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Bandit Cactus is a Rare variant of the Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. She was released in the Zomboss Down DLC pack.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

After robbing the Zomboss Express the bandit Cactus retired investing her loot in a fix-er-up resort hotel where she spends the majority of time greeting guests and apologizing about the shoddy accommodations.

In-game description

Her fully automatic Gatling Needle trades accuracy for speed.

AI health (GW2 only)

  • Easy: 75
  • Normal: 100
  • Hard: 125
  • CRAAAAZY: 150

Primary weapon

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

The primary weapon of Bandit Cactus is the Gatling Needle; all facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The base damage per hit at all ranges is 9 and the critical is 11.
  • The max DPS at all ranges is about 11.
  • The min DPS at all ranges is about 90.
  • The ammo in a clip is 20.
  • The reload time is 2.1 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is fast.
  • The weapon is full auto.
  • The bloom is medium.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

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The Bandit Cactus' primary weapon is the Gatling Needle. It deals less damage than the standard Spike Shot at 9 impact damage and 10 critical damage. It compensates for this by being a fully automatic weapon.

Abilities

Left abilities
Potato MineGW1
Potato Mine
Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"
Potato Nugget MineGW1
Potato Nugget Mine
These little nuggets are small, have a great sense of humor and enjoy sitting around waiting to blow Zombies sky high. While not as damaging as their potato cousins, these little nuggets still pack a spudow!
Center abilities
Garlic DroneGW1
Garlic Drone
By launching her Garlic Drone companion, she can monitor Zombies from the skies, attack them from the air, and call in devastating Corn Strikes.
Artichoke DroneGW1
Artichoke Drone
The Artichoke Drone has a really thick skin. This gives it more health and helps it last longer in a fight. However, it does not have the same firepower as its Garlic counterpart.
Right abilities
Tallnut BattlementGW1
Tallnut Battlement
Tallnut Battlements have many uses. They can be shields and they can block paths to stop the Zombies in their tracks. They're terrible card players, though.
Iron MaidenGW1
Iron Maiden
Encased in iron armor, these Iron Maiden Tallnuts will stare at Zombies with an unmatched intensity. They are very hard to destroy and enjoy getting in the way.

Left abilities
Potato MineGW2
Potato Mine
Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"
Potato Nugget MineGW2
Potato Nugget Mine
These little nuggets are small, have a great sense of humor and enjoy sitting around waiting to blow Zombies sky high. While not as damaging as their potato cousins, these little nuggets still pack a spudow!
Pizzazzling Potato MineGW2
Pizzazzling
Potato Mine
Need some more shine in your life? These potatoes love to pizzazle zombies, and will leave a cloud of glitter after a whopping sparkling spudow!
Center abilities
Garlic DroneGW2
Garlic Drone
By launching her Garlic Drone companion, she can monitor Zombies from the skies, attack them from the air, and call in devastating Corn Strikes.
Artichoke DroneGW2
Artichoke Drone
The Artichoke Drone has a really thick skin. This gives it more health and helps it last longer in a fight. However, it does not have the same firepower as its Garlic counterpart.
Red ArtichokeGW2
Red Artichoke
This agile Artichoke shouldn't be messed with. It's as fast as a clam and quick like a cucumber!
Dark Garlic DroneGW2
Dark Garlic Drone
The Dark Garlic Drone is infused with mystical dark energy. It has cool magical weapons and cool magical look.
Right abilities
Tallnut BattlementGW2
Tallnut Battlement
Tallnut Battlements have many uses. They can be shields and they can block paths to stop the Zombies in their tracks. They're terrible card players, though.
Iron MaidenGW2
Iron Maiden
Encased in iron armor, these Iron Maiden Tallnuts will stare at Zombies with an unmatched intensity. They are very hard to destroy and enjoy getting in the way.
Bling MaidenGW2
Bling Maiden
This Tallnut is encased in solid bling gold armor! How did a Tallnut even afford such expensive armor though?

Weapon upgrades

BanditCactusUpgrade

Steely Gaze

Staring down Zombies in an even more fierce fashion improves her reload time.

Fancier Bandolier

Stitched some extra slots in her bandolier, increasing ammo capacity.

Sharpened Needles

Sharpening her needles has increased their damage. She can't believe she didn't think of that earlier.

Strategies

The Bandit Cactus is well-suited for close-range combat with the ability to fire automatically with each needle dealing about 9 to 11 damage, allowing her to deal a relatively large amount of damage to opposing zombies. This makes it capable of defending the garden in Gardens & Graveyards at a much closer distance than usual and with her above-average projectile damage, if given proper support, she can even take down an All-Star without too much trouble. Be advised though, that the automatic firing only moves the Bandit Cactus from being a support class to being a defensive class, not an offensive class. The needles deal a large amount of damage at close and mid range but are sub-par at dealing with long range targets compared to other Cactus variants. The Bandit Cactus excels at ambushing but it also retains the Cactus' below-average foot speed so this further discourages players from actively attacking and instead encourages the player to stay near the objective and attacking any approaching zombies. If you want to go long range, it is advised to get the zoom upgrade.

If the player favors more offensive gameplay, the Peashooter is a much better choice for this task. This is because of his faster movement speed, and his powerful abilities. Bandit Cactus is a more passive attacker.

Interestingly, the Bandit Cactus is very similar in behavior to the Mechanic, which translates to the fact that if the player is skilled with the Mechanic, they should have good thoughts about the Bandit Cactus but remember that due to the plants being on the defense (GW), the Bandit Cactus is best used as a defensive "carpenter" due to its ability to place down Practical cover and mines as well as its ability fly drones.

Balancing changes

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 release

  • Ammo capacity was increased from 15 to 20.

Related achievement

Making Popcorn PSN
Making Popcorn
As a Cactus, Vanquish 10 Players with the Drone's Corn Strike

Gallery

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Video

Trivia

  • She is the only plant that carries anything to hold ammo, in which it used a bandolier.
  • In the Stickerbook, it says that she has long range, but in fact she is meant to be a mid to short ranged variant.
  • While it can be hard to notice, it turns out that she has spikes on her lower body that clip through her poncho.
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