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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, see Snap Dragon.
Snapdragons breathe fire that causes damage in 6 adjacent tiles.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 150
Recharge Fast
Damage Moderate
Range Close
Special Damages all zombies in the 6 tiles in front of it
In-game statistics
Direct damage 1.5 normal damage shots
Unlocked Beating Pirate Seas - Day 3
Unlocked (China) Collect 20 stars in Pirate Seas, Collect 10 Snapdragon Puzzle Pieces or buy it with 100 gems for a limited time
Snapdragon Costume2 Snapdragon2 Costume3 Snapdragoncostume2 SnapdragonBirthdayzCostume
Although the most powerful dragon in the plant kingdom, he still dreams of wings and seeing the world beneath him.

Snapdragon is the second plant obtained in Pirate Seas in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is also present in Plants vs. Zombies Online. It emits a wall of flames that hits all zombies in a 3x2 space in front of it. It can relight Explorer Zombies' torches and Prospector Zombies' dynamite sticks and thaw out frozen zombies. Its fire deals one and a half damage per hit. It can also serve as an alternative way to repel Zombie Chickens. Snapdragon is obtained upon beating Pirate Seas - Day 3 in the international version. In the Chinese version, the player has to collect 20 stars.

Almanac entry

Sun cost: 150

DAMAGE: Moderate
RANGE: Close

Snapdragons breathe fire that causes damage in 6 adjacent tiles.

Special: damages all zombies in the 6 tiles in front of it

Although the most powerful dragon in the plant kingdom, he still dreams of wings and seeing the world beneath him.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food

Snapdragon PF

Snapdragon using its Plant Food ability

When given Plant Food, it releases a powerful burst of fire in a 3x3 square in front of it which deals 90 damage to every zombie in those spaces. It will also instantly kill a Pharaoh Zombie, even if it is still in its sarcophagus.

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon Snapdragon Upgrade 1
Dragon's Breath
Snapdragon gains a 50% chance to spit blue flames that deal around 250% of the damage of normal, orange flames.
Combat Training
Snapdragon gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
Level3Icon Snapdragon Upgrade 2
Stronger Breath
Snapdragon now always spits out blue flames.
Cell Activation
Snapdragon gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
Level4Icon AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Snapdragon may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Snapdragon gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed  (China only)

The radius of the Plant Food upgrade is increased from a 3x3 area to a 4x3 area.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars  (China only)

Dragon Spray: Rushes to the first enemy in its lane and sprays fire in 3x3 area. It needs Brave Plant Food to activate.


Snapdragon is among one of the most effective plants in the game. Its unique attack range will overlap with Snapdragons next to and behind it, stacking damage with each other and allowing an enemy to be rapidly hammered by as many as eight different Snapdragons at once. Since its attack is an "area of effect" ability, it will hit any number of enemies at the same time and is not affected by objects such as tombstones. Two columns of Snapdragons with a column of Wall-nuts and Spikerock are a difficult hurdle for even crowds of Buckethead Zombies to break through. Their fast recharge allows the player to quickly replant any lost, or set up "sacrificial" lines out into the field to flank or slow down other threats. Their Plant Food attack is also devastating, powerful enough to kill even a Pharaoh Zombie while it is still inside its sarcophagus. Their only major weakness is, ironically, the fire-based nature of its attack (which reverses the effect of cold plants such as Iceberg Lettuce) and their short range (a problem against dangerous enemies such as the Wizard Zombie and the Surfer Zombie).

Snapdragon and Bonk Choy have the same cost and the same recharge. And like the Bonk Choy, there should be a defensive plant (Wall-nut or Tall-nut) in front of it, due to its quite short range. The only difference between them is Snapdragon is an Area of Effect plant, attack with fire effects and Bonk Choy's range is shorter that it can only attack a single target, attacking it rapidly. So use them wisely in the right situation such as: do not use Snapdragon to deal with Explorer Zombie (they can relight its torch), Imp Dragon Zombies (as it is immune to fire), or do not use Bonk Choy to deal with swarms of Zombies, since it can attack only one zombie per hit. Therefore, if you want to use Snapdragon, the player should not bring it along Iceberg Lettuce, Winter Melon and Snow Pea as it removes the chilled effects and will unfreeze zombies.

The similarities to Bonk Choy follow to the two plants' Plant Food effects. Both of them cause damage equal to an instant-kill to a 3x3 area when used. The only difference between them is that Bonk Choy affects a 3x3 area centered around itself and got a longer radius to make it into full damage of 85, while Snapdragon affects a 3x3 area centered to the adjacent tile to its right, vanquishing zombies in seconds. This puts Snapdragon in a slightly better position as it comes to normal house defending, as Bonk Choy's effect will be hindered by it hitting tiles further in to your defense, which in fortunate conditions, will not be contested by zombies. Both can be used as emergency Cherry Bombs if not unlocked yet, especially if boosted.

