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For other uses, see Sunflower (disambiguation).

Sunflower is a re-occurring plant throughout the Plants vs. Zombies series. Unlike in its predecessors, the Sunflower in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is not present for the collection of sun, as it only exists in Boss Mode, but is instead a class designed for healing other plants. This makes her more important of a class than some others, as it should be noted there are few other ways to heal.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

The Sunflower is the backbone of the Plant army and keeps her teammates in the fight with her superior healing and sunny personality. She prefers to stay near the back of the fight, lending assistance with her long range attacks.

In-game description

Her Heal Beam and Heal Flower make the Sunflower the premier medic. Her Sun Pulse packs a punch, too!

Variants

Primary weapon

Sun Pulse is the Sunflower's Primary weapon, all facts below applies to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The base close range damage per hit is 8 and the critical is 10.
  • The max DPS at close range is 62.2.
  • The base middle range damage per hit is 7 and the critical is 9.
  • The max DPS at middle range is 56.0.
  • The base long range damage per hit is 6 and the critical is 8.
  • The max DPS at long range is 37.3.
  • This weapon deals no splash damage.
  • The ammo in each clip is 60.
  • The reload time is 2.0 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is medium.
  • The weapon is fully automatic.
  • The bloom is low.

Abilities

Heal Beam

Heal Beam allows the Sunflower to heal nearby plants.

Sunbeam

Sunbeam plants the Sunflower down and shoots a powerful sunbeam that deals seven impact damage and eight critical damage.

Heal Flower

With Heal Flower, the Sunflower deploys a Heal Flower that can heal all plants near it.

Rainbow Heal Beam

An alternate ability of Heal Beam, Rainbow Heal Beam does not do anything different from its normal ability; it is merely a cosmetic difference.

Solar Flare Beam

An alternate ability of Sunbeam, Solar Flare Beam is more powerful than Sunbeam and deals 10 impact damage and 12 critical damage. It has less ammo than Sunbeam and takes a bit longer to start shooting the beam.

Dark Flower

An alternate ability of Heal Flower, the Dark Flower shoots lasers to attack zombies, but does not heal.

Weapon upgrades

SunflowerUpgrade

Photosynthesis Upgrade

Converts sunlight into extra energy that helps her reload faster.

Extra Sunlight!

Extended sun tanning session results in increased sunlight ammo capacity.

Super Nova Sunlight

Converts the power of the sun into a more damaging sun pulse.

Strategies

As Sunflower

Sunflowers are generally best used as a support class. When teaming up, Sunflowers should be distributed somewhat equally, with at least one Sunflower in every group. When healing allies, Sunflower should try to prioritize the plants more in need of healing than others, but should also take into consideration how much damage possibly inflicted those in need of healing. Chompers are better to heal than Peashooters, and Peashooters are better to heal than Cacti

Consistent healing (especially if you stay in one general location making it easier for allies to find you when injured) will grant your team an advantage as they will be able to outlast the other team due them being healthier on average. 

Pocketing (focusing on one particular plant) can be useful if there are no other teammates around or if the pocketed plant is engaged in combat against a stronger or multiple zombies. This has the advantage of increasing the chances of the pocketed plant surviving the damage race and allows the otherwise vulnerable Chomper to tank damage better until it gets close enough to eat the targeted zombie or vanquish it with bites. The downsides are that this can deny your teammates from getting health so spread out your healing if there are multiple allies around. Also, if your pocket gets vanquished, the enemy will automatically switch to targeting you where the Sunflower's low health and below-average attack power will play against you.

The Sunflower's primary weapon is mediocre in terms of attack power. While it does pack a massive punch up close, the Sunflower is disadvantaged due to its low health. Therefore, this weapon is best used for assisting teammates, and self-protection. Try not to draw too much attention to yourself, because the weapon's noise as well as its bright color, especially on nighttime maps, will give away your location easily. This, combined with your low health makes you extremely vulnerable.

