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For other versions, see Lightning Reed (disambiguation).
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Lightning Reeds shoot lightning at nearest zombie up to one lane away. The bolt will then arc and hit other zombies.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 125
Recharge Fast
Damage Light
Range Multi-hit, can even hit targets one lane above or below
Special Chain attacks to multiple targets
In-game statistics
Direct damage 0.5 normal damage shot
Splash damage 0.25 normal damage shot
Unlocked Beating Wild West - Day 9
Unlocked (China) Collecting 10 Puzzle Pieces
Daily Rewards
Lightning Reed Costume2 Lightningreedcotume2 Lightningreedbirthdayz LightningReedSummerCostume
This may come as a shock, but Lightning Reed has a serious passion for ham radio. His call sign is El3ctric H1ccup. You can tune in every Tuesday to hear him read the classics to elderly plants. This week: Seeds and Sensibility.

Lightning Reed is the fourth plant obtained in Wild West in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He generates lightning from his body that strikes the closest zombie or obstacle, such as a tombstone, within three lanes from where he is planted, similarly to Threepeater. The lightning will also arc to another zombie or tombstone if close enough. A direct hit deals half of a normal damage shot and the arcs of electricity deal a quarter of a normal damage shot.


Based on his appearance, it is likely that the Lightning Reed is based on the Typha plant family, commonly referred to as cattail in English. His name is a pun of "lightning rod," a piece of metal put on top of a tall structure to protect it from lightning strikes and "reed," the real-life plant that this plant is based on.

Almanac entry

Sun cost: 125

DAMAGE: Normal
RANGE: Multi-Hit

Lightning Reeds shoot lightning at nearest zombie up to one lane away. The bolt will then arc and hit other zombies.

Range: can even hit targets one lane above or below
Special: chain attacks to multiple targets

This may come as a shock, but Lightning Reed has a serious passion for ham radio. His call sign is El3ctric H1ccup. You can tune in every Tuesday to hear him read the classics to elderly plants. This week: Seeds and Sensibility.


Plant Food effect

Lighting storm

Lightning Reed unleashes a small cloud

When fed Plant Food, he generates a small storm cloud that tracks down a random target, dealing 8 normal damage shots per second. If the target is defeated, the cloud will quickly move to another random zombie. The cloud lasts for 15 seconds before disappearing.

Costumed (China only)

Lightning Reed unleashes a huge lightning cloud and instantly electrocutes all zombies on screen.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
Level2Icon Lightning Reed Upgrade 1
Powerful Lightning
Lightning Reed gains a 15% chance to release a red, high voltage lightning that can stop zombies for a short while.
Combat Training
Lightning Reed gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
Level3Icon Lightning Reed Upgrade 2
Overdriven Current
The chance of releasing red lightnings is increased to 30%.
Cell Activation
Lightning Reed gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
Level4Icon AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Lightning Reed may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Lightning Reed gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Due to the lightning's chaining mechanic, Lightning Reed is at his best when in large groups. While one will have trouble against even a regular Zombie, ten or more of them are capable of dealing impressive amount of damage against swarms of enemies, especially when all five lanes are occupied with zombies. However, his low initial damage means that he will have difficulty against durable targets like Buckethead Zombies, meaning that a powerful plant like Citron or Electric Blueberry will be required to support him.

Because of his high attack speed and chain attacks, Lightning Reed is a powerful weapon against Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels because he can destroy multiple chickens and hit a lot of weasels in only one shot. Compared to other plants that can also counter them such as Spikeweed and Fume-shroom, Lightning Reed can cover up to three lanes at once, attack faster and has better range, but cannot neutralize Ice Weasels as effectively due to his low damage, unless there are about three columns planted.

Another useful feature of Lightning Reed is that his attack cannot be blocked or reflected by any means. Therefore, he is a possible counter against Shield Zombies, Jester Zombies, and Excavator Zombies. Lightning Reed is also helpful in defeating Surfer Zombies in Big Wave Beach as he will destroy their surfboards upon defeating them, thus preventing any surfboards from crushing plants.

Lightning Reeds can be quite useful against a column of Glitter Zombies. While they can protect all zombies behind them and severely reduce the effectiveness of single-lane plants such as Laser Bean and Fume-shroom, a group of Lightning Reed can still attack the entire column of Glitter Zombies and defeat them quickly.


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  • The "El3ctric H1ccup" in his Almanac entry is an improper call sign for ham radio operators. A real one resembles something such as "K7PKRL." "El3ctric H1ccup" is also leetspeak for "Electric Hiccup."
  • Despite the fact that the real life reed is an aquatic plant, the Lightning Reed can only planted in ground. This has been corrected in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
  • "Seeds and Sensibility" mentioned in his Almanac entry is based on the novel Sense and Sensibility, a famous Jane Austen novel.
  • Lightning Reed, Magnet-shroom, Gold Magnet, Electric Blueberry, and Electric Currant, Citron, E.M.Peach are the only plants that use some form of electricity.
  • Lightning Reed's Plant Food immunity time is less than half a second, making him one of the few plants which can be eaten while under the effects of Plant Food.
  • If he zaps the body of a zombie that has already lost its head, the head comes back for the dying animation.
  • If he zaps any kind of Gargantuar, players will see that the Gargantuar has a skeleton of a dinosaur rather than a ribcage.
  • When a Zombie Bull is zapped, it reveals the mechanical parts used to make up the Zombie Bull instead of a skeleton, unlike all the other zombies. If the Zombie Bull Rider is not yet thrown and the Zombie Bull is zapped, the Zombie Bull Rider will vanish.
  • If Lightning Reed's storm cloud goes after a swinging Swashbuckler Zombie, it will zap the Swashbuckler Zombie's landing spot.
  • If a Lightning Reed electrifies an Imp that was launched from an Imp Cannon over water, the Imp will just disappear. 
  • After the 2.5.1 update, Lightning Reed's electricity immediately fades away.
  • If a Lightning Reed manages to zap a Zombie Chicken, the player will obtain the Fried Chicken achievement.
  • In the Almanac, it says he deals normal damage, but he only deals light damage in actual gameplay.
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Lightning Reeds planted in one column in this shot

  • Lightning Reed was originally going to cost 150 sun, according to pre-release gameplay footage.
  • Lightning Reed, Sun-shroom, Sun Bean, Hot Potato, and Explode-o-nut all have a glow around themselves in the seed packet.
  • In the Chinese version of the game, he is a Pirate Seas plant and appears on the Pirate Seas' world map. Additionally, he has the Pirate Seas background in his Almanac entry.
  • In the Chinese version of the game, his Plant Food ability will zap illusions created by Magic Mushroom instead of attacking other zombies. This is probably a glitch.
  • In the Behind the Brainz - New Plants the developers said that Lightning Reed is a female, but the almanac entry says its a male.

See also

V · T · E
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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