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Rotobaga
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Rotobagas shoot projectiles along the four diagonals, in each direction that has a target.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 150
Recharge Fast
Damage Normal
Range 4 Way
Range details Fires in four directions
Rarity (China) Uncommon
In-game statistics
Direct damage 0.5 normal damage shots (for every rutabaga)
Unlocked Frostbite Caves - Day 26
Unlocked (China) Collect 10 Rotobaga Puzzle Pieces
Daily rewards
Sky City - Day 1
Exchange Store in PvP Mode
Costumes
Rotobaga2 Costume1
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 is a plant appearing in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is unlocked in the Frostbite Caves in the international version, and in the Sky City in the Chinese version.

Rotobaga hovers above the ground and shoots three tiny rutabagas diagonally at a fire rate identical to Peashooter (once every 1.5 seconds). Because of its flying abilities, 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.

Origins

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.

Almanac entry

Rotobaga

SUN COST: 150
RECHARGE: Fast

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Normal

RANGE: 4 Way
PLANT FOOD POWER: Duration

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.


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

Rotobaga Plant Food

Rotobaga shoots four pink rutabagas in an X shape

Rotobaga fires 15 huge rutabagas in its usual four directions that deal 3.5 damage each.

Costumed  (China only)

When given Plant Food, Rotobaga will now shoot a large number of large pink rutabagas that deal double the damage of its regular effect.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Normal)
Projectile
Velocity
Plant Food Power
(Projectile Count*)
Range
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 3 bites 0.5 nds Normal 15 4 Way
2 10 1,000 150 5 seconds 3.5 bites 0.75 nds 15
3 75 5,000 150 4.5 seconds 4 bites 1 nds + 1.3x 20
4 200 10,000 125 4.5 seconds 4.5 bites 1.25 nds 20
5 400 20,000 125 4.5 seconds 5.5 bites 1.5 nds 25
6 750 30,000 125 4 seconds 6 bites 1.75 nds 30
7 1,000 40,000 125 4 seconds 6.5 bites 2 nds + 1.6x 30
8 1,000 50,000 125 3.5 seconds 7 bites 2 nds 35
9 1,500 60,000 100 3.5 seconds 8 bites 2 nds 40
10 2,000 75,000 100 3 seconds 9 bites 2 nds 45

*Per direction

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Rotobaga Upgrade 1
Strong Fire
Rotobaga has a 25% chance to shoot big projectiles that double the damage.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Rotobaga gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Rotobaga Upgrade 2
Strengthen Fire
Rotobaga has a 50% chance to shoot big projectiles.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Rotobaga gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Rotobaga may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Rotobaga gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Strategies

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, and it is also a good choice for being planted on the minecarts. In addition, it can also serve as some damage for Prospector Zombies that manage to get to the back of the lawn.

The recent update has given Rotobaga's Plant Food effect a massive damage increase, due to a bug. It can defeat any zombie obstructing its path, including Jurassic Gargantuars. With Zombots, Rotobaga's Plant Food will take out 2 entire phases. This can make Rotobaga a great force to be reckoned with, though since it's a bug, it's probably not a good idea to rely on it.

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Trivia

  • It, Ghost Pepper, and Caulipower 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. It was fixed in an update.
  • 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.
    • As a result, it is one of the few plants to be obtained in two different areas on two versions of Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is obtained in Frostbite Caves in the international version, and in Sky City in the Chinese version.
  • 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.
  • A max level Rotobaga shoots flaming projectiles instead of its usual projectiles.
  • As of the recent update, Rotobaga's Plant Food effect is bugged. It deals insane amounts of damage, enough to take out a Zombot's health by 2 phases.

See also

V · T · E
Plants
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Epic Quests Gold Bloom · Electric Currant · Aloe
Premium
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Sap-fling · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Dandelion
Others Marigold