For other uses, see Lightning Reed (disambiguation).

Lightning Reed is the fourth plant obtained in Wild West in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He can target multiple zombies in adjacent lanes, lightning fired from him also damages nearby zombies.


For more information about this character, see Lightning Reed.

Lightning Reed is the fourth plant unlocked in Wild West and the first plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 to deal electric damage.

He generates lightning from his body that strikes the closest zombie or obstacle, such as a tombstone, within three lanes from where he is planted, similarly to Threepeater. The lightning will arc to another zombie or tombstone if close enough.

He attacks every 1.35-1.5 seconds, with direct hit dealing ten damage per shot and the arcs of electricity dealing ten damage per shot.

Almanac entry

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

Lightning Reed



RANGE: Multi-Hit
SPECIAL: Zombies Zapped

FAMILY: Fila-mint

Lightning Reeds shoot lightning at nearest zombie up to one lane away. The bolt will then arc and hit other zombies.

This may come as a shock, but Lightning Reed has a serious passion for ham radio. His call sign is El3ctric H1ccup. You can tune in every Tuesday to hear him read the classics to elderly plants. This week: Seeds and Sensibility.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

When fed Plant Food, he generates a small storm cloud that tracks down a random target, dealing 160 damage per second. If the target is defeated, the cloud will quickly move to another random zombie. The cloud lasts for 15 seconds before disappearing.

Fila-mint effect

When boosted by Fila-mint, Lightning Reed does an additional 60 DPS to all zombies his electricity bounces to, and his electricity can bounce to an additional ten zombies.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
(Zombies Zapped)
1 0 0 125 5 seconds 300 dps 10 dps Three Multi-Hit
2 10 1,000 350 dps 14 dps Four
3 50 2,000 400 dps 16 dps Four
4 100 4,000 450 dps 18 dps Five
5 125 6,000 100 500 dps 20 dps Five
6 175 8,000 550 dps 24 dps Six
7 250 10,000 600 dps 28 dps Six
8 350 15,000 650 dps 32 dps Seven
9 450 20,000 700 dps 34 dps Seven
10 800 60,000 75 750 dps 40 dps Eight
11 1,000 75,000 800 dps 44 dps Eight
12 1,250 100,000 825 dps 48 dps Nine
13 1,500 150,000 850 dps 52 dps Nine
14 1,750 200,000 875 dps 56 dps Ten
15 2,000 250,000 50 900 dps 60 dps Ten

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Lightning Reed Upgrade 1.png
Powerful Lightning
Lightning Reed gains a 15% chance to release a red, high voltage lightning that can stop zombies for a short while.
Combat Training
Lightning Reed gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Lightning Reed Upgrade 2.png
Overdriven Current
The chance of releasing red lightnings is increased to 30%.
Cell Activation
Lightning Reed gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Lightning Reed may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Lightning Reed gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Lightning Reed unleashes a huge lightning cloud and instantly electrocutes all zombies on screen.


Due to the lightning's chaining mechanic, Lightning Reed is best used in large groups. While one will have trouble against even a regular Zombie, ten or more of them are capable of dealing an impressive amount of damage against swarms of enemies, especially when all five lanes are occupied with zombies. However, his low initial damage means that it will have difficulty against durable targets like Buckethead Zombies, meaning that more powerful splash-damaging or strong single-target plants, such as Citron or Melon-pult, will be required to support it.

Because of his high attack speed and chain attacks, Lightning Reed is a powerful weapon against Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels because he can destroy multiple chickens in only one shot. Compared to other plants that can also counter them, such as Spikeweed and Fume-shroom, Lightning Reed can cover up to three lanes at once, attack faster, and has better range, but cannot neutralize Ice Weasels as effectively due to his low damage, unless it's level 4, as it does more damage and zaps 5 Ice Weasels per hit. Planting 1-2 columns is the best strategy to use against both Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels.

Another useful feature of Lightning Reed is that his attack cannot be blocked or reflected by any means. Therefore, it is a possible counter against Shield Zombies, Jester Zombies, and Excavator Zombies. Lightning Reed is also helpful in defeating Surfer Zombies in Big Wave Beach as he will destroy their surfboards upon defeating them, thus preventing any surfboards from crushing plants; however, the beach has limited planting space, and the surfers move quickly, making it more difficult to pull this off with Lightning Reed's low DPS.

Lightning Reeds can be quite useful against a column of Glitter Zombies. While they can protect all zombies behind them and severely reduce the effectiveness of single-lane plants such as Laser Bean and Fume-shroom, a group of Lightning Reed can still attack the entire column of Glitter Zombies and defeat them quickly.

In the Chinese version, it is highly recommended to upgrade him because he will be able to stun zombies for a few seconds. Groups of upgraded Lightning Reeds will be easily able to stun zombies because of their fast attacks combined with splash damage. Because of this, it works well in PVP mode combined with other upgraded plants.

Balance changes

Update 5.6.1

  • Direct hit damage decreased from 10 to 5.

Update 6.7.1

  • Direct hit damage increased from 5 to 10.
  • Splash damage increased from 5 to 10.

Related achievement

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Fried Chicken
Use the Lightning Reed on a chicken


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • The "El3ctric H1ccup" in his Almanac entry is an improper call sign for ham radio operators. A real one resembles something such as "K7PKRL." "El3ctric H1ccup" is actually "leetspeak" for "Electric Hiccup."
    • Hence, when he's zapping zombies, his head rises as if he has hiccups.
  • Despite the fact that the real-life reed is an aquatic plant, he cannot be planted in the water in Big Wave Beach.
  • "Seeds and Sensibility" mentioned in his Almanac entry is based on the novel Sense and Sensibility, a famous Jane Austen novel.
  • His Plant Food immunity time is less than half a second, making him one of the few plants which can be eaten while under the effects of Plant Food.
  • If he zaps the body of a zombie that has already lost its head, the head comes back for the dying animation.
  • If he zaps any kind of Gargantuar, the player will see that Gargantuar has a skeleton of a dinosaur where its rib cage should be.
  • When a Zombie Bull is zapped, it reveals the mechanical parts used to make up the Zombie Bull instead of a skeleton, unlike all the other zombies. If the Zombie Bull Rider is not yet thrown and the Zombie Bull is zapped, the Zombie Bull Rider will vanish.
  • If he zaps a Balloon Zombie, the player will see that the balloon has a skeleton of a monkey riding an old school bicycle and wearing a fez, rather than an empty balloon.
    • The same will happen with other electric plants.
  • If his storm cloud goes after a swinging Swashbuckler Zombie, it will zap the Swashbuckler Zombie's landing spot.
  • If he electrifies an Imp that was launched from an Imp Cannon over water, the Imp will just disappear. 
  • After the 2.5.1 update, his electricity immediately fades away.
  • If he manages to zap a Zombie Chicken, the player will obtain the Fried Chicken achievement.
  • In the Almanac, it says he deals normal damage, but he only deals light damage in actual gameplay.

Lightning Reeds planted in one column in this shot

  • He was originally going to cost 150 sun, according to pre-release gameplay footage.
  • He, Sun-shroom, Sun Bean, Hot Potato, and Explode-O-Nut have a glow around themselves in the seed packet.
  • He is the only electric plant that doesn't have a twitching animation.

Specific to the Chinese version (China only)

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
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 · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
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 Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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