isn't killed within 4 seconds, a new Ultralisk is born.
  • Egg is a Summon
  • Egg Health: 594 (+4% per level)
Nexus Blades Icon.png
Nexus Blades
Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.
Bolt of the Storm Icon.png
Psionic Shift
Cooldown: 70 seconds
Active: Activate to teleport to a nearby location and deal 50 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in the area. Generates 300% increased Assimilation Shields from the damage dealt.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan Skins
 
Rare Kerrigan
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.
Kerrigan Queen of Blades.jpg
500Gem.png / 4,000Money.png
Queen of Blades
Kerrigan Toxic.jpg
Free
Toxic
Kerrigan Char.jpg
Free
Char
Kerrigan Shadow.jpg
Shard.png 100
Shadow
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.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of sports skins.
Kerrigan Cheerleader.jpg
Shard.png 400
Kerrigan Cheerleader Crimson.jpg
Shard.png 400
Crimson
Kerrigan Cheerleader Azure.jpg
Shard.png 400
Azure
Kerrigan Cheerleader Dorm.jpg
Shard.png 400
Dorm
Kerrigan Cheerleader Fighting.jpg
Shard.png 400
Fighting
Kerrigan Cheerleader Heartbreaker.jpg
Shard.png 400
Heartbreaker
Rare Legion Mistress
Backstory: Among all the demons of the Burning Legion, the succubi are the ones who are most delighted by inflicting anguish upon their foes. Mistress Kerrigan is far better at it than most.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Kerrigan Legion Mistress.jpg
Shard.png 100
Kerrigan Legion Mistress Suffering.jpg
Shard.png 100
Suffering
Kerrigan Legion Mistress Torment.jpg
Shard.png 100
Torment
Rare Primal Queen
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.
Kerrigan Primal Queen.jpg
Shard.png 100
Kerrigan Primal Queen Verdant.jpg
Shard.png 100
Verdant
Kerrigan Primal Queen Ash.jpg
Shard.png 100
Ash
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.
Features: Themed abilities, replaced voice-over.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins. All abilities are colored based on the tint chosen.
Kerrigan Queen of Ghosts.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Kerrigan Queen of Ghosts Vespene.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Vespene
Kerrigan Queen of Ghosts Cruel.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Cruel
Kerrigan Queen of Ghosts MEKA.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
MEKA
Kerrigan Queen of Ghosts Templar.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Templar
Rare Succubus
Backstory: Kerrigan, the Queen of Suffering, rules over her brood of succubi with a fel iron fist. Warlocks brash enough to summon her risk facing her terrible vengeance.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Warcraft skins.
Kerrigan Succubus.jpg
Shard.png 100
Kerrigan Succubus Crimson.jpg
Shard.png 100
Crimson
Kerrigan Succubus Cataclysmic.jpg
Shard.png 100
Cataclysmic


Kerrigan Event Skins
 
Epic Countess Hallow's End
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.
Features: Themed mount, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Raven Court skins.
Kerrigan Countess.jpg
Shard.png 400
Kerrigan Countess Emerald.jpg
Shard.png 400
Emerald
Kerrigan Countess Onyx.jpg
Shard.png 400
Onyx

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan Mounts
 
Bat Transformation (Countess Kerrigan exclusive)
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!
Bat Transformation.jpg
Free

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan Portraits
 
2016 Fall Global Championship Portrait.png
2016 Fall Global Championship
Brood War Kerrigan Portrait.png
Brood War Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Carbot Kerrigan Portrait.png
Carbot Kerrigan
Shard.png 100
Cheerleader Kerrigan Portrait.png
Cheerleader Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Countess Kerrigan Portrait.png
Hallow's End Countess Kerrigan
Shard.png 150
Ghost Kerrigan Portrait.png
Ghost Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Ink Kerrigan Portrait.png
Ink Kerrigan
Shard.png 40

Kerrigan Hero Portrait.png
Kerrigan Hero
Kerrigan Icon Portrait.png
Kerrigan Icon
Shard.png 40
Kerrigan Mastery Portrait.png
Kerrigan Mastery
Legion Mistress Kerrigan Portrait.png
Legion Mistress Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Model KR1-GN Insignia Portrait.png
Model KR1-GN Insignia
Shard.png 40
Queen of Blades Kerrigan Portrait.png
Queen of Blades Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan Portrait.png
Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan
Shard.png 40

Remastered Kerrigan Portrait.png
Remastered Kerrigan

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan Sprays
 
Bad Romance Spray.gif
Bad Romance
Shard.png 400
Carbot Kerrigan Spray.png
Carbot Kerrigan
Shard.png 100
Countess Kerrigan Spray.png
Hallow's End Countess Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Kerrigan Icon Spray.png
Kerrigan Icon
Shard.png 40
La Fantasma Kerrigan Spray.png
Nexomania La Fantasma Kerrigan
Shard.png 60
Model KR1-GN Insignia Spray.png
Model KR1-GN Insignia
Shard.png 40
Old Timey Cheerleader Kerrigan Spray.png
Old Timey Cheerleader Kerrigan
Shard.png 40

