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Ghost Pepper is a plant in both Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West. She attacks by haunting nearby zombies both in front of and behind her, dealing continuous damage.



A real-life examples of Bhut jolokia, the plant Ghost Pepper is based on

The Bhut jolokia, commonly referred to as ghost pepper, is one of the spiciest chili peppers in the world. Ghost Pepper's name also refers to her spectral appearance, and her ability to harm zombies by haunting them.


Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West (China only) (Archived content)

In Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West, she was a store bought plant which could be purchased with 180 gems and couldn't be imitated. She haunted zombies three tiles in front of her, and two tiles behind her, dealing continuous damage to them. She could also randomly do a special attack, temporarily increasing her range to now attack in three lanes instead of one.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

In Plants vs. Zombies 2, Ghost Pepper is a premium plant which was released in the 2.9 update for the Lawn of Doom event, she haunts and deals 60 DPS each second to each zombie in a 1x4 area around her. After 10 seconds from when she haunts her first zombie, Ghost Pepper will explode, dealing 450 DPS to all enemies in a 3x3 area. Additionally, Ghost Pepper is immune to most attacks from zombies, including transformations that make the plant passive (Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie and Archmage Zombie in the Chinese version), and can be planted directly on water tiles in Big Wave Beach without the aid of a Lily Pad. She can be bought for gems during Lawn of Doom, and other various event sales, though her gem cost often fluctuates between 80 and 109 gems.

Almanac entry

Ghost Pepper JttW Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West (China only) (Archived content)





In English:

Ghost Pepper

Scares approaching zombies, causing continuous damage
Normal Attack Range: 3 tiles in front, 2 tiles in back
Normal Attack Damage: heavy
Special Attack Range: 3 rows, 3 tiles in front, 2 tiles in back
Special Attack Damage: heavy

You might not know it looking at her, but Ghost Pepper didn't always wear that white sheet everywhere she went. She first put it on as a lark for a Halloween party one year. Everyone else had these elaborate costumes, and she thought that it would be funny to dress like a plain ol' ghost. But she fell in love with that costume. It spoke to her. She'd found her calling.

Recharge: slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Note: Ghost Pepper costs 100 sun in the Chinese version.

Ghost Pepper

RECHARGE: Mediocre

DAMAGE: Moderate

RANGE: Front & Back
FAMILY: Pepper-mint

Ghost Peppers haunt zombies that pass by and explode after a limited time.

You might not know it looking at her, but Ghost Pepper didn't always wear that white sheet everywhere she went. She first put it on as a lark for a Halloween party one year. Everyone else had these elaborate costumes, and she thought that it would be funny to dress like a plain ol' ghost. But she fell in love with that costume. It spoke to her. She'd found her calling.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect


Ghost Pepper haunting two Gargantuar Primes

When fed Plant Food, Ghost Pepper haunts all zombies in a 4x3 area, dealing a total of 1120 DPS over 3.5 seconds. The Plant Food effect will also reset Ghost Pepper's duration, allowing Ghost Pepper to stay on the lawn longer, similar to the plant food effect of Puff-shroom.

Pepper-mint effect

When boosted by Pepper-mint, Ghost Pepper gains an additional 60 DPS for her normal attack, and an additional 200 DPS for her Plant Food attack.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 75 15 seconds 10 seconds 300 dps 30 dps 160 dps Normal Front & Back
2 10 1,000 14 seconds 10 seconds 350 dps 35 dps 165 dps
3 25 2,500 13 seconds 9 seconds 400 dps 40 dps 165 dps + 1.3x
4 50 5,000 12 seconds 9 seconds 450 dps 45 dps 170 dps
5 100 10,000 11 seconds 8 seconds 550 dps 50 dps 170 dps
6 200 20,000 10 seconds 8 seconds 600 dps 55 dps 170 dps
7 400 30,000 9 seconds 7 seconds 650 dps 60 dps 180 dps + 1.6x
8 800 50,000 8 seconds 7 seconds 700 dps 60 dps 180 dps
9 1,200 75,000 7 seconds 5 seconds 800 dps 60 dps 180 dps
10 1,600 100,000 50 7 seconds 5 seconds 900 dps 60 dps 200 dps

*Per hit. Ghost Pepper's Plant Food effect does a total of 7 hits.

