Shieldcrusher Viking is a premium legendary zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Brainy class. He costs 5 to play, and has 7/5. He has the Bullseye trait, and his ability empties the plant hero's Super-Block Meter every time he does damage to them. This ability does not activate if the plant hero's Super-Block Meter is already empty.
He is based on a Viking, a Norse seafarer who raided and traded from the Vikings' Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern, central and Eastern Europe, during the late 8th to the late 11th centuries.
His name is a combination of the words "shieldcrusher," referring to his ability, and "Viking," the historical people he was based on.
- Class: Brainy
- Tribes: Mustache Pirate Zombie
- Trait: Bullseye
- Ability: When this hurts the Plant Hero, empty their Block Meter.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary
Been crushing shields since the 9th Century. Has gotten pretty darn good at it.
- ▲ Tribe change: History → Pirate
- ▲ Strength change: 5 → 6
- ▲ Strength change: 6 → 7
Shieldcrusher Viking is a powerful zombie and shines on many decks due to his relatively good stats, the Bullseye trait, and most importantly, his ability, which depletes your opponent's Super-Block Meter completely. Using him early on can really drive your opponent into a corner, and later on can be used for powerful support against tougher plants. Although, using every brain on him early might not be a good plan, especially against Solar or Kabloom heroes who can use tricks such as Squash to destroy him. To play him safely, use him with Teleport whenever an open lane is available. This will ensure that you can empty the opponent's Block Meter easily. However, your opponent might be able to predict your next move, or take advantage and boost some plants. They may also play Brainana, ruining the combo. Remember that it is best to play him early, because his ability is useless when your opponent has no more blocks available.
The safest and best lane to play him is on the heights, as his ability allows other zombie fighters to damage your opponent with little worry about them blocking and avoiding taking damage, as well as granting him immunity to cards such as Lawnmower, Scorched Earth, and Precision Blast.
If you are playing as Rustbolt, you can play him on turn 3 if you use the Flag Zombie and Brain Vendor combo. He can cause massive destruction that will destroy nearly every plant during this time, as the only plant cards that can remove him available on turn 3 is Shamrocket, Transmogrify, Goatify, and Spring Bean. Play him in an empty lane to do an easy 7 damage to the hero. You can also use Lurch for Lunch, or any card that causes a bonus attack to easily take out plants that stand in the way.
Since he is a pirate zombie, you can also put him in a pirate deck with Swashbuckler Zombie, Captain Flameface, and Zombot Plank Walker, although only Super Brainz and Huge-Gigantacus can do this normally. Laser Base Alpha can also make this unstoppable, making it having a guaranteed hit on your opponent, demolishing their block meter every hit.
With the addition of the Galactic Gardens set, Professor Brainstorm has access to a few environments to guarantee a hit on his opponent, even if Shieldcrusher Viking's lane is obstructed. For example, Moon Base Z can give this zombie Overshoot, which allows it to score a hit on your opponent and empty their Super-Block Meter before the Fight! phase, giving him and other zombies an advantage.
Due to his decent stats, he is very difficult to handle if he is played on the 5th turn. You can't block his attack either, as he has the Bullseye trait, making him even more dangerous. It is even more dangerous if your opponent combines this with Teleport, which can easily make you lose. If your opponent is saving up 6 or more brains, consider playing Brainana to prevent this, or play Black-Eyed Pea or Sportacus to try and discourage them.
You can either play tricks that can instantly destroy him like Squash, Shamrocket, Lawnmower, and Sizzle, or have a plant with 5 strength or more to destroy him at once.
Bouncing him should be a last resort option, especially if he has been heavily damaged, as your opponent can just play him again with full health.
Do not use Body-Gourd against him, since he will not activate the block, but rather drain all 8 segments, wasting the plant's ability.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Shieldcrusher Viking.
- He and Regifting Zombie are the only pirate cards in the Brainy class.
- He was the only zombie with the ability to cause the phrase "Drained!" to appear when it hurt the plant hero without glitches.
- Sometimes, the phrase "Drained!" was displayed after Soul Patch is destroyed due to a glitch.
- This phrase has been removed after an unspecified update.
- He strongly resembles one of the zombies in the Viking World from Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars.