Plants vs. Zombies Heroes is a collectible mobile card game announced on March 10, 2016, through PopCap Games' official YouTube channel and soft released in certain countries on the same day. On October 18, 2016, the game was released worldwide (except China) on iOS and Android.
It's the lawn of a new battle! Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes mobile lets you collect and choose from hundreds of characters across the PvZ Universe in this epic collectible card game that takes you beyond the backyard.
For the first time ever on mobile, play as either plants or zombies and unlock their lawn-inspiring super powers. Collect hundreds of characters, including new roster favorites from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 like Super Brainz, Z-Mech, Citron, and Rose, and adventure through an all new PvZ Universe with a unique, comic-style narrative. Pick your favorite hero, assemble your team, and use your heroic skills to outwit your opponents in battle.
Battle and adventure by yourself against AI in the single player campaign, or battle against other players in real-time multiplayer! Challenge your friends or test your powers and strategy against the rest of the world in casual or ranked multiplayer battles – all in real time. Complete Daily Quests to earn rewards to expand your roster of Heroes and sidekicks.
In adventure mode, lead your favorite plant and zombies on epic missions to battle and take down all opposing Heroes across locations as zany and diverse as the Heroes who inhabit them. Experience the story of Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes via comic-styled story sequences revealed as your adventure progresses. Use the adventure mode to tone your skills and fine-tune your strategy, experimenting with different heroes and powerful teammate combinations along the way.
Each day, the plants and zombies battle as usual. After several zombies have been destroyed, Dr. Zomboss suddenly appears in his brand new Zombot Hero-Tron 5000, and uses the Zombot's hero laser to transform a basic zombie into a hero called Super Brainz. Dr. Zomboss is so ecstatic that he ends up accidentally pressing a button that says "Do Not Push!" The Zombot malfunctions, resulting in the hero laser transforming a nearby Sunflower, Wall-nut, Bonk Choy and Peashooter into their respective heroes, Solar Flare, Wall-Knight, Grass Knuckles and Green Shadow. Then the Zombot explodes, and the hero laser transforms several other plants and zombies around the world into heroes. Now the battle fully begins, as both sides are going to gather all heroes in the world to be the victor.
On this game it is possible to play as both the plants and the zombies, with the main game modes being:
- Plant Missions - Where the player progresses through the plants' campaign;
- Zombie Missions - Where the player progresses through the zombies' campaign;
- Multiplayer - Where the player fights against other real life players around the world as either the plants or the zombies.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Heroes/Glitches
Check this page to find the various glitches of this game.
Concept art and upcoming content
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Heroes/Concepts
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Heroes/Upcoming content
Check these articles to see concept art of the game and upcoming content that is going to be added in the future new updates. Beware, however, as there are spoilers ahead.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Heroes/Update history
This game regularly gets updates that can bring exciting new content or bug fixes. Check this page to see the various updates to this game and when they were released.
The main objective of this game is to defeat the opposing side's Hero by reducing his/her health to 0 (or by letting your opponent run out of cards to draw). This is done via the cards played on the field. There are two types of cards: Fighters (Plants/Zombies) and Tricks.
- Fighters are cards that stay on the field until destroyed. They all have three stats: Strength (); Health () and Cost (/). In addition, some have traits and/or special abilities that can't be ignored and makes each one unique. The player must know how to use those in their favor in order to win against tougher opponents.
In the battle phase, each one attacks. The strength of the fighter is the damage they deal to the enemy, and the health points is how much damage they can take before being destroyed. If there are no opposing cards on the same lane, the opposing Hero takes damage.
- Tricks are cards that directly affect the game by damaging or healing Fighters or Heroes, summoning or destroying Fighters, adding or removing strength or health, etc. If on the zombies' side, they can only be played on the third phase of the turn. If on the plants' side, they can be deployed during their phase. The only attribute associated with them is their Cost (/).
- Superpowers are a powerful tribe of trick cards that cost 1 / each. One is given at the start of each game, and you can only gain more by getting a Super-Block. There are four Superpowers for each Hero: three regular ones that are each shared by two Heroes, and one Signature Superpower, an exceptionally powerful move that is exclusive to the Hero.
Each hero has 20 points of health plus a Super-Block Meter. When the Hero takes damage, the Super-Block Meter will fill up randomly 1-3 blocks in a shield consisting of 8 blocks. When the Super-Block charger is full, the Hero will block the attack, and receive a superpower that can be deployed immediately for free or saved for later use. Each Hero can block attacks up to 3 times per game. Each time the Hero blocks, one shield icon below the meter will disappear, and the shield that contains the Super-Block Meter will degrade. When the Hero uses all three of his/her Super-Blocks, that shield will be broken, and the Hero cannot Super-Block any longer until the game ends.
