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Lil' Drake is the Super Rare fire Imp variant in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. His Z-Mech is a large mechanical dragon that has more health than the normal Z-Mech. It is equipped with a flamethrower, can tackle plants, and create a smoke screen in front of it that can shield up to 75 damage, and can jump three times as opposed to one. The Drake Mech lasts for 1 minute.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

From his winged cap, to his Basilisk Blasters, to his hulking Drake Z-Mech, it's pretty clear that Lil' Drake has a thing for dragons. It should come as no surprise then, that his dream is to one day achieve full flight with his butt-mounted boosters.

In-game description

His Basilisk Blasters ignite Plant foes, dealing fire damage over time.

AI health

  • Lil' Drake:
    • Easy: 45 HP
    • Normal: 60 HP
    • Hard: 75 HP
    • CRAAAAZY: 90 HP
  • Drake Mech:
    • Easy: 240 HP
    • Normal: 320 HP
    • Hard: 400 HP
    • CRAAAAZY: 480 HP

Primary weapons

Lil' Drake

The Lil' Drake's primary weapon is the Basilisk Blasters. The Basilisk Blasters fire slower than Imp Blasters, but with an added fire effect making damaged plants take damage overtime. It also has slightly more damage. It can fire 30 bullets before reloading.

Drake Mech

The Drake Mech's primary weapon is the Drake Flame, a flamethrower that deals 13 damage per second burning plants for an increased amount of fire damage compared to the Basilisk Blasters. It functions similarly to the Fire Chomper's Flame Spray, but with larger range. The Drake Flame has infinite ammo, but if it fires too long, it will immediately stop and cool down for a few seconds before being able to fire again.

Abilities

Left abilities

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Gravity Grenade

Utilizing crazy future technology, the Gravity Grenade sucks Plants towards its epicenter while lifting them off the ground!
Center abilities
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Drake Call
When the going gets tough, summon your massive Drake Mech to even the score, and then some.
Right abilities
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Impkata
It's time to set your butt boosters to overdrive as you spin uncontrollably with both Imp Blasters blazing.


Strategies

As with all Imps, remain mobile at all times and watch your health. This is a good variant to take on multiple plants at once, due to the fire damage. In addition, the Drake Mech is tied for the most health out of all Mechs, so staying alive is easier. Focus your fire on Sunflowers and Heal Flowers, but spread the damage around so that the whole group slowly takes fire damage. Once in your mech, focus on large groups of plants or high-health plants such as bosses in Graveyard Ops, and make an attempt to stay away from Citrons. Use the Drake Swoop to close in on far off enemies or to escape a dangerous situation. Wing Flap is best used when engaging a target in combat or attacking an objective. Keep in mind that it blocks damage from all directions and not just the front. Combining this with its high health, the Drake Mech can easily defeat multiple plants for Team Vanquish and help capture gardens in Gardens & Graveyards or Suburbination.

Against

Lil' Drake is the fire variant for the Imp class, which can make him an extremely dangerous opponent, if not spotted soon. can dish out some serious damage if not noticed. In addition, his mech is much bulkier than other mechs, as well as having a shield to protect itself. By himself, the Imp should be relatively easy to take out with classes like Peashooter, Kernel Corn, or Citron. In the mech, however, he can attack groups from close range. The mech can be a devastating opponent if not dealt with properly. Since it has no method of attacking long range aside from Drake Swoop, and the Drake Swoop itself has a very long recharge and will probably not be used against you, the only safe way to take care of the Drake Mech to attack it from afar. If the mech gets into a garden in Gardens & Graveyards, use everything you have to defeat it, as it will quickly vanquish every plant in the garden if left alive. Citron's EMPeach is slightly less effective on this mech due to the Mech's absurd ability cool-down, and the fact that the Drake Mech has possibly already used said abilities getting to the garden. However, it's still good to use an EMPeach to stop its flame attack for a second or two.

Balancing changes

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC

  • 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
  • Fixed a bug where the Imp could not receive damage while he is making his Z-Mech phone call (he's now only invulnerable when the beam of light appears)

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Reduced magazine capacity from 35 – 30
  • Reduced falloff start distance from 20 – 15

November 2016 Patch

  • Decreased damage of Mech’s primary weapon from 15 to 13

September 2017 Patch

  • Increased weapon recoil

Related achievements

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Just Peachy!
Stun 50 Z-Mechs using Citron's EMPeach

Gallery

In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Lil' Drake
Traditional Chinese 小火龍
France French Dragonou
Germany German Lil' Drake
Italy Italian Draghetto
Poland Polish Smoczuś
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Dragonete
Spain Spanish Dragoncito


Trivia

  • The Drake Mech has the highest health out of all the variants in the game, along with the Scallywag Mech, both having 400 HP.
    • Before the patch notes came out, the Drake Mech was said to have 500 health.
  • The "Drake" part of the name stems from the Drake, a species of the fictional creature commonly called a dragon. This is also why Lil' Drake resembles a dragon.
  • It was revealed by PopCap that he is their favorite Imp variant because of his fire damage and his stronger mech.
  • He is the only Imp variant without the word "Imp" in his name.
  • He is the only Imp variant with a close-range Z-Mech.
  • There is a larger version of him in Infinity Time called Giga Imp, first encountered when Gnomus the Yellow reaches 50% health. His Basilisk Blasters deal more damage and has a slightly higher rate of fire compared to Lil' Drake. However, it doesn't fire for long and its shots curve down. His reload time is incredibly quick, being around 0.6 seconds. He can also summon normal Drake Mechs.
  • The Drake Mech has the shortest jump height when compared to the other Z-Mechs.
  • His mech appears to eat him when calling it in
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