For other uses, see Garlic (disambiguation).

Garlic is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, and Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West. Any zombie that bites him gets diverted into a different lane. However, the Pharaoh Zombie while in his sarcophagus and mechanical enemies like the Robo-Cone Zombie can eat the Garlic without being diverted into another lane.

In the first game, he is the 37th plant the player will receive and is obtained after beating Level 5-5. In the second game, he is the fourth plant found in Neon Mixtape Tour and is obtained after beating Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 17.



A real-life example of Allium sativum (garlic), the plant Garlic is based on

Garlic is based on the plant Allium sativum, commonly known as "garlic," which is a pungent member of the Allium genus (which includes onions, scallions, shallots, leeks, and chives) in the amaryllis family, often used for cooking.


Plants vs. Zombies

The sounds of disgust that zombies make when they try to eat a Garlic.


Almanac entry


Almanac entry of the Garlic

Plants vs. Zombies


Garlic diverts zombies into other lanes.

Usage: on contact
Special: diverts zombies into other lanes

Lane-diversion isn't just Garlic's profession. It's his passion. He carries an advanced Doctorate in Redirection from the Brussels University. He'll talk all day about lane vectors and repulse arrays. He even pushes things into alternate avenues at home. Somehow his wife puts up with it.

Cost: 50

Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2



AREA: Single

RANGE: Touch

Garlic diverts zombies into other lanes.

Good against zombies, as well as proof against any vampires who might accidentally wander by.


Plants vs. Zombies

Garlic can absorb 400 damage per shot, and his appearance changes at 133 and 266 damage per shot before being swallowed at 400 damage per shot. Garlic also has a unique trait where different zombies deal different damage per bite to it.

Zombies Damage done to Garlic
Football, Dancing, Backup 18
Yeti 24
Digger 28
Ladder, Newspaper 32
Bobsled 40
Jack-in-the-Box 44
Imp 48
Pole-Vaulter 56
Snorkel 72
Others 20

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Garlic can absorb 600 damage per shot, and his appearances changes twice before being swallowed at 600 damage per shot.

Unlike the first game, he has a "stun delay" in which zombies will not be immediately stunned after eating him.

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

Garlic can take 250 damage per shot, and its appearance changes at 100 and 200 damage per shot before being swallowed at 250 damage per shot.


Ail-mint effect

When boosted by Ail-mint, Garlic can absorb an additional 1200 DPS.

Plant Food effect

Plants vs. Zombies 2

When fed Plant Food, Garlic will heal himself and release a noxious gas to all zombies in front of him, making all zombies (except Pharaoh Zombies with their sarcophagi and robot zombies) divert to another lane. After the zombies divert, they will be immobilized for approximately 7.5 seconds before moving again.

Costumed (China only)

Before the zombies divert, he will push the zombies back three tiles

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

Immobilize all zombies on screen for 10 seconds, similar to Iceberg Lettuce's Plant Food effect.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Starting Recharge Toughness
Area Range
1 0 0 50 20 seconds 15 seconds 600 dps Single Touch
2 10 1,000 19 seconds 14 seconds 650 dps
3 75 5,000 18 seconds 13 seconds 700 dps
4 200 10,000 17 seconds 12 seconds 750 dps
5 400 20,000 16 seconds 11 seconds 800 dps
6 750 30,000 15 seconds 10 seconds 900 dps
7 1,000 40,000 25 15 seconds 10 seconds 950 dps
8 1,250 50,000 14 seconds 9 seconds 1000 dps
9 1,500 60,000 13 seconds 8 seconds 1100 dps
10 2,000 75,000 12 seconds 7 seconds 1200 dps

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Garlic Upgrade 1
Physically Healthy
Garlic has more natural health. This stacks with the usual level upgrades.
Combat Training
Garlic gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Garlic Upgrade 2
Gas Pollution
Garlic poisons zombies that eat it, causing them to lose health rapidly.
Cell Activation
Garlic gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Garlic may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Garlic gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Place Garlic in the front of lanes to divert the zombies into other lanes, preferably those with greater defenses or attacks. Garlic only affects zombies that bite them, so they will not stop Zombonis, Catapult Zombies, Bungee Zombies, or Gargantuars, as they do not actually eat the Garlic, so plan accordingly. Also, Garlic will not stop Pogo Zombies or Pole Vaulting Zombies if they still have their equipment, since they will just jump/pole vault over him. Balloon Zombies with balloons will float over any Garlic beneath them without effect.

If a Snorkel Zombie tries to eat a Garlic, it will move into another lane very quickly, but while it's moving, its head will not go underwater for that second. It is a very unlikely chance that you could kill a Snorkel Zombie while he is moving into another lane because it is almost invincible when moving.


Plants vs. Zombies

Garlic is a useful plant on almost any level because with careful use, he can funnel zombies down lanes with greater defenses. They are especially effective on Pool and Fog levels, as zombies have only one other lane to swap to. He is often used in combination with the Gloom-shroom, diverting zombies to the sides of the mushrooms, so that they will be damaged by the mushroom and not be able to attack it. He can also be used so that you do not have to defend as many rows, leaving more room for Sunflowers, Marigolds, etc. behind the Garlic. This is very helpful to get the achievement Sunny Days if you have many defensive plants such as Tall-nut, Pumpkin, etc. It is recommended to get an offensive plant for crowd control, as zombies in such huge crowds will destroy the defensive plants easily within a few bites.

Also, add few defenses into lanes with Garlic that do not hit other rows, for they will not hit the zombies that have bitten the Garlic. However, again, with something like a Gloom-shroom, placing them behind Garlic is a good idea because they will hit the zombies once they move to other rows and the zombies will be unable to attack them. Threepeaters are better used behind Wall-nuts or Tall-nuts to maximize the effect. Using Spikeweed and Spikerock with Garlic is also usually a successful plan, because they can do maximum damage to large groups, especially with Snow Peas or Winter Melons.

PvZ Splitpea Garlic Tactic

Split Pea and Garlic strategy

Another great plan is putting Split Peas with Pumpkins and putting them behind Garlic with a Torchwood at the tile up or down and one space right of the Garlic. The Garlic has to be placed at the first column without any other plants in the row, excluding Spikeweeds and Spikerocks, in order to maximize effects with the Split Pea and Torchwood. The Split Peas will get rid of Pogo Zombies and Pole Vaulting Zombies easily, while Split Peas will still damage the zombies behind them.

Be aware that if you are using adjacent Garlic in different lanes, zombies will not be held up indefinitely; they will still move through to the other side after from three to five bites. Also, use two Garlics in the same lane when dealing with Pole Vaulting Zombies, as they will vault the first one and then encounter the second. Do the same for Pool levels, too, by planting one between rows one to three and another at row four to deal with the Ambush Zombies.

In the Mini-game Seeing Stars, it is helpful to use a Garlic in the middle lane at the beginning, so they will go into lanes where you are using defensive plants.

Keep an eye on the health of your Garlic. You cannot replace damaged Garlic without digging him up, so try to be prepared for when he finally gets eaten, so you can replace him immediately. Garlics should be replaced shortly after their eyes start to water, which means they are almost completely eaten.

In the Last Stand mini-game, Garlic is often used in conjunction with Gloom-shrooms, Pumpkins, Magnet-shrooms and Marigolds to create an effective gold farming strategy.

Be careful though, because placing Garlic in Pumpkins will not divert the zombies. This is because they are not directly eating the Garlic, but the Pumpkin instead.

Garlic can also be used alongside a Plantern on fog levels. Place the Garlic in front of your Planterns just above and below the pool rows and this should clear all of the fog if the Planterns are around the 2nd to 3rd column from where the zombies are coming. Use 2 Garlics on levels with pole vaulting zombies to counter them.

