Not to be confused with Heartichoke.
Dartichoke costs 225 sun and her ability allows her to fire artichoke spines at zombies in her lane, however she can only fire a limited amount and needs to recharge after firing the max amount of spines. She also has a chance to fire a critical dart which deals more damage.
It takes 3.25 (8 in Chinese version) seconds to reload her darts without leveling up. Her darts do not target grid items such as tombstones. Dartichoke can be unlocked for 250 seed packets.
- Explorer Zombie
- Pirate Captain Zombie
- Prospector Zombie
- Treasure Yeti
- Wizard Zombie
- Octo Zombie
- Fisherman Zombie
- All-Star Zombie
- Roman Healer Zombie
Dartichoke will also prioritize certain zombies that aren't listed on her Almanac entry, these zombies are (secondary targets):
- Arcade Zombie
- Balloon Zombie
- Blastronaut Zombie
- Bug Zombie
- Disco Jetpack Zombie
- Dodo Rider Zombie
- Glitter Zombie
- Imp Cannon
- Jetpack Zombie
- Jurassic Rockpuncher
- Mecha-Football Zombie
- Newspaper Zombie
- Punk Zombie
- Seagull Zombie
- Sunday Edition Zombie
- Surfer Zombie
- Tomb Raiser Zombie
- Turquoise Skull Zombie
- ZCorp Chair Racer
- ZCorp Consultant
- ZCorp HelpDesk
- Zcorpion Zombie
- Zombie Bull
- Zombie Medusa
- Zombie Parrot
In the Chinese version, Dartichoke will also prioritize these zombies:
- Archmage Zombie
- Cavalry Zombie
- Chief Ice Wind Zombie
- Double-Cabin Aircraft Zombie
- Exploding Zombie
- Explode-O-Nut Zombie
- Furnace Zombie
- Gatling Pea Zombie
- Hunter Zombie
- Jalapeno Zombie
- Jester Zombie
- Jurassic Bully
- Leaper Zombie
- Lost Doctor Zombie
- Nunchaku Zombie
- Perfume Zombie
- Pharaoh Zombie
- Relic Hunter Zombie
- Robo-Cone Zombie
- Snow Pea Zombie
- Torch Kongfu Zombie
- Torch Monk Zombie
- Walrus Zombie
- Zombie Fighter
She is based on a spiny artichoke, more commonly known as an artichoke, a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food.
Her name is a portmanteau of "dart," referring to the projectiles that she fires, and "artichoke," the real-life plant she is based on.
Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.
SUN COST: 225
Special: Critical Damage
Dartichokes fire high-damage darts down the lane, prioritizing especially dangerous zombies such as Wizards, Octo Zombies and Healers.
Special: each shot has a chance to do critical damage
Usage: has a limited supply of darts, then must recharge
Dartichoke Priority Targets:
Pirate Captain Zombie
Roman Healer Zombie
Why waste shots on foot soldiers when you can win the battle with one well-chosen dart to the dome?" wonders Dartichoke. "Why would you do it? Why would ANYONE do it?
Plant Food effect
When boosted by Spear-mint, Dartichoke will receive an additional 210 DPS to her main attack along with an additional 630 DPS to her critical darts and Plant Food darts, and the chance to fire a critical dart will increase to 75%.
|Toughness||Damage||Projectile Velocity||Plant Food
|Max Shots||Cooldown Time*|
|1||0||0||225||8.5 seconds||6 seconds||300 dps||75 dps||225 dps||Normal||Normal||225 dps||30%||6 shots||3.25 seconds|
|2||50||8 seconds||5.75 seconds||350 dps||90 dps||270 dps||+1.03x||+1.03x||270 dps||35%||7 shots||3 seconds|
|3||100||7.5 seconds||5.5 seconds||400 dps||105 dps||315 dps||+1.07x||+1.06x||315 dps||40%||8 shots||2.75 seconds|
|4||200||7 seconds||5.25 seconds||450 dps||120 dps||360 dps||+1.1x||+1.09x||360 dps||45%||9 shots||2.5 seconds|
|5||300||200||6.5 seconds||5 seconds||550 dps||135 dps||405 dps||+1.13x||+1.12x||405 dps||50%||9 shots||2.25 seconds|
|6||400||6 seconds||4.75 seconds||600 dps||150 dps||450 dps||+1.17x||+1.15x||450 dps||55%||10 shots||2 seconds|
|7||500||5.5 seconds||4.5 seconds||650 dps||165 dps||495 dps||+1.2x||+1.18x||495 dps||60%||10 shots||1.75 seconds|
|8||600||175||5 seconds||4.25 seconds||700 dps||180 dps||540 dps||+1.23x||+1.21x||540 dps||65%||11 shots||1.5 seconds|
|9||800||4.5 seconds||4 seconds||800 dps||195 dps||585 dps||+1.27x||+1.24x||585 dps||70%||11 shots||1.25 seconds|
|10||1000||4 seconds||3.75 seconds||900 dps||210 dps||630 dps||+1.3x||+1.26x||630 dps||75%||12 shots||1 second|
*Time taken to reload her darts.
- Chance to Boost
- Damage Pierce
Dartichoke is a very interesting plant to use. At level 1, she is very powerful, being able to defeat a basic zombie in 3 hits. Although she is strong, she has a limited number of darts and needs to recharge, so she should not be the main attacking plant to use in a level. As a support plant, Dartichoke can defeat tougher zombies while other plants defeat weaker zombies. She can be used with Electric Peashooter to defeat tough zombies while the latter can defeat groups of weak zombies. Plants that can slow zombies such as Winter Melon, Cold Snapdragon, and Snow Pea can stall zombies while Dartichoke defeats them effectively.
Piercing plants such as Laser Bean, Cactus, and Bloomerang can damage all zombies in a lane to weaken the zombies Dartichoke can attack or prevent weaker zombies from eating it. This plant works fairly well with shadow plants, especially Dusk Lobber and Shadow Peashooter. These two plants can damage lots of zombies at a time (or slow them in the case of Shadow Peashooter), allowing Dartichoke to do as much damage as possible.
One weakness of Dartichoke is that she can't target zombies that may eat her due to her targeting other zombies. She also needs time to recharge her darts so it is recommended to use defensive plants to protect her.
She is not a good choice in Last Stand levels because she gets overwhelmed by zombies in levels such a Pirate Seas - Day 22.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Dartichoke.
In other languages
- While Dartichoke is never referred to with gendered pronouns in her in-game almanac entry, she was initially referred to with masculine pronouns in her official reddit reveal post, but was later referred to with feminine pronouns in a post written by Stephen Notley, the employee who writes most of the almanac entries in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
- Despite her Arena Season coming after Ultomato's, she is before Ultomato in the Almanac.
- She and Witch Hazel are the only plants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 to be able to prioritize a specific kind of zombie.
- Dartichoke, Jack O' Lantern, and Stickybomb Rice are the only three plants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 to have a sun cost of 225 at Level 1.
- She and Ultomato are the only 2 straight-shooting plants that can attack through objects.
- Dartichoke got buffed in 8.1.1 update, in which her crit chance was increased and the cooldown period was reduced.
- Dartichoke's costume is very similar to one of A.K.E.E.'s costumes.
- She heavily resembles a shadow plant.
- In the Chinese version, Dartichoke does not prioritize Healer Zombies.