In similar vein to this and this:

Hydralisks and roaches have a special melee animation when the enemy is within melee-range. I thought this was just for show, and I've actually heard speculation that it's a bug, but Oak recently mentioned that this attack shares some of the other benefits of melee-attacks (namely, not being affected by the guardian's shield).

However, I wouldn't think their attack would be affected by melee-upgrade, since there is no listing for it on the unit-card. So which is it? (references please, I'm not looking for speculation)

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They use the ranged upgrade.

If you open up the galaxy editor and look at the Hydralisk/Roach you'll notice that they have two different weapons: one for range, one for melee. You'll notice that both of these attacks have the same upgrade specified.

Here we see the relationship between Zerg Missile Attacks and Hydralisk Melee

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If select Zerg Missile Attacks and select Upgrade Effects+ we can see where the association is set

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  • The sc2armory.com pages for Roaches and Hydralisks, while less definitive, also show that they only have one attack, and that it uses the ranged upgrade.
    – Wikwocket
    Sep 30, 2010 at 21:54
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    I know blizzard at one point says "there is no difference only animation," but that was disproven by guardian shield.
    – tzenes
    Sep 30, 2010 at 22:46
  • this sucks. they should use the melee upgrades when in melee combat
    – JohnIdol
    Oct 1, 2010 at 7:03
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    @john some how using two different upgrades for one units' attack feels a little like penalizing Zerg
    – tzenes
    Oct 1, 2010 at 15:38
  • yeah but it also means that if you upgrade melee for zerglings then you have it for Hydras and Roaches too ;)
    – JohnIdol
    Oct 1, 2010 at 19:39

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