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Groups of animals have special names:

+------------+--------------+
|   Animal   |  Group Name  |
+------------+--------------+
| alligators | congregation |
| iguanas    | mess         |
| owls       | parliment    |
| lions      | pride        |
+------------+--------------+

Often, in Starcraft II commentaries, the commentators will say things like:

  • A squad of marines
  • A flock/gaggle/cloud of mutalisks
  • A pack of roaches
  • etc...

Are there any such names that have been listed in the Starcraft lore? Is there any reference outlining widely accepted names of unit groups in SCII?

EDIT: I am looking for singular names for groups of units of a single type. The Protoss 'Death Ball', for example, refers to a composition of units, and is not a fitting answer.

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    My favourite has always been the protoss "death ball", although it doesn't apply much in Legacy of the Void. – Sorean Feb 12 '16 at 2:26
  • This is actually a very interesting question. I'll have to assume that most of it is just is just community-made, but maybe there's some answers to this lore hidden in the books? – NBN-Alex Feb 12 '16 at 2:40
  • "swarm" is used for zerg pretty sure, – Aequitas Feb 12 '16 at 3:11
  • You have only basic atributes of the army, like bioball for Terran marines and marauders, mech for when the Terran goes Thor/Vikings/Siege Tank; as already said, zergs are a swarm, that's a very used term on the HotS campaign; for protoss there was only the Death Ball, that was the formation of front line Zealots, a circle of Stalker with a few Colossi above them – DH. Feb 12 '16 at 10:41
  • Also, reddit thread :) – NauticalMile Feb 13 '16 at 18:45
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No, there exist no such collective nouns (or terms of venery) for SC2 species. These sorts of terms in English are completely superfluous and have no practical usage in modern day. As such, many of these modern day terms are simply made up for entertainment. From the Oxford Dictionary page on the topic (emphasis mine):

Many of the following terms belong to 15th-century lists of 'proper terms', such as those in the Book of St Albans attributed to Dame Juliana Barnes (1486). Some are fanciful or humorous terms which probably never had any real currency, but have been taken up by antiquarian writers, notably Joseph Strutt in Sports and Pastimes of England (1801).

Why does that matter when it comes to Starcraft? Easy, these terms are not used in everyday contexts and are more "trivia" then actual content. Books containing stories of war and drama and chaos don't often interlude with "Fun fact: did you know a group of zerglings is called a gang?"

In universe, because these terms come from hunting, you don't think of people as "hunting" Hydralisks. Nor would people go out for a day of shooting Zealots in waders with a Zealot caller. There would be no reason that these terms would have ever been invented within the context of the war against these races.

Out of universe, the fans are less concerned with terms meant for hunting, and more concerned with strategic groupings. It is more useful to have the term "Speedlings" than "a zeal of zerglings". Any reason to invent the terms would be done purely as a way to invent trivia for the game. And the invention of terms would likely be difficult to propagate because of any conflicting naming and lack of utility in conversation by hardcore fans.

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    A fine answer. But the owner of Joey Ray's on Mar Sara may disagree with you about whether hydralisks are hunted. – NauticalMile Feb 13 '16 at 18:41
  • What? It has nothing to do with hunting. There are group names for all animals, even those that are not hunted. – Ostmeistro Apr 8 '16 at 10:05

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