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Plant Noctarines to create damaging gas clouds

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Noctarine is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 introduced in the 9.1.1 update. Noctarine explodes upon planting, wherein he creates a cloud of gas in a 3x3 area that continuously damages zombies (except Healer Zombie and Treasure Yeti). Zombies within the area will take more damage from shadow plants.

Alongside said gas, Noctarine also produces a shadow aura that is able to power shadow plants similarly to Moonflower. Because of this, he is an environment modifier.

In addition to being able to power shadow plants, Noctarine is a shadow plant himself. When Noctarine is powered by plants such as, Moonflower, Conceal-Mint, Gloom Vine, or even other Noctarines, the gas cloud he creates is able to slow down zombies and cause them to have a chance to explode themselves, dealing 10% damage of zombies' max health in a 3x3 area. In addition to the probability, the explosion trigger condition also requires that the zombie's health is equal to or less than twice the damage of the gas cloud.

Origins

Prunus persica var. nucipersica

Noctarine is based on the nectarine (Prunus persica var. nucipersica), a cultivar of peach (Prunus persica) that famously lacks fuzzy skins and is regarded commercially as a different fruit from the peach.

Noctarine's name is a portmanteau of nectarine, the plant it's based on, and the prefix "noct-", which is used to refer to something pertaining to the night, referring to the fact that he is a shadow plant.

Almanac entry

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

Noctarine

SUN COST: 150
RECHARGE: 15

DAMAGE: 40
Shadow Damage Boost: 2.1

Gas Duration: Gas Duration
Zombie Explosion Damage: Zombie Explosion Damage

FAMILY: Conceal-mint

Noctarines are shadow plants that explode and create clouds of damaging gas.

Usage: Single use, instant
Special: Noctarine gas can power shadow plants
Special: powered Noctarine gas slows zombies
Special: powered Noctarine gas can create exploding zombies
For a plant churning with internal gases, Noctarine's opinions are shockingly conventional. "Jaws is a good movie," he says. Like, NO KIDDING, Noctarine!


Upgrades

Conceal-mint effect

When boosted by Conceal-mint, Noctarine's powered gas will do an additional 140 DPS, his damage boost will be increased by 2.5 times, and his corpse explosion damage will do an additional 10%.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Damage Damage Boost Gas Duration Slow Duration Explosion Chance
Himself Normal Gas Powered Gas Corpse Explosion Normal Powered Normal Powered
1 0 0 150 15 seconds 0 dps 20 dps 40 dps 10% 1.5x 2.1x 10.5 seconds 15.5 seconds 15.5 seconds 25%
2 50 125 14 seconds 60 dps 1.6x 16.5 seconds 16.5 seconds 30%
3 100 100 13 seconds 40 dps 2.2x 11.5 seconds 35%
4 200 12 seconds 80 dps 1.7x 17.5 seconds 17.5 seconds 40%
5 300 11 seconds 60 dps 2.3x 12.5 seconds 45%
6 400 10 seconds 100 dps 1.8x 18.5 seconds 18.5 seconds 50%
7 500 75 9 seconds 80 dps 2.4x 13.5 seconds 55%
8 600 8 seconds 120 dps 1.9x 19.5 seconds 19.5 seconds 60%
9 800 7 seconds 100 dps 2.5x 14.5 seconds 65%
10 1,000 50 6 seconds 140 dps 2x 20.5 seconds 20.5 seconds 70%

Mastery upgrade

  • Damage Pierce


Strategies

Noctarine can be used in tandem with Grimrose and especially Shadow-shroom if you have no space in the back for them, since it produces a shadow aura that can power shadow plants. Because this is only temporary, it is not recommended to use it with more permanent shadow plants like Dusk Lobber or Shadow Peashooter.

Noctarine works well with Gloom Vine, because the Noctarine planted within the vine will be powered directly, and only if the zombie enters the area of gas cloud, can the shadow plants enjoy the damage bonus of Noctarine. Gloom vine is a Melee plant with a 3x3 area, which is completely consistent with the influential area of Noctarine's gas cloud.

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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Noctarine
France French Noctarine
Germany German Noktarine
Italy Italian Nottarina
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Noturnarina
Spain Spanish Noctarina


Trivia

  • In version 9.0 of the game, Noctarine was included on Conceal-mint's list of family plants despite not being released yet.
  • Noctarine is the only shadow plant to be an explosive plant.
  • Noctarine's powered gas cannot actually slow zombies down. This is a glitch.
  • Noctarine can power Moonflower briefly, but the gas he leaves can't power Moonflower at all. This may be a glitch.
  • Noctarine's gas can be drowned in water tiles of Big Wave Beach or destroyed by some zombies. This is a glitch.
  • Noctarine's gas makes it impossible to dig up a vine plant or Lily Pad that is planted on top of it. This is a glitch.
  • Sometimes a powered Noctarine will create normal gas. This was a glitch fixed in the 9.6.1 update.
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