For other uses, see Lily Pad (disambiguation).

Lily Pad is an aquatic plant appearing in Plants vs. Zombies 2 . He can only be planted in Big Wave Beach on the sea or wet sand, becoming a platform upon which other plants can be placed. He is an environment modifier.


For more information about this character, see Lily Pad.

Lily Pad is unlocked after completing Big Wave Beach - Day 1, and is unique to that world. Unlike in the first game, Lily Pad is only vulnerable when there is water underneath; if the tide recedes and Lily Pad is on dry land, he cannot be targeted by any zombie other than Gargantuars and Surfer Zombies. Likewise, underground plants cannot be planted on Lily Pad.

Unlike other plants, a planted Lily Pad has only a small chance to refund with sun if dug up with the upgraded shovel. He also cannot be revived by Intensive Carrot, unless he was smashed on wet sand by a Deep Sea Gargantuar.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.

Lily Pad



Lily Pads let you plant non-aquatic plants on top of them.

Usage: can also be planted under non-aquatic plants

Not many people know this, but Lily Pad absolutely loves square dancing. There he is, a circular plant gliding across the dance floor making squares. He loves how it pushes his boundaries and really makes him think outside the sphere.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When given Plant Food, Lily Pad will spawn four copies of himself in adjacent tiles. if there were already Lily Pads around him, he will heal them (if they were ever harmed in the first place). These copies do not provide sun when dug up.

Costumed  (China only)

He creates Lily Pads in a 3x3 area around him.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge (Fast) Toughness (Typical)
1 0 0 25 5 seconds 300 dps
2 10 1,000 4.5 seconds 350 dps
3 75 5,000 4.5 seconds 400 dps
4 200 10,000 4.5 seconds 450 dps
5 400 20,000 0 4.5 seconds 550 dps
6 750 30,000 4 seconds 600 dps
7 1,000 40,000 4 seconds 650 dps
8 1,250 50,000 3.5 seconds 700 dps
9 1,500 60,000 3.5 seconds 800 dps
10 2,000 75,000 3 seconds 900 dps


Lily Pad is a vital plant in levels with water lanes, as he allows deployment of other land-based plants to guard those lanes possible. While aquatic and aerial options are also available for this task such as Tangle Kelp, Rotobaga, Ghost Pepper, Guacodile and Caulipower in the second game, they either lack area-of-effect capability and thus can be overwhelmed by the ever-increasing amount of zombies present, or they're limited use plants that don't stay on the lawn in the long term. Remember that due to Lily Pad's cost, normal plants' costs are effectively 25 sun more expensive than normal, unless Lily Pad is upgraded.

Lily Pad's importance has further increased in the second game. As the tides can fully cover the entire field and any ground plant not on a Lily Pad will be swept away by the tide, Lily Pad can effectively be considered equivalent to Flower Pot on the Roof levels. The short recharge time and cheap price also allows Lily Pad to work as a bait to force Deep Sea Gargantuars and Surfer Zombies to use their attack early, depleting the latter's surfboards and preventing them from harming other plants.

Planting ground plants that have to let zombies walk over to be damaged like Spikeweed, Spikerock, or Celery Stalker when the tide is low is not recommended as zombies can eat the Lily Pad and the plant will fall in the water when the tide is high.


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  • If the player tried to bring him on any Far Future level before Day 8, the text will say "Complete future10 to unlock using Lily Pad on this level." The same glitch occurred with Tangle Kelp. This bug was fixed in the 3.2.1 update.
  • He, Hot Potato and Perfume-shroom are the only plants without Endless Zone cards.
  • Before the 4.0 update, pre-planted or Plant Food-created Lily Pads could give sun, effectively bolstering sun production, specifically in Last Stand levels. However, this mechanic was somewhat removed, though all pre-placed Lily Pads at the start of a level will still give sun.
  • When being eaten, instead of flashing white briefly to signify a loss of health, he turns white completely for the duration of the zombie eating him. It is unknown why he does this.
  • If one looks closely at him, they will notice the plant blowing bubbles underwater and frowns after a few seconds.
  • If the player looks closely, they might notice that there is an array of Lily Pads in the moat in Dark Ages.
    • However, they look nothing like the plantable Lily Pads.
  • It is the first plant that can fit other plants in its own tile in the game, with the second being Blastberry Vine.
  • Unlike Blastberry Vine, Pyre Vine and Pumpkin, if it is given Plant Food while there are plants planted on it, only the plant on top of it will be fed.
  • He is one of the few plants not to belong in any plant family.

Specific to Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 (China only)

  • He is the only two non-instant-use plants that do not have a dancing animation caused by Sunflower Singer.
  • In the Almanac, he is shown on the ground, and not in the water. The same applies to all other aquatic plants and zombies. It is not like this in the international version, so this might be a mistake.

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
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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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