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 Needle Spine
The Hydralisk is an evolved form of the Slothien a race controled by the overmind and developed through the Zerg strain. Through this strain they have become increasingly aggressive had have add the muscle structure augmented. The Hydralisk uses its serpentine body to move around, while it uses its big scythe-like arms to climb or propel itself faster or using them to attack close range (a gameplay concept that isn't put into effect until StarCraft II). Otherwise it will attack with its needle spines, which fire out of flaps on the Hydralisk's head and through evolution have become an even more potent defense system. These razor sharp spines can fire deep and its poison may may seep into its prey's wound. However, because of its low range, Hydralisks often prefer to burrow and hide to wait for the enemy to move closer. 
 
The Hydralisk is one of the more iconic Zerg units in the game. It is common in early and mid-game matches, do to its relative inexpensiveness and ability to attack both ground and air units much like the Marine and Dragoon can. It is capable of burrowing allowing it to appear invisible then springing back up for a surprise attack.    

STARCRAFT

HYDRALISKSTATS
RaceZerg
TypeGround-biological
RoleMulti-purpose ranged attacker
ArmamentNeedle spines
Resources75 minerals, 25 gas
Supply2 units
Transport slots2
Build time33 sec
Hit points80
Armor0 (add 1 per Carapace upgrade)
Attack (ground/air)10 (add 1 per Missile Attacks upgrade)
Cool down15
Attack  range4 (5 with grooved Spines research)
Sight range6
Built atHatchery/Lair/Hive
RequiresHydralisk Den
HotkeyH
Evolves intoLurker (Brood War only)

STARCRAFT II

HYDRALISKSTATS
RaceZerg
TypeGround-biological
RoleMulti-purpose ranged attacker
ArmamentNeedle spines/Scythe
Resources100 minerals, 50 gas
Supply2
Transport slots2
Build time28 sec
Hit points80
Regeneration per second0.2734
Armor (light)0 add 1 per Carapace upgrade)
Attack (ground/air)10 (add 1 per Missile Attacks upgrade)
Cool down0.83 sec
Attack range4 (5 with Grooved Spines research)
Sight range6
Movement speed2.25 (x1.5 on creep)
built atHatchery/Lair/Hive
RequiresHydralisk Den
HotkeyH

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