Pepper-pult is the second plant obtained in Frostbite Caves in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He lobs flaming peppers at the rate of a Cabbage-pult (once every 2.85-3 seconds) that deal splash damage in a 3x3 area. A direct hit from a flaming pepper deals 50 damage per shot, while the pepper's splash effect deals 10 damage per shot.
Pepper-pult is also a heating plant, which is capable of emitting heat every 6 seconds that gradually thaws frozen or chilled plants in a 3x3 area (2x2 to be exact, the area can be larger through level upgrade) surrounding him, as well as being immune to all freezing effects himself.
Pepper-pult is based on the real life bell pepper, a cultivar group of the plant Capsicum annuum. His name is a portmanteau of the word pepper and catapult, a ballistic device used to hurl large stones for warfare purpose during ancient times.
While his ability is based on the perceived spiciness of most peppers, ironically, Pepper-pult is based on the only species of chili pepper that carries a recessive gene that prevents any capsaicin from being made, causing it to lack the heat most peppers are famous for.
SUN COST: 200
Special: Warming Radius
Pepper-pults lob flaming peppers at zombies and keep nearby plants warm.
Special: immune to frost
Special: warms nearby tiles
Some say Pepper-pult is a hot head. Some find his fiery disposition off-putting. But the truth is, he's just very focused and determined. He loves what he does. He appreciates everything he has. "I came from the weedy side of the lawn," Pepper-pult explains. "I worked hard to pull myself up by my roots. I'm a self-made pepper and I don't take a single thing for granted."
Plant Food effect
Unlike other lobbed-shot projectiles, the giant peppers cannot be deflected or blocked by any means but can be negated by Imp Dragon Zombies.
Pepper-pult launches four giant flaming peppers instead of three.
|1||0||0||200||20 seconds||300 dps||50 dps||10 dps||Normal||Normal||Lobbed|
|2||10||1,000||200||19 seconds||325 dps||60 dps||12 dps|
|3||50||2,000||175||19 seconds||350 dps||70 dps||14 dps|
|4||100||4,000||175||19 seconds||375 dps||80 dps||16 dps||+ 1.3x||+ 1.7x|
|5||125||6,000||175||17 seconds||400 dps||90 dps||18 dps|
|6||175||8,000||175||17 seconds||450 dps||100 dps||20 dps|
|7||250||10,000||175||16 seconds||500 dps||110 dps||22 dps||+ 2.3x|
|8||350||15,000||150||16 seconds||550 dps||120 dps||24 dps|
|9||450||20,000||150||15 seconds||600 dps||130 dps||26 dps|
|10||800||30,000||150||15 seconds||650 dps||140 dps||28 dps||+ 1.6x||+ 3x|
|11||1,000||40,000||150||14 seconds||700 dps||150 dps||30 dps|
|12||1,250||50,000||125||14 seconds||750 dps||160 dps||32 dps|
|13||1,500||60,000||125||12 seconds||800 dps||170 dps||34 dps||+ 3.7x|
|14||1,750||80,000||100||12 seconds||850 dps||180 dps||36 dps|
|15||2,000||100,000||100||10 seconds||900 dps||200 dps||40 dps||+ 4.3x|
- Chance to Boost
- Damage Pierce
By himself, Pepper-pult is a moderately powerful offensive plant and can hold himself against most threats. His attacks can inflict area damage as well, similarly to Melon-pult (though not as powerful). His main value however is his ability to warm nearby plants, preventing them from being disabled by the wind and Hunter Zombies. Most of the time, this will be used in most Frostbite Caves levels. His greatest weakness is his slow recharge rate, which prevents the player from quickly covering the lawn against the cold and against huge waves of zombies, although Imitater can be used to remedy this.
The player should try to space out Pepper-pults in order to cover as much ground and reach as many plants as possible. When frozen zombies are near, the player should make sure their warm defenses are congregated nearby. Pepper-pult can also be planted at the front line to block Hunter Zombies and protect other plants, although this also makes him vulnerable against other threats.
In Dark Ages, Pepper-pult is not the best choice, given the fact that his normal projectiles can be thrown back at them by the Jester Zombie. Aside from that, Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to all fire-based attacks, making Pepper-pult useless in battle against them.
In Lost City, Pepper-pult can be used to deal with Excavator Zombies, though one should be wary if the Pepper-pults are placed towards the front, as if Excavator Zombies can shovel them, their sluggish recharge means Pepper-pult will not be available for a while. He is also risky to use them in levels with Parasol Zombies, since they ignore Pepper-pult's projectiles outright.
He faces competition from Fire Peashooter because of the latter's slightly lower sun cost and superior recharge. However, Pepper-pult has the advantage of being a lobbed-shot plant, meaning he can ignore ice blocks and other obstacles like tombstones to attack zombies. Thawing frozen plants may be a higher priority than attacking zombies though, so the choice is entirely up to the player.
He faces a lot of competition with Snapdragon and Torchwood, as Snapdragon recharges 4x faster, costs 50 less sun, generates heat at a better rate than Pepper-pult, and if the frozen plant is in front of him, he will also start breathing fire, and as a result of all this can thaw plants much faster and more efficiently. On the other hand, the latter with Plant Food is the best warmer and has a fast recharge with lesser sun cost, not to mention his high toughness. Snapdragon is the main plant that outclasses Pepper-pult, and Snapdragon is short ranged so he can be used as warming plant with ice-based plants like Winter Melon too. He is the best choice for warming along with Hot Potato in most Frostbite Caves levels.
Due to Pepper-pult having a fast recharge, he is a solid plant here. The fact his level 2 and 3 upgrades are free (by collecting enough stars) helps his case.
- ▲ Can now turn zombies to ash when defeated
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Pepper-pult.
In other languages
- In the 3.2 update, Jester Zombies could not deflect his projectiles.
- He has the least damaging splash damage when compared to the other splash-attack lobbed-shot plants.
- Sometimes when Plant Food is used on him, it makes the same noise that Cabbage-pult makes when Plant Food is used on him before he starts launching giant peppers.
- In the Chinese version, he uses his unused Valenbrainz costume from the international version as his costume.