Spear-mint is a Power Mint plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. When she is planted, she immediately generates a number of higher-level Spikerocks towards the back of the lawn. She can also boost Spear-mint Family plants by increasing their damage, penetration, and toughness.
Spear-mint Family plants include:
Like other Power Mints, she cannot be imitated or affected by other mints. After 6 seconds, Spear-mint will disappear.
Spear-mint can be obtained with 100 mints in the Store when she is available.
Spear-mint shares her name with a real-life plant; however, the word "spear" is emphasized, hence her appearance and ability.
SUN COST: 0
Spear-mints generate a number of higher-level Spikerocks on the board and provide a temporary boost to all Spear-mint Family plants on the lawn.
"Slash!" Spear-mint enthuses. "Slishy-slashy-slice!" she adds, wanting to make sure she's getting her point across. She wants to be very clear on this.
While boosted by Spear-mint, the following plants will gain the following effects:
- Bloomerang will do an additional 100 DPS, it can pierce an additional 6 zombies, and it's Plant Food effect will produce 16 more projectiles.
- Cactus will do an additional 120 DPS with its spike projectile, an additional 240 DPS with its Plant Food spike projectile, an additional 40 DPS while hiding, and an additional 80 DPS while hiding with Plant Food.
- Homing Thistle will do an additional 140 DPS, and its projectile speed will increase.
- Laser Bean will do an additional 180 DPS, and it's Plant Food effect will do an additional 3200 DPS.
- Spikerock will do an additional 100 DPS.
- Spikeweed will do an additional 40 DPS.
Note that Spear-mint's recharge is 30 seconds shorter during the Improve-mint event.
|Sun Cost||Recharge||Duration||Toughness||Number of|
|1||0||0||85 seconds||6 seconds||100000 dps||5||5|
|2||100||80 seconds||7 seconds||5||6|
|3||150||80 seconds||8 seconds||6||6|
|4||200||75 seconds||9 seconds||6||7|
|5||300||75 seconds||10 seconds||7||7|
|6||400||75 seconds||11 seconds||8||7|
|7||500||70 seconds||12 seconds||8||8|
|8||600||70 seconds||13 seconds||9||8|
|9||800||70 seconds||14 seconds||9||9|
|10||1,000||60 seconds||15 seconds||10||10|
Spear-mint spawns five Spikerocks when planted. It is worth noting that the Spikerocks are permanent, and higher than level one. Spear-mint is very good in regular levels, as planting her once guarantees that not even Conehead Zombies will get past the first column, as well as being a good stopper for Chicken Wrangler Zombies and their Zombie Chickens and Weasel Hoarders and their Ice Weasels. Since the Spikerocks don't despawn, repetitive planting of the Spear-mint can flood the lawn with Spikerocks. This can save the amount of sun that would have been used for planting five Spikerocks, making this and the fact that you are now able to use the Instant Recharge upgrade on Power Mints make Spear-mint very good for Last Stand levels. It is also worth noting that the tiles must be empty for a Spikerock to spawn, making areas with tombstones very annoying for Spear-mint.
In addition, the plants that she boosts benefit greatly from the boost and can often take out entire hordes with a few shots. Laser Bean and Bloomerang are good examples, as when boosted by Spear-mint, they can defeat entire lanes while Spikeweeds and Spikerocks can deal with zombies that have higher health when boosted. Homing Thistle gets the benefit of dealing with targeted zombies more quickly when boosted, having the potential to defeat more zombies than usual, and finishing off Gargantuars extremely quickly.
Spear-mint is very powerful in Battlez, as the spawned Spikerocks can pop open newly released Zombie Hamsterballs, whilst also being boosted and taking out the buffed zombies very quickly. When paired with Laser Beans and Bloomerangs (commonly used while she was available), the zombie horde, though stronger due to Battlez, can be wiped out quickly and effectively. Instant-recharging Spear-mint to boost Laser Beans is advisable.
Using Spear-mint in "Never have more than X plants" levels is a bad idea due to spawning additional Spikerocks on planting, so avoid using her in those levels. Spear-mint is also ineffective in Big Wave Beach since she cannot spawn Spikerocks if there is water in the rightmost columns. The ones she does manage to plant will also either be ineffective due to being so close to the house or be washed away by the water.
Another use for Spear-mint is as a potential Gold Bloom. Since she spawns five Spikerocks, you can shovel these up in regular levels to obtain extra sun. However, the higher level your own Spikerocks are, the less sun will be generated as they would cost less. In Battlez, however, upgrades except Mower Launch do not work, so this use of Spear-mint is not possible.
- If the player has the Shovel Bonus Upgrade, using Spear-mint in a Last Stand level gives the player an opportunity to gain sun by digging up the Spikerocks that she spawns.
- This is similar to the Lily Pad glitch.
- Her disappearance refers to what she does in her Almanac.