For other uses, see Fume-shroom (disambiguation).

Fume-shroom is a plant present in both main Plants vs. Zombies games. It is capable of spraying fumes doing 20 damage per shot (40 damage per shot in Plants vs. Zombies 2). Fume-shroom suffers from limited range, its attack only being triggered by and having effect on a zombie or tombstone appearing 4 spaces in front of it. Also, it is a nocturnal plant in Plants vs. Zombies, requiring Coffee Bean to be able to function normally in Day, Pool, and Roof levels.



Fume-shroom is based on emperor webcap (Cortinarius archeri), a species of mushroom with bright purple caps that glisten with slime in the genus Cortinarius native to the eucalypt forests of Australia in autumn.

Its name refers to how it shoots purple fumes that passes through zombies, and it is a mushroom.


Plants vs. Zombies

Fume-shroom is unlocked after completing Level 2-2. It has the same fire rate as Peashooter, an effective range of four tiles (or five tiles on the iOS version) and deals 20 damage per shot worth of damage to each zombie in its range. Presumably it is lower in cost than Peashooter due to its much shorter range. Fume-shroom can be upgraded to the Gloom-shroom, provided that the required seed packet has been purchased from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $7,500. Fume-shroom's spore cloud is not affected by the slope on Roof levels, and by extension High Gravity's gravity effect.

In Beghouled and Beghouled Twist mini-games, it acts as Puff-shroom's upgrade which requires 500 sun.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Fume-shroom is unlocked after completing Dark Ages - Night 4. He has received a significant amount of changes compared to the first games: He attacks every two seconds, dealing 40 damage per shot to every zombie for each attack. His effective range has also been raised to five tiles, and he can now be used in other worlds without any penalty, due to the absence of the sleeping mechanic and Coffee Bean.


Sound Description
Fume-shroom shooting fumes

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New Fume almanac

Almanac entry about Fume-shroom


Fume-shrooms shoot fumes that can pass through screen doors.

Damage: normal, penetrates screen doors
Range: all zombies in the fume cloud
Sleeps during the day

"I was in a dead-end job producing yeast spores for a bakery," says Fume-shroom. "Then Puff-shroom, bless 'im, told me about this great opportunity blasting zombies. Now I really feel like I'm making a difference."

Cost: 75

Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2



DAMAGE: Normal

RANGE: 1x4

Fume-shrooms shoot fumes that damage all zombies in an area.

"I think of myself as a pretty confident shroom and an all-around fungi," says Fume-shroom. "But sometimes, when I'm eating Plant Food, I hear them chuckling. I hear them calling me 'Balloon-shroom'. I don't think they know how much that hurts."



Fume-shroom's upgrade, Gloom-shroom

Plants vs. Zombies

  • Gloom-shroom: It can only attack zombies in a 3x3 area around itself, but retains the area-of-effect nature and shoots four fumes at once. It can be purchased before playing Level 4-5 and costs $7500 coins to unlock, and 150 sun to upgrade.

Fume-shroom utilizing its Plant Food ability

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

Fume-shroom will expand as if it is gathering air, before unleashing a large amount of fumes that push zombies backward. The fume burst deals a total of 1500 damage per shot for 3 seconds.

Ail-mint effect

When boosted by Ail-mint, Fume-shroom does an additional 120 DPS per attack, and its plant effect does an additional 2900 DPS.

Level Upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 125 5 seconds 300 dps 40 dps 1500 dps 1x4
2 10 1,000 4.5 seconds 325 dps 45 dps 1600 dps
3 50 2,000 4.5 seconds 350 dps 50 dps 1700 dps
4 100 4,000 4.5 seconds 375 dps 55 dps 1800 dps
5 125 6,000 100 4.5 seconds 400 dps 60 dps 1900 dps
6 175 8,000 4 seconds 450 dps 65 dps 2000 dps
7 250 10,000 4 seconds 500 dps 70 dps 2100 dps
8 350 15,000 4 seconds 550 dps 75 dps 2200 dps
9 450 20,000 4 seconds 600 dps 80 dps 2300 dps
10 800 60,000 3.5 seconds 650 dps 85 dps 2400 dps
11 1,000 75,000 3.5 seconds 700 dps 90 dps 2500 dps
12 1,250 100,000 3.5 seconds 750 dps 95 dps 2600 dps
13 1,500 150,000 75 3.5 seconds 800 dps 100 dps 2700 dps
14 1,750 200,000 3 seconds 850 dps 110 dps 2800 dps
15 2,000 250,000 3 seconds 900 dps 120 dps 2900 dps

*Total damage dealt during its Plant Food effect.

