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Apple Mortar
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Apple Mortar lobs apple cores that damage and briefly stun zombies over three lanes.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 250
Recharge Mediocre
Damage Moderate
Area 3x3
Range Lobbed
Rarity (China) Legendary
In-game statistics
Direct damage 1.5 normal damage shots every 2 seconds
Weakness Jester Zombie2 Parasol Zombie2 (deflects projectiles)
Unlocked US: $3.99 · EU: €3.59
UK: £2.49 · TR: ₺7.99
AU: $4.99 · PL: 12.38zł
BRL: R$5,99
Unlocked (China) Collecting 10 Puzzle Pieces
Apple Mortar stuns three zombies dead in their tracks. SPAF! That'll show 'em! That'll show ALL of them!

Apple Mortar is a premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, released in the 5.3 update. It is the third plant released not based on a world or event, after Kiwibeast and Bombegranate. It attacks by lobbing apple cores in three lanes, in a similar manner as a Threepeater or a powered Dusk Lobber. These apple cores deal damage and stun zombies for half a second.

Almanac entry

Sun cost: 250

DAMAGE: Moderate
AREA: 3x3
RECHARGE: Mediocre

Apple Mortar lobs apple cores that damage and briefly stun zombies over three lanes.

Apple Mortar stuns three zombies dead in their tracks. SPAF! That'll show 'em! That'll show ALL of them!


Its name is most likely a reference to the 2-inch Medium Mortar, also known as the "Toffee Apple" due to its shape when loaded with a bomb.


Plant Food effect

Apple Mortar Plant Food

Apple Mortar using its Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Apple Mortar lobs big apples at every zombies on screen. These apples stun zombies and do varying amount of damages, depending on how many zombies are on screen. It can deal anywhere from 2.5 to 5 normal damage shots.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Range Plant Food
Plants Food
(Stun Duration)
1 0 0 250 8 seconds 3 bites 1.5 nds 0.75 seconds Multi-Lane 2.5 nds 0.5 seconds Normal
2 20 2,000 250 8 seconds 3.5 bites 2 nds 0.75 seconds 3 nds 0.5 seconds
3 100 10,000 250 7 seconds 4 bites 2.5 nds 0.75 seconds 3.5 nds 0.5 seconds + 1.3x
4 200 20,000 250 7 seconds 4.5 bites 3 nds 1 seconds 4 nds 0.5 seconds
5 300 35,000 225 7 seconds 5.5 bites 3.5 nds 1 seconds 4.5 nds 0.75 seconds
6 400 50,000 225 6 seconds 6 bites 4 nds 1 seconds 5 nds 0.75 seconds
7 500 100,000 225 6 seconds 6.5 bites 4.5 nds 1.25 seconds 5.5 nds 0.75 seconds + 1.6x
8 600 150,000 200 6 seconds 7 bites 5 nds 1.25 seconds 6 nds 0.75 seconds
9 700 250,000 200 5 seconds 8 bites 5.5 nds 1.25 seconds 6.5 nds 1 seconds
10 800 400,000 175 5 seconds 9 bites 6 nds 1.5 seconds 7 nds 1 seconds

*The probability of the projectiles are at a range from one to two times the damage shown here.

Costumed  (China only)

When it has its costume on its Plant Food effect, Apple Mortar lobs big purple apples that stun and poisons zombies on screen.

