Plants vs Zombies Plant Guide

Posted by Conor Murphy on February 24, 2012 in Tips and Tricks -- Share:

PvZ Plant Guide The following is a guide (list) of all the plants available to be drafted into a player’s army in Plants vs Zombies from PopCap Games. Each plant offers its own unique skills a player must use to prevent the seemingly unending stream of Zombies determined to overrun your house and eat your BRAINS!

This post offers limited tips on Plants vs Zombies gameplay or even less insight into tricks, Easter eggs, or other hidden content. For that, please visit our Plants vs Zombies Cheat Codes post or check out our Plants vs Zombies Strategy Guide. This plant guide is intended to be more informational and for your entertainment. For those who haven’t completed the game yet, be warned, this information may come as a bit of a spoiler…

Each plant is featured with it’s picture and information taken from the in-game guide known as the Suburban Almanac. As you unlock new plants in the game, you can find much of this information there. We’ve also included a bit of extra info you might find useful. Enjoy!

Plants vs Zombies Plant Guide Menu

Use the menu to quickly jump to any of the three sections of our plant guide.

Regular Plants…

 

Sunflower

Sunflower Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Produces 25 sun occasionally, even at night.
  • Recharge Time: Short

PeaShooter

PeaShooter Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: None
  • Recharge Time: Short

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 150
  • Damage Info: Massive, One-usage. Fires instantly.
  • Extra Info: Medium size splash damage.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Wall-Nut

Wall-Nut Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Until the Wall-Nut has been destroyed, it prevents most Zombies from passing through. Its tough outer shell makes it extremely durable against Zombie attacks.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Potato Mine

Potato Mine Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: Massive+Splash
  • Extra Info: Look for eyeballs to know mine is ready to blow. Single-usage, massive damage plus minor splash damage. Also has the ability to impact underground Miner Zombies.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Snow Pea

Snow Peas Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 175
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Impact of Snow Peas temporarily slows Zombies rate of speed.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Chomper

Chomper Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 150
  • Damage Info: Massive
  • Extra Info: Able to swallow most small Zombies whole, but is vulnerable during the digestion phase.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Repeater

Repeater Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 200
  • Damage Info: Normal (for each pea)
  • Extra Info: Fires two peas at once.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Puff-Shroom

Puff-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 0
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Short range attack only. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Short

Sun-Shroom

Sun-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Produces 15 sun at first, but when after it grows, it can produce up 25 sun. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Short

Fume-Shroom

Fume-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 75
  • Damage Info: Normal+Splash
  • Extra Info: Hits all Zombies in the fume-cloud. Also, not impeded by screen doors and ladders. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Short

Grave Buster

Grave Buster Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 75
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Eats graves thereby eliminating Zombies that return in the final round. Single use. Must be planted on a grave.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Hypno-Shroom

Hypno-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 75
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Hypnotizes Zombies and turns them to your side so they will fight for you. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Scaredy-Shroom

Scaredy-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Use at a distance only as Scaredy-Shrooms will hide when a Zombie gets close and vulnerable to attack. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Short

Ice-Shroom

Ice-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 75
  • Damage Info: Low, Instant fire, single-usage.
  • Extra Info: Freezes all Zombies visible to the player. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Long

Doom-Shroom

Doom-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Massive+Splash
  • Extra Info: Explosion leaves a crater that cannot be planted in temporarily. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Long

Lily-Pad

Lily-Pad Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Gives you the ability to plant non-aquatic plants on your pool.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Squash

Squash Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: Massive+Splash
  • Extra Info: Single use. Splash damage hits all Zombies in the spot where it lands.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Threepeater

Threepeater Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 325
  • Damage Info: Normal x 3
  • Extra Info: Fires three peas, one in front, one in the lane above, and one in the lane below.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Tangle Kelp

Tangle Kelp Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: Massive, single-usage
  • Extra Info: Aquatic use only.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Jalapeno

Jalapeno Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Massive+Splash
  • Extra Info: Single use. Impacts all Zombies in the lane in which the Jalapeno is planted.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Spikeweed

Spikeweed Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: Normal / Massive
  • Extra Info: Damage is massive against vehicles, it can’t hit flyers, and it can be hurdled. Pops tires on Zombie vehicles, but is destroyed in the process. Can’t be eaten.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Torchwood

