|Tribe||Berry Animal Plant|
|Abilities||When hurt: This gets +4.|
|Don't poke the beary.|
Hibernating Beary is a premium rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the Guardian plants. It costs 3 to plant and has 8 when first played. Its ability makes it get +4 when it takes any sort of damage. Its zombie counterpart is Newspaper Zombie.
Its name is a portmanteau of "bear," the animal this plant is based on, "hibernating," referring to the habits of the animal this plant is based on, and "berry," the type of plant that this plant is based on.
- Class: Guardian
- Tribe: Berry Animal Plant
- Traits: None
- Ability: When hurt: This gets +4.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
Don't poke the beary.
Hibernating Beary is a good plant on its own and is able to be a very powerful plant when hurt multiple times. Using tricks that boost the plant's health is also a good tactic, however, using shielding tricks (e.g. Root Wall) is not needed, as the Hibernating Beary needs to be damaged to gain strength. Boosting its strength early (via Spineapple, for example) is also good, as it forces the opponent to use a zombie to block its attacks.
While it can be very powerful, because of its capability of having a lot of strength points, it is very susceptible to the Rocket Science trick, so having a zombie hero with this card in its deck is very useful in case the opposition has a Hibernating Beary in their deck. A good counter for Hibernating Beary is any Deadly zombie because it would destroy the plant instantly, regardless of Hibernating Beary's high health. Alternatively, one can play a Squirrel Herder, whose ability can target and destroy it instantly as Hibernating Beary is a berry.
Avoid using zombies with very low strength points. The low damage of them simply give a free strength boost to the Hibernating Beary and it becomes a powerhouse if the player decides to leave it overlooked.
A smart player can simply ignore Hibernating Beary. However, do note that one can place an attacking Team-Up plant behind Hibernating Beary, forcing the player to defend that lane, unless a zombie with strikethrough is used.
Rolling Stone is the cheapest way of dealing with Hibernating Beary, destroying it easily at the cost of 1 Brain. This only would apply if it does not have more than two strength points. So try not to damage it to prevent it from attacking and use this trick to destroy it.
Any zombie with 4 and up are able to destroy Hibernating Beary in 2 turns unless destroyed by a trick or ability. Cuckoo Zombie is an example.
- Its description is a reference to the phrase "Don't poke the bear."
- It is the only berry plant not to be a Kabloom plant.
- It and Newspaper Zombie have exactly the same ability, but Hibernating Beary has more health and no strength while Newspaper starts with 1 strength when played.