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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, see Bonk Choy (PvZ: GW).
Bonk Choy
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Bonk Choys rapidly punch nearby enemies that are ahead or behind them.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 150
Recharge Fast
Damage Moderate
Range Close
Special Can attack ahead or behind
In-game statistics
Max targets One
Direct damage 0.75 normal damage shots
Unlocked Beating Ancient Egypt - Day 13
Unlocked (China) Collect 40 stars in Ancient Egypt, buy him for 50 gems in a limited time, Collect 10 Bonk Choy Puzzle Pieces
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Bonk Choy is a plant obtained after completing Ancient Egypt - Day 13 in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It also appears in Plants vs. Zombies Online and Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars. It rapidly punches zombies ahead or behind it, one zombie at a time. A single punch deals 0.75 normal damage shots.

Almanac entry

Sun cost: 150

RANGE: Close

Bonk Choys rapidly punch nearby enemies that are ahead or behind them.

Special: can attack ahead or behind

A freelance dentist on the side, he's offering a special this month - he'll knock two of your teeth out for the price of one!


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Bonk Choy when fed with Plant Food

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food

When given Plant Food, Bonk Choy rapidly punches in a 3x3 area around it, dealing 75 normal damage shots.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon Bonk Choy Upgrade 1
For every 15 hits done, Bonk Choy will perform an uppercut to throw up a zombie and to put a stop on its movement while thrown up.
Combat Training
Bonk Choy gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
Level3Icon Bonk Choy Upgrade 2
Boxing Training
The number of hits needed to perform an uppercut is reduced to seven.
Cell Activation
Bonk Choy gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
Level4Icon AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Bonk Choy may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Bonk Choy gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Along with its regular effect, Bonk Choy can also attract nearby zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only)

Level Sun Cost Effect
1 200 Bonk Choy can attack zombies behind it. (It can only attack zombies in front without this upgrade.)
2 300 Bonk Choy has 100% more health.
3 400 Bonk Choy may deal triple damage to zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Rapid mad-punch: Punch the first enemy in its lane and the surrounding eight spaces. It needs Tenacious Plant Food to activate.


Bonk Choys should be planted behind Wall-nuts or other defensive plants at all times. They should also be used with other offensive plants. That way, they can survive longer without being eaten and can deal more damage to the zombie on the receiving end.

They are good against Zombie Chickens, Pharaoh Zombies, Seagull Zombies, and Swashbuckler Zombies. Its Plant Food effect can be a life saver in many tight situations, especially in Frostbite Caves.

Bonk Choys can also punch behind which makes it useful to kill Prospector Zombies and Barrel Roller Zombies. If planted at the right time and the right place, Bonk Choy can kill an Explorer Zombie without getting killed itself.

When compared to the other melee plants in the Plants vs. Zombies series, Bonk Choy seems to be among the better of them. Unlike Chomper in Plants vs. Zombies, it has a massively higher attack rate, but lower damage. Bonk Choy, furthermore, it can attacks behind itself and therefore conjugates with ice floes and counters zombies like Prospector Zombie. The main advantage is Chomper has is its ability to instantly eat almost any zombie, allowing it to be much more effective against tougher zombies like Buckethead Zombies which would otherwise kill Bonk Choy. Compared to Beet from Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Bonk Choy can be considered as a slight upgrade. Bonk Choy, again, has a significantly higher attack rate and damage-per-second compared to Beet, making it better than the Beet for attacking tough zombies. However, Beets kill zombies in less hits, mostly because the health of all zombies is lower in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures than in Plants vs. Zombies 2, and can attack groups of zombies.

Bonk Choys are also good if combined with Kernel-pult or Stunion as they allow them to deal more damage without getting hurt. They are also highly effective when combined with Snapdragon.


