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For the primal version, see Primal Potato Mine.
For other versions in different games, see Potato Mine (disambiguation).
Believe it or not, SPUDOW! did not happen overnight. Having been forced to try out new catchphrases and focus testing as many variations as possible (Tubular? Really?), Potato Mine weeded out the competition to stick with what he knows best.

Potato Mine's Almanac entry in Plants vs. Zombies 2

Potato Mine is an explosive plant presenting in Plants vs. Zombies games. After being planted, Potato Mine will take 15 seconds (about the time it takes a regular Zombie or any other slow zombie to walk three spaces) to arm himself before surfacing, during which Potato Mine is vulnerable to attack. After that, he will explode in a 1x1 area when an enemy comes into contact with him, dealing 1800 damage to all affected zombies and leaving behind a comic-esque "SPUDOW!".

Origins

Potato Mine is based on the real life potato, the starchy, tuberous root portion of the plant Solanum tuberosum. His name is a combination of "potato" and "land mine," an explosive device concealed under or on the ground designed to destroy or disable enemy targets, ranging from combatants to vehicles and tanks. He was inspired by the film Swiss Family Robinson, as George Fan felt it was satisfying to watch a zombie step on the mine so as to be defeated and covered in mashed potatoes.[1]

Potato Mine's word on the speech bubble when he explodes, "SPUDOW!!", is a portmanteau of "spud" and "pow." His costume is a reference to his sneaky nature.

Mines are also an underground cavern, referring to how Potato Mine is an underground plant.

Audio

Sound Description
Potato mine
Potato Mine explodes

History

Plants vs. Zombies

Potato Mine is the fourth plant unlocked after the player beats Level 1-5. It takes 15 seconds to arm himself, and cannot be planted on a Lily Pad. Killing a zombie with a Potato Mine will net the player the SPUDOW! achievement.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Potato Mine is the third plant unlocked after the player beats Player's House - Day 3. The time it takes to arm himself is the same as in the first game. He cannot be planted on planks in Pirate Seas, or on Lily Pads on water in Big Wave Beach. The SPUDOW! achievement also makes a return.

Almanac entry

Potato Mine

Almanac entry of Potato Mine

Plants vs. Zombies

Potato Mine

Potato Mines pack a powerful punch, but they need a while to arm themselves. You should plant them ahead of zombies. They will explode on contact.

Damage: massive
Range: all zombies in a small area
Usage: single use, delayed activation

Some folks say Potato Mine is lazy, that he leaves everything to the last minute. Potato Mine says nothing. He's too busy thinking about his investment strategy.

Cost: 25

Recharge: slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Potato Mine

SUN COST: 25
RECHARGE: Sluggish

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Massive

AREA: Tile
PLANT FOOD POWER: Duplication

ARMING TIME: Slow
FAMILY: Bombard-mint

Potato Mines explode on contact, but they take time to arm. Plant them ahead of zombies.

Usage: single use, delayed activation
Range: contact

Believe it or not, SPUDOW! did not happen overnight. Having been forced to try out new catchphrases and focus testing as many variations as possible (Tubular? Really?), Potato Mine weeded out the competition to stick with what he knows best.


Chinese version (China only)

    植物特征:褐色植物、武器家族、矮个子

    土豆地雷是个兢兢业业工作的好同志,在热火朝天的工作气氛他很享受。什么?他只是个小个子?你没见过他的身体吧?想见么?

    In English:
    Plant feature: brown plant, armed family, short

    Potato Mine is a good, hardworking comrade, he enjoys working in hot atmosphere. Wait? Did you said he's just a little guy? You never seen his body before, right? Want to see it?

Upgrades

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Potato Mine will instantly arm himself if not done already, and launches two more armed Potato Mines onto available tiles.

