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Jalapenos destroy an entire row of zombies.
Sun cost 125
Recharge Very slow
Damage Massive
Range Single lane
Usage Single use, instant
Unlocked Beating Level 3-5
Planted on Ground, Lily Pad, or Flower Pot
"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.

Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.
Sun cost 125
Damage Massive
Area Lane
Recharge Slow
Usage Single use, instant
Unlocked US: $3.99 · EU: €3.59 · UK: £2.49 · TR: ₺8.49 · AU: $4.99 · POL: zł12.38
Unlocked (China) Collect 38 stars in Wild West, Collect 10 Jalapeno Puzzle Pieces
Jalapeno Costume2
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.

For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, see Jalapeño.

Jalapeno 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.


The sound that the Jalapeno makes when it explodes.



In 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.

In Plants vs. Zombies 2, Jalapeno returns in this game with the same function. However, it is a premium plant, and has to be purchased with real-life money. However, it can be unlocked in the Chinese version for free.

Almanac entry

Jalapeno almanac pc

Plants vs. Zombies


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

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.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon Jalapeno Upgrade 1
Cross Flames
Jalapeno now explodes in a cross-like pattern. (Lane and Column)
Combat Training
Jalapeno gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
Level3Icon Jalapeno Upgrade 2
Trail Loaded Battle
Jalapeno's sun cost decreases by 25 sun.
Cell Activation
Jalapeno gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

Note: Jalapeno can't be upgraded to level 4.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Fire Blast: Spits fire to all enemies in its lane and burns them. It 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, 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

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. 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


Jalapeno has the same manner like in the first game. 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 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.

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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  • Jalapeno's right eye twitches, and it never stops twitching.
  • The flaming effect is due to the spiciness of peppers.

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.
  • There are 2 achievements that involve the Jalapeno, Chill Out and Chilli Free.
    • One involves the player using a Jalapeno and the other involved the player not using a Jalapeno.
  • 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.
  • A 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.
  • Jalapeno will close one eye while exploding.
  • Jalapeno, Peashooter, Wall-nut, and Puff-shroom are the only plants mentioned in another plant's Suburban Almanac entry.
    • Jalapeno is mentioned in Imitater's Almanac entry.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Jalapeno's explosion plays additional sounds absent from the previous game. It makes a "wheeee" sound and 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.
    • This is most likely because it is setting the ground on fire and thus cannot reach the Imp when it is in the air.
  • It is the only plant that by itself can kill a Barrel Roller Zombie without releasing Imp Pirate Zombies from the barrel.
  • Its eyes do not look at the zombies.
  • Jalapeno is the first plant whose range is the entire lane, the second being Laser Bean, and the third being Hurrikale.
  • Upon Neon Mixtape Tour Side B's release, Jalapeno makes an appearance on the world map as a difficulty rating for the different worlds.
  • In the Chinese version, it is one of two instant-use plants that has level upgrades, the other being Cherry Bomb.
  • Jalapeno, Grave Buster, Snapdragon, Torchwood, Garlic, and Bonk Choy are the only plants whose teeth are always visible.
  • In the Chinese version, the flame trail created by it looks like the trail created by Power Flame instead..
  • Flame created by it is reused for the punk jam in Neon Mixtape Tour.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

  • It attacks zombies by spitting fireballs at them.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut
Plants (Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars)
Regular plants
Tier 1 Sunflower · Peashooter · Kernel-pult · Spikeweed · Melon Slice Pitcher · Puff-shroom · Droplet Shooter · Coconut Sniper · Small Pepper · Choy Ben · Irascible Mushroom · Cattail · Clap Grass · Pistachio · Old Stump · Ball Cactus · Lizard Grass · Frisbee Shooter · Small Radish · Cherry Bomb · Blover · Wall-nut · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Daisy · Magnet-shroom · Small Bush · Charm Mushroom · Coffee Bean
Tier 2 Twin Sunflower · Repeater · Popcorn-pult · Spikerock · Melon-pult · Scaredy-shroom · Snow Pea · Coconut Cannon · Jalapeno · Bonk Choy · Doom-shroom · Dogtail · Venus Flytrap · Hazelnut · Torchwood · Cactus · Snapdragon · Bloomerang · White Radish · Saturn Peach Bomb · Four-Leaf Blover · Tall-nut · Three-headed Pea Pod · Magnifying Grass · Marigold · Electromagnetic Mushroom · Firmiana · Hypno-shroom · Cream Bean
Tier 3 Triplet Sunflower · Gatling Pea · Cob Cannon · Diamond Ground Thorn · Winter Melon · Fume-shroom · Frostbolt Shooter · Coconut Rocket Launcher · Devil Chili · Choy Ji · Doomsday Bomb Mushroom · Foxtail · Chainsaw Flytrap · Hazelnut Ball · Wildfire Stump · Tree Cactus · Twin Head God Dragon Grass · Meteor Hammer Master · Ginseng · Walnut Bomb · Fan Blover · Holographic Tall Nut · Five-headed Pea Pod · Thunder God Grass · Golden Chrysanthemum · Magneto Mushroom · Cypress · Fu Ling Mushroom · Mocha Coffee Bean

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