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Cattails can attack any lane of zombies, not just that which they're planted in. So how do they choose which zombie to attack?

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I'm not 100% sure, but whenever I used them they seem to attack zombies in this order:

  • Whatever is attacking it (self-preservation, although this could just be point 3 below as well)
  • Balloon zombies if any appear
  • Zombies that are the furthest down a particular lane
  • Pick a target at random (if they're all nomming on Wall-nuts)
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Point 1 is probably due the zombie's hitbox intercepting any cattail projectiles that would heading elsewhere. This, of course, is assuming that PvZ uses a hitbox system, because I have no clue. –  Yuuki Jan 4 '13 at 5:13
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@Yawus - PvZ definitely uses hitboxes, you can see the effect if you place a plant in the space a zombie already occupies - it'll stop where it is and start eating (it's within the hitbox), whereas zombies behind it stop a little ways away to eat (they hit the edge of the hitbox). As for the projectiles getting intercepted, I don't think it's likely, because the projectiles ignore other zombies on their way to the balloon zombie, making me think they simply 'lock-on' to their intended target and ignore anything in between –  Robotnik Jan 4 '13 at 5:16
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@Yawus not 100% sure about hitboxes in this case, as cattails will clearly weave into different lanes and (if I recall correctly) ignore other targets on their way to the correct lane –  Ben Brocka Jan 4 '13 at 13:13

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