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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Hot Date.

Hot Date is a special-edition premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, tied to the 2017 Valenbrainz event. If a zombie one lane above or below gets close enough to a Hot Date, they will switch lanes to the lane the Hot Date is on, similar to the Sweet Potato. He will also explode like a Jalapeno once eaten.

In version 7.8.1, he became available as a seed-packet-obtainable plant on February 19, 2020. In version 7.9.1, when Penny's Pursuit was released, the first weekly event rewarded the player with Hot Date seed packets

In the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2, he is a Monthly special plant. Between v2.4.0 and v.2.50, he was instead a Renaissance Age plant.



Hot Date is based on the fruit of the Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera,) a flowering plant species in the palm family Arecaceae that is cultivated for its edible sweet fruit (also called a date).

His name is a pun on the phrase "hot date," meaning an appealing person someone is dating, referring to both his almanac entry as well as his fire based abilities.

Almanac entry

Hot Date


DAMAGE: 1000

RANGE: Multi-Lane
FAMILY: Pepper-mint

Hot Dates attract zombies from lanes above and below them, and then unleash a lane of flame when they're eaten.

Special: warms nearby plants

Hot Date's a charmer. He's polite, well-read, has lots of interesting opinions, and practices active listening. Zombies line up around the block to be incinerated by him.


Plant Food effect

Hot Date's Plant Food effect

Hot Date will regain all of his lost health and attract zombies to him in a 4x3 area, similar to Sweet Potato.

Pepper-mint effect

When boosted by Pepper-mint, Hot Date's explosion will do an additional 1800 DPS.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
1 0 0 175 25 seconds 15 seconds 2000 dps 1000 dps Multi-Lane
2 10 1,000 175 24 seconds 14 seconds 2200 dps 1100 dps
3 25 2,500 175 23 seconds 13 seconds 2400 dps 1200 dps
4 50 5,000 150 23 seconds 13 seconds 2600 dps 1300 dps
5 100 10,000 150 22 seconds 12 seconds 2800 dps 1400 dps
6 200 20,000 125 22 seconds 12 seconds 3000 dps 1500 dps
7 400 30,000 125 21 seconds 11 seconds 3500 dps 1600 dps
8 800 50,000 100 21 seconds 11 seconds 4000 dps 1700 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 20 seconds 10 seconds 4500 dps 1800 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 20 seconds 10 seconds 5000 dps 1800 dps

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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Hot Spicy Energy
Gains 25% more health.
Combat Training
Hot Date gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Hot Spicy Improvement
Hot Spicy Energy's effect is doubled.
Cell Activation
Hot Date gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Hot Date may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Hot Date gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Spicy Aftertaste
After Hot Date explodes, fire debris will be left on the ground for a short time, causing continuous damage to zombies.
Fighting Power
Hot Date gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

When costumed, his Plant Food effect will also give him three seconds of invincibility after attracting zombies.


Hot Date can be treated as a combination of Sweet Potato and Jalapeno. Unlike Jalapeno, he can pull zombies to him, so as to boost his effectiveness even more.

It is a very bad idea to use this plants in levels where you cannot lose plants, because when the Hot Date explodes (even though it kills zombies when it explodes), it counts as losing a plant. Fortunately, it is immune to the freezing wind effects and the Hunter Zombie's snowball attack in Frostbite Caves, since it is a thawing plant that can melt frozen plants. It is also very bad idea to use this against Wizard Zombies and Octo Zombies, since both of them can disable the Hot Date to make the level more challenging. It is a good idea to use this plant against Chicken Wrangler Zombies and Weasel Hoarders, because when released, multiple Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels will arrive to the Hot Date and when multiple of them start eating it, it instantly explodes to destroy the zombies in its path.

Never use this plant against Explorer Zombies and Torchlight Zombies in Ancient Egypt and Modern Day levels (only when their torches are lit), because these zombies can easily burn this plant without eating it and causing it to explode.

Related achievement

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So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level


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  • There is a bug that, after his Plant Food is used while he is exploding, he will become invisible to zombies, and not be treated like he is on the field.
    • This is probably due to the plant being both destroyed and not destroyed at the same time, confusing the game for the plant's current state, and eventually getting treated as destroyed.
  • His pupils are larger in his seed packet image than they are in game.
    • Hot Date also has a different eye color in this game than he does in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
    • They also seem to be a different color than in-game, being dark blue instead of light blue.
  • He reuses some of Boombox Zombie's textures, specifically the particles and hearts that float around him.
  • The reason why he was released in the Valenbrainz event is that he is named Hot Date, and dates are commonly found during Valentines.
  • There is a glitch where if Hot Date's Plant Food activates and a zombie behind Hot Date turns around, when that zombie gets hypnotized the hypnotized zombie will turn around and walk to your house. The hypnotized zombie will ignore lawn mowers and plants, eventually eating your brains, despite the fact that hypnosis effects are normally unable to change the direction of a zombie walking to the right.
  • This is the second premium plant that can be unlocked with seed packets, the first was Blooming Heart.  
  • This was the first plant to be featured in Penny's Pursuit.

See also

V · T · E
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
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 · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
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 Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Headbutter Lettuce
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