For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Spring Bean.
For other usages of beans, see bean.

Spring Bean is the fourth plant obtained in Pirate Seas in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He bounces the first zombie that steps on him back 1.25 tiles or, if close enough, into nearby water, instantly killing the zombie in question. After bouncing, he will fall asleep for 10 seconds during which he is vulnerable to attack.


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Spring Bean is based on the unripe fruit of the Phaseolus vulgaris, or the common bean. His name is a portmanteau of "string bean," a type of bean and "spring," referencing his spring-like appendage and his ability.

A secondary source of inspiration could be the Sebastiania pavoniana tree. This plant is known in some regions of the world for being parasited by the Cydia deshaisiana moth. The adult lays an egg on the tree's seeds, and the hatched caterpillar digs into the seed. If it gets too hot or too cold, the caterpillar will wiggle in an attempt to move the seed to a more optimal spot, earning the duo the name of "Mexican jumping bean", possibly explaining the jumping or springing mechanic of the plant in-game.

Almanac entry

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

Spring Bean



SPECIAL: Knockback
AREA: Single

FAMILY: Contain-mint

Spring Beans bounce back zombies that get too close. Will bounce them into water if nearby.

Special: pushes zombies back, or into the water
Weakness: gets sleepy after springing

He's the strong, silent type and little is known about Spring Bean. What is known though: his fan club is a million followers strong. And the ladies love him.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When fed Plant Food, Spring Bean will jump into the air then back onto the ground to unleash a great impact, bouncing every zombie on screen back one tile or in nearby water in Pirate Seas. He will also wake up if he was asleep.

Contain-mint effect

When boosted by Contain-mint, Spring Bean knock zombies back an additional 3.5 tiles, and his sleep time is reduced to one second.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Recovery Time
1 0 0 50 20 seconds 15 seconds 300 dps 10 seconds Normal Single
2 10 1,000 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 325 dps 10 seconds +10%
3 50 2,000 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 350 dps 9 seconds +25%
4 100 4,000 50 18 seconds 13 seconds 375 dps 9 seconds +35%
5 125 6,000 50 18 seconds 13 seconds 400 dps 9 seconds +50%
6 175 8,000 50 17 seconds 12 seconds 450 dps 9 seconds +65%
7 250 10,000 50 17 seconds 12 seconds 500 dps 8 seconds +75%
8 350 15,000 50 16 seconds 11 seconds 550 dps 8 seconds +90%
9 450 20,000 25 16 seconds 11 seconds 600 dps 8 seconds +100%
10 800 30,000 25 15 seconds 10 seconds 650 dps 7 seconds +115%
11 1,000 40,000 25 14 seconds 9 seconds 700 dps 7 seconds +125%
12 1,250 50,000 25 13 seconds 8 seconds 750 dps 7 seconds +140%
13 1,500 60,000 25 12 seconds 7 seconds 800 dps 6 seconds +150%
14 1,750 80,000 25 11 seconds 6 seconds 850 dps 6 seconds +165%
15 2,000 100,000 25 10 seconds 5 seconds 900 dps 5 seconds +180%

*Knockback tiles: 1.25 / 1.375 / 1.5625 / 1.6875 / 1.875 / 2.0625 / 2.1875 / 2.375 / 2.5 / 2.6875 / 2.8175 / 3 / 3.125 / 3.3125 / 3.5

Mastery upgrade

  • Chance to Boost
  • Toughness Bonus

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Spring Bean Upgrade 1.png
Powerful Bounce
Spring Bean gets a 15% chance to bounce a zombie off screen.
Combat Training
Spring Bean gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Spring Bean Upgrade 2.png
Enhanced Bounce
Spring Bean gets a 30% chance to bounce a zombie off screen.
Cell Activation
Spring Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Spring Bean may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Spring Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

His Plant Food ability can now stun zombies.


In his homeworld, Spring Bean will find most of his utility at his ability to bounce enemies onto water, instantly killing them in the process. Because of this, Spring Bean can be used as an early defender against high health zombies, such as Buckethead Pirate and Gargantuar Pirate; or as a measure against Swashbuckler Zombies in lanes without planks.

However, his inability to bounce multiple enemies back, as well as his sleeping time makes Spring Bean a poor choice in later levels - Imp Cannon in particular will create great challenges to Spring Bean, due to the amount of Imp Pirate Zombies it can create, making Primal Peashooters, Kiwibeasts, and Chard Guards more optimal choices to stop these zombies.

Avoid using Spring Bean against the Ankylosaurus, as the flung zombies will push him back first. It is not recommended to use it against Excavator Zombie, as they can shovel him up without stepping on him. The player should also be wary of Troglobites and Arcade Zombies as they can still crush the plant no matter if he's in defensive position or not. His main weaknesses are Gargantuar Prime, Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie, and Hair Metal Gargantuar, as they can easily disable them from a safe distance, especially Gargantuar Prime and Hair Metal Gargantuar as even their laser or shockwaves can instantly destroy him (even if he's ready to bounce).


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  • He cannot be attacked by Seagull Zombie/Pelican Zombie, pulled by Fisherman Zombie or hit by Turquoise Skull Zombie's laser beam when he is ready to bounce. 
  • When he bounces back a zombie on the rightmost column and the adjacent row is a water lane, the zombie will land on the edge of the water lane while still being alive, but then walks into the water and drowns.
    • This can occur from a farther distance with his Plant Food effect.
  • There is a glitch that if he bounces back the last zombie in the level on the rightmost column and bounce out of the screen (only possible with higher level plant), the level will be completed immediately.
  • As of the 2.1 update, he can no longer be crushed by Gargantuars when attempting to bounce them.
  • If a Surfer Zombie tries to slam him with his surfboard, the surfboard will break but the Spring Bean will survive.
  • He, Chard Guard and Kiwibeast can cancel all of Jester Zombie's projectiles when knocking Jester Zombie back.
  • In game, Spring Bean is frowning, but when he gets ready to bounce back a zombie, he is smiling.
  • A very serious glitch can occur, where if a boosted Spring Bean is planted right next to a Gargantuar and the Gargantuar attemps to smash him and kill him, the Gargantuar will succeed, despite the Spring Bean being immune to attacks.
  • In the Chinese version, he is slightly translucent. This can be seen if he is on an endangered tile.
  • He can also stun the Zombot Sphinx-inator when he's ready to bounce back and while he bounces the zombie back the Zombot summoned in Modern Day - Day 32.
  • Spring Bean cannot throw Gargantuars into the water to instantly kill them in the Chinese version.
  • His Plant Food effect will not bounce any zombies that have been stunned by E.M.Peach.
  • As of the 6.7.1 update, zombies bounced by Spring Beans cannot be blown away by Blover. This is due to the tactic being abused in Arena earn huge amount of points easily.

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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