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Power Cactus is the Rare electric variant of the Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. She has the same abilities as the regular Cactus, but her projectile deals a chain lightning effect (uses electricity to add damage to any enemies near the one the player hits) to the zombie it hits.

Appearance

Power Cactus is a Cactus with a sky-blue body and green bottom. The mouth of the Cactus filled with an electrical plug. The eyes are a glowing blue and there are electric sparks flashing near its body.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

The Power Cactus specializes in blasting opponents with electricity from extremely long ranges.

In-game description

Power Cactus deals electric damage, arcing across multiple Zombies!

AI health (GW2 only)

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

Primary weapon

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Electric Needle is the primary weapon of Power Cactus; all facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The base close range damage per hit is 22 and the critical is 26.
  • The max DPS at close range is 78.0.
  • The base middle range damage per hit is 17 and the critical is 21.
  • The max DPS at middle range is 63.0.
  • The base long range damage per hit is 16 and the critical is 19.
  • The max DPS at long range is 57.0.
  • The weapon deals no splash damage.
  • The weapon deals arc damage; when a hit is dealt to a target it will arc to nearby targets dealing 10 damage as it hits them.
  • The ammo in a clip is 12.
  • The reload time is 2.5 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is fast.
  • The weapon is a semi-precision weapon.
  • The bloom is medium.

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The Power Cactus' primary weapon is the Electric Needle. It deals less damage than the standard Spike Shot at 15 to 20 impact damage and 18 to 24 critical damage, but compensates for this by dealing up to 15 electric splash damage to any surrounding zombies.

Abilities

Left abilities
Potato MineGW1
Potato Mine
Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"
Potato Nugget MineGW1
Potato Nugget Mine
These little nuggets are small, have a great sense of humor and enjoy sitting around waiting to blow Zombies sky high. While not as damaging as their potato cousins, these little nuggets still pack a spudow!
Center abilities
Garlic DroneGW1
Garlic Drone
By launching her Garlic Drone companion, she can monitor Zombies from the skies, attack them from the air, and call in devastating Corn Strikes.
Artichoke DroneGW1
Artichoke Drone
The Artichoke Drone has a really thick skin. This gives it more health and helps it last longer in a fight. However, it does not have the same firepower as its Garlic counterpart.
Right abilities
Tallnut BattlementGW1
Tallnut Battlement
Tallnut Battlements have many uses. They can be shields and they can block paths to stop the Zombies in their tracks. They're terrible card players, though.
Iron MaidenGW1
Iron Maiden
Encased in iron armor, these Iron Maiden Tallnuts will stare at Zombies with an unmatched intensity. They are very hard to destroy and enjoy getting in the way.

Left abilities
Potato MineGW2
Potato Mine
Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"
Potato Nugget MineGW2
Potato Nugget Mine
These little nuggets are small, have a great sense of humor and enjoy sitting around waiting to blow Zombies sky high. While not as damaging as their potato cousins, these little nuggets still pack a spudow!
Pizzazzling Potato MineGW2
Pizzazzling Potato Mine
Need some more shine in your life? These potatoes love to pizzazle zombies, and will leave a cloud of glitter after a whopping sparkling spudow!
Center abilities
Garlic DroneGW2
Garlic Drone
By launching her Garlic Drone companion, she can monitor Zombies from the skies, attack them from the air, and call in devastating Corn Strikes.
Artichoke DroneGW2
Artichoke Drone
The Artichoke Drone has a really thick skin. This gives it more health and helps it last longer in a fight. However, it does not have the same firepower as its Garlic counterpart.
Red ArtichokeGW2
Red Artichoke
This agile Artichoke shouldn't be messed with. It's as fast as a clam and quick like a cucumber!
Dark Garlic DroneGW2
Dark Garlic Drone
The Dark Garlic Drone is infused with mystical dark energy. It has cool magical weapons and cool magical look.
Right abilities
Tallnut BattlementGW2
Tallnut Battlement
Tallnut Battlements have many uses. They can be shields and they can block paths to stop the Zombies in their tracks. They're terrible card players, though.
Iron MaidenGW2
Iron Maiden
Encased in iron armor, these Iron Maiden Tallnuts will stare at Zombies with an unmatched intensity. They are very hard to destroy and enjoy getting in the way.
Bling MaidenGW2
Bling Maiden
This Tallnut is encased in solid bling gold armor! How did a Tallnut even afford such expensive armor though?

Weapon upgrades

PowerCactusUpgrade

Charged Spike Reload

With a charged spike-reload, the reload time is reduced.

Electric Spike Stockpile

Ammo capacity increased with a stockpile of electric spikes.

Supercharged Spikes

Supercharged spikes deal extra damage.

Strategies

The Power Cactus has one of the most potent weapons of any Cactus variant, due to above average damage and fast movement speed of her projectiles. Long range combat is where she excels, as she can deal a lot of damage to enemies who cannot see you coming. Proper accuracy is essential, however, due to her limited ammo and so-so reload speed.

With

Consider prioritizing larger opponents when shooting as they are generally easier to hit. Shooting at the biggest Zombie amongst a group of other Zombies is a great way to deal with small and fast enemies that are hard to hit, like the Imp and Scientist. This also effectively vanquishes nearby Zombies that are low on health. Close range combat is not advised as this variant- if you are caught in melee combat, drop a few Potato Mines around before you try to make an escape.

Against

The Power Cactus may not be much of a threat in a 1v1, but she is a serious problem for your team if you're all close to eachother. Try to keep your distance from your teammates (especially Imps), as any shot that you take from the Power Cactus, will also damage them. Super Brainz is a great counter (if played correctly). As Super Brainz, try to sneak around the Power Cactus and attack her from behind. All Cacti aren't that effective at close range.

Balancing changes

Garden Warfare

Legends of the Lawn DLC

  • Increased electric splash damage

Garden Warfare 2

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Falloff start/end damage was increased from 20/15 to 23/18.

Related achievement

Making Popcorn PSN
Making Popcorn
As a Cactus, Vanquish 10 Players with the Drone's Corn Strike

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Trivia

  • Cactus' Plant Food ability in Plants vs. Zombies 2 might be a reference to Power Cactus due to both of their spikes being blue and electric.
  • In Garden Warfare 2, her color was changed from very light blue to a turquoise color.
    • All other electric plant variants from the first game had their color changed as well.
  • If a hat is put on her, most electricity stops flowing and the electrical plug will stop generating electricity.
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