Pear Cub is an event plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Guardian class. It costs 3 to play, and has 1/1. He has the Amphibious trait, and his ability makes a Grizzly Pear on his place when it is destroyed.
He was added in the 2016 Feastivus event, but wasn't obtainable until the Peary Feastivus event. It was available from December 20, 2016 to December 27, 2016.
His name is a portmanteau of "pear," the fruit it is based on, and "bear cub," the young of the aforementioned animal.
- Class: Guardian
- Tribes: Fruit Animal Plant
- Trait: Amphibious
- Ability: When destroyed: Make a 5/4 Grizzly Pear with Amphibious here.
- Set: Event
So cute and cuddly and ... wait, what's that growling sound?
- Added to the game.
- Became craftable.
Pear Cub is very weak for his cost, but do not let that fool you. Since your opponent is going to have to face Grizzly Pear once you destroy this plant, it can make your opponent think again before playing their zombies or tricks.
Since he also has the Amphibious trait, it is useful on preventing Amphibious zombies from continuously doing damage to you. His Amphibious trait also lets it be boosted by Navy Bean, though only Citron can do this normally. If your opponent lacks Amphibious zombies such as Rustbolt, Z-Mech, or Professor Brainstorm, it can cause issues for them, especially when it is boosted.
You can boost his stats to put your opponent in a dilemma, though if he gets higher stats than Grizzly Pear, your opponent can simply choose to destroy it without any hesitation to actually weaken it.
Use caution when playing him in unprotected lanes, however, as smart opponents may keep that lane open to get an easy superpower or two at no real risk to themselves. If you play as Grass Knuckles, you can force a zombie to attack it with Whipvine or Sweet Potato.
A useful synergy with Pear Cub is to use environments that do damage to or weaken plants such as Total Eclipse or Trapper Territory to your advantage. Playing Pear Cub in one of them can actually result in activating his ability due to them destroying him, and because those environments' abilities take action before combat, it can result in a much more powerful attack from that lane than expected. Spudow can also use Lava Guava to make Hot Lava, which can also damage Pear Cub and activate his ability.
Think of Pear Cub as Barrel of Deadbeards on the plants side, except that he does not do damage to all fighters on the field when destroyed, but instead makes a stronger fighter on his place instead. Do not get lured by Pear Cub's weak stats. If you think you cannot handle Grizzly Pear with what cards are in your hand, do not destroy Pear Cub. It is better to take little damage to prepare for a safe fight than to recklessly destroy him and put yourself in danger. But also beware, as unlike Barrel of Deadbeards, your opponent has near-total control of this card, as plants play after zombies.
One way to deal with him is to prevent it from being destroyed. If Pear Cub is actually played on a lane with a powerful zombie, you can play Smoke Bomb to move that zombie away, or Terrify to move Pear Cub away. You can also play Shrink Ray or Landscaper to remove its strength so it can't chip away your health while you leave it alone.
Another way is to play a zombie that can destroy both Pear Cub and Grizzly Pear alone. While any zombie with high stats can play that role, zombies with the Frenzy trait are even better as they can destroy both plants in a single attack, provided their stats are at least 4/2. Vimpire is a good example of such a zombie, as he destroys Pear Cub, gains extra stats, becomes able to destroy Grizzly Pear now that it has 4 strength, and hits your opponent for 6 damage unless blocked, all in one turn of combat.
A good way to destroy both Pear Cub and Grizzly Pear with a Crazy hero is by using a combo of Bungee Plumber and Cakesplosion, but you will need 5 brains in order to perform that combo. Overall, it is an easy and guaranteed way to destroy it.
Do not use Fireworks Zombie or Barrel of Deadbeards against Pear Cub unless the circumstances are in your favor, as it can only leave you in a tough spot. This also applies to Area of Effect cards like Weed Spray and The Chickening.
Also, if you have a Trapper Zombie in play and Pear Cub is played, do not play Trapper Territory on its lane when he is revealed, as doing so will activate Pear Cub's ability before it attacks.