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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, they 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.


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.

Costumed (China only)

When costumed, his Plant Food effect will also give him three seconds of invincibility after attracting zombies.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
1 0 0 175 25 seconds 15 seconds 2000 dps 1000 dps Multi-Lane
2 10 1,000 175 24 seconds 14 seconds 2200 dps 1100 dps
3 25 2,500 175 23 seconds 13 seconds 2400 dps 1200 dps
4 50 5,000 150 23 seconds 13 seconds 2600 dps 1300 dps
5 100 10,000 150 22 seconds 12 seconds 2800 dps 1400 dps
6 200 20,000 125 22 seconds 12 seconds 3000 dps 1500 dps
7 400 30,000 125 21 seconds 11 seconds 3500 dps 1600 dps
8 800 50,000 100 21 seconds 11 seconds 4000 dps 1700 dps
9 1,200 75,000 100 20 seconds 10 seconds 4500 dps 1800 dps
10 1,600 100,000 75 20 seconds 10 seconds 5000 dps 1800 dps

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Hot Date Upgrade 1
Hot Spicy Energy
Gains 25% more health.
Combat Training
Hot Date gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Hot Date Upgrade 2
Hot Spicy Improvement
Hot Spicy Energy's effect is doubled.
Cell Activation
Hot Date gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Hot Date may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Hot Date gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


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.

It is a very bad idea to use this plants in levels where you cannot lose plants, because when the Hot Date explodes (even though it kills zombies when it explodes), it counts as losing a plant. Fortunately, it is immune to the freezing wind effects and the Hunter Zombie's snowball attack in Frostbite Caves, since it is a thawing plant that can melt frozen plants. It is also very bad idea to use this against Wizard Zombies and Octo Zombies, since both of them can disable the Hot Date to make the level more challenging. It is a good idea to use this plant against Chicken Wrangler Zombies and Weasel Hoarders, because when released, multiple Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels will arrive to the Hot Date and when multiple of them start eating it, it instantly explodes to destroy the zombies in its path.

Never use this plant against Explorer Zombies and Torchlight Zombies in Ancient Egypt and Modern Day levels (only when their torches are lit), because these zombies can easily burn this plant without eating it and causing it to explode.




  • 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.
    • Hot Date also has a different eye color in this game than he does in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
    • They also seem to be a different color than in-game, being dark blue instead of light blue.
  • 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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