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For the signature superpower in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Peel Shield (PvZH).
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The ability as seen in a trailer

Peel Shield is the third ability for Citron in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. When used, the Citron will create an orange shield in front of himself. The shield has the capability of absorbing incoming damage for a maximum of 30 seconds. It can withstand up to 75 damage before the shield disappears.

Stickerbook description

Harnessing cutting edge bio-citronics, the Peel Shield absorbs all incoming damage while still allowing you to shoot through it!

Strategies

With

The Peel Shield is an amazing tool if used properly, as it essentially boosts Citron's health up to a monstrous 275. However, knowing when to activate the Peel Shield is necessary for any Citron player, as using it at the wrong time will accomplish nothing.

The in-game tips will tell the player to activate the Peel Shield early. This is one of the most important parts of using Citron, as if the Peel Shield is deployed too late, zombies will vanquish Citron easily before the shield comes up.

Keep in mind that the shield only has 75 health. Characters like the All-Star can quickly tear through the shield, hence the player's health still plays a large part of the firefight. The Peel Shield will not save you if you go into a fight with a Foot Soldier with only 50 health left.

Lastly, remember that some abilities can cancel the Peel Shield outright, rendering the ability useless. However, Citron usually has enough health to last through the ability, after which the player can put up the shield. Other abilities can achieve a similar effect because of their insanely high damage output, quickly shredding through the shield.

Against

The Peel Shield gives the opposing Citron a safety net to fall back on and can be a deciding factor in fights. Unless you're confident you can break the shield and survive the Citron's attacks, stay away from Citrons with their shields up.

Some abilities can neutralize the effect of the Peel Shield either by canceling it outright or destroying the shield extremely quickly. Such abilities include Sonic Grenade, Big Bolt Blaster, Turbo Twister and Gravity Grenade. All of these except the Big Bolt Blaster can be used to open an attack, however note that in the case of the Turbo Twister, the EMPeach will completely stop the ability. The same can be said for Z-Mechs, as even though they will destroy the shield in a matter of seconds, the EMPeach will disable them long enough for Citron to easily destroy the mech.


Balancing changes

Post Beta

  • Shield Ability health decreased from 100 to 75

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Pre-Alpha, it went under a different name: Energy Shield.
    • When the player looks at the detailed stats of the Citrons in the Backyard Battleground, the stats still call it Energy Shield, despite the rename in Beta.
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