Brainana is a premium legendary plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the PvZH Smarty IconSmarty class. It costs 6SunPvZH to play, and has 4StrengthPvZH/3HeartPvZH. It has the Amphibious trait, and its ability resets the zombie hero's brain counter to zero the turn it is played.


It is based on the banana, an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous, flowering plants in the genus Musa.

Its name is a portmanteau of "brain," referring to its ability and head, and "banana," the real-life plant this is based on.


  • Class: Smarty
  • Tribe: Banana Plant
  • Trait: Amphibious
  • Ability: When played: The Zombie Hero loses their Brains.
  • Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary

Card description

In this case, "brain drain" is a good thing.

Update history

Update 1.4.14

  • Trait added: Amphibious
  • Tribe change: Fruit → Banana

Update 1.16.10

  • Strength change: 3StrengthPvZH → 4StrengthPvZH
  • Rarity change: Super-Rare → Legendary

Update 1.22.12

  • Animation change: Legendary shine added.



Brainana has low stats for a high-cost plant. This means that this plant is used not because of its stats, but because of its ability. While its ability seems very powerful, remember that since zombies play their fighters before plants do, Brainana's ability only prevents your opponent from playing tricks and environments. Therefore, it is better to play it in the late-game, as your opponent gets more brains for tricks and environments. However, if you are against an opponent whose strategy involves lowering brain costs, be warned that they may play them anyway if their cards cost 0 brains.

Brainana does not synergize well with both Black-Eyed Pea and Sportacus, as they cannot activate their abilities due to Brainana making your opponent unable to play tricks. However, it is very effective against trick-based decks (especially PvZH Brainy IconBrainy heroes like Professor Brainstorm and Immorticia), as you are shutting down the main power source. Brainana also guarantees the safety of your plants leading into the Fight! phase, as your opponent cannot play tricks to destroy them or decrease their stats after they are played with exception of 0-brain cost cards. It can also be played to simply guard an aquatic lane, as it has the Amphibious trait.

Rarely or so, there is a chance that Seedling may transform into Brainana. In that case, Brainana resets your opponent's brain counter to 0 before the Zombies Play phase, meaning that your opponent can't play anything for that turn. This strategy applies for Kabloom heroes only.

You could also play this when Teleportation Zombie is on the field if your opponent passes in the Zombies Play phase, as playing Brainana will then prevent your opponent from playing both tricks and the zombies that they were planning to play.

If you want to continuously steal brains from your opponent, play Rescue Radish to Bounce Brainana so you can replay it on the next turn.

Playing as Green Shadow or Nightcap with cards like Fertilize or Berry Angry gives you the option to boost Brainana to a decently strong fighter. If it also happens to be on the aquatic lane, it becomes a tough foe for your opponent if they haven't prepared strong Amphibious zombies or instant-kills.


There are not many ways to counter its ability apart from having Gentleman Zombie on the field, which gives you brains at the start of the Zombie Tricks phase. However, do remember that Brainana only prevents you from playing tricks for the turn it is played, so you can still play your cards normally on the next turn. If you are playing as a PvZH Hearty IconHearty hero, you can play Ra Zombie to prevent Brainana from being played. However, he can only do so on turns 6 and 7, unless Flag Zombie is on the field to reduce his cost.

If Brainana comes from Seedling, you cannot do anything since you can neither play zombies nor tricks, unless you have other zombies that can lower the cost of cards or give brains such as Gargologist, Gentleman Zombie, Zombology Teacher, or Flag Zombie.

Stat-wise, Brainana has low stats for its cost, so it is not that threatening, but it can cause you trouble due to its Amphibious trait. The best option is to play cards like Landscaper, Sumo Wrestler, Electrobolt, Zombot's Wrath, or Rocket Science, although you won't be able to destroy it on the turn it is played, unless it gets destroyed during combat or you get extra brains via Gentleman Zombie.

If you are playing as Huge-Gigantacus or any other hero that relies on lowering brain costs, you can use Terror-Former 10,000, Zombology Teacher, Gargologist, cards Conjured by Cheese Cutter, or Flag Zombie to drop the brain costs, and if you are lucky to get a card's cost to 0, you can play them without having to worry about Brainana's ability.




  • Its head bears a resemblance to Megamind's, and also some of those in Murderous Maths.
  • Despite a banana being botanically a berry, it is not classified as a berry plant.
    • The rest of the Banana plants share this trait.
  • In older versions, it subtracted only 50 from the brain counter.
  • It is the only banana plant in the Smarty class.
    • It is also the only banana plant with the Amphibious trait.

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