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Dusk Lobber is the fourth plant obtained in Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. She lobs explosive buds at zombies or tombstones in her lane, dealing 30 direct damage and 25 splash damage in a 3x3 area. When powered by Moonflower, she lobs buds into the lanes next to her in a manner similar to the Threepeater.

Origins

Dusk Lobber is based on Opuntia, or prickly pears, a genus in the cactus plant family.

Almanac entry

NOTE: Dusk Lobber costs 200 sun in the Chinese version.

Dusk Lobber

SUN COST: 150
RECHARGE: Mediocre

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Moderate

RANGE: Lobbed
AREA: 3x3

Dusk Lobbers are shadow plants that lob explosive buds down the lane.

Special: powered Dusk Lobbers lob buds down 3 lanes

Lobbing comes easily for Dusk Lobber, but that's only because she's had extensive training and really enjoys parabolas.


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

Dusklber PF 1

Tossing large buds down with her Plant Food ability

Dusklber PF 2

The large Plant Food buds exploding

When given Plant Food, Dusk Lobber will fire four large explosive buds that land on four random tiles with zombies nearby on the lawn, with each explosive bud dealing 350 damage in a 3x3 area.

Costumed (China only)

Dusk Lobber now fire five large explosive buds instead of four.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Mediocre)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Moderate)
Plant Food Power
(Damage)
Projectile
Velocity
Range Area
Direct Splash Direct Splash
1 0 0 150 10 seconds 300 dps 30 dps 25 dps 350 dps 300 dps Normal Lobbed 3x3
2 10 1,000 10 seconds 350 dps 40 dps 35 dps 300 dps
3 75 5,000 9 seconds 400 dps 50 dps 45 dps 400 dps +1.3x
4 200 10,000 9 seconds 450 dps 60 dps 55 dps 400 dps
5 400 20,000 9 seconds 550 dps 70 dps 65 dps 500 dps
6 750 30,000 8 seconds 600 dps 80 dps 75 dps 600 dps
7 1,000 40,000 125 8 seconds 650 dps 90 dps 85 dps 600 dps + 1.6x
8 1,250 50,000 7 seconds 700 dps 700 dps
9 1,500 60,000 6 seconds 800 dps 800 dps
10 2,000 75,000 5 seconds 900 dps 900 dps

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Dusk Lobber Upgrade 1
Thorns Dizzy
Dusk Lobber has a chance to lob powerful buds, which is stun that zombie if hits directly (Do not stun zombies if damaged via splash damage)
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Dusk Lobber gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Dusk Lobber Upgrade 2
Thorny Crisis
The chance to lob powerful buds is increased.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Dusk Lobber gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Dusk Lobber may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Dusk Lobber gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New Dusk Lobber Upgrade 3
Extreme Winding
The projectiles now may drops seeds, which grows into thorns, which temporary binds zombies.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Dusk Lobber gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Strategies

Dusk Lobber can be considered to be one of the most potent lobbed-shot plants, as the plant under the right condition is only second to Strawburst in terms of splash damage per second, while costing less than half of that of a Melon-pult or a Strawburst. This makes Dusk Lobber an incredibly useful weapon in both normal levels and the Endless Zones, unlike most other heavy offensive plants which are often restricted by usually high cost. The ability to attack multiple lanes also make Dusk Lobber highly useful early on, as this allows the player to secure the lawn quickly against Imp rushes or enemies on multiple lanes. This is however balanced by the plant's reliance on Moonflower and coupled with mildly slow recharge rate. This means Imitater will help the player field a decent amount of Dusk Lobbers in later levels, though you will always need Moonflower. Also, due to Moonflower's extremely lackluster Plant Food effect, it is advised to also bring Gold Bloom along.

Compared to most lobbed-shot plants, Dusk Lobber is even more useful at dealing with groups of enemies that can shield or avoid straight-shooting projectiles such as Tomb Raiser Zombie, Barrel Roller Zombie, Snorkel Zombie, Troglobite and Arcade Zombie, including endless zones where these zombies are a common threat.

Surprisingly, a powered Dusk Lobber can also target Prospector Zombies that appear on the left side of your lawn and zombies carried by Pterodactyl if she is placed on the first column, including the lanes next to her.

Dusk Lobber may seem more powerful compared to the straight-shot shadow plant, Nightshade, but each have their downsides - Nightshade deals a meager amount of group damage compared to Dusk Lobber and lacks crowd control, while Dusk Lobber's higher sun cost and slower recharge makes it harder for the player to get many of them out, and she is also much weaker against isolated targets or targets that absorbs a lot of damage such as Knight Zombie. As such, it might be advisable to bring both, if one has enough seed slots, when Moonflower is used.

Avoid using Dusk Lobber against Jester Zombie and Parasol Zombie as they will deflect her buds. Chicken Wrangler Zombie and Weasel Hoarder can quickly overwhelm any catapult plants upon releasing its counterpart so it is not a good idea to use Dusk Lobber when they're around, unless you have her upgraded.

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Trivia

  • When her projectiles are reflected by Jester Zombies, they will harmlessly pass through the plants and go towards the player's house. This was fixed in the 4.7.1 update.
  • If her projectile misses its target, it will not land on the lane it is lobbed on, but rather the lane directly below it. The same happens if she targets a zombie that is in the water in Big Wave Beach.
  • She and Apple Mortar are the only lobbed-shot plants that can lob projectiles into more than one lane without being fed with Plant Food.
  • She, Homing ThistlePea-nutPepper-pult, Dandelion and Apple Mortar are the only projectile-shooting plants that do not have a fast recharge speed.
  • Her idle animation is minorly unfinished, as she will cut back to the start of her animation every second or so, instead of looping smoothly. This is likely an oversight.

Specific to Chinese version (China only)

  • Her projectile at level 2 - 3 looks same exact as her projectile at level 3 to level 6 in international version, while her projectile at level 5 looks same exact as her projectile at level 7 onwards in international version.

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