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Bad Moon Rising is an event zombie trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy class. It costs 7BrainPvZH to play, and its ability transforms all zombies on the field into random zombies that cost 5BrainPvZH or more, including another copy of them if they cost 5BrainPvZH or more themselves.

It was added in update 1.16.10, along with Forget-Me-Nuts, Atomic Bombegranate, Thinking Cap, Kitchen Sink Zombie, Zombology Teacher, and Imp-Throwing Imp.

Origins

Its name comes from the song "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revisted. The song had been used previously in the series in a trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 featuring Moon Base Z. It could be a reference to Blood Moon Rising from the game Terraria.

Statistics

  • Class: Brainy
  • Tribe: Trick
  • Ability: Transform every Zombie into random Zombies that cost 5BrainPvZH or more.
  • Set: Event

Card description

Sometimes a full moon turns bad dreams into horrible nightmares.

Update history

Update 1.16.10

  • Added to the game.

Strategies

With

This is an incredibly powerful trick, as it will turn all of your zombies into more powerful zombies. Make sure to have lots of cheap, disposable zombies to make full use of this trick like Backup Dancers or Imps. This not only makes a lot of powerful zombies but also increases the chance for a powerful zombie to finish the game. However, keep in mind that if you already have some expensive zombies on the field, this trick may end up making them weaker. But still, you can end up getting powerful zombies like Zombot 1000, Cryo Yeti, or Zombot Plank Walker, so this trick is definitely worth it in most situations. But be careful if you are facing a PvZH Guardian IconGuardian hero and Mixed-Up Gravedigger is made from this trick, as your opponent can simply play Grave Buster and take out one of your powerful zombies. It can also make zombies whose abilities are worthless in the Zombie Tricks phase, such as Ra Zombie.

Since this trick affects all zombies on the field, it works well with any zombie hero that can play or make many zombies at once. An example would be Professor Brainstorm, who has access to cards that make other zombies like Disco Zombie and Disco-Tron 3000. Since Super Brainz and Huge-Gigantacus also lead the PvZH Sneaky IconSneaky class, they can swarm Imps to improve this trick's efficiency. They can even play Mixed-Up Gravedigger to prevent all of your zombies from being destroyed by protecting them until you can play Bad Moon Rising with the exception of Grave Buster and Cool Bean with Winter Squash.

You can pair this with Zombology Teacher to make this trick cheaper, though only Rustbolt can use her normally, or ramp up this card quickly using cards such as Cryo-Brain, Gentleman Zombie, or Medulla Nebula which all Brainy heroes have natural access to. Speaking of Medulla Nebula, you can play Brain Vendor on Medulla Nebula on turn 4 to easily play Bad Moon Rising very early, or on turn 3 if Flag Zombie or Terror-Former 10,000 is played before that. Take note that Gargologist does not benefit this trick despite the trick having a picture of a Gargantuar.

This trick can also be used to reduce the impact of The Great Zucchini, turning all your weak 1StrengthPvZH/1HeartPvZH zombies into highly dangerous zombies.

Against

If your opponent is a Brainy hero and you see them saving 7 brains, there is a high chance that they will most likely be playing this trick. Try to remove as many zombies as possible so they are fewer powerful zombies to work with. As a last resort, use Brainana to prevent them from playing this for a turn, or Forget-Me-Nuts or Dark Matter Dragonfruit to increase the cost of this trick. Doom-Shroom is handy for taking out most of the transformed zombies. However, you will not be able to react to it the turn it is played. So you can only prepare for the zombies that this trick will make since zombie tricks are played after plants are played.

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Trivia

  • The moon in its card image is actually the same as the egg in Fire Rooster's "When played" animation, only recolored.
  • It is the most expensive event card in the game.
  • Even though the card has a picture of a Gargantuar, it is not in the Gargantuar tribe.
  • On rare occasions, this may cause zombies whose ability does direct damage like Flamenco Zombie to do more. For example, having Binary Stars and Flamenco Zombie on the field is supposed to do only 8 damage but would sometimes do as high as 16 damage instead. This is because Binary Stars' ability is programmed to affect zombies permanently while giving them the permanent 2x damage boost, resulting in a 4x boost with the normal ability as if there were 2 of them.
  • It is the third zombie event trick in the game.
  • On the sprites, an Imp is shown despite not being seen on its card.
    • However, an Imp may be rarely shown on the animation when it is played.
  • Before its release, it used to cost 6.
  • It is mentioned in Unexpected Gifts' description.
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Uncommon
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Galactic Graveyard · Ice Pirate · Frosty Mustache
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Super-Rare
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Legendary
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