Hot Potato is the first plant obtained in Frostbite Caves in Plants vs. Zombies 2, and she is the world's exclusive plant. She is a single-use plant capable of thawing frozen blocks, freeing the zombie or plant that is trapped inside it, taking 2.5 seconds to do it, which makes her an environment modifier.


The real-life Solanum tuberosum in which Hot Potato is based on

Hot Potato is based on the real life potato, the starchy, tuberous root portion of the plant Solanum tuberosum.

The term "hot potato" refers to a children's game in which players attempt to pass an object to each other while music plays, in an attempt to not be the one holding the object when the music suddenly stops. It's also a slang for dangerous items that will cause devastating effects if not handled with care.

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Hot Potato



AREA: Single
FAMILY: Pepper-mint

Hot Potatoes melt the ice blocks they're planted on.

Usage: single use
Special: melts an ice block

How does Hot Potato stay so positive and even-peeled all the time? Yoga, that's how. She never misses a class. Also, regular meditation. It's the only way she can handle the hard work of fighting zombies, day in and day out, without melting down.


Pepper-mint effect

When boosted by Pepper-mint, Hot Potato will do an additional 60 DPS per tick to zombies on her tile. She will also gain the ability to melt octopi from Octo Zombies if she is not level 5.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Damage* Area
1 0 0 0 10 seconds 300 dps 0 dps Single
2 10 1,000 10 seconds 350 dps 10 dps
3 75 5,000 9 seconds 400 dps 20 dps
4 200 10,000 9 seconds 450 dps 30 dps
5 400 20,000 8 seconds 550 dps 40 dps
6 750 30,000 8 seconds 600 dps 50 dps
7 1,000 40,000 7 seconds 650 dps 60 dps
8 1,250 50,000 7 seconds 700 dps
9 1,500 60,000 6 seconds 800 dps
10 2,000 75,000 5 seconds 900 dps

*This column will show the proximity damage-per-second it deals to zombies and obstacles in its tile while melting.
Note: At level 5, Hot Potato gains the ability to melt Octopi from Octo Zombie.


Hot Potato will be the first thawing option that is from Frostbite Caves available to the player. On earlier levels in Frostbite Caves, she will prove sufficient, as she can thaw single plants significantly faster than other warming plants and there is little pressure from the wind and Hunter Zombies. However, she is incapable of preventing plants from freezing in the first place, and her status as an instant plant means that she will be quickly overwhelmed in later levels and in the world's Endless Zone, Icebound Battleground.

In Special Delivery levels, try to save Hot Potatoes given to melt down important plants, such as heavy damage plants like Repeater and Bonk Choy. Avoid using Hot Potatoes on plants adjacent to a Pepper-pult or other thawing plants, as they already have the ability to melt frozen plants.

Another thing to remember is that Hot Potato can also thaw blocks with encased zombies. This makes Hot Potato a useful plant against the frozen Yeti Imps pushed by Troglobites and Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC's ice barrier. It is recommended that the player only thaw zombies when sufficient firepower is present - a Weasel Hoarder freed at the wrong moment can quickly overrun the player's defense with Ice Weasels, though a Snapdragon can rectify that with sufficient Wall-Nuts.

If the player owns a level 2 (or above) Hot Potato, she can be used strategically to deal damage to zombies (except Imp Dragon Zombie) walking on the tile Hot Potato is planted on.

The Hot Potato may be used in Big Wave Beach and Modern Day levels where there are Octo Zombies, but only if she's upgraded to level 5. She has the ability to remove octopi as long as she is upgraded to that level.

Balance changes

Update 5.7.1

  • New ability: Starting at level 2, Hot Potato is able to deal 10-60 damage to all zombies within the tile Hot Potato is planted on every second

Update 6.0.1

  • New ability: Starting at level 5, Hot Potato is able to melt octopi thrown by Octo Zombie.

Related achievement

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So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level


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  • When thawing a plant, she lets out a deep sigh, and steam from the melting ice block rises up.
  • She can be seen frozen during the Frostbite Caves part 1 trailer, despite the fact that she cannot be frozen in any way. This trait is also shared with Hurrikale.
  • She, Perfume-shroom, and Lily Pad are currently the only plants without Endless Zone cards. This is due to the fact that the player will start their respective Endless Zones with those plants, and other Endless Zones do not allow them.
  • She reappears in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 as the marker for Kernel Corn's Butter Barrage ability and its alternate ability, the Bigger Better Butter.
  • In older versions of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, the plant summoned by Tater Toss was also called Hot Potato. This was later changed to Hothead for unknown reasons.
  • Similar to other world-exclusive plants, Hot Potato cannot be used in stages with cold winds and ice blocks outside of Frostbite Caves.

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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