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Green Shadow
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Classes PvZH Mega-Grow IconPvZH Smarty Icon
Signature Superpower Precision Blast
Other Superpowers Big Chill
Little known fact: When she takes off the cape and mask, she goes by the name Penelopea.

Green Shadow, or Penelopea through secret identity, is a plant hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and the leader of the the PvZH Mega-Grow IconMega-Grow and PvZH Smarty IconSmarty classes. Her signature superpower is Precision Blast, which does 5 damage to a zombie or the zombie hero on the middle lane.

She is the hero version of Peashooter.


Green Shadow, like the rest of the peashooter family, is based on the Pisum sativum, commonly known as the pea. She bears a resemblance to Raven from Teen Titans, Green Arrow, or The Shadow, all of which are from the Detective Comics franchise. Her description somehow references Penelope, the wife of a legendary king, Odysseus, and she is known to be faithful and a devised trickster (which may allude to her Smarty class).

Her name seems to be inspired by Green Arrow and The Shadow, thus further indicating that she may be based on the aforementioned superheroes. The green bit also refers to how she's green, and the shadow bit refers to how she has a cloak, and appears and disappears, like a shadow. Her alternate alias is a portmanteau of "Penelope," a feminine name with Greek origins, and "pea," the plant she is based on.


  • Battle Area: Roof

Hero description

Little known fact: When she takes off the cape and mask, she goes by the name Penelopea.

Strategies Strategy

Green Shadow can put together awesome Peashooter combinations, increasing the strength of Threepeater, then using that extra Strength for a devastating triple attack.


As the main starting plant hero, Green Shadow is a decent hero. Her class makes her a very versatile hero when it comes to tricks and useful cards. She has access to almost all pea plants, only missing Sting Bean and Pea-Nut, which synergize with Torchwood, especially Threepeater and Skyshooter, as they can make use of a wide variety of strategies including peashooting plants. Judging from her description, she can be a good mid-lane destroyer if played well, using powerful plants with self-boosting like Muscle Sprout and Pea Pod with Torchwood in the middle lane, while Precision Blast is still kept in mid-late game can be a devastating strategy. Precision Blast also leads to many tactics during a match, as the zombie hero may never know when Green Shadow has this card, and might start placing zombies in the middle lane to protect against it.

Her available superpowers tend to have basic usages. Although Big Chill has where it goes for Green Shadow, as it gives the player an extra card while ideally PvZH Frozen IconFreezing the zombie, making it a slightly better copy of Iceberg Lettuce, and a better superpower for practical use. Embiggen and Whirlwind, on the other hand, are mostly used as niches to provide extra strength and health or to get rid of a dangerously buffed zombie that is in play. Embiggen increases a plant's potential by +2StrengthPvZH/+2HeartPvZH, making this useful for weaker plants, especially Peashooter, to at the least survive from incoming attacks or tricks like Rocket Science or Rolling Stone, and dealing more damage dealt to the opposing side. Whirlwind, while it can be a bungle at times, can be used to bounce zombies that can threaten your team. Be careful when using Whirlwind when the field is filled with zombies, as it may bounce the wrong zombie and, unless otherwise was received from a fully charged Super-Block Meter, costs you 1SunPvZH.

A recommended strategy to use as Green Shadow is the "Snowdrop Freeze combo". Use the Snowdrop along with cards such as Iceberg Lettuce, Chilly Pepper, Jolly Holly, Winter Melon and Big Chill to help the Snowdrop get stronger while also preventing zombies from attacking. Winter Squash can also take out frozen zombies. Green Shadow also has access to stat boosting abilities from the Mega-Grow side, such as Fertilize or Plant Food to make it even stronger. Grow-Shroom is also a good addition to your deck, as you can give another fighter a stat boost while you also defend that lane. However, while this card combination might seem strong, remember to have some other options if the "Snowdrop Freeze combo" does not do its job.

A bean-themed deck mainly consisting of Admiral Navy Bean and Black-Eyed Pea + Torchwood combo works out pretty well if guarded correctly. Admiral Navy Bean does 2 extra damage to the zombie hero every time a bean card is played, and Black-Eyed Pea makes the opposing hero think twice before using tricks and can benefit from the Torchwood boost. Other beans such as Bean Counter and Jumping Bean are good supporting cards. Bean Counter gives 2 extra Weenie Beanies, which also benefit Admiral Navy Bean, and gains buffs when a bean is played. Jumping Bean bounces a zombie that can potentially threaten your play.

While these combos prove to be dangerous if executed properly, keep in mind that these combos require the player to use a lot of their cards in their hand, which may lead to the player having a lack of cards, preventing the player from being able to defend themself. To counteract this, include Flourish in your deck so you can receive extra cards if you are low on them.

The only issue is that she lacks ways to instantly destroy zombies. Since she cannot use direct damage tricks either, her only way to deal with powerful zombies is to buff plants and fight fire with fire. If all else fails, she can Bounce them to stall. Additionally, she can use Precision Blast or use Freeze + Winter Squash combo.


