Plants vs. Zombies Wiki


4,338pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comment1 Share
Zombie jackbox box
Zombie jackbox box

The jack-in-the-box

The jack-in-the-box is an item used by Jack-in-the-Box Zombies. It can be attracted by a Magnet-shroom. If it or the zombie is not taken out within a certain amount of time, it will explode and destroy all plants in a 3x3 range, similar to a Cherry Bomb's explosion or a Cob Cannon's missiles, along with the Jack-in-the-Box Zombie carrying it.

On the web version of Plants vs. Zombies, it is replaced with dynamite in Vasebreaker, because Jack-in-the-Box Zombies are not present in this version of the game.


Jack-in-the-boxes are carried by Jack-in-the-Box Zombies. As long as its carrier is alive, the jack-in-the-box generates a special melody, a xylophone version of the famous nursery tune "Pop Goes the Weasel". If it is not pulled by a Magnet-shroom, it detonates after a while, killing all the plants in a 3x3 range of it along with its carrier. It scares its carrier by surprising it at a random time, triggering the sudden explosion. 



For more strategies, see Jack-in-the-Box Zombie.

Since it is magnetic, it is usually best to use Magnet-shroom to attract it away from its owner. However, if you have a very powerful offensive strategy, you can just count on your offense to kill them. Instant-use plants such as Cherry Bomb, Jalapeno, and Squash also works.



  • Even though the jack-in-the-box is modeled after a kid's toy, it explodes in the game.
  • When it explodes, it makes a "Sproing!!" sound, just like the Umbrella Leaf.
†: Metallic

Start a Discussion Discussions about Jack-in-the-box

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki