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For other uses, see Winter Melon (disambiguation).

Winter Melon is a lobbed-shot plant available in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. He acts as the upgrade of Melon-pult in the first game, and can be unlocked in the the second game's Wild West

Winter Melon attacks by lobbing frozen melons, each having an identical damage profile to those of the Melon-pult, except that they also chill zombies that are in their area of effect (3x3), slowing movement and attack speed by 50%. As with Melon-pult, Winter Melon's attack is only triggered by a zombie appearing in the lane in which he is planted. His chilling effect will be nullified if his target is also hit by attacks from fire based plants.

Origins

Like Melon-pult, Winter Melon's shape and projectile is based on the fruit of the watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus). His name is a pun on winter melon, referring to Winter Melon's ability to chill zombies with his frozen melons.

History

Plants vs. Zombies

Winter Melon can be purchased from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $10,000, once the player has finished Adventure Mode for the first time. After the purchase, the player can use Winter Melon's seed packet to convert any Melon-pult present on the lawn into Winter Melon for another 200 sun. Each melon deals 80 damage per shot to the initial target, and 30 splash damage to all enemies in a 3x1 area.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Winter Melon is acquired after unlocking the Locked and Loaded levels for the Wild West before the 1.7 update, beating Wild West - Day 24 after the 1.7 update, or spending 600,000 coins in the Chinese version of the game. He has received some changes compared to the first game: His price was raised to 500 sun, and the frozen melon now deals 40 splash damage to all zombies in a 3x3 area. He is also no longer an upgrade plant, meaning that Melon-pult is no longer required in order to plant a Winter Melon.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New Winter-Melon almanac

Winter Melon

Winter Melons do heavy damage and slow groups of zombies.

Damage: very heavy
Range: lobbed
Firing Speed: 1/2x
Special: melons damage and freeze nearby enemies on impact

Must be planted on melon-pults

Winter Melon tries to calm his nerves. He hears zombies approach. Will he make it? Will anyone make it?

Cost: 200

Recharge: very slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Winter Melon

SUN COST: 500
RECHARGE: Fast

TOUGHNESS: Typical
DAMAGE: Heavy

RANGE: Lobbed
AREA: 3x3

PLANT FOOD POWER: Damage
SPECIAL: Chill

Winter Melons do heavy damage and slow groups of zombies.

Firing Speed: 1/2x

You may recognize Winter Melon's voice from such incredible documentaries as "It's Cold Up Here," "Ice Bingo," and "Surfin' Swedes."


Upgrades

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

WMPF

Winter Melon calls in a hail of frozen melons

When given Plant Food, Winter Melon will unleash a barrage of giant frozen melons separated into four waves to all zombies on the field. Each giant melon deals 200 damage to the initial target, but only 20 splash damage to every enemy in a 3x3 area. The chill effect will also be inflicted to every zombie hit. If there is no valid target, a single melon per volley will be targeted on a random tile.

Costumed (China only)

He can now launch "flaming frozen melons" that deal quadruple the damage of a frozen melon.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Fast)
Toughness
(Typical)
Damage
(Heavy)
Projectile
Velocity
Plant Food
(Damage*)
Special
(Chill)
Range Area
Direct Splash
1 0 0 500 5 seconds 300 dps 80 dps 40 dps Normal 200 dps 10 seconds Lobbed 3x3
2 10 1,000 500 4.5 seconds 350 dps 85 dps 45 dps 225 dps 11 seconds
3 75 5,000 450 4.5 seconds 400 dps 90 dps 50 dps + 1.3x 250 dps 11 seconds
4 200 10,000 450 4.5 seconds 450 dps 100 dps 55 dps 275 dps 12 seconds
5 400 20,000 450 4 seconds 550 dps 110 dps 60 dps 300 dps 12 seconds
6 750 40,000 400 4 seconds 600 dps 120 dps 65 dps 325 dps 13 seconds
7 1,000 40,000 400 3.5 seconds 650 dps 130 dps 70 dps + 1.6x 350 dps 13 seconds
8 1,250 50,000 400 3.5 seconds 700 dps 140 dps 75 dps 375 dps 14 seconds
9 1,500 60,000 350 3.5 seconds 800 dps 150 dps 80 dps 400 dps 14 seconds
10 2,000 75,000 350 3 seconds 900 dps 160 dps 80 dps 425 dps 15 seconds

*Direct damage per projectile. Its Plant Food splash damage does not change through upgrades.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Winter Melon Upgrade 1
Freeze
Winter Melon has a 7% chance to freeze zombies when he deals damage.
CombatTrainingIcon
Combat Training
Winter Melon gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Winter Melon Upgrade 2
Fast Cooldown
Winter Melon's chance of freezing a zombie will increase to 14%. Any zombie that gets caught in his splash will also get frozen solid.
CellActivationIcon
Cell Activation
Winter Melon gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Winter Melon may be boosted when planted.
FightingPowerIcon
Fighting Power
Winter Melon gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Strategies

Plants vs. Zombies

Winter Melon can be considered as one of the most useful support plants in the game. His frozen melons, while not as powerful as Gloom-shroom's fumes or Cob Cannon's missile, are capable of chilling waves of zombies, forcing them to move and act twice as slow. This is significant in Survival Mode and vital in Survival: Endless, as the player will need as much time as possible to neutralize ever increasing numbers of Gargantuars, Football Zombie, as well as to rebuild and repair the constantly crumbling line of defense. However, Winter Melon suffers from having a very low firepower output for his massive price tag of 500 sun, and the fact that Melon-pult is required in order to plant him, making Winter Melon impractical in normal levels.

