Apple Mortar attacks by lobbing apple cores in three lanes every 1.75 - 2 seconds, in a similar manner as a Threepeater or a powered Dusk Lobber. These apple cores deal 30 damage per shot and stun zombies for 0.75 seconds.
In Chinese version, the apples' stun duration is reduced to 0.5 seconds at level 5, but can stun all zombies in one tile.
Apple Mortar is based on an apple, the edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica), their name is most likely a reference to the 2-inch Medium Mortar, also known as the "Toffee Apple" due to its shape when loaded with a bomb.
Apple Mortar's Almanac description in the Chinese version says "An apple a day, keeps the zombie away" (每日一苹果，僵尸远离我), which is a parody of "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away."
SUN COST: 250
Apple Mortars lob apple cores that damage and briefly stun zombies over three lanes.
Apple Mortar stuns three zombies dead in their tracks. SPAF! That'll show 'em! That'll show ALL of them!
Range: three adjacent rows
Plant Food effect
When fed Plant Food, Apple Mortar lobs big apples at every zombies on screen. These apples stun zombies for 0.5 seconds and can do varying amount of damage, depending on how many zombies are on screen. Apple Mortar can deal anywhere from 50 to 100 damage per shot.
In Chinese version, the apples deal 500 damage per shot at level 1, and can attack all zombies in one tile.
When boosted by Arma-mint, Apple Mortar will do an additional 120 DPS, their stun duration will increase to 1.5 seconds, their plant food effect will do an additional 140 DPS, and the stun duration on their plant food effect will increase to 1 second.
|Plant Food Power||Projectile
|300 dps||30 dps||0.75 seconds||50 dps||0.5 seconds||Normal||Multi-Lane|
|2||10||1,000||250||8 seconds||350 dps||40 dps||0.75 seconds||60 dps||0.5 seconds|
|3||25||2,500||250||7 seconds||400 dps||50 dps||0.75 seconds||70 dps||0.5 seconds||+ 1.3x|
|4||50||5,000||250||7 seconds||450 dps||60 dps||1 second||80 dps||0.5 seconds|
|5||100||10,000||225||7 seconds||550 dps||70 dps||1 second||90 dps||0.75 seconds|
|6||200||20,000||225||6 seconds||600 dps||80 dps||1 second||100 dps||0.75 seconds|
|7||400||30,000||225||6 seconds||650 dps||90 dps||1.25 seconds||110 dps||0.75 seconds||+ 1.6x|
|8||800||50,000||200||6 seconds||700 dps||100 dps||1.25 seconds||120 dps||0.75 seconds|
|9||1,200||75,000||200||5 seconds||800 dps||110 dps||1.25 seconds||130 dps||1 second|
|10||1,600||100,000||175||5 seconds||900 dps||120 dps||1.5 seconds||140 dps||1 second|
*Damage can be at a range from one to two times the damage shown here depending on how many zombies there are on screen.
- Chance to Boost
- Damage Pierce
When Apple Mortar has their costume on, they lob big purple apples that stun and poisons zombies on screen.
Though Apple Mortar looks weak at first, they can be great help if given enough support. Apple Mortar is great for handling small groups of zombies and can stall single zombies indefinitely if there are large numbers of the plant. However, Apple Mortar struggles to keep up in horde situations.
Stalling plants like Hurrikale and Chard Guard are good choices to take with Apple Mortar, since they help to keep zombies away from Apple Mortar. Apple Mortar is great with handling zombies that tend to shield themselves from straight projectiles such as Tomb Raiser Zombie, Barrel Roller Zombie, Excavator Zombie, Troglobite, and Arcade Zombie.
Apple Mortar can also deal with groups of Seagull Zombies, Jetpack Zombies, Dodo Rider Zombies, Bug Zombies, and Balloon Zombies, as they have three lane effectiveness. Area Effect plants such as Laser Bean, Fume-shroom, and Snapdragon also work well with Apple Mortar, as the area-of-effect damage makes it much easier for Apple Mortar to stun-lock and defeat several zombies at once. Pairing them with Sweet Potato is a good choice.
Apple Mortar also works very well with Primal Peashooter as a combination of these can stun zombies for a longer period and push them back, making them an excellent counter against zombies who can push your defenses back such as Punk Zombie and Mecha-Football Zombie. In addition, they are effective for stalling strong units such as Pharaoh Zombie, Zombie Bull, and Newspaper Zombie and allow other plants to deal more damage to them.
In Big Wave Beach, Apple Mortar can help fight off zombies that can not be hit by most offensive plants such as Snorkel Zombies. They can also stun Surfer Zombies to allow other powerful plants to finish him off. Furthermore, two rows of these plants can quickly get rid of octopi with three shots from each Apple Mortar, which can make them a way for other plants to easily deal with Octo Zombies.
In Lost City, Apple Mortar is great choice for stalling Imp Porters and Turquoise Skull Zombies, especially if you have three of them which can easily destroy them before they can cause any harm to your plants. Combining this plant with Spore-shroom is also a great choice.
In Jurassic Marsh, Apple Mortar is a great plant to use during the start of levels because of the coverage it can provide for multiple lanes at a relatively low sun cost. This can help to fight against the early swarms of weak zombies that Jurassic Marsh likes to send out. It is highly recommended to bring Hurrikale and Perfume-shroom to help to deal with dinosaurs (especially the T-rex) and any zombies that get thrown into your defense.
In Endless Zones, Apple Mortar can be used as a setup offensive plant to hold off zombies while building up sun-production, and can transition into a good support plant later on. It is not recommended to use Apple Mortar as the only offensive plant in Endless Zones though, as the high amounts of zombies that come in later levels will give Apple Mortar an incredibly difficult time.
Splash damage plants like Coconut Cannon, Melon-pult, Winter Melon, Dandelion, and Dusk Lobber will be able to support Apple Mortar very well. An alternative to use in higher levels is Sap-fling; however, the trade-off is offense for more defense.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Apple Mortar.
In other languages
- Most of their sounds are recycled from A.K.E.E..
- An advertisement for it references the legend of how Sir Isaac Newton began his work on gravity. Supposedly, Newton was sitting under an apple tree and an apple fell next to him. The apple caused him to wonder why things fall, thus beginning his interest in gravity.
- If an apple core strikes a Dodo Rider Zombie while it is flying, it will immediately ground it. However, upon being grounded, it will commence flight again. This has no effect in a real situation except for giving ground plants a small window to attack it, except that if a Dodo Rider Zombie is grounded over a slider tile, it will use the slider, making this plant an effective way to stop Dodo Riders from bypassing sliders.
- In the Epic Quest entitled "Premium Seeds - Applemortar!" and a Harvest Piñata Party, Apple Mortar is mistakenly referred as "Applemortar."
- In addition, an advertisement of the said Epic Quest in the Menu screen mistakenly referred it as "Apple Motar."
Specific to the Chinese version
- Their seed packet is different: their apple cores do not go over their seed packet.
- They reuse A.K.E.E.'s sound during their Plant Food effect.