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Cherry Bomb
Cherry Bomb1
Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 150
Recharge Very slow
Damage Massive
Area 3x3
Usage Single use, instant
In-game statistics
Direct damage 90 normal damage shots
"I wanna explode," says Cherry #1. "No, let's detonate instead!" says his brother, Cherry #2. After intense consultation they agree to explodonate.

Cherry Bomb
Cherry Bomb2
Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 150
Recharge Slow
Damage Massive
Area 3x3
Usage Single use, instant
Rarity (China) Rare
In-game statistics
Unlocked Beating Pirate Seas - Day 24
Unlocked (China) Top up 30 RMB via in-app purchases
Cherry Bomb Costume2 Cherrybombcostume2
The Cherry Bomb Brothers attempted to start their own band. "We tried to figure out what the sound would be, but we kept explodonating speakers, stages, fans, and of course, zombies. Look for our LP next year."

Cherry Bomb is an instant-kill plant available in all of the main series Plants vs. Zombies games and spin-offs.

When planted, Cherry Bomb will burn out in 1.2 seconds before exploding violently in a 3x3 area, dealing 90 normal damage shots to any zombies that happen to be near or caught in the blast. This is enough to instantly kill almost all enemies, with the exception of Gargantuars, Giga-gargantuars, Giga-Football Zombies, Dr. Zomboss and some mechanical enemies.


Cherry Bomb is based on the Cherry, a term for the fruit of plants belonging to the genus Prunus. It is named after the real life cherry bomb, a type of spherically-shaped firework.

In the first game, an explosion cloud with the onomatopoeia "POWIE!!" (or "powie!!" depending on the version) will appear, while in the second game, the cloud will spell "CHA-BOOF!" instead.

Its name refers to the fact that it is a cherry plant, and that it is a bomb.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sound Description
Cherry Bomb explodes.


Plants vs. Zombies

Cherry Bomb is received after completing Level 1-2. He explodes in a 3x3 area, deals 90 damage to every enemy in the area and disintegrate the corpses of all defeated zombies. Cherry Bomb can also affect flying Balloon Zombies, submerged Snorkel Zombies, underground Digger Zombies and ladders placed by Ladder Zombies. The explosion is not counted as a fire effect, and will not thaw ice trails laid by Zombonis. It is great in Level 1-2 in the middle lane at the flag, defeating almost all zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Cherry Bomb is unlocked after the player finishes Pirate Seas - Day 24. The explosion is now counted as a fire effect, meaning that he will remove freezing and chilling effects from all surviving zombies. This also means that Imp Dragon Zombies are completely immune to Cherry Bomb.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New cherrybomb almanac

Almanac entry of the Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.

Damage: massive
Range: all zombies in a medium area
Usage: single use, instant

"I wanna explode," says Cherry #1. "No, let's detonate instead!" says his brother, Cherry #2. After intense consultation they agree to explodonate.

Cost: 150

Recharge: very slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Cherry Bomb


DAMAGE: Massive
AREA: 3x3

Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.

Usage: single use, instant

The Cherry Bomb Brothers attempted to start their own band. "We tried to figure out what the sound would be, but we kept explodonating speakers, stages, fans, and of course, zombies. Look for our LP next year."


Plants vs. Zombies 2


When it explodes, every blasted zombie gives 25 sun.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
1 0 0 150 35 seconds 90 nds 3x3
2 20 2,000 150 34 seconds 90 nds
3 100 10,000 150 33 seconds 95 nds
4 250 20,000 125 32 seconds 95 nds
5 500 35,000 125 25 seconds 100 nds
6 750 50,000 125 24 seconds 100 nds
7 1,000 100,000 125 23 seconds 105 nds
8 1,500 150,000 125 22 seconds 110 nds
9 2,000 250,000 125 21 seconds 115 nds
10 3,000 400,000 100 20 seconds 120 nds

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Cherry Bomb Upgrade 1
Picture Cherry
There is a 50% chance of creating a singular cherry bomb that explodes upon contact, similar to Potato Mine.
Combat Training
Cherry Bomb gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Cherry Bomb Upgrade 2
Breaking Expert
Cherry Bomb will always create a singular Potato Mine-like Cherry Bomb.
Cell Activation
Cherry Bomb gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

Note: Cherry Bomb cannot be upgraded to level 4.


