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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Hot Date.

Hot Date is a special-edition premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2, tied to the 2017 Valenbrainz event. If a zombie one lane above or below gets close enough to a Hot Date, it will switch lanes to the lane the Hot Date is on, similar to the Sweet Potato. He will also explode like a Jalapeno once eaten.


Hot Date is based on a date, the fruit of the date palm; and the phrase "hot date," meaning an appealing person someone is dating.

Almanac entry

Hot Date

RECHARGE: Sluggish

DAMAGE: Massive

RANGE: Multi-Lane

Hot Dates attract zombies from lanes above and below them, and then unleash a lane of flame when they're eaten.

Special: warms nearby plants

Hot Date's a charmer. He's polite, well-read, has lots of interesting opinions, and practices active listening. Zombies line up around the block to be incinerated by him.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
1 0 0 175 25 seconds 15 seconds 20 bites 50 nds Multi-Lane
2 10 1,000 175 24 seconds 14 seconds 22 bites 50 nds
3 25 2,500 175 23 seconds 13 seconds 24 bites 55 nds
4 50 5,000 150 23 seconds 13 seconds 26 bites 60 nds
5 100 10,000 150 22 seconds 12 seconds 28 bites 65 nds
6 200 20,000 125 22 seconds 12 seconds 30 bites 70 nds
7 400 30,000 125 21 seconds 11 seconds 35 bites 75 nds
8 800 50,000 100 21 seconds 11 seconds 40 bites 80 nds
9 1,200 75,000 100 20 seconds 10 seconds 45 bites 85 nds
10 1,600 100,000 75 20 seconds 10 seconds 50 bites 90 nds

Plant Food effect

Hot Date Plant Food

Hot Date's Plant Food effect

Hot Date will regain all of his lost health and attract zombies to him in a 4x3 area, similar to Sweet Potato.


Hot Date can be treated as a luring Explode-O-Nut, as the two have really similar abilities, both being defensive plants that when eaten, become an instant kill. However, Hot Date behaves like a Jalapeno, while Explode-O-Nut behaves like a Cherry Bomb. This should not be a problem however, due to Hot Date being able to lure zombies into his lane.




  • There is a bug that, after his Plant Food is used while he is exploding, he will become invisible to zombies, and not be treated like he is on the field.
    • This is probably due to the plant being both destroyed and not destroyed at the same time, confusing the game for the plant's current state, and get treated as destroyed as a result.
  • His pupils are larger in his seed packet image than they are in game.
  • He, Sweet Potato, and Garlic, are so far the only three plants with lane changing effects in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • He reuses some of Boombox Zombie's textures, specifically the particles and hearts that float around him.

See also

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