Level Upgrades  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Apple Mortar Upgrade 1
Apple Mortar has a chance to lob 2 apple cores at the same time.
Combat Training
Apple Mortar gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New x75px
The chance to lob 2 apple cores is increased.
Cell Activation
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Apple Mortar may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New x75px
Golden Apple
Apple Mortar lobs golden apples which do more damage and also do splash damage in a 2x1 area.
Fighting Power
Apple Mortar gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Though Apple Mortar looks weak at first, Apple Mortar can be a potent threat if given enough support. Apple Mortar is great for handling small groups of zombies, and can stall single zombies indefinitely if there are lots of Apple Mortars. However, Apple Mortar struggles to keep up in horde situations. Stalling plants like Hurrikale and Chard Guard are good choices to take with Apple Mortar, since they help to keep zombies away from Apple Mortar. Apple Mortar is great with handling zombies that tend to shield themselves from straight projectiles such as Barrel Roller Zombie, Excavator Zombie, Troglobite, and Arcade Zombie. Apple Motar can also deal with groups of Seagull Zombies, Jetpack Zombies, Dodo Rider Zombies, Bug Zombies, and Balloon Zombies. Area-of-effect plants such as Laser Bean, Fume-shroom, and Snapdragon also works well with Apple Mortar, as the area-of-effect damage makes it much easier for Apple Mortar to stun-lock and defeat several zombies at once. Apple Mortar also works very well with Primal Peashooter as a combination of these can stun zombies for a longer period, making them an excellent counter against zombies who can push your defenses back such as Punk Zombie and Mecha-Football Zombie.

In Big Wave Beach, Apple Mortar works better as a support plant. They can help fight off zombies that can not be hit by most offensive plants such as Snorkel Zombies. They can also stun Surfer Zombies to allow other powerful plants to finish him off. Furthermore, 2 rows of these plants can quickly get rid of octopi with 3 shots from each Apple Mortar, which can make them a way for other plants to easily deal with Octo Zombies.

In Jurassic Marsh, Apple Mortar is a great plant to use during the start of levels, because of the coverage it can provide for multiple lanes at a relatively low sun cost. This can help to fight against the early swarms of weak zombies that Jurassic Marsh likes to send out. It is highly recommended to bring Hurrikale and Perfume-shroom, to help to deal with dinosaurs (especially the T-rex) and any zombies that get thrown into your defense.

Avoid using Apple Mortar against Jester Zombies and Parasol Zombies, since they will deflect Apple Mortar's projectiles.

In Endless Zones, Apple Mortar can be used as a setup offensive plant to hold off zombies while building up sun-production, and can transition into a good support plant later on. It is not recommended to use Apple Mortar as the only offensive plant in Endless Zones though, as the high amounts of zombies that come in later levels will give Apple Mortar an incredibly difficult time. An alternative to use in higher levels is Sap-fling, however the trade-off is offense for more defense.


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  • It is the first apple-based plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
    • Not counting the unnamed computer apples in L.E.A.F. headquarters in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, it also makes it the first plant based on an apple to appear in international games.
  • It bears a striking resemblance to A.K.E.E.
    • Coincidentally, most of Apple Mortar's sounds are recycled from A.K.E.E.'s.
  • It, Dusk Lobber, Homing ThistlePea-nutPepper-pult and Dandelion are the only projectile-shooting plants that do not have a fast recharge speed.
  • It is one of three premium lobbed-shot plants, the others being Sap-fling and Blooming Heart.
  • An advertisement for it references the legend of how Sir Isaac Newton began his work on gravity. Supposedly, Newton was sitting under an apple tree and was hit by a falling apple. The apple caused him to wonder why things fall, thus beginning his interest in gravity.
  • If an apple core strikes a Dodo Rider Zombie while it is flying, it will immediately ground it. However, upon being grounded, it will commence flight again. This has no effect in a real situation except for giving ground plants a small window to attack it, except that if a Dodo Rider Zombie is grounded over a slider tile, it will use the slider, making this plant an effective way to stop Dodo Riders from bypassing sliders.
  • Its ability resembles the 2-4 Mortar in Bloon Tower Defence 5 as they both have 3 mortars and stun enemies, their special ability are both Whole Screen as well.
  • In the Epic Quest entitled "Premium Seeds - Applemortar!", Apple Mortar is mistakenly referred as "Applemortar".
    • In addition, an advertisement of the said Epic Quest in the Menu screen mistakenly referred it as "Apple Motar".
  • Apple Mortar and Blooming Heart are the only plants that ranges from 2.5 and above when fed Plant Food.

Specific to Chinese version (China only)

  • Its seed packet is different: Its apple cores do not go over its seed packet.
  • It reuses A.K.E.E.'s sound during its Plant Food effect.

See also

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Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · 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
Epic Quests Gold Bloom · Electric Currant · Aloe
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Sap-fling · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Dandelion · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet
Others Marigold

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