The first thing to know about Boss Mode is that it’s exclusive to the Xbox One version of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It’s basically a slightly dumbed down version of Battlefield’s Commander Mode, which gives you a top-down view of the warzone and an assortment of tools you can use to support your team. The Plant faction’s “Boss” is Crazy Dave’s flying RV and the Zombie faction’s “Boss” is Dr. Zomboss’s ZomBlimp, but the two are functionally the same.
To get to Boss Mode, you first need to select it from the character spawn screen; it should appear as a fifth option, below the faction’s soldier classes. If it’s not there, that means somebody is already in the match’s sole Boss slot for your team. Keep an eye out with each new spawn though; it’s very easy to back out of Boss Mode and return to on-the-ground action, so you may get your shot even if the RV/ZomBlimp is occupied when you first look.
The central component of boss mode involves collecting resources – sun icons for the Plants, brains for the Zombies – as they float past your view. Collecting them is as simple as moving the cursor over them or tapping them on the touchscreen, if you’re using SmartGlass. You can also interact with Boss Mode using Kinect, with your hand controlling the cursor. Each of your four Boss Mode abilities costs a certain amount of resources, though their use is also limited by a cooldown timer.
Your four abilities are pretty self-explanatory: Spotting (75 suns/brains) reveals the location of enemies on the map for all of your teammates; Heal (100 suns/brains) drops a healing station (potted sunflower/zombie healing station) that’s a little more powerful than each team’s healers can offer; Airstrike (250 suns/brains) lays down an area-demolishing airstrike that’s good for racking up quick kills; and Resurrect (250 suns/brains) brings all downed players back to life in the area that you mark, much like you would with an airstrike.
That’s about the extent of Boss Mode. Players on the ground can shoot you out of the sky when you’re in the boss’s seat, but it takes quite awhile since the RV/ZomBlimp spawn with 2,000 health.
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