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Hot Rod Chomper is a Super Rare variant of the Chomper in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. He is a playable character which acts as a melee class with a secondary ability to speed up for a limited time after eating a zombie. In exchange for less health than most Chompers, he has the fastest movement of them all (not counting Assistant Manager Bitey).

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

The Hot Rod Chomper is the fastest Chomper in Suburbia. Equipped with a heavy duty blower, port-and-polished heads, and a lightweight frame, he can race in on the unsuspecting Zombies.

In-game description

Hot Rod Chomper gets a temporary speed boost every time he eats a Zombie. Cool beans!

AI Health (GW2 only)

Easy: 75

Normal: 100

Hard: 125

CRAAAAZY: 150

Appearance

Hot Rod Chomper differs from the normal Chomper with his shiny black paint job accented with purple flames, a chrome mouth, and tongue. Upon jumping or chomping, the Hot Rod Chomper makes motor-like noises. His drool appears to be motor oil.

Variant perk

Being Hot Rod Chomper, speed is a definite benefit. Upon swallowing an enemy zombie, the Hot Rod Chomper gains a temporary speed boost of five seconds to help close in the space between him and another enemy zombie. He also quickly recharges the Goop ability to slow down zombies. The only major disadvantage about Hot Rod Chomper is that its health is only 100 (125 if upgraded), instead of the normal 150. Also, zombies can easily spot him because of the constant noises he makes.

Primary weapon

Hot Rod Chomp is the primary weapon of the Hot Rod Chomper. It deals 25 damage. Once a zombie has been eaten, he will gain a speed boost for five seconds.

Abilities

Left abilities
GoopGW1
Goop
Hitting targets with the Chomper's ranged Goop attack is a great way to slow them down, making them easier to chomp. They taste better too!
Super Sticky GoopGW1
Super Sticky Goop
This goop is sooo sticky that Zombies are not even able to move when they get hit by it. Let's say it together... "Now that's Sticky!"
Cheesy GoopGW1
Cheesy Goop
The Cheesy Goop in the first in Crazy Dave's new line of gourmet marinades. It's scientifically formulated to slow Zombies down and make them taste great!
Center abilities
BurrowGW1
Burrow
The Chomper's ultimate weapon. He has the ability to tunnel underground and ambush unsuspecting Zombies by emerging under their feet and swallowing them whole!
Sprint BurrowGW1
Sprint Burrow
The Sprint Burrow allows the Chomper to move much faster when under the ground, but the range is quite limited.
Right abilities
SpikeweedGW1
Spikeweed
Laying Spikeweed traps is a great way to ambush Zombies. If they walk over the Spikeweed, they get ensnared and are easy to chomp.
Spiky SpikeweedGW1
Spiky Spikeweed
The Spiky Spikeweed deals more damage to Zombies it ensnares, but only a few can be deployed at a time.
ChesterweedGW1
Chesterweed
The Chesterweed attacks at an extremely fast speed, dealing up to 70 damage in 5 seconds. Chompers eating zombies trapped by the Chesterweed will swallow significantly faster, but the Chomper can only have two of them at a time, instead of three. It takes 60 seconds to recharge one Chesterweed.

Left abilities
GoopGW2
Goop
Hitting targets with the Chomper's ranged Goop attack is a great way to slow them down, making them easier to chomp. They taste better too!
Super Sticky GoopGW2
Super Sticky Goop
This goop is sooo sticky that Zombies are not even able to move when they get hit by it. Let's say it together... "Now that's Sticky!"
Chomp CannonGW2
Chomp Cannon
If you're sick of being harassed by Zombies on rooftops, the Chomp Cannon is for you. Hock a loogie in their direction with this disgustingly explosive attack!
Center abilities
BurrowGW2
Burrow
The Chomper's ultimate weapon. He has the ability to tunnel underground and ambush unsuspecting Zombies by emerging under their feet and swallowing them whole!
Sprint BurrowGW2
Sprint Burrow
The Sprint Burrow allows the Chomper to move much faster when under the ground, but the range is quite limited.
Right abilities
SpikeweedGW2
Spikeweed
Laying Spikeweed traps is a great way to ambush Zombies. If they walk over the Spikeweed, they get ensnared and are easy to chomp.
Spiky SpikeweedGW2
Spiky Spikeweed
The Spiky Spikeweed deals more damage to Zombies it ensnares, but only a few can be deployed at a time.
VampweedGW2
Vampweed
When a zombie stumbles into a Vampweed, you get a helpful health boost! The zombie isn't hurt, but he probably feels a bit silly falling into your trap.

Weapon upgrades

HotRodChomperUpgrade

Description about the Hot Rod Chomper's weapon upgrades

Supercharged Turbo

Movement speed increased due to addition of a supercharged turbo.

Super Combustion Intestines

Digests Zombies in a very Hot-Roddy manner, allowing for faster digestion.

Reinforced Chassis

A reinforced chassis boosts the health of Hot Rod Chomper.

Strategies

With

You can use the extra speed to make a quick getaway to a Sunflower, quickly chase a player down without the use of Burrow, or make way to safety. Try to take advantage of speed such as dodging bullets side to side. However, do not try this while running from an Engineer, as his attacks, even if they miss, can deal splash damage. The speed also allows you to get almost as fast as Peashooter's Hyper.

Against

Try to use abilities that can help you go faster such as Scientist's Warp, Foot Soldier's Rocket Jump or Rocket Leap, Engineer's Turbo Jackhammer or Jackhammer, or the All-Star's Sprint Tackle or Ultra Tackle. However, Sprint Tackle is not recommendable as the Hot Rod Chomper can possibly live and end up getting knocked back to safety. While attempting to flee from or vanquish the Hot Rod Chomper, don't forget about his abilities and speed boost. Goop can be a major problem when facing this Chomper, especially if he goops while he has his speed boost. To avoid this threat, try to counter it's abilities with your own abilities, such as the All Star's Dummy Shields, which will take the hit from the goop for you. Even better, instant-kill abilities make vanquishing this Chomper easy.

Balancing changes

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC

  • Digestion time was decreased after a chomp escape (i.e. victim got away using anti-chomp ability like Jackhammer).
  • Brought Chompers regeneration delay to parity with all other playable characters.

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part One DLC

  • Tuned Chomper camera to be closer to that in Garden Warfare.
  • Improved all digestion time upgrade multipliers.

Gallery

Garden Warfare

Trivia

  • He appears in a promotional image as seen above. The "Need for Seed" in the image is a pun for Need for Speed, a racing game developed by Electronic Arts.
    • The origin of the pun was from a fan that wondered what was next for a plant-based pun on June 2013, and PopCap replied that it was a brilliant idea.
  • He is the only plant based on a car, and one of only two based on machines. The other is Future Cactus.
  • He is one of the five Chomper variants whose stem and leaves have different colors. The others being Count Chompula, Armor Chomper, Chester Chomper, and Chomp Thing.
  • His speed boost makes him as fast as a Peashooter using Hyper, making him the fastest plant without using any abilities.
  • His Chomp has a special sound effect similar to Armor Chomper.
  • He is redesigned in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. His appearance is mostly the same except for his mouth. It now has a black chrome color with the teeth not being chrome but white instead.
  • He was given a new movement animation along with Disco Chomper, this animation can be seen when either of these Chompers achieve the condition that makes them move faster than normal. The player can also see this animation done by other Chompers by activating the Speed Boost Craziness option in a private match.
  • After Chomp Thing's health buff in the Trials of Gnomus DLC, he is the only Chomper variant with 125 health.
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