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Jalapenos destroy an entire row of zombies.
Sun Cost: 125
Recharge: Very slow
Damage: Massive
Range: One Whole lane
Usage: Single use, instant
Unlocked: After beating Level 3-5
Planted on: Ground, Lily Pad, or Flower Pot

Destroys an entire path of zombies
Sun Cost: 100
Recharge: Slow
Damage: Massive
Range: All zombies in a path
Usage: Single use, instant
Unlocked: After reclaiming the Cafe Lot
Coin Cost: 300
Gem Cost: 90 or 125 Gems
Harvesting Time: Six hours

Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.
Sun Cost: 125
Damage: Massive
Area: Lane
Recharge: Slow
Usage: Single use, instant
Money Cost: USA: $3.99
EU: €3.59
UK: £2.49
TR: ₺8.49
AU: $4.99
POL: zł12.38
Unlocked: Purchase using real-life money (international version)
Collect all stars in Wild West (Chinese version)

Jalapeno (Jalapeño in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures) is an instant-kill plant that can clear an entire lane of zombies. Its shape and name is based on the real-life jalapeño pepper, valued for its spicy flavor. The actual jalapeño is one of the species located under the plant genus Capsicum annuum.


Plants vs. Zombies

Jalapeno is obtained after beating Level 3-5. It destroys a whole lane of zombies. It can also melt the Zomboni's ice trail and Dr. Zomboss' iceballs all at once and unfreeze frozen zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Jalapeño is unlocked after reclaiming The Cafe Lot. Its sun cost is lower than in Plants vs. Zombies, costing only 100 sun. It can burn all zombies on the path. If it is planted on crossroad, it can attack two paths of zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Jalapeno returns in this game with the same function. However, it is a premium plant, and it is required to be purchased with real-life money. However, it can be unlocked in the chinese version for free.

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Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.

Damage: massive
Range: all zombies in a lane
Usage: single use, instant

"NNNNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!" Jalapeno says. He's not going to explode, not this time. But soon. Oh, so soon. It's close. He knows it, he can feel it, his whole life's been leading up to this moment.

Cost: 125

Recharge: very slow

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Sun cost: 125

DAMAGE: Massive
AREA: Lane

Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.

Usage: single use, instant

This jalapeno is one spicy character by day and The Macramé Vigilante by night. You might be wondering what his secret weapons is... it's knots.

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He's trying his best not to explode, but when he does, he'll take out a whole row of zombies.

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"NNNNNGGGGGG!!!!!!!!" Jalapeno says. He's not going to explode, not this time. But soon. Oh, so soon. It's close. He knows it, he can feel it, his whole life's been leading up to this moment.


Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Level upgrade

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  • Level 2
    • Combat Training: Jalapeno has 50% more attack power (150% of initial).
    • ???: Jalapeno explodes in a cross-like pattern.
  • Level 3
    • ???: Jalapeno's sun cost now becomes 100.
    • Cell Activation: Jalapeno has another 50% attack power (200% of initial).
  • Level 4
    • Ability Awaken: Jalapeno can be boosted sometimes when planted.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

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Fire Blast: Spits fire to all enemies in its row and burns them. Needs Brave Plant Food to activate.


Plants vs. Zombies


Jalapenos can be good last-minute savers, since they can be planted behind an incoming wave, clearing the entire lane. Also, since a Jalapeno will melt ice as well as destroy a Zomboni and ladders, it makes a great addition to any levels with them; this is why Jalapenos are of great help in the mini-game Bobsled Bonanza. It takes two Jalapenos to kill a Gargantuar, so keep that in mind. The best way to deal with a Gargantuar is to Squash it first (to remove the Imp) and then use a Jalapeno to kill the Imp and Gargantuar quickly.

When dealing with Dr. Zomboss in the boss battle, the Jalapeno will destroy incoming iceballs he sends, as well as do some damage to his Zombot. Like the usage of the Jalapeno, plant them in rows with incoming iceballs to save the row from being destroyed.

