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Zagara is a Ranged Specialist Hero from the StarCraft universe.

If Kerrigan is the Queen of the Zerg, then Zagara is the mother of the brood. Cunning and tenacious, she commands her vicious children on the field of battle. Beware: mess with her children, and you'll answer to mama.[1]

Background Edit

Zagara was created on Char by Kerrigan, and the first broodmother to be created. She came to see the planet as a crucible for zerg evolution. She was originally a queen, but was mutated into a broodmother prior to the Second Great War by the Queen of Blades.[2]

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

Weaknesses Edit

Abilities Edit

IconBanelingBarrage
Baneling Barrage (Q)
Mana: 10
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Launch 1 Baneling that deals 86 (+4% per level) splash damage.

IconHunterKiller
Hunter Killer (W)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Summon a Hydralisk to attack a single target, dealing 65 (+3.5% per level) damage per second. Lasts 8 seconds.

IconInfestedDropZagara
Infested Drop (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Bombard target area with a Zerg Drop Pod for 147 (+3% per level) damage.

The pod spawns 2 Roachlings that deal 29.87 (+3% per level) damage per second and last for 8 seconds.

Traits Edit

IconCreepTumorZagara
Creep Tumor (D) [Trait]
Cooldown: 18 seconds

Lay a Creep Tumor that generates Creep. While on Creep, Zagara gains 20% additional attack range and both Zagara and her summons move 20% faster. Tumors last 240 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconDevouringMaw
Devouring Maw (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Summon a Devouring Maw that devours enemies for 4 seconds. Devoured enemies cannot fight and take 80 (+4% per level) damage.

IconNydusNetwork
Nydus Network (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Passive: Creep spreads 15% farther.
Passive: While on Creep, each Basic Attack reduces all of Zagara's cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.

Summon a Nydus Worm on Creep anywhere that Zagara has vision of. Zagara can enter a Nydus Worm and travel to any other Nydus Worm by right-clicking near it. While inside a Nydus Worm, Zagara regenerates 10% Health and Mana per second.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

IconBanelingBarrage
Volatile Acid
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Banelings can travel 50% further before exploding and their damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Structures is increased by 50%.

IconInfestedDropZagara
Corpse Feeders [Passive]
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Reduces the cooldown of Infested Drop by 3 seconds and Roachlings take 40% less damage from non-Heroic sources.

IconInfest
Infest
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Cooldown: 0.5 seconds

Nearby Ranged Minions deal an additional 100% damage, plus an additional 1% per 1000 Siege damage Zagara has dealt. Can be toggled on or off.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

IconNexusFrenzy
Envenomed Spines
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to have Zagara's next Basic Attack apply 230 (+4% per level) damage over 5 seconds.

IconRicochet
Medusa Blades [Passive]
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Basic Attacks deal 33% damage to three nearby targets.

IconGiantKiller
Serrated Spines
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Each Basic Attack against a Hero increases Zagara's Attack Damage by 0.3.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

IconBanelingBarrage
Baneling Massacre [Passive]
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Zagara gains 2 additional charges of Banelings.

IconBanelingBarrage
Viscous Acid
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Banelings slow enemies by 20% for 1.5 seconds.

IconInfestedDropZagara
Bile Drop [Quest Talent]
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Increases the impact damage of Infested Drop by 50%. Each Hero hit by the impact damage of Infested Drop increases the bonus damage by another 5%.
IconQuestTalent Reward: Upon reaching 150% bonus damage, increase the impact radius of Infested Drop by 20%.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

IconDevouringMaw
Devouring Maw (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Summon a Devouring Maw that devours enemies for 4 seconds. Devoured enemies cannot fight and take 80 (+4% per level) damage.

IconNydusNetwork
Nydus Network (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Passive: Creep spreads 15% farther.
Passive: While on Creep, each Basic Attack reduces all of Zagara's cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.

Summon a Nydus Worm on Creep anywhere that Zagara has vision of. Zagara can enter a Nydus Worm and travel to any other Nydus Worm by right-clicking near it. While inside a Nydus Worm, Zagara regenerates 10% Health and Mana per second.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

IconHunterKiller
Hydralisk Transfusion [Passive]
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Zagara is healed for 75% of the damage dealt by Hunter Killers' Basic Attacks to Heroes.

IconCreepTumorZagara
Protective Coating [Passive]
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

While on Creep, Zagara takes 20% less damage.

IconSpellShield
Spell Shield
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Cooldown: 0.5 seconds

Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

IconHunterKiller
Brood Expansion [Passive]
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Reduces the cooldown of Hunter Killer by 6 seconds.

IconHunterKiller
Corrosive Saliva
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

When used against Heroes, Hunter Killers deal additional damage equal to 2% of their maximum Health.

IconMutalisk
Mutalisk
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Your Hunter Killer now spawns a Mutalisk. Mutalisks have a bounce attack and last for 30 seconds.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

IconDevouringMaw
Tyrant Maw
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Devouring Maw deals 50% more damage and each Takedown reduces its cooldown by 30 seconds.

IconNydusNetwork
Endless Creep [Passive]
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

The cast range for Creep Tumor is increased by 2000%. Creep Tumors now last 600 seconds. While on Creep, Zagara gains an additional 10% Movement Speed.

IconGiantKiller
Fury of the Storm
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Every 5 seconds, your next basic attack will deal an additional 94.64 (+4% per level) damage to the target, and 237.12 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby Minions and Mercenaries.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Zagara has map-wide components to her design. She can drop creep tumors to spread creep, which helps speed up her movement speed, as well as the speed of her summons. She can also use nydus worms to hop back and forth around the map, giving her plenty of opportunity to creep up and siege multiple lanes at once.[3]

She can be customized to take on a tank-esque role, but this is not an effective build.[4]

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Varianplate
Zagara’s strong lane presence and early game bully potential shores up Varian’s weaker early game. She can provide that early game edge that Varian’s team needs until he can reach level 10 and unlock his full potential.


Effective against Edit

Zaryaplate
Zagara’s pushing potential gives Zarya a hard time, as she can’t consistently get high energy to allow her to adequately clear the waves pushing into her base.


Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Broodmother of the Swarm (base)
ZagaraBMPlum ZagaraBMBrown ZagaraBMGreen Zagara - Kaldir
Broodmother of the Swarm Char Zerus Kaldir IconShard 150
Insectoid IconShard 100
Dr. Wright hypothesized only insects could survive in the apocalypse. Years later, as the mutated hivemother's pincers closed around his neck, he realized how right he was.
ZagaraIDarkGreen ZagaraIBlue ZagaraIGreen
Insectoid Aquatic Toxic
Overqueen IconShard 100
As his Queen ordered, Abathur augmented Zagara, allowing her more flexible thinking and a stronger control over her brood... there's always room for more improvement...
ZagaraMSPurple ZagaraMSRed ZagaraMSGreen
Overqueen Molten Frozen
Crypt Queen IconShard 600
Within the Nexus are an infinite number of universes and an infinite number of undead to recruit into the Lich Lord's army. Crypt Queen Zagara now serves as the ultimate living siege weapon of the Scourge.
This skin is related to the Warcraft themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Zagara - Crypt Queen Zagara - CQ - Abyssal Zagara - CQ - Blighted Zagara - CQ - Saronite
Crypt Queen Abyssal Blighted Saronite
Zagara - CQ - Silithus Zagara - CQ - Unholy
Silithus Unholy
Desert Queen IconShard 1600
The sands of Luxoria are ever-shifting. In ancient time, they were ruled by the Scorpid Swarm, and if the ancient Queen Zagara has her way, they shall be once again.
This skin is related to the Luxoria themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
ZagaraDQGreen ZagaraDQGrey ZagaraDQBrown Zagara - Desert Queen - Ruby
Desert Queen Obsidian Sand Ruby

Development Edit

Zagara appeared in Blizzard DotA. She demonstrated the ability to move by flapping wings[5] and the ability to spawn banelings and drones.[6]

Zagara used to have an ultralisk ability instead of her devouring maw. The ultralisk ability ended up being part of Kerrigan's skill set.[7]

Trivia Edit

  • Zagara is a zerg broodmother, and the last defender of Char.
  • She is loyal to the Swarm and works towards what is best for the zerg.
  • She is ambitious, and sees other life forms as weaker.
  • Zagara remained on Char after the Queen of Blades was defeated, and rallied many of the feral zerg.
  • Zagara held out against Warfield's forces but her brute tactics prevented victory.
  • When Kerrigan first returned to Char, Zagara resisted Kerrigan's attempt to retake the Swarm, but when Kerrigan defeated her, Zagara submitted.
  • Kerrigan found the Broodmother’s tactics brutal and straight forward. The Queen of Blades said she lacked vision, and under Kerrigan's command, Abathur made more improvements to Zagara to allow her more flexible thinking.
  • Zagara did not care for the primal zerg or Dehaka, as they were not part of the Swarm.
  • While invading Korhal, Kerrigan told Zagara that if anything happened to her, Zagara must prepare the Swarm to fight Amon. Kerrigan lived, however, so Zagara still serves her.
  • The Broodmother of the Swarm believes she may take over the swarm one day, but for now she feels Kerrigan has more to teach her.
  • Zagara dislikes space, finding it cold and empty.
  • Zagara finds it cute that Murky wants to eradicate every terran, but is still creeped out by him.[8]
  • After Kerrigan's ascension into becoming a Xel'Naga, Zagara was named as the new Queen (sometimes referred to as Overqueen) of the Swarm. Since then she has reclaimed Char and the surrounding planets for her Swarm.

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch October 11, 2017Note: Base Maximum Health reduced from 1643 to 1575; Health regen reduced from 3.4 to 3.3.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 5, 2017Note: Crypt Queen skins added.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 4, 2017Note: Radius adjusted to better match actual model size.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 13, 2016Note: Received new Talent icon tints to help players more easily differentiate between talents that modify the same Ability and exist on the same Talent tier.; Attack Damage reduced from 86 to 82.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Attack Damage Decreased from 95 to 86.
  • IconHotS (Patch December 15, 2015Note: Zagara’s prices have been reduced to 4,000 Gold and $6.49 USD.

References Edit

  1. 2014-05-30, Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is "Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience". Gamespot, accessed on 2014-05-31
  2. From the StarCraft wiki
  3. 2014-04-11, PAX EAST: DAY 1 RECAP. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-05-22
  4. 2013-11-11, Heroes of the Storm: Sixen Interviews Dustin Browder. YouTube, accessed on 2013-12-01
  5. 2011-10-31, Blizzcon 2011: Blizzard DOTA FAQ, Photos, & Video. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2011-11-07
  6. 2014-05-21, Blizzard set out to make a StarCraft mod, and instead reinvented gaming's most popular genre. Polygon, accessed on 2014-05-22
  7. 2015-05-14, We're here for a quick Q&A on the Kael'thas patch. Reddit, accessed on 2015-05-19
  8. 2014-06-24, ZAGARA HERO WEEK. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-08-08

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