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Spell Information
Area of Effect:
Target Only
Researched from:
Research Cost:
Minerals 100 Vespene Gas 100 Build Time 62.7
Research Hotkey:

Consume is a spell cast by the Zerg Defiler. It replenishes the Defiler's energy points by sacrificing the life of one of your own Zerg units.


Consume can be used on any Zerg unit that you own with the exception of the Larva. You can even consume Eggs, Cocoons and Burrowed units. You can use the ability an unlimited amount of times, but the Defiler still may not hold more than the energy maximum (200/250 with upgrade). Since using Consume means the death of a Zerg unit, you normally want to use the cheapest units possible: Zerglings.

All Zerg units replenish an equal amount of energy to the Defiler: 50. Remaining HP or unit cost does not matter. Consuming an Overlord that is transporting units counts as one unit.


In any match in which Defilers come in to play the Consume ability is a must have. If a defensive Swarm is needed, having enough energy is critical. Offensively, Defilers with the consume ability are instantly able to engage an attack, using Swarm or Plague as the Zerg army engages.

In Combination with Other Spells[edit]


  • Units moving into a Nydus Canal or Overlord will not be consumed.
  • Drones moving into an Extractor or morphing into a building will not be consumed.
  • Queens infesting a Command Centre will not be Consumed.
  • Consume cannot be queued up with Shift+commands as a waypoint (or with other waypoints).

Notable Games[edit]

Effort vs Stork - 09-26-07 - SPL 08/09 - Effort accidentally Consumes an Ultralisk