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Cards are the main collectibles available in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. They are the main methods used by plant and zombie heroes to combat the opposing side.

Overview

Cards are divided into three major categories: fighter cards, trick cards and environment cards. A fighter card spawns a friendly fighter on the field when it is played, which in most cases attack enemy fighters or the opposing hero, and is destroyed and removed once its health reaches 0. A trick card can do a variety of things when it is played, ranging from making additional friendly fighters, modifying their attributes or destroying them, to gaining or adding cards from or into the player's deck. After the ability ends, the trick card is automatically removed for the match. Finally, an environment card is played similar to a trick card that affects a selected ground lane and all compatible fighters on it when it is played, and is overridden and removed once another environment card is played on the same lane.

Each card also has a set of attributes, such as cost (SunPvZH/BrainPvZH), strength (StrengthPvZH), health (HeartPvZH), class and tribe - one of which is a superpower, a special kind of card that is only gained at the start of the game and every time the hero successfully blocks an attack, another one is an environment, a special kind of trick card that affects the lane it is played on.

At the start of the game, each player is given four cards in their hand, and is also given the chance to replace each card once with another random one taken from the player's deck. Each player is also given a random superpower card from the player's list of available cards, which cannot be replaced. The player also draws a card from their deck starting from the second turn, and there are certain abilities that can give the player additional cards, either from or outside the deck. Each player can only have ten cards in their hand at once before the game stops giving them cards.

Decks are required to have forty cards, and four of a single type of card can be put in at most. Therefore, it is very important to consider what cards are needed. Superpowers do not count to the deck's total number of cards.

A card can be played providing that the card's cost does not exceed the player's currency stockpile balance, and that there are valid targets (for trick cards) or lanes (for fighter cards) for the card. Once the card is played, the player's currency stockpile balance is decreased by an amount equal to the card's cost. Plants can play both fighter, trick, and environment cards at the same time since they only have one play turn before the "Fight!" phase occurs. Zombies have two separate phases, the first exclusive to fighters and the second for tricks and environments, before the "Fight!" phase occurs.

Tribes

Each side has unique tribes that can allow cards to create synergies. Each class has a main tribe, as well as a number of cards that can form synergy with the main tribe of the class. An example of a plant synergy is Buff-Shroom boosting Shroom for Two, both part of the mushroom tribe, the main tribe of the PvZH Kabloom IconKabloom class, and an example of a zombie synergy is Zombot Drone Engineer boosting Space Cadet, both part of the science tribe, the main tribe of the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy class.

Note that there are also examples of fighters within main tribes outside of the class, for instance Fume-Shroom being a mushroom plant in the PvZH Solar IconSolar class or Disco-Tron 3000 being a science zombie in the PvZH Crazy IconCrazy class.

Turn order

The zombies' fighter turn comes first, followed by the plants' combined turn, followed in turn by the zombies' trick turn, after which the "Fight!" phase occurs during which fighters engage in combat against the opposing side. Destroyed/used cards are removed and the turn order starts over from the beginning.

In the "Fight!" phase, zombie fighters attack first, then plant fighters attack afterwards even if the plant fighter has its health down to 0 after being attacked. Because of this, the game immediately ends if a PvZH Strikethrough IconStrikethrough zombie defeats the plant hero, even if there is a plant in the same lane with PvZH Strikethrough IconStrikethrough that is about to finish off the zombie hero.

Attribute Description
Class Determines the hero(es) that can play the card. In deck construction, a hero can only include cards from the 2 classes it leads with no exception. However, off-class cards can be obtained through card effects such as Eureka or the Conjure effect.
Tribe
Normal Determines the effects that the card can be subjected to. Every card is in at least one tribe, and some are in two or more tribes at the same time. Several abilities only affect fighters in certain tribes: For example, all plants in the pea tribe gain bonus attack points when they are played behind a Torchwood. However, some tribes do not interact with any abilities, and are purely cosmetic.
Superpower A superpower is a special tribe of trick card that can only be obtained at the start of the game, or when you block an attack.
Environment An environment card is a special tribe of card that creates a special rule on the lane it is played on, and lasts permanently unless another environment card is played on that lane. Note that cards in this tribe do not count as a trick for abilities that are related to tricks.
Sun/Brain cost
(SunPvZH/BrainPvZH)
Determines the cost of the card.
Strength (StrengthPvZH) Fighter exclusive. Determines the amount of damage the fighter does to the opposing hero or fighter(s).
Health (HeartPvZH) Fighter exclusive. Determines the amount of damage the fighter withstands. A fighter is destroyed and removed once its health reaches 0.
Traits/Effects Determines the traits a fighter has, or the effect a card gives. See the Traits and Effects section.
Abilities Determines the abilities of playing the card, if any are present.
Rarity Determines the chance of that card being spawned through card drops or booster packs. Hero-specific superpowers are also indicated by the Premium - Legendary rarity.

