|Area|| 3x3 (initial eruption)|
Single tile (lava tile)
|Usage||Single use, on contact|
|Special||Creates a burning lava pool in its tile|
|Splash damage|| 10 normal damage shots in a 3x3 area (initial eruption)|
60 normal damage shots over 12 seconds (lava tile)
|Special|| Warms nearby plants in Frostbite Caves|
Cannot be planted on minecarts.
Burn a Lily Pad, then the lava pool quickly disappear (if the Lily Pad is on water) in Big Wave Beach
|Unlocked||Spending 129 gems|
|Unlocked (China)|| 10 Lava Guava Puzzle Pieces|
Obtain 280 stars
|Lava Guava frowns with barely-repressed rage. He's trying to keep it in check. But one day some zombie's going to push him too far and he can't be held responsible for the consequences.|
Lava Guava erupts upon contact with a zombie, briefly splashing lava around it and dealing 10 normal damage shots to all enemies in a 3x3 area. Afterwards, a lava puddle which lasts for 12 seconds (only 1.5 seconds on the water in Big Wave Beach) will be formed, capable of damaging zombies that step on it as well as preventing other plants from being planted on the tile until it disappears. Lava Guava is also a thawing plant, emitting heat every 1.5 seconds that gradually unfreezes frozen or chilled plants in a 3x3 area surrounding it, as well as being immune to all freezing effects itself.
Sun cost: 75
Lava Guavas erupt, creating a lava pool that burns zombies.
Usage: single use, on contact
Special: erupts, damaging nearby zombies
Special: creates a burning lava pool in its tile
Lava Guava frowns with barely-repressed rage. He's trying to keep it in check. He's trying so hard. But one day some zombie's going to push him too far and he can't be held responsible for the consequences.
Plant Food effect
When fed with Plant Food, Lava Guava creates a fissure in the ground on all tiles in front of it, dealing a total of 45 normal damage shots over 12 seconds to all grounded enemies walking along the crack. In addition, it warms nearby plants twice as fast in Frostbite Caves.
Lava Guava will now create a fissure in a cross pattern.
Similar to Ghost Pepper, Lava Guava benefits greatly from its long damage-dealing duration, low sun cost, and relatively quick recharge rate compared to other instant-kill plants. Because of this, it is best used as an aid to other offensive plants, or an emergency option to quickly neutralize large clusters of zombies. While Ghost Pepper has a greater range and therefore will be better suited to fighting quick-moving enemies, Lava Guava deals more damage in a smaller area and will prove to be better at attacking slower targets.
Lava Guava should ideally be positioned in areas where large groups of zombies will walk through. Directing zombies with Sweet Potato or Garlic, as well as delaying them with stalling plants such as Stunion or Stallia, or stop them with Wall-nut can also greatly increase Lava Guava's efficiency. Lava Guava's Plant Food ability should not be relied upon, as it deals relatively low damage compared to other plants. However, Lava Guava also works as a barrier while using its Plant Food ability.
Lava Guava is particularly useful in Frostbite Caves as the ice floes can create natural choke points, forcing enemies from multiple lanes to walk through the lava tile and maximizing Lava Guava's potential. Additionally, Lava Guava can be used as a thawing plant if the player opted not to carry other fire-based plants into the battle. The player should be aware of Troglobites because their frozen block can crush Lava Guava, as well as Dodo Rider Zombie, as they can fly to bypass the lava tile.
Do not use Lava Guava against Imp Dragon Zombies, as they are immune to all fire-based attacks. It is also a poor idea to use this plant on water tiles in Big Wave Beach - not only will the Lily Pad supporting Lava Guava be instantly destroyed, the lava tile will also disappear very quickly and deal little damage to zombies, wasting the player's sun in the process.
It is a good idea to use Lava Guava against All-Star Zombies. An All-Star would tackle the Lava Guava and lose its high running speed, but Lava Guava will activate and survive the damage from the tackle as well as damaging the zombie.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Lava Guava.
- Lava Guava, Banana Launcher, Jack O' Lantern, Bamboo Shoot and the Escape Root are the only plants that cannot be planted on minecarts. Trying to plant a Lava Guava on a minecart will yield the message, "Lava would melt the railcart."
- If Lava Guava's Plant Food ability is used in Pirate Seas or Big Wave Beach, the water in the lane will boil and bubble up.
- Even after leaving its lava puddle behind, it could be shoveled up for sun refund before the 3.7.1 update. The lava would stay on that tile after Lava Guava had been dug up.
- Lava Guava can nullify Sap-fling's sap puddles it has left on the lawn. However, in rare occasions where Sap-fling and Lava Guava synchronize, the sap will not melt.
- If a zombie is about to reach the Lava Guava but then gets immobilized, the Lava Guava will not activate.
- If any plant is planted to the right of the lava puddle, Mecha-Football Zombie will push that plant two tiles backwards. It will be placed to the left of the lava puddle.
- Excavator Zombie sometimes attempts to attack Lava Guava with its shovel.
- In the 3.6.1 update, Lava Guava's splash damage effect was delayed and took a few seconds more to hurt the zombies. The delay was removed again in the 3.8.1. update.
- Lava Guava's seed packet was changed to its in-game texture in the 3.6.1 update.
- In the Chinese version, its seed packet image is sharper than that in the international version.
- One of Lava Guava's costume is a lei, which is a string of flowers and originates from Hawaii. This might be a reference to the fact that Hawaii is a series of islands formed from volcanoes, and that Lava Guava looks and acts similar to a volcano.
- MC Zom-B can kill an idling Lava Guava using his microphone attack. However, the lava puddle will also cause him to use it, stalling it for a while. This was fixed in update 4.1.1.
- As of update 3.8.1, Lava Guava can get eaten if it is planted behind a blocked zombie, similarly to how zombies can eat defensive plants from behind.
- According to the credits, Lava Guava is voiced by Scott Porterfield.