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Nightshades are shadow plants that smack zombies with slappy leaves.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 75
Recharge Fast
Damage Heavy
Range Straight
Range details Close (not powered)

Straight (powered)

In-game statistics
Recharge Sluggish
Direct damage 5 normal damage shots in 4 seconds (long range, powered)
10 normal damage shots in 4 seconds (close range)
8 normal damage shots in 4 seconds (long range, boosted)
30 normal damage shots in 4 seconds (close range, boosted)
Weakness Jester Zombie2 Excavator Zombie2 (deflects projectiles)
Shield Zombie2 (makes it and other zombies immune to projectiles)
Unlocked Beating Modern Day - Day 4
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.

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


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

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

Almanac entry




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 its 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 its 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, it is capable of defeating a Conehead Zombie with one leaf, and a Buckethead Zombie with three leaves. Its 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).

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
Ranged Melee
Normal Powered Normal Powered
1 0 0 75 30 seconds 3 bites 5 nds 7.5 nds 10 nds 30 nds 30 nds Normal Straight
2 10 2,000 75 29 seconds 3.5 bites 6.25 nds 9 nds 12.5 nds 32.5 nds 35 nds
3 100 10,000 75 28 seconds 4 bites 7.5 nds 11.25 nds 15 nds 35 nds 40 nds +1.3x
4 250 20,000 75 27 seconds 4.5 bites 8.75 nds 12.75 nds 17.5 nds 37.5 nds 45 nds
5 500 35,000 75 25 seconds 5.5 bites 10 nds 15 nds 20 nds 40 nds 60 nds
6 750 50,000 75 24 seconds 6 bites 12.25 nds 16.5 nds 22.5 nds 42.5 nds 65 nds
7 1,000 100,000 75 23 seconds 6.5 bites 12.5 nds 18.75 nds 25 nds 45 nds 70 nds +1.6x
8 1,500 150,000 75 22 seconds 7 bites 15 nds 22.5 nds 27.5 nds 47.5 nds 75 nds
9 2,000 250,000 50 21 seconds 8 bites 17.5 nds 26.25 nds 30 nds 50 nds 80 nds
10 3,000 400,000 50 20 seconds 9 bites 20 nds 30 nds 35 nds 55 nds 90 nds


Nightshade's main strength is its high potential effectiveness for its 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 it not being able to regrow its leaves. Nightshade also faces great challenges in the world it 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. The newest update essentially made this plant obsolete, as it has a very long recharge now, and is not worth using. There are better options to use than Nightshade. This also made Day 9 of Modern Day nearly impossible without leveling Nightshade up.

Melon-pult and Cactus are essentially better choices to use than Nightshade due to their moderate to heavy damage and short recharge time.


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  • In the 5.7.1 update, its seed packet recharge time was changed from 5 seconds to 24 seconds.
  • It reuses attacking sounds from Cactus.
    • It also reuses the Plant Food effect sound from Wall-nut and Tall-nut when it uses Plant Food.
  • When it is not powered, it sometimes have powered leaves instead of the basic purple leaves.
    • When it attacks whether powered or not, its leaves turn purple. This is only a visual error.
      • However, if fed Plant Food, its leaves remain as the powered leaves.
  • If one looks closely, its costume slightly shakes during its idle animation.
    • This is because every other animation loop, it blinks its eyes. This causes the shades to shake a little because of the blink.
  • It resembles Bloomerang in terms of appearance.
  • If Nightshade's near a zombie and Plant Food is used on it, Nightshade will instead do its melee attack, opposed to its Plant Food effect. It will not continue the Plant Food attack after the zombie is defeated.
  • It, along with Red Stinger and Spikerock, are the only plants that cannot be repaired with Wall-nut First Aid, despite visually degrading.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Epic Quests Gold Bloom · Electric Currant · Aloe
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Sap-fling · Dandelion · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet
Others Marigold

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