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Hibernating Beary is a premium rare plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Guardian Icon.pngGuardian class. It costs 3SunPvZH.png to play and has 8HeartPvZH.png.

It does not have any traits, and its ability gives it +4StrengthPvZH.png every time it takes damage. Its closest zombie counterpart is Newspaper Zombie.



It is based on the bearberry, a type of dwarf shrub of the genus Arctostaphylos commonly found in northern North America, Asia, and Europe; and a bear, a carnivoran mammal of the family Ursidae.

Its name is a portmanteau of "bear," the real-life animal it is based on, "hibernating," referring to the habits of said animal, and "berry," the real-life plant it is based on.

Its description is a reference to the phrase, "Don't poke the bear."


  • Class: Guardian
  • Tribes: Berry Animal Plant
  • Traits: None
  • Ability: When hurt: This gets +4StrengthPvZH.png.
  • Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare

Card description

Don't poke the beary.



Hibernating Beary is naturally very bulky, and becomes a heavy-hitting threat when it takes enough hits. Boosting its stats in general benefits Hibernating Beary greatly, as a health boost enables it to take more hits, while a strength boost pressures your opponent into playing a zombie to guard the lane. It is best played against weak zombies like Mini-Ninja to sustain and grow stronger.

However, using tricks like Root Wall or Peel Shield to make it shielded is unnecessary, as Hibernating Beary needs to take damage to get stronger, unless Hibernating Beary is facing a PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly zombie or any other zombie powerful enough to destroy it in one attack.

You can boost its strength before it has taken any damage to put your opponent into a dilemma. If left unblocked, it keeps doing damage, and if they play a zombie to block it, it becomes even stronger. If you think Hibernating Beary has gained enough strength, then you may play a Team-Up plant to protect it.

Each Guardian hero has their own strategies with Hibernating Beary. Spudow can use it in conjunction with High-Voltage Currant, Strawberrian and Sergeant Strongberry and playing Lava Guava on its lane to make Hot Lava to boost its strength, Grass Knuckles can make it do bonus attacks when it has a lot of strength to either immediate destroy the zombie in front of it or finish his opponent off, give it the Untrickable trait via Umbrella Leaf to prevent it from getting destroyed by instant-kill tricks, or simply boost its stats even further, and finally, Wall-Knight can heal Hibernating Beary with 2nd-Best Taco of All Time and Geyser, allowing it to take even more damage and gain more strength.

As for Citron, though, he would be better off not using this plant unless he needs some more plants that can block zombie attacks. He can, however, use Peel Shield when Hibernating Beary is low on health, which also allows it to clear the lane of the blocking zombie.

If your opponent has played a Trapper Territory lane, you can take advantage of it by playing Hibernating Beary in it to activate its ability and allow it to fight at the same turn at a mere cost of 1 health.

You can also use this with Pecanolith due to its high base health to put your opponent in a dilemma. Either they do not front it and constantly take 8 damage, or they front it and must then keep Pecanolith on the field to keep the damage output low, allowing you to play another high-health threat elsewhere.

However, you may want to watch out for instant-kills like Evaporate and Zombot Sharktronic Sub once it gets hurt, Rolling Stone and Weed Spray due to it not having strength, Rocket Science and Cut Down to Size if it gets too powerful, and Squirrel Herder because of its berry tribe.


Hibernating Beary can wreak some serious havoc, and even make you lose early if unprepared. However, Hibernating Beary's initial stats and ability make it susceptible to Rolling Stone and Weed Spray when it is unscathed, and Rocket Science or Cut Down to Size if it has gained strength, so having said cards in your deck is very useful against it. Locust Swarm is recommended if you have none of the aforementioned tricks.

The best counter against Hibernating Beary is PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly zombies because they destroy it instantly, regardless of Hibernating Beary's health. Alternatively, you can play Squirrel Herder, whose ability can destroy it instantly as Hibernating Beary is a berry. But be careful, as your opponent may have Grave Buster to counter it.

If you don't have a card that can destroy it instantly, destroy Hibernating Beary with as few hits as you can manage, as playing lower strength zombies equal Hibernating Beary taking more hits for the same amount of health, which is very bad against you.

The best strategy, however, is to simply ignore Hibernating Beary. If you don't hurt it, it can't hurt you. Even if your opponent gives it some base strength or plays a damaging Team-Up plant with it, try to take care of it without hurting Hibernating Beary. This also makes it so that one whole lane is occupied.