Torchwood Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 175
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: All pease that fly through Torchwood have their damage doubled. Also, Fireball Peas do slight splash damage.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Tall-Nut

Tall-Nut Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Can’t be hurdled, but can be flown over. Also has an even thicker shell than the wall-nut.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Sea-Shroom

Sea-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 0
  • Damage Info: Normal, short-range only.
  • Extra Info: Aquatic, Nocturnal
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Plantern

Plantern Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Clears fog in an area around it.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Cactus

Cactus Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Can hit both ground and air targets. Use this to pop balloons.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Blover

Blover Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Use the Blover to blow away fog and Balloon Zombies.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Split Pea

Split Pea Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Normal (for each pea)
  • Extra Info: Reminds me of a mullet…peashooter (business) in front, repeater (party) in the back.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Starfruit

Starfruit Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Shoots in five directions – backwards, sideways, and diagonally forwards.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Pumpkin

Pumpkin Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: This is a defense plant similar to the Wall-Nut and the Tall-Nut. Pumpkins can be planted on other plants.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Magnet-Shroom

Magnet-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Robs Zombies of buckets, helmets (football and mining), screen doors, Pogo Sticks, and ladders.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Cabbage-Pult

Cabbage-Pult Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Shots follow an arcing trajectory.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Flower Pot

Flower Pot Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 25
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Allows plants to be planted on the rooftop.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Kernel-Pult

Kernel-Pult Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: Medium-low (kernels), Normal (butter)
  • Extra Info: Shots follow an arcing trajectory. Random shots of butter immobilize Zombies.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Coffee Bean

Coffee Bean Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 75
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Single use. Use to wake mushrooms up during the daytime by planting them on the mushrooms.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Garlic

Garlic Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Forces Zombies to move into an adjacent lane.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Umbrella Leaf

Umbrella Leaf Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 100
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Reflects Bungee Zombies and basketballs from Catapult Zombies.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Marigold

Marigold Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Spits out Gold and Silver coins intermittently.
  • Recharge Time: Moderate

Melon-Pult

Melon-Pult Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 300
  • Damage Info: Heavy
  • Extra Info: Shots follow an arcing trajectory. Use to inflict damage on closely Zombie groups.
  • Recharge Time: Short

Upgrade Plants…

 

Gatling Pea

Gatling Pea Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 250
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $5,000. Shoots four peas at once. Should be planted over Repeater.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Twin Sunflower

Twin Sunflower Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 150
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $5,000. Releases two 25 suns. Should be planted over Sunflower.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Gloom-Shroom

Gloom-Shroom Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 150
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $7,500. Should be planted over Fume-Shroom. Able to hit Zombies one square away in all directions simultaneously. Nocturnal (use at night).
  • Recharge Time: Long

Cattail

Cattail Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 225
  • Damage Info: Normal
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $10,000. Should be planted over Lily Pad.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Spikerock

Spikerock Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 125
  • Damage Info: Normal + Heavy on vehicles
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $7,500. Plant over Spikeweed.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Golden Magnet

Gold Magnet Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 50
  • Damage Info: None
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $3,000. Should be planted over Magnet-Shroom. Attracts silver coins, gold coins, and gems.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Winter-Melon

Winter Melon Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 200
  • Damage Info: Very Heavy
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $10,000. Plant over Melon-Pult. Chills down groups of Zombies, resulting in them move and attack at a slower rate.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Cob Cannon

Cob Cannon Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: 500
  • Damage Info: Massive
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $20,000. Plant over two Kernal-Pults positioned side-by-side in one lane. Medium explosions similar to Cherry Bombs.
  • Recharge Time: Long

Special Plants…

 

Imitater

Imitater Plant Guide

  • Sunlight Required: N/A
  • Damage Info: N/A
  • Extra Info: Buy from Crazy Dave for $30,000. Allows you to plant two of the same plants in the same round.
  • Recharge Time: N/A

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Conor is a Marketing Manager with Big Fish, working out of the Seattle office. In his spare time he enjoys watching science documentaries and playing old school adventure games. Get in touch with him on Twitter! or Google+