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Kunai Tupistra (潜行开口箭; pinyin: qiánxíng kāikǒujiàn) is a plant in Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 introduced in the 2.6.0. update as an unlockable plant for the Heian Age world.

When a zombie enters a 3x3 area around it, Kunai Tupistra jumps out of the ground and throws leaf blades at it. After attacking, Kunai Tupistra will run out of leaf blades to fire. When Kunai Tupistra runs out of leaf blades, it will hide underground until its leaves recharge.

When underground, Kunai Tupistra will not be able to be attacked by zombies entering its tile, thus, zombies will simply walk over it until it reemerges. A hiding Kunai Tupistra is also able to destroy rolling objects like a Spikeweed, but will also be destroyed in the process.

Origins

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Kunai Tupistra is based on the Tupistra chinensis, a species in the genus Tupistra, which is widespread in Taiwan and in southeastern China.

Kunai Tupistra's leaf blades are based on the kunai, which are Japanese blades traditionally used as masonry trowels, but are more commonly known through their use as throwing blades typically associated with ninjas.


Almanac entry

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    In English:

    Kunai Tupistra pop up from the ground to damage nearby zombies.

    Plant characteristics: Green plant

    Kunai Tupistra is recognized as one of the best ninjas in the industry, but most will argue that Auberninja is a far better ninja, Kunai Tupistra doesn't really care much honestly, and recognizes that both sides utilize completely different methods of attack. Kunai Tupistra is more about hiding in the shadows to secure a safer retreat.

Upgrades

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Kunai Tupistra will jump out of the ground and throw multiple leaf blades around it in a 3x3 area, all zombies in this area will be heavily damaged.

Costume

Kunai Tupistra's costumed effect allows the leaf blades thrown to remain on the ground and continuously damage zombies.

Level Upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
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Rapid Growth
Decreases Kunai Tupistra's recharge time by 1 second.
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Combat Training
Kunai Tupistra gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Extremely Rapid Growth
Further decreases Kunai Tupistra's recharge time by another second.
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Cell Activation
Kunai Tupistra gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Kunai Tupistra may be boosted when planted.
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Fighting Power
Kunai Tupistra gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Upgrade 3
Unknown.
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Fighting Power
Kunai Tupistra gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Strategies

Kunai Tupistra has a good defense against both armored and strong zombies, as it can take them out with no problem. Unfortunately, the player must prevent it from being eaten alive if the zombies try to attack it during its attacking phase. Otherwise it'll have a weaker health after being bitten for few times by a zombie. But just like Spikeweed and Spikerock, it also can be used to destroy rolling objects, such as barrels and pianos.

A good zombie that need to take care of was Knight Zombie. Kunai Tupistra can damage him as quickly as possible, well at least if there are two of them in one single lane. Planting Sweet Potatos both above or under its lane might attract few zombies and force to eat them instead, and Kunai Tupistra now has more chance to reload its kunai leaves much quicker.

Combine it with Celery Stalker was a good combo to defend yourself against stronger zombies. Just put a single Celery Stalker between two Kunai Tupistras and you're good to go. But it is only recommended to use this phase only when Kunai Tupistra hides underground while avoiding any zombies. If a zombie passes it, then they get attacked by Celery Stalker.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • During its spinning animation, its costume will appear if you look closely. This likely a visual glitch.
  • When Kunai Tupistra is located near the edge of the lawn, some of its kunai are still visible outside the lawn when attacking zombies. It is certainly unknown if this is an animation glitch or is unintentional.
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