- 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.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Spikeweed has appeared in eight games.
He is based off of the "centromadia pungens", also simply named spikeweed, a species of North American plants in the tarweed tribe within the sunflower family. 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)
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. They also cannot be planted on lilypads, as they must be planted on solid ground. Same applies for flower pots.
- 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.
However, Spikeweed has many more zombies that can counter him compared to the first game, 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.
In this game, Spikerock returns, albeit as his own plant due to the lack of Upgrade plants (he also costs 250 Sun rather than 225 and can only withstand 2 attacks before being destroyed by the third). Spikerocks can be summoned for free by Spear-mint when she is played.
- 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: Spike line
Spikeweed also appeared in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the first plant in the Spike line, evolving into Spikerock and then Diamond Spikeweed. Spikeweed attacked zombies by digging underground and spinning on the tile ahead of him, dealing damage to zombies on that tile.
His ability was Defensive Counterattack, which increased his own defense and let him counterattack enemies for 3 turns, dealing more if is a sled or catapult, though this didn't activate on AOE attacks.
- Main article: Spikeweed Sector
Costing 2 and a member of the Guardian class', Spikeweed Sector can be played on any ground lane and cannot be damaged or removed unless it is overridden by another environment card, or bounced by Excavator Zombie. Spikeweed Sector deals 2 damage to any zombie in the lane it is played in 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.
His Plant Food ability is named Get over Here, and functions like his Plant Food in Plants vs. Zombies 2 while his Tacobility is named Spikerock where he transforms into a Spikerock, gaining more armor and dealing more damage.
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.