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It's not easy being queen. So many subjects to keep in line. So many scores to settle. I am the Swarm. And vengeance has never looked this good.

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Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, is an assassin hero from the StarCraft franchise. Kerrigan gains shields by attacking and dealing damage, and can use her wings to swoop up multiple enemies. Until January 4, 2017, Kerrigan could be obtained for free via the Nexus Challenge.

Once a Terran ghost with psionic abilities, Sarah Kerrigan was betrayed by her allies and transformed by the ravenous zerg into the indomitable Queen of Blades. Now freed of The Dark God Amon’s corruption, Kerrigan faces a threat that could destroy the galaxy itself.[1]

Background Edit

Sarah Louise Kerrigan was a psychic terran female. She began her career as a Confederate ghost and later became the second-in-command of the Sons of Korhal. Following Arcturus Mengsk's betrayal, she was captured and infested by the Zerg Swarm, ultimately becoming the self-proclaimed Queen of Bladesand leader of the Swarm.

At the Dominion Ghost Academy, ghosts in training are told the Confederacy allowed Kerrigan to "defect" to the zerg. Non-control zerg strains referred to her as "the Kerrigan."

Abilities Edit

IconRavageKerrigan
Ravage (Q)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Leap to a target, dealing 237.12 (+4% per level) damage. If the enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, this cooldown is instantly reset.

IconImpalingBladesKerrigan
Impaling Blades (W) [Area of Effect]
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 12 seconds

After 1.25 seconds, deal 261.04 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within the target area, stunning them for 1 second.

IconPrimalGraspKerrigan
Primal Grasp (E) [Cone]
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Pulls enemies within the target area towards you, dealing 114.4 (+4% per level) damage.

Traits Edit

IconAssimilationKerrigan
Assimilation [Passive]

Gain 10% of damage dealt from Basic Attacks and Abilities as Shields for 6 seconds. Shield amount gained doubled against Heroes. Current maximum: 1044.16 (+4% per level)

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconMaelstrom
Maelstrom [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 90 seconds

Deals 37 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconSummonUltralisk
Summon Ultralisk [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 104 (+4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
IconRavageKerrigan
Siphoning Impact

If the targeted enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, Kerrigan heals for 10.15% of her maximum Health.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconImpalingBladesKerrigan
Sharpened Blades [Passive]

Impaling Blades deals 25% more damage.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconPrimalGraspKerrigan
Energizing Grasp

Reduces the Mana cost of Primal Grasp by 75%.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconBlock
Block

Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
IconRavageKerrigan
Clean Kill [Passive]

If Ravage kills the target, it restores 75% of its Mana cost and increases the damage of your next Ravage by 25%.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconPrimalGraspKerrigan
Psionic Pulse [Passive]

After casting Primal Grasp, deal 18 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts 5 seconds.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconRicochet
Fury of the Swarm

Your Basic Attacks splash for 60% damage around the target.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Envenom Icon
Envenom

Activate to poison an enemy Hero, dealing 366.08 (+4% per level) damage over 10 seconds.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
IconRavageKerrigan
Adaptation [Passive]

Ravage can be used to jump to allies, refunding 50% of the cooldown and 100% of the Mana cost.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconImpalingBladesKerrigan
Blade Torrent [Passive]

Impaling Blades radius increased by 30%.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconAssimilationKerrigan
Assimilation Mastery [Passive]

Increases the duration of Assimilation by 100%. While Assimilation is active, your Health and Mana regeneration is increased by 100%.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconDiabolicalMomentum
Bladed Momentum

Basic Attacks reduce your Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.60 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
IconMaelstrom
Maelstrom [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 90 seconds

Deals 37 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconSummonUltralisk
Summon Ultralisk [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 104 (+4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
IconRavageKerrigan
Eviscerate

Increases the range of Ravage by 40%.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconRavageKerrigan2
Double Strike

When your Basic Abilities damage an enemy, your next Basic Attack hits for 75% bonus damage.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconQueensRush
Queen's Rush
Cooldown: 50 seconds

Activate to increase your Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Queen's Rush is also applied for free on Takedowns.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
IconAssimilationKerrigan
Aggressive Defense

Increases Shields gained from Assimilation by 100%.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconAssimilation2
Essence for Essence
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to deal 10% of target enemy Hero's Max Health and gain Assimilation Shields for twice that amount.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconOverdrive
Overdrive
Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to increase Ability Power by 25% and Mana costs by 40% for 5 seconds.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
IconMaelstrom
Omegastorm

Maelstrom size increased by 25%. Amount of Assimilation Shields generated by Maelstrom increased by 100%.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconSummonUltralisk
Torrasque

The Ultralisk morphs into an egg when it dies. If the egg isn't killed within 4 seconds, a new Ultralisk is born.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Nexus Blades Icon New
Nexus Blades

Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Bolt of the Storm Icon New
Psionic Shift [Active]
Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location, dealing 50 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Generates 300% increased Assimilation Shields from the damage dealt.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Alarakplate
Hard-engage Assassins like Kerrigan work well with Alarak, as they both have strong initiation tools that can both move and crowd control enemy Heroes caught out of position. Also, if a Kerrigan combo goes awry, Alarak’s Telekinesis is great for shoving enemy Heroes away to help her retreat back to the safety of her team.


Effective against Edit

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Gul'dan struggles against heroes who have strong initiation abilities that can be used to dive past his frontline. Kerrigan can easily get to Gul’dan, which forces him to play a much more conservative game than he would like to. It also doesn’t help that using Drain Life makes him a sitting duck for her devastating combo.