Note, however, that Jalapenos also unfreeze any zombies that can survive it (Gargantuars, Giga-gargantuars and Dr. Zomboss) in the same manner as peas lit by Torchwood. They are a good candidate for imitation as they have a very slow recharge.

Column Like You See 'Em mini-game

The Jalapeno can be planted in a column of pots to clear the entire roof of zombies, except for Gargantuars that have a lot of health left. These are usually obtained once or twice, so they should be saved for either when huge waves two and three when Gargantuars appear, or when Ladder Zombies have placed ladders on your defensive plants. The Jalapenos will also melt the ladders placed on the defensive plants, if any. However, do not use them if you are going to aim for the Chilli Free achievement.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time


The Jalapeno has the same manner like in the prequel. It is a good idea to use this plant against Barrel Roller Zombies, even when in groups, so no Imp Pirate Zombies will launch out of the barrels. If you are going to use this against Gargantuars, avoid planting one when its Imp is in the mid-air. Wait for the Imp to land on the ground and then plant the Jalapeno to kill both zombies (including some zombies near it). It is best to combine this plant with a Sweet Potato, so that the Sweet Potato can attract multiple zombies in one lane and you have the chance of using the Jalapeno to destroy almost every zombie in one lane.

Jalapenos are great for eliminating entire lanes of tombstones in Ancient Egypt and Dark Ages, allowing the players to plan their defense easier, especially in Endless Zone levels with high densities of tombstones.

Note: Do not use Jalapenos against Imp Dragon Zombies in Arthur's Challenge. This is because Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to fire attacks, thus wasting 125 sun in process.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • Jalapeno is the only plant in Plants vs. Zombies whose name starts with letter J.
  • If it is crushed before it explodes, then it will detonate early. Any Flower Pots on where the Jalapeno was will be crushed.
  • The row of flames extinguishes from the left.
  • By looking very closely, Jalapeno has green pupils.
  • On iOS versions, there is an achievement called Chilli Free, where the player is not permitted to use Jalapenos in Column Like You See 'Em.
  • The only other achievement involving Jalapenos is Chill Out, where the player must destroy three Zombie Bobsled Teams with Jalapenos.
  • A Jalapeno can clear a lane of daisies made by killed zombies (if 'daisies' was typed).
  • In the Suburban Almanac, the Jalapeno is shaking fast while in the Zen Garden it shakes slow. However, on the iOS and Android versions, it shakes fast in the Zen Garden. It will also shake fast if the player gives it a Chocolate (only when it is happy).
  • If Jalapeno or other explosive plant (with the exception of Potato Mine) is used to destroy a zombie in ZomBotany, it will turn the zombie black, but it will not fall into ashes.
  • Chili Pepper T-Shirt was available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. It costs 80 Microsoft Points. It was a white T-Shirt with a picture of the Jalapeno on it.
  • The Jalapeno will close one eye while exploding.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

  • Jalapeño hops around before detonating.
  • Jalapeño's silhouette used for the recharging overlay is actually the one from the Chilly Pepper, so the grayed-out Jalapeño appears to have a bit of ice hanging from its stem, like the Chilly Pepper.
  • Unlike the other Jalapeno explosions, the Jalepeño expands inside, but changes shape during the explosion.
  • It is one of the few plants with a confirmed gender, being male.
  • Sometimes there is a glitch where a Bamboo Shoot will shoot a Jalapeño.
  • It is the only game with an “ñ” in the spelling, making it correct.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

  • It makes a "wheeee" sound after exploding. By listening also carefully, the player can also hear maracas during the explosion.
  • The fire spreads from the Jalapeno, instead of instantly setting the whole row on fire. It does not affect its effectiveness.
  • Zombies ignore it instead of trying to eat it like the other instant-usage plants.
  • Jalapeno cannot kill Imps in mid air thrown by Gargantuars.
  • It is the only plant that can kill a Barrel Roller Zombie without ever getting any chances to induce Imp Pirate Zombies from the barrel.
  • Its eyes do not look at the zombies.
  • This is the first plant having an area with a lane, the second being Hurrikale.
  • In the Chinese Version, it is one of 2 instant-use plants that has level upgrades, the other being Cherry Bomb.

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