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


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

Reduces ability cooldown by 30% when a teammate is revived.
Perk Health
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.
Perk AreaofEffect
Log Jam
Roll for DamageBfN
Cover larger area with Roll for Damage.

Increases Roll for Damage's area coverage by 75%.
Perk Utility
Super Sap TrapBfN
Slow enemies who are near Super Sap Trap.

Enemies near Super Sap Trap are slowed down by 60%.
Perk Knockback
Natural 20
Roll for DamageBfN
Knock enemy away when hit by Roll for Damage ability.
Perk Health
Best Defense
Perk RoleIcon Defend
Briefly reduce incoming damage by earning a critical vanquish. Can stack 3 times.

Reduces incoming damage by 15% for 5 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy. Stacks up to 2 times for a total of 30% damage resistance.
Perk Ammo
Little Friend
Hold more Shell Shot and Wood Grief ammo. Treetop Turret overheats more slowly.

Increases Shell Shot ammo to 50 rounds and Wood Grief ammo to 14 rounds.
Perk Health
Health Regeneration
Perk RoleIcon Defend
Faster health regeneration.

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

Reduces the time required to start health regeneration by half.
Perk Knockback
Slap Back
Sap TrapBfN
Knock enemies farther away with Acorn's Sap Trap.
Perk Cooldown
Critical Blow
Faster refresh time for all abilities by earning a critical vanquish.

Reduces ability cooldown by 3 seconds upon critically vanquishing an enemy.
Perk Ammo
Acorn DashBfN
Gain ammo for Shell Shot weapon by using Acorn Dash ability.

Adds 16 rounds to Shell Shot upon using the Acorn Dash ability.
Perk Mobility
Perk RoleIcon Defend
Move faster when at low health.

Increases movement speed by 20% upon reaching 20% HP or below.
Perk Health
Increased max health.
Perk Mobility
Move faster, except when sprinting.

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

Reduces the cooldown duration of Sap Trap to 11.75 seconds if it does not hit an enemy.
Perk Utility
Leveling Up
Earn XP faster.

Earn 10% more XP.
Perk Health
Party Supplies
Lumber SupportBfN
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.
Perk Ammo
Nutty Feedback
Gain ammo for Shell Shot by dealing damage.
Perk Mobility
Adrenaline Rush
Perk RoleIcon Defend
Move faster for a short time by earning a vanquish.

Increases movement speed by 55% for 3 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy.

Related achievements

Going Totally NutsBfN
Going Totally Nuts
Earn 200 vanquishes as an Acorn.
Natural TwentyBfN
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 Attack Peashooter · Chomper · Kernel Corn · Night Cap · Snapdragon
PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon Defend Cactus · Citron · Acorn (Oak)
PvZ BfN Support Class Icon 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
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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 · Pumpkin Wildflower
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