For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Red Stinger (PvZH).

Red Stinger is the first plant obtained in Lost City in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He was first revealed in the trailer for Lost City Part 1,[1] then more information was released with the Lost City Part 1 developer diary.[2]

When planted on the first three columns to the left, Red Stinger will fire two petals at a time and have the same health as a regular plant. If Red Stinger is planted in the next three columns to the right, he will be more defensive, having nine health, and will fire just one petal. If he is planted on the last three columns on the right, he will be a defensive plant with 15 health, but he will not be able to attack.


Red Stinger is based on the Etlingera elatior, known as the torch ginger. He is a flower found in tropical areas. The meaning of his in-game name, however, is left unclear. As he does not sting anything, the most probable possibility is that "Red Stinger" is actually a pun on "red ginger," an alternative name of the plant he is based on. Internally, the projectiles are named "stingers," indicating that the projectile are the stinging part.

Almanac entry

Red Stinger


DAMAGE: Moderate

RANGE: Straight

Red Stingers fire shots at full force when close to home, and become more defensive further from it.

Flexibility is of key importance to Red Stinger. "I do stretching exercises every morning," he says. "It's important to stay physically and mentally nimble."


Plant Food effect

Red Stinger laser PF

Red Stingers at the backmost column firing lasers at zombies

When given Plant Food, Red Stinger fires a focused laser beam, slowing and dealing a total of 34.5 normal damage shots to all zombies in the lane.

Costumed  (China only)

Red Stinger will now fire two laser beams, doing more damage than usual.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Close to home Middle Near zombies Close to home Middle
1 0 0 150 5 seconds 3 bites 9 bites 15 bites 1.5 nds 0.75 nds Normal Straight
2 10 1,000 150 5 seconds 6 bites 12 bites 20 bites 2 nds 1 nds
3 75 5,000 150 4.5 seconds 6 bites 12 bites 20 bites 2.5 nds 1.25 nds + 1.6x
4 200 10,000 150 4.5 seconds 6 bites 12 bites 20 bites 3 nds 1.5 nds
5 400 20,000 125 4.5 seconds 6 bites 12 bites 20 bites 3.5 nds 1.75 nds
6 750 30,000 125 4 seconds 6 bites 12 bites 20 bites 4 nds 2 nds
7 1,000 40,000 125 4 seconds 9 bites 15 bites 25 bites 4 nds 2.25 nds + 2.2x
8 1,000 50,000 125 3.5 seconds 9 bites 15 bites 25 bites 4.5 nds 2.5 nds
9 1,500 60,000 125 3.5 seconds 9 bites 15 bites 25 bites 5 nds 2.75 nds
10 2,000 75,000 100 3 seconds 9 bites 15 bites 25 bites 6 nds 3 nds

Level upgrade  (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Red Stinger Upgrade 1
Potential Outbreak
When being in offensive form, its attack speed is increased when attacking continuously. And in defensive form, it will explode after its defeat, doing additional damage to zombies.
Combat Training
Red Stinger gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Red Stinger Upgrade 2
Doubled Potential
Attack speed is further increased and the explosion will do more damage.
Cell Activation
Red Stinger gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Red Stinger may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Red Stinger gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Sound Description
Red Stinger Plant Food
Red Stinger Plant Food


Red Stinger is a plant that heavily focuses on versatility; Depending on the location, he can work as a more powerful Repeater, a Pea-nut with greater offense but worse defense, or an improvised Wall-nut. The relatively lower cost of Red Stinger when compared to the repeater makes him a very economical option with a great damage/cost ratio. However, this also means that Red Stinger will suffer from diminishing offensive potential return, as additional Red Stingers planted from the fourth column will deal less damage than those planted on the first three columns. His Plant Food ability effect also deals relatively little damage compared to other plants.

In Lost City, Red Stinger can be helpful in combating Lost Pilot Zombie, as his elevated health helps him survive the ambush much better than other offensive plants, he can also effectively deal with Parasol Zombie. However, he should not be used as the only offensive plant due to the risk of Excavator Zombie, and plants that can bypass his shovel such as A.K.E.E. and Laser Bean should be used in tandem with Red Stinger. Do not use Red Stinger with Jester Zombies, as they will also reflect the petals.

Never use him as primary defense, as he will be eaten very quickly.


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  • Although he is a defensive plant when placed on the right side of the lawn, he cannot be healed with Wall-nut First Aid.
  • He is the only plant that has different roles depending on their location of the lawn.
    • Despite him having three different stances, he only displays one Plant Food effect regardless of which column he is planted in.
  • If his Plant Food effect is used near the end of a Piñata Party, his laser beam will still be visible while whacking piñatas. This trait is shared with Fire Peashooter.
  • He, Sap-fling, and Stallia are the only non-ice plants that can slow down zombies.
    • However, he needs Plant Food in order to do so.
  • One of his costumes may be a reference to either Peter Pan or Robin Hood.
  • If he is moved to a different tile by a zombie like Mecha-Football Zombie, Fisherman Zombie, Excavator Zombie, Punk Zombie, or any zombie pushed by Ankylosaurus, he will change his role accordingly to what part of the lawn he is moved to.
  • He is the first defensive plant that has a fast recharge. The second is Primal Wall-nut.
  • He is the first plant to be based off a spice, the second being Wasabi Whip.
    • In this case, he is based on red ginger.

Specific to Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 (China only)

  • Zombies defeated by him used to play their zapped animation. This has been fixed.
  • Both his offensive and defensive forms are seen in his level upgrade icons.
    • If one looks closely in his second upgrade icon, one can see that the defensive Red Stinger is wearing his military hat costume, as one can see the string that is attached to the hat.
      • However, in the game, he wears his other costume.
  • The seed packet is different.
    • His entire body is visible in the Chinese version's seed packet, while his head is only visible in the international version's.


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
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Dandelion · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower · Solar Tomato · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sweet Potato · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant · Aloe
Others Marigold