- For other versions, see Imp (disambiguation).
Imp is a playable zombie class in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. Imp and Z-Mech each have their own abilities, but the player can only play as Z-Mech if it is summoned by him. He has a double jump (which includes a flip) and can hover. Because of his small size, and to compensate for his low health, the Imp is the fastest character in the game. In Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, he is an Attack class.
"The smallest and most agile of the zombies, Imp can double-jump, hover, and giggle his way to victory. Two automatic Imp Blasters don't hurt either.
Z-Mech built with Z-Tech. Massive size, massive health, and massive damage are at your disposal as you unleash Imp's secret weapon."
"Harnessing illicit future butt technology, this little Imp and his Z-Mech may just be the key to victory in the Battle of Zomburbia. Don't tell him that though, he's just having a good time."
This little guy wields dual, rapid-fire Imp Blasters and can call in the massively powerful Z-Mech.
In-game description (PvZ: BfN) (Imp)
Imps are close range attackers that can be hard to hit and excel in chaos. When riding a Z-Mech, they gain more explosive weapons and better ways to deal damage.
In-game description (PvZ: BfN) (Z-Mech)
The Z-Mech is great at attacking enemies at all distances. They just need to be careful because they are a large target.
- Easy: 45 HP
- Normal: 60 HP
- Hard: 75 HP
- CRAAAAZY: 90 HP
- Easy: 210 HP
- Normal: 280 HP
- Hard: 350 HP
- CRAAAAZY: 420 HP
|Lil' Drake||Pylon Imp||S.H.R.IMP|
|Z7 Imp*||Party Imp||Scallywag Imp|
* Pre-order Bonus
The Imp's primary weapon is the Imp Blaster. It is a fast firing weapon that can fire up to 35 ammo before having to reload.
The Z-Mech's primary weapon is the Robo Laser. The Robo Laser overheats if fired for too long. When it is overheated, the weapon cannot be fired for a few seconds. Once it has cooled down, it can be fired again.
|Impkata||Imp starts to spin around and shoot his blasters, doing damage to all plants around him. It has 100 ammo and can be canceled earlier manually.|
|Robo Call||Imp sends an S.O.S. message by his walkie-talkie and, after a short pause, the Z-Mech is deployed to where he is.|
|Gravity Grenade||Imp throws a grenade, which creates a gravitational field that pulls in and traps every nearby plant for a short period of time.|
|Robo Stomp||Z-Mech stomps the ground, releasing a shockwave, which does 75 AOE damage to all nearby plants.|
|Explosive Escape||When used, the Imp inside the Z-Mech will eject from Z-Mech. Meanwhile, the Z-Mech will explode and deal 150 damage to any nearby plants. This is a single-use ability as it destroys the Z-Mech. It is an ability shared by all Z-Mech variants. Unlike most other abilities, the Explosive Escape must be activated twice to take effect.|
|Missile Madness||Z-Mech launches up to 20 missiles from its back, with each one doing large splash damage.|
- The Z-Mech lasts for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
|Pull and hold enemies in a location.|
|Call in a powerful mech to control for a limited time.|
|Spin and fire blasters in all directions.|
|Launch a large volley of explosive missiles.|
|Detonate Z-Mech to cause massive damage to nearby enemies.|
|Punches the ground, damaging and knocking back enemies back.|
The Imp is a glass cannon in every sense of the phrase- he does a lot of damage, but he can't take damage very well. As the Imp, make sure you keep moving and jumping whilst shooting. The Imp's low health makes it very easy for plants to vanquish you. A good way to get Vanquishes is to ambush your target from behind and avoid fighting large groups of plants. If you accidentally start a skirmish with a group of plants, use Impkata while trying to find an escape.
As an Imp, Citrons will always be your worst nightmare. Citron has many abilities that can render Imp's abilities useless. If you want to fight a Citron, take caution of Spin Dash, as it can vanquish you if you have less than 50 health. Double jump as the Citron is going to smash into you. Alternatively, Gravity Grenade them if they are in Ball Form, as they are unable to fight back,
Use Gravity Grenade if you want to set up a group of large plants into one bunch. The best time to execute a Gravity Grenade is near other zombies, as they will be able to help defeat the captured plants. Some classes like Foot Soldier or Super Brainz can easily use some of their abilities to quickly Vanquish the plants in this state. Gravity Grenade can also be used defensively to stop a plant from chasing you, but only use this strategy when in grave danger. Chompers (with the exception of the Yeti Chomper) are helpless when caught by a Gravity Grenade as long as you stay out of their bite range.
While the Imp can deal a lot of damage very quickly, the Imp suffers from great recoil. When firing your primary weapon, your shots will quickly raise in elevation. This makes it much harder to hit plants, especially since with no control, the Imp's shots are extremely inaccurate. Learning to control the Imp's recoil is crucial for Imps to deal damage efficiently.
As the Z-Mech, you are still vulnerable to crowd control attacks such as Goop or Time Snare. These abilities can disable your own abilities, rendering your firepower almost useless. While your Z-Mech is powerful, it's a dangerous risk to go head on against a large group of plants. You will likely be outnumbered and vanquished very quickly if you charge into a group of plants. Instead, if you find a group of plants huddled together, try using Missile Madness. This powerful ability can deal heavy damage to targets caught by the missiles or in the blast radius. Alternatively, stay within a group of your teammates and help them pressure groups of plants with your massive damage and health. The Z-Mech's Stomp ability deals a good 75 points of damage and hits in a small radius.
Once the time to eject comes, if you have a Gravity Grenade ready, you can throw it down on to the self destructing mech to pull nearby plants into the explosion (Works for all Imp Z-mechs).