Traits

Although every fighter is unique, many of them share common traits, which the player needs to know to use them the best way. Present here is a list of traits that many fighters have, along with an explanation and a few examples of them:

Afterlife


When this is destroyed, you can play it a second time

Game Description

Exclusive to zombies.

Any fighter with this trait returns to the owner's hand as a "ghost" version of itself when it is destroyed. The ghost version has identical stats to the original fighter, but without the Afterlife trait.

Haunting ZombieH
Haunting Zombie

Amphibious


Play on Water or Land

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait is not restricted to just ground or heights lanes in terms of placement, but can also be played on aquatic lanes.

Plants

Sea-ShroomH
Sea-Shroom

Zombies

Snorkel ZombieH
Snorkel Zombie

PvZH Anti-Hero IconAnti-Hero


+(number of Strength points) Strength when no (Zombies/Plants) are here

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait does more damage if it hits the opposing hero. This only applies if the lane is clear of enemy fighters, so playing anything in front of that fighter nullifies the PvZH Anti-Hero IconAnti-Hero trait.

Plants

Poison MushroomH
Poison Mushroom

Zombies

Mini-NinjaH
Mini-Ninja

PvZH Armored IconArmored


Reduce damage to this by (number)

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait takes reduced damage when it is attacked, with the number specifying the amount of damage that is subtracted. If the damage done is less than the resistance number, the fighter does not take any damage. However, this effect does not protect the fighter from any tricks or abilities that reduce its stats by a set amount.

Plants

Tough BeetsH
Tough Beets

Zombies

ConeheadH
Conehead

PvZH Truestrike IconBullseye


Doesn't charge the opponent's Block Meter

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait does not fill up the opposing hero's Super-Block Meter upon a successful attack.

Plants

CactusH
Cactus

Zombies

Pool SharkH
Pool Shark

PvZH Deadly IconDeadly


Destroy any Plant this hurts

Game Description

Exclusive to zombies.

Any fighter with this trait always destroys any enemy fighter it does damage to. Heroes are not affected by it, and PvZH Armored IconArmored enemy fighters can survive the attack as long the fighter's damage does not exceed their damage resistance.

Barrel Roller ZombieH Super StenchH
Barrel Roller Zombie Super Stench

DoubleStrikeAltDouble Strike


After combat here: This does a Bonus Attack

Game Description

Exclusive to plants.

Any fighter with this trait attacks again as long it manages to survive during combat.

RepeaterH
Repeater

PvZH Frenzy IconFrenzy


When this destroys a Plant, it attacks again

Game Description

Exclusive to zombies.

Any fighter that has this trait attacks once more if it destroys the enemy fighter in front of it and survives without being destroyed itself.

Energy Drink ZombieH Maniacal LaughH
Energy Drink Zombie Maniacal Laugh

Gravestone


Hides in a Gravestone until it's time for Tricks

Game Description

Exclusive to zombies.

Any fighter with this trait is not revealed until the user's trick stage begins, they are instead concealed by a gravestone. The opposing hero cannot see how much brains are spent on that fighter until the "Zombie Tricks" phase. While it is concealed, the fighter is immune to all methods of damage and card abilities (from both the plant and zombie side), with Grave Buster and Spyris being the only exception.

Pied PiperH
Pied Piper

Hunt


When a (Zombie/Plant) is played, this (Plant/Zombie) moves there"

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait moves to where an opposing fighter is played most recently.

Plants

Corn DogH
Corn Dog

Zombies

Dog WalkerH
Dog Walker

Weird unused PvZH icon Overshoot


Before combat here, do (amount of damage) to the Plant Hero

Game Description

Exclusive to zombies.

Any fighter with this ability does a certain amount of damage to the opposing hero before combat. This trait still activates even if the zombie is frozen.

Loose CannonH
Loose Cannon

Splash Damage


When this attacks, it also deals (amount of damage) damage to Zombies next door

Game Description

Exclusive to plants.

Any fighter with this trait does a certain amount of damage on adjacent lanes, in addition to the lane it is on when it attacks. Heroes, however, do not take Splash Damage if adjacent lanes are empty. Splash Damage cannot be increased in any way, even if the fighter's strength has been increased.

Lightning ReedH
Lightning Reed

PvZH Strikethrough IconStrikethrough


Hits the Zombie here and the Zombie Hero

Game Description

Hits all Plants here and the Plant Hero

Game Description

Any fighter with this trait does damage to all enemy fighters in its lane, including the opposing hero.

Plants

Fume-ShroomH
Fume-Shroom

Zombies

Hot Dog ImpH
Hot Dog Imp

Team-Up


You can fit two Plants here

Game Description

Exclusive to plants.

Any fighter with this trait can be played in a lane that is already occupied by an allied fighter, regardless of whether that fighter already occupying the lane has the Team-Up trait or not.