Skins Edit

Queen of Blades (base)
KerriganDefault KerriganQGreen KerriganQOrange Kerrigan - Shadow
Queen of Blades Toxic Char Shadow IconShard100
Succubus IconShard100
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.
SuccubusPurple SuccubusRed SuccubusGold
Succubus Crimson Cataclysmic
Primal Queen IconShard100
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.
KerriganMSPurple KerriganMSGreen KerriganMSBlack
Primal Queen Verdant Ash
Mistress IconShard100
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.
Kerrigan - Legion Mistress Kerrigan - Suffering Mistress Kerrigan - Torment Mistress
Legion Suffering Torment
Cheerleader IconShard400
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.
Kerrigan - Cheerleader Kerrigan - Cheerleader - Dorm Kerrigan - Cheerleader - Azure Kerrigan - Cheerleader - Crimson
Cheerleader Dorm Azure Crimson
Queen of Ghosts IconShard1600
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.
Kerrigan - Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan - Queen of Ghosts - Vespene Kerrigan - Queen of Ghosts - Cruel Kerrigan - Queen of MEKA
Queen of Ghosts Vespene Cruel Queen of MEKA IconShard2400
Kerrigan - Queen of Templar Ghost Speeder
Queen of Templar IconShard2400 Ghost Speeder mount
Countess von Kerrigan, the Queen of Ravens (currently unavailable)
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.
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Bat Transformation "mount"

Development Edit

Kerrigan was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[2]

Blizzard DotA
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Kerrigan as she appeared in Blizzard DotA

In 2010,[3] Kerrigan was present in the game as early as its "Blizzard DotA" conception. In this version, she was an individual from the Antiverse. In this reality, she was betrayed by Raynor at New Gettysburg. She willingly embraced infestation by the zerg so that she could battle against the Terran Dominion.[4]

In terms of gameplay, Kerrigan was originally a DPS-type hero.[5] She could use her abilities to kill large numbers of enemy units simultaneously and could surprise enemy heroes with huge bursts of damage. She benefited from intelligence items.[4] She was compared to heroes like Krobelus, Darchow, or Lion from the original DotA.[6]

Kerrigan's ghost form was under consideration to be a separate hero in the game.[7] However, it has since been made an optional coloration for Nova.[8]

Kerrigan could originally ride a zergling mount.[9]

Original StatsEdit

  • Life: 2+
  • Attack: Almost 3
  • Abilities: 4
  • Speed: 3+[10]

Original AbilitiesEdit

  • Force Shield
  • Force Wave
  • Implosion
  • Maelstrom
  • Soul Siphon
  • Chain Lightning[9]

Heroes of the StormEdit

Kerrigan used to have a devouring maw ability instead of an ultralisk. This ability later went to Zagara.[11]

Trivia Edit

  • Kerrigan's trailer quote is an altered form of her monologue delivered in the intro of Heart of the Swarm.
  • A mini-figure of Kerrigan based on her appearance in the game was released in May, 2015.[12]

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Queen of MEKA Kerrigan and Queen of Templar Kerrigan skins added.
  • IconHotS (Patch June 13, 2017Note: Received updated visual effects to coincide with Talent updates.
  • IconHotS (Patch May 16, 2017Note: Dorm Cheerleader Kerrigan has been added in honor of UTA HOTS, the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm champions!
  • IconHotS (Patch March 14, 2017Note: The Countess Kerrigan skin now plays animations while Maelstrom is active.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 13, 2016Note: Queen of Ghosts skin added.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 27, 2016Note: Base Health decreased from 1848 to 1680; Base Health Regeneration decreased from 3.95 to 3.64 per second.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Base Health increased from 1680 to 1848; Health Regen increased from 3.5 to 3.8 per second; Base Attack damage increased from 109 to 120.
  • IconHotS (Patch May 19, 2016Note: Kerrigan’s Abilities will no longer receive cooldown reduction for cleave damage dealt to secondary targets of her Basic Attacks after learning the Fury of the Swarm and Bladed Momentum Talents.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Kerrigan’s prices have been reduced to $6.49 USD and 4,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 21, 2015Note: The Countess Kerrigan and Mecha Tassadar Skins will now default to their unique Mounts in regular games after they are purchased.

References Edit

  1. Heroes: Kerrigan, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-05-08
  2. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21
  3. 2016-07-14, Dustin Browder's Twitter. Accessed on 2016-08-23
  4. 4.0 4.1 2010-10-22, Kerrigan. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2010-10-22
  5. 2011-10-31, Blizzcon 2011: Blizzard DOTA FAQ, Photos, & Video. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2011-11-07
  6. StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
  7. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  8. 2013-11-09, Heroes Skin Showcase - Heroes of the Storm - Blizzcon 2013. YouTube, accessed on 2013-11-19
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mike Fahey. 2011-10-24. The Queen of Blades is No Match for the New and Improved Blizzard DOTA. Kotaku. Accessed 2012-05-13.
  10. SC2 DotA Kerrigan, StarCraft Legacy. Accessed on 2014-04-01
  11. 2015-05-14, We're here for a quick Q&A on the Kael'thas patch. Reddit, accessed on 2015-05-19
  12. 2015-02-19, Pre-Order FUNKO Heroes of the Storm Mystery Minis Mini-Figures. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-20

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