- For other versions, see Potato Mine (disambiguation).
Potato Mine is an ability of the Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. It is placed like a Proximity Sonic Mine. It has the same ability as it has in the main series of the games it appears in. When one or more zombies get close to it, it explodes and deals 175 damage to all zombies caught in the blast radius, with damage fall-off applied at distance.
The Potato Mine's weakness is that it can be detonated prematurely by zombies by shooting at it. It takes 30 seconds to recharge one Potato Mine, and the Cactus can hold up to three at a time.
The alternate ability of this ability is the Potato Nugget Mine.
Potato Mines force Zombies to look down. If a Zombie sets foot on a Potato Mine, it will explode and they will experience the full force of a "SPUDOW!"
A good strategy is to hide it in a place that cannot be noticed or to put it near a narrow passage with Tallnut Battlements covering up the rest of the space.
Another strategy is to deploy a Potato Mine in the center of a zombie summon point (a dirt pile with bones in it). The Potato Mine will be camouflaged (since the grave pile glows from the zombies' point of view), making it hard to see it. When a zombie walks near the summon point, the Potato Mine will detonate.
Another strategy often involves putting Potato Mines behind Tallnut Battlements placed in doorways and corridors to block zombie movement. When a zombie destroys the Tallnut, it leaves a dust cloud behind itself which many Cactus players hope will conceal the Potato Mine long enough to make the zombie step on it. This is because most zombie players simply move forward after destroying a Tallnut Battlement, making them susceptible to the above strategy.
- Potato Mines do not need to arm before rising from the ground.
- However, upon deployment, there is a 1.5 second delay during which they cannot detonate, but are invulnerable to attacks as well. This is to prevent the Cactus from using it as a close range instant-kill attack.
- Destroying a Potato Mine rewards the attacker with ten coins.
- Getting blown up by one also counts as the player destroying it, thus yielding 10 coins.
- In the sequel, destroying them provides experience points.
- When deploying a Potato Mine, it makes noises that are very similar to those of a hamster or a gerbil, but in the other games it does not, it is currently unknown why.
- The Potato Mine's light no longer flashes, most likely because it would be too easy for zombies to notice it, especially in nighttime levels.
- As the zombies, it is possible to vanquish a teammate by detonating a Potato Mine when they are close to it. This often happens by accident in crowded spaces.
- The same can also happen if the player stays too close to the mine as someone destroys it or if the player's teammates are too close when the player is killed by one.
- In early Beta (due to a bug), vanquishing a teammate by detonating a Potato Mine would count as an assist for the Cactus that deployed the mine and as a vanquish for the zombie that detonated it and sometimes vice versa (assist for the detonator and vanquish for the Cactus).
- This was fixed later to prevent griefing.
- It is similar to a hamster in three ways. First, it sounds like a hamster when it is placed. Second, it nestles in the ground similar to a hamster. And third, it will attack when someone disturbs it.
- In early beta footage, up to ten Potato Mines could be spawned. Their damage was possibly weaker then, possibly to an equivalent of that to the Potato Nugget Mine.
- Potato Mines look like the ones in the original Plants vs. Zombies but have eyelids, look around and have black pupils/white eyes.