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.
- All-Star Zombie
- Explorer Zombie
- Fisherman Zombie
- Octo Zombie
- Pirate Captain Zombie
- Prospector Zombie
- Roman Healer Zombie
- Treasure Yeti
- Wizard Zombie
Dartichoke also prioritizes some zombies that aren't listed on his almanac entry, these zombies are:
- 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
- Surfer Zombie
- Tomb Raiser Zombie
- Turquoise Skull Zombie
- Zcorpion Zombie
- Zombie Bull
- Zombie Medusa
- Zombie Parrot
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.
Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.
SUN COST: 225
Special: Critical Damage
Special: Critical Damage Chance
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 his main attack along with his critical darts, and the chance to fire a critical dart will also increase.
|Sun Cost||Recharge|| Starting|
|Toughness||Damage|| Plant Food|
|Max Shots||Recharge Period|
|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||1,000||4 seconds||3.75 seconds||900 dps||210 dps||630 dps||630 dps||75%||12 shots||1 seconds|
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.
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.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Dartichoke.
- 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 and Jack O' Lantern are the only two 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.