For other uses, see Kernel-pult (disambiguation).

Kernel-pult is an offensive lobbed-shot plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. While he normally lobs kernels that deal 30 damage per shot (20 in Chinese version) at an equal rate to Cabbage-pult (2.85 - 3 seconds), he has a 25% (20% in Chinese version) chance to fire a butter projectile that deals 40 damage per shot to his target, briefly stunning it in most cases.

In Chinese version, Kernel-pult's stun duration and his chance to fire a butter depend on the zombies level.


Kernel-pult is obtained by finishing Pirate Seas - Day 1. The butter stuns for 8 seconds, and can also instantly defeat the following zombies, regardless of health:

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.




RANGE: Lobbed

FAMILY: Arma-mint

Kernel-pult flings corn kernels and butter at zombies.

Damage Details: light (kernel), normal (butter)
Special: butter immobilizes zombies

While working as an usher at the local movieplex, he saw "Fried Green Tomatoes" and found his higher calling. He packed up his husks, his kernels, his butter, and enlisted.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When fed Plant Food, Kernel-pult hurls butter that hits every zombie and obstacle on-screen, dealing 40 damage per shot and paralyzing them for 8 seconds.

Costumed (China only)

When given Plant Food, Kernel-pult shoots flaming butter which deals more damage (50 damage per shot at level 1).

Arma-mint effect

When boosted by Arma-mint, Kernel-pult deals an additional 100 DPS with his kernels, and his butter stun duration is increased to 16 seconds. Notably, Kernel-pult does not gain any additional damage to his butter when boosted.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Damage per projectile
1 0 0 100 5 seconds 300 dps 30 dps Normal 8 seconds Lobbed
2 10 1,000 100 4.5 seconds 325 dps 35 dps 8.5 seconds
3 50 2,000 100 4.5 seconds 350 dps 40 dps 9 seconds
4 100 4,000 100 4.5 seconds 375 dps 45 dps +1.3x 9.5 seconds
5 125 6,000 100 4 seconds 400 dps 50 dps 10 seconds
6 175 8,000 75 4 seconds 450 dps 55 dps 10.5 seconds
7 250 10,000 75 4 seconds 500 dps 60 dps 11 seconds
8 350 15,000 75 3.5 seconds 550 dps 65 dps 11.5 seconds
9 450 20,000 75 3.5 seconds 600 dps 70 dps 12 seconds
10 800 60,000 75 3.5 seconds 650 dps 75 dps +1.6x 12.5 seconds
11 1,000 75,000 75 3.5 seconds 700 dps 80 dps 13 seconds
12 1,250 100,000 75 3 seconds 750 dps 85 dps 13.5 seconds
13 1,500 150,000 75 3 seconds 800 dps 90 dps 14 seconds
14 1,750 200,000 50 3 seconds 850 dps 95 dps 15 seconds
15 2,000 250,000 50 2.5 seconds 900 dps 100 dps 16 seconds

*Column shows damage of kernels. Butters deal twice as much damage.

  • The damage of Kernel-pult's butter does not increase through upgrade.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Kernel-pult Upgrade 1.png
Kernel Rocket
A high damage corn rocket gets lobbed for every five projectiles lobbed.
Combat Training
Kernel-pult gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Kernel-pult Upgrade 2.png
Faster Reload
A high damage corn rocket gets lobbed for every three projectiles lobbed.
Cell Activation
Kernel-pult gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Kernel-pult may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Kernel-pult gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only)  (Archived content)


Kernel-pult has received a noticeable buff both in his offensive and supportive capability: Firstly, the butter's stunning duration has been effectively tripled due to the normal duration increase combined with the change in general gameplay, massively increasing Kernel-pult's support capability. Secondly, Kernel-pult can now also instantly kill several flying enemies, and will prove to be even more effective than other offensive plants at combating Zombie Parrots.

Kernel-pult's Plant Food ability reflects the plant's supportive nature, as while he does very low damage for a Plant Food effect, he can temporarily disable all enemies on the field. Therefore, he should only be used if the player needs more time to react, or when there are great amounts of Seagull Zombies/Pelican Zombies, Bug Zombies and/or Zombie Parrots present on the screen. Compared to Iceberg Lettuce's Plant Food effect, Kernel-pult's can deal damage, affect flying threats and work in tandem with fire-based plants, but does not affect off-screen enemies and has a shorter stun time. Plus, Parasol Zombie is immune to it.

Using him with the Primal Peashooter is a bad idea as Primal Peashooter can knock back zombies and Kernel-pult can easily miss his shots.

Aside from the enemies that can be instantly neutralized by butter, Kernel-pult can also prove to be particularly effective against the following targets:

Kernel-pult should not be used against zombies that can block or reflect lobbed shots, such as Shield Zombie, Jester Zombie and Parasol Zombie.

Balance changes

Update ?.?.?

Kernel damage increased from 20 to 30

Related achievement

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  • After the 2.7.1 update, he can immobilize Pharaoh Zombie while in his sarcophagus, despite that zombie being unable to see while still in it.
    • However, this is still not the case in the Chinese version.
  • In the Chinese version, if a zombie gets buttered, then a Cuke goes off, the zombie's head will float in mid-air, but the rest of the body will disappear.
  • He is tied with Bonk Choy for the most amount of costumes in the entire game, with six.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes, mentioned in his Almanac entry, is a movie about a housewife who is unhappy with her life, and she befriends an old lady who her tells her stories of people she used to know.
  • As stated in one of his costumes, his favorite color is red.
  • The kernel rocket from the Level 2 upgrade in the Chinese version can defrost zombies.
  • If a Jester Zombie returns the butter lobbed by a Kernel-pult, the butter will do nothing other than damaging a plant.
  • The Travel Log Quest for unlocking Kernel-pult spells it "kernelpult" with no dash in between.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Online (Archived content) (China only)

  • He was formerly unlocked after beating Pirate Seas - Level 3-1.
  • The basket is now made of metal. It can also be customized to be other various things, such as a net or baseball glove.

See also

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