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  • Its name derives from the Chinese cabbage Bok Choy and "bonk", one of the onomatopoeic words used when something is punched.
    • The official Chinese translation for it is 菜问, which is probably based on Yip Man (叶问), Bruce Lee's teacher.
  • Bonk Choy is the first plant to actually punch zombies.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Bonk Choy is one of the six plants seen in the June 2013 trailer of Plants vs. Zombies 2 while fighting the zombies, the other five are Pea Pod, Bloomerang, Peashooter, Wall-nut, and Sunflower.
  • Bonk Choy, Squash, Split Pea, Ghost Pepper, Homing Thistle, and Magic Mushroom are the only plants that can attack in both the front and the back.
  • It does an uppercut as a final blow.
  • Sometimes, if an ambush zombie comes close to Bonk Choy, it will keep uppercutting it until it dies.
  • Since a Zombie Chicken absorbs 0.25 normal damage shots and needs one hit to die, Bonk Choy just makes a normal punch and not an uppercut. However, the player can still hear the uppercut sound.
  • When a Bonk Choy is planted between zombies behind or ahead from it, it will always aim for the zombies ahead of it.
  • If a Bonk Choy is punching a tombstone, and then a nearby zombie walks through the tombstone, it will punch the zombie instead until it dies.
  • When the player's finger is behind the Bonk Choy (e.g. when collecting sun), it will glance behind itself briefly.
  • According to the beta version of the seed packets, Bonk Choy was originally going to cost 175 sun.
  • It normally takes 12 punches to eliminate a Basic Zombie, but it does the uppercut for every final hit so technically it takes 13⅓ regular punches.
  • The almanac says that its damage is heavy, even though it deals 0.75 normal damage shots which is less than a pea's damage (1 normal damage shot). The reason might be the attack speed of it, as a normal zombie can be killed within one tile.
  • The player can use Bonk Choy before Ancient Egypt - Day 13 in Vasebreaker.
  • As of the 3.1.1 update, when Bonk Choy delivers an uppercut, the zombie's head will be thrown from a very far distance in the direction it was hit. The distance was increased even further in the 3.2 update.
    • However, in the Chinese version, the zombie's head will not be thrown far away.
  • Bonk Choys can kill a Basic Zombie before it can even get on Bonk Choy's tile.
  • In a trailer, Bonk Choy uses the sounds of Squash.
  • Bonk Choy will make an attempt to attack an incoming octopus launched by Octo Zombie.
  • It takes three Plant Food attacks for a Bonk Choy to defeat a Gargantuar. However, only a small amount of damage is needed to kill a Gargantuar after two attacks.
  • Bonk Choy, Grave Buster and Jalapeno are the only plants whose teeth are always visible.
  • Bonk Choy and Toadstool both prioritize dealing zombies ahead of them.
  • In very rare cases, Bonk Choy may attempt to uppercut an electrocuted zombie.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Online

  • Bonk Choy was formerly unlocked after beating Ancient Egypt - Day 7-1.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

  • Bonk Choy punches zombies twice at a time.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West

  • In contrast to other Plants vs. Zombies 2 plants, its appearance is identical, but only with black outlines.
    • Its seed packet picture is taken straight from Plants vs. Zombies 2.
    • While its appearance is the same, its punching sounds are different.
  • Its sun cost is 200.
V · T · E
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
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
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Squash · Torchwood · Jalapeno · Imitater · Starfruit · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Chomper · Sap-fling · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus
Gems Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Dandelion · Lava Guava
Others Marigold
Plants (Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars)
Regular plants
Tier 1 Sunflower · Peashooter · Kernel-pult · Spikeweed · Melon Slice Pitcher · Puff-shroom · Droplet Shooter · Coconut Sniper · Small Jalapeno · Choy Ben · Irascible Mushroom · Cattail · Clap Grass · Pistachio · Old Stump · Ball Cactus · Lizard Grass · Frisbee Shooter · Small Radish · Cherry Bomb · Blover · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Daisy · Magnet-shroom · Small Bush · Charm Mushroom · Coffee Bean
Tier 2 Twin Sunflower · Repeater · Popcorn-pult · Spikerock · Melon-pult · Scaredy-shroom · Snow Pea · Coconut Cannon · Jalapeno · Bonk Choy · Doom-shroom · Dogtail · Venus Flytrap · Hazelnut · Torchwood · Cactus · Snapdragon · Bloomerang · White Radish · Saturn Peach Bomb · Four-leaf Blover · Three-headed Pea Pod · Magnifying Grass · Marigold · Electromagnetic Mushroom · Firmiana · Fu Ling Mushroom · Cream Bean
Tier 3 Triplet Sunflower · Gatling Pea · Cob Cannon · Diamond Ground Thorn · Winter Melon · Fume-shroom · Frostbolt Shooter · Coconut Rocket Launcher · Devil Chili · Choy Ji · Doomsday Bomb Mushroom · Foxtail · Chainsaw Flytrap · Hazelnut Ball · Wildfire Stump · Tree Cactus · Twin Head God Dragon Grass · Meteor Hammer Master · Ginseng · Walnut Bomb · Fan Blover · Five-headed Pea Pod · Thunder God Grass · Golden Chrysanthemum · Magneto Mushroom · Cypress · Hypno-shroom · Mocha Coffee Bean

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