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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Banana Launcher (PvZH).
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Banana Launcher
Banana Launcher2
Banana Launchers can fire explosive bananas at any tile on the lawn.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 500
Recharge Sluggish
Damage Massive
Area Tile
Range Anywhere on lawn
Usage Tap to arm, tap on target tile to fire
Special On impact, explodes in small area
Rarity (China) Legendary
In-game statistics
Recharge Fast
Direct damage 60 normal damage shots in a 1x3 area
Unlocked Beating Big Wave Beach - Day 27
Unlocked (China) Opening red envelopes, Collecting 10 Banana Launcher Puzzle Pieces
Costumes
BananaLauncherWithCostume
It's important to avoid stereotyping as much as possible. Stereotypes are often flat-out wrong. And also hurtful. But honestly ... Banana Launcher is TOTALLY bananas.

Banana Launcher is the fifth and the last plant obtained in Big Wave Beach of Plants vs. Zombies 2. The player can tap on it to arm it, then aim at any tile on the lawn to fire an explosive banana that deals 60 normal damage shots to all zombies in a 1x3 area. After firing, Banana Launcher will be disabled for 20 seconds before it can be fired again.

Almanac entry

Banana Launcher

SUN COST: 500
RECHARGE: Fast

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Massive

AREA: Tile
FIRING RATE: Slow

Banana Launchers can fire explosive bananas at any tile on the lawn.

Usage: tap to arm, tap on target tile to fire
Range: anywhere on lawn
Special: on impact, explodes in small area

It's important to avoid stereotyping as much as possible. Stereotypes are often flat-out wrong. And also hurtful. But honestly ... Banana Launcher is TOTALLY bananas.


Upgrades

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, it will launch four explosive bananas at random targets on the lawn. In the Chinese version, it will fire five bananas.

Costumed (China only)

It now launches five normal bananas and a flaming banana which creates an explosion that deals more damage.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Massive)
Firing Rate
(Slow)
Area
1 0 0 500 5 seconds 3 bites 60 nds 20 seconds Tile
2 10 1,000 475 5 seconds 3.5 bites 62.5 nds 19 seconds
3 75 5,000 475 4.5 seconds 4 bites 65 nds 18 seconds
4 200 10,000 450 4.5 seconds 4.5 bites 70 nds 17 seconds
5 400 20,000 450 4 seconds 5.5 bites 75 nds 16 seconds
6 750 30,000 425 4 seconds 6 bites 80 nds 15 seconds
7 1,000 40,000 425 3.5 seconds 6.5 bites 85 nds 14 seconds
8 1,000 50,000 400 3.5 seconds 7 bites 90 nds 13 seconds
9 1,500 60,000 375 3 seconds 8 bites 95 nds 13 seconds
10 2,000 75,000 350 3 seconds 9 bites 100 nds 12 seconds

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Banana Launcher Upgrade 1
Autoloading
Reloads 25% faster.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Banana Launcher gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Banana Launcher Upgrade 2
Fast Ramming
Reloads 50% faster.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Banana Launcher gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Banana Launcher may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Banana Launcher gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Strategies

Compared to other controllable plants, Banana Launcher is special in that the player is given the freedom to launch its payload on any tile on the screen, regardless of any possible obstruction between the plant and the designated position, similar to Missile Toe. This makes Banana Launcher excellent for eliminating high threat targets such as Zombie Kings, Fisherman Zombies, and Imp Cannons that would normally be heavily protected. Its main weaknesses are its massive 500 sun cost and its cooldown time between firing, which makes it an impractical choice in normal levels.

In Big Wave Beach, Banana Launcher can be used as an improvised countermeasure against Octo Zombies. Not only is it capable of neutralizing them before they can throw their octopi, if the player is fast enough, it can also destroy thrown octopi from anywhere and free the trapped plant. The latter is not recommended, however, as Banana Launcher takes much longer to recharge than the time taken for the Octo Zombie to throw another octopus, even when the zombie is slowed.

Banana Launcher's high damage capability makes it a powerful artillery weapon: Most high health zombies such as Knight Zombies, Blockhead Zombies, Mecha-Football Zombies, and Cavalry Zombies can only survive up to two bananas, while certain Gargantuars can take up to three. Its projectile can also not be deflected by any means, so Banana Launcher is effective against Jester Zombies and Parasol Zombies.

Another strategy is to use Banana Launcher with plants that can clump zombies together: Sweet Potato, Garlic, Chard Guard, Hurrikale and Thyme Warp are all capable of funneling or clumping the horde together, which allows Banana Launcher to hit more enemies. It's also a good idea to use blocking plants such as Tall-nuts and Primal Wall-nuts to give Banana Launcher time to recharge.

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Trivia

  • It cannot be planted on minecarts, due to issues associated with a tap either moving the mine cart, or activating the target of Banana Launcher. If the player tries to plant it on a minecart, the game will say "Bananas are too slippery for minecarts."
    • However, it can be planted on minecarts in the Chinese version.
  • In Big Wave Beach - Day 23, the player can launch a banana from the Banana Launcher while viewing the lawn from the seed selection screen. However, it will still look like it does when it's loaded.
  • The player used to be able to destroy graves using Banana Launcher on any Last Stand level before tapping "Let's Rock". This, however, is no longer possible after the 3.1.1 update.
    • The player was also able to fire bananas after the level has ended and the reward has dropped. This was also fixed in the 3.1.1 update.
  • Using only Banana Launcher to kill zombies in a Big Wave Beach level will give the player the Banana Storm achievement.
  • Its eyes are red and straight in the bingo card while its in-game appearance has brown eyes and they are crossed. Its smile in the bingo card is also different from the one it has in-game.
  • Its costume has the same design as the pajamas on the characters in Bananas in Pajamas, despite being a beach towel.
  • It is very similar to Cob Cannon as they both require the player to tap on it and aim and need to reload after firing. It is also even more similar to Missile Toe.
  • In the Chinese version, when fed with Plant Food, it will make firework noises when it launches its bananas.
    • It also had the same area of effect as a Cob Cannon in the Chinese version, but this was fixed in the 1.4.2 update.
  • It is one of the six plants based on bananas.

See also

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