For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Split Pea.

Split Pea is a peashooting plant that is the combination of a forward-facing Peashooter and a backward-facing Repeater (without the dark green leaves), similar to conjoined twins. It is the 29th plant obtained in Plants vs. Zombies, obtained after beating the backyard Fog level 4-5. It is the first Wild West plant obtained in Plants vs. Zombies 2, being obtained after beating Wild West - Day 1. Split Peas are great for repelling zombies capable of doing surprise attacks from which they can bypass the plants from behind, as the back head deals twice the amount of damage of the front head.


Its name is a reference to the actual split pea, the dried, peeled, and split seeds of Pisum sativum from north India. The split in its name refers to the fact that it is split, with two heads, and the pea in its name refers to the fact that it is a peashooting plant.

Split pea real

Yellow split peas

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New Splitpea almanac

Almanac entry of the Split Pea

Split Pea

Split Peas shoot peas forward and backwards.

Damage: normal
Range: forward and backwards
Firing Speed: 1x forward, 2x backwards

"Yeah, I'm a Gemini," says Split Pea. "I know, big surprise. But having two heads—or really, one head with a large head-like growth on the back—pays off big in my line of work."

Cost: 125

Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2

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

Split Pea



RANGE: Front & Back

FAMILY: Appease-mint

Split Peas shoot peas forward and backwards.

Firing Speed: 1x forward, 2x backwards

"It's my turn with the eyebrows," said Frontie. "Fine, we'll split them," said Backie. Sprouted two minutes apart, their eyebrow war is eternal.



Split Pea when fed with Plant Food.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Split Pea shoots 60 peas forward and 90 peas plus one giant pea that deals 600 damage backward. It is essentially the same two Plant Food effects of Peashooter (forwards) and Repeater (backwards) combined, the two plants that it fuses.

Appease-mint effect

When boosted by Appease-mint, Split Pea will receive an additional 175 DPS to both its forward and backward peas.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 125 5 seconds 300 dps 20 dps Normal 20 dps Front & Back
2 3 50 125 4.5 seconds 350 dps 25 dps
3 10 200 125 4.5 seconds 400 dps 30 dps
4 25 1,500 125 4.5 seconds 450 dps 35 dps
5 50 2,000 125 4 seconds 500 dps 40 dps +1.6x
6 75 3,000 125 4 seconds 550 dps 45 dps
7 100 4,000 100 4 seconds 600 dps 50 dps 25 dps
8 125 5,000 100 4 seconds 650 dps 55 dps
9 175 6,000 100 4 seconds 700 dps 60 dps
10 225 8,000 100 3.5 seconds 750 dps 65 dps
11 300 10,000 100 3.5 seconds 800 dps 70 dps
12 350 15,000 100 3.5 seconds 850 dps 75 dps
13 350 20,000 75 3.5 seconds 900 dps 80 dps +2.2x
14 400 25,000 75 3.5 seconds 85 dps
15 450 30,000 75 3 seconds 90 dps
16 500 35,000 75 3 seconds 95 dps 30 dps
17 550 40,000 75 3 seconds 100 dps
18 600 45,000 75 3 seconds 105 dps
19 700 50,000 75 3 seconds 110 dps
20 800 55,000 50 2.5 seconds 110 dps

*Per projectile.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Split Pea Upgrade 1
Icy Pea
Split Pea has a 40% chance to attack with a snow pea backwards.
Combat Training
Split Pea gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Split Pea Upgrade 2
Flaming Pea
Split Pea gains 40% chance to attack with a snow pea backwards and a 60% chance to shoot a fire pea forward.
Cell Activation
Split Pea gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Split Pea may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Split Pea gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Plant Food ability can shoot 60 peas each head, then finally a giant fire pea (forward head) and big snow pea (backward head, 600 damage).

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only) (Archived content)

In Adventure Mode

Attacks two targets by firing peas at them.


