This item is available only during certain events, and cannot always be obtained in-game. However, it can still be used if you have already obtained it. It is currently available.
Tap Holly Barrier, then tap the target to launch barrier leaf. Launched attack knock back zombies and leave prickly barriers in empty tiles. Holly Barrier can launch 3 barriers and also deals prickly damage to attacking zombies!


Holly Barrier is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that is tied to the 2017 Feastivus event. He acts like an Endurian, damaging zombies that attack him, as well as having the same amount of health as an Endurian. Like Banana Launcher and Missile Toe, he can launch one of his small berries to a selected tile on the lawn when interacted with. The berries will damage and knock back zombies in a 3x3 area one tile. Tombstones hit by this blast will be heavily damaged, while zombies will only be lightly damaged. If the berries land on a tile free of obstacles like tombstones, it will leave a spiky barrier leaf on said tile that acts like an Endurian, but with half its health. Unlike Banana Launcher and Missile Toe, however, the berries don't recharge over time. Similar to Chard Guard’s leaves, though, the player can manually plant a Holly Barrier on top of one to restore his berries if they have Wall-nut First Aid.

The barriers count as plants, and add up to a maximum plant total, cannot be planted on water and can be revived by Intensive Carrot, but can still be launched at Imp Cannons to deal impact damage. Exclusive to the international version, zombies knocked back by the barriers can be knocked backed by Blover

It was released in the Chinese version in the 2.3.5 update along with Alarm Arrowhead.



He is based on both holly, a genus of flowering plants, and a barricade, an object or structure that creates a barrier or obstacle to control, block passage or force the flow of traffic in the desired direction.

His code name, Holly Knight, is a reference to the Christmas carol Silent Night (more specifically, the line "holy night"). It also references how Holly Barrier is both based on holly and is a defensive plant.

Almanac entry

Holly Barrier

RECHARGE: Sluggish

DAMAGE: Normal

SPECIAL: Knockback
SPECIAL: Barrier Strength

FAMILY: Reinforce-mint

Holly Barrier deals damage to zombies attacking him, and can launch 3 prickly barrier leaves to knock back and damage zombies.

Usage: tap to arm, tap on target tile to fire; can fire up to 3 barriers
Special: projectile knocks back, deals damage, leaves barrier on empty tiles

Holly Barrier would like to advise folks not to eat his berries. "It's rude to eat somebody's berries without asking," he says. "In addition, they are highly toxic."


Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Holly Barrier will regain all lost berries, and will launch four berries on random tiles. If they land on a tile without an obstacle, the spiky leaf will have metallic spikes attached to it, making it do more damage to zombies and giving it more health. And finally, it will heal to full health.

Reinforce-mint effect

When boosted by Reinforce-mint, Holly Barrier can absorb an additional 5000 DPS, its leaves can absorb an additional 3000 DPS, its plant food leaves can absorb an additional 5000 DPS, and its plant food effect will activate.

Level upgrades

Level Seed
Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
Melee Berry Plant Food
Strength Health Strength Health
1 0 0 150 15 seconds 3000 dps 20 dps 50 dps 200 dps 20 dps 1500 dps 40 dps 2500 dps 0.8 tiles
2 10 1,000 150 15 seconds 3250 dps 30 dps 50 dps 200 dps 25 dps 1500 dps 50 dps 2500 dps 1 tile
3 25 2,500 150 15 seconds 3500 dps 30 dps 75 dps 300 dps 25 dps 1750 dps 50 dps 3000 dps 1 tile
4 50 5,000 150 13 seconds 3740 dps 30 dps 75 dps 300 dps 30 dps 1750 dps 60 dps 3000 dps 1.2 tiles
5 100 10,000 125 13 seconds 4000 dps 40 dps 75 dps 400 dps 30 dps 2000 dps 60 dps 3250 dps 1.2 tiles
6 200 20,000 125 13 seconds 4250 dps 40 dps 100 dps 400 dps 35 dps 2000 dps 70 dps 3250 dps 1.2 tiles
7 400 30,000 125 12 seconds 4250 dps 40 dps 100 dps 500 dps 35 dps 2500 dps 70 dps 4000 dps 1.4 tiles
8 800 50,000 125 12 seconds 4500 dps 50 dps 125 dps 600 dps 40 dps 2500 dps 80 dps 4000 dps 1.4 tiles
9 1,200 75,000 125 10 seconds 4750 dps 60 dps 150 dps 700 dps 40 dps 2750 dps 90 dps 4000 dps 1.4 tiles
10 1,600 100,000 100 10 seconds 5000 dps 80 dps 200 dps 800 dps 50 dps 3000 dps 100 dps 5000 dps 1.6 tiles

*This shows its damage to zombies attacking him, and the berries' damage after launching and exploding on impact, for both its normal and Plant Food berry, respectively.
^This shows the spiky barrier leaf's damage and toughness, respectively.
†This shows the Plant Food spiky barrier leaf's damage and toughness, respectively.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Holly Barrier Upgrade 1
Knight Field
Melee attack range increased by 2 above and below
Combat Training
Holly Barrier gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Holly Barrier Upgrade 2
Knight Faith
Knockback range increases by one tile
Cell Activation
Holly Barrier gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Holly Barrier may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Holly Barrier gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costume Plant Food

Same as the normal Plant Food effect, but one of the berries deal electric damage, dealing more damage.


Although this plant can target zombies anywhere on the map, do not treat it like a Banana Launcher because it does minuscule amounts of damage and only has three uses (unless you have this plant in front of an Aloe and Holly Barrier is at max level). Instead, use it as you would an Endurian and use it to block zombies. Use the berries to knock back zombies and place a mini Endurian there to slow them down. You can also use Blover in conjunction with the knock back to blow multiple zombies away (in a 3x3 tile radius that insta-kills all of the zombies), and note that Blover must be planted very shortly after Holly Barrier's barrier is launched, or else the zombies would only be knocked back. In addition, berries that fall on damaged barriers will replace them with ones that have full health, however this will not replace the berries from Holly Barrier's Plant Food ability. It is not a good idea to use this in Big Wave Beach, as the berries will not spawn leaves in the water. Aloe works fairly well with Holly Barrier, as this plant will regain all lost berries upon being healed.

Holly Barrier is a great choice against Excavator Zombie, Turquoise Skull Zombie, Punk Zombie and MC Zom-B as their berries can serve a distraction to them and push them back, which can either disable their abilities or minimizes the damage caused to the plants. However, do not use Holly Barrier only for line of defense against them as they can easily render it useless.

Holly Barrier is an excellent plant to use against Chicken Wrangler Zombie and Weasel Hoarder as they can defend a whole lane of Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels. Holly Barriers can also be used as a line of defense against Jester Zombie as they will damage him with its spikes.

Never use this plant against Breakdancer Zombie as he can kick the zombies past the berry obstacles or even the plant itself, rendering it useless.


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  • The barriers cannot be flown over by flying zombies, similar to Tall-nut.
  • His internal name is "hollyknight".
  • Even though has a sluggish recharge said in the Almanac, he has a mediocre recharge (15 seconds).

See also

V · T · E
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
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Dandelion · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Solar Tomato · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sweet Potato · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant · Aloe
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Enlighten-mint
Others Marigold
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