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Kernel-pults fling corn kernels and butter at zombies.
Sun cost 100
Rate of fire x1/2
Recharge Fast
Damage Light (kernel), normal (butter)
Toughness Normal
Range Lobbed
Special Butter immobilizes zombies
Planted on Ground, Lily Pad, or Flower Pot
Unlocked After beating Level 5-2
Upgrade Cob Cannon
Kernel-pult is the eldest of the Pult brothers. Of the three of them, Kernel is the only one who consistently remembers the others' birthdays. He bugs them about it a little, too.

Kernel-pults fling corn kernels and butter at zombies.
Sun cost 100
Recharge Fast
Damage Light (kernel), normal (butter)
Rate of fire 1/2x
Toughness Normal
Range Lobbed
Special Butter immobilizes zombies
Unlocked Beat Pirate Seas - Day 1
Unlocked (China) Collect 5 Kernel-pult puzzle pieces (or buy him for 100 gems for a limited time)
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While working as an usher at the local movieplex, he saw "Fried Green Tomatoes" and found his higher calling. He packed up his husks, his kernels, his butter, and enlisted.

Kernel-pult is an offensive lobbed-shot plant appearing in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. While it normally lobs kernels that deal one normal damage shot at a rate equal to Cabbage-pult, it has a 25% chance to fire a butter projectile which deals two normal damage shots to its target, as well as immobilizes the victim a short period of time.


Kernel-pult is based on the crop maize, also known as corn. Its name is a portmanteau of kernel, the term for a seed or grain of corn, and catapult, a ballistic device used to hurl larges stones for warfare purpose in ancient times.


Plants vs. Zombies

Kernel-pult is unlocked after completing Level 5-2. Its butter attack can stun the target for 5 seconds. Two Kernel-pults placed adjacent to another horizontally can be upgraded into a Cob Cannon.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Kernel-pult is obtained by finishing Pirate Seas - Day 1. Its butter effect can now stun zombies for 7.5 seconds, and can also instantly defeat the following zombies, regardless of health:

Defeating a Seagull Zombie with Kernel-pult's butter will net the player the Pat the Birdy achievement.


Sound Description
Kernel hitting a zombie
Butter hitting a zombie 

Almanac entry

In Plants vs. Zombies

Kernel Almanac

Almanac entry of the Kernel-pult


Kernel-pults fling corn kernels and butter at zombies.

Damage: light (kernel), normal (butter)
Range: lobbed
Special: butter immobilizes zombies

Kernel-pult is the eldest of the Pult brothers. Of the three of them, Kernel is the only one who consistently remembers the others' birthdays. He bugs them about it a little, too.

Cost: 100

Recharge: fast

In Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sun cost: 100

RANGE: Lobbed

Kernel-pult flings corn kernels and butter at zombies.

Damage Details: light (kernel), normal (butter)
Special: butter immobilizes zombies

While working as an usher at the local movieplex, he saw "Fried Green Tomatoes" and found his higher calling. He packed up his husks, his kernels, his butter, and enlisted.


Butter shower

Kernel-pult using its Plant Food ability

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Kernel-pult hurls butter that hits every zombie and obstacle on-screen, dealing 2 normal damage shots and paralyzing them for 7.5 seconds.

Costumed (China only)

When given Plant Food, Kernel-pult shoots flaming butter which deals more damage.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon Kernel-pult Upgrade 1
Kernel Rocket
A high damage corn rocket gets lobbed for every five projectiles lobbed.
Combat Training
Kernel-pult gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
Level3Icon Kernel-pult Upgrade 2
Faster Reload
A high damage corn rocket gets lobbed for every three projectiles lobbed.
Cell Activation
Kernel-pult gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
Level4Icon AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Kernel-pult may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Kernel-pult gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Sticky Butter: Deals huge damage to an enemy and stuns it for one move. It needs Brave Plant Food to activate.


