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Banana Launcher
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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 1x2 area
Unlocked Beating Big Wave Beach - Day 27
Unlocked (China) Opening red envelopes, Collecting 10 Banana Launcher Puzzle Pieces
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 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 1x2 area. After firing, Banana Launcher will be disabled for 20 seconds before it can be fired again.

Almanac entry

Sun cost: 500

DAMAGE: Massive
AREA: Tile
RECHARGE: Sluggish

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.


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 (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Banana Launcher Upgrade 1
Reloads 25% faster.
Combat Training
Banana Launcher gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Banana Launcher Upgrade 2
Fast Ramming
Reloads 50% faster.
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.
Fighting Power
Banana Launcher gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


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. This makes Banana Launcher excellent for eliminating high threat targets which would normally be heavily protected such as Zombie Kings, Fisherman Zombies and Imp Cannons. Its main weaknesses are it's massive 500 sun cost and cooldown time between firings, 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 non-Jurassic or non-Bronze 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, and will allow Banana Launcher to hit more enemies with its bananas.


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  • 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 Launchers while viewing the lawn from the seed selection screen. However, its 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 smillar to Cob Cannon as they both require the player to tap on it and aim and need to reload after firing.
  • 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 five plants based on bananas.

See also

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