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Wasabi Whip is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, released in the 4.8 update as part of the Time Twister 2016 event. He is a melee attacker that hits zombies (or destructible environmental modifiers) rapidly two squares ahead or behind him, similarly to Bonk Choy. While his attack is only triggered by targets in his own lane, it deals some damage to targets in the rows above and below. Due to his fire-based attacks, he is immune to freezing and can heat plants surrounding him in Frostbite Caves.

In the Chinese version, he was released on the 2.2.1 update as part of the 4th anniversary event along with Explode-O-Nut. He was only obtained by a slot or paying real money for gems. He is not available now, due to his Puzzle Pieces not gotten in other ways.

Origins

Wasabi Whip's appearance is based on the real life wasabi plant, with the flaming leaf at the end of his whip suggesting the spiciness of the plant.

Almanac entry

Wasabi Whip

SUN COST: 150
RECHARGE: Fast

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Heavy

RANGE: Close

Wasabi Whips lash out with their flaming whips, delivering whuppings to zombies both in front and behind.

Special: resists cold and warm plants around it.

"The trick to proper whipping is all in the wrist," says Wasabi Whip. "Well, not the wrist, exactly, since I don't have any. You have to, like... BE the wrist."


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

WasabiWhipPFAnim

Wasabi Whip's Plant Food animation

When fed Plant Food, Wasabi Whip will spin his flaming whip around in a 3x3 radius, similarly to Bonk Choy. The effect is same as Bonk Choy's, doing 1500 damage per shot.

Costumed  (China only)

His costumed Plant Food effect now forms seismic waves at the end, which deals damage to nearby units, as well as increases thawing rate while in Frostbite Caves.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Heavy)
Plant Food Power
(Damage)*
Range
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 40 dps 75 dps Close
2 10 1,000 150 350 dps 50 dps 100 dps
3 25 2,500 150 400 dps 60 dps 125 dps
4 50 5,000 125 450 dps 80 dps 150 dps
5 100 10,000 125 550 dps 100 dps 175 dps
6 200 20,000 125 600 dps 120 dps 200 dps
7 400 30,000 100 650 dps 140 dps 225 dps
8 800 50,000 100 700 dps 160 dps 250 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 800 dps 180 dps 300 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 900 dps 200 dps 350 dps

*Per hit. Plant Food effect does 20 hits in total.

Level upgrades  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Wasabi Whip Upgrade 1
Hot Combustion
Enemies got hit will take damage over time.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Wasabi Whip gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Wasabi Whip Upgrade 2
Burst Awakening
Increases the damage enemies take over time by 100%.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Wasabi Whip may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New Wasabi Whip Upgrade 3
Angry Fire
Has a chance to release far-ranged fireballs to inflict huge damage on enemies.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Strategies

This plant can be considered an upgrade to the Bonk Choy, considering the equal sun cost, the slightly increased range and how much damage he deals. Wasabi Whip does 40 damage per shot every half a second while Bonk Choy does 20 damage per shot every 0.5 seconds. Bonk Choy can reach one space in front of him and one behind him, while Wasabi Whip can reach two spaces in front of him and behind him. Another difference is that Wasabi Whip gives priority to the zombies behind him.

Wasabi Whip's main downside is that he is a fire plant, meaning that he cannot be used well with ice plants like Winter Melon, so non-icing slowing plants like Sap-fling or Stallia should be used in conjunction with Wasabi Whip. However, his fire attacks are useful to heat up surrounding plants in Frostbite Caves, making it even more useful than Bonk Choy, and as he is a close range attacker, it is a good defrosting plant to keep the defensive plants warm.

To take the most advantage of it, the player should plant more than one column, otherwise it would not be effective against strong zombies. On levels where lots of zombies come together, Snapdragon or its cold variant are more advised, as Wasabi Whip can only target one zombie at a time. However, it should be kept in mind that Wasabi Whip has a higher damage per second.

In Big Wave Beach, Wasabi Whip is an excellent counter against Octo Zombies as a group of them can easily destroy his octopi with fast rate of attack.

Wasabi Whip can be used against Prospector Zombies. Although his fire-based attack relights the dynamite, when a Prospector Zombie comes behind the plant, it will be killed quickly due to Wasabi Whip's high damage and rate of fire. Even if a Wasabi Whip is planted in the third column from the right and there is no zombie other than Prospector Zombie, the plant may kill the zombie because the latter con jump. In addition, they can be used to catch Relic Hunter Zombies and flying zombies like Jetpack Zombie, Dodo Rider Zombie, Bug Zombie and Balloon Zombie if they do manage to pass the plant.

Against specific zombies, remember that Wasabi Whips cannot damage Imp Dragon Zombies, as they are immune to fire damage. However, Wasabi Whip is still useful in normal nights in Dark Ages for defeating Jester Zombies, due to the fact that Imp Dragon Zombies only appear in Arthur's Challenge and Night 20 - the level that Wasabi Whip can't be played. They are also useful against Hunter Zombies due to their immunity to snowballs. Therefore, you can block this zombie to prevent your plants from being frozen. This plant is highly useful when fighting Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels due to its high attacking rate and high damage, allowing it to take out Weasels or Chickens in one hit. However, these said zombies can defeat this plant if there are too many of them. Wasabi Whip is effective against Mecha-Football Zombie and Punk Zombie as they will move it around instead of eating him, allowing the Wasabi Whip to continuously attack him.

In Jurassic Marsh, Wasabi Whip can be used to fight zombies carried by Pterodactyls, similar to Prospector Zombies.

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Trivia

  • He attacks backwards faster than forwards.
  • His flame does not go out once watered in the Zen Garden. This make it the first plant with visible flames to do so.
  • In his Zen Garden animation, Wasabi Whip pulls out some sushi and snuggles it, as wasabi is a common condiment on sushi. The sushi looks similar to the one after an octopus is defeated.
  • Like Grapeshot, Cold Snapdragon and Bombegranate, this is a premium plant that offers more advantages for the same sun cost than the free plant with similar abilities, which can make it be considered as an upgrade of the said plant.
    • In this case, Wasabi Whip is an upgrade to Bonk Choy.
  • If the player turns down the music and hears a single Wasabi Whip whipping a zombie, they can hear "Japanese-like" fighting sounds coming from it.
  • His idle animation alludes to the art of fire dancing, in which flames are twirled around on sticks or wheels, generally in a circular or spiral motion.
  • He is the 100th plant in release order.
  • In the Chinese version, it is currently impossible to get its costume and upgrade it to higher than level 2 because its Puzzle Pieces being only available via event methods. This was probably done as early access material.

See also

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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
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