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Hot Potato is the first plant obtained in Frostbite Caves in Plants vs. Zombies 2, and she is the world's exclusive plant. She is a single-use plant capable of thawing frozen blocks, freeing the zombie or plant that is trapped inside it, which makes her an environment modifier. As of the 5.7.1 update, from level 2 onwards, Hot Potato is able to deal damage to all zombies within the tile Hot Potato is planted on, and as of the 6.0.1 update, from level 5 onwards, she can also melt octopi thrown by Octo Zombie.

Origins

Hot Potato is based on the real life potato, the starchy, tuberous root portion of the plant Solanum tuberosum. The term "hot potato" refers to a children's game in which players attempt to pass an object to each other while music plays, in an attempt to not be the one holding the object when the music suddenly stops.

Almanac entry

Hot Potato

SUN COST: 0
RECHARGE: Mediocre

TOUGHNESS: Typical
AREA: Single

Hot Potatoes melt the ice blocks they're planted on.

Usage: single use
Special: melts an ice block

How does Hot Potato stay so positive and even-peeled all the time? Yoga, that's how. She never misses a class. Also, regular meditation. It's the only way she can handle the hard work of fighting zombies, day in and day out, without melting down.


Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Mediocre)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage* Area
1 0 0 0 10 seconds 300 dps 0 dps Single
2 10 1,000 10 seconds 350 dps 10 dps
3 75 5,000 9 seconds 400 dps 20 dps
4 200 10,000 9 seconds 450 dps 30 dps
5 400 20,000 8 seconds 550 dps 40 dps
6 750 30,000 8 seconds 600 dps 50 dps
7 1,000 40,000 7 seconds 650 dps 60 dps
8 1,250 50,000 7 seconds 700 dps
9 1,500 60,000 6 seconds 800 dps
10 2,000 75,000 5 seconds 900 dps

*This column will show the proximity damage-per-second it deals to zombies and obstacles in its tile while melting.
Note: At level 5, Hot Potato gains the ability to melt Octopi from Octo Zombie.

Strategies

Hot Potato will be the first thawing option that is from Frostbite Caves available to the player. On earlier levels in Frostbite Caves, she will prove sufficient, as she can thaw single plants significantly faster than other warming plants and there is little pressure from the wind and Hunter Zombies. However, she is incapable of preventing plants from freezing in the first place, and her status as an instant plant means that she will be quickly overwhelmed in later levels and in the world's Endless Zone, Icebound Battleground.

In Special Delivery levels, try to save Hot Potatoes given to melt down important plants, such as heavy damage plants like Repeater and Bonk Choy. Avoid using Hot Potatoes on plants adjacent to a Pepper-pult or other thawing plants, as they already have the ability to melt frozen plants.

Another thing to remember is that Hot Potato can also thaw blocks with encased zombies. This makes Hot Potato a useful plant against the frozen Yeti Imps pushed by Troglobites and Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC's ice barrier. It is recommended that the player only thaw zombies when sufficient firepower is present - a Weasel Hoarder freed at the wrong moment can quickly overrun the player's defense with Ice Weasels.

If the player owns a level 2 (or above) Hot Potato after the 5.7.1 update, she can be used strategically to deal damage to zombies walking on the tile Hot Potato is planted on.

As of the 6.0.1 update, the Hot Potato may now be used in Big Wave Beach and Modern Day levels where there are Octo Zombies, but only if she's upgraded to level 5. She has the ability to remove octopi as long as she is upgraded to that level, so if you are having trouble with Octo Zombies, it is recommended to bring the Hot Potato if you can't destroy hard to reach octopi.

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Trivia

See also

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Plants
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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
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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
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