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Bad Moon Rising is an event zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Brainy Icon.pngBrainy class. It costs 7BrainPvZH.png to play, and its ability transforms all zombies on the field into random zombies that cost 5BrainPvZH.png or more, including another copy of them if they cost 5BrainPvZH.png or more themselves.

It was added in update 1.16.10, along with Forget-Me-Nuts, Atomic Bombegranate, Thinking Cap, Kitchen Sink Zombie, Zombology Teacher, and Imp-Throwing Imp.


Its name comes from the song Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song had been used previously in the series in a trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 featuring Moon Base Z.

It could also reference Werewolves in general, who can turn into a stronger version of itself in a full moon. It could also be a reference to the Blood Moon event in the game Terraria, where the enemy spawn rate is greatly increased and more dangerous enemies may spawn.


  • Class: Brainy
  • Tribe: Trick
  • Ability: Transform every Zombie into random Zombies that cost 5BrainPvZH.png or more.
  • Set: Event

Card description

Sometimes a full moon turns bad dreams into horrible nightmares.

Update history

Update 1.16.10

  • Added to the game.



This is an incredibly powerful, yet risky, trick, as it will turn all of your zombies into very powerful zombies. Make sure to have lots of cheap, disposable zombies to make full use of this trick like Swabbies or Goats. However, keep in mind that if you already have some expensive zombies on the field, this trick may end up making them weaker. Nevertheless, you can end up getting powerful zombies like Zombot 1000, Octo Zombie, or Zombot Plank Walker, so this trick is definitely worth it in most situations.

Be careful if you are facing a PvZH Guardian Icon.pngGuardian hero because Mixed-Up Gravedigger can be made from this trick, and your opponent can simply play Grave Buster or Blockbuster and take out one or more of your powerful zombies. It can also make relatively weak zombies whose abilities are worthless in the Zombie Tricks phase, such as Ra Zombie.

Since this trick affects all zombies on the field, it works well with any zombie hero that can play or make many zombies at once. An example would be Professor Brainstorm, who has access to cards that make other zombies like Disco Zombie and Disco-Tron 3000. Since Super Brainz and Huge-Gigantacus also lead the PvZH Sneaky Icon.pngSneaky class, they can swarm Imps to improve this trick's efficiency. They can even play Mixed-Up Gravedigger to prevent all of your zombies from being destroyed by protecting them until you can play Bad Moon Rising with the exception of Grave Buster, Blockbuster, and Cool Bean paired with Winter Squash.

With Huge-Gigantacus or Super Brainz, you can ramp up to a Bad Moon Rising by playing 3 Brain Vendors, Mixed-Up Gravedigger to re-use their ability during tricks and , therefore, allowing you to play your Bad Moon Rising up to 2 turns earlier. PvZH Beastly Icon.pngBeastly heroes have access to many Amphibious zombies, which allows for a serious threat in the aquatic lane (zombies already in the aquatic lane can be transformed into zombies that aren't Amphibious).

A particularly nasty strategy is to combo this with Evolutionary Leap or Transformation Station, with the idea of turning high-cost zombies into higher-cost zombies. It's particularly noting that all 7-cost zombies will leap into Plank Walkers or Octo Zombies, Plank Walkers and Octo Zombies leap into Zombots that clear the field of all plants, and Zombots leap into Tricksters that can deal whopping damage before the Zombies Play phase even begins.

You can pair this with Zombology Teacher to make this trick cheaper, though only Rustbolt can use her normally. Additionally, you can ramp up this card quickly using cards such as Cryo-Brain, Gentleman Zombie, or Medulla Nebula which all PvZH Brainy Icon.pngBrainy heroes have natural access to. Speaking of Medulla Nebula, you can play Brain Vendor on Medulla Nebula on turn 4 to easily play Bad Moon Rising very early, or on turn 3 if Flag Zombie or Terror-Former 10,000 is played before that.

This trick can also be used to completely nullify the impact of The Great Zucchini, turning all your weak 1StrengthPvZH.png/1HeartPvZH.png zombies into highly dangerous zombies. The turn order ensures that the newly transformed Zombies won't be bothered again before going into the Fight phase.


If your opponent is a PvZH Brainy Icon.pngBrainy hero and you see them saving 7 brains, there is a high chance that they will most likely be playing this trick. Try to remove as many zombies as possible so this trick has fewer powerful zombies to work with. As a last resort, use Brainana to prevent them from playing this for a turn, or Forget-Me-Nuts or Dark Matter Dragonfruit to increase the cost of this trick.

