Dark Flower is an alternate ability for the Sunflower's Heal Flower. Instead of healing plants, it shoots harmful lasers at zombies. It looks like a Heal Flower but has dark red petals. These laser bursts are fired at the rate of a Pea Cannon, though it does not deal splash damage. It fires a burst of six shots and deals four to five damage every hit, with a cooldown of 0.6 seconds between each burst. Like most of the other alternate abilities, it was first introduced in the Garden Variety DLC. Its attack is the Dark Energy and takes 45 seconds to recharge.
The Dark Flower is a nasty little plant. It shoots hurtful red lasers at the Zombies but doesn't heal, because it's an evil little flower.
Comparison to Heal Flower
- Has very high damage
- Is very accurate
- Does not make much noise when firing
- High health
- Can blend well in nightime maps, unlike the Heal Flower
- Loses self-healing ability
- ▼ Its damage was slightly reduced.
- ▲ Its cooldown was reduced by 10 seconds.
- ▲ Accuracy was increased by 25%.
- ▲ Accuracy was increased by 25%.
Try to place these flowers while running around corners to surprise your enemies or stop zombies, possibly forcing them to attack it or possibly even dying in the process of chasing you. The Dark Flower is handy when stuck in a 1v2 situation as it can be a helpful damaging partner. Place it down and then launch the heal beam to heal it. When running or losing, try to disable the heal beam to throw in regeneration. The Dark Flower is not the best plant to be used in Gardens & Graveyards as it can be knocked out easily by Long Bombs, Imp Punts, ZPGs or Multi-Rocket despite its health, however, it can serve as a limited time, free-of-charge Spawnable Plant.
In Garden Warfare 2, the Dark Flower can be used well with the Vampire Flower or Stuffy Flower, as both the Vampire Flower and Stuffy Flower can heal themselves without being healed by another Sunflower or a Heal Flower (or its Weed counterpart), allowing said Flower to focus on attacking the enemy with the Dark Flower.
Keep in mind, unlike other AI Plants, this plant rarely misses due to its high accuracy, so don't worry about mobile characters like the Imp and Scientist as the Dark Flower can easily take them out.
A Zombie Stink Cloud or a Super Stink Cloud can damage the Dark Flower and blind it at the same time. Due to the Dark Flower's restricted range, you can back off and shoot the Sunflower in the process possibly vanquishing her. These flowers can be annoying if they see you while you cannot see them so be careful of your surroundings, especially near objectives. Unlike most potted plants, whenever the Dark Flower shoots, it never misses so be careful if you have low health as a single burst is capable of causing around 24 to 30 damage which can be potentially lethal if you are critically wounded.
- While the Potato Mine, Spikeweed, Chili Bean Bomb, and other traps increase the user's vanquish count if they get a kill, the user's vanquish count will not increase if a Dark Flower gets a kill. It will only count as a potted plant vanquish. This is because, like the Heal Flower, it is counted as its own separate entity, unlike other ability plants.
- It lasts for 30 seconds, same as Heal Flower.
- Its primary attack has the exact same name as that of the Shadow Flower.
- Laser Bean and Dark Flower are the only potted plants in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare that shoot lasers.
- It has more health than Heal Flower, possessing 350 health compared to the Heal Flower's 275 health.
- It bears some resemblance to gold-laced primroses.
- Its petals are shinier in Garden Warfare 2.
- It is also more accurate in Garden Warfare 2.
- In Dark Flower's icon in Garden Warfare 2, its eyes are revealed to be dark blue.