Only one column of Winter Melon should be used in any levels, as additional columns will require additional sun and time, while not increasing zombie suppression capability at all. Winter Melon is also useful against Newspaper Zombies, Screen Door Zombies, Ladder Zombies, as his melons can bypass their shields.

Melon-y Lane achievement

Main article: Melon-y Lane

The achievement Melon-y Lane is unlocked by planting a Winter Melon in every lane. This can easily be done on any Survival Mode level or Last Stand. It should be kept in mind that they do not all have to be alive at one given time, or in the same column.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Compared to his incarnation in the previous game, Winter Melon has been significantly improved, both in his damage and crowd control capability, and mostly that sun making is much easier. As a result, Winter Melon can now hold on his own against hordes of Buckethead Zombies and win most levels by himself. The removal of Melon-pult as a requirement, as well as the general ease of acquiring sun also benefits Winter Melon greatly. However, inefficiency in firepower output per sun remains a great problem to Winter Melon, so this plant should still be used as a supporting plant, rather than the player's sole option for damage dealing.

A good way to get enough sun to use this plant is to use Gold Bloom. It will give enough sun to fill most of Winter Melon's cost.

Winter Melon can be used to damage zombies that attempt to shield themselves from straight-shooting projectiles, with the sole exception being Shield Zombie (his shield blocks the frozen melon). Winter Melon is also useful in disabling Explorer/Torchlight and Prospector Zombies, preventing them from burning or bypassing the player's defense.

Surfer Zombie can block the projectiles when walking on land with his surfboard, because the surfboard blocks lobbed shots and the Parasol Zombies parasol blocks most lobbed projectiles (including Winter Melon's).

Winter Melon should not be used in levels with Jester Zombies and Parasol Zombies, as they can deflect the melons and come out unharmed. Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels also pose serious threats to Winter Melon, as they will often run in front of the horde and overwhelm the melons, preventing Winter Melon from hitting the bulk of the zombies. Winter Melon's low fire-rate also means the Chickens and Weasels can quickly overwhelm the front line if unprepared for.

Locked and Loaded - Wild West

See also: Locked and Loaded, Wild West - Day 9, Wild West - Day 22

Although they might seem impractically expensive, Winter Melons are required in these levels in order to defeat the massive numbers of zombies which swarm the screen, especially Day 9 where both Lightning Reeds and Split Peas cannot reliably take care of Poncho Zombies. In Day 22, it is advised the player places one on the hindmost mine cart in order to slow down the zombies. Be aware that Zombie Chickens can throw off Winter Melon's aim, so Bloomerang and Repeater should still be planted in order to deal with them.

Endless Zones

Similar to in Survival Mode in the previous game, Winter Melon is a key plant in all Endless Zones, due to his ability to suppress the incoming threats, giving the player more reaction time. His Plant Food in particular will prove to be one of the player's most useful assets - the ever-increasing zombie density only serves to increase the amount of splash damage Winter Melon can generate, and multiple Winter Melons when linked with Tile Turnip in higher levels can fire off a gigantic amount of frozen melons, capable of devastating even Gargantuars with ease. However, the player may find his price of 500 sun quite annoying early on due to the pace of Endless Zones, thus it's a good idea to have some early defenses to go along with him, such as Cold Snapdragon and instant-use plants.

In Arthur's Challenge and Temple of Bloom, Winter Melon should not be used on levels with Jester Zombies and Parasol Zombies for aforementioned reasons. If the player wishes to boost multiple Winter Melons through Tile Turnip, it is recommended to link them to a non-damaging plant such as Sun-shroom and Iceberg Lettuce and then boost him first, as boosting a Winter Melon first can accidentally kill off weaker zombies and as a result reduce the amount of splash damage dealt in the ensuing barrage.

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Trivia

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • In older versions of the game, if his seed packet is fully recharged, the player has accumulated enough sun to purchase it, and there are no Melon-pults on the lawn, clicking on the Winter Melon seed packet would cause a message to appear stating "Plant a Winter Melon first" instead of "Plant a Melon-pult first." This error has been fixed in current versions of Plants vs. Zombies.
  • According to the Suburban Almanac, he can deal a very heavy amount of damage. However, he deals the same amount of damage per melon as Melon-pult.
  • On the PlayStation Vita version of Plants vs. Zombies, his seed packets might have part of the melon erased. It shares this trait with the Coffee Bean.
  • In the iPad version, he is a lot lower down on its seed packet than Melon-pult.
  • His stem is green, even though it is mostly colored blue. He shares this trait with Snow Pea.
  • In the seed packet for the iOS and Android versions, His leaves at the bottom are colored cyan instead of green.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Him, Banana Launcher, and Missile Toe are the second most expensive plants in the game, the most expensive being Tile Turnip, with his cost capable of going up to 16,000 (64,000 in the Chinese version) sun.
  • He is the only upgrade plant from Plants vs. Zombies to not have his total sun cost changed in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • His vine that connects his body to his basket and his leaves under him are now completely blue, unlike the first game.
  • The Almanac states that he does the same damage as a Melon-pult, even though in the first game, the Almanac states falsely that he does very heavy damage.
  • His Winter Hat costume is a reference to Eric Cartman's hat from the hit animated TV show South Park.
    • Likewise, his Chinese costume is Kyle Broflovski's hat from the same show.
  • He is not immune to the freezing winds in Frostbite Caves.
  • His Almanac entry could be a reference to Simpsons character Troy McClure.
  • Unlike other plants, his cost is reduced by 50 sun with each sun cost reduction when he is being leveled up. Other plants only have their sun cost reduced by 25 sun when they level up.

See also

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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
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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 · Contain-mint · Arma-mint
Others Marigold