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Plant Explode-O-Vines alone or on other plants to explode and knock back zombies.


Explode-o-Vine is a vine plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that was first introduced in the 8.3.1 update alongside with Murkadamia Nut. He is an explosive counterpart to Pumpkin in a similar manner to how Explode-O-Nut is to Wall-nut.

When planted, Explode-o-Vine releases an explosion on his tile. When Explode-o-Vine is eaten, he will explode and deal a large amount of damage to zombies in a 3x3 area. His on-planting damage is half of his death damage. Zombies are knocked back (for approximately 0.8 tiles) after any of his explosions.



Explode-o-Vine is based on and named after Explode-O-Nut as well as being based on Pumpkin.

Though the exact type of vine Explode-o-Vine is based on is never directly stated, his explosive abilities may be based on the Ecballium elaterium, otherwise known as the "Exploding cucumber vine", gourd vines whose fruits contains pressured fluids and seeds that release upon ripening.

Almanac entry




Special: Knockback

FAMILY: Bombard-mint

Explode-O-Vines detonate an explosion with knockback when planted, and then a larger explosion when eaten.

Usage: can be planted on top of non-vine plants

Explode-O-Vine is sooooooooooooooo ready to explode. Just ridiculously ready. He's got the color picked out and everything.


Plant Food effect


When fed Plant Food, Explode-o-Vine will produce an explosion (which deals 900 DPS) and gain a armor piece which is capable of absorbing 1500 DPS or one Gargantuar smash. When the armor is destroyed, it explodes again, dealing 1800 DPS. The plant that the Explode-o-Vine surrounds will also activate their Plant Food ability.

Bombard-mint effect

When boosted by Bombard-mint, Explode-o-Vine's explosions deal an additional 2400 DPS, and his explosions will knock zombies back for approximately 3 tiles.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Toughness Damage Special
Plant Food Power
Planted* Eaten** Range^ Distance
1 0 0 150 10 seconds 1500 dps 900 dps 1800 dps Normal Normal 1500 dps
2 50 125 9 seconds 1700 dps 925 dps 1850 dps +5% +30%
3 100 100 8 seconds 1900 dps 975 dps 1900 dps +10% +80% 1750 dps
4 200 2100 dps 1000 dps 1950 dps +15% +110%
5 300 7 seconds 2300 dps 1025 dps 2000 dps +20% +140% 2000 dps
6 400 2400 dps 1050 dps 2050 dps +25% +170%
7 500 75 6 seconds 2500 dps 1075 dps 2100 dps +30% +200% 2250 dps
8 600 2600 dps 1100 dps 2200 dps +35% +230% 2500 dps
9 800 2700 dps 1150 dps 2300 dps +40% +260% 2750 dps
10 1000 50 5 seconds 3000 dps 1200 dps 2400 dps +45% +290% 3000 dps

*Column shows Explode-o-Vine's explosion damage when planted. His first plant food effect explosion damage is equal to this.
**Column shows Explode-o-Vine's explosion damage when eaten. His second plant food effect explosion damage (when the armor is destroyed) is equal to this.
^At level 1 the radius of the area is 1.5625 tiles.
‡Column shows armor's hitpoints separately.


Explode-o-Vine's perk is very similar to Explode-O-Nut. Both of them recharge fast, thus they can be deployed very quickly. The difference is that Explode-o-Vine provides an additional explosion when planted, and though his damage is lower, he can knock back zombies that are not defeated. At Level 1, Explode-o-Vine has only half of toughness compared to Explode-O-Nut. Some zombies will make Explode-o-Vine explode by using their abilities like Barrel Roller ZombiePianist Zombie or a Gargantuar. Otherwise, he can explode as if he was a delayed time bomb that can only count down if zombies attempt to destroy him. The only exception is Explorer Zombie and Torchlight Zombie, but only if their torch is still lit, and Super-Fan Imp exploding. In that case, as they have low health, the plant's initial explosion can instantly kill them.

The player should be aware of the Mecha-Football Zombie, as he can push Explode-o-Vine to the left tile instead of detonating him. This also applies to Excavator ZombieAnkylosaurus and Fisherman Zombie. Attacks that can transform or neutralize plants such as Wizard ZombieOcto Zombie, and Hunter Zombie are also a threat. Also, be cautious of Imp Dragon Zombies as they are immune to the explosion, although they still get knocked back.

Explode-o-Vine also make a viable choice in Endless Zone levels, especially in Highway to the Danger Room, he can replace Pumpkin to protect plants at the third column. Though his toughness is lower than Pumpkin, he can provide two additional explosions, thus making plant the Explode-o-Vine surrounds safer, as he will explode when eaten, killing the attacking zombie. In Highway to the Danger Room, he's able to shut down large hordes of Newspaper ZombiesAll-Star Zombies, and dangerous zombies that spawn through the portal, such as Jester Zombie, Pianist Zombie, and Barrel Roller Zombie. Beware of Explorer Zombies, though, as they can be spawned through their respective world portal and quickly burn Explode-o-Vine without triggering his explosion. The vine's fast recharge also helps, being able to keep up with the pace of the game. Pairing Explode-o-Vine with Shrinking Violet can destroy even the Jurassic/Gladiator Gargantuar assuming that they take damage from both of his attacks. Be careful though, since the explosion does not trigger instantly after he is defeated, zombies can make use of this interval to trample the flowers or attack the plant he surrounds.

Feeding Plant Food to Explode-o-Vine is useful, as he will provide two additional explosions, four explosions in total, dealing 6300 dps (being able to kill a Jurassic Gargantuar or Gladiator Gargantuar). A good way to use Explode-o-Vine is with Sweet Potato or Hot Date to group zombies up and provide extra defense to the plant.

Explode-o-Vine works really well with Blover, as knocked-back zombies are considered airborne threats and can be instantly killed. The only time this doesn't apply is if the Contain-Mint family is nerfed in Arena.

Explode-o-Vine can be used to counter Jurassic Rockpunchers, since the total damage caused to the zombie is 2700 at level 1, and he will not leave a crater after being smashed.


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  • Explode-o-Vine's name is spelled "Explode-O-Vine" multiple times in-game.
  • If you look closely in the advertisements for Explode-o-Vine, Puffball's shadow can be seen. This is most likely unintentional.
  • He is the only Vine Plant that is intended to be destroyed for his abilities to take effect.
  • The plant is able to be healed with Wall-Nut First Aid as his eyes degrade when damaged. However, it is a bad idea as his on-planting effect doesn't trigger when he is planted this way.
    • He also absorbs the second highest amount of DPS compared to other vines, at 1500. Most other vines absorb 300 DPS at base while Pumpkin takes 4000 DPS.
  • Unlike Explode-O-Nut, he will not trigger the explosion if Surfer Zombie crushes him with his surfboard.
  • Ironically, he can be burned without exploding, even though he has a fuse-like tail.
  • Dead zombies' bodies can be knocked back with his explosions.
  • Explode-o-Vine is the only plant that can affect Ice Bloom's ice blocks and Zomboids, as well as the turkeys from Turkey-pult.
    • In this case, he pushes them forward.
    • If the ice blocks get pushed into the water in Pirate Seas, they will fall down and disappear.

See also

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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
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