- For other uses, see Lightning Reed (disambiguation).
Based on his appearance, it is likely that the Lightning Reed is based on the bullrush of the Typha plant family, also referred to as the reed or cattail in English.
His name is a pun of "lightning rod," a piece of metal put on top of a tall structure to protect it from lightning strikes; "lightning," a sudden electrostatic discharge occurring during thunderstorms; and "reed," the real-life plant that this plant is based on.
- Main article: Lightning Reed (PvZ2)
He attacks quickly with weak electric shocks that hit multiple targets and can naturally target zombies a lane higher or lower than him.
- Main article: Lightning Reed (Spawnable)
Lightning Reed next appeared in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and reappeared in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville as a spawnable Potted Plant.
He fires a stream of lightning at a zombie ahead of him, which can spread to nearby zombies in an arc before having to recharge.
- Main article: Electric Grass line
Lightning Reed also appears in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as a Brave type plant and is the first plant in the Electric Grass line.
He fires electric shocks at zombies and his plant food ability seems to fire a huge burst of electricity at a zombie.
- Main article: Lightning Reed (PvZH)
- Main article: Lightning Reed (PvZ3)
Like Plants vs. Zombies 2, he fires chain lightning that can even hit zombies above and below him, and is also able to fire at flying zombies.
- In the Behind the Brainz - New Plants video the developers said that Lightning Reed is a female, but the Almanac entry and every game since says he's a male.