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Zombies Get 2-For-1 Piercings!

Pine Needler is a Rare Shooter plant, which is the second new plant unlocked in Plants vs. Zombies 3. She costs 5 Sun, and has the ability of throwing piercing needles at a fairly fast pace.


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Pine Needler is based on a pine cone and pine leaves. Her name is a portmanteau of pine needles, the adult leaves of the pine tree.

The second half of her name comes from the literal term of a needler, also called a needlegun, which is a weapon that fires small and thin objects.

Her ability was similar to Cactus from Plants vs. Zombies 2. However, unlike Cactus, she doesn't hide underground once the zombies were nearby.

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

Pine Needler
Chilling Damage Icon.pngChilling Rare
Rapid Fire
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Sun PvZ3.png Flings pine needles that pierce through
multiple zombies. Pine-scented!
Attack Damage
Targets Pierced
Attack Speed
1.2 s
Damage per Second
7 s

Effective against:
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Pine Needler saves time by using her piercing needles to mend multiple pairs of Dave's pants at once. The pants tend to tear during competitive disco dance-off league play. Asked to comment on her technique, Pine Needler replied, "Sharp."


Due to Pine Needler's rate of fire and mediocre sun cost, she is recommended for waves of zombies. However, due to her low damage output, she is not suggested to be the main line of defense. On the other hand, utilizing Pine Needler's piercing shots can come in handy when dealing with obstacle zombies, as they go through the obstacles they set up or carry. However, once stronger piercing plants like Snapdragon are unlocked, Pine Needler may not be as effective compared to those other options.

Combining Pine Needler with plants that slow zombies, such as Buttercup will increase the usefulness of her, as the zombies will not creep closer while being attacked by piercing shots.

Her Plant Food ability can be used, once again, to deal damage to many zombies at once, making her valuable when dealing with many zombies in different lanes.

Her Tacobility can be utilized in case of an elongated chain of zombies, especially with Obstacle Zombies. It can be utilized in a way to cover and defend all of the lanes, if the player has not planted their defenses completely yet.


See also

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Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 3
Common Puff-Shroom · Buttercup · Garlic · Potato Mine · Pushywillow · Wall-Nut · Chard Guard · Peashooter · Spikeweed · Cabbage-Pult · Kernel-Pult · Bonk Choy · Caramel Popcorn · Lightning Reed · Melon-Pult
Rare Shuffle Truffle · Blockbuster · Butternut Squash · Ragweed · Sawgrass · Squash · Fire Peashooter · Pine Needler · Snow Pea · Bamboo Shoots · Night Cap
Epic Aloe Vera · Sweet Potato · Hydrangea · Dogwood · Chomper · Gravitree · Flak Seed · Lemon-Aid · Gloom-Shroom · Snapdragon · Starfruit
Legendary Fairy Ring Mushroom · Kalestorm
Others Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Star Tree · Magic Beans
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