For other uses, see Starfruit (disambiguation).

Starfruit is a plant appearing in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. He is an unlockable plant in the first game and a premium plant in the second game.

Starfruit attacks by projecting stars in five different directions whenever a zombie is in his line of fire: one to the left, one going up, one going down, one going to the upper right (gradient of 1/2), and the last going lower right (gradient of -1/2). Each star deals 20 damage. If a zombie is exactly in front of him, with or without eating him, the zombie will be damaged by two of the five sides of Starfruit.



Starfruit is based on the real life fruit of the same name, which belongs to the plant Averrhoa carambola, a species of woody plant in the family Oxalidaceae.

The star in his name refers to the fact that he is star shaped and shoots stars in five directions, and the fruit in his name refers to the fact that he is a fruit.


Plants vs. Zombies

Starfruit is unlocked after completing Level 4-6. He costs 125 sun (175 in Versus Mode) to plant. In this game, Starfruit has his own mini-game called Seeing Stars, where the player is required to fill up certain tiles with Starfruit to form a giant star in order to complete the level.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Starfruit returns in the Far Future update. He is a premium plant, which is available for purchase for $3.99. His sun cost has been increased to 150 sun. On August 24, 2016, Starfruit was available for 179 gems for a limited time. This deal is currently not available.

Almanac entry

New Starfruit almanac

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Starfruits shoot stars in five directions.

Damage: normal
Range: five directions

"Aw, man," says Starfruit. "I went to the dentist the other day and he said that I have four cavities. I've got --count it-- ONE tooth! Four cavities in one tooth? How does this happen?"

Cost: 125
Recharge: fast

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DAMAGE: Normal

RANGE: 5 Way

FAMILY: Appease-mint

Starfruits shoot stars in 5 directions.

Just a small town fruit that travelled to the big city and found his way to the future. His favorite modes of transportation: conveyor belts, hoverboards, and rockets. WEEEE!


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Plant Food effect


Starfruit shoots giant stars in five directions when fed with Plant Food.

When fed with Plant Food, Starfruit will shoot ten giant stars in five directions, each dealing 80 damage per shot worth of damage to a single enemy.

Appease-mint effect

When boosted by Appease-mint, Starfruit does an additional 175 DPS per star.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 20 dps 80 dps Normal 5 Way
2 10 1,000 150 5 seconds 350 dps 30 dps 120 dps
3 25 2,500 150 4.5 seconds 400 dps 40 dps 120 dps + 1.3x
4 50 5,000 125 4.5 seconds 450 dps 50 dps 180 dps
5 100 10,000 125 4 seconds 550 dps 60 dps 180 dps
6 200 20,000 125 4 seconds 600 dps 70 dps 280 dps
7 400 30,000 125 3.5 seconds 650 dps 80 dps 280 dps + 1.6x
8 800 50,000 100 3.5 seconds 700 dps 90 dps 380 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 3 seconds 800 dps 100 dps 380 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 3 seconds 900 dps 120 dps 480 dps

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Starfruit Upgrade 1
Dart Energy
Starfruit gets a 40% of chance to shoot a piercing dart that can penetrate two zombies.
Combat Training
Starfruit gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Starfruit Upgrade 2
Enhanced Penetration
Starfruit's dart can now penetrate three zombies plus its attack.
Cell Activation
Starfruit gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Starfruit may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Starfruit gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Plant Food ability has a longer duration and the projectiles will spin counterclockwise.


Starfruit stands out from other projectile-based for specializing in attacking lanes other than the lane he is planted on. His strength lies in his relatively high firepower potential for his cost, as well as the ability to neutralize enemies attempting to attack plants from the back, such as Digger Zombie in the first game and Prospector Zombie in the second. However, this is hampered by Starfruit's awkward firing pattern, which makes the plant incapable of defending himself from direct assault. Because of this, the plant is likely going to be deployed in columns, in which each Starfruit can cover others.

The player can improve Starfruit's performance by funneling the zombies away from the plant, reducing or avoiding the risk of direct attacks altogether. Possible methods include planting Starfruit on water lanes in Pool levels where there are less pressure from zombies, utilizing ice floes in Frostbite Caves, or guiding the horde with Garlic and Sweet Potato.

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Seeing Stars

To win the mini-game, the player must plant Starfruit on the designated tiles - the only other plant that can be placed there is Pumpkin. Because of this, Pumpkin will prove to be highly useful in defending Starfruits in more vulnerable positions. Other strategies that normally work with Starfruit can also be used in this mini-game to help fending off the horde until the objective is completed.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Starfruit faces competition from Rotobaga, whose firing pattern also allows her to hit enemies from adjacent lanes. Compared to Rotobaga, Starfruit exchanges firepower for greatly increased range, since he can attack enemies from much further compared to Rotobaga and therefore will find more use against fragile enemies that can instantly crush plants. His high velocity projectiles also help him against fragile enemies and possibly stronger ones. Performance against backward-moving targets is debatable however: while Starfruit can shoot directly to the back and hit enemies more consistently, Rotobaga's superior damage output helps her neutralize tougher targets such as Jurassic Fossilhead deployed by pterodactyls more easily. Finally, Rotobaga also benefits, as she is not a premium plant and is able to be planted on water tiles in Big Wave Beach without the aid of Lily Pad.

A lawn full of Starfruits is good against Octo Zombies, as the Starfruit's rapid, multi-directional attack can quickly destroy the octopi.

Related achievements

Seeing stars
Shooting Star
Complete Seeing Stars before the first Flag Zombie appears.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • When a Bungee Zombie is trying to steal him, he does not try to harm him, but if another zombie is in Starfruit's range, all five stars will shoot at the Bungee Zombie until the zombie is out of the Starfruit's range.
  • In the Nintendo DS and DSi versions, sometimes a zombie is within his range, but the star projectile will just bypass the zombie instead of hitting it. This most likely occurs if the zombie is in a lane above him, regardless of position.
  • The player can use him to achieve the Grounded achievement (you have to plant him in the fifth lane, where there are Flower Pots), but he must be defended with Pumpkins in order not to make Conehead Zombies eat him.
  • He is one of the only three plants that have their own minigame (Seeing Stars), the others are Sunflower (Art Challenge Sunflower) and Wall-nut (Wall-nut Bowling, its sequel, and Art Challenge Wall-nut).

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • For some reason, in the Chinese version advertisement of his Plant Food upgrade the first picture shows the Starfruit with both his international costume (afro and mustache) and his Chinese costume (antennae) on the same Starfruit. He does not have the afro and mustache costume in the Chinese version.
  • As of the Power Plants update, he shoots his projectiles much faster.
  • His entry references that, in the Chinese version, he's a Far Future plant.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater

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