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Potato Mine is a Common Earthy Trap plant introduced in Plants vs. Zombies 3. He explodes when zombies get near him, dealing heavy damage to it and all other zombies on his tile.


For more information about this character, see Potato Mine.

Potato Mine is a Trap plant obtained by the player after beating Floor 15 of Devour Tower.

He costs 1 sun and he explodes when a zombie approaches him, dealing heavy damage to the zombie and other zombies on its tile. However he needs time to arm himself first, being unable to attack until he surfaces.

Unlike his previous appearances in Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 2, Potato Mine cannot be eaten or attacked while arming.



Potato Mine is based on the plant with the same name from the original Plants vs. Zombies, though his appearance is more influenced by his Plants vs. Zombies 2 design.

His Plant Food ability is named after the dish potato salad, a dish made from boiled potatoes.

His Tacobility is based on the plant with the same name and appearance from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

Almanac entry

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

Potato Mine
Earthy Damage Icon.pngEarthy Common
Area Effect
Heavy Hitter
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Sun PvZ3.png Explodes when zombies reach it. Takes
time to arm and can't be attacked while
arming. Starchy!
Attack Damage
Arming Time
10 s
20 s

Effective against:
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Potato Mine doesn't SPUDOW! for the glory, the
fame, or the multi-movie deal he's negotiating
with Starchmore Studios. He does it because he's
got a crush on Sweet Potato. He's counting on his
bestie, Sun Bean, not to spill the beans.




Plant Food effect

Potato Mine's Plant Food ability is named Potato Salad, in which Potato Mine will spawn two random Potato Mine in two random tiles on the lawn These Potato Mines still need to arm themselves before attacking though. Potato Salad can be further upgraded to allow for more Potato Mines to be spawned.


Potato Mine's Tacobility is named Hothead. Which allows Potato Mine to bounce a random lane to arm and explode again. Promoting an unarmed Potato Mine with a taco instantly arms him. Hothead can be upgraded to deal extra damage than the standard Potato Mine.

Balancing changes

March 24th, 2020 Patch

  • Taco’d Potato Mine now has a base 25% to spawn another taco’d Potato Mine after it explodes
    • Damage boost it gains per level of Tacobility has reduced by ~50%
      • Level 1: From ? -> 50%
  • New Potato Mines spawned by other Potato Mines can appear anywhere on the lawn and no longer restricted to the first 5 columns

PopCap Note: Potato Mine's Tacobility, when combined with stall tactics that let players fill up their entire board with plants, made for a strategy that let promoted Potato Mines perpetually bounce around the right-most column. This trivialized game difficulty in a way that wasn't intended. While we work on ways to discourage excessive stalling, in the meantime Potato Mine has had his Tacobility tweaked to make this strategy less reliable.

Breakout Tips (Quotes)

  • Small fry potatoes try to SPUD-OOM, but it's really more of a SPUD-OW.
  • Robber Imps are so Stealthy, plants can't shoot them! But that doesn't save them from a well-placed SPUD-OW!(Robber Imp's tip)
  • Use high-damage plants like me to make Bucketheads kick the proverbial potato!(Buckethead 's tip)
  • I hate it when I SPUD-OW some tiny zombie. A Coffin Zombie gives me a nice big target!(Coffin Zombie's tip)
  • A GIANT UNDERGROUND SHARK ROBOT? I'm at my best against giant enemies and Underground enemies!(Sharktronic Sand Sub's tip)
  • Dog Walkers are the worst! They attack plants in adjacent lanes...before I can even SPUDOW! What kind of dog eats potatoes??(Dog Walker's tip)
  • Most zombies can't attack me while I'm arming. You can plant this mine behind enemy lines!
  • I can SPUD-OW Miner Threats even while they're burrowing! There's an underground war you never even see!(Miner Threat's tip)


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  • His almanac entry mentions Sun Bean, despite him not being in this game.
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