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Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!
Almanac statistics
Sun cost As the imitated plant
Recharge As the imitated plant
Damage As the imitated plant
Toughness Normal (transforming)
As the imitated plant (after transformation)
In-game statistics
Unlocked Beating Adventure Mode, for $30,000
Planted on Depends on the imitated plant
"I remember the Zombie Wars back in '76," says Imitater in a raspy, old-man's voice. "Back then, we didn't have all these fancy peashooters and jalapenos. All we had was guts. Guts and a spoon."

Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!
Almanac statistics
Sun cost As the imitated plant
Recharge As the imitated plant
Damage As the imitated plant
Toughness Invincible (transforming)
As the imitated plant (after the transformation)
In-game statistics
Unlocked NA: $2.99 · EU: €3.59
UK: £2.49 · TR: ₺8.49
AU: $4.99 · PL: 12,38zł
BRL: R$5,99
Unlocked (China) Daily rewards, Collect 10 Imitater Puzzle Pieces
Having studied French Theater at Julienne, the Imitater went to the streets with his art, and has perfected his technique he calls "Potato stuck in a box".


Almanac entry about the Imitater

Imitater is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West and Plants vs. Zombies: Great Wall Edition. Its special ability is that it can copy any plant and its abilities, except upgrade plants and itself. It can be used to effectively cut the recharge time of plants in half, although it takes up another seed slot.


Imitater's name is a portmanteau of the words "imitator," referring to the fact that it can copy any plant and "tater," a slang word for potato, the real-life plant this plant is based on.


Plants vs. Zombies


Animated Imitater

The Imitater is one of three last plants obtainable in the game. It costs $30,000 to purchase the seed packet from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies, making it the most expensive plant in the game.

After purchasing the Imitater, it appears on the lower right part of the plant selection screen in a new added box on the side when choosing your seeds. Selecting it brings up an overlay, asking which plant it shall imitate for the round. After selecting, it will take up a slot as the imitated plant in a melancholy gray or shaded green (depending on version).

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The Imitater is a premium plant that can be purchased for $2.99 of real-world money. Selecting the Imitater's seed packet causes it to imitate the last seed selected, making it impossible to bring an Imitater plant without the regular version. After selecting, it will take up a slot as the imitated plant in a melancholy gray. The Imitater transforms notably faster in this game. However, the copied version will have the original color.

On August 13, 2015, PopCap wanted the players to vote Imitater or Squash, which one should cost gems for a limited time.[1] On August 18, 2015, Imitater won the competition; and the day after that, it became available in the shop for 159 gems until August 25, 2015.[2]

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies


Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!

"I remember the Zombie Wars back in '76," says Imitater in a raspy, old-man's voice. "Back then, we didn't have all these fancy peashooters and jalapenos. All we had was guts. Guts and a spoon."

Plants vs. Zombies 2

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Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!

Special: can imitate any other plant

Having studied French Theater at Julienne, the Imitater went to the streets with his art, and has perfected his technique he calls "Potato stuck in a box".


The Imitater, when planted, will appear as itself, but after three seconds (1.5 seconds in the DS version) it will transform into its copied form, and also it has the disadvantage of being defeated while transforming. The copied form costs as much and behaves just like the original plant. On most versions of the original Plants vs. Zombies, the plant will appear monochrome (silver) colored. On the iOS and Android versions, as well as in Plants vs. Zombies 2, the Imitater version is the same color as the regular plant. Imitated explosives will explode, and an Imitater Tall-nut has the same health as a regular one (but can be jumped over before turning into the imitated Tall-nut, and can be eaten by the zombies at the same rate as eating regular plants).

Note: The Imitater cannot copy upgrade plants such as the Gloom-shroom or the Cob Cannon without hacking. It also cannot imitate more than one plant at once or itself. But since Twin Sunflower, Spikerock and Winter Melon are no longer upgrades in Plants vs. Zombies 2, Imitater can imitate them without hacking in that game.

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All Imitater transformations

In Plants vs. Zombies, it is necessary to choose the original seed packet as well or to use the original version of the plant before using the Imitater version. There is no clear benefit to having only the Imitater, as it requires time to transform but is otherwise identical to the original plant. Therefore, an Imitater can be eaten, crushed, or smashed by a zombie while transforming, ruining the player's advantage to copy the plant. So planting imitated plants like a Cherry Bomb should be planted further than a normal one from zombies. In Plants vs. Zombies 2, the Imitater, when planted, takes less time to transform, and is invincible while doing so, but now clones the seed packet above it and cannot be selected first without exploiting a glitch.


