|Range details||Fires in four directions|
|Direct damage||0.5 normal damage shots (for every rutabaga)|
|Unlocked||Beating Frostbite Caves - Day 26|
|Unlocked (China)|| Collect 10 Rotobaga Puzzle Pieces|
Beating Sky City - Day 1
Exchange Store in PvP Mode
|Sometimes Rotobaga hears the plants gossiping about each other. "Did you notice so-and-so has been putting on weight?" they might say. Or "I hear that so-and-so is dating so-and-so. Can you believe it?" But Rotobaga isn't the kind of plant to engage in idle gossip. She's not interested in talking about anyone behind their leaves. She does her best to just rise above it.|
Rotobaga hovers above the ground and shoots three tiny rutabagas diagonally at a fire rate identical to Peashooter. Because of its flying nature, Rotobaga can also be planted on water tiles in the Big Wave Beach without the aid of Lily Pad and on air tiles in the Sky City.
Rotobaga is based on the plant Brassica napobrassica, also known as the rutabaga in English. Rutabagas are root vegetables that are a cross between turnips and cabbages, also known as "yellow turnips." Its name is a portmanteau of the aforementioned "rutabaga" and "rotor" (or "rotate"), referring to it hovering nature based on the rotors on its head.
Rotobaga is internally named "xshot" in the files of the games, referring to its firing pattern.
Sun cost: 150
RANGE: 4 Way
Rotobagas shoot projectiles along the four diagonals, in each direction that has a target.
Range Details: fires in four directions
Sometimes Rotobaga hears the plants gossiping about each other. "Did you notice so-and-so has been putting on weight?" they might say. Or "I hear that so-and-so is dating so-and-so. Can you believe it?" But Rotobaga isn't the kind of plant to engage in idle gossip. She's not interested in talking about anyone behind their leaves. She does her best to just rise above it.
Plant Food effect
Rotobaga fires 15 huge rutabagas in its usual four directions that deal 3.5 damage each.
When given Plant Food, Rotobaga will now shoot a large number of large pink rutabagas that deal double the damage of its regular effect.
Rotobaga shares its role in the player's plant arsenal with Starfruit: as a projectile plant that specializes in attacking adjacent lanes rather than in the lane it is placed on. Rotobaga and Starfruit can go hand to hand in usage. Compared to Starfruit, Rotobaga deals more damage and therefore will be able to deal with larger amount of enemies more easily. However, Starfruit's firing pattern allows it to attack zombies from a further range, as well as give it an edge in combating Prospector Zombie and enemies deployed by pterodactyls compared to Rotobaga. Regardless, both plants are relatively similar in function, and have little difference in terms of usage.
Another important feature of Rotobaga is that it can float over water in the Big Wave Beach, allowing it to be deployed without the need of Lily Pad. This makes Rotobaga a decent choice for stalling Fisherman Zombies, though using Infi-nut's Plant Food ability is clearly still a more favorable choice for the task. Rotobaga can also help other plants against Octo Zombies, as it attacking pattern and high damage output allows it to defeat thrown octopi quickly.
Because of its firing pattern, Rotobaga should be planted in a concave formation to maximize its potential. Rotobaga can also be used in conjunction with slider tiles in the Frostbite Caves, or with plants that can divert enemies away from Rotobaga such as Garlic and Sweet Potato - however, it should be remembered that Ice Weasels and Dodo Rider Zombies can still bypass slider tiles, and zombies that can crush or circumvent defense can override Garlic and Sweet Potato with little trouble. In the Dark Ages, Rotobagas should not be used against Jester Zombies as they can reflect Rotobaga's projectiles and turn them against the plants.
Rotobaga should also be kept in mind in the Wild West, as its volleys of 3 projectiles can be useful against Chicken Wrangler Zombies. In addition, it can also serve as some damage for Prospector Zombies that manage to get to the back of the lawn.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Rotobaga.
- It and Ghost Pepper are the only non-aquatic plants that can be planted directly on the water in Big Wave Beach, as they can hover above ground and water.
- When shooting, it will only shoot projectiles in the directions where there are zombies, unlike Threepeater and Starfruit that will send projectiles in all directions all the time as long as one zombie is in their range.
- Its leaves do not go over its seed packet in the Chinese version.
- Sometimes when Plant Food is used on it, it makes the same noise that Starfruit makes when Plant Food is used on it.
- Jester Zombie can deflect its projectiles forward, but the projectiles will be facing downwards.
- In the Chinese version, it was a monthly special plant, but it is now a Sky City plant. This makes it the only monthly special plant to be available normally later on.
- In some cases on Frostbite Caves - Day 30, when the player plants it on certain tiles, it may shoot in a wrong direction instead of hitting Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC's ice barriers.
- It, A.K.E.E., Cactus (in the second game) and Fume-shroom are the only plants that can reach a DPS (damage per second) of 1.5.
- It is the only plant in Frostbite Caves whose main color is not a warm one.