Kernel-pult is a rather fickle plant, as its performance is highly inconsistent and heavily dependent on the random number generator. While its damage per second potential is normally ranked amongst the lowest in the player's arsenal, its butter attack can prove to be highly devastating against high-health target, especially when Kernel-pult is aided by other more powerful offensive plants. Therefore, Kernel-pult will find most of its use as an early- to mid-game support plant to bolster others' performance, rather than a conventional offensive one.

Certain plants with limited attack radius, such as Spikerock, Spikeweed, Ghost Pepper and Lava Guava will benefit significantly from Kernel-pult. The latter's stunning effect can occasionally stun zombies and force them to stay on the former's attack range for a longer amount of time and allow the plants to deal more damage.

Plants vs. Zombies

Kernel-pult is highly important in the Roof levels, as the incline of the Roof will upset the firing of peas, spores, etc. It can also bypass Screen Door Zombies' and Ladder Zombies' shield and hurt them directly, as well as hit submerged Snorkel Zombies.

I, Zombie

Because of the inconsistency of butter throwing frequency, it is easy to misjudge the power of a Kernel-pult in I, Zombie. One Kernel-pult near the back could prove to be very hard to deal with, especially if Digger Zombies cannot eat it. Consider either doubling up zombies or using a stronger one (Football Zombie, Dancing Zombie, Buckethead Zombie) instead in rows with Kernel-pults. In rows with more than one Kernel-pult, Digger Zombies and Bungee Zombies should be considered, instead of a head-on assault.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Kernel-pult has received a noticeable buff both in its offensive and supportive capability: Firstly, the butter's stunning duration has been effectively tripled due to the normal duration increase combined with the change in general gameplay, massively increasing Kernel-pult's support capability. Secondly, Kernel-pult can now also instantly kill several flying enemies, and will prove to be even more effective than other offensive plants at combating Zombie Parrots.

Kernel-pult's Plant Food ability reflects the plant's supportive nature, as while it does very low damage for a Plant Food effect, it can temporarily disable all enemies on the field. Therefore, it should only be used if the player needs more time to react, or when there are great amounts of Seagull Zombies, Bug Zombies and/or Zombie Parrots present on the screen. Compared to Iceberg Lettuce's Plant Food effect, Kernel-pult's can deal damage, affect flying threats and work in tandem with fire-based plants, but does not affect off-screen enemies.

Aside from the enemies that can be instantly neutralized by butter, Kernel-pult can also prove to be particularly effective against the following targets:

Kernel-pult should not be used against zombies that can block or reflect lobbed shots, such as Shield Zombie, Jester Zombie and Parasol Zombie.


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • An eyebrow-less and catapult-less Kernel-pult could be seen in the Character Menu on the original official Plants vs. Zombies website.
    • In the old iPod Touch and iPhone versions of the game, there is also an image of an eyebrowless Kernel-pult on the seed packet. However, the actual Kernel-pult does have eyebrows. However, it still does not have them on the seed packet in the iPad version.
  • Like with other catapult plants, if a zombie is directly in front of a Kernel-pult, the kernel or butter will hit the zombie instantly instead of flying up in the air.
  • If a zombie has butter on its head while one enters the code "dance", it will not dance but instead pose in a frame of the dance until the butter wears off.
  • If a Kernel-pult is about to lob butter, but is squashed, the squashed Kernel-pult will have a kernel in it instead of butter.
  • When choosing where to plant Kernel-pult in the Xbox Live Arcade version, butter can be seen on its basket.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • After the 2.7.1 update, Kernel-pult can immobilize Pharaoh Zombie while in its sarcophagus.
  • In the Chinese version, if a zombie gets buttered, then a Cuke goes off, the zombie's head will float in mid-air, but the rest of the body will disappear.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes, mentioned in its Almanac entry, is a movie about a housewife who is unhappy with her life, and she befriends an old lady who her tells her stories of people she used to know.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies Online

  • It was formerly unlocked after beating Pirate Seas - Level 3-1.

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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