Plants vs. Zombies

The Imitater can be used to effectively halve the recharge time for the selected plant, assuming the copied plant was also selected. At the starting of a Survival: Endless level, use the Imitater to imitate a Sunflower to make your sun production faster.

Good candidates for Imitation:

The only disadvantages to the Imitater are that it can only imitate one plant in a level, the time it takes to transform, and that the Imitaters consume one seed packet if one wishes to use it effectively. When placed right in front of zombies, they may eat it before it finishes transforming. This is mainly a problem when using it to imitate explosives and Hypno-shroom which are placed right into the middle of the group of zombies they are intended to destroy and it also creates a problem when trying to use it as a last minute defensive plant, as it takes a regular amount of chomps to eat while it is transforming. It isn't impossible to use effectively, but there is a risk that it will be eaten before it explodes. This is also a risk if you are using an Imitater Tall-nut, as it could get eaten before it imitates the plant. Fortunately, Imitaters regenerate health to the amount of the imitated plant upon finishing transforming.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The Imitater in this game is now a premium plant and must be purchased with a real-life currency. Imitater can now mimic plants in this game much faster than the previous one, estimating the time for approximately one second. Also, Imitater is more useful in Endless Zones, especially in higher levels. Alongside, they cannot be bitten/eaten in this game.

Good candidates for imitation:

As with its previous game, it can only copy one plant but this time, it will mimic what is above the Imitater. For example, if you have chosen Pea Pod first then underneath is an Imitater, it will mimic the Pea Pod. Generally, you can never ever select the Imitater first this time. You have to chose the original seed first before the Imitater itself. This does not apply, however, if the original plant is deselected while the Imitater is moving to the seed tray. If a plant is boosted and one imitates it, the Imitater will also be boosted, making it useful, since the player can activate the boosted plant's Plant Food ability more quickly.


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  • Imitater may be a representation of a mime, as it is black and white and wears a beret.
  • Imitater is the plant equivalent for Presto, a character in Insaniquarium, a game also made by PopCap. Just like Imitater, Presto can turn into any pet.
  • Imitater is the only plant without any statistics in the Suburban Almanac such as sun and damage. This is because the Imitater will have exactly the same stats as the imitated plant.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • In its Suburban Almanac entry, Imitater says that it remembers the Zombie Wars of '76 (1976, to be exact), obviously meaning there was more than one battle that zombies kept losing, since there are still humans.
  • Imitater is the one of the only four gray plants in the game, along with Spikerock, Grave Buster, and Doom-shroom.
  • Imitater's statistics can be shown on the top left hand corner of the Suburban Almanac, where there is a small picture of an Imitater that is only found when it is bought. This can be hard for players to find on their own, so the Tree of Wisdom will tell them it is there.
    • In iOS and Android versions, Imitater will have a regular seed packet icon in the Almanac, probably because there is no Tree of Wisdom.
  • Imitater, when flattened, will turn into the flat version of the copied plant with its original color, even before transforming.
  • In iOS and Android versions, Imitater turns into an exact replica without the black and white color, although on the seed packet appears greenish.
  • Imitater cannot copy upgrade plants (most likely for balancing reasons) although the imitated plant can be upgraded.
    • If an imitated plant is upgraded, it returns to the "normal" color of the upgrade.
  • Imitated plants are gray, yet the projectiles they fire are exactly the same color as the original projectile.
  • Since the copied plants of the Imitater are not monochrome in the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad versions, the seed packets for the copied plants are different from the PC and Mac version. In the iPod Touch and iPhone version, the seed packets are shaded by a green square. In the iPad, the seed packet is shaded by a yellow square.
  • Imitater is the only non-upgrade plant that is bought from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies, excluding the Zen Garden plants.
  • Besides Flower Pot, Imitater is the only non-upgrade plant that cannot be obtained for the Zen Garden.
  • Imitater's transforming animation is not shown on the DS version. Instead, it stands for a while, then spins quickly once and turn into the imitated plant with soil under it and a planting sound.
Imitater photo

