Shadow Peashooter is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It attacks by shooting peas at zombies. It can also pull a zombie into the ground when they get close, similar to Grimrose. When powered by a Moonflower, it shoots piercing bolts 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, it was added in the 6.8.1 update. In the Chinese version, it was added at the 2.3.7 update. To unlock Shadow Peashooter, players need to collect 250 of its 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.
Like most other peashooting plants, it is based on the Pisum sativum, commonly known as the pea.
SUN COST: 125
PLANT FOOD POWER: Damage
SPECIAL: Powered Swallows
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.
Feature: Shadow form, can attack an entire lane of zombies and cause a poison effect
Plant Food effect
If there are up to two Moonflowers, it will throw a small projectile at the nearest zombie in its 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, it 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.
When boosted by Conceal-mint, Shadow Peashooter will have an additional 75 DPS added to its peas, an additional 115 DPS added to its bolts, and its plant food attack will have an additional 950 DPS added to it, regardless of how many Moonflowers there are on the lawn. It will also be powered even if it's not near a Moonflower.
|Sun Cost||Recharge||Toughness||Damage||Plant Food|
|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.
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 damage 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, it 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, it cannot drag certain zombies to defeat them instantly such as Gargantuars. Shadow Peashooter is also slightly better than Grimrose as it 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 it can drag certain zombies defeating them instantly, it 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 it behind one defensive plant would risk it 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 it can shoot can do good enough damage to them but the previously said ability of hiding can hurt it when those zombies are too close. You will also notice that its 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 their 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 levelled 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. It can sufficiently deal with numerous zombies, but beware of using it against "Don't lose more than X plants" levels.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Shadow Peashooter.
- A post by PopCap representative Haemophilus_EA reveals a few facts about the Shadow Peashooter:
- It is a "mysterious plant" that lives in dark places, but occasionally goes on summer vacation.
- It is Peashooter's darker cousin.
- Its powered Plant Food effect is called the Spirit Bomb.
- Its powered Plant Food effect's explosion is the same as Tactical Cuke's but recolored from green to purple.
- It's also similar to that of Doom-shroom's.
- A boosted Shadow Peashooter will always use its powered Plant Food effect, regardless of whether or not it is powered.
- It is the first plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that can be earned by collecting seed packets.
- It is the only shadow plant to be a peashooting plant.
- It, Scaredy-shroom, and Cactus are the only plants that hide when a Zombie gets close to them.
- Even before Conceal-mint was released, its Almanac entry said it belongs in the Conceal-mint Family.
- It reuses Stallia's slowing effect when powered.
- It and Moonflower are the only shadow plants that change their ability depending on how many shadow plants surround them.
- It is the only premium plant that has the Player's House/Modern Day grass background in its almanac instead of the blue background with bright squares.
- Its snout is a different shade than the rest of its head.
- Its Plant Food power stays still even when the Moonflowers have already been transformed into sheeps, salads or covered by octopus.
- Since the 8.2.1 update, its Spirit Bomb no longer makes the screen dazzling.