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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, see Cherry Strike.

Plants vs. Zombies
Cherry Bomb
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Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.
Sun cost 150
Recharge Very slow
Damage Massive
Range All zombies within a 3x3 area
Usage Single use, instant
Unlocked Beating Level 1-2
Planted on Ground, Lily Pad, or Flower Pot
"I wanna explode," says Cherry #1. "No, let's detonate instead!" says his brother, Cherry #2. After intense consultation they agree to explodonate.

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures
Cherry Bomb
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Blows up nearby zombies
Sun cost 150
Recharge Slow
Damage Instant kill
Toughness Invincible
Range Huge
Unlocked Reclaiming The Workshop Lot
Coin cost 150
Harvest time Six hours
Gem cost 90 or 130

Cherry Bomb
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Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.
Sun cost 150
Damage Massive
Area 3x3
Recharge Slow
Usage Single use, instant
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."

Plants vs. Zombies- All Stars
(Translation: Cherry Bomb)
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Cherry Bomb bonks the enemy every turn.
Type Tenacious
Element Fire
Upgrade to Cherry Bomb+1 Weapon: branch spear
Armor: moss armor
Costume: common hat
500 coins
Upgrade to Cherry Bomb+2 Weapon: branch spear
Armor: weed armor
Costume: common hat+1
1000 coins
Upgrade to Saturn Peach Bomb Weapon: ??? spear
Armor: ??? armor
Costume: common hat+2
??? coins
Combination Zombie buster: With Small Jalapeno or its upgrade, cherry bomb's attack +10%
Brotherhood: With Sunflower and Pea Pod or their upgrade, cherry bomb's attack and crit +10%
Unlocked Collect 30 Peach puzzle pieces.

Cherry Bomb is an instant-kill plant which costs 150 sun. Cherry Bomb is shaped like an actual pair of cherries that grow on the same stem, and named after a spherically-shaped firework. The onomatopoeia "POWIE!!" or "powie!!," depending on the version, appears when it explodes in Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures and Plants vs. Zombies: Great Wall Edition. It is also present in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars. In Plants vs. Zombies 2, the onomatopoeia "CHA-BOOF!" will appear when it explodes.


The sound that the Cherry Bomb makes when it explodes.



In Plants vs. Zombies, Cherry Bomb is received after completing level 1-2. It can kill zombies on a 3x3 square area with its explosion. Cherry Bomb can also kill Balloon Zombies, Snorkel Zombies, and Digger Zombies. Even though it is a plant that does massive damage, it can only do 90 damage to the Gargantuar and Giga-gargantuar, or 60% and 30% of their health, respectively.

In Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Cherry Bomb has a bigger range in this game, a 7x7 area. It is still the first instant kill plant which the player receives. The player gets it after reclaiming The Workshop Lot.

In Plants vs. Zombies 2, Cherry Bomb is unlocked after the player beats Pirate Seas - Day 24, the penultimate Pirate Seas finite level. It is not the first instant-kill or explosive plant received. However, it behaves as it does in Plants vs. Zombies, although it now defrosts zombies and as such cannot kill Imp Dragon Zombies.

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Cherry Bombs have very short fuses. Plant one near a zombie and see what happens.

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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

In Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sun cost: 150

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."

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


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon 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).
Level3Icon 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 can't be upgraded to level 4.


When explodes, every blasted zombie gives 25 sun.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Air mine trap-explosion: Rushes to the first enemy in its lane and explodes in 3x3 area. It needs Tenacious Plant Food to activate.


Cherry Bomb explodes almost instantly after being planted. It has a very short fuse of about 1.2 seconds and zombies will attempt to eat it, but it will always explode before they get the chance to eat it. It is a one-time use plant, but can be planted as often as required.

On detonation, it destroys zombies within one square from its location (diagonally as well as horizontally and vertically). It can also remove ladders placed by Ladder Zombies. Like other instant kills and explosives, it can destroy any zombie except for the Gargantuar, Giga-gargantuar, Giga-Football Zombie, and Dr. Zomboss (despite the fact that no Cherry Bombs are present unless received through hacking) in one shot.


Plants vs. Zombies

Cherry Bomb is typically used either in one of two situations: as a last-ditch defensive effort when a zombie (or a group of zombies) is going to eat a plant you want to keep, or when you need to dispatch a large zombie cluster instantly. It can also be used at the end of a level you want to end quickly. It is not usually necessary during Adventure Mode, as a reliable instant kill only becomes necessary during the final waves when there are a large number of zombies headed toward your defenses. However, using one on a conveyor-belt level can be convenient, and allows space for additional plants.


