Firefighter is a premium uncommon zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the Sneaky class. He costs 4 to play and has 4/5. He has the Gravestone trait, and his ability gives another zombie on the field, excluding him, the Bounce effect when he is revealed. His closest plant counterpart is Rescue Radish.
He is based on a firefighter, a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten life, property, or the environment, as well as to peform specialized rescue tasks within the scenario of a disaster.
His description is a reference to how stereotypical firefighters rescue cats from trees.
- Class: Sneaky
- Tribe: Professional Zombie
- Trait: Gravestone
- Ability: When revealed: Bounce another Zombie.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Uncommon
He's a little too eager to rescue kittens from trees.
- Rarity change: Rare → Uncommon
Firefighter has above-average stats, but those are not his true strength. (You could take advantage of his rather high health to boost Zombie Middle Manager, though.) Instead, Firefighter is mainly used to Bounce zombies with good abilities like Hover-Goat 3000 and Intergalactic Warlord to reactivate them (with the latter being able to stack). If you want to Bounce zombies with the Gravestone trait, play Firefighter on the rightmost lane, as Gravestone zombies are revealed from left to right and he cannot bounce gravestones. Firefighter can also be used to prevent a heavily damaged zombie from being destroyed, or simply reposition a zombie when there are no moving tricks in your hand, though you must play the bounced zombie the on next turn.
However, if your deck does not have such zombies whose abilities are worthy of reactivating, he is not recommended to use. And occasionally, this zombie can actually give you a disadvantage if you are forced to Bounce a zombie, exposing a powerful plant to hit you or reset any stat boosts that zombie had. If his Bouncing ability is not what you desire, Drum Major would be a better choice due to his tribe synergy being more potent. As a Bouncing card, Firefighter also faces great competition against Secret Agent, who is cheaper and has a better Bouncing ability, since it also gives the zombie +3/+3. However, Brain Freeze is the only Sneaky hero who has access to this. Jelly Bean also poses a threat, because it gets a boost whenever something is Bounced. This is usually not an issue to a Sneaky hero, however, as the Sneaky class has plenty of bouncing cards which can remove plants. Deadly When played: or When revealed: abilities are done better by Mixed-Up Gravedigger, because it doesn't cost the bounced zombie's brains.
In almost any situation, your opponent will play Firefighter to Bounce a zombie with a useful "When played" ability, which will put you at a disadvantage. There is no way to counter this ability, but you can remove Firefighter before he activates his ability with Grave Buster, Blockbuster, or Grave Mistake. You could also have some Jelly Beans out on the field to punish your opponent for Bouncing the zombie, though beware, Jelly Bean is extremely vulnerble to the Sneaky class. Either to those Deadly zombies, or other plant-bouncing cards.
Even after his ability has activated, Firefighter is not a pushover due to his high stats. Using plants with high strength is the best way to dispose of Firefighter (if you haven't destroyed him while in his gravestone).
- During his idle animation, his firefighter hat catches fire once every 3 seconds. This is ironic, since firefighters put out fires.
- His firefighter hat also catches fire when he is destroyed.