Wall-NutH
Wall-Nut

Effects

Some cards afflict other fighters with certain effects. Present here is a list of effects that a fighter can receive, along with an explanation of each of them:

PvZH Frozen IconFreeze


That (Zombie/Plant) skips its next attack

Game Description

Any fighter that receives this effect is immobilized, forcing it to skip its next attack. Using a card that makes the immobilized fighter do a bonus attack instantly cancels out the PvZH Frozen IconFreeze effect.

Plants

Iceberg LettuceH Snow PeaH Chilly PepperH
Iceberg Lettuce Snow Pea Chilly Pepper

Zombies

Frozen TundraH Frosty MustacheH Ice PirateH
Frozen Tundra Frosty Mustache Ice Pirate

Bounce


Put it back in its owner's hand

Game Description

Any fighter that receives this effect is returned to the owner's hand, with any stat changes and damage taken removed.

Plants

Rescue RadishH Jumping BeanH
Rescue Radish Jumping Bean

Zombies

FirefighterH Pogo BouncerH
Firefighter Pogo Bouncer

Bonus Attack


Any fighter that receives this effect attacks again as long it manages to survive during combat. Any plant with the Double Strike trait gets this effect.

Plants

RepeaterH
Repeater

Zombies

ElectricianH
Electrician

Heal


Restore health of a damaged ally unit or the hero.

Plants

Venus FlytrapH
Venus Flytrap

Zombies

Nurse GargantuarH
Nurse Gargantuar

Shielded


Any fighter that receives this effect is unable to get hurt in any way in that turn with the exception of Force Field. However, they are not immune to instant-kill tricks like Lawnmower, or stat-degraders like Nibble.

Plants

Root WallH
Root Wall

Zombies

Trash Can ZombieH
Trash Can Zombie

Conjure


Gain a random card of this type

Game Description

This effect draws a card of a specified tribe, rarity, or set from the entire game.

Plants

Cosmic BeanH
Cosmic Bean

Zombies

EurekaH
Eureka

Crafting

Crafting interface

The crafting interface displayed at the bottom of the screen, under the card being viewed.

Crafting is a feature that can be accessed by tapping the desired card in the Collection or the Deck Building section. It allows the player to directly create new cards without having to purchase Packs.

Crafting a new card requires Sparks, a special kind of resource that cannot be purchased with money and can only be gained by recycling cards and completing certain Hero Quests. Currently, most collectible cards in the game can be crafted and recycled, with the exception of certain Event cards that are slated to become craftable in the near future. In addition, all Basic - Common cards cannot be recycled, and cards with 4 copies of will have their crafting option disabled.

The number of Sparks required for crafting, and rewarded with recycling, is determined by the card's rarity. Crafting a new card will always require more Sparks than the amount given by recycling a card of equal rarity, making the process generally extremely inefficient.

Rarity Crafting Recycling
Basic - Common 25 PvZH Spark Icon 0 PvZH Spark Icon1
Uncommon 50 PvZH Spark Icon 15 PvZH Spark Icon2
Rare 250 PvZH Spark Icon 50 PvZH Spark Icon
Super-Rare 1000 PvZH Spark Icon 250 PvZH Spark Icon
Legendary 4000 PvZH Spark Icon 1000 PvZH Spark Icon
Event 1000 PvZH Spark Icon3 250 PvZH Spark Icon4

1. Cannot be recycled
2. 10 PvZH Spark Icon prior to update 1.8.23
3. 2000
PvZH Spark Icon for the first 10 weeks after the card release; only applies to cards that have been released.
4. 75 PvZH Spark Icon prior to update 1.14.13

Trivia

  • As stated above, some traits are exclusive to either side:
    • There are no plant fighters that have the Gravestone, PvZH Deadly IconDeadly, PvZH Frenzy IconFrenzy, Afterlife or Overshoot traits.
    • There are no zombie fighters that have the Team-Up, Splash Damage or Double Strike traits.
      • Prior to update 1.2.11, there were no zombie fighters with the PvZH Strikethrough IconStrikethrough trait either.
  • Prior to update 1.2.11, cards were referred to as teammates.
  • Prior to update 1.2.11, Bullseye was named Truestrike.
  • Prior to update 1.16.10, Frozen Tundra, Brain Freeze's signature superpower, was the only zombie card that gave the PvZH Frozen IconFreeze effect to plants.
  • The spark symbol is similar to the Power Zap symbol except being blue instead of purple.
  • If a fighter has two or more traits, it has a green star in place of the strength symbol.
Fourofabean

The number "x4" flashing red if the player tries to add another Navy Bean

  • Prior to update 1.6.27, if a fighter had a trait, it wasn't shown in their card.
  • If a card's cost is reduced via any card abilities or gimmicks in some missions, the cost number is colored green instead of black. On the other hand, if its cost is increased, the number is shown red instead.
  • Bringing 4 of the same card cause the "Add" button to appear gray for the remaining ones. Tapping "Add" causes the number "x4" to flash red, indicating that no more of that card can be added anymore.

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