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Jalapenos destroy an entire row of zombies.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 125
Recharge Very slow
Damage Massive
Range Single lane
Usage Single use, instant
In-game statistics
Direct damage 90 normal damage shots to every affected enemy
Unlocked Beating Level 3-5
"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.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 125
Recharge Slow
Damage Massive
Area Lane
Usage Single use, instant
In-game statistics
Direct damage 90 normal damage shots to every affected enemy
Unlocked US: $3.99 · EU: €3.59
UK: £2.49 · TR: ₺8.49
AU: $4.99 · PL: 12.38zł
BRL: R$5,99
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 available in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. When planted, he will explode and cover the lane he is placed on in fire, dealing 90 normal damage shots worth of damage to and removing all ice-based effect from every enemy in the lane.


Jalapeno is based on the real life Jalapeño, a cultivar of the plant Capsicum annuum valued for its spicy flavor.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sound Description
Jalapeno explodes.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sound Description
Jalapeno explodes.


Plants vs. Zombies

Jalapeno is obtained after beating Level 3-5. Aside from the primary effect, Jalapeno can also melt the Zomboni's ice trail and Dr. Zomboss' iceballs, and remove ice-based effect from zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Jalapeno returns as a premium plant available for purchase at $2.99. In the Frostbite Caves, Jalapeno is also capable of melting frozen blocks instantly regardless of health and damage any trapped zombie directly, unlike other instant plants which are weakened by frozen blocks.

After the 4.0 update, Jalapeno is used to represent the difficulty of all the worlds except for the Player's House, ranging from one to five.

Almanac entry

Jalapeno almanac pc

Almanac entry of Jalapeno

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.


Jalapeno focuses on dealing heavy damage to all enemies on a specific lane, as opposed to a limited area over multiple lanes like Cherry Bomb. Because of this, Jalapeno will be more suited for quickly neutralizing threats that have come far into the player's defense such as Imps being thrown by Gargantuars, rather than general crowd control. The fire-based nature of Jalapeno can be considered to be both a blessing and a curse: While this means Jalapeno is highly useful against several ice-based threats, this also means any surviving enemies, predominantly Gargantuars, will have their freezing effect removed if previously frozen, rendering Ice-shroom and Iceberg Lettuce useless.

Jalapeno can benefit from use of Imitater, as he will effectively halve the recharge time and allow more liberal use of the plant. Creating choke points via the use of Garlic or/and Sweet Potato can also boost Jalapeno's efficiency by allowing him to damage more zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies

Jalapeno is an useful plant against Zomboni as he is capable of melting the ice trail, freeing space for planting and preventing Zombie Bobsled Teams from entering. He is also an useful tool for destroying ladders placed by Ladder Zombies; certain strategies in Survival: Endless utilize ladders against thrown Imps however, and Jalapeno should never used in these cases.

Level 5-10

Jalapenos is provided in this level as the only means of neutralizing Dr. Zomboss's iceball attack. Unlike Ice-shroom which can be placed anywhere on the lawn to negate fireball, Jalapeno must be planted on the lane where the iceball is spawned. The player should exercise moderation when using Jalapeno, and always keep a stock in case more dangerous enemies arrive, or an iceball is spawned. Using Jalapeno while the Zombot's head is down can also deal heavy damage and greatly speed up the fight.

Column Like You See 'Em mini-game

Jalapenos can be planted in a column of pots to effectively wipe the entire screen of enemies, and heavily damage any surviving Gargantuars. 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. Jalapeno cannot be used however, if the player plans to obtain the Chilli Free achievement.

Plants vs. Zombies 2


Jalapeno can be used to neutralize Barrel Roller Zombies while preventing the barrels from releasing Imp Pirate Zombies. He is also useful for cleaning up tombstones in Ancient Egypt and the Dark Ages, or ice block in the Frostbite Caves - the latter is a special case, as unlike most other instant plants which will only destroy the ice and leave the trapped zombie mostly unscathered, Jalapeno can instantly melt the ice and kill the zombie at once.

It should be noted that because he attacks by using fire, Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to his attack, therefore making him useless against them.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • There are two 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 slowly. 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 any other explosive plant (with the exception of Potato Mine) is used to destroy a zombie in ZomBotany, he will turn the zombie black, but he will not fall into ashes.
  • A Chili Pepper T-shirt is available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. It costs 80 Microsoft Points, and is a white T-shirt with a picture of the Jalapeno on it.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Jalapeno's explosion plays additional sounds absent from the previous game. He makes a "wheeee" sound and maracas during the explosion.
  • 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, Jalapeno is one of two instant-use plants that has level upgrades, the other being Cherry Bomb.
  • In the Chinese version, the flame trail created by him looks like the trail created by Power Flame instead.

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 · Slap 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 · Small Peach · Small Kumquat · Energy Bean · Grass Lantern
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 · E.M.Peach · Citron · Laser Bean · Plantern
Tier 3 Triplet Sunflower · Gatling Pea · Cob Cannon · Diamond Spikeweed · 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-Headed God Snapdragon · 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 · E.C.Peach · Super Citron · Superman Bean · Lighthouse Flower

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