Imitater in the Suburban Almanac

  • Imitater is one of two potatoes in the game, the other being the Potato Mine.
  • When Imitater copies a plant, the copied plant is in full health, even if the Imitater has been damaged.
  • Imitater forms are not completely grayscale, it just becomes whiter so a little color can still be seen.
  • In the Xbox Live Arcade version of Plants vs. Zombies, in Co-op Mode, the game will not let the player pick the Imitater when there are already three seeds or more selected.
  • Imitater's seed packets says "Bloom and Doom" instead of the full "Bloom and Doom Seed Co.."
  • Imitater is the only plant that can be planted on any environment. (directly on the roof, in a Flower Pot, directly in the pool, on a grave, on a Lily Pad, on the ground and on another plant Pumpkin and Coffee Bean).
  • Imitater's eyes look exactly like a zombie's eyes.
  • If an imitated plant gets squashed by a Zomboni, Catapult Zombie, or a Gargantuar, squashed imitated plant will be in color.
  • When an imitated Chomper eats a zombie, the zombie's arm turns black and white.
  • In the iPad version, if you choose the original plant first, then open the Imitater overlay, the seed packet will darken as if it were not recommended for the level.
  • When the Imitater is spinning, you can see eyebrows on its face. However, in the iPad version, it always has eyebrows.
  • While spinning, the Imitater looks like he has a lot of arms on its back.
  • When the Imitater is spawning smoke and gets finished eaten, the smoke will not disappear when it has been eaten but disappears at the same rate as the smoke of a non-eaten Imitater.
  • It is the only known plant that battled Zombies before the events of the game.
  • In an update to the Android version of the game, the Imitater's seed packet changed color when in the seed selection screen to gray, but in-game, it is still green and imitated plants are still full-colored.
  • Imitater is one of three plants in the game that make a reference to another plant in their Suburban Almanac description with the others being Tall-nut and Fume-shroom.
  • Imitater is the most expensive plant in Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies.
  • In Nintendo DS version of Plants vs. Zombies, the Imitater does not have eyebrows; it spins so quickly, the player cannot see them without hacking the game.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Imitater does not have the plant-choosing screen. Instead, it becomes the previous plant that the player chooses when they tap on it.
    • However, if one chooses a plant to imitate, then chooses the Imitater and while the imitated seed packet is moving to the seed select tray he or she deselects the original plant, he or she can have the Imitater in the first seed slot.
      • If the player does this with a boosted plant, the Imitater's seed packet with appear as if it was boosted, but the imitated plant will not be boosted.
    • In levels where the player must use pre-selected plants, it's only possible to immitate the last pre-selected plant, as Imitater only imitates the plant that got selected before it.

Notice the Imitated Sun-shroom seed packet is a boosted one, but the Sun-shrooms are not at stage 3.

  • Imitated plants keep the same color, not gray, similar to its version in the iOS and Android versions of the original game.
  • Imitater spins and transforms faster in this game, and cannot be destroyed while doing so.
  • From the 1.4.0/1.4.1 update of Chinese version, the spinning animation was removed and it plants now like normal plants.
  • In the Almanac and the seed selection (before choosing a plant to imitate), it will say the Imitater costs 0 sun.
  • Imitater is one of only plants without a costume obtainable during normal gameplay, the other is Marigold (although its costumes are found in the game files).
    • It is also the only plant with no alternative costumes found in the game files.
  • It now looks more like a mime.
  • When an Imitater copies a boosted plant, the Imitated version of the plant will also be boosted.
  • Unlike in the first game, Imitater's color is now brown, giving it a more potato-like appearance.
  • Imitater and Tile Turnip are the only plants that do not have a constant sun cost.
    • Tile Turnip gradually doubles the sun cost whenever one is planted in the lawn, while the Imitater's sun cost depends on the plant it is imitating.
  • Imitater, Tile Turnip, Intensive CarrotBloomerang, and Red Stinger are the only plants that spin while performing their actions.
  • If an Imitated Pea Pod is planted on an already existent Pea Pod, the imitating animation will show only for the first one planted.
  • Imitater, Squash, and Torchwood are the only premium plants that were available for gems for a limited time.
  • This is the first plant which can turn into another plant, with the second one being Intensive Carrot and the third being Escape Root.


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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Imitater

  • RIP Snow Pea and Imitater

    33 messages
    • Winter Melon Awsomeness:90 Peashooter,Iceberg Lettuce:10
    • Snow Pea is back! Dunno about Imitater because I already bought him..but Snow Pea is back for warm hugs and hot chocolate!
  • What will the imitater imitater imitate???

    8 messages
    • I tested on iOS (there used to be a glitch), and on iOS the plants don't change color. I have a screenshot of it on my userpage, actually.
    • If you hack through the game, it will probably just imitate itself over and over again. 

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