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Shift spawn small.gif
"Get off the Infestation! Whips are echoing in!"
Kharaa.png Kharaa
Team Resources
Icon team resource neutral.gif 13
Icon kharaa supply.gif 5 / 200
750 (1100)
75 (150)
Ground Speed: 1.5
Abilities and Upgrades
Echo, Move, Energize
Upgrade Lerk
Tech Requirements:
Build on Infestation
Build Time: 61.2 (auto-build), 18 (Grow) seconds
Builds From: Alien Commander
Buy From: Advanced Tab
Hotkey: D
Mature Time: 120 seconds


The Shift is a Kharaa semi-static defense structure built by the Alien Commander. It is a barnacle-like alien organism which possesses numerous tendrils that aid in movement and support its fleshy upper body, that consists of a stinger, luminescent organ, and bony shell.

When within proximity of a Shift, Kharaa lifeforms experience accelerated body metabolism, which energizes their bacterial cells. Lifeforms become highly energetic and thus can repeatedly use abilities without exhaustion. The Shift can also dissolve itself or nearby Kharaa structures into microscopic Bacterium, then reform them elsewhere on Infestation.

NS1 Comparison

The Shift is the counterpart to the Movement Chamber, which allowed lifeforms to teleport to existing Hives. However, the teleportation ability has been replaced by the Gorge Tunnel, which allows lifeforms to move between two points on the map. The Shift retains the ability to provide extra energy to lifeforms.



Shift echoing a nearby structure

Echo icon.gif
Teleports a single structure type near the Shift to a target location anywhere on Infestation.
  • Ability cooldown is shared between all Shifts.
  • Alien Commander can access the Echo menu of a nearby Shift through the Assist Tab.
  • Individual structures cost different Team Resources to teleport:
  • Disables when Shift is burned by Flamethrower or on fire.
Hotkey A (on Shift), D (Assist Tab), A/S/D/F/Z/X/C (select structure)
TRes Icon team resource neutral.gif Variable
Range Global
Radius 8
Delay 5 seconds
Targets Structure, Ground, Infestation
Requires Shift Hive, existing structures nearby


An uprooted Whip waddling about

Move / Stop
Move icon.gif
Issues a move or stop order to a Kharaa unit or structure.
  • A waypoint will display at the selected destination.
Hotkey S (icon), Mouse2 (cursor)
Targets Ground, Units, Structures


Fade blinking with energy to spare

Energize icon.gif
Recharges energy of nearby Kharaa lifeforms.
  • Multiple Shifts cannot recharge energy of the same targets.
  • Disables when Shift is burned by Flamethrower or on fire.
Energy Icon resources energy neutral.gif 15
Range 17
Interval 1 seconds
Targets Lifeforms


Infestation Dependent

Harvester dying on an uninfested Resource Nozzle

Infestation Dependent
Infestation dependent icon.gif
Most Kharaa structures absorb nutrients by rooting into the Infestation. If the Infestation recedes from underneath a Kharaa structure, it will take damage over time until death or the ground is infested again.
Damage 12 per second
Targets Structures
Requires Off Infestation


A newborn Crag slowly maturing

Nutrient mist icon.gif
Most Kharaa structures will mature over time, gaining extra maximum Health and Armor every second until fully matured.
  • Max health/armor and mature time vary between different structures.
  • At 50% maturity, the structure is prefixed as "Grown".
Targets Structure


Upgrade Lerk

Upgrade Lerk notification

Upgrade Lerk
Lerk egg icon.gif
Unlocks Umbra and Spores abilities for all Lerk players when the abilities' Biomass level requirements are met.
Hotkey Z
TRes Icon team resource neutral.gif 35
Research Time 90 seconds
Targets Lerk

Tips and Strategies

  • Place a Shift near a growing Hive to give a Gorge unlimited energy to Heal Spray a Hive quickly.
  • Place a Shift near the front line for a Gorge to continually heal your attacking Kharaa.
  • When Echoing structures, be sure to echo the Shift last or you will leave your other structure behind.
  • One good strategy to quickly and safely expand is to place a Shift near your first hive Harvester, that way, you can echo it to the next free Resource Nozzle, and grow a new Harvester in base. This is much safer than growing a Harvester out in the field.
  • Place a Shift near your upgrades, and Echo them out off the base if there is a large assault on that Hive.