As Sunflower

Sunflower does not have the resilience or the firepower to fight on its own for extended periods of time, so backing it up when a firefight breaks out is generally a must. A Chomper can serve as a distraction to zombies, allowing the Sunflower to heal others, or get rooted and assist the Chomper while a Peashooter can provide protective fire with its above-average attack strength. 

Against Sunflower

When ambushing the enemy, Sunflowers are possibly one of the first targets because of the power they have to heal their allies. Removing them immediately is suggested, but keeping them around and focusing on the more troublesome Chompers or Cacti also works in some cases.

Keep in mind Sunflower has a weak self-defense, only having Dark Flower and its primary weapon to fight with so using Zombie classes that can fight plants easily can counter the Sunflower and vanquish it, which can destroy a plant team easily due to its healing capabilities.

Garden Ops

In Garden Ops, Sunflower is a vital class due to their healing ability. Since Sunflower can heal, it is essential to heal any damaged plants or potted plants to keep them alive, especially Heal Flowers. Your main goal in Garden Ops is to provide healing support with Heal Beam and Heal Flower. In combat, Sunflower is physically weak but accurate and its Sunbeam ability is powerful making it a good offense support. The main disadvantages of Sunflower is its low health. As such, beware that Sunflower is easy to be vanquished by most zombies.

Team Vanquish

In Team Vanquish, Sunflowers are game-changing, due to points being taken away from the zombies for revived plants. The Sunflower can revive fallen plants far faster than other types of plants. Sunflower could sneak around the battlefield, healing plants, avoiding the zombies altogether. Or, Sunflower could stick around other, stronger plants, healing them when they get hurt. The Heal Flower is of very good use for multitasking. Sunflower could be over reviving and healing plants at one spot, while the heal flower takes care of injured plants that come across it. The Sunflower should only use its Sunbeam ability at close range, in order to avoid unwanted attention from other zombies.

Gardens & Graveyards

In Gardens & Graveyards, Sunflowers can be vital, because them using their Heal Beam/Rainbow Heal Beam and/or Heal Flower to heal plants mostly fighting zombies attempting to invade the garden will be effective. Sunflowers can help the healed plant fight off those zombies too. The Sunbeam/Solar Flare Beam and Dark Flower are the only abilities in which the Sunflower can deal damage not just with its primary weapon. Sunflowers can also be useful for healing potted plants, since they usually get vanquished quickly. A very damaging plant (such as Doom-shroom) and a Sunflower healing it both fighting against the zombies could make for a successful duo. Just remember to re-plant Spawnable Plants when they get vanquished, or zombies will just trample through easier. Vanquished plants in the garden zone can be revived easier by Sunflower, so this can be an effective strategy when doing this with Peashooters and Chompers.

Sunflowers can be also be effective in the final objectives of this game mode. Please note that the Mega Flower cannot be healed in any way, but try to heal Spawnable Plants and playable plants that are attacking the zombies to prevent the Mega Flower's demise. In Wall-nut Hills, frequently heal plants defending the mansion to better stop the zombies from getting in and try to heal any plants that guard the teleporter since if it gets built, the zombies will be able to bypass the Wall-nuts and reach the mansion more easily. Do not bother healing plants who are running around in the open area where the Wall-nuts roll as this puts you in a great danger since you do not only have to avoid death by zombies, but from the Wall-nuts as well. Dark Flowers and Sunbeams can be useful for defending the mansion as a Sunflower as well. In Main Street, a good strategy is to guard the Corn Mortars with your Sunbeam/Solar Flare Beam to damage any zombies coming through. Also, a strategy is to heal plants that are vanquishing zombies attempting to plant the Z4 explosives. In Cactus Canyon, Sunflowers are less reliable due to the relatively spread-out and messy gameplay, but their use is still in healing plants defending off the zombies from pushing the golf bomb to the hole. Sunbeams and Dark Flowers will not usually work because the zombies are behind the golf bomb, which cannot be damaged from the front and a lot of fighting here takes place at long range.

