Exploding Fruitcake is an event zombie trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the Crazy class. It costs 2 to play, and its ability does 7 damage to a selected plant and Conjures a fruit card for the plant hero, unless the plant hero already has 10 cards in their hand.
It was introduced in update 1.18.13, alongside Transfiguration, Go-Nuts, Witch Hazel, Haunted Pumpking, Ketchup Mechanic, Fraidy Cat, Sneezing Zombie, Unexpected Gifts, and Frankentuar. It is now craftable as of update 1.24.6.
It is based on a fruitcake, a cake made with candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and optionally soaked in spirits.
Its name is a combination of "exploding," referring to its appearance and animation, and "fruitcake," the real-life object it is based on.
- Class: Crazy
- Tribes: Gourmet Party Trick
- Abilities: Do 7 damage to a Plant. The Plant player Conjures a Fruit.
- Set: Event
Once you get past all the dynamite and bombs, fruitcakes actually contain at least 5% Fruit.
- Added to the game.
- ▲ Ability change: Do 6 damage to a Plant → Do 7 damage to a Plant.
- Became craftable.
This card can be seen as a much more cost-effective Cakesplosion, doing 7 damage for 2 as opposed to 4 damage for 4. This makes it perfect for removing tough plants such as Wing-Nut and Transfiguration for a cheap cost. In fact, Exploding Fruitcake does enough damage to qualify as a hard removal card; very few plants can survive one without and boosts or support. (This includes Apotatosaurus since it cannot be harmed by this trick at all.)
However, this trick also Conjures a fruit card for the plant hero as compensation for the powerful damage. This can range anywhere from a weaker card such as Pear Pal to a very powerful and potentially game-changing one such as Captain Cucumber, Pair Pearadise, or Cornucopia. Also, be very careful when there are plants with Dino-Roar as they can get a boost from the fruit card it Conjures. As such, this card is quite risky to play and must be played carefully. In fact, try not to play this trick if Captain Cucumber is on the field as he will lower the Conjured card's cost, making it even more dangerous. However, you can use this to your advantage by filling your opponent's hand so they can't block or using Quickdraw Con Man to do extra damage to them.
Z-Mech can use this trick as a substitute for hard removal cards. He can make use of it to destroy most tough plants but bear in mind that it will also give the plant hero a card advantage. Similarly, Professor Brainstorm can use this to remove pesky low-strength plants (which his Rocket Science can't destroy) like the two mentioned in the first paragraph.
There isn't much you can do against this card other than to keep your plants' health above 7, which can be hard to do in the beginning turns of the match when this trick can be played. You can also fill the field with many dangerous plants as this trick can only target one plant. Dark Matter Dragonfruit and Forget-Me-Nuts can also increase Exploding Fruitcake's cost to make it harder to be played.
However, keep in mind that it also Conjures you a fruit card, which may be extremely powerful and possibly game-changing. You can also play plants with Dino-Roar as they get a boost from the card Exploding Fruitcake Conjures, but they can be easily destroyed by the 7 damage this card does, meaning you will have to boost their health to at least 8. Having Captain Cucumber in play can also lower the Conjured card's cost. But since your opponent might take advantage of this too with Quickdraw Con Man, it is wise to destroy them before the Zombie Tricks phase.