- For other uses, see Red Stinger (disambiguation).
Red Stinger is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Red Stinger's style of defense varies based on location, with the ability to either be a powerful attacker, tough defender, or right in between.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Red Stinger has appeared in three games.
Red Stinger is based on the Etlingera elatior, known as the torch ginger. He is a flower found in tropical areas. The meaning of his in-game name, however, is left unclear. As he does not sting anything, the most probable possibility is that "Red Stinger" is actually a pun on "red ginger," an alternative name of the plant he is based on. Internally, the projectiles are named "stingers," indicating that they are the stinging part.
- Main article: Red Stinger (PvZ2)
Red Stinger's first appearances is in Plants vs. Zombies 2, unlocked after beating Day 1 of Lost City. Red Stinger costs 150 sun with a fast recharge, but his ability changes depending on his location. When planted in columns 1-3, he fires two petals which deal 30 DPS per petal, when planted in columns 4-6, he only deals 15 DPS but has 900 HP and when planted in columns 7-9, he can't attack at all, but has 1,500 HP.
He is a member of the Appease-mint family, who boosts Red Stinger's petals by either 200 DPS or 150 DPS depending on location while he is on the lawn, while Red Stinger's Plant Food effect lets him fire a laser beam, slowing zombies down and dealing 690 DPS to every zombie in the lane.
- Main article: Flame line
Red Stinger next appeared in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the second member of the Flame line, evolving from Coniferous Blaster and evolving into Firebloom Queen. His line specialized in dealing massive damage to single targets via bomb charges.
His active ability was Directional Blasting, which attacked the closest target in his lane 4 times in a row, with each projectile also being a fully charged bomb while his passive ability was Bombs Away! which let Red Stinger's normal attacks stack bomb charges. Bomb charges exploded once certain amount were stacked (4 in Red Stinger's case) or if the enemy could be defeated by them to deal heavy damage to the effected target.
- Main article: Red Stinger (PvZH)
Red Stinger's latest appearance is in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, as a Event Flower in the Guardian class. He costs 4 and usually has 2/7 with Team-Up. Similar to Plants vs. Zombies 2, depending on Red Stinger's location, his ability will change, and so when planted behind another plant, he will become a 7/2 instead.
Unlike other event cards, Red Stinger was released for the iOS-exclusive Games for Red charity event, which made him exclusive to iOS users until April 11th, 2017, which allowed any player to craft Red Stinger for 2,000 sparks.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Red Stinger.
- Red Stinger is currently the only plant to be released for a charity event.