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Plants vs. Zombies- Garden Warfare 2

Lil' Drake

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Health 75 for Lil' Drake
400 for Drake Mech
Variant of Imp
Primary weapons Basilisk Blasters (Imp)
Drake Flame (Mech)
Imp Abilities Impkata
Gravity Grenade
Drake Call
Mech Abilities Dragon Swoop
Wing Flap
Explosive Escape
Rarity Super Rare


Lil' Drake is the Super Rare fire Imp variant in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. His Z-Mech is a large mechanical dragon that has more health than the normal Z-Mech. It is equipped with a flamethrower, can tackle plants, and create a smoke screen in front of it that can shield up to 75 damage, and can jump three times as opposed to one. The Drake Mech lasts for 1 minute.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

"From his winged cap, to his Basilisk Blasters, to his hulking Drake Z-Mech, it's pretty clear that Lil' Drake has a thing for dragons. It should come as no surprise then, that his dream is to one day achieve full flight with his butt-mounted boosters."

In-game description

His Basilisk Blasters ignite Plant foes, dealing fire damage over time.

Primary weapons

Lil' Drake

The Lil' Drake's primary weapon is the Basilisk Blasters. The Basilisk Blasters fire slower than Imp Blasters, but with an added fire effect making damaged plants take damage overtime. It also has slightly more damage. It can fire 30 bullets before reloading.

Drake Mech

The Drake Mech's primary weapon is the Drake Flame, a flamethrower that deals 13 damage per second burning plants for an increased amount of fire damage compared to the Basilisk Blasters. It functions similarly to the Fire Chomper's Flame Spray, but with larger range. The Drake Flame has infinite ammo, but if it fires too long, it will immediately stop and cool down for a few seconds before being able to fire again.

Abilities

Imp

Impkata

Lil' Drake starts to spin around and shoot its blasters, doing damage to all plants around it. It has 100 ammo and can be canceled earlier manually.

Gravity Grenade

Throws a grenade, which creates a gravitational field that pulls in and traps every nearby plant for a short period of time.

Drake Call

Lil' Drake sends an S.O.S. message by its walkie-talkie and, after a short pause, the Drake Mech is deployed to where it is.

Drake Mech

Dragon Swoop

The Drake Mech rams itself forward, similar to the All-Star's Sprint Tackle ability, damaging and knocking back Plants it hits.

Wing Flap

The Drake Mech flaps its wings and creates a spherical cloudy shield around it, preventing Plants from damaging the front of the Drake Mech until the shield is destroyed, similar to Citron's Peel Shield ability.

Explosive Escape

The Lil' Drake ejects from the Drake Mech, while will collapse and explode shortly afterwards and heavily damage nearby Plants.

Strategies

As with all Imps, remain mobile at all times and watch your health. This is a good variant to take on multiple plants at once, due to the fire damage. In addition, the Drake Mech is tied for the most health out of all Mechs, so staying alive is easier. Focus your fire on Sunflowers and Heal Flowers, but spread the damage around so that the whole group slowly takes fire damage. Once in your mech, focus on large groups of plants or high-health plants such as bosses in Graveyard Ops, and make an attempt to stay away from Citrons. Use the Drake Swoop to close in on far off enemies or to escape a dangerous situation. Wing Flap is best used when engaging a target in combat or attacking an objective. Keep in mind that it blocks damage from all directions and not just the front. Combining this with its high health, the Drake Mech can easily defeat multiple plants for Team Vanquish and help capture gardens in Gardens & Graveyards or Suburbination.

Against

Lil' Drake is the fire variant for the Imp class, which can make him an extremely dangerous opponent, if not spotted soon. can dish out some serious damage if not noticed. In addition, his mech is much bulkier than other mechs, as well as having a shield to protect itself. By himself, the Imp should be relatively easy to take out with classes like Peashooter, Kernel Corn, or Citron. In the mech, however, he can attack groups from close range. The mech can be a devastating opponent if not dealt with properly. Since it has no method of attacking long range aside from Drake Swoop, and the Drake Swoop itself has a very long recharge and will probably not be used against you, the only safe way to take care of the Drake Mech to attack it from afar. If the mech gets into a garden in Gardens & Graveyards, use everything you have to defeat it, as it will quickly vanquish every plant in the garden if left alive. Citron's EMPeach is slightly less effective on this mech due to the Mech's absurd ability cool-down, and the fact that the Drake Mech has possibly already used said abilities getting to the garden. However, it's still good to use an EMPeach to stop its flame attack for a second or two.

Balancing changes

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC

  • Imps tuning focused on ensuring he had a bit more survivability outside of his mech, and also improved his primary weapon slightly
  • Increased Imp health
  • Fixed a bug where the Imp could not receive damage while he is making his Z-Mech phone call (he's now only invulnerable when the beam of light appears)

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Reduced magazine capacity from 35 – 30
  • Reduced falloff start distance from 20 – 15

November 2016 Patch

  • Decreased damage of Mech’s primary weapon from 15 to 13

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Drake Mech has the highest health out of all the variants in the game, along with the Scallywag Mech, both having 400 HP.
    • Before the patch notes came out, the Drake Mech was said to have 500 health.
  • The "Drake" part of the name stems from the Drake, a species of the fictional creature commonly called a dragon. This is also why Lil' Drake resembles a dragon.
  • It was revealed by PopCap that he is their favorite Imp variant because of his fire damage and his stronger mech.
  • He is the only Imp variant without the word "Imp" in his name.
  • He is the only Imp variant with a close range Z-Mech.
    • This is likely the reason it has more health.
  • There is a larger version of him in Infinity Time called Giga Imp, first encountered when Gnomus the Yellow reaches 50% health. His Basilisk Blasters deal more damage and has a slightly higher rate of fire compared to Lil' Drake. However, it doesn't fire for long and its shots curve down. His reload time is incredibly quick, being around 0.6 seconds. He can also summon normal Drake Mechs.
  • The Drake Mech has a shorter jump height than any of the other Z-Mech variants.
  • It is one of two Imps based on an animal with the other one being S.H.R.IMP.