Puffball is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that was introduced in the 8.2.1 update. He explodes when planted and poisons zombies in a 3x5 area. Zombies damaged by the poison will also be momentarily stunned, and planting multiple Puffballs will stack poison effects.
Puffball is based on, and named after, the puffball, a type of fungi which are known for bursting upon maturity and dispersing copious amounts of airborne spores.
Its poisonous effect for zombies is due to the fact that some puffballs are poisonous.
Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.
SUN COST: 150
Puffballs explode when planted, stunning and poisoning zombies in three columns.
Usage: repeated Puffball explosions add to the poison
"You think cuz I'm Puffball that I'm puffy, that I'm soft, that I'm insubstantial?" fumes Puffball. "You need to change that thinking. PRONTO."
|Sun Cost||Recharge||Poison||Stun Duration|
|1||0||0||150||20 seconds||50 dps||3 seconds|
|2||50||125||19 seconds||75 dps||3.5 seconds|
|3||100||100||18 seconds||100 dps||4 seconds|
|4||200||125 dps||4.5 seconds|
|5||300||17 seconds||150 dps||5 seconds|
|6||400||175 dps||5.5 seconds|
|7||500||75||16 seconds||200 dps||6 seconds|
|8||600||225 dps||7 seconds|
|9||800||250 dps||8 seconds|
|10||1,000||50||15 seconds||275 dps||10 seconds|
- Damage Pierce
Like all other poisonous plants, Puffball's main role in the player's arsenal is to counter armored enemies by bypassing their armor altogether and damage them directly. Out of the all these poisonous plants, Puffball may be the best, as his poison effects last forever and can be stacked unlimited times.
However, Puffball's lengthy cooldown to deal full damage makes it a poor choice against high health enemies without armor, in particular mechanical enemies and Gargantuars. Healer Zombie and Zombie Medusa are immune to poison effects, so using Puffball on them is a waste. Also, Healer Zombie can cure zombies and remove the eternal poison effect caused by Puffball.
Due to him being an instant use plant, Puffball can sometimes be unreliable in levels where one can't lose plants. Compared with other instant-use plants, such as Cherry Bomb or Jalapeno, Puffball take less time to recharge and has a larger range. Note that Puffball has a high area of effect (3x5) which means he can deal damage on more tiles.
Puffball only poisons zombies, meaning he doesn't harm grid obstacles, but can still damage Imp Dragon Zombies.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Puffball.
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