Plants Vs Zombies 2: Top Six Premium Plants
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I'm a big fan of this series, but to be honest, when I first saw the artwork and title of the first game, I thought it would be a complete mess. Upon playing it, I was reminded not to judge a book by its cover. Give the games a shot to discover if you like them as much as I do!
Plants Vs Zombies Overview
Here we are with another PVZ countdown, the series where your loyal lawn warriors battle against the undead! We've previously explored the best and worst six plants from the titles; today, we'll rank the best premium plants (referred to as "premiums"). What are premiums? Well, most of this game is available for free to everyyone, but a few plants and bonuses may only be bought with real money.
If you're like me, you're always looking to save some dough, and will opt to play without those extras (honestly, you don't really need them). But if you want a few additional upgrades and guardians, you'll have to shell out a few dollars for each; today's countdown can help you decide where your money will best be spent. Also, note that a few premium plants may be bought with Gems (a collectible item in the game) instead of money, satisfying the cheapskate within us all. We'll note those at the end of the article. For now, let's get to it and countdown the best six premium plants!
Cost: 125 Sun
Recharge (time before you can plant another): "Slow", 35 seconds
Premium plants are sometimes given to you in the ever-changing daily party levels (as a way to show you their power). Jalapeno is definitely one of the best, and always welcome in those missions. For 125 Sun, Jalapeno will burn one row of zombies. It won't damage multiple columns like the Cherry Bomb, but it's cheaper, affects an entire row, and recharges faster than Cherry Bomb. Give this spicy veggie a try, and watch as your foes quickly fall!
Actually, botanically, jalapenos are fruits. Huh, who knew?
Cost: 50 Sun
Recharge: "Sluggish", 20 seconds
We have another powerful one-shot plant in our list today. Squash looks pretty grumpy; thankfully, he'll take it out on the undead and not us. Compared to other instant-use plants, his downside is range; he'll only target one grid square. Still, Squash has some interesting traits that more than make up for it. First, you can plant him in advance of zombies; he'll wait until one comes into range. Thus, unlike Jalapeno or Cherry Bomb, you can have multiple Squash at a time, and you can place Plant Food on Squash to give him a powerful effect. Squash's Plant Food ability targets the two strongest zombies in any row, smashes them, and then he returns to his original spot. Not bad at all. Also, Squash costs much less than most one-shot plants, and his recharge time is better, too. You don't need premiums to beat the game, but I'll admit Squash is definitely a helpful addition.
Recharge: "Fast", 5 seconds
Fourth place goes to the sticky Sap-fling. This plant deals no damage to zombies, but instead flings sap at them, slowing their assault and providing additional time to build your defenses. The lack of damage is disappointing, but the slowing effect is awesome and very useful. We already had slowing effects with cold plants like the Winter Melon or Icebery Lettuce, who would chill the undead, but Sap-fling uses a different effect. This means we can stack them; use both ice and sap to drastically slow your enemies. Sap-fling recharges quickly, is fairly cheap, offers a unique effect, and has a decent Plant Food attack (he'll fling the sticky substance all over the screen, slowing zombies in every row). If you want to use premiums, consider trying this unique warrior, who also happens to work well with our next plant..
Cost: 175 Sun
Recharge: "Fast"; 5 seconds
The blazing Torchwood earns third place. He looks tough, but won't directly attack zombies. Instead, he lights the peas shot by many plants (Peashooter, Threepeater, Pea Pod, etc.) on fire, doubling their damage Torchwood's ignition of peas will cancel out any slowing effect your cold plants will inflict, so keep him away from Winter Melon (Sap-fling works better instead). Consider the efficiency of Torchwood. If you put him in front of a Pea Pod, which shoots five peas for 625 Sun, you'll double the damage without doubling the cost. Plus, he has an excellent Plant Food upgrade. Instead of using a powerful but brief attack, like most Plant Food activations, Torchwood's is permanent. He'll spout blue fire, and will now triple the damage of peas that pass through him. Very few zombies can withstand a few Pea Pods supported by a blue Torchwood. Definitely recommended.
Cost: 150 Sun
Recharge: "Mediocre", 15 seconds
If you've played any games in the series, you're probably familiar with the Peashooter and Wall-nut plants. Peashooter is the most basic offensive plant, simply shooting a pea straight ahead. Wall-nut can be placed as a defensive shield to hold off zombies, who will spend a lot of time gnawing on the tough plant. Well, combine these two lawn guardians, and you have the Pea-nut! He'll attack foes while obstructing their path with his tough body. His offensive potential isn't great, but it helps. 150 Sun is an excellent price for a plant who can simultaneously attack and defend. Plus, he even recharges a bit faster than regular Wall-nuts, giving an extra advantage. As if that weren't enough, Pea-nut's Plant Food ability is great. He heals any damage he's taken, fires 60 peas in his row, and receives a metal helmet that will boost his health. If you're looking for a defender who can also support your offensive warriors, give this scrumptious plant a try.
1. Ghost Pepper
Cost: 75 Sun
Recharge: "Medicore", 15 seconds
Not hard to see why the game calls our number one premium "sweet and spooky", is it? She (yes, its apparently female) is invincible; zombies will pass through her and cannot eat her body. She acts as a somewhat delayed bomb, exploding and damaging numerous grid squares several seconds after you place her. Additionally, while she's charging her blast, she'll haunt the square she's in and ones to the right and left of her, dealing damage to any foes within the range. Plant her a couple spaces ahead of the tougher zombie, and you'll have a cheap bomb that can damage multiple foes before detonating. Ghost Pepper's Plant Food effect resets her timer, and increases her haunting range to a 4 by 3 area, which can really decimate your opposition. Best of all, she's available to buy with Gems instead of actual money, so you can enjoy her presence without paying a cent. Note that sometimes she's unavailable on the market; check the store periodically for events that enable her purchase (holidays, especially Halloween, are good times to look). For her efficient cost, powerful blast, and widespread availability, Ghost Pepper claims first place in today's contest.
Hopefully you've enjoyed today's glimpse at some powerful and exclusive plants. If you can afford it, give them a try to both support the game developers and add to your repertoire. We still have many plants and zombies to explore in upcoming countdowns, but for now, let me know which premium plant you prefer, and check out the table below to view the premiums available for purchase with Gems. See you next time!
Premiums you can buy with Gems (when available)
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