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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Sap-Fling.

Sap-fling is a special-edition premium lobber plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It was added in the 3.1.1 update, and was available to purchase from December 4, 2014, to January 13, 2015. Sap-fling and the other special-edition plants returned in the Luck O' the Zombie event, lasting from March 11, 2015, to March 24, 2015.

It once again reappeared in the stores from July 7, 2015, along with the new Piñata Parties (codenamed "unvault") advertising the availability of all the limited plants for a limited time. Sap-fling yet again returned on December 16, 2015, as a premium plant sponsoring the third Feastivus event. As of the Feastivus 2017 event, Sap-fling is no longer money-based to be purchase, but rather gems.

Sap-fling creates a puddle of sap on the square nearest to the first zombie by throwing its sap-covered pinecone, which can not be blocked or reflected by any means. The sap puddle does not deal any damage to zombies and disappears after 7 seconds, but will slow all grounded zombies on it by 50%. Sap-fling's slowing effect does not stack with other slowing effects, such as the chilling effect from Winter Melon, or Red Stinger's Plant Food ability. The sap tile does not affect flying zombies, nor can it be laid on Pirate Seas' ocean or Big Wave Beach's water tiles.

Origins

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It is based on the conifer tree, commonly known as the pine tree, a cone-bearing seed plant in the division Pinophyta and the class Pinopsida that is commonly used for Christmas trees (explaining Sap-fling's appearance, time of availability, and even its costume: a bauble ornament hanging on its branch); as well as the conifer cone, an organ grown on conifer trees which contains reproductive structures.

Sap-fling's name is a portmanteau of "sap," referring to the orange sap on the pinecone that it throws at the zombies, "sapling," the type of plant this plant is based (and its sapling) on, and "fling," referring to the fact that it is a lobber plant.

Almanac entry

Sap-fling

SUN COST: 75
RECHARGE: 5

TOUGHNESS: 300
FIRING RATE: 3

RANGE: Lobbed
FAMILY: Contain-mint

Sap-flings create zombie-slowing puddles of sap.

Damage Details: does no damage on impact, but creates sap puddle
Special: slows zombies who walk in puddle

You've gotta see Sap-fling's throwing arm to believe it. He may be young, but everyone agrees ... the kid's got TALENT. Scouts from some of the biggest Pinecone Ball teams have been keeping a close eye on him. He could be headed to the majors. Oh sure, some knock him for his incredibly sticky spitball. But he only uses all-natural sap, so it's entirely legal.


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When fed with Plant Food, Sap-fling throws 20 pinecones randomly on the lawn, turning into sap puddles which will stay for 15 seconds.

Contain-mint effect

When boosted by Contain-mint, Sap-fling's firing rate is reduced to 1 - 1.5 seconds. If Sap-fling is already at level 9 or higher, Contain-mint will have no effect.

Costumed (China only)

When fed with Plant Food, it releases a large amount of sap in an area, which has a 100% chance to immobilize zombies in amber.

Level upgrade

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Elevated)
Firing Rate
(Mediocre)
Projectile
Velocity
Range
1 0 0 75 5 seconds 300 dps 2.85 - 3 seconds Normal Lobbed
2 10 1,000 75 5 seconds 400 dps 2.75 - 3 seconds
3 25 2,500 75 4.5 seconds 600 dps 2.5 - 3 seconds + 1.3x
4 50 5,000 75 4.5 seconds 800 dps 2.25 - 3 seconds
5 100 10,000 75 4.5 seconds 1000 dps 2 - 2.5 seconds
6 200 20,000 75 4 seconds 1200 dps 1.75 - 2.5 seconds
7 400 30,000 50 4 seconds 1400 dps 1.5 - 2 seconds + 1.6x
8 800 50,000 50 3.5 seconds 1600 dps 1.25 - 2 seconds
9 1,200 75,000 50 3.5 seconds 1800 dps 1 - 1.5 seconds
10 1,600 100,000 50 3 seconds 2000 dps 1 - 1.5 seconds

Mastery upgrades

  • Chance to Boost
  • Damage Pierce

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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Amber Crystals
Sap-fling's sap gains 15% chance to immobilize a zombie in amber.
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Combat Training
Sap-fling gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Rapid Hardening
The chance to immobilize a zombie in amber is doubled (30% of initial).
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Cell Activation
Sap-fling gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Sap-fling may be boosted when planted.
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Fighting Power
Sap-fling gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Strategies

As a plant with slowing down effect for an entire tile, Sap-fling can be used as a substitute for other ice-based plants such as Winter Melon for suppressing the crowd. While Sap-fling does not deal any damage to enemies, its relatively low cost and synergy with fire-based plants like Pepper-pult, Fire Peashooter, and Snapdragon make Sap-fling a more practical choice in normal levels. However, be aware that Sap-fling will not function well in several levels like Big Wave Beach as it poses a particularly great threat to Sap-fling, as most of the tiles are usually flooded and it does not allow sap tiles to be placed, and its firing rate is quite slow like other lobbed shot plants.