Doom-Shroom is handy for taking out most of the transformed zombies. However, you will not be able to react to it the turn it is played. Therefore, you can only prepare for the zombies that this trick will make since zombie tricks are played after plants are played.



  • The silhouettes on the moon depict and Imp transforming into a Gargantuar.
  • The moon in its card image is actually the same as the egg in Fire Rooster's "When played" animation, only recolored.
  • It is the most expensive event card in the game.
  • On rare occasions, this may cause zombies whose ability does direct damage like Flamenco Zombie to do more. For example, having Binary Stars and Flamenco Zombie on the field is supposed to do only 8 damage but would sometimes do as high as 16 damage instead. This is because Binary Stars' ability is programmed to affect zombies permanently while giving them the permanent 2x damage boost, resulting in a 4x boost with the normal ability as if there were 2 of them.
  • It is mentioned in Unexpected Gifts' description.
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Common Skunk Punk · Pied Piper · Zookeeper · Dolphin Rider · Locust Swarm
Premium Dog Walker · Nibble · Snorkel Zombie · Yeti Lunchbox · Haunting Zombie · Loudmouth · B-flat
Galactic Total Eclipse · Alien Ooze · Surfer Zombie
Colossal Haunting Ghost
Triassic Goat · Vengeful Cyborg
Premium Squirrel Herder · Vimpire · Vitamin Z · Kangaroo Rider · Smashing Gargantuar
Galactic Biodome Botanist · Cosmic Yeti
Colossal Primordial Cheese Shover
Triassic Killer Whale
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Galactic Cheese Cutter · Cyborg Zombie · Area 22
Colossal Extinction Event · Ancient Vimpire
Triassic Hunting Grounds
Premium Nurse Gargantuar · Octo Zombie · Zombot 1000
Galactic Interstellar Bounty Hunter · Supernova Gargantuar
Colossal Mondo Bronto
Triassic Gargantuar-Throwing Gargantuar
Event Cards Fraidy Cat · Secret Agent · Energy Drink Zombie · Synchronized Swimmer · Hover-Goat 3000 · Overstuffed Zombie · Sneezing Zombie · King of the Grill
Token Cards Zom-Bats
Superpowers Frozen Tundra · Slammin' Smackdown · Stayin' Alive · Witch's Familiar · Acid Rain · Evaporate · Galvanize
PvZH Brainy Icon.png Brainy
Heroes Super Brainz · Rustbolt · Professor Brainstorm · Immorticia · Huge-Gigantacus
Common Cardboard Robot Zombie · Paparazzi Zombie · Lurch for Lunch · Fun-Dead Raiser · Drum Major
Premium Chimney Sweep · Beam Me Up · Cell Phone Zombie · Pool Shark · Zombot Drone Engineer · Brain Vendor · Mountain Climber
Galactic Cryo-Brain · Medulla Nebula · Moonwalker
Colossal Copter Commando
Triassic Mustache Waxer · Pirate's Booty
Premium Gentleman Zombie · Kite Flyer · Gadget Scientist · Hail-a-Copter · Wizard Gargantuar
Galactic Cosmic Scientist · Triplication
Colossal Zom-Blob
Triassic Mustache Monument
Premium Electrician · Rocket Science · Mad Chemist · Portal Technician
Galactic Neutron Imp · Transformation Station · Wormhole Gatekeeper
Colossal Evolutionary Leap · Parasol Zombie
Triassic Duckstache
Premium Teleport · Shieldcrusher Viking · Trickster
Galactic Interdimensional Zombie · Teleportation Zombie
Colossal Gargantuar Mime
Triassic Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur
Event Cards Leprechaun Imp · Regifting Zombie · Trick-or-Treater · Thinking Cap · Kitchen Sink Zombie · Bad Moon Rising
Token Cards Pot of Gold · Space Cadet · Zom-Bats
Superpowers Carried Away · Shrink Ray · Eureka · Witch's Familiar · Terror-Former 10,000 · Cut Down to Size · Summoning · Telepathy · Iron Boarder · Teleportation Station
PvZH Crazy Icon.png Crazy
Heroes Electric Boogaloo · Impfinity · Professor Brainstorm · Z-Mech
