What is a ling in StarCraft 2?


StarCraft 2 (SC2) players use ling as shorthand for zergling. This speedy little Tier 1 unit is the lynchpin of the Zerg army.

Lings can serve as attackers, defenders, harassers, and scouts. Because lings are easy to spawn and incredibly useful, you're likely to encounter (lots of) them in every Zerg matchup. Typically, Zerg players transform their lings into speedlings at the earliest-possible opportunity, to make them even speedier.


I always send lings out early when I play Zerg
Even against Protoss?
One player's fanart of a flying ling
One player's fanart of a flying ling

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Updated November 29, 2023

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