A good plant to use with the Snapdragon is Kernel-pult. With its butter, it can stun the zombies at the right time when the zombies are close to Snapdragon, making it become more useful. You can see this in Pirate Seas - Day 8, especially when against Gargantuar Pirates. (Note: This is also the same with Bonk Choy, Spikeweed and Spikerock)

Note: Avoid using Snapdragons in Arthur's Challenge when you see Imp Dragon Zombies. Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to fire. In addition to that, a column of Snapdragons may be unable to defeat multiple Wizard Zombies in your lanes because these zombies can turn countless numbers of plants into sheep.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Because of its name, its head resembles that of a dragon.
  • Snapdragon's flames can damage zombies on the tiles directly above and under him, but only halfway to the tile.
  • Snapdragon, Spring Bean, Chili Bean, and Laser Bean are the only plants that are mentioned in another plants' Almanac entry. In its case, Snapdragon is mentioned in Torchwood's Almanac entry.
  • Snapdragon's Almanac entry says "he still dreams of wings and seeing the world beneath him," although when placing Plant Food, it flies with dragon wings and expels fire beneath it.
  • It is the second plant to have a Venus Flytrap-like shape, with the first being Chomper.
  • Planting ten of these in one level earns the player the achievement, Dragon Age.
  • It is the second flower, Cactus being the first, that does not produce anything.
  • It is the second flower to attack zombies. The first is Cactus.
  • Torchwood's Almanac entry in Plants vs. Zombies 2 says that Snapdragon and he became friends because of their complementary natures.
  • Its costume, a firefighter helmet, may be a reference to Lord Cinderbottom from Peggle Nights, another PopCap game. Or it may be a reference to Farenheit 451, and the fireman who burns down houses filled with books, but the latter is less likely.
  • Snapdragon, Water Dragon, Lizard Grass, Cattail, Dogtail, Liontail, Guacodile, Toadstool, Beeshooter, Twin Head God Dragon Grass, and Foxtail are the only plants that are based/related on animals. However, it is the first plant in the main series that is based on a mythical creature.
  • Despite it breathing fire, any peashooting plants shooting peas into Snapdragon's fire will not be set alight. This may be because it sets the tiles on fire, and the flames would not reach up to the peas. However, its flames are high enough to light the Explorer Zombie's torch.
  • When zombies die from Jalapeno or Cherry Bomb, they will get burnt and turn to ash. However, when Snapdragon kills a zombie, it just dies normally.
  • In the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 it has smaller eyes.

    Snapdragon in the Chinese version

  • In Chinese version of Plants vs Zombies 2, its attack would not reignite torches of explorer zombies and other similar effects, making it more desirable to such fights.
  • Every time Snapdragon breathes or breathes fire, its frill shakes.
  • Snapdragon's attack will hit all zombies in its range simultaneously, rather than hitting them once the flame reaches them. Which means that the fire is only an animation, not the projectile. This trait is shared with Fume-shroom.
  • If Snapdragon relights Explorer Zombie's torch while eating the Snapdragon, it will not be incinerated.
  • When Snapdragon is fed with Plant Food, its costume disappears.
  • It is currently the only plant that has a brown stem and leaves.
  • Only five Snapdragons are given in Far Future - Day 8 while there are six in Pirate Seas - Day 8 and only two in Pirate Seas - Day 25.
  • Starting with the 1.2 update in the Chinese version, Snapdragon's costume increases the range of its Plant Food effect, going from 3x3 to 3x4.
  • Although Snapdragon breathes out fire, it can still be frozen in Frostbite Caves and cannot warm other plants.
  • Its head can be seen on the pole under the construction imps at the end of the Lost City Part 1 map.
  • Snapdragon, Guacodile, Hot Potato, Fire Peashooter, and Gold Leaf are currently the only plants to wear costumes that are based on food.
  • Its 2015 Birthdayz costume is a reference to the cupcake from the song "Mr. Right" sang by the singer Kim Chiu.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

  • It attacks zombies by spitting fireballs at them.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West

  • It attacks in a 3x1 range.
  • Its appearance, 200 sun cost, and way of attack make it different from its counterpart.
  • If one looks closely in the advertisement, he or she can see it has little arms.

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
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
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Spore-shroom · Garlic · Intensive Carrot
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Squash · Torchwood · Jalapeno · Imitater · Starfruit · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Chomper · Sap-fling · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry
Gems Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Dandelion · Lava Guava
Others Marigold
Plants (Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars)
Regular plants
Tier 1 Sunflower · Peashooter · Kernel-pult · Spikeweed · Melon Slice Pitcher · Puff-shroom · Droplet Shooter · Coconut Sniper · Small Pepper · Choy Ben · Irascible Mushroom · Cattail · Clap Grass · Pistachio · Old Stump · Ball Cactus · Lizard Grass · Frisbee Shooter · Small Radish · Cherry Bomb · Blover · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Daisy · Magnet-shroom · Small Bush · Charm Mushroom · Coffee Bean
Tier 2 Twin Sunflower · Repeater · Popcorn-pult · Spikerock · Melon-pult · Scaredy-shroom · Snow Pea · Coconut Cannon · Jalapeno · Bonk Choy · Doom-shroom · Dogtail · Venus Flytrap · Hazelnut · Torchwood · Cactus · Snapdragon · Bloomerang · White Radish · Saturn Peach Bomb · Four-leaf Blover · Three-headed Pea Pod · Magnifying Grass · Marigold · Electromagnetic Mushroom · Firmiana · Hypno-shroom · Cream Bean
Tier 3 Triplet Sunflower · Gatling Pea · Cob Cannon · Diamond Ground Thorn · Winter Melon · Fume-shroom · Frostbolt Shooter · Coconut Rocket Launcher · Devil Chili · Choy Ji · Doomsday Bomb Mushroom · Foxtail · Chainsaw Flytrap · Hazelnut Ball · Wildfire Stump · Tree Cactus · Twin Head God Dragon Grass · Meteor Hammer Master · Ginseng · Walnut Bomb · Fan Blover · Five-headed Pea Pod · Thunder God Grass · Golden Chrysanthemum · Magneto Mushroom · Cypress · Fu Ling Mushroom · Mocha Coffee Bean

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