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Explode-o-nut has different capitalization or spelling depending on what game it is in. When editing, use the term used in the game in question.

Explode-o-nut (Explode-O-Nut in Plants vs. Zombies 2) is the explosive version of the Wall-nut that explodes in a 3x3 area, similar to the area of a Cherry Bomb, dealing 1800 damage per shot to any zombie caught in the blast.


Plants vs. Zombies

Explode-o-nut only appears in Level 1-5, Wall-nut Bowling, Wall-nut Bowling 2, and Co-op Bowling, all Wall-nut Bowling levels. It does not cost any sun, as the Wall-nut Bowling games are conveyor-belt levels. They bowl forwards like regular Wall-nuts and explode on contact with zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Explode-O-Nut was released with the 5.0.1 update, as a special-edition premium plant to celebrate the Summer Nights event, where it is purchasable for $4.99 (Originally $2.99) alongside Strawburst. Explode-O-Nut remains on the tile where it was planted, and when destroyed by any means (except being burned, thrown off the lawn, or shoveled), it will explode.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies 2


RECHARGE: Sluggish


DAMAGE: Massive
AREA: 3x3

FAMILY: Bombard-mint

Explode-O-Nuts provide protection, and when their shells are eaten, they explode to blow up zombies.

"My only regret," says Explode-O-Nut, "is that I have but one chewy center full of nitroglycerine to give in defense of this lawn."


Explode-O-Nut Plant Food2

Explode-O-Nut's Plant Food ability


Explode-O-Nut's costumed Plant Food ability

Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Explode-O-Nut will gain an armor that will give more defense plus an additional explosion when eaten.

Costumed (China only)

When costumed, its Plant Food effect will now gain Explode-O-Nut a magma rock armor instead, which enhances its effects.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 50 10 seconds 5 seconds 3000 dps 3000 dps 1800 dps 3x3
2 10 1,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 3000 dps 1900 dps
3 25 2,500 9 seconds 4 seconds 3000 dps 2000 dps
4 50 5,000 9 seconds 4 seconds 4000 dps 2000 dps
5 100 10,000 8 seconds 3 seconds 4000 dps 2100 dps
6 200 20,000 8 seconds 3 seconds 5000 dps 2100 dps
7 400 30,000 7 seconds 2 seconds 5000 dps 2200 dps
8 800 50,000 7 seconds 2 seconds 6000 dps 2200 dps
9 1,200 75,000 6 seconds 1 seconds 6000 dps 2400 dps
10 1,600 100,000 5 seconds 0.05 seconds 8000 dps 2400 dps

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Explode-o-nut Upgrade 1
Blasting Continues
Has a 10% chance having the explosion to generate Potato Mines.
Combat Training
Explode-o-nut gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Explode-o-nut Upgrade 2
Proficent Blast
Enhances Blasting Continues' effect by 100%.
Cell Activation
Explode-o-nut gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Explode-o-nut may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Explode-o-nut gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Plants vs. Zombies

See Wall-nut Bowling and Wall-nut Bowling 2 for more strategies.

Because of their 3x3 range, it is recommended to save them for huge waves or groups of zombies. They will blow up the instant they touch a zombie, so launch them in the middle of a horde, not the front. They are powerful enough to immediately destroy any zombie (except the Gargantuar and Zomboni; the latter takes damage from the explosion as one Wall-nut), making them great opponents for tougher zombies like the Buckethead Zombie, Screen Door Zombie, or Gargantuar.

To make full use of the explosion area, instead of rolling them at a group of zombies, wait until the group of zombies crosses the line far enough and plant one in the middle of them. Also, roll them on the second and fourth lanes when a flat wave of zombies comes, as they will instantly blow up large amounts of zombies on the screen (excluding Gargantuars and Zombonis).

You can also try to destroy a Backup Dancer with a Wall-nut and then use this to destroy a Dancing Zombie.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Explode-O-Nut has a lot of applicable uses. Because of how fast it recharges, it can be deployed very quickly. This is essentially placing down Cherry Bombs for 50 sun. Some zombies will make it explode by using its ability like Barrel Roller Zombie, Pianist Zombie or a Gargantuar. Else, it can explode as if it was a delayed time bomb that can only countdown if zombies attempt to destroy this. The only exception is Explorer Zombie/Torchlight Zombie, but only if its torch is still lit, and Super-Fan Imp exploding. If the player has it, they can pair it to Imitater, as the player can easily get a whole row of these plants as fast as possible, and then use them as cheap instant-kills.

