Heartichoke is a galactic rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Solar class. She costs 4 to play, and has 3/4. She does not have any traits, and her ability does damage to the zombie hero for the equal amount of health a plant or the plant hero is healed for.
She is based on a globe artichoke, more commonly known as an artichoke, a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food.
Her name is a portmanteau of "heart," referring to the heart icon being related to health in many instances, and "artichoke," the real-life plant she is based on.
- Class: Solar
- Tribes: Leafy Flower Plant
- Traits: None
- Ability: When a Plant or your Hero is healed, do that much damage to the Zombie Hero.
- Set - Rarity: Galactic - Rare
She's a sweetheart, she really is. But fighting Zombies...it's made her hard.
- Added to the game.
- ▼ Ability change: No longer activates her ability with Venus Flytraplanet if she is destroyed in combat.
For a 4-sun plant, Heartichoke has slightly below average stats. However, her true potential lies in a healing deck since she will do damage to the zombie hero depending on how much health any plant or the plant hero recovers.
Heartichoke works well with plants that can constantly heal such as Power Flower, Venus Flytrap, or any plants in the environment, Venus Flytraplanet. In a pinch, cards such as Geyser, 2nd-Best Taco of All Time, and Astro Vera synergize greatly. With Astro Vera, Heartichoke can do 10 damage to the zombie hero, potentially finishing them off. However, take note that it depends on how much healing the plant hero or plants receive, not how much was given. For example, if you use 2nd-Best Taco of All Time on your hero at 19 health, Heartichoke actually does only 1 damage to the zombie hero, not 4.
This card also works really well with Pepper M.D., as if you heal, Heartichoke will do damage to the zombie hero, while Pepper M.D. boosts itself.
The best combo for Heartichoke is to play her in the Venus Flytraplanet environment as when Heartichoke does damage, you hero will heal by 3 health and then Heartichoke will do damage again. And since Heartichoke is still in Venus Flytraplanet, this cycle will repeat until your hero is at full health or the zombie hero does a Super-Block or is defeated. This can work effectively if your hero is low on health. However, if she gets destroyed during combat, she will not activate her ability so keep an eye on her health and zombies in front of her.
Another combo with Venus Flytraplanet is to play Heartichoke on any lane, then play Dandy Lion King in Venus Flytraplanet. Dandy Lion King does damage equal to half your opponent's health, then Venus Flytraplanet heals you for that amount, after which Heartichoke does that same amount of damage, deducting the remaining half of their health and thus resulting in a victory, unless your opponent's health is odd-numbered or they perform a block on one of the attacks. This can also work well with other plants that deal damage like Sour Grapes, Kernel Corn, or Bluesberry. However, only Solar Flare can use this powerful combo, though.
Being in the flower tribe, Heartichoke can be used effectively with Power Flower, effectively doing at least 2 damage to the zombie hero, and Briar Rose, which will destroy any zombie that hurts Heartichoke.
Each hero can use their other class to help make better use of Heartichoke:
- Wall-Knight can boost his plants' health to allow for more efficient use out of Geyser and 2nd-Best Taco of All Time. He can also protect this plant with Wall-Nuts, or activate her ability by playing Poppin' Poppies.
- Chompzilla can also boost her plants' health to allow for more efficient use out of Geyser and 2nd-Best Taco of All Time. She can alternatively boost Venus Flytrap's or plants in Venus Flytraplanet so that when it does damage, Heartichoke will also do that amount of damage to the zombie hero.
- Rose can Bounce or Freeze zombies that threaten Heartichoke. She can also play Heartichoke on Planet of the Grapes and then heal to draw extra cards.
- Solar Flare can use tricks like Berry Blast and Sizzle to damage and destroy zombies, along with using Dandy Lion King in tandem with Venus Flytraplanet and Heartichoke to potentially outright destroy the zombie hero.
Since she also has 3 strength, she cannot be destroyed by Rocket Science, Cut Down to Size, Rolling Stone, or Weed Spray, making it hard for Zombie Heroes to destroy her. She can still be destroyed with Knockout, though.
If you are playing as Rose, you may attempt to draw a card and activate Aloesaurus' ability. If you have a Heartichoke on Planet of the Grapes, this will create an infinite loop until everything is healed to full, your opponent blocks, or you have 10 cards in your hand.
Watch out for this plant since she can potentially do a lot of damage to your hero. Use cards such as Shrink Ray, Nibble, Total Eclipse, and Alien Ooze to reduce her strength and destroy her by Rolling Stone and Weed Spray. Alternatively, if Heartichoke gets a lot of strength, simply use Rocket Science or Cut Down to Size.
You can use Tennis Champ or Cuckoo Zombie, as they can destroy her in one hit. However, they will be destroyed too unless they do a bonus attack, which will not work if Wing-Nut is on the field as well. Deadly zombies such as Smelly Zombie and Toxic Waste Imp are good options to destroy her with.
If you need to stall for time, you can play Planetary Gladiator or Undying Pharaoh to let them absorb the damage or Bounce her using cards like Backyard Bounce or Pogo Bouncer. If all else fails, try to destroy any other healing plants that benefit this plant, or remove any Venus Flytraplanet environments to ensure that Heartichoke will not activate her ability as often.
Sneezing Zombie is the best counter to her as she can prevent the plant hero from healing, make her ability useless, and reduce her stats, allowing Rolling Stone to be played on Heartichoke.