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A.K.E.E. (acronym for Autonomous Katapulting Ejectomatic Emitter) is the second plant obtained in Lost City in Plants vs. Zombies 2. A.K.E.E. was revealed in the developer diary for Lost City Part 1 which was released on May 27, 2015.[1] It is the seventh lobbed-shot plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2.

A.K.E.E. fires seeds every 3 seconds that bounce from one zombie to another in its lane. Each seed deals 60 damage per shot for the first two bounces and then 40 damage per shot starting from the third. However, if a seed hits one zombie and the next one is more than five tiles away, the seed will not continue to bounce off. This travel distance gets smaller with each bounce, as the seed loses its momentum over time. A.K.E.E.'s seeds also can also bounce from one tombstone to another tombstone and any other obstacles on the lawn.

Origins

A.K.E.E. is based on the tropical fruit Blighia sapida, known as the akee or ackee in English. Judging by the developer diary, it is intended to be pronounced as an acronym instead of an initialism. As the Almanac states, its name is an acronym of "Autonomous Katapulting Ejectomatic Emitter," which purposely has incorrect spelling and non-existing words to create a humorous effect.

Almanac entry

A.K.E.E.

SUN COST: 175
RECHARGE: Fast

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Normal

SPECIAL: Shot Bounces
RANGE: Lobbed

FAMILY: Arma-mint

A.K.E.E.s lob projectiles that bounce from zombie to zombie.

Autonomous Katapulting Ejectomatic Emitter is actively looking for a different acronym for A.K.E.E., because let's face it, "Katapulting" is just not working.


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

Ackee PF

A.K.E.E. launching huge akee seeds at zombies

When given Plant Food, A.K.E.E. fires large akee seeds at the first zombie in every lane—a total of five if all lanes have zombies in them. Each seed deals 450 damage per shot to hit enemies and decreases its damage by 15% per each bounce until it disappears after eight bounces.

Costumed  (China only)

A.K.E.E. now fires a large charged ackee seed. It switches between normal, explosive (reddish color and with higher splash damage) and freezing (bluish color, less splash damage and freeze zombies if it is not killed).

Level Upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Normal)
Plant Food Power
(Damage)
Projectile
Velocity
Special
(Shot Bounces)
Range
1 0 0 175 5 seconds 300 dps 60 dps 450 dps Normal Three Lobbed
2 10 1,000 175 5 seconds 350 dps 70 dps 500 dps
3 75 5,000 175 4.5 seconds 400 dps 80 dps 550 dps + 1.3x
4 200 10,000 175 4.5 seconds 450 dps 90 dps 600 dps Four
5 400 20,000 150 4.5 seconds 550 dps 100 dps 650 dps
6 750 30,000 150 4 seconds 600 dps 110 dps 700 dps
7 1,000 40,000 150 4 seconds 650 dps 120 dps 750 dps + 1.6x
8 1,250 50,000 150 3.5 seconds 700 dps 130 dps 800 dps
9 1,500 60,000 150 3.5 seconds 800 dps 140 dps 850 dps Five
10 2,000 75,000 150 3 seconds 900 dps 150 dps 900 dps

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New A.K.E.E. Upgrade 1
Strengthen Flexibility
A.K.E.E.'s seed will bounce onto one more zombie.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
A.K.E.E. gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New A.K.E.E. Upgrade 2
Split Bomb
A.K.E.E. has a 25% chance to shoot a bigger seed that will split into three smaller ones and two of these will bounce into two adjacent lanes.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
A.K.E.E. gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
A.K.E.E. may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
A.K.E.E. gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Strategies

A.K.E.E. has a role comparable to Laser Bean. When set side-by-side, A.K.E.E. deals more damage on the first two targets and is slightly cheaper, meaning that it is slightly better early on. However, its limited bouncing capability puts it in a worse position compared to Laser Bean in Endless Zones, where very large amounts of zombies will spawn and reliable penetration is required. A.K.E.E.'s projectile can get blocked by Parasol Zombie and reflected by Jester Zombie. Additionally, A.K.E.E. also shares the same problem with other lobbed-shots: the poor Plant Food effect. While Laser Bean's Plant Food effect deals up to 1800 damage per shot in its lane and can't be deflected or immuned by any zombies, A.K.E.E. seeds deals a small amount of damage despite the fact it affects all zombies in the ground, and it is deflected by Parasol Zombie or Jester Zombie.

A.K.E.E. is a good counter against zombies that can shield themselves against straight-shooting projectiles such as Barrel Roller Zombie, Shield Zombie, Excavator Zombie, Troglobite, and Arcade Zombie, as it can bounce through or ignore their method of protection. A.K.E.E. can also be used against Camel Zombies, as its projectile can hit all of their signs. A.K.E.E. can also target any enemies that unleash special abilities without moving such as Zombie King and Fisherman Zombie. However, in Lost City, it should not be used alone, due to the risks of Parasol Zombie; therefore, it should be paired with plants like Red Stinger. It can be used in Ancient Egypt and Dark Ages to quickly clear tombstones in a single lane. However, it only does so when no zombies are in its lane, making plants like Laser Bean, Fume-shroom, Phat Beets, and any other area of effect plants more reliable for clearing graves.

A.K.E.E. and Primal Peashooter do not go well together because as Primal Peashooter knocks back zombies, A.K.E.E.'s shots will end up hitting the ground.

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Trivia

  • Before the 3.7.1 update, it was spelled as "A.K.E.E" (without the final period). This only occurred in the header of its Almanac entry and on the Lost City map, as it was spelled "A.K.E.E." everywhere else.
  • Its sounds and animations are recycled for Apple Mortar.
  • Its reloading sound is similar to Tomb Raiser Zombie.
  • Its seeds do not bounce off individual zombies if there are many in a small space. Instead, it will bounce off one and deal damage to all of them.
  • Its seeds will not bounce to the next zombie if that zombie has not fully entered the lawn.
    • This is why its seeds never bounce to Imp Cannons, as they are considered to be zombies that have not fully entered the lawn.
      • However, its seeds may directly hit an Imp Cannon if there is no plank nor zombies on the lane.
  • If there are no zombies on the lawn at all, its launchers during its Plant Food effect will just produce a hiss and a puff of smoke, similar to other lobbed-shot plants.
  • It is possible for its seeds to bounce backwards. This can happen when either a Swashbuckler Zombie or a Relic Hunter Zombie are still swinging and there are zombies in front of them or when a seed hits the Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC in Modern Day - Day 34.
  • It has a similar reload animation to Lotuspot.
  • Its military hat costume may be a reference to mortars in wars, as they have many similarities (they both launch projectiles in similar arcs, and A.K.E.E.'s seeds resemble the bombs fired by these weapons).
  • This is the only plant that has an acronym for a name.

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