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Plantern in Plants vs. Zombies

For other uses, see Plantern (disambiguation).

Plantern is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. He is an environment modifier who uses light to make the screen more visible, such as removing fog and revealing invisible zombies.

As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Plantern has appeared in four games.



His name is a portmanteau of "plant," referring to his leaves and roots and the fact that he is a plant, and "lantern," referencing his light-producing ability and the fact that he is also a lantern.

His trunk like body, and visible roots suggest that Plantern is based on a tree of some sort, his tribe typing in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes further suggests this.

Despite his name, he resembles a streetlamp more than an actual lantern, a detail noted in the Chinese games, calling him "Street Lamp Flower" in their language.


Plants vs. Zombies

Main article: Plantern (PvZ)

In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Plantern is the second plant the player unlocks in the Fog area, being obtained after beating Level 4-1.

He illuminates a 5x7 area, removing blinding fog around him, thus being an environmental modifer. He is one of two plants whose main function is to remove blinding fog, with the other being Blover.

In Ace of Vase and Vasebreaker Endless, he can reveal plants and zombies inside vases around him.

Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 (China only)

Main article: Plantern (PvZ2C)

Plantern next appears solely in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2, unlocked after beating the second night of the Dark Ages.

He acts similar to how he did in the first game, with his area altered to a diamond-like shape. Along with this, Plantern now reveals any invisible Bandit Zombies in Dark Ages and Invisi-ghoul zombies in Memory Lane.

Plantern can also stun zombies with his Plant Food ability and is one of the few non instant use plants who can't level up.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only) (Archived content)

Main article: Street Lamp line

Plantern appeared in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the second plant in the Street Lamp line, evolving from Grass Lantern and evolving into Light Flower. He attacked zombies by headbutting them and specialized in buffing ally plants.

His active ability was Blind Alley, which decreased the attack and defense of enemies by 270 for 3 turns, while his passive ability was Life Light, which gave all plants a healing aura that healed for 60 each turn and increased their defenses by 140 for 5 turns at the start of each wave.

His soulmates were members of the Peach line, giving a health boost, members of the Charm line, increases his dodge chance, and members of the Energy Bean line and Citron lines together, increasing his defense.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Main article: Plantern (PvZH)

Plantern's latest appearance is in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes as a Tree Root plant in the PvZH Guardian Icon.pngGuardian class.

He costs 3SunPvZH.png and have 3StrengthPvZH.png/3HeartPvZH.png, gaining +1StrengthPvZH.png/+1HeartPvZH.png and the PvZH Truestrike Icon.pngBullseye trait when he is in an environment, no matter which side owns it.

Plantern originally was going to remove an environment when played, a possible reference to his ability to remove fog, but this idea got scrapped, likely as it wouldn't give players motivation to run environments in their deck.


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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Plantern Portmanteau of "plant" and "lantern".
China Simplified Chinese 路灯花
树灯 in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
lit. "Street lamp flower"
lit. "Tree Lamp" in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Traditional Chinese 路燈花
植物燈 in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Same as Simplified Chinese
lit. "Plant lantern" in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
France French Planterne
Germany German Pflanterne
Pflanzterne in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Italy Italian Pianterna
Planterna in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Japan Japanese プランタン English name transliterated into Japanese
South Korea Korean 플랜턴 English name transliterated into Korean
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Plampião
Russia Russian Фонарь
Spain Spanish Planterna


  • Before he was introduced into Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, there was a beta design for him created. These beta designs were created before the Dark Ages were created, and were thus scrapped when an "official" design was released.
    • He also had a different ability than he did in the finished game. He would have decreased the accuracy of all enemies on the board.
    • This scrapped design would influence the design Plantern has in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
  • His leaves and roots are the only parts of him that are found in most plants.

See also

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Recurring characters
Plants vs.
Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater · Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Doom-shroom · Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom · Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Marigold · Melon-pult · Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Spikerock · Cob Cannon · Imitater
Plants vs.
Fire Peashooter · Bamboo Shoot · Chilly Pepper · Power Flower
Plants vs.
Zombies 2
Bloomerang · Bonk Choy · Snapdragon · Coconut Cannon · Chili Bean · Lightning Reed · Laser Bean · Citron · E.M.Peach · Magnifying Grass · Red Stinger · Sweet Potato · Witch Hazel
Plants vs.
Zombies 2

Carrotillery · Dandelion · Tactical Cuke
Plants vs.
Venus Flytrap · Endurian
Plants vs.
Warfare 2
Rose · Kernel Corn
Plants vs.
Night Cap
Plants vs.
Browncoat Zombie · Flag Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Buckethead Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · All-Star · Disco Zombie · Backup Dancer · Ducky Tube Zombie · Snorkel Zombie · Balloon Zombie · Digger Zombie · Zombie Yeti · Gargantuar · Imp · Dr. Zomboss
Plants vs.
Great Wall
Talisman Zombie
Plants vs.
MC Zom-B
Plants vs.
Zombies 2
Zombie Chicken · Zombot Sharktronic Sub
Plants vs.
Foot Soldier · Engineer · Scientist
Plants vs.
Warfare 2
Z-Mech · Super Brainz · Captain Deadbeard