Costumed (China only)

When costumed and fed with Plant Food, Potato Mine will launch three additional Potato Mines instead of two.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Sluggish)
Starting
Recharge
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Massive)
Area Plant Food Power
(Duplication)
Arming Time
(Slow)
1 0 0 25 20 seconds 15 seconds 300 dps 1800 dps Tile 2 duplicates 14 seconds
2 3 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 350 dps 1900 dps 2 duplicates 14 seconds
3 10 200 18 seconds 14 seconds 400 dps 2000 dps 2 duplicates 13 seconds
4 25 1,500 17 seconds 12 seconds 450 dps 2100 dps 2 duplicates 13 seconds
5 50 2,000 16 seconds 12 seconds 500 dps 2175 dps 2 duplicates 13 seconds
6 75 3,000 15 seconds 12 seconds 550 dps 2250 dps 3 duplicates 13 seconds
7 100 4,000 14 seconds 10 seconds 600 dps 2325 dps 3 duplicates 13 seconds
8 125 5,000 14 seconds 10 seconds 650 dps 2400 dps 3 duplicates 12 seconds
9 175 6,000 13 seconds 8 seconds 700 dps 3 duplicates 12 seconds
10 225 8,000 12 seconds 8 seconds 750 dps 3 duplicates 12 seconds
11 300 10,000 12 seconds 8 seconds 800 dps 4 duplicates 12 seconds
12 350 15,000 11 seconds 6 seconds 850 dps 4 duplicates 12 seconds
13 350 20,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 900 dps 4 duplicates 12 seconds
14 400 25,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 4 duplicates 12 seconds
15 450 30,000 9 seconds 4 seconds 4 duplicates 11 seconds
16 500 35,000 8 seconds 3 seconds 4 duplicates 11 seconds
17 550 40,000 8 seconds 3 seconds 5 duplicates 11 seconds
18 600 45,000 7 seconds 2 seconds 5 duplicates 10 seconds
19 700 50,000 6 seconds 2 seconds 5 duplicates 9 seconds
20 800 55,000 0 5 seconds 1 second 5 duplicates 9 seconds

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Potato Mine Upgrade 1
Faster Setup
Potato Mine takes 7.5 seconds to arm himself instead of 15 seconds.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Potato Mine gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Potato Mine Upgrade 2
Improved Fuse
Potato Mine now instantly arms himself.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Potato Mine gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

Note: Potato Mine cannot be upgraded to level 4.

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only)


In Adventure Mode

Attacks target once every 3 turns.

Strategies

Because of his low cost and early availability, Potato Mine can be effective in the early part of the level for neutralizing the first few zombies, especially if the enemies in question are Conehead or Buckethead Zombies, who will pose serious difficulty against more conventional offensive plants. However, his arming period greatly hampers his usefulness in the long run, as the massive amount of threats will give Potato Mine little time to arm himself.

Potato Mine should be planted at least three squares or more in front of zombies with Basic speed in order to explode right when the threat approaches him. Defensive plants such as Wall-nut, Tall-nut, Infi-nut, or Primal Wall-nut can buy Potato Mine additional time for arming, as well as gather more zombies to increase Potato Mine's efficiency.

Plants vs. Zombies

Potato Mine can also be planted behind Wall-nuts or Pumpkins to catch any Pole Vaulting Zombies that try to vault through. Similarly, they can be planted to make a Pole Vaulting Zombie jump early (even when unarmed), in addition to catching later zombies. An armed Potato Mine can also catch a subsurface Digger Zombie and instantly kill him, preventing him from rising up and attacking other plants.

Potato Mines can also be used against Gargantuars, but it should be remembered that two Potato Mines will be required to kill one since they can absorb up to 150 damage. Potato Mine is highly effective against the Zombie Bobsled Teams, capable of destroying the bobsled along with all four zombies if armed and planted right next to the ice.

If Potato Mine is planted inside a Pumpkin, only a few zombies with unusually large hitboxes can trigger him without eating the Pumpkin first, such as Football Zombie. Therefore, it is generally a bad idea to put Potato Mine inside a Pumpkin. In ZomBotany and ZomBotany 2, Potato Mines cannot be hit by peas, even when armed. But if they are planted in Flower Pots, they can be hit by peas, even if they are armed or not.

Plants vs Zombies 2

Potato Mine functions the same way as in the original game but faces a slightly greater competition. His primal counterpart, Primal Potato Mine is introduced in this game with improved arm rate and much better explosive radius, which makes Primal Potato Mine much easier to use. However, Primal Potato Mines are the last plant unlocked in Jurassic Marsh, so some players will not have them.

Using plant food on a Potato Mine will instantly arm it, decreasing its arm time drastically. In addition, the clones will also be instantly armed, therefore defeating many zombies. This can be useful against Gargantuars and other high toughness zombies.