Queen of Evil Kerrigan Spray.png
Queen of Evil Kerrigan
Shard.png 40
Queen of Ghosts Spray.png
Queen of Ghosts
Shard.png 40
Tattoo Ghost Kerrigan Spray.png
Tattoo Ghost Kerrigan
Shard.png 40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Kerrigan Pack 1 Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Happy.png Kerrigan Pack 2 Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Happy.png Kerrigan Happy  :kerriganhappy:
:kerrhappy:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Angry.png Kerrigan Angry  :kerriganangry:
:kerrangry:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan ROFL.png Kerrigan ROFL  :kerriganlol:
:kerriganrofl:
:kerrlol:
:kerrrofl:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Cool.png Kerrigan Cool  :kerrigancool:
:kerrcool:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Sad.png Kerrigan Sad  :kerrigansad:
:kerrsad:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Oops.png Kerrigan Embarrassed  :kerriganoops:
:kerriganembarrassed:
:kerroops:
:kerrembarrassed:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Silly.png Kerrigan Silly  :kerrigansilly:
:kerrsilly:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Love.png Kerrigan in Love  :kerriganlove:
:kerriganinlove:
:kerrlove:
:kerrinlove:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 1 Kerrigan Meh.png Kerrigan Speechless  :kerriganmeh:
:kerriganspeechless:
:kerrmeh:
:kerrspeechless:
Emoji Kerrigan Pack 2 Kerrigan Surprised.png Kerrigan Surprised  :kerriganwow:
:kerrigansurprised:
:kerrwow:
:kerrsurprised:
Hallow's End Countess Kerrigan Pack 1 Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan Happy.png Hallow's End Countess Kerrigan Pack 2 Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan Happy.png Countess Kerrigan Happy  :kerrigancountesshappy:
:kerrchappy:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Angry.png Countess Kerrigan Angry  :kerrigancountessangry:
:kerrcangry:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan ROFL.png Countess Kerrigan ROFL  :kerrigancountesslol:
:kerrigancountessrofl:
:kerrclol:
:kerrcrofl:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Cool.png Countess Kerrigan Cool  :kerrigancountesscool:
:kerrccool:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan Sad.png Countess Kerrigan Sad  :kerrigancountesssad:
:kerrcsad:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Oops.png Countess Kerrigan Embarrassed  :kerrigancountessoops:
:kerrigancountessembarrassed:
:kerrcoops:
:kerrcembarrassed:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan Silly.png Countess Kerrigan Silly  :kerrigancountesssilly:
:kerrcsilly:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Love.png Countess Kerrigan in Love  :kerrigancountesslove:
:kerrigancountessinlove:
:kerrclove:
:kerrcinlove:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 1 Countess Kerrigan Meh.png Countess Kerrigan Speechless  :kerrigancountessmeh:
:kerrigancountessspeechless:
:kerrcmeh:
:kerrcspeechless:
Emoji Kerrigan Countess Pack 2 Countess Kerrigan Surprised.png Countess Kerrigan Surprised  :kerrigancountesswow:
:kerrigancountesssurprised:
:kerrcwow:
:kerrcsurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kerrigan/Quotes


Development[edit | edit source]

According to Kent-Erik Hagman: "With Kerrigan, we really wanted to capture the powerful force she projects. She's a character who isn't afraid to do her own dirty work. That’s something we felt Heart of the Swarm portrayed quite well. We wanted to capture that "in your face" mentality. So you see abilities like Ravage, which can really get her in the middle of a teamfight, and Sweeping Grasp, which pulls her enemies in close. The art team also really wanted to stress her wings and spiky nature, so Crushing Grip from Heart of the Swarm became Impaling Blades in Heroes to really play up her spikes. Finally, her whole kit is topped off with Maelstrom, which really synergizes with her entire playstyle."[2]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kerrigan first appeared in StarCraft (March 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 and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and Vanessa Marshall in Heroes of the Storm.
  • Kerrigan was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Kerrigan is the first hero in the game to have a middle name.
  • 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 (1697).
  • Kerrigan's quote "Phenomenal psionic powers...icky, sticky living space" is based on a line in the Disney movie Aladdin (November 1992).
  • Kerrigan's quote "You will be assimilated; resistance is futile" is derived from the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation(September 1987).
  • Kerrigan's quote "I'm a killer queen, guaranteed to blow your mind" is a reference to the Queen song "Killer Queen" (October 1974).

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