|Attacks||Kamikaze acid strikes|
Banelings are encountered much later in the game, during the alien infestation. Unlike other alien forms, Banelings are often found hovering in the air, waiting for their prey to come to them; they rarely set foot on the ground. Other Banelings spawn from the walls of alien lairs, and the Heart of The Hive.
Once a banelings spots a potential target (such as a Bro or a mook), it chooses a spot next to the target and dive-bombs (Visualized with a green line and a green cross). Upon making contact with the target or the ground, its acid pouch begins to immediately pressurize, causing the Baneling to explode, destroying terrain and showering anything within the vicinity in acid.
- Bros are able to ride banelings, both in the air and as it dive-bombs.