For other uses, see Bonk Choy (disambiguation).

Bonk Choy is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, obtained after beating Ancient Egypt - Day 13. He attacks by punching the closest zombie one tile in front of or behind it. He punches once every 0.36 seconds, dealing 15 damage per shot per punch.


A real life example of bok choy, the plant Bonk Choy is based on

Bonk Choy is based on the bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage. Its name derives from bok choy and bonk, one of the onomatopoeic words usually used to define punching sounds.

Bonk Choy's official Chinese name is 菜问, which is likely based on Yip Man (叶问), Bruce Lee's teacher.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.

Bonk Choy



RANGE: Close

Bonk Choys rapidly punch nearby enemies that are ahead or behind them.

Special: can attack ahead or behind

A freelance dentist on the side, he's offering a special this month - he'll knock two of your teeth out for the price of one!

Chinese version (China only)


    来自中国广东的功夫高手,精通东方和西方拳术。 他现在正在全世界范围修行,学习新奇的拳法或者教一些学生。说起学生,也许有几个比他本人有名得多。

    In English:
    Plant feature: green plant, buck-toothed boy, master of martial arts

    Bonk Choy is a Kongfu Master from Guangdong China, well skilled in Oriental and Western Boxing. He is now a worldwide practitioner, learning new moves or teaching some new boxing students. Speaking of students, maybe there are a few much more famous than him.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When given Plant Food, Bonk Choy rapidly punches in a 3x3 area around him, dealing 1500 damage per shot over a few seconds.

Enforce-mint effect

When boosted by Enforce-mint, Bonk Choy will do an additional 75 DPS per punch, and his Plant Food effect does an additional 345 DPS per tick.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 15 dps 60 dps Close
2 3 50 150 4.5 seconds 350 dps 20 dps 75 dps
3 10 200 150 4.5 seconds 400 dps 25 dps 90 dps
4 25 1,500 150 4.5 seconds 450 dps 30 dps 105 dps
5 50 2,000 150 4 seconds 500 dps 35 dps 120 dps
6 75 3,000 150 4 seconds 550 dps 40 dps 135 dps
7 100 4,000 125 3.5 seconds 600 dps 45 dps 150 dps
8 125 5,000 125 3.5 seconds 650 dps 50 dps 165 dps
9 175 6,000 125 3.5 seconds 700 dps 55 dps 180 dps
10 225 8,000 125 3 seconds 750 dps 60 dps 195 dps
11 300 10,000 125 3 seconds 800 dps 65 dps 210 dps
12 350 15,000 125 3 seconds 850 dps 70 dps 225 dps
13 350 20,000 100 3 seconds 900 dps 75 dps 240 dps
14 400 25,000 100 3 seconds 255 dps
15 450 30,000 100 3 seconds 270 dps
16 500 35,000 100 2.5 seconds 285 dps
17 550 40,000 100 2.5 seconds 300 dps
18 600 45,000 75 2.5 seconds 315 dps
19 700 50,000 75 2.5 seconds 330 dps
20 800 55,000 75 2.5 seconds 345 dps

*Per hit. Its Plant Food effect deals a total of 25 hits.

Mastery upgrade

  • Chance to Boost
  • Damage Pierce

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Bonk Choy Upgrade 1.png
For every 15 hits done, Bonk Choy will perform an uppercut to throw up a zombie and to put a stop on its movement while thrown up.
Combat Training
Bonk Choy gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Bonk Choy Upgrade 2.png
Boxing Training
The number of hits needed to perform an uppercut is reduced to seven.
Cell Activation
Bonk Choy gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Bonk Choy may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Bonk Choy gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Bonk Choy Upgrade 3.png
After two uppercuts Bonk Choy will perform a ground-shaking punch, stunning and damaging all zombies in a tile.
Fighting Power
Bonk Choy gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Along with its regular effect, Bonk Choy can also attract nearby zombies, increasing the power range (5x5).

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only) (Archived content)


Compared to other offensive plants unlocked in Player's House and Ancient Egypt, Bonk Choy trades effective range for DPS, being capable of dealing more than three times as much damage as a regular Peashooter. Its ability to punch backwards means that Bonk Choy can be used to attack stray zombies that get past defenses, as well as to catch Prospector Zombies and any zombies dropped by pterodactyls in Jurassic Marsh. Bonk Choy is also useful against Mecha-Football Zombie and Punk Zombie as they generally cannot eat it and will push it back, allowing Bonk Choy to punch them continuously. It can also be good against Bug Zombie because when Bonk Choy kills the bug, the zombie will be killed as well, instead of getting released. On the other hand, Bonk Choy's limited range means that it is greatly vulnerable to the horde, particularly enemies that can instantly kill or neutralize plants from afar. Bonk Choy will also be generally outclassed by Snapdragon and by the extension of Cold Snapdragon later on. These plants have less DPS, although they trade that with the ability of area splash.

Bonk Choy should ideally be placed behind defensive plants or Infi-nut's force field to protect it from being attacked by zombies. Chard Guard is a notable exception however, as it will push zombies out of range.

Avoid using Bonk Choy behind Explorer Zombie, Torchlight Zombie, Excavator Zombie, MC Zom-B, Torch Kongfu Zombie, Torch Monk Zombie, Archmage Zombie, Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie and Hunter Zombie they can easily kill him, immobilize him or allow him to be vulnerable to other zombies before he can even have the chance to attack.

During an incoming zombie wave, it is a good idea to plant him in the middle of the horde, and feed him Plant Food to turn him into a makeshift Cherry Bomb. He will do great damage in the heavily clustered 3x3 area, devastating (if not destroying) the zombies in that area. However, the real Cherry Bomb does much higher damage and doesn't require plant food, so the effectiveness of this is questionable.


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  • There is a Bonk Choy named Grrawrr-Bear in the Plants vs. Zombies Comics.
  • He is one of the six plants seen in the June 2013 trailer of Plants vs. Zombies 2 while fighting the zombies, the other five are Pea Pod, Bloomerang, Peashooter, Wall-nut, and Sunflower.
  • Sometimes, if an ambush zombie comes close to Bonk Choy, he will keep uppercutting it until it dies. This is also true after he destroys an arcade machine.
  • He will do a normal punch instead of an uppercut against Zombie Chicken, despite Zombie Chicken being a one-hit kill. However, the player can still hear the uppercut sound.
  • His sound effect is reused from Whack a Zombie.
  • According to the beta version of the seed packets, he was originally going to cost 175 sun.
  • In a trailer, he uses the sounds of Squash.
  • He will make an attempt to attack an incoming octopus launched by Octo Zombie.
  • He appears in the most in Zomboss battles out of any plant in the game, appearing three times.
  • He is one of the plants with the most wearable costumes.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only) (Archived content)

See also

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