After robbing the Zomboss Express the bandit Cactus retired investing her loot in a fix-er-up resort hotel where she spends the majority of time greeting guests and apologizing about the shoddy accommodations.
Her fully automatic Gatling Needle trades accuracy for speed.
The primary weapon of Bandit Cactus is the Gatling Needle; all facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.
- The base damage per hit at all ranges is 9 and the critical is 11.
- The max DPS at all ranges is about 11.
- The min DPS at all ranges is about 90.
- The ammo in a clip is 20.
- The reload time is 2.1 seconds.
- The projectile speed is fast.
- The weapon is full auto.
- The bloom is medium.
Potato Mine is a passive attack piece that deals 175 to any zombies that step on it.
Garlic Drone is a drone with five health. It is armed with the Needle Shot and a Corn Strike.
Tallnut Battlement is a wall of two Tall-nuts and two Wall-nuts held together by vines. It can be used to stall zombies or provide cover.
Potato Nugget Mine
An alternate ability of Potato Mine, Potato Nugget Mine is smaller and does less damage. However, it is easier to camouflage and the player can place more of them at once compared to Potato Mine.
An alternate ability of Garlic Drone, Artichoke Drone has 20 health instead of the Garlic Drone's five, armed with the Artichoke Hearts and Baby Corn attack.
An alternate ability of Tallnut Battlement, Iron Maiden is an armored Wall-nut and hard to destroy. It is much stronger than the Tallnut Battlement; its only downside is its short width.
Staring down Zombies in an even more fierce fashion improves her reload time.
Stitched some extra slots in her bandolier, increasing ammo capacity.
Sharpening her needles has increased their damage. She can't believe she didn't think of that earlier.
The Bandit Cactus is well-suited for close-range combat with the ability to fire automatically with each needle dealing about 9 to 11 damage, allowing her to deal a relatively large amount of damage to opposing zombies. This makes it capable of defending the garden in Gardens & Graveyards at a much closer distance than usual and with her above-average projectile damage, if given proper support, she can even take down an All-Star without too much trouble. Be advised though, that the automatic firing only moves the Bandit Cactus from being a support class to being a defensive class, not an offensive class. The needles deal a large amount of damage at close and mid range but are sub-par at dealing with long range targets compared to other Cactus variants. The Bandit Cactus excels at ambushing but it also retains the Cactus' below-average foot speed so this further discourages players from actively attacking and instead encourages the player to stay near the objective and attacking any approaching zombies. If you want to go long range, it is advised to get the zoom upgrade.
If the player favors more offensive gameplay, the Peashooter is a much better choice for this task.
Interestingly, the Bandit Cactus is very similar in behavior to the Mechanic, which translates to the fact that if the player is skilled with the Mechanic, they should have good thoughts about the Bandit Cactus but remember that due to the plants being on the defense, the Bandit Cactus is best used as a defensive "carpenter" due to its ability to place down Practical cover and mines as well as its ability fly drones.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 release
- ▲ Ammo capacity was increased from 15 to 20.
- Bandit Cactus is the only plant that carries anything to hold ammo, in which it used a bandolier.
- In the Stickerbook, it says that Bandit Cactus has long range, but in fact she is meant to be a mid to short ranged variant.