For other uses, see Jalapeno (disambiguation).

Jalapeno is an instant-kill plant available in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. When planted, he will explode and cover the lane he is placed on in fire, dealing 1800 damage per shot to and removing all ice-based effect from every enemy in the lane. He can now be purchased in Plants vs. Zombies 2 for 100 gems permanently.


Immature jalapeno capsicum annuum var annuum

Jalapeno is based on the real life Jalapeño, a cultivar of the plant Capsicum annuum valued for its spicy flavor, referring to the fact that Jalapeno is hot and spicy, and when he explodes he defeats a whole lane of zombies with fire.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sound Description
Jalapeno explodes.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sound Description
Jalapeno explodes.


Plants vs. Zombies

Jalapeno is obtained after beating Level 3-5. Aside from the primary effect, Jalapeno can also melt the Zomboni's ice trail and Dr. Zomboss' iceballs, and remove ice-based effect from zombies (such as the chill effect on a gargantuar).

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Jalapeno returns as a premium plant available for purchase at $2.99 (now 100 gems). In the Frostbite Caves, Jalapeno is also capable of melting frozen blocks instantly regardless of health and damage any trapped zombie directly, unlike other instant plants which are weakened by frozen blocks.

After the 4.0 update, Jalapeno is used to represent the difficulty of all the worlds except for the Player's House, ranging from one to five.

Almanac entry

Jalapeno almanac pc

Almanac entry of Jalapeno

Plants vs. Zombies


Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.

Damage: massive
Range: all zombies in a lane
Usage: single use, instant

"NNNNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!" Jalapeno says. He's not going to explode, not this time. But soon. Oh, so soon. It's close. He knows it, he can feel it, his whole life's been leading up to this moment.

Cost: 125

Recharge: very slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2



DAMAGE: Massive
AREA: Lane

FAMILY: Pepper-mint

Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.

Usage: single use, instant

This jalapeno is one spicy character by day and The Macramé Vigilante by night. You might be wondering what his secret weapons is... it's knots.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Pepper-mint effect

When boosted by Pepper-mint, Jalapeno's damage is increased by 2400 DPS.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun cost Recharge
1 0 0 125 35 seconds 1800 dps Lane
2 10 1,000 125 34 seconds 1900 dps
3 25 2,500 125 33 seconds 2000 dps
4 50 5,000 100 32 seconds 2100 dps
5 100 10,000 100 31 seconds 2200 dps
6 200 20,000 100 30 seconds 2300 dps
7 400 30,000 75 29 seconds 2400 dps
8 800 50,000 75 28 seconds
9 1,200 75,000 75 27 seconds
10 1,600 100,000 75 25 seconds

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Jalapeno Upgrade 1
Cross Flames
Jalapeno now explodes in a cross-like pattern. (Lane and Column)
Combat Training
Jalapeno gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Jalapeno Upgrade 2
Trail Loaded Battle
Jalapeno's sun cost decreases by 25 sun.
Cell Activation
Jalapeno gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

Note: Jalapeno can't be upgraded to level 4.


Jalapeno focuses on dealing heavy damage to all enemies on a specific lane, as opposed to a limited area over multiple lanes like Cherry Bomb. Because of this, Jalapeno will be more suited for quickly neutralizing threats that have come far into the player's defense such as Imps being thrown by Gargantuars, rather than general crowd control. The fire-based nature of Jalapeno can be considered to be both a blessing and a curse: While this means Jalapeno is highly useful against several ice-based threats, this also means any surviving enemies, predominantly Gargantuars, will have their freezing effect removed if previously frozen, rendering Ice-shroom, Cold Snapdragon's Plant Food ability and Iceberg Lettuce useless.

Jalapeno can benefit from use of Imitater, as it will effectively halve the recharge time and allow more liberal use of the plant. Creating choke points via the use of Garlic or/and Sweet Potato can also boost Jalapeno's efficiency by allowing him to damage more zombies. Hot Date is similar to the Jalapeno, but is more effective as it also attract some zombies and stalls them.