If Pecanolith is played and Hibernating Beary has not been damaged yet, be careful as it can suddenly do 8 damage. In such a case, be ready with an instant-kill card such as Rolling Stone or Squirrel Herder to remove either of the two threats.

Evaporate and Zombot Sharktronic Sub are also perfect counters to this plant, as they can destroy it instantly when it gets hurt.


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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Hibernating Beary
China Simplified Chinese 冬眠熊莓
Traditional Chinese 冬眠熊莓


  • If it is given strength via a trick and is not attacked, it will wake up, play its attacking animation, and then fall back to sleep when it attacks.
  • In the release trailer and on packs, it is missing the large leaf it has on its head, similar to its concept art, card image, and pack image.
    • Also, the "z"s it creates when sleeping are green in the trailer, while they are blue in-game.
  • If it is awoken by taking damage and then moved to another lane by Sumo Wrestler, Gardening Gloves, or other means, it will fall back asleep. Taking any more damage will wake it up on the new lane. 
  • The maximum amount of strength it can get without boosting cards is 28.
  • Its voice clips are similar to Morning Glory's.
  • It has the highest health stat out of all berry and animal cards.
  • It is the only plant that does not have the letter "O" in its name, set, or rarity.

See also

V · T · E Plants in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
PvZH Guardian Icon.png Guardian
Heroes Citron · Grass Knuckles · Spudow · Wall-Knight · Beta-Carrotina
Common Small-Nut · Sting Bean · Wall-Nut · Pismashio · Spineapple
Premium Potato Mine · Cactus · Gardening Gloves · Sea-Shroom · Water Chestnut · Pea-Nut · Steel Magnolia
Galactic Photosynthesizer · Spikeweed Sector · Plantern
Colossal Grape Responsibility · Primal Potato Mine
Triassic Grizzly Pear
Premium Grave Buster · Hibernating Beary · Prickly Pear · Smackadamia · Tough Beets
Galactic Cosmic Nut · Starch-Lord
Colossal Blockbuster
Triassic Pumpkin Shell
Premium Jugger-Nut · Mirror-Nut · Guacodile · Doom-Shroom
Galactic Galacta-Cactus · Force Field · Gravitree
Colossal Three-Nut
Triassic Marine Bean · Primal Wall-Nut
Premium Poppin' Poppies · Soul Patch · Wall-Nut Bowling
Galactic Body-Gourd · Pecanolith
Colossal Tricarrotops
Triassic Loco Coco
Event Cards Forget-Me-Nuts · Garlic · Corn Dog · Hot Date · Health-Nut · Pear Cub · Shamrocket · Red Stinger
Token Cards Hothead
Superpowers Peel Shield · Power Pummel · Tater Toss · Uncrackable · Genetic Amplification · Bubble Up · Nut Signal · Root Wall · Ensign Uproot
PvZH Kabloom Icon.png Kabloom
Heroes Nightcap · Captain Combustible · Solar Flare · Spudow
Common Button Mushroom · Berry Blast · Buff-Shroom · Seedling · Zapricot
Premium Poison Mushroom · Berry Angry · Mushroom Ringleader · Poison Ivy · Pair of Pears · Bluesberry · Sizzle
Galactic Banana Bomb · Mushroom Grotto · Invasive Species
Colossal Puff-Shroom
Triassic Veloci-Radish Hatchling · Hot Lava
Premium Shroom for Two · Wild Berry · Petal-Morphosis · Sour Grapes · Poison Oak
Galactic Cosmic Mushroom · Lava Guava
Colossal Cro-Magnolia
Triassic Shelf Mushroom
Premium Punish-Shroom · Sergeant Strongberry · Cherry Bomb · Grapes of Wrath
Galactic Astro-Shroom · Banana Launcher · Pair Pearadise
Colossal Fireweed · Imitater
Triassic Strawberrian
Premium Pineclone · Dandy Lion King · Kernel Corn
Galactic Reincarnation · Molekale
Colossal Gloom-Shroom
Triassic Veloci-Radish Hunter
