Oak is a playable plant class in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville as an alternate form for the Acorn. He is a PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend class who specializes in explosive damage and attacks, via through his "Wood Grief" weapon, or through his manually detonatable Super Sap Trap.

He is also capable of carrying up to three Acorn Passengers which act as mounted turrets. Acorn Passengers take reduced damage from all sources while riding an Oak. Said Acorn Passengers can also heal the Oak, but not more than once at a time per Acorn.


In-game description

Oaks intimidate and provide a lot of explosive firepower to defend an area. They just need to be careful because they are a large target.

Primary weapon

Explosive bark projectile weapon.

In-game menu

Oak's primary weapon is named Wood Grief, it is an explosive projectile that deals 40 impact damage (16 splash) at a slow rate of fire. It can only be fired ten times before needing to reload.


Left ability
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Super Sap Trap
Launch a massive sticky knockback explosive. Press [left button] to detonate.
Center ability
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Transform back into an Acorn.
Right ability
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Roll for Damage
Roll a giant damaging log towards opponents.


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Refreshing Revive
Faster refresh time for all abilities by reviving an ally.

Reduces ability cooldown by 100% (10 seconds) when a teammate is revived.
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Rough Patch
Spawn with more health after suffering multiple vanquishes in a row.

After dying three times in a row, spawn with the maximum amount of overhealth for the currently used class after respawning or being revived.
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Log Jam
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Cover larger area with Roll for Damage.

Roll for Damage's log is 50% wider and is twice as fast.
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Slow enemies who are near Super Sap Trap.

Enemies near Super Sap Trap and Sap Trap are slowed down by 60%.
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Natural 20
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Knock enemy away when hit by Roll for Damage ability.

Enemies hit by Roll for Damage are knocked 12m (39.37 ft) backwards and 10m (32.80 ft) upward.
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Best Defense
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Briefly reduce incoming damage by earning a critical vanquish. Can stack 3 times.

Reduces incoming damage by 10% for 10 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy. Stacks up to 3 times for a total of 27% damage resistance.
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Little Friend
Hold more Shell Shot and Wood Grief ammo. Treetop Turret overheats more slowly.

Increases Shell Shot ammo to 56 rounds and Wood Grief ammo to 14 rounds.
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Health Regeneration
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Faster health regeneration.

Doubles health regeneration rate.
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Health Regeneration Delay
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Reduced time between taking damage and when health regeneration activates.

Reduces the time required to start health regeneration by half (4 seconds).
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Slap Back
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Knock enemies farther away with Acorn's Sap Trap.

Sap Trap and Super Sap Trap knocks enemies 10m (32.80 ft) backwards and 10m (32.80 ft) upward.
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Critical Blow
Faster refresh time for all abilities by earning a critical vanquish.

Reduces ability cooldown by 5.5 seconds upon critically vanquishing an enemy.
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Gain ammo for Shell Shot weapon by using Acorn Dash ability.

Adds 22 rounds to Shell Shot upon using the Acorn Dash ability.
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Move faster when at low health.

Increases movement speed by 20% upon reaching 20% HP or below.
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Increased max health.

Acorn has 25 more health points and the Oak has 75 more health.
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Move faster, except when sprinting.

Increases walking speed by 12.9032%.
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Sap Trap refreshes faster if it doesn't deal any damage.

Reduces the cooldown duration of Sap Trap to 1 second if it does not hit an enemy.
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Leveling Up
Earn XP faster.

Earn 10% more XP.
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Party Supplies
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Heal yourself and the Oak at faster rate with Lumber Support.

Heals yourself at a rate of 16.667 HP per 0.1 seconds for 0.8 seconds and the Oak at a rate of 40 HP per 0.1 seconds for 0.5 seconds, armor duration is increased by 4 seconds.
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Nutty Feedback
Gain ammo for Shell Shot by dealing damage.
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Adrenaline Rush
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Move faster for a short time by earning a vanquish.

Increases movement speed by 40% for 3 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy.

Related achievements

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Going Totally Nuts
Earn 200 vanquishes as an Acorn.
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Natural Twenty
Earn 20 multi-vanquishes using Roll for Damage as an Oak.



When attacking Oak is like a siege character, he can take quite a beating and deals damage to camping and clustered zombies 40 damage per shot with his Wood Grief. However, his power and large size makes him a top priority target to the zombies, so if you want to play as Oak it would be recommended to stick near your team's Sunflowers or have several Acorn Passengers to ensure a Lumber Support when situations get sticky.

