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

Green Shadow, or Penelopea (her secret identity), is a plant hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and the leader of 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, and the starting hero for players on the plants side.

Origins

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 from the ancient Greek epic Odyssey, who is depicted as the faithful wife of Odysseus, and also 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 of Greek origins, and "pea," the plant she is based on.

Her description references how many superheroes hide their true identity. It also refers to her name both during development and in the code.

Statistics

  • Battle Area: Roof

Hero description

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

Strategies

PvZHeroes.com Strategy

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

With

As the main starting plant hero, Green Shadow is a decent hero. Her Mega-Grow and Smarty classes make 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, Pea-Nut, and Wing-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.

Green Shadow is also a good anti-trick hero, especially against decks that rely on using tricks. She has access to both Black-Eyed Pea and Sportacus to discourage zombie tricks, as well as Brainana to prevent them completely. While this has a lessened (though still significant) effect against non-Brainy heroes, it will devastate heroes that rely on tricks, as they would be forced to either ignore their trick strategy (making their decks useless), find a way to overcome it (which would likely be disadvantageous and brain and card-intensive), or continue with their strategy (giving you a huge edge).

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 with 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. Also, beware Cryo Yeti, which will very much discourage these types of decks, as it will get +2StrengthPvZH/+2HeartPvZH whenever a zombie is frozen.

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.

Against

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. As 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

Main article: Community-built decks/Green Shadow
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, and Bananasaurus Rex and Pod Fighter finish them off with Bonus Attacks.
Pea PodH x3 TorchwoodH x4 Black-Eyed PeaH x3 Snow PeaH x3 Sweet PeaH x2
Cosmic PeaH x3 FertilizeH x1 FlourishH x1 Grow-ShroomH x3 RepeaterH x2
The PodfatherH x4 Bananasaurus RexH x2 SkyshooterH x1 Onion RingsH x1 Pod FighterH x2
ThreepeaterH x4 BrainanaH x1


Green ShadowH Mean Beans

PvZH Mega-Grow Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
The Mean Bean Machine just got an upgrade! When Admiral Navy Bean visits the Planet of the Grapes, every bean you play is one in the bank.
Admiral Navy BeanH x4 Black-Eyed PeaH x4 Coffee GroundsH x1 Cosmic BeanH x4 Planet of the GrapesH x2
Sow Magic BeansH x1 Cool BeanH x4 MayflowerH x2 MoonbeanH x4 Spring BeanH x1
Bean CounterH x4 Navy BeanH x2 Jumping BeanH x3 Onion RingsH x3 Espresso FiestaH x1


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 Cosmic BeanH x2 Snow PeaH x1
Captain CucumberH x3 Chilly PepperH x4 Cool BeanH x4 SnapdragonH x1 Winter SquashH x4
Jolly HollyH x4 The Red Plant-ItH x1 BrainanaH x1 Winter MelonH x3


Green ShadowH Wish Upon a Starfruit

PvZH Mega-Grow Icon PvZH Smarty Icon
Shooting Starfruit can cause devastating damage in every lane. When combined with Lily of the Valley and Onion Rings, that power becomes astronomical!
Bonk ChoyH x2 Mars FlytrapH x4 SpyrisH x2 Cosmic BeanH x4 Laser CattailH x4
Lily of the ValleyH x4 Captain CucumberH x4 Grow-ShroomH x3 Plant FoodH x3 Snake GrassH x2
Onion RingsH x4 Shooting StarfruitH x4


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Trivia

  • 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, which is stated 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 and Beta-Carrotina are the only female plant heroes that do not lead the PvZH Solar IconSolar class.
  • She is tied with Grass Knuckles for having access to the most pea cards, excluding Precision Blast, out of all plant heroes.
  • She also has access to the most bean cards out of all plant heroes.
  • 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 shows 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 phrase, "Winter is coming," from the novel and television series Game of Thrones.
  • 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.
  • She is the only Smarty hero to have a specific plant fighter counterpart.

See also

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
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
Event Cards Blooming Heart · High-Voltage Currant · Sonic Bloom · Transfiguration · Atomic Bombegranate · Electric Blueberry
Token Cards Hot Lava · Puff-Shroom · Pear Pal · 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
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
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
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
Unobtainable
Superpowers Flick-a-Zombie · Inspire · Rejuvenate

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