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Painter is a Rare sniper variant of the Engineer in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

Zomboss selected the Painter Zombie due to his steady hands and great attention to detail. The Painter Zombie enjoys painting himself into a corner.

In-game description

His extended-range crossbow splats Plants at a distance!

AI health

  • Easy: 75
  • Normal: 100
  • Hard: 125
  • CRAAAAZY: 150

Specialty

What makes the Painter so special is that its weapon exaggerates the use of crowd control. The Painter's arsenal consists of a Paint Crossbow. The Cactus and its variants have a similar weapon, as they both are designed for long range. The Painter creates a next level generation of rivalry between the Cactus and the Engineer. It also has a small bullet drop, which can make aiming a little harder at long ranges.

Primary weapon

The Painter's primary weapon is the Paint Crossbow. The facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The damage per hit at all ranges base and critical is 48.
  • The max DPS at all ranges is 45.4.
  • The splash damage is 15 at all ranges.
  • The ammo in a clip is 15.
  • The reload time is 2.7 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is slow.
  • The weapon is semi-auto.
  • The bloom is low.

Abilities

Left abilities
Sonic GrenadeGW1.png Sonic Grenade The Sonic Grenade is a grenade that, when thrown, will stun plants in a small radius for a short time and forces Burrowing Chompers out from the ground.
Proximity Sonic MineGW1.png Proximity Sonic Mine An alternate ability of the Sonic Grenade, the Proximity Sonic Mine is a landmine which can stun plants for about five seconds when they come close to it. It makes Chompers come out of their Burrow ability if they are using it. This can be very useful for defending a teleporter or trying to escape from plants.
Center abilities
Zombot DroneGW1.png Zombot Drone The Zombot Drone is a drone equipped with the Zombot Laser and the deadly Cone Strike. It has five health.
Rocket DroneGW1.png Rocket Drone The Rocket Drone is an alternate version of Zombot Drone having more health (20). It is equipped with the Mean Beam and Lone Cone.
Right abilities
JackhammerGW1.png Jackhammer The Jackhammer allows for quicker movement but at the cost at not being able to use your other abilities, though you can still fire your primary weapon, and if you bump into a plant, the plant will suffer knockback and light damage.
Turbo JackhammerGW1.png Turbo Jackhammer An alternate ability of the Jackhammer, the Turbo Jackhammer functions the same as the Jackhammer except that it travels faster, but lasts for a shorter amount of time.

Left abilities
Sonic GrenadeGW2.png Sonic Grenade The Sonic Grenade is a grenade that, when thrown, will stun plants in a small radius for a short time and forces Burrowing Chompers out from the ground.
Proximity Sonic MineGW2.png Proximity Sonic Mine An alternate ability of the Sonic Grenade, the Proximity Sonic Mine is a landmine which can stun plants for about five seconds when they come close to it. It makes Chompers come out of their Burrow ability if they are using it. This can be very useful for defending a teleporter or trying to escape from plants.
Center abilities
Big Bolt BlasterGW2.png Big Bolt Blaster The Big Bolt Blaster is a mounted turret similar to the Pea Gatling. It has 100 ammo and a very high rate of fire.
Bedazzled Bolt BlasterGW2.png Bedazzled Bolt Blaster The Bedazzled Bolt Blaster is a reskin of the Big Bolt Blaster and therefore has no difference other than appearance and having different crosshairs.
Right abilities
JackhammerGW2.png Jackhammer The Jackhammer allows for quicker movement but at the cost at not being able to use your other abilities, though you can still fire your primary weapon, and if you bump into a plant, the plant will suffer knockback and light damage.
Turbo JackhammerGW2.png Turbo Jackhammer An alternate ability of the Jackhammer, the Turbo Jackhammer functions the same as the Jackhammer except that it travels faster, but lasts for a shorter amount of time.

Weapon upgrades - GW1

Description about the Painter's weapon upgrades in GW1

Less Sticky Reloader

Paint is sticky! This reloader replacement makes it less sticky resulting in faster reload times.

Zomboss Enhanced Paint Box

A Zomboss enhanced paint box holds more paint. Well, really, it's just a bigger box.

Enhanced Paint Fumes

Enhanced paint fumes cause more damage to Plants.

Strategies

The Painter is arguably the best Engineer variant for those who like to snipe plants from afar instead of exclusively going for the teleporter. The Painter's high projectile damage (which is 45 by default and 48 when upgraded) makes it quite lethal in the hands of an accurate player. The Painter is also a good counter to the Cactus because the Painter has a variety of perks that the Cactus does not have; first of all, the Painter deals more damage per hit than any Cactus (barring on headshots from the Camo Cactus), it deals splash damage, meaning misses can still deal damage, and finally, the Jackhammer gives the Painter an agility advantage in close quarters in addition to allowing the painter to "tackle" plants by running into them, and on top of that, it provides some degree of safety against Cacti as the increased movement speed makes the Painter hard to hit. However, the Painters shots will not always land where the reticle shows it will land. At longer ranges, the Painter has more difficulty trying to hit plants due to its clunky aim and slower projectiles.

Despite the mentioned advantages, the player should try to avoid close-range combat as the Painter since his slow firing speed makes hitting targets up close exceedingly difficult unless you manage to stun them with either the Sonic Grenade or the Proximity Sonic Mine.

Balancing changes

Legends of the Lawn DLC

  • Increased splash damage

May 2018 Patch

  • Increased the Paint Crossbow's projectile speed
  • Improved the reticle

Related achievements

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The Astral Plane
As an Engineer, build 3 Teleporters in a session of Gardens & Graveyards
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Zombie Defense
As an Engineer, build 3 Zombot Turrets in a session of Gardens & Graveyards
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Jackhammer Rush
As an Engineer, Vanquish 10 Players while riding the Jackhammer
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Hunting Season
Vanquish 100 Soldiers, 100 Scientists, 100 Engineers and 100 All Stars

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Trivia

  • His crossbow has a faster bullet drop than most other weapons in the game.
    • This can also make hitting targets from a long distance challenging.
  • Painting is considered an art of architectural detail, which is why he is an Engineer variant. Same goes for civil engineering, and even plumbing.
  • In the Stickerbook, it says that his weapon (Paint Crossbow) has a short range. But actually, it seems to have long range and he's technically the sniper variant.
    • It also says Painter ZOMBIE, similar to Chemist in the Stickerbook. Though, both of them don't say "zombie" in the variant's name.
  • Similar to the Super Commando and Centurion, Painter's weapon is also a crossbow.
    • He is also the only one of these zombies not to be a Foot Soldier variant.
  • The Zomboss Enhanced Paint Box resembles a Weighted Storage Cube from the Portal series.
  • Similarly to Camo Cactus, he also gains bonus field of view when aiming.
  • The Paint Crossbow can paint patterns of various colors on a variety of surfaces by shooting at them, like walls, the ground, the Pumpkins in Zomboss Estate, or even Coffin/Barrel/Outhouse Zombies' armor.
  • There is a mission where you have to kill painters because they painted some graffitti on a potted plant's house.
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Soldiers Foot Soldier · Camo Ranger · Super Commando · General Supremo · Tank Commander · Arctic Trooper · Sky Trooper · Centurion
Engineers Engineer · Welder · Painter · Mechanic · Electrician · Plumber · Landscaper · Sanitation Expert
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Engineers Engineer · Welder · Painter · Mechanic · Electrician · Plumber · Landscaper · Sanitation Expert · Roadie Z · AC Perry
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All-Stars All-Star · Baseball Star · Rugby Star · Hockey Star · Cricket Star · Goalie Star · Wrestling Star · Golf Star · Moto-X Star · Tennis Star
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Others Hover Goat-3000 · Mecha Cat · Stinky Goat
Abilities
Foot Soldier ZPG · Rocket Jump · Zombie Stink Cloud · Multi-Rocket · Rocket Leap · Super Stink Cloud
Engineer Sonic Grenade · Big Bolt Blaster · Jackhammer · Proximity Sonic Mine · Turbo Jackhammer · Bedazzled Bolt Blaster
Scientist Sticky Explody Ball · Warp · Heal Beam of Science · Mega Heal Bomb · Energy Warp · Zombie Heal Station · Armored Heal Station · Armored Bling Station
All-Star Imp Punt · Sprint Tackle · Dummy Shield · Long Bomb · Ultra Tackle · Shield Decoy · Future Dummy
Captain Deadbeard Parrot Pal · Barrel Blast · Cannon Rodeo · Future Parrot Pal · Looty Booty Barrel Blast
Imp
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Imp Impkata · Robo Call · Gravity Grenade
Z-Mech Robo Stomp · Explosive Escape · Missile Madness · Dragon Swoop · Wing Flap · Drag Race · Pylon Mine · Water Cyclone · Shrimp Jump · Biotic Pull · Zomni-Blade · Crusty Gigabomb · Peg Leg Kata
Super Brainz Heroic Kick · Super Ultra Ball · Turbo Twister · Super Multi Ball · Super Guided Ultra Ball
Hover Goat-3000 Damage Buff Booster Beam · Mega Awesome Laser · Tubular Turbo
Mecha Cat Kitty Pounce · Furball Frenzy · Kitty Fury · Tail Powershot
Spawnable Zombies
Gravedirt of Summoning Browncoat Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Buckethead Zombie · Flag Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · Coffin Zombie · Outhouse Zombie · Heal Zombie · Exploding Imp · Karate Zombie
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Bosses Baron von Bats · Disco Zombie · Gargantuar · Giga Gargantuar · Gargoatuar · House Gargantuar · Mech Gargantuar · Treasure Yeti · Yeti Zombie · Zen Sensei · Captain Smasher · Sasquatch · Yeti King
Top Zombie Dr. Patient · Dr. Fizzician · Z-Mech 11011-3 · Ol' Deadbeard · Super Duper Brainz · Gene Error · Dr. Daul Fin
Others Zomburger Artist · Backup Dancer · Vampire Zombie · Berserker · Giga Imp · Zombomb · Pirate Zombie · Conehead Pirate · Buckethead Pirate · Screen Door Pirate · Imp Pirate · Map Pirate · Barrel Pirate · Yeti Imp · Zombot Turret · Exploding Imp Fan · Sasquatch Imp · Future Imp · Robo-Zombie
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Imp
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Imp Gravity Grenade · Robo Call · Impkata
Z-Mech Missile Madness · Explosive Escape · Bionic Bash
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Electric Slide Funky Bouncer · Outta Fight! · Disco Tornado
Captain Deadbeard Barrel Blast · Parrot Pal · Anchor's Away
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Space Cadet
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Space Station
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Space Station Space Force · Escape Pod · Crater Maker
Scientist Sticky Healy Thingy · Warp · Healing Hose
Engineer Bullhorn Swarm · Heavy Helper · Double Time
Wizard Zee-lixir · Spell Disaster · Co-Star
TV Head Commercial Break · Yeti, Set, GO! · Overheated Dinner
Spawnable Zombies
Build-a-Bot
Range Rocket Bot · Gatling Bot · Hide-n-Shoot Bot · Mr. Electro
Support Dr. Heals · Loudmouth Bot
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