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Roach (Legacy of the Void)

This article covers the current multiplayer version of this unit. For other versions see Roach (Heart of the Swarm), Roach (Wings of Liberty) and Roach (Heart of the Swarm Campaign).
[e][h] Roach
Unit Information
Description:
Ground Unit
Requirements:
Cost:
75 25 19 2
Attributes:
Attack 1:
Targets: Ground
Damage: 16 (+2)
DPS: 11.2 (+1.4)
Cooldown: 1.43
Range: 4
Defence:
145 1 (+1)
R
Sight:
9
Speed:
3.15 (+1.05)
Speed Multiplier on Creep:
1.3
Speed on Creep:
4.09 (+1.36)
Cargo Size:
2
Strong against:
Weak against:

Description[edit]

The Roach is an Armored-ground unit that can be produced after a Roach Warren has been built.

With the Tunneling Claws upgrade, the Roach becomes one of two units (the other being the Infestor) that is able to move while burrowed. This is also indicated by the appearance of crystals on the backs of the Roaches.

The Roach is useful in all three match-ups because it can absorb large amounts of damage. Roaches have very high HP values considering their cheap cost. This is augmented by its ability to regenerate its health at a tremendous rate of 7 HP/second while Burrowed. This allows for a full heal in just over 20 seconds.

Note that while the Roach also has a melee attack animation, it is affected by Range Attack upgrades, but not by a Guardian Shield or the now removed Point Defense Drone.

Abilities[edit]

While burrowed, the Roach regenerates its health at an extremely fast rate of 7 hit points per second.
Morph to Ravager
25
75
1
Hotkey: V
This ability morphs a Roach into a Ravager.

Upgrades[edit]

 100      100      79 Hotkey: G
Researched from: Roach Warren
Requires: Lair
Increases Roach movement speed to 4.2 (+1.05) while unburrowed, and to 4.4 while burrowed under creep.
 100      100      79 Hotkey: T
Researched from: Roach Warren
Requires: Lair
Gives Roaches the ability to move while burrowed at a speed of 2.8.

Competitive Usage[edit]

Vs. Protoss[edit]

Roaches are used to pin units in place, have a large amount of life, and are gas efficient. Their ability to morph into Ravagers, which have a longer ranged attack, allows the Zerg players to morph only the units they need instead of having to make dedicated units like Hydras that are more gas expensive. Storms are not very effective against these units (as opposed to Zerglings).

Vs. Terran[edit]

Vs. Zerg[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Patch Changes[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment (23 May 2017). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.14.0 -- May 23, 2017". Battle.net.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment (20 November 2018). "STARCRAFT II 4.7.1 PATCH NOTES". Battle.net.