- For other uses, see Spikeweed (disambiguation).
Spikeweed is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Spikeweeds are area-of-effect plants that attack zombies on the ground, usually ignored by them due to being so low on the ground. Along with this, Spikeweed is able to destroy specfic zombies at the cost of themselves.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Spikeweed has appeared in eight games.
He is based of the plant centromadia pungens, also named 'spikeweed.' The spike in his name refers to the fact that he has spikes and is spiky, and the weed in his name refers to the fact that he is a sort of weed.
Spikeweed's appearance in Plants vs. Zombies 2 better matches the colors of the plant, but brown weeds do exist. It is likely the brown design of Spikeweed in Plants vs. Zombies was to make Spikeweed visible in the grassy Day and Pool levels, an issue that doesn't exist in the sequel.
- Main article: Spikeweed (PvZ)
In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Spikeweed is unlocked after beating Level 3-6. He attacks zombies by spiking their feet, bypassing any shields the zombies have and instantly destroying wheeled zombies.
Spikeweed can be upgraded into Spikerock, purchasable from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $7500. Costing 225 Sun, Spikerock attacks faster than Spikeweed and can withstand 8 wheel pops or Gargantuar smashes before being destroyed on the 9th.
- Main article: Spikeweed (PvZ2)
In Plants vs. Zombies 2, Spikeweed returns as a plant obtained in Pirate Seas with a brand new design. Other than this design change, Spikeweed works exactly like he does in Plants vs. Zombies, still destroying wheeled zombies and their items. Spikeweed has many more zombies that can counter him compared to the first game however, which can limit his use. His Plant Food however, can be considered one of the most useful in the game, damaging all zombies in his lane and forcing them all onto his tile.
Spikerock returns in this game, this time as their own plant due to the lack of Upgrade plants, costing 250 Sun rather than 225 and being able to only withstand 2 attacks before being destroyed by the 3rd. Spikerocks can be summoned for free by Spear-mint during her effect.
- Main article: Spikeweed (Ability)
Spikeweed appears in all the shooter games as an ability for the Chomper class. In the Garden Warfare series, Spikeweed is placed directly under Chomper, staying in place until a zombie walks over him, in which Spikeweed will then force them in place while dealing some damage to them, letting the zombie be damaged or even eaten.
In Battle for Neighborville, Chomper instead fires out Spikeweed ahead of them, though Spikeweed himself acts the same, but only has a 20 second recharge versus the 60 second recharge of the Garden Warfare series.
Spikeweed has three variations throughout the Garden Warfare series. Spiky Spikeweed, which is easier to see and has less HP, but deals more damage and holds zombies longer, Chesterweed (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare only) which holds zombies longer and lets Chomper swallow them faster, and Vampweed (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 only) which ensnares zombies but heals Chomper rather than damaging the zombie.
- Main article: Spikeweed line
Spikeweed also appears in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the first plant in the Spikeweed line, evolving into Spikerock and then Diamond Spikeweed. Spikeweed attacks zombies by digging underground and spinning on the tile ahead of him, dealing damage to zombies on that tile.
Their Plant Food/Anger effect has him attack the zombie ahead of them and boosting his own defense in the process. If the zombie is in a sled or catapult, he will deal more damage to them.
- Main article: Spikeweed Sector
Spikeweed next appears in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes as the Guardian class' Galactic Uncommon Environment. Costing 2, Spikeweed Sector deals 2 damage to any zombie in their lane at the start of combat.
- Main article: Spikeweed (PvZ3)
Spikeweed's latest appearance is in Plants vs. Zombies 3. Here he is a Common Groundcover plant costing 3 sun. He has the same ability as the other mainline games, but also deals more damage to Obstacle zombies such as Donut Roller, and unlike the other mainline games, is undamaged by these obstacles.
Their Plant Food ability is named Get over Here like his Plant Food in Plants vs. Zombies 2 while his Tacobility is named Spikerock where, while he doesn't become a Spikerock in looks, he deals more damage and has more armor like a Spikerock.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Spikeweed.
- He is one of the few plants who got a redesign in Plants vs. Zombies 2, along with Grave Buster, Imitater, Starfruit, and Tangle Kelp.