EMPeach is the first ability for Citron in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. It stuns all zombies in a medium area, preventing them from using their abilities. It deals 10 damage on impact, and 5 damage for over 2-5 seconds afterwards.
More than just a robotic peach with a cute name, the EMPeach has been specially designed to stun Zombies, and especially Z-Mechs!
Z-Mechs are especially vulnerable to it. When used on it, the Mech will not be stunned longer than other zombies, but even when the Z-Mech regains the ability to move and shoot, its abilities will remain disabled for longer. To boot the mech, it will take constant damage after being hit, for about 60 health from EMPeach. However, Build-a-Bots can't be stunned for long, despite them being mechanical beings.
Keep in mind that the stun effect from EMPeach can stop a zombie from using any ability and also heavily reduce their movement. This means that the hard-to-hit zombies such as Imp can easily be shut down due to its reliance on moving a lot and using its abilities. EMPeach can also cancel certain abilities such as the Turbo Twister, meaning that Citron can effectively prevent a rushing Super Brainz from quickly vanquishing him by stunning him.
Also, if you run out of ammo or overheat, this can be used as a last-ditch effort to vanquish your enemy.
This ability is more dangerous than it looks, as the stun effect and damage can allow Citron to deal mass amounts of damage, vanquishing the player. This is especially true for Frozen Citron, as the stun effect lasts long enough for him to freeze the player, spelling doom for them.
The best way to counter this ability is to be unpredictable so that the EMPeach will miss its target. Engineers and Scientists can use their Jackhammer or Warp to avoid the EMPeach and punish the Citron for the brief period he is unable to fire after the ability. However, do note that if the EMPeach hits as a result of the player being too slow or dodging the wrong way, the ability will be canceled, wasting a use of the ability.
Super Brainz should attempt to zone the Citron out with the beam instead of approaching, as the EMPeach can stop him right in his tracks, allowing Citron to pile on heavy amounts of damage with a point-blank attack. If the player can successfully bait out the EMPeach, using the Heroic Kick to quickly cover the distance between the player and the Citron followed by the Turbo Twister to quickly shred through the Peel Shield if applicable and the Citron's health can net the player a quick vanquish.
Imps are especially susceptible in both modes, as the stun effect takes away the Imp's strength of high movement speed, while the Z-Mech is crippled by the effect for much longer. As the Imp, only attack Citrons if you have your Gravity Grenade ready, which disables the usage of the EMPeach as well as allows the player to easily circle the Citron, most likely netting a vanquish. In the Z-Mech, try and stay out of range of the EMPeach at all costs, shooting at the Citron from far away.
- ▼ Decreased the stun effect from 50% - 20%
- Its name and ability is a reference to E.M.Peach from Plants vs. Zombies 2, though it omits the periods.
- However, it can also stun non-mechanical zombies, while E.M.Peach is only able to stun mechanical zombies.
- If the player stuns 50 Z-Mechs with it, they will earn the Just Peachy! achievement.
- Despite the fact that it is supposed to stun robot zombies longer than regular zombies (such as the Z-Mech) because it is based off an electronic-disabling EMP, it still stuns Build-a-Bots, Mech Gargantuar, Defender Bot, Robo-Zombie, and Future Imp for the same amount of time as normal zombies.