Frozen Citron is the Rare ice variant of Citron in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. He was first shown as an easter egg in the September 2015 developer diary, and later teased in the Aloe 5: Gardening spoof image, but was later showcased in some beta footage of the Backyard Battleground. Like all ice variants, if he shoots a zombie for long enough, they will freeze in place, making them easier to vanquish. He also deals more impact damage than the normal Citron, around 3-10 damage depending on range but does not deal any splash damage. However, his weapon also overheats more quickly than the normal Citron. He was the only Citron variant unlockable in the Multiplayer Beta.
There's more to the Frozen Citron than just a frosty demeanor. He's great at ice fishing, and his toboggaming skill are second to none.
His Frosty Beam will slow and eventually freeze Zombie foes!
The Frozen Citron's primary weapon is the Frosty Beam. It is a laser that deals more damage than the standard Orange Beam at around 6-8 impact damage and 7-10 critical depending on the distance from the enemy.
While in Assault Mode
|EMPeach||EMPeach, like its Plants vs. Zombies 2 counterpart, slows down and lightly damages zombies in its radius. It also prevents zombies from using their abilities.|
|Citron Ball||When Citron Ball is used, Citron curls up in a ball, increasing his jump height and speed. It is most likely used to chase after Imps, as their increased speed and agility make it harder to hit them. When in Citron Ball form, Citron loses the ability to shoot and use EMPeach and Peel Shield, but gain Hyper Ball and Ball Charge as new abilities which replace the former two.|
|Party Citron Ball||An alternate version of the Citron Ball for the Party Citron. Functions identically to the normal Citron Ball.|
|Peel Shield||If Peel Shield is activated, Citron gains a shield in front of where it is facing, absorbing a certain amount of damage. However, Citron is still vulnerable to shots to its side and back.|
|Mood Shield||An alternate ability instead of Peel Shield. Withstands more damage, yet has a shorter duration. Color changes based on how much health the shield has left.|
While in Citron Ball
|Hyper Ball||Hyper Ball is the first ability available for Citron in Citron Ball form. When used, it further enhances Citron's already enhanced speed and jump height.|
|Assault Mode||Citron goes back into his normal form, allowing Citron to shoot again, and replacing Hyper Ball and Spin Dash with EMPeach and Peel Shield.|
|Spin Dash||Citron will slow down and roll in place for a few seconds, before charging forwards and hitting any zombies in his path, dealing damage to them.|
Frozen Citron's beam, although having somewhat low damage compared to the other Citron variants, can freeze opponents ridiculously quickly, making him a very excellent support class. Try to stay with your allies as you attack, as your damage is not the best when fighting opponents, but allies will greatly appreciate the extra status on their opponents. This Citron is incredibly effective against Z-mechs (EMPeach, Ice Beam). Try to get into the fight early, as you can hold your own the longest out of most other plants (Use your peel shield after you take 50-75 damage). Try and take on no more than 2 zombies at a time as your primary weapon overheats faster than the other citrons. If you manage to sneak behind zombies (in ball form), get their attention by using your charge attack (Doing 50 damage to anyone struck), jump up into the air, transform back into Assault mode and finish them off. This Citron relies on the accuracy of the player. Try and maintain a good lock on your enemies to quickly vanquish them (This is easier to do with this Citron as your Ice Beam slows opponents).
Take out Frozen Citron if you see him, as his beam is capable of freezing you or your allies at an even faster rate than AC Perry, who is well known to freeze plants at an absurdly fast rate. Long range attacks on Frozen Citron are a good idea, as his beam becomes very weak at longer ranges. A terrible idea is to fight it in a Z-Mech as any Imp, as he can stun-lock you with his EMPeach and his freeze status, making you a very vulnerable and easy target. If you are playing an Imp and find a Frozen Citron in Ball Form, try and catch it in your Gravity Grenade for an easy free vanquish (most effective in herbal assault as most citron players tend to jump around objectives in ball form).
Post Beta Patch
- ▲ Heat Per Bullet increased from 0.12 to 0.13
- ▲ Made bone-collision changes to reduce size of Citron’s critical hit area
- ▲ Citron can now fire sooner after coming out of Ball Form
- ▲ Removed movement speed penalty from transition into and out of Citron Ball Form Mode
- ▲ Increased long range damage from 5.5 – 6.5
- ▲ Reduced heat generated when firing so it now takes longer to overheat
- ▲ Reduced reticle bloom
- ▼ Decreased far damage from 6.5 to 5.5
- ▼ Decreased damage falloff start/end distance from 25/35 to 20/30
- ▼ Decreased freezing amount per shot from 0.125 to 0.11
- ▼ Decreased freeze rate by 20%
- ▼ Decreased the Frosty Beam's long range damage from 5.5 to 3
- Frozen Citron is the only Citron whose primary weapon deals no splash damage.