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He prefers to call himself Optimus Prime.
The official name of this plant is Board Beans. However, a literal translation can be found in its infobox. The official name is to be used on all pages that refer to this plant.

Board Beans (蚕豆突击队; pinyin: cándòu tújí duì) is the fourth plant obtained in Sky City in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2. The beans inside the pod fly towards a nearby zombie. Then, they start shooting peas at it. After attacking the zombie, the beans fly back into the pod and must recharge before they can attack again.



Board Beans are based on Vicia faba, namely horse beans, or broad beans.

Their name is a pun of "broad beans" and  "board", referring to the board of a plane along with the costume and "broad beans", the plant they're based on.

Almanac entry

蚕豆突击队 (Board Beans)
Sun cost: 450

DAMAGE: Normal
RANGE: Multi-Lane


特点: 发动蚕豆突击战士攻击一定范围内的僵尸

    In English:

    Board Beans sends out commandos to attack zombies in a nearby area.

    Special: Attack with horse bean team in range.

    Plant feature: green plant, flying plant, brother group

    The Board Beans won the "best pilot" title in flying school, and after graduation, they couldn't wait to form a flying team. But although the Board Beans often brag about their flying skills, no one seems to dare set foot upon their bumpy mothership.


Plant Food effect

When fed with Plant Food, for one minute, Board Beans will be able to spawn 6 horse beans that will attack the first couple of rows and have a shorter cooldown time for each attack.


The cooldown time for each attack is even shorter.

Level upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Board Beans Upgrade 1.png
Space Expansion
Each Board Bean has 20% chance to launch two peas.
Combat Training
Board Beans gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Transport Upgrade
Space Expansion chance increased to 40%.
Cell Activation
Board Beans gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Board Beans may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Board Beans gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Laser Vision
Each Board Bean has a chance to fire a piercing laser.
Fighting Power
Board Beans gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


While they take a while to recharge, they are a strong plant, and are good in many worlds outside of Sky City, although Sky City and Big Wave Beach are a bit more ideal due to them being airborne. Costing as much as Carrotillery, they provide more damage per second, so they are a good choice for Sky City levels, and also decent for others. Overall, they may need to get some defensive and supportive plants to work nicely.

Balance changes

Version 2.5.6

  • Laser Vision damage output increased.
  • Space Expansion can now activate alongside Laser Vision.




  • In the iOS version of the game, the Almanac entry erroneously states that Board Beans can absorb thunderbolts, which is Ampthurium's ability.
    • This was fixed in the Android release.
  • Their Plant Food effect lasts for one minute, making it the longest time for all plants.
  • If the Board Beans' peas are flying around whilst the carrier is being destroyed, all the Board Beans peas will also be destroyed, regardless of Plant Food.
  • Board Beans has three different English names:
    • Horse Bean Commando is the translation of its Chinese name.
    • Horsebean is the English name given to it in the Sky City trailer.
    • Board Beans is the official name provided by Colorful Wish, an elite player that works closely with PopCap Shanghai to get better contact with international players.
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