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For other versions, see Potato Mine (disambiguation).

Potato Mine is an ability of the Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. It is placed like a Proximity Sonic Mine. It has the same ability as it has in the main series of the games it appears in. When one or more zombies get close to it, it explodes and deals 175 damage to all zombies caught in the blast radius, with damage fall-off applied at distance.

The Potato Mine's weakness is that it can be detonated prematurely by zombies by shooting at it. It takes 30 seconds to recharge one Potato Mine, and the Cactus can hold up to three at a time.

The alternate abilities of this ability are the Potato Nugget Mine, and the Pizzazzling Potato Mine (Garden Warfare 2 only).

Stickerbook description

Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"

Health

A Potato Mine absorbs approximately 10 damage, requiring at least two rounds to be shot at it from Foot Soldier's or All-Star's primary weapon for it to detonate.

Strategies

With

A good strategy is to hide it in a place that cannot be noticed or to put it near a narrow passage with Tallnut Battlements covering up the rest of the space.

Another strategy is to deploy a Potato Mine in the center of a zombie summon point (a dirt pile with bones in it). The Potato Mine will be camouflaged (since the grave pile glows from the zombies' point of view), making it hard to see it. When a zombie walks near the summon point, the Potato Mine will detonate.

Another strategy often involves putting Potato Mines behind Tallnut Battlements placed in doorways and corridors to block zombie movement. When a zombie destroys the Tallnut, it leaves a dust cloud behind itself which many Cactus players hope will conceal the Potato Mine long enough to make the zombie step on it. This is because most zombie players simply move forward after destroying a Tallnut Battlement, making them susceptible to the above.

One more way is that when you fight a zombie one to one, you might want to place a Potato Mine right in front of the zombie, letting it step on the Potato Mine before the player (or AI) gets to react.

Against

If you are on zombies, there isn't really any way to be signaled when Potato Mines are near. If you are in an area that has been mentioned above, look cautiously, mostly on the ground. If you see a Potato Mine, shoot it from a distance until it is destroyed.

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Trivia

  • It does not need to arm before rising from the ground.
    • However, upon deployment, there is a 1.5 second delay during which they cannot detonate, but are invulnerable to attacks as well. This is to prevent the Cactus from using it as a close range instant-kill attack.
  • Destroying it rewards the attacker with ten coins.
    • Getting blown up by one also counts as the player destroying it, thus yielding 10 coins.
    • In the sequel, destroying them provides experience points.
  • Its light no longer flashes, most likely because it would be too easy for zombies to notice it, especially in nighttime maps.
  • As the zombies, it is possible to vanquish a teammate by detonating it when they are close to it. This often happens by accident in crowded spaces.
    • The same can also happen if the player stays too close to the mine as someone destroys it or if the player's teammates are too close when the player is killed by one.
    • In early Beta (due to a bug), vanquishing a teammate by detonating it would count as an assist for the Cactus that deployed the mine and as a vanquish for the zombie that detonated it and sometimes vice versa (assist for the detonator and vanquish for the Cactus).
      • This was fixed later to prevent griefing.
  • It is similar to a hamster in three ways.
    • Firstly, it sounds like a hamster when it is placed.
    • Secondly, it nestles in the ground similar to a hamster.
    • And finally, it will attack when someone disturbs it.
      • However, it only sounds like a hamster in the Garden Warfare games.
  • In early beta footage, up to ten of it could be spawned. Their damage was possibly weaker then, possibly to an equivalent of that to the Potato Nugget Mine.
  • It looks like the ones in the original Plants vs. Zombies but have eyelids, look around and have black pupils/white eyes.
  • If a Potato Mine is placed on an object that is able to be destroyed (like a Tallnut Battlement) and the object is destroyed, the Potato Mine will float in mid-air. It will still explode when a zombie is near, and is still able to be destroyed.
    • This also applies to its variants.
4 Potato Mines

Note the counter saying "4"

  • In Garden Warfare 2, there is a glitch where the counter on the Potato Mine's ability icon says that the Cactus is holding four Potato Mines, instead of the regular three. This, however, is purely cosmetic.

