Trickster is a premium legendary zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy class. It costs 10BrainPvZH to play, and has 6StrengthPvZH/6HeartPvZH. It does not have any traits, and its abilities reduce its cost by 1BrainPvZH every time a zombie trick is played, but only when the zombie hero is holding it in their hand, and make it do a bonus attack when it is played.


It is based on the real meaning of trickster, which is someone who cheats on, deceives, or plays tricks and pranks on people.


  • Class: Brainy
  • Tribe: Party Zombie
  • Traits: None
  • Abilities: While in your hand: This costs 1BrainPvZH less when you play a Trick. When played: This does a Bonus Attack.
  • Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary

Card description

Never gets tired of the rubber chicken gag.

Update history

Update 1.8.23

  • Strength change: 7StrengthPvZH → 6StrengthPvZH
  • Health change: 7HeartPvZH → 6HeartPvZH



Trickster is a really strong zombie, not just because it is capable of fitting in many decks, but also because if you are skilled enough, you can play this zombie much earlier for a quick win. If you want to put it in your deck, you would also want to bring lots of tricks, such as Beam Me Up and Hail-a-Copter to make zombies during the Zombie Tricks phase, and other cheap tricks to lower its cost.

If you happen to get it in your hand on the 1st turn, it is recommended that you keep it as you can spam cheap zombie tricks such as Bungee Plumber, Yeti Lunchbox, or Smoke Bomb to reduce its cost, then play it on an early turn on an empty lane to do 6 free damage to the opposing hero.

Using it along with Paparazzi Zombie, Trick-or-Treater, and Mad Chemist is a good strategy, as these zombies all benefit from playing tricks. Every time you play a trick, Paparazzi Zombie becomes more powerful, Trick-or-Treater and Mad Chemist give you more tricks to use, and Trickster becomes cheaper. However, be aware if your opponent has Black-Eyed Pea on the field, as it gets stronger as well every time you play a trick, or Sportacus, as it will do 2 damage to the zombie hero every time you play a trick.

Playing Teleport, then playing Trickster allows you to play it and Trickster for the same price as only Trickster in the Zombies Play phase, meaning that you could save it for the Zombie Tricks phase to either clear a powerful or pesky plant, or land a clear shot on your opponent. However, this strategy is unusable when Brainana is played, as it prevents you from playing Teleport, unless you have enough Gentleman Zombies to replenish the brains needed to play Trickster.

If combined with Mustache Monument, Trickster can do 12 damage to the plant hero or a plant as the Fusion ability will make Trickster do a additional bonus attack.

Be aware that Wing-Nut can also make Trickster less powerful, due to being able to prevent its bonus attack. In addition, environments do not lower the cost of Trickster, despite them being played during the Zombie Tricks phase.


This zombie is a tough one to handle and counter. Being 6StrengthPvZH/6HeartPvZH for the price varying between 0-10BrainPvZH, it is a tough zombie at any time, with its powerful bonus attack upon being played. Almost anything is destroyed, unless the plant has a lot of health, is shielded, or there is Wing-Nut on the field.

However, there are a few ways to pressure or deal with it. Tater Toss can pressure the opponent into playing Trickster due to it being destroyed as soon as it attacks Hothead. Peel Shield and Root Wall can allow plants to block its attacks. Briar Rose is also a good counter to this zombie due to its ability. Filling all ground and heights lanes with flowers can destroy Trickster no matter where it is played. As a last resort, if you want to keep the sacrifice at minimum, you should consider playing instant-kill cards like Squash. You can also Bounce it back into your opponent's hand, as its price will be reset back to 10BrainPvZH. However, your opponent can simply play tricks to lower its price and play it again, and even that becomes unnecessary after the 10th turn. The best strategy though, is to finish the game and win before you take too much damage from this, especially if your opponent is running a trick deck. It is also best to keep your health above 6 or this will instantly defeat you.

A method of reducing the impact of Trickster is by having Wing-Nut on the field, which will disable its bonus attack. You can also make it harder to reduce its cost by playing Dark Matter Dragonfruit, which makes all zombie tricks cost 6 brains more.


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  • It is the most expensive zombie fighter, and the second most expensive zombie card in the game, after Gargantuars' Feast.
  • It, Valkyrie, Reincarnation and Potted Powerhouse are the only cards in the game who have an ability that only activates while in a hero's hand.
    • It is among the three of the four that is a legendary card, while Potted Powerhouse is a super-rare card.
    • It is also the only one whose ability deals with cost rather than stats.
  • It is the only card that can reduce its own cost without the help of special gimmicks.
  • Assuming nothing but 1-brain tricks is played until it is affordable, the earliest turn it can be played is on the 4th turn.
  • On Trickster's card, the player can see a rubber chicken. This rubber chicken is thrown when it attacks.
    • There is also a bag on Trickster's card, but that bag is never seen in-game. It is also in Trickster's textures too as a separate sprite.
      • In Trickster's Weird unused PvZH iconOvershoot animation, you can see Trickster pull out a gadget with a punch glove attached to it, but in the animation, you can see it pulls it out of thin air, in a manner that suggests it would pull it from a bag that wasn't rendered into the final animation properly. Weird unused PvZH iconOvershoot is a trait that allows zombies to use ablity animations to attack, including unused ones, so this was probably an unfinished animation when Trickster had a unique ability somewhere during development.
  • It is unaffected by Transformation Station's ability and Evolutionary Leap as no other zombie fighters are more expensive than it.
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