The player should use the Split Pea where he or she would use a normal Peashooter, but plant ahead of the rear line, so that it can fire backwards at foes such as Digger Zombies and Prospector Zombies. Note that the backwards head can shoot peas twice as fast as forwards. Planting it in the Pool in columns 1-6 is a bad idea, as zombies will never appear behind there, thus making it a waste of 25 sun, unless of course the player did not select Peashooter.


Plants vs. Zombies

This plant is needed on the earliest levels that the player knows will have the Digger Zombie. It is advised to not plant Split Peas on the column closest to the lawn mowers, so as to give the player's Split Pea time to kill the Digger Zombie; otherwise, the Split Pea will be eaten before it can kill the Digger Zombie. Alternatively, the player could simply put Pumpkins around the leftmost plants.

Split Peas can also attack Bungee Zombies behind them. When targeted by a Bungee Zombie, the Split Pea fires three peas, both from the back and the front. It is also useful to put them behind shield-bearing zombies such as Ladder Zombies, Screen Door Zombies, Trash Can Zombies, and Newspaper Zombies (as shields only protect from the front). They also make a good defense against jumping Zombies such as Pole Vaulting Zombies, Dolphin Rider Zombies, and Pogo Zombies, as they attack with the firing rate of a Repeater, cost less, and will not be eaten by a zombie the player plants it behind.

By placing a Torchwood behind the Split Pea, it can become more effective against Digger Zombies, which can be helpful if the player has to play the level with predetermined plants and he or she has no room to waste slots. However, doing so is thought to be wasteful of the valuable rightmost ground spaces.

For levels with Dolphin Rider Zombies or Pole Vaulting Zombies where Split Pea is a predetermined plant by Crazy Dave, it may be helpful to use it as a form of offense. When the Dolphin Rider or Pole Vaulter jumps over it, it will be hit with the equivalent of a Repeater from behind. If the Split Pea is not a predetermined plant, however, it is generally not worth it to pick it up.

Additionally, one can bring out gimmicky layouts by combining it with Garlic. This strategy lets the player kill the zombies from behind, thus bypassing zombie shields. This strategy includes several lanes of Split Pea. The Garlics move zombies out of the Split Pea lanes and moves them inward when so they will be hit from behind.

Pogo Party

Split Peas are quite useful in Pogo Party. As the majority of zombies are Pogo Zombies, most of the zombies will just jump over it, getting hit twice in the back. Do not depend on these plants alone, however, as regular Zombies can still appear, and they will miss-fire if they are not planted on the flat part of the roof. Using Gloom-shrooms are more efficient instead. This strategy will let the player earn the achievement Sproing! Sproing! as long as the player doesn't bring Magnet-shroom or Tall-nut to fill his/her seed packet slots.

I, Zombie

It is a bad idea to use a Pole Vaulting Zombie to jump over the Split Pea in the I, Zombie levels. The same applies to using Digger Zombie in rows containing the plant. Rather, the player should treat it as he or she would a normal Peashooter, and should simply use Buckethead Zombies or other tough zombies to get through the Split Pea lanes, unless there is far more offensive power facing forward than backwards. If there is a very tough lane with a Split Pea, send a Bungee Zombie to steal it, then send a Digger Zombie. However, a Digger Zombie can survive a Split Pea in the first column from the left.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The Split Pea is a counter against the Prospector Zombie in this game, although they can only be reliably used for that on levels with lower concentrations of them, due to lack of splash damage. However, Winter Melons, Snow Peas, Cold Snapdragon, and Iceberg Lettuce can cool down the Prospector Zombie's dynamite reliably and thus preventing it from causing any damage at all, while clusters of Phat Beets can be used to destroy large amounts of them, if placed in the second column. While the Split Pea might seem useless at this point, the Winter Melon may be too busy taking care of other zombies and its chilling effect may fail to reach the Prospector Zombie, or it may cost too much at the given moment, giving them a chance to slip past your defenses. This is where the Split Pea comes in handy, as it gives you a margin of error when you fail to chill all zombies with the Winter Melons. It can also be used against Zombie Bull Riders as well, but you are better off using a Tall-nut to block Zombie Bulls and Spikerocks in the third column along with a strong frontwards offense against Wild West Gargantuars. Split Peas can also be effective to the pterodactyl, but Perfume-shroom can be used otherwise. It can be useful against Jetpack Zombies, as they will simply fly over the Split Pea, allowing the back head to attack, though if there are too many, you can still use a Blover or a Hurrikale. Split Peas are also useful against Jester Zombies, as they cannot block projectiles from behind.

Split Pea can also be used in creative ways, using Sweet Potato or Hot Date, Garlic, and slider tiles to redirect zombies so that zombies will be hurt by the back head, which will deal twice the damage of the front head. Split Pea can also be used against Wizard Zombies, Shield Zombies, Hunter Zombies, Excavator Zombies and Octo Zombies as they cannot attack behind them and are thus vulnerable from behind.


Split Pea plays a major role in the Vasebreaker mini-game as it replaces the role of backwards-facing Repeaters. It appears in the levels: "To the Left" and "Vasebreaker Endless". In the intro level "To the Left", Split Peas are the only ranged shooting plants and therefore should be planted at the far right columns, which are specifically left empty to show the purpose of Split Peas.

In Vasebreaker Endless, however, five Split Peas are given for each level alongside some Repeaters, Threepeaters, Bonk Choys, Wall-nuts, and Potato Mines; therefore it is very important to plan an effective tactic before planting. One can be enough for clearing a lane of Basic Zombies and Conehead Zombies. Other plants should be used alongside with it to maximize its power and defeat Buckethead Zombies and Vase Gargantuars. While they should nearly always be planted at the far right side of the lawn to use its Repeater fire rate, it can also planted on the left and be used like a regular Peashooter in dire situations.

Related achievements

Don't Pea in the Pool
Don't Pea in the Pool
Complete a Daytime Pool level without using Peashooters of any kind.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • When it is firing from both heads, a glitch occurs that causes the front head to also fire two peas, causing it to become a Split Repeater. This glitch does not happen in the Xbox Live Arcade version and Game of the Year versions.
  • Another glitch can occur in Versus Mode where it shoots backwards when a zombie is in front of the plant, even when there are no zombies behind it.
  • It is the only plant that can fire in multiple directions with one side firing faster than the other side.
  • It, Twin Sunflower, and Cherry Bomb are the only plants with two heads.
  • It is one of the only four plants which are able to fire backwards, the other three beings Cattail, Gloom-shroom, and Starfruit.
  • It calls itself a Gemini as the Astrological Sign Gemini represents twins, and the Split Pea is a twin plant (a joined Repeater and Peashooter).
  • It is the last peashooting plant the player unlocks unless the Gatling Pea has not yet been purchased.
  • In I, Zombie, it first appears in Can You Dig It?.
  • When Bungee Zombie try to steal him, the backwards repeater head will fire instead of his front peashooter head.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • In Plants vs. Zombies, the Peashooter's head is bigger than the Repeater's head. However, in Plants vs. Zombies 2, both heads are more or less the same size.
  • The two heads are now separate plants restricted to one body, instead of one head with a head-like growth.
  • In Wild West - Day 8, only eleven Split Peas are allowed on the lawn.
  • The player can use it in Vasebreaker Endless before Wild West - Day 1.
  • Its costume in the Chinese version is a reference to the movie Dumb and Dumber, where Lloyd wears an orange suit and top hat and Harry wears a blue suit and top hat to a gala.
  • Its first costume is a reference to the shoulder angel and devil, two stock characters that try to dictate a character's actions, the angel representing conscience and the devil representing temptation.
  • This is the only Pea Plant whose projectiles (only from the back head) cannot be blocked by Excavator Zombie or reflected by Jester Zombie.
  • Unlike in the first game, the Repeater head will attack a little bit after Peashooter's head when both of them are attacking.


See also

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Plants (Tower defense)
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