Level Upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Fume-shroom Upgrade 1
Poison Injection
Fume-shroom gains 7% chance to attack with poison fume that stop zombies for a short while.
Combat Training
Fume-shroom gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Fume-shroom Upgrade 2
Improved Formula
Fume-shroom gains 14% chance to attack with poison fume.
Cell Activation
Fume-shroom gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Fume-shroom may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Fume-shroom gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Fume-shroom sucks all zombies in 3x2 area in front of it and then does its normal Plant Food effect.


Plants vs. Zombies

Fume-shroom stands out as one of the few plants in the game with an area-of-effect attack. At first look, this means that Fume-shroom will be an excellent counter against Screen Door Zombies or Ladder Zombies, who can otherwise block straight shooting projectiles with their shield of choice, as well as Dancing Zombie, who will attempt to summon Backup Dancers for cover. However, Fume-shroom's true value lies in its ability to target an infinite amount of enemies with each attack - a single Fume-shroom means that no basic Zombie or Imp can get past the defense line, and two Fume-shrooms can permanently defend the player from Conehead Zombies.

Due to the limited range, Fume-shroom should be placed on the front line in order to make full use of its attack, ideally from the fifth column onwards. Pumpkin can be used to protect Fume-shroom while not limiting its range like other defensive plants. Fume-shroom is particularly useful in Survival: Endless, as its power is not affected by the ever-increasing amount of incoming enemies.

Fume-shroom also has a relatively low cost, making it ideal for the early game, but its range may prove later on to be detrimental to Fume-shroom's performance, as it limits the amount of time that the player has to get rid of zombies,

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Fume-shroom fills in the middle ground between Snapdragon and Laser Bean: Its effective range, while greater than Snapdragon's, is not infinite like Laser Bean's. A Fume-shroom deals more damage per second than a Laser Bean and as much damage as a Snapdragon, but does not enjoy Snapdragon's attack stacking capability and therefore will do less damage per second when planted in a column. Regardless, all three plants are excellent at crowd controlling, and they will prove to be useful in both normal levels and Endless Zones due to the constantly escalating amount of zombies compared to that of the first game.

Like in the first game, Fume-shroom is effective against zombies that attempt to shield themselves from normal projectiles, such as Barrel Roller Zombie, Shield Zombie and Excavator Zombie. It is also useful in cleaning up tombstones, as it can hit up to five tombstones at once while still being able to damage zombies.

Fume-shrooms are a great choice against Zombie Chickens in Wild West and Ice Weasels in Frostbite Caves. While it is slightly worse than Lightning Reed in combating Zombie Chickens because of the lower attack speed and decreased range, Fume-shroom does a much better job against Ice Weasels as it can kill them in one hit while Lightning Reed will require eight hits to achieve the same result.

Fume-shroom is especially effective in its home world, the Dark Ages, because it is cheap, and its attack can't be blocked by any of the zombies there (Jester Zombie blocks all projectiles, while Imp Dragon is immune to fire, making plants like Jack O' Lantern and Snapdragon less effective).

Related achievements

Good Morning
Good Morning
Complete a daytime level by planting mushrooms and Coffee Beans only.
No Fungus Among Us
No Fungus Among Us
Complete a Nighttime Level without planting any mushrooms.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner
The Complete Zombie2
The Complete Zombie
You've won every trophy, climbed every mountain, defeated every zombie, planted every plant. Congratulations!


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • It is the only non-lobbed-shot plant that is capable of attacking zombies even if they are on the roof's slope.
  • Unlike other mushrooms, only the mushroom cap of the Fume-shroom moves.
  • In the iPad version, the range of it becomes five squares instead of four.
  • In Versus Mode, when it is near the red line and attacks multiple Zombie Gravestones, the gravestone closest to the Fume-shroom is damaged, while the gravestones behind it do not get damaged at all.
  • Counting all versions of the original Plants vs. Zombies and all spin-offs that were based on it, it has the most upgrades out of any plant. With a total of 2 upgrades, it can upgrade to both Gloom-shroom and Icy Fume-shroom in the Chinese-exclusive Plants vs. Zombies Social Edition.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Its cap is slightly transparent, most noticeably when Fume-shroom is given Plant Food.
  • Its attack was glitched in the 3.4.4 update, being able to deal splash damage on adjacent lanes like Snapdragon, and could reach 5.5 tiles in front of it instead of five. This was fixed in the 3.5.1 update.
  • It is nicknamed as "Balloon-shroom" in Almanac, which refers to its Plant Food upgrade.
  • Although one of its costumes references Nightcap from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, Nightcap cannot use Fume-shroom under normal circumstances.
  • It is the only Dark Ages plant with more than one costume.
    • Puff-shroom has 2 costumes, but only one is obtainable currently.
  • In the Chinese version, a level 4 Fume-shroom (costumed), when spawned by Spore-shroom (level 2 and up), can also activate its Plant Food's effect, unlike most other mushrooms.
    • However, this effect will be glitched.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater

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