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Pine Needler

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


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Pine Needler is based on a pine cone and pine leaves. Its name is a portmanteau of pine needles, the adult leaves of the pine tree. Pine trees are producers of pine cones.

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

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

Pine Needler
Rare Chilling Damage IconChilling Park Plant
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Pine Needler3
Sun PvZ3 Flings pine needles that pierce through
multiple zombies. Pine-scented!
Rapid Fire
Attack Damage
Targets Pierced
Attack Speed
1.2 s
Damage per Second
7 s

Effective against:
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Due to Pine Needler's rate of fire and mediocre sun cost, it is recommended for waves of zombies. However, due to its low damage output, it 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 plants.

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

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

The 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 defences completely yet.


See also

V · T · E
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 · Squash · Blockbuster · Butternut Squash · Ragweed · Sawgrass · Fire Peashooter · Pine Needler · Snow Pea · Bamboo Shoots · Night Cap
Epic Aloe Vera · Sweet Potato · Hydrangea · Dogwood · Chomper · Gravitree · Flak Seed · Gloom-Shroom · Snapdragon · Starfruit · Lemon-Aid
Legendary Fairy Ring Mushroom · Kalestorm
Others Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Star Tree · Magic Beans
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