Basic Cards Backup Dancer · Bungee Plumber · Cuckoo Zombie · Disco Zombie · Flamenco Zombie
Premium Tennis Champ · Unlife of the Party · Conga Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Cakesplosion · Orchestra Conductor · Foot Soldier Zombie
Galactic Loose Cannon · Meteor Z · Space Ninja
Colossal Mystery Egg · Sugary Treat
Triassic Trapper Territory
Premium Exploding Imp · Jester · Zombot's Wrath · The Chickening · Imp-Throwing Gargantuar
Galactic Final Mission · Cosmic Dancer
Colossal Gizzard Lizard
Triassic Disco Dance Floor
Premium Aerobics Instructor · Abracadaver · Fireworks Zombie · Disco-Tron 3000
Galactic Disco-Naut · Moon Base Z · Gas Giant
Colossal Quickdraw Con Man
Triassic Grave Robber · Zombie's Best Friend
Premium Barrel of Deadbeards · Valkyrie · Gargantuars' Feast
Galactic Quasar Wizard · Binary Stars
Colossal Tankylosaurus
Triassic Headhunter
Event Cards Exploding Fruitcake · Unexpected Gifts · Stupid Cupid · Frankentuar · Gargantuar-Throwing Imp · Hippity Hop Gargantuar
Token Cards Impfinity Clone · Captain Deadbeard
Superpowers Stayin' Alive · Triple Threat · Eureka · Missile Madness · Brute Strength · Dance Off · Electrobolt
PvZH Hearty Icon.png Hearty
Heroes Rustbolt · The Smash · Neptuna · Z-Mech
Common Baseball Zombie · Rolling Stone · Conehead · Team Mascot · Medic
Premium Arm Wrestler · Camel Crossing · Flag Zombie · Terrify · Trash Can Zombie · Buckethead · Ra Zombie
Galactic Cone Zone · Celestial Custodian · Screen Door Zombie
Colossal Healthy Treat · Zombie Middle Manager
Triassic Leftovers
Premium Sumo Wrestler · Zombie Coach · Monster Mash · Knight of the Living Dead · Rodeo Gargantuar
Galactic Escape through Time · Cosmic Sports Star
Colossal Primeval Yeti
Triassic Lost Colosseum
Premium Landscaper · Weed Spray · All-Star Zombie · Coffee Zombie
Galactic Black Hole · Genetic Experiment · Planetary Gladiator
Colossal Jurassic Fossilhead
Triassic Knockout · Turquoise Skull Zombie
Premium Zombie King · Undying Pharaoh · Wannabe Hero
Galactic Intergalactic Warlord · Zombot Battlecruiser 5000
Colossal Stompadon
Triassic Chum Champion
Event Cards Zombology Teacher · Gargologist · Turkey Rider · Going Viral · Bonus Track Buckethead · Defensive End
Token Cards Octo-Pet
Superpowers Shrink Ray · Slammin' Smackdown · Octo-Pult · Missile Madness · Heroic Health · Possessed · Rock Wall
PvZH Sneaky Icon.png Sneaky
Heroes Brain Freeze · Super Brainz · Impfinity · Neptuna · Huge-Gigantacus
Common Imp · Mini-Ninja · Smoke Bomb · Fishy Imp · Smelly Zombie
Premium Headstone Carver · Zombie Chicken · Hot Dog Imp · Swashbuckler Zombie · Backyard Bounce · Stealthy Imp · Firefighter
Galactic Graveyard · Ice Pirate · Frosty Mustache
Colossal Swabbie · Barrel of Barrels
Triassic Monkey Smuggler
Premium Imp Commander · Barrel Roller Zombie · Surprise Gargantuar · Walrus Rider · Zombot Stomp
Galactic Cosmic Imp · Space Pirate
Colossal Blowgun Imp
Triassic Buried Treasure
Premium Toxic Waste Imp · Line Dancing Zombie · Pogo Bouncer · Tomb Raiser Zombie
Galactic Ducky Tube Zombie · Dr. Spacetime · Laser Base Alpha
Colossal Cursed Gargolith
Triassic Excavator Zombie · Unthawed Viking
Premium Mixed-Up Gravedigger · Zombot Sharktronic Sub · Zombot Plank Walker
Galactic Space Cowboy · Cryo-Yeti
Colossal Zombot Aerostatic Gondola
Triassic Raiding Raptor
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Token Cards Impfinity Clone · Octo-Pet
Superpowers Frozen Tundra · Carried Away · Triple Threat · Octo-Pult · Terror-Former 10,000 · In-Crypted · Super Stench · Dolphinado · Ice Moon
Tokens Zombie · Returned Octo Zombie
Superpowers Flick-a-Plant · Get Well · Motivate