Wing-Nut is a galactic super-rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Solar class. It costs 4 to play, and has 3/7. It does not have any traits, and its ability prevents all zombies on the field from doing bonus attacks. This ability persists until all Wing-Nuts are removed from the field. Its zombie counterpart is Bonus Track Buckethead.
It is based on the Pterocarya, often called wingnuts in English, which are trees in the walnut family Juglandaceae.
Its description references one of the meanings of "wing-nut," a mad or crazy person.
- Class: Solar
- Tribes: Pea Nut Plant
- Traits: None
- Ability: Zombies can't do Bonus Attacks.
- Set - Rarity: Galactic - Super-Rare
Firmly believes that Elvis is alive, Zombies never walked on the Moon, and that Dr. Zomboss is secretly studying aliens at Area 22. Crazy!
- Added to the game.
This plant has very good stats for its cost; a 3/7 for 4. What makes this plant even better is that it disables all bonus attacks from zombies, making cards like Lurch for Lunch, Electrician, Trickster, and Frenzy cards like Smashing Gargantuar and Maniacal Laugh either useless or less effective (for Frenzy cards, they will not be able to attack again even if they have destroyed a plant). Its base strength grants it immunity to most instant-kill cards except for Locust Swarm, B-flat, Slammin' Smackdown, and Knockout, and its high health makes it quite tanky as well.
In other words, this plant is effective against Brainy heroes that rely on bonus attacks, along with Beastly and Hearty heroes that have certain cards with the Frenzy trait. However, this also means that this plant is useless against Sneaky and/or Crazy zombies as they don't do bonus attacks or have Frenzy.
Each hero has their own ways of using this plant well:
- Wall-Knight can protect this with tough plants like Wall-Nut or use this in conjunction with Smackadamia to boost its health, Pecanolith to allow it to do much more damage than normal, or Mirror-Nut to deter zombie heroes from just using damaging tricks to destroy it.
- Solar Flare can use damaging tricks such as Berry Blast to destroy the zombies before they attack Wing-Nut.
- Chompzilla can play this with either Torchwood, The Podfather, or Fertilize to make it hit harder, although it would put it at a risk of being destroyed by Rocket Science. Fortuantely, she also has access to Umbrella Leaf.
- Rose can combine this with Dark Matter Dragonfruit to lock down the zombie hero. Alternatively, she can also freeze any zombie that threatens her plants to ensure they cannot be thawed out via bonus attacks.
Stat-wise, this plant is already troublesome enough, due to its immunity to Rocket Science, Rolling Stone and Weed Spray, as well as its durability against damaging tricks such as Bungee Plumber. Knockout is the best option, but should it be unavailable or if Wing-Nut's strength is boosted, you could reduce its strength with tricks like Shrink Ray first, although if you are in such a situation, your opponent will most likely have a way to reboost it easily. The fact that it disables bonus attacks means that you will have to most likely sacrifice one of your zombies to destroy it, as you cannot use bonus attacks to destroy it. Keep that in mind that its ability can also weaken Frenzy zombies as its ability prevents additional attacks via said trait.
If you are a Beastly hero, a cheap way to destroy this plant is to use Squirrel Herder due to its nut tribe. However, be careful against Rose or Wall-Knight, as Rose can use Spyris to see whether a Squirrel Herder was played, possibly bouncing her Wing-Nut with Rescue Radish or bouncing Squirrel Herder with Grave Mistake, along with potentially wasting your card, while Wall-Knight can outright destroy her with Grave Buster.
The best way to deal with this plant is to use instant-kill tricks like Locust Swarm, or to Bounce it with cards like Pogo Bouncer to negate Wing-Nut's ability. You can also play Landscaper to lower Wing-Nut's strength and then use Rolling Stone or Weed Spray to destroy it completely. And if all else fails, use Deadly zombies to destroy Wing-Nut or a zombie that can do a lot of damage to it. If you want to normally destroy this plant, play a zombie that has at least 4/4 like Drum Major.
Its ability becomes less effective against Sneaky and Crazy heroes as they are the only classes that don't have access to bonus attack cards, especially Impfinity, who leads both. Crazy heroes can also use Exploding Fruitcake to destroy it as long as its health hasn't been boosted, although your opponent may get a card advantage.
- Its description references the conspiracy theory that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, is still alive.
- It also references the conspiracy theory that the Moon Landing was faked and the many conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51.
- It is the second plant to be in the pea and nut tribes, the first being Pea-Nut, and the third being Three-Nut.
- It is also the only one of the three to be in a class other than the Guardian class.
- It is the only pea plant in the Solar class.
- During development, it was going to cost 1 and have 2/2.
- It has the most health out of all Solar cards.