Splitting Stephania (千金藤; pinyin: qiānjīnténg) is a plant in Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 introduced in the 2.6.0. update as an unlockable plant for the Heian Age world, being unlocked after clearing Day 5.
Splitting Stephania attacks zombies by throwing leaves at zombies. When a zombie is hit, the leaves will split and deal damage in a 2×3 area around the targeted zombie, one attack for a single tile, if there are multiple zombies, one is chosen at random. The attack is direct impact and does not pierce. Splitting Stephania can also resist and reflect Ninjimp's pufferfish attack.
Splitting Stephania is based on the Stephania japonica, otherwise known as the snake vine, however Splitting Stephania more closely resembles other members of the Stephania genus, specifically Stephania erecta and Stephania pierrei.
千金藤 (Splitting Stephania)
Sun cost: 200
Splitting Stephania can shield against Ninjimp's pufferfish attack, thrown shields will fragment.
Plant characteristics: Green plantSplitting Stephania idolizes the captain of the National Throwing Shield Team, and admires the ability to block while the shield is being thrown. Splitting Stephania is working hard to develop proper shield throwing and blocking skills. Don't ask why the shield shatters, ask about the mediocrity of average consumer goods.
Plant Food effect
When given Plant Food, Splitting Stephania will fire 6 leaves ahead of it. These leaves will knock back any zombie hit by them one tile as well as split to damage additional zombies
Splitting Stephania's costumed effect lights these 6 leaves on fire, dealing additional damage.
Splitting Stephania will be your first counter against Ninjimp, as she can rebound his pufferfish away from your defenses and instantly kill him. She also can damage Excavator Zombie in the back whenever her thrown leaves split across 2x3 area if timed correctly. Her against stronger zombies and zombies with armor (like full-health headwears) will make the whole level much easier than usual, especially in Hard Mode levels.
Despite the fact that she resists and reflects any bullet attacks, you can't use her against Hair Metal Gargantuar, Snow Pea Zombie, or any bullet-attacking zombies in Sky City. You only use her against Ninjimp instead. However, her main attack could work against these zombies. Combining her with wall plants like Wall-nut will protect her from any damage. Primal Wall-nut will be the best choice against Hair Metal Gargantuar's shockwave and bullets being fired by Zombie Fighter, as he has even more resistance against them.
Melee plants and Splitting Stephania's Mombo-Combo
When it comes to melee plants, Splitting Stephania was a good choice to use these combos. She can attack zombies while melee plants don't do anything if they're far away from them. Combining her with Phat Beet will be the best combo against Punk Zombies, Glitter Zombies, and MC Zom-Bs. Also, combining her with Celery Stalker can defeat tougher zombies if they're between these combos (far away, but near Splitting Stephania and behind Celery Stalker).
- Sometimes, when Ninjimp throws a pufferfish at her during her Plant Food ability, she will deflect the pufferfish and will not activate her Plant Food ability. It is unknown if this is a glitch or intentional.