For more information about this character, see Red Stinger
For other uses, see Red Stinger (disambiguation).

Red Stinger is the first plant obtained in Lost City in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He was first revealed in the trailer for Lost City Part 1,[1] then more information was released with the Lost City Part 1 developer diary.[2]

When planted on the first three columns to the left, Red Stinger will fire two petals every 2 seconds, which together deal 60 DPS at a time and have the same health as a regular plant. If Red Stinger is planted in the next three columns to the right, he will be more defensive, increasing its health to 900 dps, but it will fire just one petal dealing 15 DPS every 2 seconds. If he is planted on the last three columns on the right, he will be a defensive plant with 1500 dps, but he will not be able to attack.


A real-life Etlingera elatior in which Red Stinger is based on.

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.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.

Red Stinger



RANGE: Straight
FAMILY: Appease-mint

Red Stingers fire shots at full force when close to home, and become more defensive further from it.

Flexibility is of key importance to Red Stinger. "I do stretching exercises every morning," he says. "It's important to stay physically and mentally nimble."


Plant Food effect

Red Stinger's Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Red Stinger fires a focused laser beam, slowing and dealing a total of 690 damage per shot to all zombies in the lane.

Costumed  (China only)

Red Stinger will now fire two laser beams, doing in total 1380 DPS.

Appease-mint effect

When boosted by Appease-mint, Red Stinger will do an additional 200 DPS per stinger in the back three columns, and an additional 150 DPS per stinger in the middle three columns. Additionally, he will absorb an additional 2500 DPS while in the front three columns.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Left Middle Right Left Middle
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 300 dps 900 dps 1500 dps 30 dps 15 dps Normal Straight
2 10 1,000 150 5 seconds 600 dps 1200 dps 2000 dps 40 dps 20 dps
3 75 5,000 150 4.5 seconds 50 dps 25 dps + 1.6x
4 200 10,000 150 4.5 seconds 60 dps 30 dps
5 400 20,000 125 4.5 seconds 70 dps 35 dps
6 750 30,000 125 4 seconds 80 dps 40 dps
7 1,000 40,000 125 4 seconds 900 dps 1500 dps 2500 dps 80 dps 45 dps + 2.2x
8 1,250 50,000 125 3.5 seconds 90 dps 50 dps
9 1,500 60,000 125 3.5 seconds 100 dps 55 dps
10 2,000 75,000 100 3 seconds 120 dps 60 dps

*These statistics depend on the plant's position - either close to the left side of the lawn, in the middle, or close to the right side of the lawn.

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Red Stinger Upgrade 1.png
Potential Outbreak
When being in offensive form, its attack speed is increased when attacking continuously. And in defensive form, it will explode after its defeat, doing additional damage to zombies.
Combat Training
Red Stinger gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Red Stinger Upgrade 2.png
Doubled Potential
Attack speed is further increased and the explosion will do more damage.
Cell Activation
Red Stinger gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Red Stinger may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Red Stinger gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Sound Description
Red Stinger Plant Food


The game put a lot of emphasis on Red Stinger's versatility; depending on the location, he can work as a more powerful Repeater, a Pea-nut with greater offense but worse defense, or an improvised Wall-nut. However, in most situations, this is more of a hindrance than a help because this means that Red Stinger will suffer from diminishing offensive potential return, as additional Red Stingers planted from the fourth column will deal less damage than those planted on the first three columns.

Red Stinger's most useful form by far is the fully offensive form, where he effectively acts as a more powerful Repeater or Fire Peashooter with a lower cost. This makes him a very economical option with a great damage/cost ratio, allowing for a fairly powerful setup near the beginning of a level. When in this form, Red Stinger combines a reasonably fast rate of fire with fairly high damage, allowing him to take out large groups of weaker zombies as well as some stronger zombies such as Buckethead Zombies. This can be very effective against Weasel Hoarders because he deals enough damage to kill the Weasel Hoarder and also has a fast enough rate of fire to kill the Ice Weasels released. However, make sure he is Level 2 or above before using him against the weasels or he will not be able to kill them in one shot, meaning they will quickly overwhelm your plants.

Red Stinger cannot take out very strong zombies such as Gargantuars very easily, so he needs to be used with harder hitting plants like Citron or Winter Melon or defensive plants when facing these. Don't rely on his Plant Food ability to take out Gargantuars because it deals relatively little damage compared to other plants and also only hits one lane.

The main drawback of this strategy is that for the maximum amount of damage, Red Stingers must be planted in column 1-3, meaning that sun-producers have to be planted further forward, which can make them vulnerable early on in a level. For this reason, he works well in conjunction with plants which produce large suns, such as Primal Sunflower or Sun-shroom because generally only one column of these is needed per level, which makes them slightly less vulnerable if they are planted towards the front of the lawn and still allows for two columns of full-power Red Stingers if they are planted in the back.

When planted in columns 4-6, Red Stinger acts like a Pea-nut with less health, though this is generally not recommended, since his defense is much lower than Pea-nut's for the same price. However, since Pea-nut is a premium plant, some players may not have him; therefore, Red Stinger could be used as an alternative. In Lost City, he can be helpful in combating Lost Pilot Zombies, as his elevated health helps him survive the ambush much better than other offensive plants.

Red Stinger's column 7-9 form should generally not be used except in desperate situations because even in his fully defensive form he has fairly low health, less than half of that of a Wall-nut for triple the price. In addition, in situations where the player desperately needs a defensive plant the zombies will generally be close to the house, where Red Stinger's defensive form cannot be used.

Red Stinger should not be as the only offensive plant in levels with Excavator Zombie, and plants that can bypass his shovel such as A.K.E.E. and Laser Bean should be used in tandem with him. If Excavators get too close to your plants, his Plant Food effect can take them out quite easily, and will also slow him down, which may prevent him from digging up a plant if he is just about to. However, this will only affect the zombies in one lane. Also, do not use him with Jester Zombies, as they will reflect the petals and deal damage to your plants.

Related achievements

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Unwelcome Mat
Have 10 Red Stingers in the two columns closest to your house.


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  • Although he is a defensive plant when placed on the right side of the lawn, he cannot be healed with Wall-nut First Aid.
  • If his Plant Food effect is used near the end of a Piñata Party, his laser beam will still be visible while whacking piñatas.
  • If he is moved to a different tile by a zombie like Mecha-Football Zombie, Fisherman Zombie, Excavator Zombie, Punk Zombie, or any zombie pushed by Ankylosaurus, he will change his role accordingly to what part of the lawn he is moved to.
  • In his Almanac entry, his toughness still says Elevated, despite the 6.7 update changing the rating of toughness to numbers.
    • This is most likely because of his ability to be more defensive or offensive depending on where he is placed.
    • There is no detailed data of his toughness in the game's plant leveling chart either.
  • When fed Plant Food in his defensive/part-defensive form, he will switch to his offensive form to use his Plant Food Power, then switch back when he's done.

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

  • Zombies defeated by him used to play their zapped animation. This has been fixed.
  • Both his offensive and defensive forms are seen in his level upgrade icons.
    • If one looks closely at his second upgrade icon, one can see that the defensive Red Stinger is wearing his military hat costume, as one can see the string that is attached to the hat.
      • However, in the game, he wears his other costume.
  • The seed packet is different.
    • His entire body is visible in the Chinese version's seed packet, while his head is only visible in the international version's.


See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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