If the player uses this in Far Future, the player should be aware of the Mecha-Football Zombie, as it can push Explode-O-Nut to the left tile instead of detonating it. This also applies with Excavator Zombie, Ankylosaurus and Fisherman Zombie. Attacks that can transform or neutralize plants such as Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie, and Hunter Zombie are also a threat too. Also, in Dark Ages, take caution of Imp Dragon Zombies as they are immune to the explosion.

Explode-O-Nut particularly shines in Highway to the Danger Room, due to being able to shut down large hordes of Newspaper Zombies, All-Star Zombies, and dangerous zombies that spawn through the portal, such as Jester Zombie, Pianist Zombie, and Barrel Roller Zombie. Its fast recharge also compliments it, because of being able to keep up with the pace of the game. Pairing Explode-O-Nut with Shrinking Violet can destroy Gargantuars in one shot.

You can use this to kill a Gargantuar. Place Plant Food on Explode-O-Nut, and then if hit twice, he kills it. This is effective against the Gargantuar since one Explode-O-Nut explosion is like a Cherry Bomb explosion (in terms of damage and area), which means it will explode and kill the Gargantuar.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • It is the only explosive plant that cannot harm zombies that are above the ground, because other explosives can hit zombies while jumping or Balloon Zombies.
  • Through hacking, it is possible to place it on any level, but it does what a regular Wall-nut would do. However, it will not degrade. Though in the Android version, the player can only use Imitater forms of them in normal levels due to a glitch.
  • Explode-o-nut and Cherry Bomb are the only plants that explode with the "POWIE!" onomatopoeia.
  • It, Giant Sunflower, Giant Marigold and Giant Wall-nut are the only plants in Plants vs. Zombies that do not have a Suburban Almanac entry.
  • The shade of red for it in-game is different than the shade of red on the seed packet.
    • This is especially noticeable on the seed packet for the iOS and Android versions of the game.
  • Since the 1.1.74 update of the free Android and iOS version, players can watch up to two advertisements per level to get an Explode-o-nut. The Explode-o-nut acts the same as in the mini-game Wall-nut Bowling when played.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Unlike from the first game, which is a Wall-nut recolored a vibrant red, the Explode-O-Nut in this game is a rounder and shorter Wall-nut with a red glow and an angry expression.
  • It is the fifth plant to glow in its seed packet. The first is Lightning Reed, the second is Sun-shroom, the third is Sun Bean and the fourth is Hot Potato.
  • When it degrades the player may notice that the red on Explode-O-Nut spreads upwards.
    • Also, on the last degrade stage, its pupils turn red.
  • Its Almanac entry is a reference to American spy Nathan Hale's final words, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
  • Although its recharge is said to be Sluggish in the Almanac, its actual in-game recharge is Mediocre (10 seconds).
  • Explode-O-Nut has the same watering animation as Wall-nut.
  • This can be considered an upgrade to Wall-nut (as it blocks zombies normally like a Wall-nut, but also explodes, along with having a quicker recharge time and the same sun cost). The other upgrades are Grapeshot (Cherry Bomb), Cold Snapdragon (Snapdragon), Wasabi Whip (Bonk Choy), and Bombegranate (Cherry Bomb).
    • It and Wasabi Whip could be viewed as "side-grades" due to them having a downside for being upgraded in one regard. An example would be Wasabi Whip being unable to be effectively used with ice plants, and Explode-O-Nut being able to stop incoming zombies but not being able to detonate unless it is eaten along that it is slightly weaker than Wall-nut.
  • This is the only returning plant that is a special-edition premium plant.
  • If it is at its third degrade and is bound by an octopus, the octopus will emit a white glow.
  • If a Surfer Zombie uses his surfboard to destroy it, it will explode as usual but the surfboard will remain there.
  • This plant is one of the few plants who change color. Others include Imitater and Banana Launcher.
  • When it explodes, it makes the same exploding sound as the Potato Mine and the Primal Potato Mine.
  • It is capable of killing a Gargantuar (except Jurassic Gargantuar) if fed with Plant Food, since it will explode twice: the armor and itself.
  • Its Almanac entry says that its toughness is Very High, but its toughness in-game is actually Elevated. This may be because of its exploding ability.
  • It and Cactus are only premium returning plants which have a different ability than in the original game: Cactus can damage multiple zombies, hides underground and no longer pop Balloon Zombies' balloons within one shot, and Explode-O-Nut blows up zombies in 3x3 area when eaten, and can be planted as a normal plant.
  • Its costume resembles exhaust pipes and flames resemble those of a dragster racing car.
    • For some reason, it is not present in the Chinese version despite it is not an instant-use and appears on advertisements for the 2.2.1 update, while its costume appears on its level upgrade icon.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut

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