This item is only obtainable during certain events. However, it can still be used if you have already obtained it. It is currently not available.
Not to be confused with Shadow of the Peashooter, a mission in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

Shadow Peashooter is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He[1] attacks by shooting peas at zombies (every 1.35 - 1.5 seconds). He can also pull a zombie into the ground when they get close, similar to Grimrose. When powered by a Moonflower, he shoots piercing bolts (every 2 - 2.5 seconds) that do 70 DPS and slow down zombies similar to Stallia and with zombies closer to the Shadow Peashooter being stalled for longer than ones further from it.

In the international version, he was added to the 6.9.1 update. In the Chinese version, he was added to the 2.3.7 update. To unlock Shadow Peashooter, players need to collect 250 of his seed packets during Shadow Peashooter's Summer Vacation event. These seed packets can be obtained by buying special Piñatas from the Store for 25 gems or from the reward streak in Arena.


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Like most other peashooting plants, he is based on the Pisum sativum, commonly known as the pea.

Shadow Peashooter is a cross between a Peashooter and a will-o'-the-wisp, as seen by his "flaming" top and bluish color scheme when powered by a Moonflower.

Almanac entry

Shadow Peashooter



SPECIAL: Powered Swallows

FAMILY: Conceal-mint

Shadow Peashooters are shadow plants that fire shadowy peas at zombies.

Special: fires piercing, slowing bolts when powered

"Phoot," Shadow Peashooter says, emitting a shadowy, ah, hmmm, I guess you could call it a pea, at a distant zombie. "Uph!" gasps the zombie in the evident surprise. There's a lot going on under the surface between these two.

Chinese version (China only)




    In English:
    Shadow Peashooter can drag nearby zombies into the ground

    Feature: Shadow form, can attack an entire lane of zombies and cause a poison effect
    Plant characteristics: green plant, Shadow family

    Shadow Peashooter has always felt that light is how shadows can exist is an extremely unscientific thing. Because he himself is a shadow, and he doesn't need light to exist.


Plant Food effect

Shadow Peashooter's Plant Food effect depends on the number of Moonflowers there are in the lawn.

If there are up to two Moonflowers, he will throw a small projectile at the nearest zombie in his lane and explodes on contact, dealing small amounts of damage to the zombies caught in the blast. The projectile gets bigger once there are two Moonflowers in the lawn.

Once there are three or more Moonflowers in the lawn, he will make a giant smiling bomb (known as the Spirit Bomb) at the middle of the screen, which does massive amounts of damage to all zombies onscreen, as well as slowing them down.

Conceal-mint effect

When boosted by Conceal-mint, Shadow Peashooter will have an additional 115 DPS added to his bolts, and his Plant Food attack will have an additional 950 DPS added to him, regardless of how many Moonflowers there are on the lawn. He will also be powered even if he's not near a Moonflower.

Level Upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Toughness Damage Plant Food
Stall Duration
Pea Laser
1 0 0 125 5 seconds 300 dps 30 dps 70 dps 500 dps 2 5 seconds 1 2
2 10 1,000 5 seconds 350 dps 35 dps 75 dps 550 dps 5 seconds
3 25 2,500 4.5 seconds 400 dps 40 dps 80 dps 600 dps 5 seconds
4 50 5,000 4.5 seconds 450 dps 45 dps 85 dps 650 dps 6 seconds
5 100 10,000 4 seconds 550 dps 50 dps 90 dps 700 dps 3 6 seconds
6 200 20,000 100 4 seconds 600 dps 55 dps 95 dps 750 dps 6 seconds
7 400 30,000 3.5 seconds 650 dps 60 dps 100 dps 800 dps 6 seconds
8 800 50,000 3.5 seconds 700 dps 65 dps 105 dps 850 dps 7 seconds
9 1,200 75,000 3 seconds 800 dps 70 dps 110 dps 900 dps 4 7 seconds
10 1,600 100,000 3 seconds 900 dps 75 dps 115 dps 950 dps 7 seconds

*Shadow Peashooter has a decay for zombie stuns depending on how far away they are from the house.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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Shadow Bullet
Has a 10% chance to launch a shadow bomb to deal damage to a zombie
Combat Training
Shadow Peashooter gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
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Shadow Bomb
Improves Shadow Bullet's effect by 100%.
Cell Activation
Shadow Peashooter gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Shadow Peashooter may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Shadow Peashooter gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Shadow Stream
While unpowered, Shadow Peashooter has a chance to temporarily become powered without Moonflower's glow. While powered, Shadow Peashooter has a chance to turn first zombie killed into a black hole, which sucks in all zombies in 1x1 range.
Fighting Power
Shadow Peashooter gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Without Moonflower, this plant shoots shadowy peas that do slightly more damage than a normal pea. However, there are other straight shooters that do a better or just as well as a job, some just being a little bit cheaper in sun. On the other hand, this plant shines a lot when powered by Moonflower. Instead of a shadowy pea that hits the closest zombie in the lane, it fires a laser that damages all zombies in the lane, topped with a stalling effect. The laser can help defeat zombies grouped in lanes much quicker and the stalling effect of course slows zombies down.

