For the Plants vs. Zombies Heroes version, see Pea Pod (PvZH).

Pea Pod is the third plant obtained in the Wild West in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is a peashooting plant, and the number of peas it shoots at a time corresponds to the number of heads it has at that moment. The player can increase the number of heads it has by planting another Pea Pod on top of it, with five heads being the maximum. One head does 20 DPS, two heads do 40 DPS, three heads do 60 DPS, four heads do 80 DPS and five heads do 100 DPS.


A real-life example of Pea Pods

Like most other pea-shooting plants, Pea Pod is based on the plant Pisum sativum.

Almanac entry

Pea Pod



RANGE: Straight

FAMILY: Appease-mint

Pea Pods can be planted in the same space for up to 5 times the destruction.

Damage Details: normal (for each pea)
Special: increases rate of fire with multiple plantings

Having studied Quantum Spatial Mechanics in Clown College, Pea Pod has been amusing families of all ages.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When fed Plant Food, the pods close up making something that resembles a headdress for the huge Peashooter head that pops up out of the ground. The giant Peashooter then shoots five giant peas that deals 400 damage per shot each, for a total of 2000 damage per shot.

Appease-mint effect

When boosted by Appease-mint, Pea Pod's peas will do an additional 150 DPS.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 125 5 seconds 300 dps 20 dps Normal 400 dps Straight
2 10 1,000 4.5 seconds 325 dps 25 dps 400 dps
3 50 2,000 4.5 seconds 350 dps 30 dps 450 dps
4 100 4,000 4.5 seconds 375 dps 35 dps +1.6x 450 dps
5 125 6,000 4 seconds 400 dps 40 dps 450 dps
6 175 8,000 4 seconds 450 dps 45 dps 500 dps
7 250 10,000 100 4 seconds 500 dps 50 dps 500 dps
8 350 15,000 4 seconds 550 dps 55 dps 500 dps
9 450 20,000 4 seconds 600 dps 60 dps 500 dps
10 800 60,000 3.5 seconds 650 dps 65 dps +2.2x 550 dps
11 1,000 75,000 3.5 seconds 700 dps 70 dps 550 dps
12 1,250 100,000 75 3.5 seconds 750 dps 80 dps 550 dps
13 1,500 150,000 3.5 seconds 800 dps 90 dps 550 dps
14 1,750 200,000 3.5 seconds 850 dps 100 dps 550 dps
15 2,000 250,000 3 seconds 900 dps 110 dps 600 dps

*Per projectile

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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Automatic Growth
Pea Pod grows a head every minute.
Combat Training
Pea Pod gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Pea Pod Upgrade 2.png
Crazy Growth
Pea Pod grows a head every 40 seconds.
Cell Activation
Pea Pod gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Pea Pod may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Pea Pod gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed  (China only)

When fed Plant Food, it shoots five big fire peas. If the big fire peas pass over a napalm Torchwood, the peas will turn into big napalm peas.


Pea Pod is a strong plant, but to get one to the maximum strength, 625 sun has to be spent on it. This is enough to afford three Repeaters or six Peashooters. Additionally, these plants are a bit stronger than one Pea Pod (Pea Pod has five heads, the combinations mentioned before have six peas). However, while weaker, this plant has a space advantage over the previous two combinations, taking only one space on the lawn. In Wild West, Pea Pod is exceptionally useful when placed on a minecart, where it can move to other lanes and take out multiple zombies at once, saving sun. Imitating this plant is a good option as you can set up Pea Pods faster. Pea Pod is useful with Torchwood, since it makes the peas do double damage and triple damage with Plant Food. Pea Pods are not useful in some objective levels, such as "Never have more than X plants" because upgrading a Pea Pod counts as a new plant.

Pea Pod can be also very useful when dealing with Zombie Chickens, due to their fast cooldown. You can choose it as an alternative to Lightning Reed for a more easy-to-use and powerful plant but beware of Zombie Chickens in large numbers as only one five-headed Pea Pod may sometimes be insufficient. Pea Pods are also excellent in dealing with fast zombies such as Explorer Zombie, Seagull Zombie, Jetpack Zombie, Surfer Zombie, Dodo Rider Zombie, Bug Zombie, Punk Zombie and Balloon Zombie, especially at maximum damage as they are able to destroy them quickly before they reach your backmost defenses, especially Explorer Zombie, Surfer Zombie and Punk Zombie case where they instantly destroy or move around plants that they encounter.