During a game, each turn has four phases.
- The first one is the Zombies Play phase, where the Zombie Hero can summon Zombie Fighters;
- The second one is the Plants Play phase, where the Plant Hero can both summon Plant Fighters and play Plant Tricks;
- The third one is the Zombie Tricks phase, where the Zombie Hero can only play Zombie Tricks, unless the Zombie Hero uses Teleport, which allows him/her to play a Zombie Fighter during the Zombie Tricks phrase;
- And the last one is the Fight! phase, where each card on the field does combat from left to right, so Fighters on the leftmost lane attack first and the Fighters on the rightmost lane attack last. Additionally, in each lane, the Zombie Fighter attacks first.
At the start of each turn, the number of sun/brains received from the last turn plus one is given, allowing for the more powerful cards to be played later in the game, so the player must not only rely on them otherwise they have nothing to play on the first turns.
Each deck needs to have exactly 40 cards shared between tricks and plants/zombies. Additionally, each hero has four Superpowers which can't be changed and don't count towards the limit. Each card is allowed to have up to 4 copies, and they are separated in basic and premium, followed by their rarity. Only 10 cards can be in your hand at once, if you already have ten cards in your hand, you cannot draw more. However, it is possible to have more than ten cards in your hand through the Bounce effect.
Basic cards are purchased at the store using coins that are earned after battle (15 for winning a single player battle, 10 for winning a casual match, 20 for winning a ranked match, 100 for completing a mission, 5 for each loss, and none for completing a friendly match). Premium cards can only be obtained at the store though Premium Packs or a free pack by losing multiple battles in a row (three to five; only once if not yet accepted), and their rarity determines the chances of obtaining them via packs. There is also a limited time offer that offers specific cards or a Hero not yet owned.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Heroes/General Terminology
Like most collectible card games, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes employs many terminologies that are used to refer to the many different mechanics of the game, interactions of cards with each other, and many more. The page above lists and explains the terminologies.
Heroes are the main playable characters in Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes, and the ones required to be defeated so the game can end.
Heroes have unique Superpowers and Classes, the latter of which determines which cards they can play, making each one different from the others.
|Name||Pic||Class||Signature Superpower||Fight Theme||Hero Version|
|Green Shadow||Precision Blast|
Attack for 5 damage in the middle lane.
Do 2 damage and get +1 for the rest of the game.
Your hero cannot be hurt this turn. Draw a card.
|Minigolf Course||Wall nut|
Destroy a zombie with the lowest health.
Make a 1 with Team-Up that says: "When destroyed: Do 6 damage to a Zombie here."
All plants cannot be hurt this turn. Draw a card.
|Grass Knuckles||Power Pummel|
Attack for 2 damage in each ground lane.
|Obstacle Course||Bonk Choy|
Make a 1/1 . Do 2 damage to a Zombie here.
Transform a zombie with the highest strength into a 1/1 .
|Captain Combustible||Blazing Bark|
Give a plant +4.
|Name||Pic||Class||Signature Superpower||Fight Theme||Hero Version|
|Super Brainz||Carried Away|
Move a Zombie. Then it does a Bonus Attack.
|Modern City||Basic zombie|
|The Smash||Slammin' Smackdown|
Destroy a plant with 4 or less.
Make two 2/1 with Amphibious in random lanes.
A plant gets -3. Draw a card.
|Junkyard||Cardboard Robot Zombie|
|Electric Boogaloo||Stayin' Alive|
Do 3 damage to a Plant. Heal your hero for 3.
|Brain Freeze||Frozen Tundra|
Freeze all plants on the ground.
|Frozen Waterpark||Yeti Zombie|
Gain 3 random cards from the entire game.
Make a 2/1 that says: "When this hurts a Plant, draw a card."
|Haunted Mansion||Haunting Zombie|
Do 3 damage to a Plant and 1 damage to all other Plants.
Make a 3/2 with Amphibious.
Each hero leads two different classes which have different types of attacks and traits.
- Main article: Card#Traits
- Afterlife - When the zombie is defeated, it can be played again. Only zombies have this trait.
- Amphibious - Can be placed in the aquatic lanes.
- Anti-Hero - Does more damage when there isn't an opposing plant or zombie blocking the lane.
- Armored - Reduces damage from attacks equal to its Armored value.