See also

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare plants
Peashooter Fire Pea · Ice Pea · Toxic Pea · Commando Pea · Agent Pea · Law Pea · Berry Shooter · Plasma Pea
Sunflower Mystic Flower · Power Flower · Fire Flower · Shadow Flower · Metal Petal · Sun Pharaoh · Alien Flower
Chomper Hot Rod Chomper · Toxic Chomper · Fire Chomper · Power Chomper · Count Chompula · Armor Chomper · Chester Chomper · Chomp Thing
Cactus Camo Cactus · Fire Cactus · Ice Cactus · Power Cactus · Future Cactus · Bandit Cactus · Citrus Cactus · Jade Cactus
Spawnable Plants Pea Cannon · Pea Repeater · Gatling Pea · Bonk Choy · Scaredy-shroom · Heal Flower · Fume-shroom · Goop-shroom · Snap Dragon · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom · Ice Peashooter · Fire Peashooter · Bamboo Shoot · Laser Bean
Abilities
Peashooter Chili Bean Bomb · Pea Gatling · Hyper · Sombrero Bean Bomb · Retro Gatling · Super Pea Jump
Sunflower Heal Beam · Sunbeam · Heal Flower · Rainbow Heal Beam · Solar Flare Beam · Dark Flower
Chomper Goop · Burrow · Spikeweed · Super Sticky Goop · Sprint Burrow · Spiky Spikeweed · Cheesy Goop · Chesterweed
Cactus Potato Mine · Garlic Drone · Tallnut Battlement · Potato Nugget Mine · Artichoke Drone · Iron Maiden
Boss Mode Coconut Spotting Station · Twin Heal Flower · Cherry Strike · Revive Rainbow
Others Corn Mortar · Flax Cannon · Tallnut · Mega Flower · Tactical Cuke · Tallnut Cannon
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 plants
Peashooter Fire Pea · Ice Pea · Toxic Pea · Commando Pea · Agent Pea · Law Pea · Plasma Pea · Rock Pea · Electro Pea
Sunflower Mystic Flower · Power Flower · Fire Flower · Shadow Flower · Metal Petal · Sun Pharaoh · Alien Flower · Vampire Flower · Stuffy Flower
Chomper Hot Rod Chomper · Toxic Chomper · Fire Chomper · Power Chomper · Count Chompula · Armor Chomper · Chomp Thing · Yeti Chomper · Disco Chomper · Unicorn Chomper · Twilight Chomper
Cactus Camo Cactus · Fire Cactus · Ice Cactus · Power Cactus · Future Cactus · Bandit Cactus · Jade Cactus · Zen Cactus · Petrified Cactus
Citron Frozen Citron · Electro Citron · Iron Citron · Party Citron · Toxic Citron
Rose Druid Rose · Fire Rose · Frost Rose · Party Rose · Nec'Rose
Kernel Corn BBQ Corn · Mob Cob · Pops Corn · Party Corn · Commando Corn
Torchwood
Spawnable Plants
Weeds Pumpkin Weed · Terracotta Weed · Leaf Shield Weed · Wood Shield Weed · Vase Weed · Porcelain Vase Weed · Heal Weed · Flag Weed · Dandelion Weed · Hypno-shroom
Grow-a-Pot Bonk Choy · Pea Cannon · Gatling Pea · Lightning Reed · Scaredy-shroom · Fume-shroom · Goop-shroom · Doom-shroom · Ice-shroom · Toxic Gloom-shroom · Bamboo Shoot · Snap Dragon · Heal Flower
Bosses Giga Torchwood · Super Bean · Sunflower Queen · Big Stump · Marigold · Squash · Royal Hypno-Flower · Spooky Squash
Abilities
Peashooter Chili Bean Bomb · Pea Gatling · Hyper · Sombrero Bean Bomb · Retro Gatling · Super Pea Jump · Dark Bean Bomb · Bling Gatling
Sunflower Heal Beam · Sunbeam · Heal Flower · Rainbow Heal Beam · Solar Flare Beam · Dark Flower · Rainbow Flower
Chomper Goop · Burrow · Spikeweed · Super Sticky Goop · Sprint Burrow · Spiky Spikeweed · Chomp Cannon · Vampweed · Rainbow Warp · Twilight Warp
Cactus Potato Mine · Garlic Drone · Tallnut Battlement · Potato Nugget Mine · Artichoke Drone · Iron Maiden · Pizzazzling Potato Mine · Red Artichoke · Bling Maiden · Dark Garlic Drone
Citron EMPeach · Citron Ball · Peel Shield · Hyper Ball · Assault Mode · Spin Dash · Party Citron Ball
Rose Time Snare · Arcane Enigma · Goatify · Arcane Lotus · Psychedelic Goat
Kernel Corn Butter Barrage · Husk Hop · Shuck Shot · Bigger Better Butter · Multi-Shuck
Torchwood Blazin' Blast · Smoldering Madness · Leaf Shield
Others Agent Citron · Agent Rose · Agent Corn · Assistant Manager Bitey · Tallnut · Tallnut Cannon
PvZ BfN Plant Icon Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville plants PvZ BfN Plant Icon
Playable Classes
PvZ BfN Attack Class Icon Attack Peashooter · Chomper · Kernel Corn · Night Cap · Snapdragon
PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon Defend Cactus · Citron · Acorn (Oak)
PvZ BfN Support Class Icon Support Sunflower · Rose
Spawnable Plants
Pots
Range Pea Cannon · Gatling Pea · Scaredy-shroom · Lightning Reed
Support Heal Flower · Goop-shroom
Melee Bonk Choy · Doom-shroom · Fume-shroom
Weeds
Melee Terracotta Weed · Vase Weed · Dandelion Weed
Range Wildflower · Terracotta Wildflower
Support Heal Weed · Hypno-shroom
Abilities
Peashooter Chili Bean Bomb · Pea Gatling · Pea Suped
Chomper Spikeweed · Burrow · Grody Goop
Kernel Corn Butter Beacon · Husk Hop · Shuck Shot
Night Cap Casting Shadows · Fung Fu · Shadow Sneak
Snapdragon Swoop Slam · Blue Blazes · Blazing Trail
Cactus Potato Mine · Garlic Drone · Petal Propeller
Citron E.M.Peach · Spin Dash · Navel Laser
Acorn & Oak
Acorn Sap Trap · Invoke Oak · Acorn Dash
Oak Super Sap Trap · Treeject · Roll for Damage
Acorn Passanger Sap Trap · Treeject · Lumber Support
Sunflower Sunny Side Up · Sunbeam · Heal Beam
Rose Jinx · Arcane Enigma · Goatify
Bosses Giga Torchwood · Sunflower Sovereign · Super Bean · Marigold · Hypno Sunflower Queen · Spooky Squash · Bitter Dill · Dreadroot · Dreadwood
Others Weed · Pumpkin Weed · Pumpkin Wildflower · Major Sweetie · Vivian
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