Potato Mines are highly useful for catching flying zombies that are about to land such as Swashbuckler ZombieDodo Rider Zombie, and Super Fan Imps. Like in the original game, two Potato Mines can kill a normal Gargantuar.

In Lost City, Potato Mines can be planted to stop swarms of Lost Pilot Zombies from approaching your defenses. They are also useful as a distraction against Imp Porters who are about to sent up their tent. It is best to plant Potato Mine near a gold tile.

In Neon Mixtape Tour, Potato Mines can be used to combat Punk Zombies and MC Zom-Bs as they cannot move or instantly destroy him, and have relatively low health.

In Jurassic Marsh, Potato Mines are useful for stopping zombies armed by T.Rexes and ankylosauruses. They can also be planted in the back to stop zombies carried by pterodactyls.

Avoid using Potato Mine against Shield Zombie, Troglobite, Excavator Zombie, and Arcade Zombie. Shield Zombies with its force field can trigger the mine without being affected. Troglobites and Arcade Zombies can crush Potato Mine (hiding or not). Excavator Zombies can shovel him up from a distance untouched.

If an Explorer Zombie/Torchlight Zombie approaches an unarmed Potato Mine while its torch is lit, it will just ignore the Potato Mine and walk past him.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version)

It is advised to upgrade the Potato Mine to at least Level 3, because an instantly armed Potato Mine is more useful and the damage he does would be more, making him an even better choice than a Level 1 Squash.

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Trivia

General

  • In Plants vs Zombies, he has two teeth, but in Plants vs. Zombies 2, he only has a single tooth.
  • His appearance resembles a mole, as they both are found underground, and both have visible front teeth sticking out.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, one can see Potato Mine's entire body, which resembles the potatoes catapulted when Potato Mine is given Plant Food.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, Potato Mine's detonator is gray when unarmed then blinks gray and red when armed. While in Plants vs. Zombies 2 his detonator is red when unarmed and then blinks red and orange-yellow when armed.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, all zombies killed by Potato Mine will simply disappear, but in Plants vs. Zombies 2, only Gargantuars and some other large zombies have this trait.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • In the Nintendo DS version, Imitater Potato Mine's light will blink.
  • He can only be taken by Bungee Zombie while unarmed, as a Bungee Zombie will die in the explosion if he encounters an armed Potato Mine. A glitch in I, Zombie levels in the Nintendo DS version of the game shows that one can steal an armed Potato Mine and he only shows half of his body.
  • In the online version of the game, instead of getting the Potato Mine on Level 1-5, the player gets Squash.
  • His red light will flash faster as the zombie gets nearer, like a sensor.
  • The Zen Garden Potato Mine will not have a flashing red light normally, but if held by a Gardening Glove or inside a Wheel Barrow, the red light will be permanently on. The red light will also be on when the player is about to plant a Potato Mine but has not planted him yet. This only applies to the PC version of the game.
  • He is the only plant that can be eaten from underground by a Digger Zombie, but only when unarmed. When armed, he will blow up, killing the Digger.
  • In the Nintendo DS version of the game, right when a zombie reaches the Potato Mine, the zombie's eating animation's frame is shown right before the Potato Mine explodes.
  • If an unarmed Potato Mine is squashed (via Gargantuar, Zomboni or Squash Zombie), an image of a squashed armed Potato Mine instead of a flattened version of an antenna will be shown.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • In Last Stand and Save Our Seeds levels, Potato Mine will not arm until the player triggers the onslaught. The arm timer still counts however, so any Potato Mine that was planted more than 15 seconds before starting the level will be immediately armed afterwards.
  • His mask costume looks like the one similar to Leonardo's from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • In Potato Mine's Almanac entry, one catchphrase was "tubular," also referencing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • He is the only plant obtained in the Player's House that does not have costumes depending on the season.
  • There are four ways a Potato Mine can activate other than a zombie directly making contact with him:
    • Using Plant Food on a Spikerock or Spikeweed will push all zombies to him and will make any armed Potato Mine they pass detonate.
    • Using Plant Food on an Infi-nut will make a shield, but armed Potato Mines behind it will still explode when a zombie starts eating the shield, even though they're not near enough to activate him.
    • Using Blover to blow away thrown Imps and Prospector Zombies will activate any Potato Mines they pass while being blown from the lawn. This occurs with other instants as well, like Iceberg Lettuce and Squash.
    • Using Plant Food on a Chomper will activate Potato Mines as zombies fly past them.
  • Unarmed Potato Mines can dodge projectiles fired back from Jester Zombies, but armed Potato Mines will take damage.
  • The duplicates from his Plant Food effect take a moment to arm, during which they can be eaten.
  • On earlier versions, if the player feeds Plant Food to him and the spawned ones landed on Dave's mold colonies, they will not lose the level after version 1.7 or still get a star before the 1.7 update, similar with Chili Bean. This is to prevent unfair defeats due to the random number generator placing a plant onto forbidden tiles.
  • From the 3.3 update to the 3.5 update, he had the ability to blast tombstones, surfboards and frozen blocks in a 3x3 radius around him when exploding. However, this did not apply to zombies.
    • However, in the Chinese version, it still exists.
    • In the 4.2 update, Potato Mine regained this ability to blast tombstones, surfboards and frozen blocks in a 3x3 radius. This was removed again in the 4.3.1 update.
  • In the Chinese Almanac, it implies that Potato Mines can be planted above the ground. However, Potato Mines will have their "hidden" underground body.
  • Regardless of what stage he was in when defeated, Intensive Carrot will always revive the Potato Mine to his on-planting stage.
  • If an Excavator Zombie shovels up an inactivated Potato, he will be armed after landing. This also applies to Primal Potato Mine.

