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Initially thought to be a new Zerg strain, the Baneling is actually an evolved Zergling. First appearing during the Siege of Cask, the Zergling was driven by the Queen to incorporate local fungi into their bodies, resulting in the Baneling. The Zergling's claws shrivel and instead, a large bulbous sac containing toxic chemicals is carried on its back. Upon reaching the enemy, the Baneling initiates the chemical reaction to detonate itself, spewing acid all around.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
|Cost||25 minerals 25 gas|
|Armor||0 (+1 for every Zerg Carapace Upgrade)|
|Attack (ground)||20 (+15 vs light) (+2/+2 for every Zerg Melee Upgrade)|
|Attack (structure)||80 (+5 for every Zerg Melee Upgrade)|
|Movement Speed||2.5 (+0.4531 with Centrifugal Hooks)|
|Centrifugal Hooks||150 minerals 150 gas||110s||Lair||Increases Baneling Speed|
The Baneling is incredibly effective against small units and melee units such as Zealots and Marines. They don't fare so well against ranged units and units that deal splash damage. They are commonly created en masse and sent against enemy forces. Banelings can be burrowed, essentially giving the Zerg an improvised spider mine. Banelings can also be loaded to Overlords in a tactic known as Baneling bombing.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
The Baneling appears in the Heart of the Swarm Campaign. Like the Wings of Liberty Campaign, Zerg units can be mutated to create stronger versions, fueled by Kerrigan. Initially only two mutations are available but after those are researched, a third mutation is available as well as the ability to evolve the Baneling even further.
|Centrifugal Hooks||1||Increase Baneling Speed|
|Viscous Discharge||1||Baneling Acid slows down units hit for a short period of time|
|Rupture||2||Baneling splash radius increased by 25%|
|Evolve Baneling||2||Evolve the Baneling into either the Gorgeling or the Splitterling|