These massive manta-like flying creatures serve as aerial siege units for the Swarm. Only seen in the largest of conflicts, the Brood Lord has the ability to spit out biological symbiotes that function as living ammunition. These regurgitated creatures focus on their target, ravaging it until they destroy it or die in the attempt. This attack makes Brood Lords extremely dangerous to opposing installations. However, despite their impressive offensive abilities, Brood Lords are not very durable, and they make easy targets for most aerial-strike combatants.
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Unit Statistics

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Basic information

Race: Zerg
Life: 225
Armor: 1 (4)
Movement: Very Slow
Attributes: Armored - Biological - Massive

Production

Producer: Corruptor
Hotkey: B
Requires: Greater Spire
Cost: 150 150
Supply: 2
Build time: 34

Combat

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3D Model

Basic information

Race: Zerg
Life: 225
Armor: 1 (4)
Movement: Very Slow
Attributes: Armored - Biological - Massive

Production

Producer: Corruptor
Hotkey: B
Requires: Greater Spire
Cost: 150 150
Supply: 2
Build time: 34

Combat

Upgrades:
Weapon:
Ability:

SPECIMEN ANALYSIS

The glowing bulbs on the Brood Lord’s back are an evolution of the cancerous growths in the Corruptor’s tentacles. Alterations at the genetic level have turned the growths into sacs capable of rapidly spawning large batches of Broodlings. These small creatures regulate some of the Brood Lord’s biological functions, and can also serve as living ammunition.
Grown out of the Corruptor’s Statocyst, the Brood Lord’s tail structure—including the spikes—constitutes a large biological gyroscope that maintains the creature’s level and orientation. The tail is directly linked to the Brood Lord's sensory organs, increasing its capability to locate prey.
The Brood Lord has clusters of Broodlings squirming under its carapace at any given time. In combat, the Brood Lord supercharges the Broodlings’ aggression and metabolism, turning them into short-lived—but very effective—air-to-ground weapons that tear through personal armor and vehicular plating with ease.
Bone spikes located on the frontal section of the Brood Lord’s wings house an advanced glandular system capable of emitting and receiving high-frequency electrical pulses. With each pulse, a massive spherical field radiates from the creature, coating its surroundings and targets in bio-electric energy. Afterwards, the Brood Lord’s acute receptor glands pick up and process the gathered data. During deep space flights, the glands mutate to detect sources of radiation, electromagnetism, and light.
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General Strategy

  • Anti-ground flying unit.
  • Evolves from Corruptor.
  • Flings Broodlings, which do high levels of damage to ground-based units and can surround them.
  • Broodlings cannot attack air units, and have a limited lifespan.
  • Effective siege unit due to its long-ranged attack and ability to fly.

Countermeasures

Terran VS
  • Build Vikings to efficiently take down Brood Lords without any retaliation.
  • Battlecruisers are also effective against Brood Lords and can destroy them in one hit with their Yamato Cannon upgrade.
  • The biggest strength of Brood Lords is their ability to create massive numbers of Broodlings. Take Brood Lords out quickly with Vikings to prevent this.
Zerg VS
  • Anti-air flying units like Corruptors can engage Brood Lords and pursue them throughout an area effortlessly without any fear of being targeted in return.
  • Anti-air ground units such as Hydralisks, though obviously less ideal than flying units, can provide a defense against Brood Lords when massed.
Protoss VS
  • Brood Lords can be handily dispatched by air units that they can’t reach, such as Carriers, Phoenixes, and especially Void Rays – the Rays’ ’Prismatic Beam’ will quickly wear away at Brood Lords’ hit points.

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