If you plan on saving enough sun to get a five-headed Pea Pod, make sure that you have an adequate defense to protect yourself until you save up 625 sun (e.g. Potato Mine, Iceberg Lettuce, Chili Bean, etc.). Once you do get the Pea Pod to its maximum power, it is an effective counter to many high health zombies, such as Buckethead Zombies, Pharaoh Zombies, Barrel Roller Zombies, Pianist Zombies, Robo-Cone Zombies, Knight Zombies, Blockhead Zombies, Jurassic Bully and Jurassic Fossilheads due to its high damage output. A five-headed Pea Pod also works well against Pirate Captain Zombies, Disco-tron 3000 and Octo Zombies as they can destroy a released Zombie Parrot within range with 3 shots and Disco Jetpack Zombie or thrown octopi with 4 shots. If there are groups of them, these zombies will hardly cause any problems that will overwhelm them.

Like all other straight shooting-based plants, Pea Pod is ineffective against Shield Zombie (when force field is up), Jester Zombie, Snorkel Zombie (while submerged) and Excavator Zombie, even if fed with Plant Food as the peas deal no damage against them (except for Jester Zombie).

However, remember to not rely on it in higher levels of Endless Zones, since it lacks an area of effect and can only hit one zombie at a time. And with the high zombie density in Endless Zones, Pea Pod can be easily overwhelmed. Even with Torchwood, the number of zombies may be too much because flaming peas do not deal splash damage. If you intend to use Pea Pod in Endless Zones, it is advised to take an area of effect plant too, such as Laser Bean or Fume-shroom. This weakens at once many of the stronger zombies in the Endless Zone, allowing Pea Pod to finish them off quickly.

When upgraded in the Chinese version, Pea Pod can automatically grow, so one does not have to manually plant five heads, saving sun. Since the auto-growth is a bit slow, planting it manually to three or four heads would be good.

Related achievement

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Pod Squad
Max out a Pea Pod on a mine cart


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  • Before version 6.6 its flavor text was "Having studied Quantum Spatial Mechanics in Clown College, the peapod has been amusing families of all ages."
  • It is one of the six plants seen in the trailer of Plants vs. Zombies 2 while fighting the zombies; the other five are Bonk Choy, Bloomerang, Peashooter, Wall-nut, and Sunflower.
  • In the trailer, if one looks carefully when the zombies come onto the lawn, it has all its heads. But when shown close-up, it has one head, then it regrows all the heads it already had.
  • The heads are planted in this order: middle-bottom, left, right, middle-center, middle-top.
  • There was a glitch in Last Stand where if the player rapidly plants Pea Pods on top of each other, they will shoot a couple of peas, even though there are no zombies. This can be used to clear tombstones before the level starts.

    Using the Pea Pod glitch to clear the tombstones in the Chinese version


    Pea Pod Glitch

    Present in update 7.0.1

  • Each pea will be shot at different heights; for example, the middle and the left side, the middle will shoot it higher. This is because the heads are in different places in the pod.
  • It, Pea-nut, Threepeater, and Split Pea are the only peashooting plants to have more than one head.
    • Technically, Split Pea's back head is a head-like growth.
  • It, Pea-nut, and Sling Pea are the only peashooting plants without a stem.
  • It, Threepeater, Peashooter, Snow Pea, Fire Peashooter, and Primal Peashooter are the only plants that shoot peas equal to the number of heads they have.
    • However, Split Pea shoots two peas when there is a zombie behind it, and none are in front of it.
  • It always shoots five big peas when it is fed Plant Food, regardless of how many heads it has.
  • It has the fastest firing rate among all the peashooting plants if it is maxed out.
  • It and Primal Peashooter shoots the lowest number of peas of any peashooting plant when using Plant Food (five).
    • This applies if Fire Peashooter's Plant Food effect is not counted, as it shoots no peas during the effect.
  • If the player maxes out Pea Pod on a cart, the Pod Squad achievement will be earned.
  • Before the 2.3 update, if the player had a Pea Pod boost and planted it on an already existing Pea Pod, the Plant Food upgrade would not activate.
  • It only has one head in the Zen Garden, in the level selection, in its Endless Zone card, and when it is first planted.
  • If it is damaged and the player plants another one on it, its health will be fully restored.
  • Regardless of what stage it was in when defeated, Intensive Carrot will always revive the Pea Pod with one head. The same applies to Potato Mine, Sun-shroom, Strawburst, Primal Potato Mine, Escape Root, and Kiwibeast.
  • Despite being obtained before Tall-nut, it is positioned after it on the seed selection screen and the almanac.
    • However, before the 1.7 update, it was obtained after Tall-nut.
  • The player cannot plant more Pea Pods on an endangered Pea Pod.
  • It and Pea-nut are only peashooting plants can shoot shrunken zombies in water tile

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 · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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