For other uses, see Garlic (disambiguation).

Garlic is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Any zombie that bites him gets diverted into a different lane.


For more information about this character, see Garlic.

Garlic is the fourth plant found in Neon Mixtape Tour and is obtained after beating Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 17. Like in the first game any zombie that bites Garlic will be stunned momentarily and then move to any of the adjacent lanes above or below him.

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

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

Almanac entry



AREA: Single

RANGE: Touch
FAMILY: Ail-mint

Garlic diverts zombies into other lanes.

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


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

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.png Garlic Upgrade 1.png
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.png Garlic Upgrade 2.png
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.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Garlic may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Garlic gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


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.


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  • 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.
  • 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.

See also

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Plants (Tower defense)
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