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Not to be confused with Berry Blast.

Barrel Blast is an ability for Captain Deadbeard in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. When used, Captain Deadbeard hides in a wooden barrel with a fuse on it. The player triggers the fuse which leads to the explosion of the barrel after a certain amount of time. When Captain Deadbeard is in the barrel, he will move slower than usual, but after he triggers the fuse, he moves faster. The explosion does up to 150 splash damage to the plants. The player also takes 75% less damage while in the barrel.

In Garden Warfare 2 it has a Rux exclusive bling variant named the Looty Booty Barrel Blast. Like most of the bling variants however, the Looty Booty Barrel Blast is merely a bejeweled reskin of the default Barrel Blast, and as such functions identically.

In Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, the ability has been reworked to shield Captain Deadbeard from damage while still retaining the ability to explode. The barrel can take up to 100 points of damage before breaking, removing the option to detonate it if done quickly enough. In addition, if a plant aims for the eye hole in the barrel, they can damage Captain Deadbeard normally though this eye hole is miniscule.

Description

Garden Warfare 2

Barrel Blast

Hop inside your trusty barrel to shield yourself from attacks, but that's not all! Light the fuse and run towards your Plant foes an explosive surprise.

Looty Booty Barrel Blast

Yo ho ho, it's a barrel made of shiny treasure! Protect yourself from plants in style, and blast them away with a glittery explosion!

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

Hide in a short-fused powder keg. Light fuse with [Attack].

Associated upgrades  (Battle for Neighborville only)

Powder Keg
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1
Captain Deadbeard gets launched higher from Barrel Blast.

Barrel Blast launches Captain Deadbeard 11.5m (37.73 ft) upward.
Incoming Keg
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3
Move faster while in Barrel Blast.

Move 40.3509% faster while in Barrel Blast.

Strategies

Garden Warfare 2

With

This should be used either as a sneak attack for snipers or as a way to get away from the plants. Most commonly, you'll use this in Team Vanquish to get some vanquishes, or in Herbal Assault, when you must retreat to the next objective and need extra protection. Gnome Bomb and Suburbination are also good, since plants must go to specific objectives. If you're in the barrel, they'll have to think twice of approaching. You should never run into the plants in your barrel when you're at low health, despite having damage reduced in the barrel. So overall, this ability can be used in a similar fashion to the Turbo Twister

If there are multiple plants, this can be extremely useful as you can use it to kill or severely damage other plants around you, along with it's short recharge. In Graveyard Ops, this can be useful against bosses, as they will not attack you. 

Note that Spikeweeds automatically cancel the barrel without activating it, and leave you completely helpless as you are likely to be close to the plants. Avoid them at all costs and if there is no easy way to approach, simply retreat with the barrel.

Against

Simply run away from it with something like Hyper. Most classes have a good way to quickly flee from the barrel unharmed, and as the explosion's range is extremely short, it should be easy to escape unscathed.

Note that some abilities will immediately cancel the barrel, while others will restrict its movement so much that the explosion is too far away from the player that the barrel is worthless. Such abilities include Goop, EMPeach and the aforementioned Spikeweeds. Ice variants can also try to freeze the barrel, stopping it from moving completely.

Remember that the barrel's damage reduction is not to be underestimated, so unless the pirate entered it with low health, it is unwise to try and vanquish the pirate inside, even with powerful abilities such as the Shuck Shot or Chili Bean Bomb.

Battle for Neighborville

With

This ability has a rather inconsistent hit detection, so it's not recommended to continuously use this as it won't deal any damage if it doesn't register the hits to the enemy, which may potentially get yourself killed instead. It's recommended to use the Incoming Keg upgrade as it will increase your movement speed while inside the barrel by 75%, allowing you to approach running enemies with ease.

For best results, use the Incoming Keg and Heavy Metal upgrades, as this combination will increase your movement speed by around 128% after using Anchor's Away, allowing you to move over twice as fast. Touching a Double Time speed pad will increase this even further, allowing you to move almost 3.5 times faster than normal.

Against

With most plants, it's recommended to run away from the barrel, unless if the opponent is using upgrades that increase their movement speed while inside the barrel, as you may not be able to outrun them. In that case, either use abilities that allow you to dodge them, such as Acorn Dash or Husk Hopping towards a higher place, or try to attack them as fast as possible. While the barrel is quite durable, it's not indestructible by any means.

Acorn is the best character to counter this ability, as he is able to deal more damage against shields than other characters. Continuously attacking the barrel with his primary weapon without missing a shot is guaranteed to destroy the barrel before the opponent is able to detonate it. However, if you can't attack them quickly enough and they already triggered the detonation, simply use Acorn Dash before it explodes.

Balancing changes

Post Beta

  • Barrel armor damage reduction increased from 0.75 to 0.25

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC

  • Made some movement speed improvements to his barrel when unlit.

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part One DLC

  • Added the ability to cancel out of the barrel without lighting the fuse (ability still goes on cool down)

Gallery

In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Barrel Blast
Traditional Chinese 桶子爆破
France French Baril explosif
Germany German Fass-Knaller
Italy Italian Esplosione di barili
Poland Polish Wybuchowa beczka
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Barril Explosivo
Spain Spanish Explosión tonelera
Mexico Latin American
Spanish
Destello de barril


Trivia

  • This ability may be a reference to a gameplay mechanic from Sly 2: Band of Thieves. The character Sly Cooper could hop into a barrel of TNT as a disguise and sets the fuse to blow when necessary, similarly to how Captain Deadbeard uses the barrel to sneak in and lights the fuse at will.
  • Previously, it used to have a 25% damage resistance. This was increased to 75% in the January 2016 update.
  • The last sentence of its Stickerbook description seems incomplete. It should be "Light the fuse and run towards your Plant foes and give them an explosive surprise."
  • The player will get an additional 100 XP (with a 2x XP multiplier) if they manage to vanquish a pirate in its barrel. 
  • Sometimes in Graveyard Ops, bosses and plants will not attack you while you are in the barrel, making this a good way to regenerate health. This is shared with the Foot Soldier with his Stink Cloud.
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