Plants vs. Zombies

Jalapeno is a useful plant against Zomboni as he is capable of melting the ice trail, freeing space for planting and preventing Zombie Bobsled Teams from entering. He is also a useful tool for destroying ladders placed by Ladder Zombies; certain strategies in Survival: Endless utilize ladders against thrown Imps however, and Jalapeno should never used in these cases, as the Doom-shroom and Coffee Bean combo may be better, though leaving a crater.

Level 5-10

Jalapenos is provided in this level as the only means of neutralizing Dr. Zombossiceball attack. Unlike Ice-shroom which can be placed anywhere on the lawn to negate fireball, Jalapeno must be planted on the lane where the iceball is spawned. The player should exercise moderation when using Jalapeno, and always keep a stock in case more dangerous enemies arrive, or an iceball is spawned. Using Jalapeno while the Zombot's head is down can also deal heavy damage and greatly speed up the fight. However, it's not recommended to use him while it is frozen or else the Zombot will unfreeze.

Column Like You See 'Em mini-game

Jalapenos can be planted in a column of pots to effectively wipe the entire screen of enemies, and heavily damage any surviving Gargantuars. These are usually obtained once or twice, so they should be saved for either when huge waves two and three when Gargantuars appear or when Ladder Zombies have placed ladders on your defensive plants. Jalapenos will also melt the ladders placed on the defensive plants, if any. Jalapeno cannot be used however, if the player plans to obtain the Chilli Free achievement.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Jalapeno can be used to neutralize Barrel Roller Zombies while preventing the barrels from releasing Imp Pirate Zombies. It is also useful for cleaning up tombstones in Ancient Egypt and the Dark Ages, or ice block in the Frostbite Caves - the latter is a special case, as unlike most other instant plants which will only destroy the ice and leave the trapped zombie mostly unscathed, Jalapeno can instantly melt the ice and kill the zombie at once.

It should be noted that because he attacks by using fire, Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to his attack, therefore making him useless against them.

Related achievements

Complete a level using only Explosive Plants to kill zombies.
Chilli free
Chilli Free
Complete Column Like You See 'Em without using Jalapenos.
Chill out
Chill Out
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, you've got one level to destroy three bobsleds, it's Jalapeno time!
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner
The Complete Zombie2
The Complete Zombie
You've won every trophy, climbed every mountain, defeated every zombie, planted every plant. Congratulations!


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • There are two achievements that involve him, Chill Out and Chilli Free. One involves the player using him and the other involves the player not using him, respectively.
  • He can clear a lane of daisies made by killed zombies (if "daisies" was typed).
  • In the Suburban Almanac, he appears to be shaking fast while in the Zen Garden he shakes slowly. However, on the iOS and Android versions, he shakes fast in the Zen Garden. He will also shake fast if the player gives him chocolate (only when he is happy).
  • If he was being used to any zombies that can take more than one-hit-KO hits (Gargantuar and Giga-gargantuar, Giga-Football Zombie, or Dr. Zomboss), it will make said target move sightly faster than normal, the most noticeable one is Dr.Zomboss in his Boss Fight.
  • If he or any other explosive plant (with the exception of Potato Mine) is used to destroy a zombie in ZomBotany, he will turn the zombie black, but he will not fall into ashes.
  • A Chili Pepper T-shirt is available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. It costs 80 Microsoft Points, and is a white T-shirt with a picture of the Jalapeno on it.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Jalapeno and his costume, a park ranger hat, is also meant to be ironic, since park rangers try to stop fires while he literally fights with fire.
    • This also applies with Snapdragon and one of his costume, a fireman helmet.  
  • His explosion plays additional sounds absent from the previous game. He makes a "fweeee" sound and maracas during the explosion.
  • Upon Neon Mixtape Tour Side B's release, he makes an appearance on the world map as a difficulty rating for the different worlds.
  • On March 16, 2017, he became one of 4 premium plants to be permanently purchasable with 100 gems, along with Squash, Hypno-shroom and Pea-nut.
  • In his watering animation, he is trying to drink water because he is spicy.

Specific to Chinese version (China only)

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
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 · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater
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