- For other uses, see Lily Pad (disambiguation).
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Lily Pad has appeared in five games.
He is based on the lily pad, which are the leaves of the Nymphaeaceae plant family, which consists of flowering water plants, also known as water lilies.
His ability to have plants being planted on him may be based on the popular image of small aquatic animals such as frogs and toads resting on top of lily pads.
Lily Pad's slightly altered appearance in Plants vs. Zombies 2 is based on the Queen Victoria's Water Lily (Victoria amazonica), the largest water lily on earth, due to the newly added rim around the edge of his body.
His costume is a reference to the flowers of the real life plant he is based on, which turn from white to pink when they get pollinated.
- Main article: Lily Pad (PvZ)
In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Lily Pad is the first Pool plant obtained. Lily Pad is essential to the Pool and Fog levels, as they are the only way to bring non Aquatic plants into the aquatic lanes.
- Main article: Lily Pad (PvZ2)
Lily Pad returns in the sequel Plants vs. Zombies 2 as a plant exclusive to Big Wave Beach. Just like the first game, he is used to plant non aquatic plants on the water, but this time, he can also be planted on wet sand, in which while non aquatic plants can be also planted on it, this wet sand is usually overtaken by the tide, making him essential to plants on the sand.
Oddly, unlike most plants, Lily Pad only has a chance to give back sun when shoveled up by the upgraded Shovel. This is likely because certain Lily Pads are pre-planted and to prevent easy sun grinding from these pre-planted Lily Pads and their Plant Food effect creating four free Lily Pads.
- Main article: Lily Pad (PvZ: AS)
Lily Pad appeared in a cameo role in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars. He was simply an auxiliary plant who held other plants on top of him during PvP levels.
Cattail returned in this game, but not as an upgrade to Lily Pad, but rather as her own plant in her own evolution line. This could ironically lead to Cattail and her evolutions being on top of a Lily Pad.
- Main article: Lily Pad (PvZH)
Lily Pad's next appearance was in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes as the Triassic Rare Leafy plant of the Smarty class. He cost 1, has 1, and is a Leafy card with the Amphibious treat.
- Main article: Lily Pad (PvZ3)
Unlike in previous plantable appearances, Lily Pad now costs 0 sun to plant, allowing Lily Pad to be more quickly dispatched to provide plantable terrain.
Lost Keys Lake provides an interesting challenge for Lily Pad through the area's Water Surge mechanic, which causes all plants in the water to be shifted in the direction the water flows and potentially be washed off the lawn. Unlike other plants, however, Lily Pads are able to be spawned into the lawn by water surges, appearing on the edge of the board where the water flows in.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Lily Pad.
- For whatever reason, while their effects will not work, in Plants vs. Zombies 2, Spikeweed and Spikerock can be planted on top of them while in Plants vs. Zombies, this is impossible.