Speaking of sticky, Oak's Super Sap Trap is good way to defeat hordes of zombies, so the player should put down a Sap Trap where they know where hordes of zombies are going to be. This is very effective in Garden Ops.


Tips & Tricks

Balancing changes

November 27 2019 Update (Pre-TTK)

  • Increase Wood Grief direct damage 16.8->24
  • Increase Wood Grief splash damage 12->16

January 2020 patch

  • Decreased velocity and drag distance of Wood Grief
    • Decreased projectile speed from 150 m/s (492.13 ft/s) to 120 ft/s (393.7 ft/s)

March 2020 Patch

  • Super Sap Trap
    • Increase arming time 0.35->0.85 sec
    • Decrease refresh time 24->19 sec
    • Adjust trajectory to be more center screen aligned
  • Roll for Damage
    • Adjust trajectory to be more center screen aligned
    • Fix character challenge multi-hit
  • Upgrade Hardened
    • Increase Oak health gain 50->75 health

May 2020 patch

  • Wood Grief
    • Increase blast radius 2.25->3.25 m
  • Super Sap Trap
    • Increase blast radius 3->3.25 m
    • Remove damage from shockwave
  • Roll For Damage
    • Remove damage from shockwave





  • His primary weapon, Wood Grief, is a pun on the popular idiom "Good Grief."

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Shooter games)
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville plants
Playable Classes
PvZ BfN Attack Class Icon.png Attack Peashooter · Chomper · Kernel Corn · Night Cap · Snapdragon
PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend Cactus · Citron · Acorn (Oak)
PvZ BfN Support Class Icon.png Support Sunflower · Rose
Swarm Wildflower
Peashooter Chili Bean Bomb · Pea Gatling · Pea Suped
Chomper Spikeweed · Burrow · Grody Goop
Kernel Corn Butter Beacon · Husk Hop · Shuck Shot
Night Cap Casting Shadows · Fung Fu · Shadow Sneak
Snapdragon Swoop Slam · Blue Blazes · Blazing Trail
Cactus Potato Mine · Garlic Drone · Petal Propeller
Citron E.M.Peach · Spin Dash · Navel Laser
Acorn & Oak
Solo Sap Trap · Invoke Oak · Acorn Dash
Passenger Sap Trap · Treeject · Lumber Support
Oak Super Sap Trap · Treeject · Roll for Damage
Sunflower Sunny Side Up · Sunbeam · Heal Beam
Rose Jinx · Arcane Enigma · Goatify
Wildflower Wild Life · Weed Out · Bloom Boom
Spawnable Plants
Range Pea Cannon · Gatling Pea · Scaredy-Shroom · Lightning Reed
Support Heal Flower · Goop-Shroom
Melee Bonk Choy · Doom-Shroom · Fume-Shroom
Melee Terracotta Weed · Vase Weed · Dandelion
Range Wildflower · Terracotta Wildflower
Support Heal Weed · Hypno-Shroom
Battle Leaders Bam-Bam-Boo · Bluehorn Corn · Flotsamuel · Lucy · No-Neck Raffi · Pinky Rain · Pollen Kate · Pound Cake · Queen Capra · Sherman · Sproutrage · Teddy
Bounty Hunt
Weirding Woods Queenigma · Solar Sisters · Wild Bunch
Town Center Bitey Brothers · Mirror-Shroom · Tiger Klaus
Elusive Foes
Weirding Woods Amber Gemma · Pops Cyclops · Sleepy
Town Center Big Hurtle · Kitty Sparkles · Mrs. Veilbiter
Bosses Dreadroot · Giga Torchwood · Sunflower Queen · Super Bean · Marigold · Hypno Sunflower Queen · Spooky Squash · Bitter Dill · Dreadwood · Blight Cap
Quest NPCs Air Ron · Best Fishing Friend™️ · Bingo-Bongo · Brian · Corny Corn · Dandelion · Exposition Al · Gilly the Kid · Harmela · Land Phil · Major Sweetie · Mark · Mike · Sergeant Peel · Sir Crustworthy · Sir Victor-Ian · Tenderleaf · Tumbleweed Ted · Vivian
Others Weed · Pumpkin Weed · Leaf Shield Weed · Pumpkin Wildflower
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