Hibernating Beary is a premium rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Guardian class. It costs 3 to play, and has 8. It does not have any traits, and its ability gives it +4 every time it takes damage. Its zombie counterpart is Newspaper Zombie.
It may be based on the bearberry, a common plant in northern Russia.
Its name is a portmanteau of "bear," the real-life animal this is based on, "hibernating," referring to the habits of said animal, and "berry," the type of plant this is based on.
- Class: Guardian
- Tribes: Berry Animal Plant
- Traits: None
- Ability: When hurt: This gets +4.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
Don't poke the beary.
Hibernating Beary is naturally very bulky, and becomes a heavy-hitting threat when it takes enough hits. Boosting its stats in general benefits Hibernating Beary greatly, as a health boost enables it to take more hits, while a strength boost pressures your opponent into playing a zombie to guard the lane. It is also best used on weak zombies like Mini-Ninja to sustain and grow stronger.
However, using tricks like Root Wall or Peel Shield to make it Shielded is unnecessary, as Hibernating Beary needs to take damage to get stronger, unless Hibernating Beary is facing a Deadly zombie or any other zombie powerful enough to destroy it in one attack. You can boost its strength before it has taken any damage to put your opponent into a dilemma. If left unblocked, it keeps doing damage, and if they play a zombie to block it, it becomes even stronger. If you think Hibernating Beary has gained enough strength, then you may play a Team-Up plant to protect it.
Each Guardian hero has their own strategies with Hibernating Beary. Spudow can use Sergeant Strongberry to do 2 extra damage when Hibernating Beary attacks and playing Lava Guava on its lane to make Hot Lava to boost its strength, Grass Knuckles can make it do bonus attacks when it has a lot of strength to either immediate destroy the zombie in front of it, finish your opponent off, or simply boost its stats even further, and finally, Wall-Knight can heal Hibernating Beary with 2nd-Best Taco of All Time and Geyser, allowing it to take even more damage and gain more strength. As for Citron, though, he would be better off not using this plant unless he needs some more plants that can block zombie attacks. He can, however, use Peel Shield when Hibernating Beary is low on health, which also allows it to clear the lane of the blocking zombie.
If your opponent has played a Trapper Territory lane, you can take advantage of it by playing Hibernating Beary in it to activate its ability and allow it to fight at the same turn at a mere cost of 1 health.
You can also use this with Pecanolith due to its high base health to put your opponent in a dilemma. Either they do not front it and constantly take 8 damage, or they front it and must then keep Pecanolith on the field to keep the damage output low, allowing you to play another high-health threat elsewhere.
Hibernating Beary can wreak some serious havoc, and even make you lose early if unprepared. However, Hibernating Beary's initial stats and ability make it susceptible to Rolling Stone and Weed Spray when it is unscathed, and Rocket Science or Cut Down to Size if it has gained strength, so having said cards in your deck is very useful against it. Locust Swarm is recommended if you have none of the aforementioned tricks. The best counter against Hibernating Beary is Deadly zombies because they destroy it instantly, regardless of Hibernating Beary's health. Alternatively, you can play Squirrel Herder, whose ability can destroy it instantly as Hibernating Beary is a berry, but be careful, as your opponent may have Grave Buster to counter it.
If you don't have a card that can destroy it instantly, destroy Hibernating Beary with as few hits as you can manage, as playing lower strength zombies equal Hibernating Beary taking more hits for the same amount of health, which is very bad against you.
The best strategy, however, is to simply ignore Hibernating Beary. If you don't hurt it, it can't hurt you. Even if your opponent gives it some base strength or plays a damaging Team-Up plant with it, try to take care of it without hurting Hibernating Beary. This also makes it so that one whole lane is occupied.
If Pecanolith is played and Hibernating Beary has not been damaged yet, be careful at it can suddenly do 8 damage. In such a case, be ready with a instant-kill card such as Rolling Stone or Squirrel Herder to remove either of the two threats.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Hibernating Beary.
- Its description is a reference to the phrase "Don't poke the bear."
- If it is given strength via a trick and is not attacked, when it attacks it will wake up, do its attacking animation and then fall back to sleep.
- In the release trailer and on packs, it is missing the large leaf it has on its head, similar to its concept art, card image and pack image.
- Also, the "z"s it creates when sleeping are green in the trailer, while they are blue in-game.
- If it is awoken by taking damage and then moved to another lane by Sumo Wrestler, Gardening Gloves or other means, it will fall back asleep. Taking any more damage will wake it up in the new lane.