For other versions, see Citron (disambiguation).
A warning! This bounty-hunting orange from the future likes his battles both defensive and aggressive. Citron is known for putting walls of Wall-Nuts and then firing heavy artillery from behind them. Incoming!

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Citron is a plant hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a leader of the PvZH Guardian IconGuardian and PvZH Smarty IconSmarty classes, alongside Beta-Carrotina. His signature superpower is Peel Shield, which shields all plants for the turn it is played, and gives Citron a card.


He is based on the plant class in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 with the same name and appearance.


Hero description

Wanted to be a poet, but couldn't find anything that rhymed with orange.

Strategies strategy

Citron combines the two Amphibious Plant classes: Guardian and Smarty. His water wing wins the game in the water lanes while his defensive Guardian Plants hold the ground.


Citron is perhaps a very difficult hero to play as for most players, but becomes quite formidable as you learn how to play as him. Due to his access to both Guardian and Smarty plants, Citron proves most powerful in his ability to stall for time and avoid taking damage. His defensive Team-Up plants, such as nuts, can tank a good amount of damage. His PvZH Frozen IconFreezing and Bouncing cards can temporarily disable priority zombie targets so that they can be properly dealt with later on. He also has the ability to cover all lanes with access to a large number of Amphibious plants, some of which also have the Team-Up trait and can help defend more valuable Amphibious teammates. His superpowers also allow him to stall for time - Transmogrify is great for dealing with troublesome zombies, while Nut Signal, Root Wall, and Peel Shield are extremely effective at blocking zombie attacks.

With all these tools at his disposal, Citron should be able to stall until he can bring out the big guns, and protect them as well. The Great Zucchini functions impressively well with Splash Damage plants to clear the field. Those valuable plants should be protected with defensive Team-Up plants, or possibly Peel Shield if none are present.

Another unique strength that Citron has is that he can deal with Gravestone zombies more efficiently than any other hero. Besides Grave Buster, which he can use to destroy gravestones, Citron also has access to a variety of Smarty cards that can nullify Gravestone zombies to a lesser extent, namely Spyris and Cool Bean. Especially with Cool Bean, he can play Winter Squash first and then Cool Bean to destroy all gravestones on the field. This will prove very useful when against zombie heroes who utilize Gravestone zombies, especially Sneaky heroes.

Like Wall-Knight, however, Citron's main weakness is that he has no way to consistently boost his plants' strength, meaning that Hearty heroes can ruin his defenses very easily by using Rolling Stone and Weed Spray. His superpowers do not make up for it either, as they are all defensive. What makes things worse is that he does not have many instant-kill options for zombies with 3 strength or below, meaning that his opponent can also spam weaker zombies to overwhelm him. Citron's only option to fight weak zombies is to wall them with his high-health plants, or use freezing cards to destroy them more easily.


Citron is a force to be reckoned with, although he is difficult to master. He has access to more Amphibious plants than any other plant hero, requiring the player to pay attention to the aquatic lane(s) on the field. His signature power, Peel Shield, can be equal to, or even more obnoxious than Wall-Knight's Uncrackable, so you should bring instant-kill tricks in case your fighters cannot take out Citron's plants on their own. You should also be careful about your gravestones, since he can control them due to his access to Grave Buster, Spyris, and Cool Bean (especially with Winter Squash).

Water Works

This deck allows easy coverage of the field, with Navy Bean boosting virtually all of Citron's plants. However, since most Amphibious plants do not have good stats, use tricks like The Chickening to wipe all plants with low health before Navy Bean can boost them, and Rocket Science to remove any high-strength plants like The Great Zucchini. The best hero to counter this deck would be Professor Brainstorm, since he can play both of the forementioned tricks. However, beware of Brainana, as it can prevent the use of tricks.

Make a Splash

This deck focuses on Splash Damage and the reactivation of abilities. However, once again, they do not have good stats, so using Professor Brainstorm is the way to go. This time though, beware of Rescue Radish, as it will allow plants with dangerous abilities to be played again. Brainana is also an issue here as well, so you may want to have a way to deal with it.

