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Party Citron is the Legendary Party variant of Citron in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Like other Party variants, Party Citron has a Legendary ability named Party Time! which is activated if Party Citron gains enough vanquishes. While Party Time! is activated, Party Citron gains a massive speed and damage boost. Like all of the other Legendary variants, it only takes two stickers to unlock Party Citron.

However, like other party variants, Party Citron's stickers cannot be found in sticker packs (excluding Infinity Packs). Instead, the player must instead open Eternity Chests in Infinity Time to find stickers to unlock him. The player must collect at least 15,000 Time Shards to have a chance at unlocking him, or by buying a character sticker from Rux's Bazaar.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

Party Citron partied so hard that he ripped open the very fabric of time and was sent back to the Battle of Zomburbia. If he has any hope of getting home, he'll have to party harder than he's ever partied before.

In-game description

Vanquish foes to fill his meter and initiate Party Time, where you'll move quicker and deal extra damage!

Primary Weapon

The Party Citron's primary weapon is the Party Laser. It fires a beam that does 4 damage on a direct hit at long range, and 11 damage on a direct hit at close range. The beam also does 2 splash damage. The Party Laser's damage increases a small amount during  "Party Time!".

Abilities

Party Time!

Party Time! is the Party Citron's legendary variant ability which has a meter which is filled up by Vanquishing opponents. When the meter is filled up, Party Time activates and Party Citron gets a temporary speed and damage boost until the bar depletes or until they are vanquished. If Party Citron is Vanquished before the meter is filled, the meter will reset.

Assault Mode abilities

EMPeach

EMPeach, like its Plants vs. Zombies 2 counterpart, slows down and lightly damages zombies in its radius. It also prevents zombies from using their abilities.

Citron Ball

When Citron Ball is used, Citron curls up in a ball, increasing his jump height and speed. It is most likely used to chase after Imps, as their increased speed and agility make it harder to hit them. When in Citron Ball form, Citron loses the ability to shoot and use EMPeach and Peel Shield, but gain Hyper Ball and Ball Charge as new abilities which replace the former two.

Party Citron Ball

An alternate version of the Citron Ball for the Party Citron. Functions identically to the normal Citron Ball.

Peel Shield

If Peel Shield is activated, Citron gains a shield in front of where it is facing, absorbing a certain amount of damage. However, Citron is still vulnerable to shots to its side and back.

Mood Shield

An alternate ability instead of Peel Shield. Withstands more damage, yet has a shorter duration. Color changes based on how much health the shield has left.

Citron Ball abilities

Hyper Ball

Hyper Ball is the first ability available for Citron in Citron Ball form. When used, it further enhances Citron's already enhanced speed and jump height.

Assault Mode

Citron goes back into his normal form, allowing Citron to shoot again, and replacing Hyper Ball and Spin Dash with EMPeach and Peel Shield.

Spin Dash

Citron will slow down and roll in place for a few seconds, before charging forwards and hitting any zombies in his path, dealing damage to them.


Strategies

With

Party Citron benefits the most from being a Party Variant, as his damage outside of "Party Time!" is already greater than his stock counterpart, making him a very dangerous threat at close range. A big bonus from "Party Time!" is that he becomes incredibly fast when he uses his Hyper Ball ability, arguably becoming one of the fastest characters in the game. Party Citron's ability to get in and out of the action makes him a great choice for pushing objectives. Yes the Citron class is able to hold it's ground the longest out of the plants, but that doesn't make it invincable. Try to travel with other plants to increase your chances of surving long enough to fill your legendary meter. At close range, characters such as the Engineer, the All-Star and Super Brainz (their variants included) can be vanquished with great ease due to their size. Try to focus your aim on them during your fights. If you are skilled enough, Party Citron can vanquish Imps incredibly fast. Don't go for them unless you are confident that you won't miss your attacks.

Against

Party Citron is a tough character to beat solo. Imps that aren't in their mech's are very effective counters to Party Citron. As an Imp, your small size makes it very difficult for plants to hit you. This fact is especially noticeable when fighting most Citron players. If you happen to encounter a Party Citron, chuck a Gravity Grenade at it, then follow up with your primary fire. If you don't manage to vanquish Party Citron while he is trapped, activate you Imptaka ability to finish him off. As a bigger Zombie, Party Citron has a much better time landing hits on you. Try to throw off his aim by jumping around while attacking him (Unless you are an All-Star or Super Brainz). Try to vanquish him at a distance as Party Citron is only a real threat at close range. His large size means that landing hits on him should be easy. Ice variants of any Zombie character are especially effactive against Party Citron.

Balancing changes

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC

  • Reduced the Party Laser's close range damage from 5 to 3.5 - long range damage from 3.5 to 2.5
  • Reduced the Party Laser's splash damage from 5 - 4
  • Changed the Party Laser's appearance

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part One DLC

  • Made bone-collision changes to reduce size of Citron’s critical hit area
  • Citron can now fire sooner after coming out of Ball Form
  • Removed movement speed penalty from transition into and out of Citron Ball Form Mode

July 2016 Patch

  • Decreased damage falloff start/end distance from 25/35 - 10/20
  • Decreased inner blast radius from 1.25 - .49
  • Decreased outer blast radius from 1.26 - 0.5

September 2017 Patch

  • Shared Vanquishes count towards Party Time

February 2018 Patch

  • Increased Party Laser damage from 3.5 - 6 (close range), 2.5 - 3.5 (long range), and 4 - 5 (splash damage)
  • Reduced Party Time damage multiplier from 1.5x - 1.25x

May 2018 Patch

  • Decreased the Party Laser's long range direct damage from 8 - 4
  • Decreased the Party Laser's splash damage from 5 - 2

Gallery

Trivia

  • He, along with Captain Partyman, are the only Party variants to be nerfed after the Graveyard Variety Pack DLC as of now.
  • While "Party Time!" is active, the rap jam is played.
  • Similar to many other party variants, he is eighties-themed.
    • He also has the same character model as Electro Citron, however just styled differently.
  • He is implied to be one of the three agents who got sucked into Infinity Time during the mid-1980s.
  • His Citron Ball form resembles a disco ball, but it is not white and flash, it is green, purple and pink.
    • It also resembles that of Electro Citron's Ball form.
  • He is the only Citron variant with a different ball form, being the Party Citron Ball instead of Citron Ball.
  • He is the only Citron variant to not have any unique tattoos.
  • Before the Graveyard Variety Pack DLC, his laser looked the exact same as the Orange Beam (Citron's laser).
  • He is the only Citron that has a laser whose primary weapon name doesn't end with Beam. The reason for so is because the Party Beam is already taken by Party Brainz.
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