| Build time
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|| Heavy, Structure, Biological
The Zerg Hatchery is the focal point of every starting Zerg colony. It performs two vital functions that no colony could survive without: producing Creep (which all Zerg structures require in order to be built) and producing Larva that can evolve into the various Zerg breeds. Larvae are produced at a steady rate and will stay near the Hatchery of their creation.
Like all Zerg structures, Hatcheries are living organisms that heal damage over time, making them very difficult to eradicate. In addition, the Hatchery, (except for the Extractor) is one of the only structures that can be built without pre-existing Creep and is therefore essential for any expansion attempt.
The StarCraft 2 Hatchery
functions quite the same as it did in the original game. It can now produce a new unit, the Queen
, which is a large, defensively specialized unit. The Queen can cause additional Larvae
to spawn from Hatcheries.