This plant also has the ability to hide when a zombie gets close and then drag that zombie underground, acting like a Tangle Kelp. When powered by Moonflower, he can drag down more zombies. There are benefits to this such as being able to deal with some of the high-health zombies, as well as being a saver when a zombie is going through your defenses. This can also have Shadow Peashooter be used as a substitute for Grimrose. However, he cannot drag certain zombies to defeat them instantly such as Gargantuars. Shadow Peashooter is also slightly better than Grimrose as he can drag down machines, while Grimrose can't. It is not advisable to use this plant in levels where you cannot lose plants. Shadow Peashooter's pulling effect also doesn't work against backward zombies, so it is not advised to counter zombies carried by a Pterodactyl or zombies such as the Prospector Zombies. Although he can drag certain zombies defeating them instantly, he instantly disappears which counts as losing a plant, thus this is Shadow Peashooter's greatest weakness.

If you would rather want to use the plant as a shooter, it should be recommended to place this plant at the back behind other plants; even placing him behind one defensive plant would risk him hiding. Also, don't forget that Plant Food cannot be used when hiding. Speaking of Plant Food, it is recommended to use Plant Food for powered Shadow Peashooters to damage more zombies, especially if you are facing large groups of zombies.

Shadow Peashooter makes for an interesting choice when dealing with large groups of Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels. The laser he can shoot can do good enough damage to them but the previously said ability of hiding can hurt him when those zombies are too close. You will also notice that his projectiles when powered by Moonflower cannot be guarded by certain zombies such as Jester Zombies (they cannot deflect Shadow Peashooter's powered attacks) and Excavator Zombies (their powered attacks pierce through Excavator Zombies' shovels as they cannot block their powered attacks). Remember that his attacks do not damage zombies protected by Glitter Zombie's rainbow, just like all projectiles.

If one were to place Shadow Peashooters in the tiles 3 away from the house, they can swoop up any Imps thrown your defense, which will help protect your sun producing and other plants placed in the leftmost tiles.

In the Endless Zone, Shadow Peashooter is by far one of the most powerful early game plants available to the player. Considering that the sun producer chosen is the Moonflower while costing only 125 sun (or lower when leveled up), planting it at the far left of the lawn grants the lane it is planted on enough firepower to even deal with high health zombies that appear earlier in the stage. With its fast recharge together with the high sun output of Moonflowers, completing a column full of Shadow Peashooters will be easy. Its slowing effect will also give more time to rack up more sun to plant powerful supports such as Dusk Lobber and Strawburst.

Shadow Peashooter's zombie pulling ability will not work while it is on a Lily Pad and is over water. The zombies will just eat the Lily Pad while the Shadow Peashooter hides doing nothing. If you are planning to use Shadow Peashooter in Big Wave Beach levels, it is advised to place them at the back where there is no water instead. 

Overall, Shadow Peashooter should generally be used with Moonflower. He can sufficiently deal with numerous zombies, but beware of using him against "Don't lose more than X plants" levels.

Related achievement

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The Shadow Family
Complete a level with 20 powered Shadow Plants


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  • A post by PopCap representative Haemophilus_EA reveals a few facts about the Shadow Peashooter:
    • He is a "mysterious plant" that lives in dark places, but occasionally goes on summer vacation.
    • He is Peashooter's darker cousin.
    • His powered Plant Food effect is called the Spirit Bomb.
  • His powered Plant Food effect's explosion is the same as Tactical Cuke's but recolored from green to purple.
  • A boosted Shadow Peashooter will always use its powered Plant Food effect, regardless of whether or not it is powered.
  • He is the first plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that can be earned by collecting seed packets.
  • He is the only shadow plant to be a peashooting plant.
  • He, Scaredy-shroom, and Cactus are the only plants that hide when a Zombie gets close to them.
  • Even before Conceal-mint was released, his Almanac entry said he belongs in the Conceal-mint Family.
  • He reuses Stallia's slowing effect when powered.
  • He and Moonflower are the only shadow plants that change their ability depending on how many shadow plants surround them.
  • He is the only premium plant that has the Player's House/Modern Day grass background in his almanac instead of the blue background with bright squares.
  • His snout is a different shade than the rest of his head.
  • His Plant Food power stays still even when the Moonflowers have already been transformed into sheep, salads, or covered by octopus.
  • Since the 8.2.1 update, his Spirit Bomb no longer makes the screen dazzling.
  • Despite the fact that Shadow Peashooter gain an additional 75 DPS to his peas when boosted by Conceal-mint, he will be powered while boosted by it, which means that he can never shoot pea.


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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