For other uses, see Jalapeno (disambiguation).

Jalapeno (pronounced as "Halapenio") is an instant-kill plant available in Plants vs. Zombies 2. 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 costs 100 gems to obtain.


Sound Description
Jalapeno explodes.


For more information about this character, see Jalapeno.

Jalapeno returns as a premium plant available for purchase at $2.99. Version 5.9.1 made him cost 100 gems. He can also both melt ice blocks and instantly kill zombies trapped within. While his flames seems to last longer, he only deals damage once to all zombies, meaning that a flying imp, while not burnt by him mid-air, will be scorched if he lands on the flames.

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



DAMAGE: 1800
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.


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


Jalapeno's recharge is reduced by 20 percent.

Level upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Jalapeno Upgrade 1.png
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.png Jalapeno Upgrade 2.png
Trail Loaded Battle
Jalapeno costs 100 sun instead of 125
Cell Activation
Jalapeno gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

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


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. But aside from that, which is a very specific scenario, his utility is not hampered.


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  • Jalapeno and his costume, a park ranger hat, is also meant to be ironic, since park rangers are more like firefighters, while he uses flames to attack zombies.
    • 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, making it sound like he is frying something.
  • 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 5 premium plants to be permanently purchasable with 100 gems, along with Squash, Hypno-shroom , Pea-nut, and Shrinking Violet.
  • In his watering animation, he is trying to drink water because he is spicy.
  • His artwork in the Penny's Pursuit difficulty selection is different than in-game.

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