Hurrikale is a single-use premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He has been available for purchase since January 5, 2015. This plant is tied to the release of Frostbite Caves Part 1 teaser Piñata Parties.
Hurrikale chills and pushes all zombies in his lane back up to approximately 5 tiles, but like Blover he can only blow away airbone zombies off the lawn. Hurrikale's winds can also cause two Dandelions in his lane to release multiple bombs at once, but the Dandelions will be disabled for 10 seconds afterward.
Hurrikale's name is a portmanteau of "hurricane," a strong tropical cyclone often seen as a natural disaster, and "kale," a vegetable of the Brassica oleracea species. Hurrikale's ability is inspired from hurricanes, as he uses the power of a strong and cold wind to push back zombies and chill them for a short time. The "kale" part of his name may also be to sound like "gale", which is a strong wind.
SUN COST: 100
SPECIAL: Blow Duration
Hurrikales push back all zombies in their lane with a chilling wind.
Usage: single use, instant
Special: chills affected zombies
Special: blows away flying zombies in lane
You could say Hurrikale is a "blow hard" in the truest sense of the phrase. He is the first chair trombonist in the Biennial Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also proficient in the trumpet, saxophone and the tuba. But man o' man, you should really see him on the flugelhorn. Dude absolutely kills it.
When boosted by Contain-mint, Hurrikale will have his blowing duration extended to six seconds, and the chill duration afterward will be extended to sixteen seconds.
|Sun Cost|| Recharge|
|1||0||0||100||15 seconds||3 seconds||8 seconds||Lane|
|2||10||1,000||14 seconds||3.5 seconds||9 seconds|
|3||25||2,500||75||14 seconds||4 seconds||10 seconds|
|4||50||5,000||13 seconds||4.5 seconds||11 seconds|
|5||100||10,000||12 seconds||5 seconds||12 seconds|
|6||200||20,000||11 seconds||5.5 seconds||13 seconds|
|7||400||30,000||50||11 seconds||6 seconds||14 seconds|
|8||800||50,000||10 seconds||6 seconds||15 seconds|
|9||1,200||75,000||9 seconds||6 seconds||16 seconds|
|10||1,600||100,000||25||9 seconds||6 seconds||16 seconds|
Hurrikale allows the player to fend off the incoming threats and buy time by pushing zombies back and slowing them down. As Hurrikale's effect is not diminished by the amount or strength of the zombies, Hurrikale can prove to be valuable in higher levels of the Endless Zones when large amounts of high health zombies such as Gargantuars will appear, especially in conjunction with choke points in Frostbite Caves or generated by Sweet Potato and Garlic.
Because Hurrikale can instantly kill any zombie on the plankless lanes in Pirate Seas, using Sweet Potato or Garlic to force them onto those lanes and then using Hurrikale can kill large groups of zombies, even Gargantuars. This can be very helpful in the Endless Zone, Dead Man's Booty.
When using Hurrikale in conjunction with fire-based plants, be aware that fire attacks will thaw pushed zombies, but not affect Hurrikale's pushing capability. While the pushing aspect is usually more important than the chilling aspect, fire plants can still be detrimental to Hurrikale's effectiveness, as they will reduce the time for the zombies to return to their original position after being pushed.
Hurrikale can also be used as an emergency weapon against airborne zombies in its lane (including zombies launched by Chard Guard and Power Toss), although Blover is more suitable for the job as he can affect the entire screen. Hurrikale can also be used in conjunction with up to two Dandelions in a lane to cause them to release several bombs at once. However, be aware that this leaves the Dandelions open to threats as they must recharge afterwards.
Hurrikale is useful in Jurassic Marsh levels in order to counter the dinosaurs' interactions with the zombies. He can be used either to slow down and push back zombies that were affected by T. Rex, or by simply pushing back zombies that were affected by any other dinosaur. If timed correctly, he could potentially even blow a zombie away while it is in midair.
Hurrikale can also be used as a stall-lock plant, if multiple are used repeatedly in the same lane. The player can confine normal speed zombies in that lane to the first three tiles, making him useful for levels that require the player to make a certain amount of sun or to whittle down on a high priority zombie such as a Gargantuar.
Notably, Hurrikale works incredibly well with Squash, as Hurrikale pushes all zombies ine one lane together and Squash will destroy them when they're close enough. Lava Guava, Ghost Pepper, and Potato Mine/Primal Potato Mine work well with him as well, as they require a small area for the zombies to be in. Additionally, Grapeshot, Cherry Bomb and Bombegranate also work.
Hurrikale is useful in Modern Day when stalling zombies early game. They can be used to stall All-Star Zombies to stop them from tackling plants and destroying them. Hurrikale can still freeze flames, such as Explorer Zombie and Prospector Zombie and that can stop them from using their special abilities. It should also be used when your defenses are overwhelmed and are about to get to the lawnmower.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Hurrikale.
- He can kill most zombies in plankless lanes in Pirate Seas. However, Imp Cannons won't be killed.
- Although the Almanac states that his recharge is fast, it is actually mediocre.
- He cannot eliminate zombies from the yard that were sprung by Spring Bean, hurled by any other zombie or flung by Chard Guard.
- His gem price has been changed six times:
- When Fire Peashooter appeared in stores on February 17, 2015, Hurrikale's price was changed from 129 gems to 99 gems, and finally to 79 gems.
- When Dandelion was released, his price was changed to 109 gems.
- His price was changed back to 129 gems in the Frostbite Caves Part 2 update. The price was once again changed to 79 gems.
- In the 3.4.4 update, the price was changed back to 99 gems.
- In the 5.9.1 update, the price was finally changed to 100 gems.
- If timed correctly, he can end Turquoise Skull Zombie's burning attack.
- In the 3.1 update, his blowing sound was changed and his leaves behind the rotors became lighter in color. This makes him, along with Lava Guava, who received changes on the seed packet, the only plants who had their textures changed during an update.
- He appears to take a deep breath before blowing, similar to Hot Potato.
- Coincidentally, both are released with Frostbite Caves Part 1, are instant-use plants and seen to be frozen in the Frostbite Caves Part 1 trailer (although it's impossible in the game).
- If you plant both Hurrikale and his Imitater on a lane where the zombies are, the zombies will be pushed at 2x speed.
- Despite his freezing abilities, he is in the Contain-mint family rather than the Winter-mint family.