For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Spring Bean (PvZH).
For other usages of beans, see bean.

Spring Bean is the fourth plant obtained in Pirate Seas in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He bounces the first zombie that steps on him back one tile or, if close enough, into nearby water, instantly killing the zombie in question. After bouncing, he will fall asleep for 10 seconds during which he is vulnerable to attack.


Spring Bean is based on the unripe fruit of the Phaseolus vulgaris, or the common bean. His name is a portmanteau of "string bean," a type of bean and "spring," referencing his spring-like appendage and his ability.

Almanac entry

Spring Bean

RECHARGE: Sluggish


SPECIAL: Knockback
AREA: Single

Spring Beans bounce back zombies that get too close. Will bounce them into water if nearby.

Special: pushes zombies back, or into the water
Weakness: gets sleepy after springing

He's the strong, silent type and little is known about Spring Bean. What is known though: his fan club is a million followers strong. And the ladies love him.


Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Spring Bean will jump into the air then back onto the ground to unleash a great impact, bouncing every zombie on screen back one tile or in nearby water in Pirate Seas. He will also wake up if he was asleep.

Costumed (China only)

His Plant Food ability can now stun zombies.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Recovery Time
1 0 0 50 20 seconds 15 seconds 3 bites 10 seconds Normal Single
2 10 1,000 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 3.25 bites 10 seconds +10%
3 50 2,000 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 3.5 bites 9 seconds +25%
4 100 4,000 50 18 seconds 13 seconds 3.75 bites 9 seconds +35%
5 125 6,000 50 18 seconds 13 seconds 4 bites 9 seconds +50%
6 175 8,000 50 17 seconds 12 seconds 4.5 bites 9 seconds +65%
7 250 10,000 50 17 seconds 12 seconds 5 bites 8 seconds +75%
8 350 15,000 50 16 seconds 11 seconds 5.5 bites 8 seconds +90%
9 450 20,000 25 16 seconds 11 seconds 6 bites 8 seconds +100%
10 800 60,000 25 15 seconds 10 seconds 6.5 bites 7 seconds +115%
11 1,000 75,000 25 14 seconds 9 seconds 7 bites 7 seconds +125%
12 1,250 100,000 25 13 seconds 8 seconds 7.5 bites 7 seconds +140%
13 1,500 150,000 25 12 seconds 7 seconds 8 bites 6 seconds +150%
14 1,750 200,000 25 11 seconds 6 seconds 8.5 bites 6 seconds +165%
15 2,000 250,000 25 10 seconds 5 seconds 9 bites 5 seconds +180%

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Spring Bean Upgrade 1
Powerful Bounce
Spring Bean gets a 15% chance to bounce a zombie off screen.
Combat Training
Spring Bean gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Spring Bean Upgrade 2
Enhanced Bounce
Spring Bean gets a 30% chance to bounce a zombie off screen.
Cell Activation
Spring Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Spring Bean may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Spring Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Spring Bean is not an impressive plant by himself. In his homeworld, Spring Bean will find most of his utility at his ability to bounce enemies onto water, instantly killing them in the process. Because of this, Spring Bean can be used as an early defender against high health zombies, such as Buckethead Pirate and Gargantuar Pirate; or as a measure against Swashbuckler Zombies in lanes without planks. However, his inability to bounce multiple enemies back, as well as his sleeping time makes Spring Bean a poor choice in later levels - Imp Cannon in particular will create great challenges to Spring Bean, due to the amount of Imp Pirate Zombies it can create, making Primal Peashooters, Kiwibeasts, and Chard Guards more optimal choices to stop these zombies.

Spring Bean's Plant Food however can be used to quickly turn the tide of battle. In certain levels in Pirate Seas, it can be used to instantly kill all zombies except Imp Cannons, Seagull Zombies and Pelican Zombies. Another notable strategy is to plant Blover or Hurrikale quickly after boosting Spring Bean. With the right timing (Blover or Hurrikale should ideally be planted right when Spring Bean is at his highest), all zombies will be blown away by Blover (or a column with Hurrikale), therefore this combo can be used to eliminate virtually any high-priority target from the field, especially Gargantuars, or other dangerous zombies.

It is actually possible to get rid of an Gargantuar with only a Spring Bean and a Blover, without the help of Plant Food. This is because the small bounce actually counts as the zombie being in the air, giving you the ability to use a Blover and blow him away. However, the Blover must be planted before the Spring Bean bounces, but not after the zombie has landed again.

Spring Bean can be used to combat land Surfer Zombies, as they somehow destroy the surfboard, as well as staying alive in doing so. Spring Bean alone can also counter the All-Star Zombie. When the All-Star Zombie prepares to tackle the Spring Bean, the latter will push the zombie before the former does a successful tackle. This strategy shouldn't be used in higher levels of Highway to the Danger Room, due to sheer mass of zombies capable of activating the Spring Bean.

Avoid using Spring Bean against the Ankylosaurus, as the flung zombies will push him back first. It is not recommended to use it against Excavator Zombie, as they can shovel him up without stepping on him. The player should also be wary of Troglobites and Arcade Zombies as they can still crush the plant no matter if he's in defensive position or not. His main weaknesses are Gargantuar Prime, Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie, and Hair Metal Gargantuar, as they can easily disable them from a safe distance, especially Gargantuar Prime and Hair Metal Gargantuar as even their laser or shockwaves can instantly destroy him (even if he's ready to bounce).


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  • He cannot be attacked by Seagull Zombie/Pelican Zombie, pulled by Fisherman Zombie or hit by Turquoise Skull Zombie's laser beam when he is ready to bounce. 
  • In the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2, he will make the zombies roll over instead of bouncing them back. However, he will only roll the zombies and kill them instantly if he is upgraded to level 2 or higher.
  • When he bounces back a zombie on the rightmost column and the adjacent row is a water lane, the zombie will land on the edge of the water lane while still being alive, but then walks into the water and drowns.
  • There is a glitch that if he bounces back the last zombie in the level on the rightmost column and bounce out of the screen (only possible with higher level plant), the level will be completed immediately.
  • As of the 2.1 update, he can no longer be crushed by Gargantuars when attempting to bounce them.
  • If a Surfer Zombie tries to slam him with his surfboard, the surfboard will break but the Spring Bean will somehow survive.
  • He, Chard Guard and Kiwibeast can cancel all of Jester Zombie's projectiles when knocking Jester Zombie back.
  • In game, Spring Bean is frowning, but when he gets ready to bounce back a zombie, he is smiling.
  • A very serious glitch can occur, where if a boosted Spring Bean is planted right next to a Gargantuar and the Gargantuar attemps to smash him and kill him, the Gargantuar will succeed, despite the Spring Bean being immune to attacks.
  • In the Chinese version, he is slightly translucent. This can be seen if he is on an endangered tile.
  • He can also stun the Zombot Sphinx-inator when he's ready to bounce back and while he bounces the zombie back the Zombot summoned in Modern Day - Day 32.
  • Spring Bean cannot throw Gargantuars into the water to instantly kill them in the Chinese Version.
  • His Plant Food effect will not bounce any zombies that have been stunned by E.M.Peach.

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