Vitamin Z is a premium rare zombie trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Beastly class. It costs 3 to play, and its ability gives a selected zombie +3/+3. Its plant counterpart is Fertilize.
Its name is a portmanteau of the common everyday vitamins; A, B, C and D and "Z", referring to the zombies and how this is a zombie trick.
Its description is a reference to how medication can cause negative side-effects. It also likely a reference to being a zombie, as it mentions insatiable hunger, as well as possible other effects to being a zombie like headaches and blurred vision.
- Class: Beastly
- Tribe: Gourmet Trick
- Ability: A Zombie gets +3/+3.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
Side effects include headaches, blurred vision, and insatiable hunger.
- Rarity change: Uncommon → Rare
- ▲ Tribe added: Gourmet
There are plenty of ways to use this trick. You can use it on a weak zombie like Snorkel Zombie or Pied Piper to turn them into a moderate threat, or you can use it on stronger zombies like Smashing Gargantuar or Vimpire to make them even bigger threats. You can use it to keep useful zombies alive such as Gentleman Zombie and Zombie King. Vitamin Z can also make Newspaper Zombie and Jester big threats, as they can take more damage and deal good damage as well.
A minor strategy as Immorticia is to play Brain Vendor on the third turn if no other zombies are on the field, and if it is not destroyed, it can then be boosted by this trick, resulting in a very cost-effective 5/4 fighter before the fourth turn. This can result in some heavy damage to the opposing hero if the boosted Brain Vendor is in an unguarded lane. However, if there are other more powerful zombies on the field, it may be better to boost them instead.
Zombies boosted by this trick can become quite powerful, so play carefully and try to expect it when playing against Beastly heroes. The best counters for this trick are Bouncing the boosted zombie, making the hero waste their brains, or simply using an instant-kill trick like Squash or Lawnmower. Brainana is able to prevent this trick from being played, unless there are at least two Gentleman Zombies on the field. Since most zombies boosted have their strength at or more than 4, you can play Doom-Shroom to destroy it, but beware of plants that are at 4 or more as well, as Doom-Shroom will destroy them as well. Alternatively, you can use Shamrocket, since it is guaranteed to destroy the boosted zombie if it had at least 1 initial strength point.
- Despite it being the zombie counterpart of Fertilize, it is at Premium - Rare, rarer than the latter.
- This is possibly because the plant hero cannot retaliate against Vitamin Z until the next turn, so making this rarer makes up for it.