Wasabi Whip is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, released in the 4.8 update as part of the Time Twister 2016 event. He[1] is a melee attacker that hits zombies (or destructible environmental modifiers) rapidly two squares ahead or behind him. He can be considered an upgraded version to Bonk Choy. While his attack is only triggered by targets in his own lane, he deals some damage to targets in the rows above and below. Due to his whip being fire-based, he is immune to freezing and can heat plants surrounding him in Frostbite Caves.

In the Chinese version, he was released on the 2.2.1 update as part of the 4th anniversary event along with Explode-O-Nut. He can be only be unlocked by the Lottery System.



Wasabi Whip is based on the real life wasabi plant (Eutrema japonicum), a plant native to Japan known for its spicy taste, and a whip with the flaming leaf at the end of his whip referencing the spiciness of the plant.

Wasabi Whip snuggling a piece of sushi during his Zen Garden animation is a reference to wasabi's use as a condiment on sushi.

Almanac entry

Wasabi Whip



RANGE: Close
FAMILY: Enforce-mint

Wasabi Whips lash out with their flaming whips, delivering whuppings to zombies both in front and behind.

Special: resists cold and warm plants around it

"The trick to proper whipping is all in the wrist," says Wasabi Whip. "Well, not the wrist, exactly, since I don't have any. You have to, like... BE the wrist."


Plant Food effect


When fed Plant Food, Wasabi Whip will spin his flaming whip around in a 3x3 radius, similarly to Bonk Choy. The effect is same as Bonk Choy's, doing 1500 damage per shot.

Enforce-mint effect

When boosted by Enforce-mint, Wasabi Whip will do an additional 200 DPS, and his plant food effect will do an additional 300 DPS per tick.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 40 dps 75 dps Close
2 10 1,000 150 350 dps 50 dps 100 dps
3 25 2,500 150 400 dps 60 dps 125 dps
4 50 5,000 125 450 dps 80 dps 150 dps
5 100 10,000 125 550 dps 100 dps 175 dps
6 200 20,000 125 600 dps 120 dps 200 dps
7 400 30,000 100 650 dps 140 dps 225 dps
8 800 50,000 100 700 dps 160 dps 250 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 800 dps 180 dps 300 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 900 dps 200 dps 350 dps

*Per hit. Plant Food effect does 20 hits in total.

Level upgrades  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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Hot Combustion
Enemies that were hit will take damage over time.
Combat Training
Wasabi Whip gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Wasabi Whip Upgrade 2.png
Burst Awakening
Increases the damage enemies take over time by 100%.
Cell Activation
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Wasabi Whip may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Angry Fire
Has a chance to release far-ranged fireballs to inflict huge damage on enemies.
Fighting Power
Wasabi Whip gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).

Costumed  (China only)

Its costumed Plant Food effect now forms seismic waves at the end, which deals damage to nearby units, as well as increases thawing rate while in Frostbite Caves.


This plant can be considered an upgrade to the Bonk Choy, considering the equal sun cost, the slightly increased range, and how much damage he deals. Wasabi Whip does 40 damage per shot every half a second while Bonk Choy does 20 damage per shot every 0.5 seconds. Bonk Choy can reach one space in front of him and one behind him, while Wasabi Whip can reach two spaces in front of and behind him. Another difference is that Wasabi Whip gives priority to the zombies behind him.

Wasabi Whip's main downside is that he is a fire plant, meaning that he cannot be used well with ice plants like Winter Melon, so non-icing slowing plants like Sap-fling or Stallia should be used in conjunction with Wasabi Whip. However, his fire attacks are useful to heat up surrounding plants in Frostbite Caves, making him even more useful than Bonk Choy, and as he is a close-range attacker, he is a good defrosting plant to keep the defensive plants warm.

To take the most advantage of him, the player should plant more than one column, otherwise, he would not be effective against strong zombies. On levels where lots of zombies come together, Snapdragon or his cold variant is more advised, as Wasabi Whip can only target one zombie at a time. However, it should be kept in mind that Wasabi Whip has a higher damage per second.

In Big Wave Beach, Wasabi Whip is an excellent counter against Octo Zombies, as a group of them can easily destroy his octopi with a fast rate of attack.

Wasabi Whip can be used against Prospector Zombies. Although his fire-based attack relights the dynamite, when a Prospector Zombie comes behind the plant, it will be killed quickly due to Wasabi Whip's high damage and rate of fire. Even if a Wasabi Whip is planted in the third column from the right and there is no zombie other than Prospector Zombie, the plant may kill the zombie because the latter can jump. In addition, they can be used to catch Relic Hunter Zombies and flying zombies like Jetpack Zombie, Dodo Rider Zombie, Bug Zombie, and Balloon Zombie if they do manage to pass the plant.

Against specific zombies, remember that Wasabi Whips cannot damage Imp Dragon Zombies, as they are immune to fire damage. However, Wasabi Whip is still useful in normal nights in Dark Ages for defeating Jester Zombies, due to the fact that Imp Dragon Zombies only appear in Arthur's Challenge and Night 20 - the level that Wasabi Whip can't be played. They are also useful against Hunter Zombies due to their immunity to snowballs. Therefore, you can block this zombie to prevent your plants from being frozen.

Due to this, Wasabi Whip does incredibly well when paired with plants like Blastberry Vine because the Wasabi Whip warms the vine up, making it resistant to ice floes and Hunter Zombies, while the Blastberry Vine will deal damage to the entire lane, killing those zombies weak enough and softening stronger zombies so that the Wasabi Whip can kill them more easily. Keep in mind that Blastberry Vine has a relatively low HP, so when dealing with high-health zombies such as Buckethead Zombies it is best to plant an Endurian or a powered Murkadamia Nut one square in front of it because they both have high health and can damage zombies attacking it, allowing the pair to kill it more easily.

This plant is highly useful when fighting Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels due to his high attacking rate and high damage, allowing him to take out Weasels or Chickens in one hit. However, these said zombies can defeat this plant if there are too many of them unless you put a Lightning Reed behind, due to their absurdly low health and Lightning Reed's extreme chain attacks preventing Wasabi Whip from overwhelmed.

In Jurassic Marsh, Wasabi Whip can be used to fight zombies carried by pterodactyls, similar to Prospector Zombies.

Related achievement

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So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level


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  • He attacks backwards faster than forwards.
    • He also prioritizes zombies that are behind him as well.
  • His flame does not go out once watered in the Zen Garden.
  • The sushi Wasabi Whip pulls out during his Zen Garden animation is the same sushi used when one of Octo Zombie's octopi is defeated.
  • Despite his fire attacks, he is not in the Pepper-mint family, due to his low range and high damage-output.
  • His idle animation alludes to the art of fire dancing, in which flames are twirled around on sticks or wheels, generally in a circular or spiral motion.

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 · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Headbutter Lettuce
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