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This item is available only during certain events, and cannot always be obtained in-game. However, it can still be used if you have already obtained it. It is currently not available.
For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West, see Ghost Pepper (PvZ: JttW).
Ghost Pepper
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Ghost Peppers haunt zombies that pass by and explode after a limited time.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 75, 100 (China)
Recharge Mediocre
Damage Moderate
Range Front & Back
Rarity (China) Super-Rare
In-game statistics
Special Lives for a limited time then explodes
Unlocked 109 gems
Unlocked (China) Collect 10 Ghost Pepper Puzzle Pieces
Daily log-in rewards
You might not know it looking at her, but Ghost Pepper didn't always wear that white sheet everywhere she went. She first put it on as a lark for a Halloween party one year. Everyone else had these elaborate costumes, and she thought that it would be funny to dress like a plain ol' ghost. But she fell in love with that costume. It spoke to her. She'd found her calling.

Ghost Pepper is a limited-edition special-edition premium plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It first appeared in the 2.9 update, and was available for purchase from October 14 to November 4, 2014, for 109 gems as the first gem premium plant to be released. It returned along with the other limited-edition plants in the Luck O' The Zombie event from March 21 to March 24, 2015, and appeared once again for a limited time on July 7, 2015. It returned once again as of October 20, 2015, for the Halloween Lawn of Doom event with a price tag of 80 gems.

Ghost Pepper haunts and deals 3 normal damage shots per second to each zombies in a 1x4 area around it. After 10 seconds from when it haunts its first zombie, Ghost Pepper will explode, dealing 22.5 normal damage shots to all enemies in a 3x3 area. Additionally, Ghost Pepper is immune to most attacks from zombies, including transformations that make the plant passive (Wizard Zombie, Octo Zombie and Archmage Zombie in the Chinese version), and can be planted directly on water tiles in Big Wave Beach without the aid of a Lily Pad.


Ghost Pepper's name is identical to the Bhut jolokia, commonly referred to as ghost pepper, most known as one of the spiciest chili peppers in the world. Its name also refers to its spectral appearance, and its ability to harm zombies by haunting them.

Almanac entry

Ghost Pepper

RECHARGE: Mediocre

DAMAGE: Moderate

RANGE: Front & Back

Ghost Peppers haunt zombies that pass by and explode after a limited time.

Special: lives for a limited time then explodes

You might not know it looking at her, but Ghost Pepper didn't always wear that white sheet everywhere she went. She first put it on as a lark for a Halloween party one year. Everyone else had these elaborate costumes, and she thought that it would be funny to dress like a plain ol' ghost. But she fell in love with that costume. It spoke to her. She'd found her calling.


Plant Food effect


Ghost Pepper haunting two Gargantuar Primes

When fed Plant Food, Ghost Pepper haunts all zombies in a 4x3 area, dealing a total of 56 normal damage shots over 3.5 seconds. The Plant Food effect will also reset Ghost Pepper's duration, allowing Ghost Pepper to stay on the lawn longer.

Level Upgrade

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 75 15 seconds 10 seconds 3 bites 1.5 nds 8 nds Normal Front & Back
2 20 2,000 75 14 seconds 10 seconds 3.5 bites 1.75 nds 8.25 nds
3 100 10,000 75 13 seconds 9 seconds 4 bites 1.75 nds 8.25 nds + 1.3x
4 200 20,000 75 12 seconds 9 seconds 4.5 bites 2 nds 8.5 nds
5 300 35,000 75 11 seconds 8 seconds 5.5 bites 2 nds 8.5 nds
6 400 50,000 75 10 seconds 8 seconds 6 bites 2 nds 8.5 nds
7 500 100,000 75 9 seconds 7 seconds 6.5 bites 2.5 nds 9 nds + 1.6x
8 600 150,000 75 8 seconds 7 seconds 7 bites 2.5 nds 9 nds
9 700 250,000 75 7 seconds 5 seconds 8 bites 2.5 nds 9 nds
10 800 400,000 50 7 seconds 5 seconds 9 bites 3 nds 10 nds

Costumed (China only)

When given Plant Food, Ghost Pepper now deals more damage and stuns the zombies in range.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Ghost Pepper Upgrade 1
Ghost Pepper attacks in a cross (+) shape.
Combat Training
Ghost Pepper gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Ghost Pepper Upgrade 2
Ghost Pepper attacks one tile further.
Cell Activation
Ghost Pepper gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Ghost Pepper may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Ghost Pepper gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Compared to other instant-use plants, Ghost Pepper trades overall firepower and area of effect for increased damage-dealing duration, shorter recharge time and general ease of use. Therefore, it will find more use in aiding other offensive plants against high priority, but low health targets such as Wizard Zombies, Octo Zombies and Turquoise Skull Zombies, rather than high health zombies like Gargantuar. Compared to Lava Guava, Ghost Pepper has greater range and, therefore, will be better suited against faster enemies, while Lava Guava deals more damage in a much smaller area, and will be more useful against slower enemies.

Ghost Pepper should ideally be planted in areas where large groups of zombies will walk through. Frostbite Caves may provide such choke points in certain slider tile placements, but the player can also utilize Garlic and Sweet Potato to create choke points of their own. Stunning or delaying zombies with plants such as Stunion and Stallia can also increase Ghost Pepper's efficiency by forcing zombies to stay in her area of effect for a longer time period. With Shovel Boost, Ghost Pepper can also be dug up just after it explodes to be refunded some sun prior to 5.0.1.

Ghost Pepper is a highly valuable asset for the player in Big Wave Beach. Not only can it be placed on water tiles without the help of Lily Pad, but it is resistant to most of the local zombies' otherwise dangerous zombies: Surfer Zombie and Octo Zombie will not attempt to target Ghost Pepper, while Fisherman Zombie will usually reel past Ghost Pepper, and can only eliminate it by pulling a plant right next to Ghost Pepper. Ghost Pepper is also highly useful against Wizard Zombies, as it is one of the few plants that cannot be transmuted by them.

Ghost Pepper should not be planted near the player's house in Far Future, as Gargantuar Primes will often shoot their laser beams in that area and shorten Ghost Pepper's duration. Additionally, frozen blocks and arcade machines can crush Ghost Pepper like any other plants, so the player should be careful when using Ghost Pepper against Troglobite and Arcade Zombie.


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  • It is the first plant with the ability to float over water in Big Wave Beach, the second one being Rotobaga and the third one being Caulipower.
  • It is the first plant related to the Lawn of Doom event. The second is Jack O' Lantern, and the third in Witch Hazel.
  • The following zombies and objects can destroy or harm it:
  • It is the only plant except for instant-use plants that cannot be transformed into sheep by Wizard Zombie.
  • It will not explode if its timer is triggered when a certain level ends, similarly to Puff-shroom.
  • In the Chinese version, its explosion sound effect is the sound that Melon-pult creates while using Plant Food.
    • Additionally, when it attacks, the sound effect from Sun-shroom's plant food ability is also heard.
  • It, Lord Bamboo, and Sap-fling are the only monthly special plants that have their Almanac background be Big Wave Beach in the Chinese version.
  • According to the credits, it is voiced by Damian Kastbauer.
  • For some reason, even though its costume is present in the game's coding, the costume is unable to be obtained. This is only true in the International version while in the Chinese version, it is obtainable via Puzzle Pieces.
  • If a Boombox Zombie play his jam at the same time Ghost Pepper is attacking zombies, it will still plays the "haunting" animation, but will not deal any damage.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · 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
Epic Quests Gold Bloom · Electric Currant · Aloe
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Sap-fling · Dandelion · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet
Others Marigold

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