Draftodil is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, introduced in the 8.7.1 update for the "Draftodil's Defensive" Arena Season. She constantly slows aerial foes in her lane, firing air blasts with minuscule damage that devastates airborne enemies and has a chance to instantly remove tiny zombies.
If planted in the same row as a Dandelion, Draftodil will cause 2 Dandelions in her lane to release multiple bombs at once, but Dandelion will be disabled for 10+2 seconds afterward. This will not trigger further unless new ones were planted again.
When her air cannon blasts come into contact with a usual airborne enemy (this includes the Lost Pilot Zombie, those bounced by Spring Bean and Boingsetta, as well as anything else that can be obliterated with Blover), it will despawn and said enemy is blown away. The only exceptions are the Zombot Aerostatic Gondola, which is only severely damaged on hit, and Imps thrown by Gargantuars, which are immune to this plant entirely until they land.
Against smaller foes such as shrunken zombies, imps and critters (Zombie Chickens, Ice Weasels, etc), the air blast has a chance of instantly destroying them, lightly damaging them with a brief stun otherwise.
Draftodil is based on the daffodil, also known as the narcissus, a genus of flowering plants with strong historical significance in early Europe.
Her name is a portmanteau of "draft," a current of cold air in a confined space, and daffodil, the genus of flower she's based on. Her description is a play on the phrase "full of hot air," which is used to describe someone who speaks a lot, but is ultimately saying very little.
Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.
SUN COST: 100
Special: Slowdown Fliers
Draftodils windmill constantly, slowing flying zombies, and also shoot air cannon blasts that knock flying zombies off the lawn.
Usage: briefly stuns non-flying zombies
Special: air cannon knocks critters, imps and shrunken zombies off the lawn
Draftodil looks like she's full of hot air, but she isn't. She's full of highly compressed air. There's a difference!
Plant Food effect
When given Plant Food, Draftodil instantly removes all airborne enemies in her lane and releases five powerful air blasts with 115 damage each, guaranteed to decimate tiny foes on contact while stunning survivors for longer.
When boosted by Contain-mint, Draftodil will deal an additional 150 DPS with her normal attack, an additional 255 DPS with her Plant Food attack, her stun duration is increased by 1.25 seconds, her Plant Food effect stun duration is increased by 5 seconds, and her blasts will always instantly destroy specified zombies.
|Sun Cost||Recharge||Toughness||Damage||Slowdown Percentage *||Knockoff Chance **||Stun Duration||Plant Food Effect|
(Air Cannon Shots)
|Normal||Plant Food||Normal||Plant Food||Normal||Plant Food|
|1||0||0||100||5 seconds||300 dps||15 dps||115 dps||50%||50%||100%||0.35 seconds||3 seconds||5|
|2||50||4.5 seconds||350 dps||25 dps||120 dps||60%||60%||0.45 seconds||3.25 seconds||6|
|3||100||75||400 dps||35 dps||145 dps||70%||65%||0.55 seconds||3.5 seconds|
|4||200||450 dps||45 dps||150 dps||75%||70%||0.65 seconds||3.75 seconds||7|
|5||300||4 seconds||500 dps||60 dps||180 dps||80%||75%||0.75 seconds||4 seconds|
|6||400||550 dps||75 dps||185 dps||85%||80%||0.85 seconds||4.2 seconds||8|
|7||500||50||3.5 seconds||600 dps||90 dps||215 dps||90%||85%||0.95 seconds||4.4 seconds|
|8||600||700 dps||110 dps||220 dps||90%||1.05 seconds||4.6 seconds||9|
|9||800||800 dps||130 dps||250 dps||95%||1.15 seconds||4.8 seconds|
|10||1,000||3 seconds||900 dps||150 dps||255 dps||100%||1.25 seconds||5 seconds||10|
*The column shows the percentage of Draftodil slowing flying zombies.
**The column shows the chance of Draftodil blowing small zombies off the lawn.
- Chance to Boost
- Damage Pierce
Draftodil is a good plant for stalling, as her air blasts can stun zombies briefly, similar to Primal Peashooter without knockback ability. However, compared with Primal Peashooter, her sun cost, damage and stun duration are lower. Additionally, Draftodil fires projectiles more often than Primal Peashooter. She cooperates well with Shrinking Violet or Enforce-mint, as they will shrink zombies, and Draftodil's air cannon is able to blow small zombies off the lawn directly. Also, Imp Pear can be used well with Draftodil, as Imp Pear turns zombies into Imps, which can be knocked off the lawn by her. Contain-mint boosts her damage and stun duration, which make her stalling ability better. A level 1 Draftodil's DPS is low, it doesn't compare with even a level 1 Peashooter, thus player should not use the only plant to deal damage. For more stalling ability, plants such as Dazey Chain, Apple Mortar, Winter Melon, Primal Peashooter or Sap-fling can be used with her. Another good strategy is to use Draftodils in mass numbers, as they can overwhelm mass numbers of zombies.
Draftodil can also be used with Stickybomb Rice or Dandelion, because the former cannot hit flying zombies and the latter will release multiple bombs at once upon her initial planting. Draftodil's projectile cannot be deflected by Jester Zombie, but can be blocked by Shield Zombie's shield and Excavator Zombie, so the player should utilize lobbed shot or piercing plants with Draftodil to take care of these zombies. Notably, her projectiles will stun Jester Zombie and make him vulnerable to projectiles that he will otherwise reflect, allowing Draftodil to be an excellent support for projectile-based plants against it.
Drafodil is very helpful with plants, zombies, perks, or powerups that can make grounded zombies "airborne", since then there could be chance to knock the zombie off the lawn. Compared with Blover, Draftodil is helpful in "Don't lose more than x plants" since unlike Blover, She won't count as a lost plant when blowing away airborne zombies. However, since Draftodil can only attack one zombie at a time, don't use her with Reinforce-mint since a single Draftodil will only take out one zombie, whereas Blover can clear almost the entire screen.
At higher levels, Draftodil can be useful against Chicken Wrangler Zombie and Weasel Hoarder as the guaranteed stun from her attacks can prevent the animals from being released if the zombies are killed while stunned.
In general, Draftodil is a useful assisting plant.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Draftodil.
- Before the 8.9.1 update, despite having a Plant Food effect, Draftodil's Mastery did not increase her chance to boost.
- Whenever Draftodil knocks a zombie off the lawn, sounds from activating a power up can be heard apart from Power Toss sounds.
- The Draftodil is one of two plants in the Contain-mint family that actually deal damage. The other is Dazey Chain. (Unless you count Magnet-Shroom's ability to decapitate Punk Zombies).