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Lord Bamboo (竹员外; pinyin: zhú yuánwài) is a plant in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2. It explodes the first zombie on contact, killing both itself and the zombie(s) in its area similar to Potato Mine. It is a plant introduced to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

To unlock this plant, the player could open red packets for Chinese New Year event 2015 and 2016, which were obtained from Gods of Wealth, or by spending diamonds. To get both itself and its costume, the player would have to answer nine questions correctly in the quiz game mode. An alternative method was to get a Puzzle Piece for it via Penny's Treasures.

Almanac entry

竹员外 (Lord Bamboo)
Sun cost: 50




    In English:

    Lord Bamboo explodes, causing damage to the approaching zombies.

    Plant feature: green plant

    Lord Bamboo lives in a big house in the west of Fireworks Town lonely. He looks ill, but he is, in fact, a loving old man who likes children. He will bring firecrackers to the children in town on Spring Festival, expects them can spend a happy new year. And what he wishes mostly is, his grandson, Bamboo Shoot, who went for learning skills faraway, could knock the door stepping the scraps of firecrackers...


Plant Food effect

When fed Plant Food, Lord Bamboo will release a "carpet" of firecrackers on his lane, which will detonate shortly, killing or damaging the zombies stepping on it.


With its costume, after feeding with Plant Food, the zombies that are damaged by the carpet will be bounced, and they cannot move for a short time.

Level upgrade

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Lord Bamboo Upgrade 1
Secondly Explode
Makes Lord Bamboo able to fall to a single tile after exploding, causing massive damage and charring zombies.
Combat Training
Lord Bamboo gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Lord Bamboo Upgrade 2
Makes Lord Bamboo split into two pieces while falling, damaging an extra tile.
Cell Activation
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Lord Bamboo may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
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Fighting Power
Lord Bamboo gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).


Treat Lord Bamboo as how you normally treat Squash. However, Lord Bamboo has a weakness of being unable to attack zombies who stand on two tiles, with the bamboo at the front tile. When one is put into that situation, chances are it will explode without damaging the zombie or be eaten without having the zombie exploded also. It is also weak to Mecha-Football Zombie since they push plants, while being just outside Lord Bamboo's trigger area. Since the explosion is considered a fire damage, Lord Bamboo should also not be used on zombies that are frozen and will survive the attack or release their payload, such as Gargantuar, a leveled-up Knight Zombie or Chicken Wrangler Zombie.

However, it has a faster recharge than Squash, making it more useful against a leveled up zombies like Knight Zombies.


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  • It resembles Chinese firecrackers (爆竹, which are actually explosive bamboo).
  • It is the second plant in Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 that is based on bamboo, with the first being Bamboo Shoot.
  • According to its Almanac entry, Bamboo Shoot is his grandson.
    • However, they do not have a relation to bamboo brother, possibly the latter is meant to be a sugarcane.
  • Its background in its Almanac is Big Wave Beach, even though it is not obtained in that world.
  • Its idle animation resembles the one used for Pomegranate Machine Gun.
  • It, Ghost Pepper, Sweet Potato, Sap-fling, Dandelion, Strawburst, Mischief Radish, and Jack O' Lantern are the only plants that were available for a limited time.
  • It cannot be triggered by zombies that do not need get close to damage the plant, like Gargantuar, Barrel Roller Zombie's barrel, Robo-Cone Zombie. However, if the player plants Lord Bamboo directly under those zombies, they can be damaged by Lord Bamboo.
  • A zombie who collides with Lord Bamboo but stands far enough can eat the plant without suffering from the latter's explosion.
  • It bears a resemblance to Magic Beanstalk from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, though this is only a coincidence.
  • For some reason, its upgrade icons depict two Lord Bamboos exploding together.
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Frostbite Caves Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rafflesia · Whirlwind Acorn
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Neon Mixtape Tour DJ Morning Glory · Phat Beet · Thyme Warp · Celery Stalker · Spore-shroom · Garlic · Intensive Carrot · Cactus
Jurassic Marsh Primal Sunflower · Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Primal Potato Mine · Perfume-shroom · Primal Rafflesia · Dinosaur Roar Grass · Cowardly Thorns · Sugarcane Master
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