The Great Wall

This deck is about blocking off zombies from being able to hurt Citron or his plants easily. However, only Sportacus and Snapdragon are immune to Rocket Science, Rolling Stone, and Weed Spray; everything else gets destroyed to one of the aforementioned tricks. Hence, use Rustbolt as he has easy access to all these tricks. However, make sure Citron is defeated before the 9th turn, or he will unleash Wall-Nut Bowling on you. You should also beware of Sportacus' ability if you are to play tricks.

A Vast Expanse of Nuttin'

With this deck, Citron will stall you using his high-health plants until he can bring out Pecanolith. However, despite his plants being able to do massive damage with their health, they are all still weak to Rolling Stone, Weed Spray, and Celestial Custodian due to their lack of base strength. Therefore, using any Hearty hero will do good here. Since the only way for him to draw cards is via Planet of the Grapes, you can force him into a topdeck situation by replacing his environments with your own cheap environments. Just be careful if there are both Galacta-Cactus and Mirror-Nut on the field at once, as if you are not aware of Galacta-Cactus's ability, it will damage all of Citron's plants, activating Mirror-Nut's ability multiple times.

Strategy decks

Main article: Community-built decks/Citron
CitronH Water Works

PvZH Guardian Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Swim toward a swift victory with this soaking wet Strategy Deck. Use Navy Bean to buff Amphibious Plants including The Great Zucchini, who'll make your opponents' chances disappear.
Mars FlytrapH x3 PhotosynthesizerH x1 SpyrisH x4 Hot DateH x1 Laser CattailH x4
Bog of EnlightenmentH x4 MayflowerH x2 Pear CubH x4 GuacodileH x1 Navy BeanH x4
Snake GrassH x3 Body-GourdH x4 Jolly HollyH x2 BrainanaH x2 The Great ZucchiniH x1

CitronH Make a Splash

PvZH Guardian Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Splash damage is great, but it's even better when delivered from behind a Force Field. Protect your Plants with powerful Environments so you can keep dishing out the damage.
Galacta-CactusH x4 Cosmic BeanH x4 Spikeweed SectorH x4 Pear CubH x1 PlanternH x4
Rescue RadishH x1 ShamrocketH x2 Force FieldH x4 SnapdragonH x3 Body-GourdH x3
Shooting StarfruitH x4 BrainanaH x2 GravitreeH x2 Dark Matter DragonfruitH x2

CitronH The Great Wall

PvZH Guardian Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Combine Peel Shield and Root Wall with powerful Environments to build an invincible wall of Plants. Plant a Gravitree behind a Force Field and they will have nowhere left to run.
Galacta-CactusH x4 Hot DateH x2 Spikeweed SectorH x4 MayflowerH x2 PlanternH x4
ShamrocketH x3 Force FieldH x4 Snake GrassH x3 Body-GourdH x4 GravitreeH x2
Soul PatchH x4 Dark Matter DragonfruitH x3 Wall-Nut BowlingH x1

CitronH A Vast Expanse of Nuttin'

PvZH Guardian Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Nuts finally fight back! Place a Sportacus or Mirror-Nut in a Planet of the Grapes to draw a fist full of cards. Then, when Pecanolith finally lands, your docile defenders turn on the offensive.
Galacta-CactusH x4 Wall-NutH x4 Jugger-NutH x4 Planet of the GrapesH x4 Health-NutH x3
SportacusH x4 Cosmic NutH x3 Mirror-NutH x4 Doom-ShroomH x2 SmackadamiaH x4
PecanolithH x4

CitronH Go-Go-Go Nuts

PvZH Guardian Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Cosmic Bean and Primal Wall-Nut may not seem like much of an offense. But Three-Nut starts all your Plants with 3 Strength. Then Go-Nuts gives all your Team-Up Plants more Strength yet. Wall-Nut Bowling never hit harder!
SpyrisH x3 Wall-NutH x1 Cosmic BeanH x3 Grave MistakeH x3 Laser CattailH x3
Pear PalH x3 TricarrotopsH x4 Go-NutsH x4 ShamrocketH x2 Three-NutH x4
Jumping BeanH x2 Shooting StarfruitH x2 Poppin' PoppiesH x4 Wall-Nut BowlingH x2