Plants vs. Zombies

Cherry Bomb is typically used either as a last-ditch defensive effort to eliminate zombies that have gotten past the players defense, as a bomb to neutralize a large cluster of enemies that might pose trouble to most single-target plants, or as a nuke to quickly deplete the health of dangerous threat, such as Gargantuars and Zombonis. However, Cherry Bomb's long cooldown time means that great care must be taken in using Cherry Bomb to fully utilize his potential, although Imitater can be used to remedy this issue. When using Imitater with the Cherry Bomb, it's important to note the extra fuse time as the Imitater has to transform into a Cherry Bomb before detonating. In Level 1-2, it is a great option against zombies.

In the Survival Mode, Cherry Bomb is a useful plant, particularly when the player opted to include a small amount of Cob Cannons into their strategy. As the amount of incoming zombies will rapidly increase over time, Cherry Bomb will easily find his place in clearing large groups of enemies that can otherwise overwhelm other offensive plants, especially when the game starts to send in hordes of Giga-gargantuars in an attempt to break through.


The Explodonator achievement (called Demolitioneer on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSiWare versions) is awarded when the player neutralizes a minimum of 10 enemies with a single Cherry Bomb. Note that this only applies to normal-sized zombies; smaller zombies from the mini-game, Big Trouble Little Zombie does not count toward this achievement. The achievement can be easily obtained by playing Survival: Endless, due to the great amount of zombies present in later flags.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

As Cherry Bomb has remained virtually unchanged between the two games, most strategies that worked in the first game should also apply to the second game. An important thing to note is that Cherry Bomb's explosion is now counted as a fire effect, meaning that Gargantuars frozen by Iceberg Lettuce will be not chilled and able to move again a normal pace when hit by Cherry Bomb. Imp Dragon Zombies are also completely immune to Cherry Bomb, although this will be of little importance as they can easily be pacified by most offensive plants.

In Endless Zones, Cherry Bomb is a great pick, especially later on, because of the sheer amount of zombies that come in higher levels. Planting Cherry Bombs in large groups of zombies in later levels can easily destroy hundreds of zombies, relieving a lot of pressure one might have.

It should be noted though that generally, Primal Potato Mine, Grapeshot, and Bombegranate outclass Cherry Bomb, either due to being more efficient or having an extra effect.


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  • Cherry Bomb is a portmanteau of cherry bomb, a small spherical firework with a long fuse that resembles a cherry, and cherry.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • If used on a Pole Vaulting Zombie or Imp while they are in the air, the zombies will disappear without an animation, unlike other zombies on the ground. This also happens when other explosives are used such as Jalapeno.
    • It also happens when you use a Cherry Bomb and other explosive plants on a headless zombie that fall into the ground before disappearing and popping the tires of a Zomboni and Catapult Zombie by a Spikeweed and Spikerock but use an explosive plant before they explode.
    • This also applies to any aquatic zombies.
  • On the online version, using it on a headless zombie will cause the head to come back for the animation.
  • On the online version, its explosion visual appears bigger, though gameplay wise the radius is exactly the same.
  • If it is planted in a large enough group of zombies, it is possible for the Cherry Bomb to be eaten before it can explode.
  • In their almanac entry, it says "explodonate" which is a portmanteau of "explode" and "detonate."

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • As of the 2.3 update, if the player listens carefully, there is a charging sound that will play before it detonates. Also, if one looks closely, they can see the stem turn black as if it was burning.
  • It now changes his facial expression before exploding.
  • It is the only instant-use plant that appears in frozen blocks. This only occurs in Icebound Battleground and Piñata Parties.
  • If it is used on a headless corpse, the ensuing charred zombie will still appear with its head and arms.
  • In this game, zombies can no longer interact with Cherry Bombs. Cherry Bombs can no longer be eaten in this game.
  • Its almanac entry mentions their "LP", which is short for Long Play, the technical term for a music album.

Specific to the Chinese version

  • It is the only premium plant in this game (unlocked along with the turbo feature with a code). Normally, it can only be unlocked by buying total RMB 30 of gems.
    • However, it is not a premium plant in the international version of the game.
  • Cherry Bomb's Puzzle Pieces can only be obtained in Penny's treasure.
  • The small Cherry Bomb it creates version says "SPUDOW!" when he explodes, similar to Potato Mine.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut
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 · Dandelion · 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 · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet
Others Marigold

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