This item is only obtainable during certain events. However, it can still be used if you have already obtained it. It is currently not available.

Not to be confused with Heartichoke.

Dartichokes aim first at high-priority targets like Wizards and Octo Zombies.


Dartichoke is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, that was first introduced in the 7.9.1 update. He[1] fires high damaging spines at high priority targets.


Dartichoke costs 225 sun and his ability allows him to fire artichoke spines at zombies in his lane, however he can only fire a limited amount and needs to recharge after firing the max amount of spines. He also has a chance to fire a critical dart which deals more damage.

It takes 3.25 seconds to reload his darts without leveling up. His darts do not target grid items such as tombstones. Dartichoke can be unlocked for 250 seed packets.

Dartichoke's spines prioritizes certain zombies in a similar manner to Witch Hazel prioritizing Wizard Zombies, these zombies are:

Dartichoke also prioritizes some zombies that aren't listed on his almanac entry, these zombies are:

In the Chinese version, Dartichoke will also prioritize these zombies:



He is based on a spiny artichoke, more commonly known as an artichoke, a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food.

His name is a portmanteau of "dart," referring to the projectiles that he fires, and "artichoke," the real-life plant he is based on.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.




Special: Critical Damage
Special: Critical Damage Chance

FAMILY: Spear-mint

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:
All-Star Zombie
Explorer Zombie
Fisherman Zombie
Octo Zombie
Pirate Captain Zombie
Prospector Zombie
Roman Healer Zombie
Treasure Yeti
Wizard 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

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When given Plant Food, he spins and shoots blue darts that deal critical damage to a multitude of zombies on the lawn, in a similar matter to Homing Thistle's Plant Food effect.

Spear-mint effect

When boosted by Spear-mint, Dartichoke will receive an additional 210 DPS to his main attack along with his critical darts, and the chance to fire a critical dart will also increase.

Level Upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Starting
Toughness Damage Plant Food
Power Damage
Max Shots Recharge Period
Normal Critical
1 0 0 225 8.5 seconds 6 seconds 300 dps 75 dps 225 dps 225 dps 30% 6 shots 3.25 seconds
2 50 8 seconds 5.75 seconds 350 dps 90 dps 270 dps 270 dps 35% 7 shots 3 seconds
3 100 7.5 seconds 5.5 seconds 400 dps 105 dps 315 dps 315 dps 40% 8 shots 2.75 seconds
4 200 7 seconds 5.25 seconds 450 dps 120 dps 360 dps 360 dps 45% 9 shots 2.5 seconds
5 300 200 6.5 seconds 5 seconds 550 dps 135 dps 405 dps 405 dps 50% 9 shots 2.25 seconds
6 400 6 seconds 4.75 seconds 600 dps 150 dps 450 dps 450 dps 55% 10 shots 2 seconds
7 500 5.5 seconds 4.5 seconds 650 dps 165 dps 495 dps 495 dps 60% 10 shots 1.75 seconds
8 600 175 5 seconds 4.25 seconds 700 dps 180 dps 540 dps 540 dps 65% 11 shots 1.5 seconds
9 800 4.5 seconds 4 seconds 800 dps 195 dps 585 dps 585 dps 70% 11 shots 1.25 seconds
10 1000 4 seconds 3.75 seconds 900 dps 210 dps 630 dps 630 dps 75% 12 shots 1 seconds

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Dartichoke Upgrade 1.png
Quick Recuperation
Cooldown reduced by 25%
Combat Training
Dartichoke gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Dartichoke Upgrade 2.png
Rapid Recuperation
Cooldown reduced by 50%
Cell Activation
Dartichoke gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Dartichoke may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Dartichoke gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Dartichoke Upgrade 3.png
Dartichoke's normal attack now has a chance to fire a thunderstorm dart. Thunderstorm darts will prioritize attacking the strongest zombie, damaging all zombies pierced by it. It also kills all weaker zombies in a 1x1 area.
Fighting Power
Dartichoke gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Dartichoke is a very interesting plant to use. At level 1, he is very powerful, being able to defeat a basic zombie in 3 hits. Although he is strong, he has a limited number of darts and needs to recharge, so he 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. He 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.

He is also good in Pirate Seas, Lost City, Far Future, Dark Ages, Jurassic Marsh, Big Wave Beach and Modern Day because he can target dangerous zombies that appear in those worlds.

One weakness of Dartichoke is that he can't target zombies that may eat him due to him targeting other zombies. He also needs time to recharge his darts so it is recommended to use defensive plants to protect him.

He is not a good choice in Last Stand levels because he gets overwhelmed by zombies in levels such a Pirate Seas - Day 22.

In Neon Mixtape Tour, he will prioritize Punk Zombie, Glitter Zombie, and Arcade Zombie; but not MC Zom-B, Breakdancer Zombie, or Boombox Zombie.

In Lost City, Excavator Zombies can block Dartichoke's darts and in Dark Ages, Jester Zombies can deflect them.

In Pirate Seas, he can target Imp Cannons but cannot target the Imp Pirate Zombies themselves, allowing them to eat Dartichoke.


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  • Despite his Arena Season coming after Ultomato's, he is before Ultomato in the Almanac.
  • He and Witch Hazel are the only plants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 to be able to target 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.
  • He and Ultomato are the only 2 straight-shooting plants that can attack through objects.
  • Dartichoke got buffed in 8.1.1 update, in which his 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.
  • He heavily resembles a shadow plant.
  • In the Chinese version, Dartichoke does not prioritize Healer Zombies.


See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Headbutter Lettuce
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