Costumed (China only)

When given Plant Food, Ghost Pepper now deals more damage and stuns the zombies in range.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Ghost Pepper Upgrade 1
Ghost Pepper attacks in a cross (+) shape.
Combat Training
Ghost Pepper gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Ghost Pepper Upgrade 2
Ghost Pepper attacks one tile further.
Cell Activation
Ghost Pepper gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Ghost Pepper may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Ghost Pepper gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Compared to other instant-use plants, Ghost Pepper trades overall firepower and area of effect for increased damage-dealing duration, shorter recharge time and general ease of use. Therefore, she will find more use in aiding other offensive plants against high priority, but low health targets such as Wizard Zombies, Octo Zombies and Turquoise Skull Zombies, rather than high health zombies like Gargantuars. Compared to Lava Guava, Ghost Pepper has greater range and, therefore, will be better suited against faster enemies, while Lava Guava deals more damage in a much smaller area, and will be more useful against slower enemies.

Ghost Pepper should ideally be planted in areas where large groups of zombies will walk through. Frostbite Caves may provide such choke points in certain slider tile placements, but the player can also utilize Garlic and Sweet Potato to create choke points of their own. Stunning or delaying zombies with plants such as Stunion and Stallia can also increase Ghost Pepper's efficiency by forcing zombies to stay in her area of effect for a longer time period. With Shovel Boost, Ghost Pepper can also be dug up just after she explodes to be refunded some sun prior to 5.0.1.

Ghost Pepper is a highly valuable asset for the player in Big Wave Beach. Not only can she be placed on water tiles without the help of Lily Pad, but she is resistant to most of the local zombies' otherwise dangerous zombies: Surfer Zombie and Octo Zombie will not attempt to target Ghost Pepper, while Fisherman Zombie will usually reel past Ghost Pepper, and can only eliminate her by pulling a plant right next to Ghost Pepper. Ghost Pepper is also highly useful in Dark Ages, especially against Wizard Zombies, as she is one of the few plants that cannot be transmuted by them.

Ghost Pepper should not be planted near the player's house in Far Future, as Gargantuar Primes will often shoot their laser beams in that area and shorten Ghost Pepper's duration. Additionally, frozen blocks and arcade machines can crush Ghost Pepper like any other plants, so the player should be careful when using Ghost Pepper against Troglobite and Arcade Zombie. If you must to, plant her behind so she can kill the zombies without harm.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West (China only) (Archived content)

  • Despite appearing to be able to hover, she still required Lily Pads in order to be planted on water.
  • After the 3.10 update, her sound effect was changed to be identical with her Plants vs. Zombies 2 version.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • She is the first plant with the ability to hover over water in Big Wave Beach, the second one being Rotobaga and the third one being Caulipower.
    • However, only Rotobaga and Ghost Pepper can be planted in air column in Sky City.
  • She is the first plant related to the Lawn of Doom event. The second is Jack O' Lantern, and the third is Witch Hazel.
  • If one hears closely, she sometimes sounds like a Ghast from the game Minecraft.
  • The following zombies and objects can destroy or harm it:
  • She is the only plant except for instant-use plants that cannot be transformed into sheep by Wizard Zombie.
  • She will not explode if her timer is triggered right before the level ends, similarly to Puff-shroom.
  • In the Chinese version, her explosion sound effect is the sound that Melon-pult creates while using Plant Food.
    • Additionally, when she attacks, the sound effect from Sun-shroom's plant food ability is also heard.
  • Her, Lord Bamboo, and Sap-fling were the only monthly special plants that have their Almanac background be Big Wave Beach in the Chinese version.
    • After the 1.8 update, however, they all got the normal lawn background.
  • According to the credits, she is voiced by Damian Kastbauer.
  • Before April 1, 2018, even though her "hair bow" costume was otherwise fully implemented, it could not be obtained in the international version. In the Chinese version, it is obtainable via Puzzle Pieces. Ghost Pepper also has her hair bow on in a sticker in the Sticker Pack.
  • If a Boombox Zombie plays his jam at the same time Ghost Pepper is attacking zombies, it will still play the "haunting" animation, but will not deal any damage.
  • Her shadow is a part of her idle animation.
    • Caulipower shares this trait.
  • During the Lawn of Doom 2017 event, she only could be purchased as a bundle with Jack O' Lantern and Witch Hazel. During the second week of the event, however, she was added to the store costing 100 gems.
  • She and Shadow Peashooter are the only Lawn of Doom plants to not return in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt 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 · 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 · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine
Others Marigold

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