Not to be confused with Super-Phat Beets from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

Phat Beet is the first plant obtained in Neon Mixtape Tour in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It attacks zombies by sending out shockwaves in a 3x3 area, each shockwave dealing 0.75 normal damage shots. From anywhere between it's fourth and sixth attack, Phat Beet will deal a critical hit which is worth 2.25 normal damage shots.


Phat Beet's appearance is based on the beetroot, the taproot portion of the plant Beta vulgaris, simply known as the beet in English. This plant's name is a portmanteau of the expression "phat beat" and "beet," the type of real-life plant this plant is based on.

Almanac entry

Phat Beet


DAMAGE: Moderate

RANGE: 3x3

Phat Beet thumps out damage every few seconds.

Phat Beet has been known to drop sick rhymes, dope grooves, and highly satisfactory jams, often within seconds of each other.


Sound Description
Plant Food


Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Phat Beet stretches vertically and slams the ground with its body, dealing 20 normal damage shots to every zombie surrounding it in a 3x3 area, and 10 normal damage shots to zombies within a 5x5 area, but not in the 3x3 area.

Costumed (China only)

Its shock wave knocks back any zombies it doesn't kill.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
Normal Critical Inner range Outer range
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 3 bites 0.75 nds 2.25 nds 20 nds 10 nds 3x3
2 25 1,000 4.5 seconds 3.5 bites 1.25 nds 3.75 nds 20 nds 10 nds
3 50 2,000 4.5 seconds 4 bites 1.25 nds 3.75 nds 20 nds 10 nds
4 100 4,000 4.5 seconds 4.5 bites 1.75 nds 5.25 nds 25 nds 12.5 nds
5 125 6,000 125 4.5 seconds 5 bites 1.75 nds 5.25 nds 25 nds 12.5 nds
6 175 8,000 4 seconds 5.5 bites 1.75 nds 5.25 nds 25 nds 12.5 nds
7 250 10,000 4 seconds 6 bites 2 nds 6 nds 25 nds 12.5 nds
8 350 15,000 4 seconds 6.5 bites 2 nds 6 nds 30 nds 15 nds
9 450 20,000 100 4 seconds 7 bites 2 nds 6 nds 30 nds 15 nds
10 800 60,000 3.5 seconds 7.5 bites 2 nds 6 nds 30 nds 15 nds
11 1,000 75,000 3.5 seconds 8 bites 2.25 nds 6.75 nds 30 nds 15 nds
12 1,250 100,000 3.5 seconds 8.25 bites 2.25 nds 6.75 nds 35 nds 17.5 nds
13 1,500 150,000 75 3.5 seconds 8.5 bites 2.25 nds 6.75 nds 35 nds 17.5 nds
14 1,750 200,000 3 seconds 8.75 bites 2.25 nds 6.75 nds 35 nds 17.5 nds
15 2,000 250,000 3 seconds 9 bites 2.25 nds 6.75 nds 40 nds 20 nds

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Winter Melon Upgrade 1
Phat Beat
Phat Beet has a better chance to critically hit.
Combat Training
Phat Beet gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Phat Beet Upgrade 2
Critical damage increased.
Cell Activation
Phat Beet gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Phat Beet may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Phat Beet gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Phat Beet shares its strengths and weaknesses with Gloom-shroom—namely, an extremely high damage potential hampered by a lack of range. However, the lack of Pumpkins in the second game makes planning a defense with Phat Beet a much harder task. It is very effective in the rightmost columns to keep the far end of the lawn tame.

Gloom-shroom duplication

A strategy with Gloom-shroom being replicated with Phat Beet.

Phat Beet can be fairly powerful with the help of Sweet Potato or Garlic but if you use it in Frostbite Caves, Hot Date is also a good option. Phat Beets can be planted in the second and fourth lanes, with a Sweet Potato or Hot Date on the remaining ones. That way, the zombies will be attracted to the Sweet Potatoes, and they will have to walk alongside Phat Beets dealing damage, which remain safe from being killed. Of course, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic and Hot Date will require replacement eventually. For more damage, Spikeweed or Spikerock can be planted near the Sweet Potatoes.

Phat Beet is useful against the Imps thrown by Gargantuars, especially in Endless Zones in higher levels. It works well in numbers and against them, giving it utility. Sadly, Phat Beet is very vulnerable to the Gargantuars themselves, and players should be cautious when taking on the Gargantuar themselves.

In Ancient Egypt and Dark Ages, Phat Beet can be useful for clearing out tombstones, if planted in the middle of a big group of them. In Wild West, Phat Beet is useful to put on minecarts. Combined with Sweet Potato, Phat Beet can cause great damage to the zombies, including Zombie Chickens, or be placed at the back of the lawn to combat Prospector Zombies.

In Big Wave Beach, Phat Beet is useful against Octo Zombies, since a group of them can quickly kill his thrown octopus and free the trapped plant. In addition, Phat Beet is a good plant against low tides, especially if Magnet-shroom is used against Pompadour and Bikini Buckethead. Phat Beet's attacks can damage Snorkel Zombie, even when submerged. In Frostbite Caves, ice floes should be used to one's advantage to create an effective strategy with Phat Beet, as long as there are no Weasel Hoarders or Dodo Rider Zombies. He cannot fully take down an Ice Weasel in one hit (unless it is a critical hit).

Both in normal levels and Endless Zone, Phat Beets work well with Winter Melon or Sap-fling because they can slow down the zombies as Phat Beet attacks. To increase the damage, Spikerock can be used.

Phat Beet's Plant Food effect should be used only in large waves near it or you will waste a Plant Food.

Phat Beet also has an immunity to Boombox Zombie's ability and should therefore be planted closer to the right side of the lawn for quick dispatchment. Also, keep in mind that the critical hits deal 3 times as much damage.


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  • In the official Plants vs. Zombies Facebook page, PopCap refers to it as "Phat Beat" in some of their posts.[1]
  • Its eyes are darker in-game than it is on its seed packet, the "Beet It" achievement icon, and his Endless Zone card.
  • It is the only non-ground and non-instant-use plant that cannot be affected by the ballad jam.
  • It, Dandelion in Plants vs. Zombies Online, Kiwibeast and Gloom-shroom are the only non-instant-use attacking plants with a 3x3 range around themselves.
  • Its Plant Food ability used to affect the whole board (20 normal damage shots to zombies outside 3x3 radius, 35 normal damage shots to zombies within 3x3 radius) until it got nerfed.
  • In the Neon Mixtape Tour Side A trailer, it was referred to as 'Phat Beets'. This was probably an error or that the trailer was referring to more than one Phat Beet.
  • When the level is over and there is a lawn obstacle (e.g. a tombstone) in its range, it will keep attacking it until it is destroyed.
  • In the Neon Mixtape Tour Side A trailer, it is seen using its Zen Garden watering animation while sleeping.
  • Strangely, its level upgrades in the Chinese version uses the Winter Melon's upgrade icons as its level 2 name is based on a word called "余音绕梁" which means "long and graceful music."


See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
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
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
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
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Dandelion · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower · Solar Tomato · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sweet Potato · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant · Aloe
Others Marigold