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Parsnip is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, tied with the Food Fight 2016 event. He attacks zombies in front from a short-range every 1 second, dealing 80 damage per shot. Once Parsnip is almost eaten, he will rush down the lane in a similar fashion to Guacodile, snipping each zombie in his path two to three times using his pincer, with each snip dealing 300 damage per shot.

Unlike Guacodile who will rush as soon as zombies are near, Parsnip only rushes when he absords damage equal to (not more than) his toughness.

Origins

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Parsnip is based on the Pastinaca sativa, a root plant closely related to the carrot better known as parsnip, and possibly a fiddler crab.

His name is a pun on "parsnip," "snip" (to cut something with scissors or shears in short strokes), and possibly "nip."

Almanac entry

Parsnip

SUN COST: 150
RECHARGE: 5

TOUGHNESS: 300
DAMAGE: 80

RANGE: Close
FAMILY: Enforce-mint

Parsnip snips at zombies, and then charges down the lane at the last moment.

"Snip!" said Parsnip. "Snip snip snip! If it wasn't for my scrapbook, my coupons, and snipping zombies to death, I just don't know what I'd do with myself!"


Chinese version (China only)

    植物特征:橙色植物

    平时是个胆小弱懦的呆萌少年,但是只要进入作战状态就会变成一位勇敢无敌的勇士!

    In English:
    Plant characteristics: orange plant

    Usually a timid and weak young man, but when he enters combat, he becomes a brave and invincible warrior!

Upgrades

Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Parsnip will knock back every zombie in front 1 tile of him. Then, Parsnip will create two smaller versions of himself that will rush down his lane, each dealing damage four or six times, depending on physiques of the zombies. This is similar to what Guacodile does for his Plant Food effect.

Enforce-mint effect

When boosted by Enforce-mint, Parsnip will do an additional 300 DPS, and his rush attack will do an additional 800 DPS per tick.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Heavy)
Plant Food Power
(Damage)
Range
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 80 dps 300 dps Close
2 10 1,000 150 350 dps 100 dps 330 dps
3 25 2,500 150 400 dps 120 dps 360 dps
4 50 5,000 125 450 dps 140 dps 420 dps
5 100 10,000 125 500 dps 160 dps 480 dps
6 200 20,000 125 550 dps 180 dps 540 dps
7 400 30,000 100 600 dps 200 dps 600 dps
8 800 50,000 100 700 dps 220 dps 660 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 800 dps 260 dps 720 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 900 dps 300 dps 800 dps

Mastery upgrades

  • Chance to Boost
  • Damage Pierce

Level upgrades  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Parsnip Upgrade 1.png
King Clamp
Has a 10% chance to cause a multiplicity of damage to the target.
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Combat Training
Parsnip gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Parsnip Upgrade 2.png
Giant God Clamp
King Clamp's effect is increased by 100%.
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Cell Activation
Parsnip gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Parsnip may be boosted when planted.
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Fighting Power
Parsnip gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Parsnip Upgrade 3.png
God Clamp Impact
Has a chance to throw its pincers, causing damage to every target on its lane, with the pincer then returning to its body.
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Fighting Power
Parsnip gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Costumed  (China only)

When costumed, his Plant Food effect now has a chance to create a final smaller red version of himself, which deals greater damage and has a chance to stun zombies for one second.

Strategies

Parsnip is a great plant to use early in a level. His high single target damage, combined with his ability to function as a temporary wall, make it a powerful asset. Compared to Guacodile, Parsnip has less range on his attacks but has a stronger rush attack, he can function as a temporary wall and has much more damage on his attacks. Because of this, Parsnip is generally better at starting levels, whereas Guacodile is better at dealing with damage to hordes quickly.

One should not use Parsnip against zombies that do not eat, such as Explorer Zombie or Excavator Zombie, as Parsnip will only rush if eaten. However, Parsnip can be effective against some of these zombies, such as Jetpack Zombie, since Parsnip is free to attack them without getting destroyed. Parsnip is also a great choice against Mecha-Football Zombie or Punk Zombie as they will push him to the left instead of eating him. Due to this, Parsnip can continuously attack it, similarly to other close range plants.

Parsnip is a good choice against Chicken Wrangler Zombies or Weasel Hoarders as he can stall the Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels while defending at the same time. Also, when damaged enough, his rush attack can destroy all of them in his lane.

Parsnip can function as a temporary way to deal with Jester Zombie, since Parsnip will rush down the Jester Zombies after taking a few hits. While this is not ideal, it can function. Parsnip can also be useful for combating Imps thrown from Gargantuars, as they'll have to eat Parsnip first, opposed to Guacodile, which activates immediately.

Parsnip is also good when combined with slowing plants, such as Winter Melon or Sap-fling, since this allows Parsnip to get off a lot more damage before rushing. It will also let Parsnip do more damage when charging since he will have more time to pass the zombies.

What makes Parsnip worth using is his powerful Plant Food ability. A single Plant Food can help taking out a Gargantuar. However, the scarcity of Plant Food makes it less ideal for Endless Zones. However, using Tile Turnip might remedy this in higher levels where sun is more plentiful due to longer levels. Bringing along Power Lily as well can lead to a devastating combo to defeat every zombie in every lane. However, this takes a lot of planning and some gimmicks may interfere with the process.

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Trivia

  • Both of his costumes are based on animals.
  • His claws are not connected to his body, which is a cause of the lack of arm textures.
  • When he rushes, he can snip zombies behind him, but when he is rooted he cannot, for unknown reasons.
  • Before an update, Parsnip's Almanac entry misspelled the name as "Parnsip".
  • He has several similarities to crabs, namely fiddler crabs, including his claws and the legs he has when charging.
    • He also has a similarity with cats, due to his scratching animation and his cat ears costume.
  • His Almanac entry is the first time the word "death" is used in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • Rarely, when timed right, he may not rush down the lane, but instead gets eaten, as usual, specifically if a large number of zombies is eating him at the same time.

See also

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Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
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Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout
Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West
Heroes Iron Man Nut · Monkey King Peashooter · Pig Squash · Nut Wujing · Monk Flower · Nezha Peashooter
The Zombies Are Coming Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Nightfall Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Backyard Emergency Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Battle Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Fight the Sea Demons Oxygen Algae · Sea Starfruit · Bramble Sea Grass
Brave the Dragon's Palace Water Gun Grass
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Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Electric Anemone · Aggro Brocco · Pomegunate · Carrotillery · Oak Archer · Ghost Pepper · Laser Bean · Dandelion · Snapdragon · Bonk Choy
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