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I'm trying to get a lot of the battle.net achievements, but some of them seem quite difficult.

Specifically, "Zergling Rush" the 20 zerglings in 255 seconds achievement

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I think this qualifies as "subjective" or "not a question" ; you provide the literal answer to your question as you ask it. –  Raven Dreamer Jul 14 '10 at 20:48
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Well, I'm just guessing on how to do it. I tried it a bit last night, and was unsuccessful. If someone knows precisely how to do it. That would be awesome. Also, I'm worried about 5 or 8 pools not having enough money. I think it's a very difficult achievement to accomplish. –  McKay Jul 14 '10 at 21:32
    
with a 6 pool build order you should hit 20 zerglings at 4:05. Put your first 6 on minerals, morph pool asap. Leave the remaining 5. Morph overlord at 100 minerals. Spam zerglings as your larva comes up. –  tzenes Jul 15 '10 at 8:04
    
Its more to get new players to understand how fast things can be done and to be ready for it ;> –  Potho Feb 16 '11 at 19:34

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I pulled it off by doing a 14 hatch, 15 pool and then rushed queens and zerglings. I did manage to make 20 by the 255 second mark.

With a 6 pool build order you should hit 20 zerglings at 4:05. Put your first 6 on minerals, morph pool asap. Leave the remaining 5. Morph overlord at 100 minerals. Spam zerglings as your larva comes up.

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Maybe you have better micro than I do, but I couldn't pull that off. –  McKay Jul 15 '10 at 5:24
    
Your second idea probably would work, sadly, I can't try that again. The achievement won't pop up. –  McKay Jul 15 '10 at 13:35
    
Did you do it and it didn't pop? –  tzenes Jul 15 '10 at 16:36
    
Yeah, last night I tried specifically that. It took like 4 or 5 times trying, because I always made a small mistake (like forgetting to have enough overlords or something), but even when I executed your 14 hatch 15 pool method as good as I can given my micro abilities [which aren't that bad?] I still didn't get it in time. –  McKay Jul 15 '10 at 17:28
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@tzenes np. I generally agree with almost everything you say here about SC2 but this particularly seemed impossible to me. I'm hoping that it is true because that means there's something big I'm missing that I could learn. Maybe you were measuring real time and not gametime? –  Davy8 Sep 24 '10 at 22:46
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Here's what I finally got to work:

  • 8 Pool
  • 7 Overlord
  • As soon as pool completes:
  • Queen
  • Zerglings x 3
  • As soon as queen spawns, spawn larvae on the hatchery
  • When money isn't a problem anymore, kill a drone for the extra 1 supply for 2 zerglings
  • Keep building zerglings until the achievement pops up.

In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have built that 8th drone. He probably just barely pulled his weight before the time limit, and I would have rather started the spawning pool that much sooner, which would make it 7 Pool, 6 Overlord

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I'm not familiar with the shorthand used for build orders. Could you explain what "8 Pool" and "7 Overlord" mean? –  Michael Herold Jul 28 '10 at 14:49
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@Michael: "8 Pool" means "After I hit 8/10 supply, build a spawning pool". This will bring you down to 7/10 supply, so "7 Overlord" means you spawn an overlord directly after your spawning pool. –  Matthew Aug 2 '10 at 2:15

With a 6 pool build order you should hit 20 Zerglings at 4:05. Put your first 6 on minerals, morph pool asap. Leave the remaining 5. Morph overlord at 100 minerals. Spam Zerglings as your larva comes up.

This works perfectly - tested and completed.

You start with 6, wait for 200 minerals, grab a spawning pool, save up for Overlord. Grab a overlord (total 2 now for 18 food), you have 5 drones remaining.

Keep spawning Zerglings, right after Overlord. You will make it in time just nicely.

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Here's what I did, finished at about 4:02...

  1. (6 drone)
  2. 7 Spawning Pool
  3. 6 Overlord
  4. As soon as pool finishes, spam zerglings x 10
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I did it this way too before reading this :D was going to 6-pool but I made a drone out of habit.. I think the extra income helped though, I also finished before 4:05 as the 6-pool suggested. If you've got the micro, drone stacking will also help with dem cash moneys :D –  nevelis Jul 1 at 4:45
    
Just tried 7-pool with hard core drone stacking - the 19th & 20th ling popped at 3:56! –  nevelis Jul 1 at 4:51

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