Though Green Shadow doesn't have a clear description for her battle style, using the suggested strategy for the battle suggestions can easily be used to counteract it. Green Shadow has access to lots of strong cards like The Great Zucchini and Doubled Mint. Along with her access to Bounce and Freeze cards, they make her a hard opponent to hit. Bringing along Gadget Scientist or Lurch for Lunch can help with Freeze cards. Using Gravestone zombies or Mixed-Up Gravedigger can easily protect your zombies against The Great Zucchini or Bounce cards. For Precision Blast, either putting a weak zombie for fodder or blocking it with a gravestone should do. Instant-kill tricks such as Rocket Science and Cut Down to Size also tend to be useful against her, since she will most likely focus on boosting her plants.

Easy Peasy

This deck consists of buffing many pea plants, alongside the use of Bananasaurus Rex. Using Rocket Science is recommended since it will destroy the buffed plants. Deadly zombies also work, since they can destroy anything in one hit. Beware of Brainana, which can prevent the use of tricks. The best hero against this deck is Super Brainz, since he holds both Rocket Science and Deadly zombies.

Mean Beans

This deck now uses bean plants, which can cause Admiral Navy Beans to activate their abilities. Black-Eyed Peas are also a thing, so they should be destroyed quick. Doubled Mints are a must to remove, since they will deal heavy damage if you don't remove it. Since Flourish is not in the deck, wasting your opponent's cards might be the thing. To stop Espresso Fiesta, use Bonus Track Buckethead. The best hero is Z-Mech, which can use The Chickening or Weed Spray to remove bean plants then do sheer damage to buffed plants.

Winter Melon is Coming

The deck is more focused on freezing zombies. Using gravestones and tricks to get rid of the plants are useful, since they can remove most of Green Shadow's defense or render freezing them useless. The best hero to use is Professor Brainstorm or Rustbolt, both of whom can destroy buffed plants and Winter Melon with Rocket Science and destroy the rest with The Chickening or Weed Spray, respectively. Flourish is also not in the deck, so letting your opponent run out of cards is useful.

Strategy Decks

Green ShadowH Easy Peasy

PvZH Mega-Grow Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Unleash the power of your Peas! Torchwood and Threepeater work together to take out the Zombie threat while Mayflower and Flourish grow Bananasaurus Rex to monster proportions.
Pea PodH x3 TorchwoodH x4 Black-Eyed PeaH x3 Snow PeaH x3 FertilizeH x3
FlourishH x3 Grow-ShroomH x3 MayflowerH x2 RepeaterH x3 The PodfatherH x4
Bananasaurus RexH x2 SkyshooterH x1 ThreepeaterH x4 BrainanaH x2

Green ShadowH Mean Beans

PvZH Mega-Grow Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Overwhelm the enemy as you put the toughest Beans on the stalk to work. Bean Counter and Admiral Navy Bean pile on the damage, and Espresso Fiesta acts like the meanest Bean of all.
Admiral Navy BeanH x4 Black-Eyed PeaH x4 Doubled MintH x4 Sow Magic BeansH x4 Grow-ShroomH x4
MayflowerH x4 Spring BeanH x2 Bean CounterH x4 Navy BeanH x4 Jumping BeanH x4
Espresso FiestaH x2

Green ShadowH Winter Melon is Coming

PvZH Mega-Grow Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Use Snow Pea and Jolly Holly to Freeze the Zombies foe while Snowdrop grows out of control! Then unleash Winter Melon for a powerful late-game punch.
Iceberg LettuceH x4 SnowdropH x4 Black-Eyed PeaH x4 Snow PeaH x4 Chilly PepperH x4
Grow-ShroomH x2 MayflowerH x2 SnapdragonH x3 Winter SquashH x4 Jolly HollyH x4
BrainanaH x1 Winter MelonH x4


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  • Her description references how many superheroes hide their true identity.
    • It also refers to her name both during development and in the code.
  • She is the first and only non-elemental female Peashooter in the series, based on her flavor text.
  • Green Shadow is the only hero who has no defined battle style because she is used as the opposing hero for the zombie tutorial right in the first battle of the first zombie mission.
    • However, Super Brainz, who appears as the opposing hero for the tutorial of the game, has a defined battle style, and is mentioned again in the second battle of the fourth plant mission.
      • But according to Green Shadow's flavor text, it may be depicted that she likes to control the middle lane for as long as possible.
  • When Green Shadow manages to land Precision Blast on the zombie hero, she apparently does her pose while still being in mid-air, as the zombie hero is damaged more than 4.
  • She is one of two plant heroes with a unique battle theme. Her theme is a slightly altered version of Citron and Captain Combustible's theme, namely with different instruments used.
  • She is the only female plant hero that does not lead the PvZH Solar IconSolar class.
  • She is tied with Grass Knuckles for having the most pea plants out of all heroes, excluding Precision Blast.
    • This is because the Mega-Grow and Smarty classes that are the only classes that contain many pea plants. This is similar to how Citron has the most access to Amphibious plants and Solar Flare has the most access to Mushroom plants.
  • Green Shadow is seen unhooded in the comic that appears when the player unlocks the zombie hero Neptuna.
  • She is the only plant hero with an alias.
  • She is the only plant hero who showed up in another plant hero's Introducing comic strip (Solar Flare's).
  • Green Shadow actually uses the eyeshadow that matches her mask color.
  • The name of Green Shadow's Legendary Strategy Deck is a reference to an iconic phase, "Winter is coming," from the novel and television series Game of Thrones.
  • Green Shadow not only has the most pea cards, but also the most bean cards.
  • Her hood also appears in Garden Warfare 2 as a customization item for Peashooter.
    • This is also true with The Smash's mask, available as a customization item for Super Brainz.
      • Both of these items are unlocked by linking the Plants vs. Zombies Heroes account to an EA account.