The Imp is for certain a deadly character, but he's far from unbeatable, especially without his Z-Mech. Characters such as the Peashooter are effective against the Imp because of his splash damage, making hits on an Imp easier to land. Cacti may have a harder time hitting the Imp as he is among the smallest characters in the game, but most of their shots should be enough to take a good chunk off his health as long as his mech isn't in play.
Ideally, using crowd-control abilities such as EMPeach or Time Snare render the Imps mobility useless, allowing any teammate to land free hits.
Chomper's Goop is also very effective at immobilizing an Imp. You shouldn't need to outright eat them unless you're playing as Disco Chomper, who relies on eating Zombies to activate Disco Fever.
Against the Imp's Z-Mech, shoot the glass as it will deal normal damage to the mech. Rose can ignore the Z-Mechs resistance boost and can damage it normally.
The best class to go against Imp is his arch-nemesis Citron, also from the future. The EMPeach is most effective against mechs rather than other classes, so use this to your advantage to attack the mech while it is stunned. If you're using Frozen Citron, you can use EMPeach to stun the mech and freeze it for an easy vanquish. When Imp is at low health, use the Ball Dash to vanquish him. Make sure to be wary using the Ball Form near Imps as his Gravity Grenade will leave you unable to counterattack.
Tips and tricks
- Keep in mind that while you are calling your Z-Mech, you are immune to damage as soon as the beam of light appears, and shows the Z-Mech health until the Z-Mech is deployed.
- Always keep moving. Your low health makes it easy for you to be taken out.
- Use your Gravity Grenade to snare plants near your team, letting your teammates quickly take them out.
- When in your Z-Mech, don't rush into a group of plants, as they can team up on you and take you out very quickly.
- The Imp is the fastest zombie class in the game. Use this to your advantage.
- Use your double jump to hover over gaps and climb platforms.
- A good tactic to do if your Z-Mech is ready is to wait until the Imp has low health. Once you call in the Z-Mech, you will automatically get full health.
- Don't be afraid to run backwards or jump while fighting. Imp's fast movement speed and its double jump can allow moves that would be considered "unpredictable."
- Avoid fighting the plants head-on. Instead, try going through routes behind or on the side of the plants and ambush them there.
- Avoid using the Gravity Grenade + Impkata combo. Impkata will do a lot less damage because it does not target airborne targets. The plants caught in the Gravity Grenade can easily vanquish you due to the reduced movement speed whilst using Impkata.
- Impkata is effectively used if you are surrounded or near a group of plants. However, take note that you get reduced movement speed while using it, but get reduced damage dealt to you, making it a high risk, high reward ability.
- Mastering a technique called "bunny-hopping" is arguably the best way to play the Imp. It is essentially spamming flips at the enemy while firing.
- If you call your mech in a zero gravity zone, then eject from it in an area with gravity, your Imp will be able to jump higher (as if he were still in a low gravity area).
- ▼ Decreased default Imp magazine capacity from 45 rounds to 35 rounds
- ▼ Decreased Z-Mech Health from 400 to 350
- ▼ Decreased Movement Speed Multiplier from 1 to 0.75 for all Imp variants while zoomed
- ▼ Decreased Ground Velocity from 7.7 m/s to 7.45 m/s
- ▼ Decreased In-Air Velocity from 8.5 m/s to 7.45 m/s
- ▼ Decreased In-Air jump Velocity from 8.5 m/s to 7.45 m/s
- ▲ Imps tuning focused on ensuring he had a bit more survivability outside of his mech, and also improved his primary weapon slightly
- ▲ Increased Imp health from 50 to 75
- ▼ Fixed a bug where the Imp couldn’t receive damage while he is making his Z-Mech phone call (he's now only invulnerable when the beam of light appears)
- ▼ Increased server-side bone collision size to make the Imp slightly easier to hit while he’s moving
- ▲ Reduced initial and regular cooldown times for Mech deploys by 30s
- ▲ Increased stamina for all Mechs by 20s
- ▲ Slightly increased accuracy
- ▲ Slightly reduced reticle bloom
- The Z-Mech is based on the Titan from Titanfall, another EA game.
- Imp also appears to have a jetpack similar to the one used by the Pilots in Titanfall.
- In the E3 announcement trailer, the Imp was seen riding a flying machine and ejecting from it. However, it is unknown if this might be an alternate ability or not.
- In the title screen, several Imps are viewed flying these in the top right corner.
- As mentioned in records from E3, Citron is its counter in the same way that the Engineer is the Chomper's counter.
- By pre-ordering the game players get the Z7-Mech by Grass Effect, a spoof of Mass Effect. It is to be an alternate variant of the Z-Mech.
- Unlike the Imp in the Plants vs. Zombies series, who wear red unbuttoned shirts and blue shorts, he wears an orange jumpsuit and shorts while donning a yellow helmet.
- In the E3 trailer, the Imp had 75 health points, although he actually has 50 health afterwards.
- Imp is the only new zombie class that doesn't have a different primary weapon when the aim button is being pressed.
- According to the Garden Warfare 2 prequel comic series, the Z-Mech is capable of translating an Imp's thoughts.
- The Imp's laugh is very similar to the Defender Bot/Zombie Turret.
- When Imp is vanquished, he still holds the blasters in his hands, unlike all other zombie classes who lose their weapons when vanquished (excluding Super Brainz, who uses his fists as his weapons).
- In one of the original images for the Imps shown at the E3, the Imp only appears to have one blaster, which looks quite different from the ones that he now has.