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The official name of this plant is Bamboo-shoot. However, a literal translation can be found in its infobox. The official name is to be used on all pages that refer to this plant.
For other uses, see Bamboo Shoot (disambiguation).

Bamboo-shoot (竹笋; pinyin: zhúsǔn) is a plant in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2. When a zombie is within four tiles in front of him, he will hide in the ground and start attacking by spinning backwards and forwards. He cannot be eaten by zombies. However, any rolling zombie can run over him ,destroying him in the process (like Spikeweed). Gargantuars are also able to destroy the Bamboo-shoot by crushing his starting point. Since the 1.2 update to the game, the plant behaves differently — he only damages one group of zombies four tiles away from him.


A bamboo shoot.

Bamboo-shoot is based on bamboo. His name is a portmanteau of "bamboo" and "shoot", a sprouting plant.

The term "bamboo shoot" is used for sprouts of bamboo in which he's based on.

Almanac entry

竹笋 (Bamboo-shoot)
Sun cost: 175

DAMAGE: Moderate
RANGE: Close


竹笋从土行孙那里习得土遁功夫, 又经过不懈努力, 终于获得 "钻头工程学院" 学土称号。

    In English:

    Bamboo-shoot moves back and forth through the ground, doing damage to zombies step on it.

    Plant feature: green plant, short

    Bamboo-shoot learned a Kongfu technique of instantly burrowing into the ground from Tuxing Sun, and, along with his deep determination, he finally obtained his bachelor degree from Drill Engineering College.


Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, he will hit the last zombies in each line (and any zombies in that tile as well). If their health is low enough, they will be flung off the screen.


He flings one extra zombie off-screen.

Level upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
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Super Drill
Bamboo-shoot has 20% chance to push zombies back.
Combat Training
Bamboo-shoot gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Geological Research
Bamboo-shoot has 40% chance to push zombies back.
Cell Activation
Bamboo-shoot gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Bamboo-shoot may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Bamboo-shoot gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


The best option is to support him with other area-of-effect plants, and a strong defensive plant, as he is not very strong. You can use him in case a Barrel Roller Zombie appears since he works like Spikeweed. Do not use Plant Food on this unless he is costumed and upgraded, otherwise, he simply is not worth to use his Plant Food. He is futile to use this plant to combat any flying zombies since he is grounded. Using slowing plants like Snow Pea, Stallia or Sap-fling is useful, due to him being able to attack zombies for more time.


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  • As he is rooted to the ground, he cannot be planted on wooden planks in Pirate Seas, in minecarts in Wild West, and cannot be used at all in Sky City.
    • However, he can still travel on to the planks when attacking, despite still being underground.
  • His almanac entry references a fictional character called Tuxing Sun (lit. Soilwalker Sun), who appears in the Chinese epic novel The Investiture of the Gods.
  • In his almanac entry, the term 学士(bachelor) is intentionally switched to 学土 as a pun, replacing the character 士(a suffix referencing a senior stratum) to 土(soil).
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