The Garlic should not be used in Survival: Endless as zombies come that can easily bypass Garlic, such as the Zomboni, Catapult zombies, Gargantuars and Giga-gargantuars. Unless you are in the very early flags of Survival Endless, this plant should be of no interest to any Survival Endless player.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The sequel has been a mixed bag to Garlic. On the plus side, there are more plants that can benefit from Garlic, such as Snapdragon, Cold Snapdragon, RotobagaMoonflower and Shadow-shroom combined, and especially Phat Beet and Electric Currant. On the other hand, the ability to either crush or bypass defensive plants has become much more common: every world, especially Ancient Egypt, Far Future, Big Wave Beach, and Neon Mixtape Tour, contains zombies that can crush or bypass plants, or are immune to Garlic, so the previously effective strategy of planting Garlic far away from the mowers is now suicidal. However, this effect can be somewhat neglected by using Plant Food on the Garlic, making him release his noxious breath to push all zombies, even Gargantuars, out of his row and temporarily stun them. This strategy, however, is only reliable if one can generate a continuous supply of Plant Food (either by Power Lily or coins) to use on Garlics. Power Tiles are another option to increase each Plant Food's diverting power. He is also useful in Save Our Seeds levels as he can divert zombies away from endangered plants.

In this game he also faces competition from Sweet Potato, which is more expensive, but does not require being attacked in order to divert enemies and can therefore be hidden behind other defensive plants to act as a supporting plant. As Garlic has a lot more threats in the sequel than in the first game and has less health than before to deal with zombies, it is not ideal to rely on him as your main defensive plant. He also faces competition from Hot Date as he lures zombies but can also kill or heavily damage them with his lane attack. 

Avoid using Garlic on Pharaoh Zombies with their sarcophagi or robot zombies as they are immune to Garlic's lane changing ability, allowing them to eat the Garlic fully. Using Plant Food on them with Garlic is also useless since his effect releases gas, which these zombies ignore.

Garlic is made redundant in Frostbite Caves as slider tiles positioned in the lawn move zombies to a different lane. 

Garlic is useful in Jurassic Marsh because Garlic can divert the zombies in other line where there are no dinosaurs or vice versa if the dinosaur is charmed. It is advisable to put Garlic in rows without raptors and stegosaurs to prevent the use of their skills. An imitated Garlic is recommended to cover more rows with full dinosaurs.

Keep in mind that Garlic does not work on Pirate Seas - Day 26 or 33. The zombies will just walk on after biting it.

Related achievements

Collect all 49 plants.
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  • Although he does not appear in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, an image of him can be seen on the Stickerbook's model. This is also true with Sun-shroom and Gloom-shroom.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, it does not have eyebrows. However, it does in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • Its name in French, Aïe-aïe ail (reads ay-ay-ay), is a rhyming pun, as the two words are homophonic. The word ail means garlic, and 'aïe' is an onomatopoetic word as an exclamation, possibly referring to the noise a Zombie makes when biting the Garlic.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • Like Tall-nut, he will shed a single tear before he is eaten completely.
    • However, unlike Tall Nut, he sheds the tear when he is on his final degrade.
  • If a zombie bites a piece of him when the "future" code is entered, it will not pause and make a disgusted face, but he will still make the "bleh" noise.
  • He dies after 21 pea shots (from a Peashooter Zombie or Gatling Pea Zombie), meaning a pea is effectively the same as a bite to Garlic.
  • On the seed packet, he shows eyebrows. However, when he is planted, he does not have any. He has eyebrows in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars and advertisements.
  • He is one of four plants that has a love life mentioned in the Suburban Almanac, with the other three being Repeater, Threepeater, and Cactus.
  • In the Nintendo DS version, the zombies will move to different lanes slower than on other versions, and instead of a "bleh," the zombies moan.
  • He is one of five plants that will slowly degrade as they are damaged. The others are the Wall-nut, Pumpkin, Tall-nut, and Spikerock.
  • Some zombies will not make a disgusted face, or retch when biting him, however they will still move on to a different lane.
  • He is the only defensive plant which cannot be aided by Wall-nut First Aid. The other plant that changes appearance showing damage that cannot be aided through Wall-nut First Aid is the Spikerock, mostly because he is not defensive.
  • On the iPad version of the game, if a zombie bites him, the zombie's head will move up.
  • Although he can withstand more bites from zombies than most plants, he only takes six basketballs thrown by Catapult Zombie before dying, the same as any other plant.
  • If a hypnotized zombie tries to eat a zombie that is not hypnotized, and there is a Garlic in the way, the zombie and/or the hypnotized one will be disgusted and move to the other lane.
  • He is the only plant that can be eaten but can also be passed by zombies. He is also the only defensive plant that Ladder Zombies do not place their ladder on.
  • When a zombie gives him his final bite, the zombie will continue walking in his lane, which means the Garlic only diverts 20 zombies.
  • He has two teeth visible, but if he degrades to his second stage (when bitten seven times), only one tooth is seen. None are seen when bitten fourteen times.
  • He and Potato Mine are the only plants with two teeth.
  • He is the only defensive plant with a fast recharge.
  • In the Nintendo DS version of the game, he seems to be angry.
  • If a zombie takes a bite of it and almost instantaneously gets hit by butter, the zombie may end up taking a second bite of him.
    Zombie garlic glitch2