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  • All of the zombie missions that have Citron as the main opposing plant hero have exclamation marks in their names.
  • Citron's battle theme is a remix of Green Shadow's, with more brass as opposed to woodwind. This is shared with Captain Combustible.
  • Nightcap, Citron, Beta-Carrotina and Rose are the only plant heroes that does not have a specific known plant fighter counterpart.
  • He and Beta-Carrotina have access to the most Amphibious and Team-Up plants among all plant heroes.
    • This is because he leads the Guardian and Smarty classes, which are the only two plant classes with Amphibious plants, as well as the majority of Team-Up plants.
  • Citron's description references the infamous issue of attempting to rhyme with orange, something that is frequently perceived as being impossible due to there being no words to rhyme with orange.
    • Ironically, there are actually two words that do rhyme with orange; those being blorenge, and sporange. There are also many words that almost rhyme with orange, such as aurand and cornage. However, most of these are not used much at all in English.
  • In the Random Battle Mode, Citron seems to be using Chompzilla's cards, including the playable Wild Berry glitch instead of his cards.
  • It is strange that Citron's strategy deck, "Go-Go-Go Nuts," mentions Primal Wall-Nut even though he is not present in the game.
  • One of his deck is named "The Great Wall," it might be a reference to Great Wall of China, a defensive wall in northern China, built by Shihuangdi, the founder of Qin dynasty.
V · T · E Plants in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
PvZH Guardian Icon Guardian
Heroes Citron · Grass Knuckles · Spudow · Wall-Knight · Beta-Carrotina
Basic Cards Small-Nut · Sting Bean · Wall-Nut · Pismashio · Spineapple
Premium Cards
Uncommon Potato Mine · Cactus · Gardening Gloves · Sea-Shroom · Water Chestnut · Pea-Nut · Steel Magnolia
Rare Grave Buster · Hibernating Beary · Prickly Pear · Smackadamia · Tough Beets
Super-Rare Jugger-Nut · Mirror-Nut · Guacodile · Doom-Shroom
Legendary Poppin' Poppies · Soul Patch · Wall-Nut Bowling
Galactic Cards
Uncommon Photosynthesizer · Spikeweed Sector · Plantern
Rare Cosmic Nut · Starch-Lord
Super-Rare Galacta-Cactus · Force Field · Gravitree
Legendary Body-Gourd · Pecanolith
Colossal Cards
Uncommon Grape Responsibility · Primal Potato Mine
Rare Blockbuster
Super-Rare Three-Nut
Legendary Tricarrotops
Event Cards Forget-Me-Nuts · Garlic · Corn Dog · Hot Date · Health-Nut · Pear Cub · Shamrocket · Red Stinger
Token Cards Hothead · Grizzly Pear
Superpowers Peel Shield · Power Pummel · Tater Toss · Uncrackable · Genetic Amplification · Bubble Up · Nut Signal · Root Wall · Ensign Uproot
PvZH Kabloom Icon Kabloom
Heroes Nightcap · Captain Combustible · Solar Flare · Spudow
Basic Cards Button Mushroom · Berry Blast · Buff-Shroom · Seedling · Zapricot
Premium Cards
Uncommon Poison Mushroom · Berry Angry · Mushroom Ringleader · Poison Ivy · Pair of Pears · Bluesberry · Sizzle
Rare Shroom for Two · Wild Berry · Petal-Morphosis · Sour Grapes · Poison Oak
Super-Rare Punish-Shroom · Sergeant Strongberry · Cherry Bomb · Grapes of Wrath
Legendary Pineclone · Dandy Lion King · Kernel Corn
Galactic Cards
Uncommon Banana Bomb · Mushroom Grotto · Invasive Species
Rare Cosmic Mushroom · Lava Guava
Super-Rare Astro-Shroom · Banana Launcher · Pair Pearadise
Legendary Reincarnation · Molekale
Colossal Cards
Uncommon Puff-Shroom
Rare Cro-Magnolia
