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Do Banelings actually overkill in certain situations or will they always deal only the required damage?

Usually 2 Banelings kill 1 Marine. Can I somehow force 3 or more Banelings to detonate on 1 Marine, without "shooting them down".

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This call for science! But I am at work :( –  Blem Aug 30 '12 at 9:09
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To test this I tried some of the following things a couple of times, always ended in same result, no overkill.

  • Droped Marine has 45 hp and is Light unit so Banelings(with speed upgrade) do 35 damage.
  • 2 Banelings needed to kill the Marine.
  • 2 Banelings lost, no overkill.

  • Walking Marine has 45 hp and is Light unit so Banelings(with speed upgrade) do 35 damage.
  • 2 Banelings needed to kill the Marine.
  • 2 Banelings lost, no overkill.

  • Marine has 45 hp and is Light unit so Banelings(with speed upgrade and 3 weapon) do 47 damage.
  • 1 Banelings needed to kill the Marine.
  • 1 Banelings lost, no overkill.

  • Marauder has 125 hp and is armored so Banelings(with speed upgrade) do 20 damage.
  • 7 Banelings needed to kill the Marauder.
  • 7 Banelings lost, no overkill.
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There was no overkill from the banelings but there certainly was some in creating this answer. –  dbemerlin Aug 31 '12 at 9:46
    
Very well put together! Great taking the time to do it! –  Nick122 Sep 3 '12 at 13:41
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You can press the "Explode" key (Default: X) to explode as many banelings as you want, even if there is no - or only one - enemy unit around.

The baneling explosion is a normal auto attack like the zerglings melee attack so they will only use it when they can actually hit a unit.

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Yeah, but what would happen if drop a Marine into a bunch of Banelings? Would only 2 detonate? –  ayckoster Aug 30 '12 at 15:12
    
@ayckoster yes. They auto-attack, 2 explode. The others don't find anything to auto-attack since the marine is already dead so they idle until they find more targets. –  dbemerlin Aug 30 '12 at 15:17
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NO, it's impossible. I've tried a million creative ideas:

I tried just the normal way. I tried dropping the marine. I tried reducing the marine's HP to half and THEN attack with banelings. I tried making a vortex with a mothership that would eat the 3 banelings and the marine but when they came out only 2 exploded.

The outcome of my research:

Can banelings overkill? no they can not.

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