The slowing effect of the sap allows plants with limited range or one tile effect such as Bonk Choy, Ghost Pepper and Spikerock to deliver more damage against zombies as they move slower inside their shooting range. This effect is also very useful for plants with slow fire rates, like Laser Bean, Fume-shroom, Bloomerang, Dandelion, and other lobber plants as these plants can deliver more shots against zombies.

Sap-fling particularly shines in Frostbite Caves, with its ability to work with fire plants. Furthermore, ice floes can bottle the zombies up, so with a swift Hurrikale push or Chard Guard toss, all the zombies will be in one tile, allowing Sap-fling to slow all the zombies down and let splash damage plants do more damage, such as Pepper-pult and Dandelion.

Sap-fling also works well with slow attacking or charging plants such as Banana Launcher and Witch Hazel, as it gives them enough time to use their ability. Sap-fling also works well with Turkey-pult, as it slows down zombies, giving enough time for Turkey-pult to deploy more turkeys.

Avoid using Sap-fling against Breakdancer Zombie as he can kick the zombies past the sap. Using it with Lava Guava is a bad idea because it removes the sap puddle.

Balance changes

Update 5.5.1

  • Sun cost decreased from 150 to 75.

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Trivia

  • Defeated zombies may also be affected by its puddle, unlike with freezing effects. Their dying animation will also be slowed down.
  • It appears to have a cold, often sniffling and wiping its sap on the ground as if it was snot from a runny nose. In the Zen Garden, when watered, it will sneeze and some sap will be thrown to the ground as if it was snot.
    • Sap-fling, Cold Snapdragon, Ginseng, and Chilly Pepper are the only plants that sneeze as if they had a cold.
      • Coincidentally Sap-fling and Cold Snapdragon are both premiums, both cost 150 sun (less in the 5.5 version), both slow zombies, and both were released during December.
  • Prior to the 3.2.1 update, zombies would turn orange if pinecones hit them. Along with that, when it lobbed projectiles, it made the sound of a tree creaking. However, these sounds have been suppressed after the 3.2.1 update.
    • If the zombie was chilled while getting hit by pinecones, it would turn green.
  • According to the concept art, it was originally going to fall over and crush zombies after they came near it. It was also originally much larger. The original idea was possibly scrapped because it resembled Squash's ability too much.
  • In the Chinese version, it was going to be called 闷棍一扔, which translates to "sap fling".
  • In the Chinese version, it cannot be used in Sky City levels. The same applies to E.M.Peach, Blover, Bamboo-shoot, and Cryo-shroom.
    • The reason it can't be used is most likely because its attack involves covering tiles with puddles of sap, and only three columns of Sky City's lawn consists of ground tiles.
  • Before the 4.1.1 update, it and Lava Guava could halt MC Zom-B from moving while MC Zom-B's jam is played, as MC Zom-B would blindly attack the sap or lava tile even if no plant was in his area of effect. Along with this, Troglobites in Frostbite Caves and Arcade Zombies in Neon Mixtape Tour could not push frozen blocks and arcade machines onto sap.
  • It is the only plant that can attack zombies but cannot damage them.
  • It is one of five lobbed-shot premium plants, the others being Blooming Heart, Apple Mortar, Sling Pea and Blastberry Vine.
  • Starting from the 5.5 update, it is the cheapest lobbed-shot plant in the game, costing 75 sun.
  • It has an ambush called "Sap Spawn!" in Far Future - Day 29 where zombies rise up from all of the sap, similar to "Necromancy!" in Dark Ages.
    • This is the only effect in the game where a plant can create zombies from its shots.
  • Prior to the Feastivus 2017 event, it cost USD $3.99.
  • Due to a bug, Sap-fling ignores Parasol Zombie's parasol.
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