|Abilities||When played: The Zombie Hero loses their Brains.|
|In this case, "brain drain" is a good thing.|
Brainana is a premium super-rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Smarty class. It costs 6 to play, and has 3/3. It has the Amphibious trait, and its ability resets the zombie hero's brain counter to 0 the turn it is played.
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 - Super-Rare
In this case, "brain drain" is a good thing.
- ▲ Trait added: Amphibious
- Tribe change: Fruit Plant → Banana Plant
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. Therefore, it is better to play it in the late-game, as your opponent gets more brains for tricks.
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 Brainy 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. 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.
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.
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 Hearty 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, 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, or Electrobolt.
- 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.
- Other banana plants like Bananasaurus Rex share this same 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.