- Bullseye - Does not charge the Super-Block Meter if a successful hit is landed on the enemy Hero.
- Deadly - Automatically destroys the damaged plant after battling. Only zombies have this trait.
- Double Strike - After combat, do a bonus attack.
- Frenzy - Does a bonus attack if it destroys a plant. Only zombies have this trait.
- Gravestone - Hides under a Gravestone until the Zombie Tricks phase. Only zombies have this trait.
- Hunt - When a fighter is played, move to that lane.
- Overshoot - Before combat here, do damage to the opposing hero.
- Splash Damage - Deals damage to enemies next door. Only plants have this trait.
- Strikethrough - Penetrates multiple foes to deal damage to the Hero and all other enemies in the way.
- Team-Up - Can be placed in front or behind another plant, or allows another plant to be placed in front of or behind itself. Only plants have this trait.
- Main article: Card#Effects
Include, but are not exclusive to:
- Bounce - Bounces the target plant/zombie back into the player's hand. It can be played again.
- Conjure - Gain a random card of that kind.
- Freeze - Frozen enemies are unable to attack for one attack turn. Bonus attacks can negate the effect.
- Heal - Restore health to a damaged plant/zombie or hero.
- Health-Strength - Attack using its instead of its .
- Shield - Cannot take damage this turn. They are still vulnerable to tricks that can destroy fighters.
Cards are used to create your hero's decks. In each deck, there are 40 cards consisting of Fighters, Tricks and Enviroments, as well as 4 Superpowers, including the Signature Superpower that is unique to each hero.
Missions are the single player game mode of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
Each mission features the main opposing hero that appears in the corner of the mission preview screen, and consists of five stages:
- Encounter Battle, a regular battle against the main opposing hero
- Teammate Battle 1, against a different hero
- Mini-Boss Battle or Crisis Battle, another battle against the main opposing hero, but with an improved deck, as well as a special gimmick in the later missions
- Teammate Battle 2, against yet another different hero
- Boss Battle, a battle against the main opposing hero with a strong gimmick
The Boss Battles of each mission have a special gimmick (like a change in the number of cards given, increased or decreased health, or pre-summoned fighters) that can have a powerful effect on the required playstyle. Starting from Mission 21 for each side, the third battle will also have a special gimmick.
Below is the list of missions available to each side.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
- It appears that the art style for this game was originally going to be the one in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, as shown on a beta gameplay photo shown on the right, but ultimately took on a more cartoonish art style resembling the one in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
- The icon of the 1.0.11 update marked the first time where a plant (Green Shadow) was featured on the game's icon instead of a zombie.
- The sound effect for gems being added is the same as some sound effects from the Bejeweled series, another game from PopCap.
- As noted by the official website and game description game wise, this is the third mobile game and mode where you can play as both the plants and the zombies after Plants vs. Zombies and the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2.
- Plants vs. Zombies Heroes is the only mobile Plants vs. Zombies game to be played vertically.
- Whenever a legendary fighter is placed on the field, the opposing Hero will have a shocked or surprised expression different from their hurt or low health expression.
- All of the new playable characters on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 appear in this game as heroes, with the exception of Kernel Corn and Captain Deadbeard, who appear as legendary fighters.
- If your Hero obtains one of his/her superpowers at the beginning, the Super-Blocks later won't give him/her that superpower again. This means that each superpower can only be used once per game. Interestingly, there are three Super-Blocks available, and one superpower is awarded at the beginning, it means that you can get all four superpowers in a game via different way.
- When your Hero is low on health (5 or less health), the current theme changes to a suspenseful, drastic one, still keeping the same melody.
- Similarly, when the battle progresses, as well as when one hero takes some damage, the music will slightly change, usually becoming more suspenseful as the match goes on.
- When it comes to the cards, most of the plants will be facing right, and all of the zombies will be facing left. This makes sense as plants would look right to shoot at zombies coming in from the right in many of their games.
- Interestingly enough, in the main menu, the plant heroes on the Plant Missions panel are facing left, and the zombie heroes on the Zombie Missions panel are facing right.
- In this game, the zombies don't target brains. Instead, it is used as currency to deploy zombie cards and tricks.
- Since it is not available in China App Store, it may be possible that a Chinese version of it is currently in work, probably with Chinese exclusive plants and zombies. This may also explain why some other Chinese games are closed down recently so the developers can concentrate on this or other games. However, the international version contains a Chinese language installed.
- Many classes have a code name different from original name:
- Crazy is mentioned as Madcap.
- Mega-grow is mentioned as MegaGro.