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Plant Infernos to burn and push back zombies.

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Inferno is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 introduced in the 8.9.1 update. Inferno swirls up fire tornadoes every 5.95-6.05 seconds, sweeping zombies up and moving them back and damaging them. The first zombie that encounters the fire tornado will take 5 times as much damage, while Frozen blocks they encounter are destroyed instantly.

Inferno is also immune to frost and warms nearby plants every 1.5 seconds.

Origins

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Inferno is based on a fern, a plant famously known for reproducing via spores rather than flowers and seeds.

His name is a pun on "fern" and "inferno," which is a term used to describe a large fire, referencing his fire based abilities.

His overall appearance, that being a fiery bush, could be a reference to the burning bush from the Bible.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.

Inferno

SUN COST: 200
RECHARGE: 25

DAMAGE: 22
PLANT FOOD POWER: Damage

Special: Tornado Duration
FAMILY: Pepper-mint

Infernos swirl up devastating fire tornados that sweep zombies back, burning and damaging them.

Special: immune to frost
Special: warms nearby plants
Inferno doesn't feel like he gets enough credit. "Of course I burn zombies," he fumes. "That's a given. But what about how I sweep them down the lane through the sheer force of hot air? Where's my prize for that?"


Chinese version (China only)

    制造火龙卷

    范围:前方1行
    特点:制造火龙卷向前造成单体伤害。
    植物特征:褐色植物、满腹怒火

    有的时候有些事,越想越气,越气越急,越急就...烈焰火蕨气得想走,可是他走不掉,只能喷个龙卷风勉强解压一下。
    In English:
    Makes fire tornadoes.

    Range: one row ahead
    Features: Creates a fire tornadoes to deal damage to a singe target
    Plant features: brown plant, full of anger

    Sometimes the more you think of things the more angry you get, the more angry you get the more anxious you get... Inferno gets so angry that he want to storm off, but he can't just leave, so he can only release tornadoes in order to lessen his stress.

Upgrades

Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability

When fed with Plant Food, Inferno will create a stronger fire tornado which can also attract zombies in the adjacent lanes.

Pepper-mint effect

When boosted by Pepper-mint, both Inferno's normal and Plant Food fire tornadoes will do an additional 48 DPS per tick. He will also warm plants in a larger area as if he was at level 10 and the damage he deals to ice is increased to 500 DPS.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Starting Recharge Damage* Toughness Tornado Duration Zombies in Tornado* Warming Radius Warming Damage
Normal Plant Food
1 0 0 200 25 seconds 10 seconds 22 dps 300 dps 1.2 seconds 3.2 seconds 6 Normal 200 dps
2 50 24 seconds 9 seconds 24 dps 350 dps 300 dps
3 100 23 seconds 26 dps 400 dps 7
4 200 22 seconds 8 seconds 450 dps 1.4 seconds 3.6 seconds
5 300 175 21 seconds 30 dps 500 dps 8 400 dps
6 400 20 seconds 7 seconds 34 dps 550 dps
7 500 19 seconds 600 dps 1.6 seconds 4.2 seconds 9 500 dps
8 600 18 seconds 6 seconds 38 dps 650 dps 1.8 seconds 10
9 800 17 seconds 42 dps 700 dps 2 seconds 11 +1.7x
10 1,000 150 16 seconds 5 seconds 48 dps 750 dps 2.2 seconds 5 seconds 12 +2.3x

*Per hit. Applies to both normal and Plant Food states.

Mastery upgrades

  • Chance to Boost
  • Damage Pierce

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Inferno Upgrade 1.png
Angry Egress
生气走了
Increases the distance the fire tornado carries zombies by 1 tile
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Combat Training
战斗训练
Inferno gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Inferno Upgrade 2.png
The More I Think The Angrier I Get
越想越气
Further increases the distance the fire tornado carries zombies by 1 tile
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Cell Activation
细胞活化
Inferno gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
能力觉醒
Inferno may be boosted when planted.
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Fighting Power
战斗能力
Inferno gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Inferno Upgrade 3.png
Escalating Anger
怒气冲天
Attack damage increases by 50%, and stronger zombies can now get swept away
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Fighting Power
战斗能力
Inferno gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Strategies

Inferno's fire tornado acts like a reverse Sandstorm/Snowstorm wave, except it blows zombies away from the house rather than bringing them towards the house. It's Plant Food ability can eliminate a lot of zombies quickly. It is also wise to save up some sun to plant one of these as it's somewhat expensive at 200. Inferno by itself may have a hard time killing even a Basic Zombie, as its damage is as little as a pea (20 DPS), at level one, so it's best to use it as a supporting plant and not your main offense. Plants like Stallia can help slow down zombies. Avoid using Iceberg Lettuce with Inferno as it removes the freezing effect given. Also avoid using it with short ranged plants like Bonk Choy as it will take them out of their range.

If the player hasn't purchased Chomper, Inferno teamed up with Pepper-pult, Hot Date, or Pyre Vine can also be an effective combo in eradicating hordes of zombies. For final waves, it also works best teamed up with Pepper-mint when many zombies reach the column closest to the house. Since he defrosts them, seek for other sources of crowd-controlling effects like Stallia.

Note that Inferno pushes back the first zombie that is encountered by the tornado, he can push back Imps thrown by Gargantuars and can push back zombies that are far in your defenses.

Be aware for imp Dragon Zombies, as they are immune to his damage, but not his knockback effect.

Related achievement

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So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level

Balance changes

Update 9.4.1

  • Inferno no longer leaves Zombies at 1 HP after attacking them

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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Inferno
China Simplified Chinese 烈焰火蕨
France French Feugère
Germany German Inferno
Italy Italian Inferno
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Incendiária
Spain Spanish Infierno


Trivia

•When it attacks a newspaper zombie and enraged it, the Newspaper Zombie's running speed is the same to its walking speed despite it being enraged, but its eating speed remains the same though.


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