Super-Rare Fireweed · Imitater
Legendary Gloom-Shroom
Event Cards Blooming Heart · High-Voltage Currant · Sonic Bloom · Transfiguration · Atomic Bombegranate · Electric Blueberry
Token Cards Hot Lava · Hothead
Superpowers Mush-Boom · Blazing Bark · Tater Toss · Sunburn · Meteor Strike · More Spore · Storm Front
PvZH Mega-Grow Icon Mega-Grow
Heroes Chompzilla · Grass Knuckles · Green Shadow · Captain Combustible
Basic Cards Peashooter · Torchwood · Cabbage-Pult · Fertilize · Flourish · Grow-Shroom · Repeater
Premium Cards
Uncommon Bonk Choy · Pea Pod · Sweet Potato · Fire Peashooter · Skyshooter
Rare The Podfather · Plant Food · Re-Peat Moss · Whipvine · Super-Phat Beets
Super-Rare Party Thyme · Black-Eyed Pea · Potted Powerhouse · Espresso Fiesta
Legendary Doubled Mint · Muscle Sprout · Bananasaurus Rex
Galactic Cards
Uncommon Coffee Grounds · Sweet Pea · Vegetation Mutation
Rare Banana Peel · Cosmic Pea
Super-Rare Moonbean · Pod Fighter · The Red Plant-It
Legendary Captain Cucumber · Onion Rings
Colossal Cards
Uncommon Umbrella Leaf
Rare Bamboozle
Super-Rare Split Pea · Grape Power
Legendary Gatling Pea
Event Cards Clique Peas · Lily of the Valley · Banana Split · Plucky Clover
Token Cards Half-Banana
Superpowers Devour · Power Pummel · Precision Blast · Blazing Bark · Embiggen · Holo-Flora · Time to Shine
PvZH Smarty Icon Smarty
Heroes Citron · Nightcap · Green Shadow · Rose · Beta-Carrotina
Basic Cards Snowdrop · Weenie Beanie · Snow Pea · Cattail · Smoosh-Shroom · Threepeater
Premium Cards
Uncommon Iceberg Lettuce · Shellery · Rescue Radish · Spring Bean · Vanilla · Carrotillery
Rare Admiral Navy Bean · Lightning Reed · Chilly Pepper · Navy Bean · Jumping Bean
Super-Rare Sow Magic Beans · Bean Counter · Snapdragon · Winter Squash
Legendary Brainana · Winter Melon · The Great Zucchini
Galactic Cards
Uncommon Mars Flytrap · Planet of the Grapes · Leaf Blower
Rare Cosmic Bean · Melon-Pult
Super-Rare Laser Cattail · Bog of Enlightenment · Cool Bean
Legendary Shooting Starfruit · Dark Matter Dragonfruit
Colossal Cards
Uncommon Grave Mistake · Pear Pal
Rare Tricorn
Super-Rare Jelly Bean
Legendary Lima-Pleurodon
Event Cards Spyris · Go-Nuts · Mayflower · Sportacus · Snake Grass · Witch Hazel · Jolly Holly · Sap-Fling
Token Cards Magic Beanstalk · Sappy Place
Superpowers Peel Shield · Mush-Boom · Precision Blast · Goatify · Genetic Amplification · Big Chill · Transmogrify · Whirlwind · Lieutenant Carrotron · Lightspeed Seed
PvZH Solar Icon Solar
Heroes Chompzilla · Rose · Solar Flare · Wall-Knight
Basic Cards Bellflower · Sunflower · Mixed Nuts · Squash · Smashing Pumpkin
Premium Cards
Uncommon Morning Glory · Fume-Shroom · Pepper M.D. · Water Balloons · Venus Flytrap · Bloomerang · Metal Petal Sunflower
Rare Sage Sage · Whack-a-Zombie · Lawnmower · Magnifying Grass · Power Flower
Super-Rare Twin Sunflower · 2nd-Best Taco of All Time · Chomper · Laser Bean
Legendary Briar Rose · Three-Headed Chomper · Cornucopia
Galactic Cards
Uncommon Cosmoss · Apple-Saucer · Venus Flytraplanet
Rare Cosmic Flower · Heartichoke
Super-Rare Solar Winds · Wing-Nut · Tactical Cuke
Legendary Astrocado · Astro Vera
Colossal Cards
Uncommon Kernel-Pult
Rare Elderberry
Super-Rare Primal Sunflower · Sunflower Seed
Legendary Cob Cannon
Event Cards Haunted Pumpking · Sun-Shroom · Jack O' Lantern · Ketchup Mechanic · Toadstool
Token Cards Astrocado Pit · Lil' Buddy · Sunnier-Shroom
Superpowers Devour · Goatify · Sunburn · Uncrackable · Geyser · Scorched Earth · Weed Whack
Superpowers Flick-a-Zombie · Inspire · Rejuvenate