- For other uses, see Gloom-shroom (disambiguation).
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Gloom-shroom has appeared in three games, with three similar plants appearing throughout the series.
The exact mushroom Gloom-shroom is based on is never explicitly stated, however (like its downgrade Fume-shroom) it does heavily resemble the emperor webcap (Cortinarius archeri), a species of mushroom with bright purple caps that glisten with slime in the genus Cortinarius native to the eucalyptus forests of Australia in autumn.
Its name refers to several definitions of the word "gloom" such as the expression on its face and how it shoots purple fumes in all directions that passes through zombies, and it is a mushroom.
- Main article: Gloom-shroom (PvZ)
Gloom-shroom serves as an upgrade to Fume-shroom which changes its range from a 1x4 area to a 3x3 area, dealing heavy damage towards any zombie it hits.
- Main article: Phat Beet
They cost 150 sun, the same amount that Gloom-shroom costed in the first game and sends out shockwaves in a 3x3 area, dealing 15 DPS with a chance to send out a critical shot every four to six attacks, dealing 45 DPS instead.
They are a member of the Enforce-mint family, who lets them deal 90 DPS for their normal attack and 270 DPS for their critical attack, along with their Plant Food damage being increased to 1,600 DPS in the 3x3 area and 800 DPS in the 5x5 area. Their Plant Food effect has them release a massive shockwave, dealing 400 DPS to every zombie in a 3x3 area and 200 DPS to zombies in a 5x5 area around them.
- Main article: Dandelion (PvZO)
Similar to Plants vs. Zombies 2, while Gloom-shroom doesn't appear themself, a plant with a similar ability appeared instead, in this case, Dandelion, unlocked after beating Level 3-1 of the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.
Like Gloom-shroom, they dealt heavy damage (50 DPS per attack) in a 3x3 area when a zombie entered their range and when given Plant Food, they unleashed a heavy-damaging attack in a 5x5 area.
Their upgrades increased their health by 10%, their attack speed by 4% and their damage by 3%, and their last upgrade gave them a low chance of activating their Plant Food once planted.
- Main article: Toxic Gloom-shroom
While Gloom-shroom themself doesn't appear in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, the similarly designed and named Toxic Gloom-shroom made an appearance. He is a Rare Potted Plant which attacks zombies by spraying a burst of toxic gas around him, dealing 20 damage and poisoning any zombie it hits.
Gloom-shroom was originally going to appear instead of Toxic Gloom-shroom, with a beta icon remaining in the game showing their design rather than Toxic Gloom-shroom, though it isn't known why the change was made.
- Main article: Gloom-Shroom (PvZH)
- Main article: Gloom-Shroom (PvZ3)
After being replaced by a plant with a similar ability in Plants vs. Zombies 2, Gloom-Shroom finally returns to their roots in Plants vs. Zombies 3 as an Epic Scrapper plant. Like Plants vs. Zombies, they attack zombies in a 3x3 area.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Gloom-shroom.
- Gloom-shroom had a design prepared in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, but has been left unused for unknown reasons.
- He always looks upwards in all of its animation, both in Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars.
- Although he does not appear in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare or Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, an image of him can be seen on the Stickerbook's model in both of these games. This is also true with Sun-shroom and Garlic.
- Gloom-Shroom is the only plant to appear in Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 3, but not Plants vs. Zombies 2.