    Typing "future" while the zombie makes a disgusted face will make its lower jaw disappear

  • Due to the fact that zombies change lanes slowly in the Nintendo DS version, if a zombie dies just after biting him, he may end up falling over between lanes.
  • There is a glitch where if a zombie bites him and makes a face and says "bleh" and at the same time the player types the "future" code, the zombie will have shades but will not have his lower jaw. It remains like that even if the player types "future" again and return it to normal until it dies.
  • If a Dancing Zombie eats him, existing Backup Dancers stay in their original lanes.
  • On the iPad version of the game, Backup Dancers face stretches into an unusual shape after biting him.
  • The Almanac entries of Cob Cannon , Garlic, and Spikerock are the only ones where real places are written in (Harvard, New York, the Uni Brüssel and Europe).
  • If a zombie bites him in a five-lane level (Day, Night, and Roof), they tend to go up a lane much more often than down a lane, unless it is on either the top or bottom lanes, which is when they will always move down a lane. This has also been tested in I, Zombie (Me Smash!) 
  • If a Gargantuar smashes a damaged Garlic, the squished Garlic will appear to be in his undamaged sprite. This also happens with Wall-nut, Tall-nut, and Pumpkin.
  • There is an audio error were one of the "bleh" noises makes a click sound at the end.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • He theoretically still maintains the same health as he did in the first game, but there is a delay in the effect, causing zombies to take more bites.
  • Zombies no longer make a disgusted face when biting him. Instead, they freeze and have green gas with them, then change lanes.
  • His idle animation is similar to Toadstool's idle animation. His eye movements are similar to Strawburst's eye movements.
  • His Almanac entry mentions a myth where garlics are one of a vampire's weaknesses as well as that there are no vampires in PvZ2.
  • Unlike the first game, Wall-nut First Aid works on this plant.
  • It is the only defensive plant in the game that does not have its toughness stat noted in the Almanac.
  • One of his costumes is a reference to SpongeBob SquarePants, being the Glove World hat.
  • He now has eyebrows, unlike in the first game.
    • He appears to be a bit bigger than in the first game.
  • His noxious breath when fed Plant Food is similar to Chili Bean's stunning gas and Stunion's breath.
    • All of which cause stunning to zombies.
    • A slowed down zombie will move to the area between two lanes and be stunned for a while after his breath is released.
  • He was seen jumping in the Neon Mixtape Tour, Side B trailer. This jumping animation was used in the Zen Garden.
    • If one looks closely when he jumps out when Dr. Zomboss lands on the ground, he looks like he is in his 1st degrade appearance. But when Dr. Zomboss raises his arm, he looks like that he returns back to normal while smiling.
  • In Pirate Seas, zombies who eat him while at the planks never go to the water. Instead, they will go to an adjacent plank. Zombies who haven't entered the lawn can still move to the plankless lane under the effect of boosted Garlic, however.
  • His costume slightly moves as he gets degraded, making him the first plant to have their costume move as they're being eaten.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies: Official Guide to Protecting Your Brains, Crazy Dave says that Garlic smells "stinky", but in Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 17, he says that he smells "mmm, scrum-dicious".
  • He is the only plant to reappear in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes from Neon Mixtape Tour.

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

  • His appearance is based on his design in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars.
  • His health is now decreased (from 1050 dps to 250).
    • He degrades at second bite and then second time at fourth before he gets eaten.
  • His sun cost is now 75.
  • He has the same idle animation from the first game.
  • His recharge is now Mediocre.
  • This and Bubble Flower are the only plants in East Sea Dragon Palace that cannot be obtained in Adventure Mode.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
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 · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater
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