For the plant line based on this plant in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, see Apple line.

Apple Mortar is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, released in the 5.3 update. It is the third plant released not based on a world or event after Kiwibeast and Bombegranate. It 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.



Apple Mortar is based on an apple.

Its 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.

Its 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."

Almanac entry

Apple Mortar



Special: Stun
RANGE: Multi-Lane

FAMILY: Arma-mint

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!

Chinese version (China only)


    范围: 邻近三行
    特点: 对僵尸造成短暂的僵直状态

    In English:
    Apple Mortars can attack in three adjacent rows, and can briefly stun zombies.

    Range: three adjacent rows
    Features: can briefly stun zombies
    Plant features: red plant, armed family

    An apple a day, keeps the zombie away!


Plant Food effect

Apple Mortar using its 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 do varying amount of damages, depending on how many zombies are on screen. It can deal anywhere from 50 to 100 damage per shot.

Arma-mint effect

When boosted by Arma-mint, Apple Mortar will do an additional 120 DPS, its stun duration will increase to 1.5 seconds, its plant food effect will do an additional 140 DPS, and the stun duration on its plant food effect will increase by 1 second.

Level upgrades

Level Seed
Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power Projectile
Damage* Stun
1 0 0 250 8 seconds 10
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.

Costumed  (China only)

When Apple Mortar has its costume on its Plant Food effect, it lobs big purple apples that stun and poisons zombies on screen.

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Apple Mortar Upgrade 1.png
Accidental Discharge
Apple Mortar has a chance to lob 2 apple cores at the same time.
Combat Training
Apple Mortar gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Apple Mortar Upgrade 2.png
The chance to lob 2 apple cores is increased.
Cell Activation
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Apple Mortar may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Apple Mortar Upgrade 3.png
Apple of Eden
Apple Mortar lobs golden apples which do more damage and also do splash damage in a 2x1 area.
Fighting Power
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Though Apple Mortar looks weak at first, it can be a 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-of-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.

Avoid using Apple Mortar against Jester Zombies and Parasol Zombies, since they will deflect his projectiles.

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.


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  • Most of its 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!", 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  (China only)

  • Its seed packet is different: its apple cores do not go over its seed packet.
  • It reuses A.K.E.E.'s sound during its Plant Food effect.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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