References

See also

V · T · E
Plants
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
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
Premium
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 · Electric Peashooter · Solar Tomato · 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
Mints Fila-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Arma-mint · Contain-mint · Spear-mint · Pepper-mint · Enchant-mint
Seed packets Shadow Peashooter
Others Marigold
Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version)
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower · Snow Pea · Torchwood · Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Power Lily · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Spikerock · Lightning Reed · Tall-nut
Wild West Threepeater · Squash · Split Pea · Chili Bean · Jalapeno · Pea Pod · Melon-pult · Winter Melon · Imitater
Kongfu World Radish · Fire Gourd · Heavenly Peach · Bamboo-shoot
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip · Starfruit
Dark Ages Hypno-shroom · Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Pea-nut · Magnet-shroom · Oak Archer · Coffee Bean · Plantern
Big Wave Beach Acidic Citrus · Lotuspot · Lily Pad · Bowling Bulb · Banana Launcher · Guacodile · Tangle Kelp · Homing Thistle
Frostbite Caves Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rafflesia · Tornacorn
Sky City Rotobaga · Cycloque · Aspiragus · Saucer Squash · Board Beans · Lantern Cherry · Ampthurium · Spinnapple
Lost City Lava Guava · Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Stallia · Gold Leaf · Toadstool · Jackfruit
Neon Mixtape Tour MC Glory · Phat Beet · Thyme Warp · Celery Stalker · Spore-shroom · Garlic · Intensive Carrot · Cactus
Jurassic Marsh Primal Sunflower · Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Primal Potato Mine · Perfume-shroom · Primal Rafflesia · Dinonip · Thorns · Mastercane
Modern Day Caulipower · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose · Moonflower · Nightshade · Blooming Heart
Steam Ages Gold Bloom · Flat-shroom · Passionflower · Lotus Root · Fanilla · Berry Blaster · Lily of Alchemy
Premium & Event
Monthly Carrotillery · Dandelion · Aggro Brocco · Pomegunate · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Sap-fling · Ghost Pepper · Bambrook · Zorrose · Magic-shroom · Electric Blueberry · Endurian · Pumpkin Witch · Snowy Cotton · Guerrequila · Monkeyfruit · Plumping Plummy · Dragonfruit
Event Lord Bamboo · R.A.D Missiles · Sunflower Singer · Angel Starfruit · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Cob Cannon · Shrinking Violet · Match Flower · Firebloom Queen · Apple Mortar · Missile Toe · Kiwibeast · Auberninja
Promo Cherry Bomb · Cryo-shroom · Pyro-shroom · Gatling Pea · Cattail · Witch Hazel · Escape Root · Electric Currant · Sumo Melon · Wasabi Whip · Parsnip · Electric Peashooter · Trump Tulip
Others Chest-nut · Explode-o-nut · Hot Date · Icy Currant