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Lord Bamboo (竹员外; pinyin: zhú yuánwài) is a plant in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 as a replacement for Tanghulu. He explodes the first zombie on contact, killing both himself and the zombie(s) in his area similar to Potato Mine. He was a plant introduced to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

To unlock this plant, the player could open red packets for Chinese New Year event 2015 and 2016, which were obtained from Gods of Wealth, or by spending diamonds. To get both him and his costume, the player would have to answer nine questions correctly in the quiz game mode. An alternative method was to get a Puzzle Piece for him via Penny's Treasures.


He resembles Chinese firecrackers (爆竹, which are actually explosive bamboo).

Almanac entry

竹员外 (Lord Bamboo)
Sun cost: 50




    In English:

    Lord Bamboo explodes, causing damage to the approaching zombies.

    Plant feature: green plant

    Lord Bamboo lives in a big house in the west of Fireworks Town lonely. He looks ill, but he is, in fact, a loving old man who likes children. He will bring firecrackers to the children in town on Spring Festival, expecting them to spend a happy new year. And what he wishes mostly is, his grandson, Bamboo Shoot, who went for learning skills faraway, could knock the door stepping the scraps of firecrackers...


Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Lord Bamboo will release a "carpet" of firecrackers on his lane, which will detonate shortly, killing or damaging the zombies stepping on it.


With his costume, after feeding with Plant Food, the zombies that are damaged by the carpet will be bounced, and they cannot move for a short time. Useful if zombies are getting too close.

Level upgrades

Level Upgrades Description
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Secondly Explode
Makes Lord Bamboo able to fall to a single tile after exploding, causing massive damage and charring zombies.
Combat Training
Lord Bamboo gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Makes Lord Bamboo split into two pieces while falling, damaging an extra tile.
Cell Activation
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Lord Bamboo may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Rotating Fireworks
Lord Bamboo has a chance to damage nearby zombies with rotating fireworks.
Fighting Power
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Treat Lord Bamboo as how you normally treat Squash. However, Lord Bamboo has a weakness of being unable to attack zombies who stand on two tiles, with the bamboo at the front tile. When one is put into that situation, chances are he will explode without damaging the zombie or be eaten without having the zombie exploded also. He is also weak to Mecha-Football Zombie since they push plants while being just outside Lord Bamboo's trigger area. Since the explosion is considered fire damage, Lord Bamboo should also not be used on zombies that are frozen and will survive the attack or release their payloads, such as Gargantuar, a leveled-up Knight Zombie or Chicken Wrangler Zombie.

However, he has a faster recharge than Squash, making him more useful against a leveled up zombies like Knight Zombies.


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