Peashooter's and Repeater's plant food upgrade.
The Gatling Pea is an upgrade available for purchase from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies and it is one of the first upgrade plants. It upgrades the Repeater. It must be planted on top of the Repeater. It fires twice as fast as the Repeater and four times as fast as the Peashooter. The seed packet costs $5,000, the same price as the Twin Sunflower. It is also one of the first two upgrade plants the player can purchase after beating level 3-4. It does the same damage per pea as the Peashooter, but it shoots four of them at a time.
Suburban Almanac Entry
Gatling Peas shoot four peas at a time.
Damage: normal (for each pea)
Firing Speed: 4x
Must be planted on repeaters
Gatling Pea's parents were concerned when he announced his intention to join the military. "But honey, it's so dangerous!" they said in unison. Gatling Pea refused to budge. "Life is dangerous," he replied, eyes glinting with steely conviction.
Recharge: very slow
The Gatling Pea shoots four peas at a time. Although the two alternatives, two Repeaters (400 sun) or a Repeater and a Torchwood (375 sun), are cheaper than the Gatling Pea, the Gatling Pea saves space. Of course, it is also possible to use two Gatling Peas and a Torchwood, which is even more space-efficient, but will cost more. Gatling Peas are also very good for Survival: Day. Using a Torchwood doubles a pea's damage and provides minor splash damage, so placing a Torchwood in front of two Gatling Peas, in theory, is equal to 16 Peashooters with splash damage, making it a very strong plant. In fact, without the Torchwood, it is the most limited upgrade in terms of area of attack (if one of the most concentrated), due to the fact that unlike the Cattail it can only shoot a straight line, and unlike the Spikerock and the Gloom-shroom it can only kill one zombie at a time, again, without the Torchwood (also, it is more expensive than any of the plants above). In Survival: Endless, however, there may be so many zombies that even a Torchwood in front of four Gatling Peas is not enough to kill a wave of zombies quickly enough, especially when shield zombies (including Zombonis) or Giga-gargantuars are present. A good strategy, otherwise, could be two columns of Twin Sunflowers, three of Gatling Peas, Torchwood, Tall-nuts, then Spikerocks, and leave a blank column. This may be costly, but it is a good idea if you want to save space and keep good defense in some situations, such as Marigold farming.
In the DS exclusive mini-game known as Air Raid, Dr. Zomboss is on his Zombot flying in the air, and you have to destroy him using a Gatling Pea riding on an Flower Pot airplane. Try to upgrade your Gatling Pea as much as possible (like getting a Pumpkin), and dodge Dr. Zomboss's attacks.
Peashooter's and Repeater's Plant Food Upgrade
In Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, giving plant food to a Peashooter or Repeater turns it into a Gatling Pea for several seconds. The Gatling Pea shoots rapidly, and shoots a 2x larger pea after shooting for several seconds if the upgraded plant was a Repeater. The upgraded Peashooter has a green helmet with a star on it, and the upgraded Repeater has a gray helmet with two arrows and a spike on it.
- Oddly enough, the Gatling Pea seems just like a Repeater, just with facepaint, a gatling gun, and an army helmet.
- If the player looks closely, they can see creases behind the Gatling Pea's lips. Possibly because it has its gatling gun in its mouth.
- This is the only upgrade plant that is used as a zombie in ZomBotany.
- This is the slowest recharging peashooting plant due to the fact that it is an upgrade plant.
- The Gatling Pea is the only plant to have facepaint.
- If players look closely, the Gatling Pea's gatling gun moves a little bit to its left, then back to the positioning of where it originally was.
- Sometimes, a newly planted Gatling Pea shoots three peas before shooting four peas. This is also like the Repeater and Cattail, as they will sometimes shoot one pea and spike, respectively, before two.
- Gatling Pea, Imitater, and Cattail are the only plants with headwear, specifically a helmet, beret, and bonnet.
- Unfortunately, the Gatling Pea's helmet doesn't increase its health.
- It is strange how the peas fit through the small gatling gun's holes when shooting.
- The Gatling Pea's face paint, gatling gun, and helmet suggests that it is from the "Plant Army", which is relevant to the Suburban Almanac entry.
- In Air Raid, the Gatling Pea can be upgraded to a Threepeater, which shoots four peas in three directions, for a total of 12 peas.
- The Gatling Pea, Plantern, Magnet-shroom, Gold Magnet, Cob Cannon, Cattail, and Imitater are the only plants that have non-plant accessories on them.
- While playing Air Raid, if the player's Threepeater gets hit and it doesn't have a Pumpkin, it will revert to a Gatling Pea.
- Gatling Pea is the only plant known to have parents. However, he is not the only plant known to have relatives - Garlic's wife was mentioned in his Suburban Almanac entry, Tall-nut and Wall-nut are brothers, and Pumpkin has a cousin named Renfield.
- Three Gatling Peas and a Torchwood can take down a Gargantuar in approximately six to seven seconds.
- If players pay attention, they can see it lean a bit closer to the zombies with every pea it fires, then it will rear back to get ready to fire again.
- The Gatling Pea may have joined the Air Force, as one is seen flying a plane in Air Raid.
- The Gatling Pea is currently the only plant that is both an upgrade plant and an upgradable plant.
- The Repeater's plant food upgrade is different from the Peashooter's plant food upgrade because of three reasons.
- The Peashooter's helmet is olive-colored while the Repeater's is blue.
- The Peashooter's helmet has a different symbol with the Repeater.
- The Repeater has a spike on it's helmet.
- The Gatling Pea doesn't have a gatling gun in its mouth in this game.
- It is only plant that returned from Plants vs. Zombies that is still an upgrade (Plant Food).