Nightshade is the second plant obtained in Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He will slap any zombies in front of him with his leaves but can only do this three times and can only do so at close range. If powered by a Moonflower, he gains the ability to regrow and hurl these leaves at zombies, effectively turning him into a long-ranged offensive plant instead of a melee plant. However, thrown leaves do less damage compared to leaves slapping a zombie.


He is based on the Solanaceae, which is an economically important family of flowering plants, known as climbing nightshades.

His appearance may be based on Solanum dulcamara, with his leaves being based on the purple petals and his cap being based on the reproductive part of the flower.

Almanac entry

NOTE: Nightshade costs 50 sun in Chinese version.




RANGE: Straight

Nightshades are shadow plants that smack zombies with slappy leaves.

Special: hurls and regrows leaves when powered

For Nightshade, smacking is a duty and a privilege. He comes from a long line of ardent smackers, and his family counts three kings, four ambassadors and a president as among those proudly slapped around.


Plant Food effect

When fed with Plant Food, Nightshade will regrow all of his leaves, then hurl three large leaves at zombies. Each large leaf deals 30 normal damage shots, similar to the large pea Repeater shoots at the end of his Plant Food effect. Additionally, after performing the effect, all leaves thrown by Nightshade will deal 7.5 normal damage shots instead of 5.

The leaves the Nightshade uses will now remain as the powered color, and also have changed damage when in both melee and ranged form. In melee form, he is capable of defeating a Conehead Zombie with one leaf, and a Buckethead Zombie with three leaves. His ranged leaves deal eight normal damage shots per leaf (tombstones enter their second degrade when hit with one leaf, which occurs at eight normal damage shots).

Costumed (China only)

Nightshade now hurls all three of his plant food leaves at once, which does more damage. However, he only does this once.

Level upgrade

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
Ranged Melee Melee Ranged
Normal Powered*
1 0 0 75 5 seconds 3 bites 5 nds 7.5 nds 10 nds 30 nds 30 nds Normal Straight
2 10 1,000 75 5 seconds 3.5 bites 6.25 nds 9 nds 12.5 nds 32.5 nds 35 nds
3 75 5,000 75 4.5 seconds 4 bites 7.5 nds 11.25 nds 15 nds 35 nds 40 nds +1.3x
4 200 10,000 75 4.5 seconds 4.5 bites 8.75 nds 12.75 nds 17.5 nds 37.5 nds 45 nds
5 400 20,000 75 4 seconds 5.5 bites 10 nds 15 nds 20 nds 40 nds 60 nds
6 750 30,000 75 4 seconds 6 bites 12.25 nds 16.5 nds 22.5 nds 42.5 nds 65 nds
7 1,000 40,000 75 3.5 seconds 6.5 bites 12.5 nds 18.75 nds 25 nds 45 nds 70 nds +1.6x
8 1,000 50,000 75 3.5 seconds 7 bites 15 nds 22.5 nds 27.5 nds 47.5 nds 75 nds
9 1,500 60,000 50 3 seconds 8 bites 17.5 nds 26.25 nds 30 nds 50 nds 80 nds
10 2,000 75,000 50 2.5 seconds 9 bites 20 nds 30 nds 35 nds 55 nds 90 nds

*After being fed with Plant Food and throwing large leaves, all leaves thrown are powered.

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Nightshade Upgrade 1
Night Rejuvenation
When powered by Moonflower, its fallen leaves restores much faster.
Combat Training
Nightshade gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Nightshade Upgrade 2
Rapid Growth
Restoring time of fallen leaves also decreases while not being powered.
Cell Activation
Nightshade gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Nightshade may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Nightshade gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Nightshade's main strength is his high potential effectiveness for his fairly low price of 75 sun. When powered by Moonflower, a Nightshade can deal almost three times as much damage as an average Peashooter, and will, therefore, have little problem can make much quicker work of Basic and Buckethead Zombies. This ability could also be considered a downside, however, as Nightshade is heavily dependent on Moonflower which is a plant with a relatively slow recharge rate, and Nightshade's performance when not powered is below average due to him not being able to regrow his leaves. Nightshade also faces great challenges in the world he is introduced in, as the amount of methods used by the horde to deter straight-shooting projectiles, plus the sheer zombie density can render even the most powerful of single target plants insignificant.


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  • He reuses attacking sounds from Cactus.
    • He also reuses the Plant Food sound effects from Wall-nut and Tall-nut when he is given Plant Food.
  • When he is not powered, he would sometimes have powered leaves instead of the basic purple leaves.
    • When he attacks whether powered or not, his leaves turn purple. This is only a visual error.
      • However, if fed Plant Food, his leaves remain as the powered leaves.
  • If one looks closely, his costume slightly shakes during his idle animation.
    • This is because every other animation loop, he blinks his eyes. This causes the shades to shake a little because of the blink.
  • He resembles Bloomerang in terms of appearance.
  • If Nightshade is near a zombie and Plant Food is used on him, Nightshade will instead do his melee attack, opposed to his Plant Food effect. He will not continue the Plant Food attack after the zombie is defeated.
  • Him, along with Red Stinger and Spikerock, are the only plants that cannot be repaired with Wall-nut First Aid despite visually degrading.

See also

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