If you blow up ten zombies with one Cherry Bomb, you will earn the achievement Explodonator, or Demolitioneer if playing the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSiWare versions of the game. Note that this only applies to normal-sized zombies so smaller zombies from the mini-game, Big Trouble Little Zombie, don't count toward this achievement on the iOS versions due to their small size. The reason for the Big Trouble Little Zombie zombies not counting towards this achievement is probably due to the fact there are more zombies in Big Trouble Little Zombie. The best way to do it is Survival: Endless when you complete 15 flags.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Although you must complete all the levels except for the last in the Pirate Seas to unlock it, Cherry Bombs are of importance, especially in Endless Zones. Not only it will take less time to complete the level, but also slightly hastens time to replace lost plants. It is a good plant to imitate, as it has a slow recharge but a powerful ability. It works as a last resort option, provided that you have no choice left but to use it along with the Power-Ups. In the Dark Ages, a good tactic is to use it on Wizard Zombies to prevent them from transforming plants into sheep. Likewise, in Big Wave Beach, a wise strategy is to save them to blow up Octo and Fisherman Zombies to stop them from using their instant killing abilties.


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  • Cherry Bomb's heads are "Siamese twins," joined at the stem apex.
  • There is a plush version of Cherry Bomb with only one cherry and a vine under it. This is commonly referred to as the "Apple Bomb."
  • It is the first plant to have more than one head.
  • Cherry Bomb is one of the few plants appearing in every game, the others being Sunflower, Wall-nut, Peashooter, Repeater, Snow Pea, Twin Sunflower, Jalapeno, and Magnet-shroom.
  • Normally, cherries do not have leaves on their stems.

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 Jalapenos.
  • It is similar to the Explode-o-nut, as they have the same exploding range and both are instant kills.
  • The achievement "Explodonator" might come from its Suburban Almanac entry of an argument about the Cherry Bomb's exploding. However, in the Nintendo DS version of the game, the name of the achievement is Demolitioneer, so that does not apply in that version.
  • Unlike Jalapeno, Cherry Bomb is a flameless explosive, which means that it will not destroy trails left by Zombonis or thaw frozen zombies.
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    A Cherry Bomb about to explode

  • Cherry Bomb is one of the four plants with multiple heads, the others being the Threepeater, the Twin Sunflower, and the Split Pea, the lattermost of which says that its second head is a large head-like growth.
    • It is also the only plant that definitely has two personalities, according to the Suburban Almanac (but it is unknown if Twin Sunflower has two personalities).
  • On the online version, using a Cherry Bomb on a headless zombie will cause the head to come back for the animation.
  • Cherry Bomb and Chomper are the only non-upgrade plants that cost 150 sun.

A Cherry Bomb knockoff plush

  • On the online version, it looks like Cherry Bomb has a longer range, but the range is still the same.
  • Cherry Bombs in the online version of Plants vs. Zombies cannot destroy dynamite, but the dynamite can destroy Cherry Bombs.
  • In the Zen Garden, the Cherry Bomb sometimes has swapped heads.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

  • Despite what the game says, Cherry Bomb can be buffed by Plant Perk, and doing so will give the Cherry Bomb an extra 2-square range. This bug was fixed in the June 5 Update.
  • Cherry Bomb, Jalapeno, Flaming Pea, Bamboo Shoot, and Bamboom are the only plants in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures that can turn zombies into ashes.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • When exploding, a tall column of fire erupts from it including blacking out the tile for short moment.
  • Cherry Bomb has only one leaf on its stem instead of three.
  • Both Cherry Bomb heads are the same size and rounder in this game.
  • It explodes with a "CHA-BOOF!," instead of "POWIE!"
  • Cherry Bomb's explosion can defrost zombies.
  • It is the first instant kill plant (excluding premium plants) encountered in the game.
  • Zombies now ignore Cherry Bomb instead of trying to eat it. This goes with other instant-use plants.
  • Cherry Bomb is the only premium plant in Chinese version of the game (unlocked along with the turbo feature with some kind of code). Normally, it can only be unlocked by buying total RMB 30 of gems.
  • As of the 2.3 update, if the player listens carefully, there is a charging sound that will play before the Cherry Bomb detonates. Also, if one looks closely, they can see the stem turn black as if it was burning.
  • Both cherries have an almost full set of teeth.
  • Cherry Bomb now changes its face when about to explode.
  • Although the Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to Cherry Bombs, it can defrost it. This trait shares with Jalapeno, Snapdragon, Pepper-pult, and Fire Peashooter
  • Cherry Bomb, Pea Pod, Bowling Bulb, and Strawburst are the only plants that wear fedoras for their costumes.
  • Cherry Bomb Puzzle Pieces can only be obtained in Penny's treasure.
  • The small Cherry Bomb it creates in the Chinese version says "SPUDOW!" when it explodes, making it similar to Potato Mine.
  • Cherry Bomb and Repeater are the only plants that are not given in the Gargantuar battle of the world they are unlocked in, but are given in the ones in Lost City and Frostbite Caves, respectively.
  • Cherry Bomb is the only instant-use plant that appears in frozen blocks. This only occurs in Icebound Battleground and Piñata Parties.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

  • It attacks zombies by hitting them with its left head when they get close.
  • It is the first time so far to be present in a game where it does not explode.

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 (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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