Roach (Legacy of the Void)

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This article is for the Legacy of the Void multiplayer version. For the Heart of the Swarm version, see Roach (Heart of the Swarm). For the Wings of Liberty version, see Roach (Wings of Liberty).
[e][h]ZergIcon.png Roach
Unit Information
Ground Unit
Minerals.gif 75 Vespene-zerg.gif 25 Buildtime zerg.gif 19 Supply-zerg.gif 2
Attack 1:
Targets: Ground
Damage: 16 (+2)
DPS: 11.2 (+1.4)
Cooldown: 1.43
Range: 4
Icon Hitpoints.png 145 Icon Armor.png 1 (+1)
3.15 (+1.05)
Speed Multiplier on Creep:
Speed on Creep:
4.09 (+1.36)
Cargo Size:
Strong against:
Weak against:


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 while Burrowed. A Roach can heal itself from 1 to full health in 14 game seconds after the Burrowing and Tunneling Claws upgrades are purchased.

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 Point Defense Drone.


Rapid regeneration.png
While burrowed, the Roach regenerates its health at an extremely fast rate of 7 hit points per second.
Morph to Ravager
Morph to Ravager.jpg
Minerals.gif 25
Vespene-zerg.gif 75
Supply-zerg.gif 1
Hotkey: V
This ability morphs a Roach into a Ravager.


Tunneling claws.gif
Minerals.gif 100     Vespene-zerg.gif 100     Buildtime zerg.gif 79 Hotkey: G
Researched from: Roach Warren
Increases Roach movement speed to 4.2 (+1.05) while unburrowed, and to 4.4 while burrowed under creep. Requires a Lair.
Glial reconstitution.gif
Minerals.gif 150     Vespene-zerg.gif 150     Buildtime zerg.gif 79 Hotkey: T
Researched from: Roach Warren
Gives Roaches the ability to move while burrowed at a speed of 2.8 and increases the health regeneration rate of Roaches to 14 HP/sec below ground. Requires a Lair.

Competitive Usage[edit]

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Vs.TerranIcon.png Terran[edit]

Vs.ZergIcon.png Zerg[edit]




Patch Changes[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. Blizzard Entertainment (23 May 2017). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.14.0 -- May 23, 2017".