For other uses, see Cattail (disambiguation).

Cattail is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Cattail is an Aquatic plant that attacks zombies by firing spikes at them, homing spikes in the main games.

As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Cattail has appeared in five games.



Her tail and name are based on the Typha latifolia, the Cattail or reed, a perennial herbaceous plant in the genus Typha. Her face and head, however, are based on the domestic cat, Felis catus. Her name is a pun on the name "Cattail" as she resembles a cat whose tail is a reed.

In a Q/A stream hosted by Laura Shigihara, she revealed that the pink beanie that Cattail wears is a reference to a beanie that she wears, and that George Fan included the beanie as a tribute to her.

Her codename in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2, "nekotail" is a pun between her English name and "neko" which is Japanese for cat, referencing the stereotype of anime shows (a mainly Japanese medium) using cats a lot.


Plants vs. Zombies

Main article: Cattail (PvZ)

In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Cattail is obtainable after beating Level 4-5. She upgrades from Lily Pad, replacing the ability to hold plants on top of them with the ability to fire homing spikes, prioritizing airborne Balloon Zombies.

She costs $10,000 to buy from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies and cost 225 Sun to plant.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

Main article: Cattail (PvZ2C)
Homing Thistle2

Cattail next appears solely in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2. Like the first game, she fires homing spikes, but these spikes now have a chance to sun and also has the chance to fire a huge missile, being able to even instantly kill zombies that are a higher level than her.

Unlike the previous game, Cattail is also simply amphibious, being able to be planted by herself on the land or water.

Both versions of the game have Homing Thistle, a plant that is nearly identical to Cattail in the previous game, even costing the same amount of sun it'd take to plant a Lily Pad and Cattail. It is likely Homing Thistle was created simply because the idea of Cattail being on land was too strange at the time.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Main article: Tail line

Cattail appears in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the first plant in the Tail line, evolving into Dogtail and then Foxtail. She attacks zombies by using the spikes on her tail. Interestingly, while her attacks had the Water element, Cattail herself was of the Earth element.

Her Plant Food/Anger effect unleashes a fierce sound, activating the Plant Food/Anger effects of her fellow plants.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Main article: Cattail (PvZH)
Laser CattailH

Cattail's latest appearance is in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. In this game, due to a lack of homing, she is simply a 3SunPvZH 3StrengthPvZH/2HeartPvZH Animal Plant with Amphibious in the PvZH Smarty IconSmarty. As a Basic plant, she isn't too interesting, with her Amphibious trait being the most defining feature.

Laser Cattail, a Galactic Super-rare is based off Cattail, costing 2SunPvZH, having 2StrengthPvZH/1HeartPvZH stats, having the Amphibious and Team-Up traits, and also in the PvZH Smarty IconSmarty class. He gains +1StrengthPvZH/+1HeartPvZH whenever another plant is played in his lane.


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  • Cattail also made an appearance in Plants vs. Zombies Online as a plant exclusive to the game's Adventure Mode. She also had a unique design only used in this game.
  • Some of her plushies have a tongue.
  • At the end of the Zombies on Your Lawn music video, Cattail appears next to Laura Shigihara's name. This is most likely intentional, since the plant is somewhat based on her.

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