Event Cards Blooming Heart · High-Voltage Currant · Sonic Bloom · Transfiguration · Atomic Bombegranate · Electric Blueberry
Token Cards Hothead
Superpowers Mush-Boom · Blazing Bark · Tater Toss · Sunburn · Meteor Strike · More Spore · Storm Front
PvZH Mega-Grow Icon.png Mega-Grow
Heroes Chompzilla · Grass Knuckles · Green Shadow · Captain Combustible
Common Peashooter · Torchwood · Cabbage-Pult · Fertilize · Flourish · Grow-Shroom · Repeater
Premium Bonk Choy · Pea Pod · Sweet Potato · Fire Peashooter · Skyshooter
Galactic Coffee Grounds · Sweet Pea · Vegetation Mutation
Colossal Umbrella Leaf
Triassic Half-Banana · Typical Beanstalk
Premium The Podfather · Plant Food · Re-Peat Moss · Whipvine · Super-Phat Beets
Galactic Banana Peel · Cosmic Pea
Colossal Bamboozle
Triassic Pea Patch
Premium Party Thyme · Black-Eyed Pea · Potted Powerhouse · Espresso Fiesta
Galactic Moonbean · Pod Fighter · The Red Plant-It
Colossal Split Pea · Grape Power
Triassic Savage Spinach
Premium Doubled Mint · Muscle Sprout · Bananasaurus Rex
Galactic Captain Cucumber · Onion Rings
Colossal Gatling Pea
Triassic Apotatosaurus
Event Cards Clique Peas · Lily of the Valley · Banana Split · Plucky Clover
Superpowers Devour · Power Pummel · Precision Blast · Blazing Bark · Embiggen · Holo-Flora · Time to Shine
PvZH Smarty Icon.png Smarty
Heroes Citron · Nightcap · Green Shadow · Rose · Beta-Carrotina
Common Snowdrop · Weenie Beanie · Snow Pea · Cattail · Smoosh-Shroom · Threepeater
Premium Iceberg Lettuce · Shellery · Rescue Radish · Spring Bean · Vanilla · Carrotillery
Galactic Mars Flytrap · Planet of the Grapes · Leaf Blower
Colossal Grave Mistake · Pear Pal
Triassic Primal Peashooter
Premium Admiral Navy Bean · Lightning Reed · Chilly Pepper · Navy Bean · Jumping Bean
Galactic Cosmic Bean · Melon-Pult
Colossal Tricorn
Triassic Lily Pad
Premium Sow Magic Beans · Bean Counter · Snapdragon · Winter Squash
Galactic Laser Cattail · Bog of Enlightenment · Cool Bean
Colossal Jelly Bean
Triassic Rotobaga · Shrinking Violet
Premium Brainana · Winter Melon · The Great Zucchini
Galactic Shooting Starfruit · Dark Matter Dragonfruit
Colossal Lima-Pleurodon
Triassic Bird of Paradise
Event Cards Spyris · Go-Nuts · Mayflower · Sportacus · Snake Grass · Witch Hazel · Jolly Holly · Sap-Fling
Token Cards Magic Beanstalk · Sappy Place
Superpowers Peel Shield · Mush-Boom · Precision Blast · Goatify · Genetic Amplification · Big Chill · Transmogrify · Whirlwind · Lieutenant Carrotron · Lightspeed Seed
PvZH Solar Icon.png Solar
Heroes Chompzilla · Rose · Solar Flare · Wall-Knight
Common Bellflower · Sunflower · Mixed Nuts · Squash · Smashing Pumpkin
Premium Morning Glory · Fume-Shroom · Pepper M.D. · Water Balloons · Venus Flytrap · Bloomerang · Metal Petal Sunflower
Galactic Cosmoss · Apple-Saucer · Venus Flytraplanet
Colossal Kernel-Pult
Triassic Lil' Buddy · Sunnier-Shroom
Premium Sage Sage · Magnifying Grass · Whack-a-Zombie · Lawnmower · Power Flower
Galactic Cosmic Flower · Heartichoke
Colossal Elderberry
Triassic Eyespore
Premium Twin Sunflower · 2nd-Best Taco of All Time · Chomper · Laser Bean
Galactic Solar Winds · Wing-Nut · Tactical Cuke
Colossal Primal Sunflower · Sunflower Seed
Triassic Sun Strike
Premium Briar Rose · Three-Headed Chomper · Cornucopia
Galactic Astrocado · Astro Vera
Colossal Cob Cannon
Triassic Aloesaurus
Event Cards Haunted Pumpking · Sun-Shroom · Jack O' Lantern · Ketchup Mechanic · Toadstool
Token Cards Astrocado Pit
Superpowers Devour · Goatify · Sunburn · Uncrackable · Geyser · Scorched Earth · Weed Whack
Superpowers Flick-a-Zombie · Inspire · Rejuvenate