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Artwork from Mega Man 6.
|Type(s):||Robot Master weapon|
|Appearances:||Mega Man 6, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Rockman Battle & Fighters, Super Smash Bros. 4|
|Effect:||Creates a spinning shield that pierces enemy shields|
|Obtained from:||Plant Man|
|Strong against:||Tomahawk Man, Rounder II, Dust Man (The Power Battle), Gyro Man (The Power Fighters)|
|Related Weapons:||Fire Storm, Leaf Shield, Skull Barrier, Star Crash, Junk Shield, Turbo Wheel, Jewel Satellite|
Plant Barrier is a Robot Master weapon first appearing in Mega Man 6, where it is obtained from Plant Man. It has a pink and white colour scheme and surrounds the user with four rotating pink (red for Plant Man) petals.
In the Games
Mega Man 6
In Mega Man 6, the Plant Barrier is obtained by defeating Plant Man, who uses it as his main attack. Although he is able to throw it, Mega Man cannot, instead using up 4 points of weapon energy to create a lasting shield of spinning petals around himself that pulsates perpetually. If the shield touches an enemy or bullet, it deals damage and disappears instantly, no matter how much enemy damage it blocked. Although this limits its usefulness, it is able to penetrate some enemies' shields, such as Shield Attacker GTR's, much like the Yamato Spear.
Offensively, the Plant Barrier is largely ineffective against Robot Masters, being the main weakness of Tomahawk Man (with 4 damage) but dealing no damage at all to others. Nonetheless, it is a shared main weakness (4 damage, alongside Flame Blast) of Rounder II, and is able to deal damage to all fortress bosses, albeit only 1 point per use.
Mega Man: The Power Battle
Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. 4, Plant Barrier appears as a customisation option for Mega Man's Leaf Shield move, replacing the leaves with petals. It can be thrown just like Leaf Shield, but is slower and has less reach compared to the standard move, in exchange for dealing more damage and not disappearing on hit.
Plant Barrier is one of many "shield" weapons that have appeared throughout the Classic era. Others include:
- Fire Storm (Mega Man 1) - Creates a temporary fire shield in addition to shooting.
- Leaf Shield (Mega Man 2) - Is not cancelled by damage, but is thrown when Mega Man moves.
- Skull Barrier (Mega Man 4) - Most basic shield that does not pulsate or pierce.
- Star Crash (Mega Man 5) - Can be thrown on button press.
- Junk Shield (Mega Man 7) - Individual junk bits that can be fired off and are slowly destroyed by damage.
- Turbo Wheel (Mega Man 7) - A temporary fire shield that detaches and rolls across the floor.
- Jewel Satellite (Mega Man 9) - Can be thrown on button press.
- Plant Barrier's artwork shows eight petals spinning around Mega Man, rather than four. It is possible that the lower number shown in the game is due to hardware limitations, although later appearances on stronger hardware continue to depict with four petals.