See also

V · T · E Plants in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
PvZH Guardian Icon Guardian
Heroes Wall-Knight · Spudow · Citron · Grass Knuckles
Fighters Potato Mine · Small-Nut · Sting Bean · Wall-Nut · Cactus · Jugger-Nut · Pismashio · Sea-Shroom · Water Chestnut · Hibernating Beary · Pea-Nut · Spineapple · Steel Magnolia · Guacodile · Mirror-Nut · Prickly Pear · Smackadamia · Tough Beets · Poppin' Poppies · Soul Patch
Event Garlic · Hot Date · Health-Nut · Pear Cub · Red Stinger
Tokens Lil' Buddy · Hothead · Grizzly Pear
Tricks Gardening Gloves · Grave Buster · Doom-Shroom · Wall-Nut Bowling
Event Shamrocket
Superpowers Peel Shield · Power Pummel · Tater Toss · Uncrackable · Bubble Up · Nut Signal · Root Wall
PvZH Kabloom Icon Kabloom
Heroes Solar Flare · Spudow · Nightcap · Captain Combustible
Fighters Button Mushroom · Poison Mushroom · Shroom for Two · Buff-Shroom · Seedling · Wild Berry · Mushroom Ringleader · Poison Ivy · Punish-Shroom · Zapricot · Pair of Pears · Pineclone · Sergeant Strongberry · Sour Grapes · Bluesberry · Dandy Lion King · Poison Oak · Grapes of Wrath · Kernel Corn
Event Blooming Heart · High-Voltage Currant · Electric Blueberry
Tokens Puff-Shroom · Pear Pal · Hothead
Tricks Berry Blast · Berry Angry · Petal-Morphosis · Sizzle · Cherry Bomb
Superpowers Blazing Bark · Mush-Boom · Sunburn · Tater Toss · Meteor Strike · More Spore · Storm Front
PvZH Mega-Grow Icon Mega-Grow
Heroes Green Shadow · Chompzilla · Grass Knuckles · Captain Combustible
Fighters Bonk Choy · Party Thyme · Pea Pod · Peashooter · Sweet Potato · Torchwood · Black-Eyed Pea · Cabbage-Pult · Doubled Mint · Fire Peashooter · Grow-Shroom · Muscle Sprout · Repeater · The Podfather · Bananasaurus Rex · Re-Peat Moss · Skyshooter · Potted Powerhouse · Whipvine · Super-Phat Beets
Event Lily of the Valley · Banana Split · Plucky Clover
Tokens Half-Banana
Tricks Fertilize · Flourish · Plant Food · Espresso Fiesta
Superpowers Blazing Bark · Devour · Power Pummel · Precision Blast · Embiggen · Holo-Flora · Time to Shine
PvZH Smarty Icon Smarty
Heroes Green Shadow · Citron · Nightcap · Rose
Fighters Admiral Navy Bean · Shellery · Snowdrop · Weenie Beanie · Lightning Reed · Snow Pea · Cattail · Chilly Pepper · Rescue Radish · Vanilla · Bean Counter · Carrotillery · Navy Bean · Snapdragon · Winter Squash · Jumping Bean · Smoosh-Shroom · Threepeater · Brainana · Winter Melon · The Great Zucchini
Event Spyris · Mayflower · Sportacus · Snake Grass · Jolly Holly
Token Magic Beanstalk
Tricks Iceberg Lettuce · Sow Magic Beans · Spring Bean
Superpowers Goatify · Peel Shield · Mush-Boom · Precision Blast · Big Chill · Transmogrify · Whirlwind
PvZH Solar Icon Solar
Heroes Solar Flare · Wall-Knight · Chompzilla · Rose
Fighters Bellflower · Morning Glory · Sunflower · Fume-Shroom · Pepper M.D. · Sage Sage · Mixed Nuts · Twin Sunflower · Venus Flytrap · Bloomerang · Chomper · Magnifying Grass · Metal Petal Sunflower · Power Flower · Briar Rose · Laser Bean · Smashing Pumpkin · Three-Headed Chomper · Cornucopia
Event Sun-Shroom · Jack O' Lantern · Toadstool
Tokens Sunnier-Shroom
Tricks Water Balloons · 2nd-Best Taco of All Time · Whack-a-Zombie · Lawnmower · Squash
Superpowers Devour · Goatify · Sunburn · Uncrackable · Geyser · Scorched Earth · Weed Whack
Superpowers Flick-a-Zombie · Inspire · Rejuvenate

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