- See also: Plant 42
Plant 43 (unofficially named as "Ivy") is the result of Umbrella's experiments to create a more sophisticated counterpart to Plant 42, which it was based on. As such, the "43" is a reference to its predecessor's number, "42", which instead referred to its location within the Arklay Laboratory (Point 42) as opposed to being a batch number.
"Ivies" are bipedal green plants with arm-like extensions. Some "Ivies" have green heads while others have pink heads. Sentient, or close to sentience, their main method of attack is to whip their target with their vines. They can also attack at range by spitting acid. If the prey gets too close, the plant is able to grab them with their vines and spit acid over their bodies. In some cases, the monster pretends to be dead, but would still whip its target if they walk too close by it.
The experimental anti-B.O.W. gas "P-ε" cannot defeat P-43 and will instead cause it to mutate. This mutated form is physically tougher than its original counterpart, and its acid has become poisonous to humans.
During the outbreakEdit
During the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, Ivies were encountered by Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they explored the Raccoon City Underground Laboratory, and by HUNK during his last-minute escape from the Raccoon City Police Department. Umbrella presumably continued at least low-level production of Ivies, or researched into them for several years afterwards, as several were encountered by Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker during their respective infiltrations of the Caucasus Laboratory in 2003.
Ivies are very slow to move, and can be fought at range with a handgun in most of the games they appear in. In a close range fight however, they are weak against fire and will die quickly when attacked with a Flamethrower or Flame Rounds from a Grenade Launcher.
Ivies display a unique weak spot, gunfire to the center of the opened flower will kill it instantly. It's actually possible to kill an Ivy with two handgun shots. The first will cause it to rear back, and then open its flower-head for a moment, and a second into the weak spot will kill it immediately. This only works in Umbrella Chronicles due to its aiming system
- Main article: Ivy +YX
A tropical variant of Plant 43 was encountered by Leon S. Kennedy and Jack Krauser in South America in 2002.
Ivy +YX possessed a slightly more human lower body, and perhaps consequently, was somewhat faster moving. Its head shared a close resemblance to tropical flowers such as the Venus flytrap, with three long narrow 'jaws' that flare out wider at the tip. The Ivy +YX was also stronger and tougher than its original counterpart, and lacked the aforementioned 'weak spot'.