Gnome Bomb

In Gnome Bomb, Sunflowers can be useful by healing plants defending their gardens or healing plants defusing a bomb, alternatively, the Sunflower can be used to support an offensive push towards a tombstone, minimizing casualties. All of these can be risky, so if possible, revive someone dead and let teammates revive you too to put you in the fight. Also, Sunflowers can heal plants carrying a bomb or run up to and attack a zombie holding the bomb due to their fast movement speed, though, this should generally only be done as a last resort.

Vanquish Confirmed!

In this mode, Sunflowers lose some of their effectiveness against the team as reviving players does nothing toward the score of the opposing team, however, consistent healing is recommended as it minimizes the chance of a teammate dying and dropping an orb. Should this happen though, Sunflowers can move quickly, so they can pick up orbs faster than most plants. As usual, the healing strategy to help other teammates fight off the zombies always applies.

Suburbination

In Suburbination, Sunflowers can help by healing plants defending a garden or reviving vanquished teammates, just like Gnome Bomb. Sunflowers can also capture a garden faster than most plants, like the strategy explained for Vanquish Confirmed!.

Taco Bandits

In Taco Bandits, since it is similar to Gnome Bomb, one of the strategies there applies. Sunflowers can heal plants fighting against zombies stealing the taco or assist plants in resetting the Taco if it gets stolen. Also, one of the Gardens and Graveyards strategies applies in this mode, heal the potted plants and defend your base. Doing those both will give you a good start, and do not forget to heal plant characters too.

Balancing changes

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Tactical Taco Party DLC

  • The damage was increased by 1 for all ranges.

Legends of the Lawn DLC

  • The damage for some ranges were adjusted.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part One DLC

  • The damage was increased by 10 to 20%.

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • The falloff start/end distance damage was increased from 20-40 to 30-50.

Gallery

Customization

Videos

Trivia

  • Sunflower is one of only three plants to be in all Plants vs. Zombies games, others being the Peashooter and Wall-nut.
  • In the Promotional Gameplay, Sunflower has an Automatic Ability in what appears to be Sundrops that fall from the back of her neck every few seconds. These Sundrops probably heal teammates much like the Heal Flower. It must have been removed during development probably because it would have been too overpowering for the Sunflower to be able to heal teammates even when she is not doing anything or while she is using her Sunbeam or Solar Flare Beam abilities.
    • The Heal Weed now possesses this function.
  • Sunflower has the lowest number of variants out of all plants.
  • There was an image with the Sunflower in it and the words read Petal of Honor, a pun on the Medal of Honor, the United States's highest military honor, and the game of the same name by Electronic Arts.
    • Also in another promotional image, she appears with a Hot Rod Chomper and there are words that read Need for Seed, a pun and parody of Need for Speed, a racing-related game from Electronic Arts.
  • Sunflower is the fastest character in the game without speed boosts.
  • According to the description of Fire Flower, Fire Pea once went on a date with a Sunflower.
  • She is the only plant in to have its abilities unlocked from left to right.
  • She is the only plant to have all of her variants returning in Garden Warfare 2 since there are no promotional Sunflowers.
  • She is the first plant the player will play as in Garden Warfare 2 since at the end of the cutscene the Sunflower will pop out of the ground, taunt, and then can be played in action.
  • she is the first plant that can speak in Garden Warfare; having one of the Sunflower's gestures making it say "Boogie, boogie, boogie!"
  • In Garden Warfare and currently in Garden Warfare 2, the Sunflower is the only plant class to have lower than average health.
  • In the Trouble in Zombopolis DLC, she, along with all of her variants, have their primary weapons' damage increased (10 to 20 percent).
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare plants
Peashooter
Sunflower
Chomper
Cactus
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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 plants
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Sunflower
Chomper
Cactus
Citron
Rose
Kernel Corn
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Grow-a-Pot
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Citron
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