Hocus Crocus is a plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 introduced in the 8.6.1 update. Hocus Crocus is able to teleport leftmost zombies back to the beginning of the lawn in a similar manner to Thyme Warp, with each teleportation also dealing damage to zombies.
Hocus Crocus is based on the Crocus genus of Iris flowers cultivated for their stamens, from which the spice saffron originates.
Its name is a portmanteau on the phrase "Hocus Pocus" a phrase typically associated with stage magicians, and Crocus, the plant Hocus Crocus is based on.
Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.
SUN COST: 200
MAGIC RECHARGE: 15
PLANT FOOD POWER: Zombies Magicked
Hocus Crocuses use slick sleight-of-petal chicanery to magic zombies close to your home all the way back to the rightmost part of the lawn.
Special:each teleportation also does damage
"Observe," says Hocus Crocus. "Have I got anything up my sleeve? Do I even have sleeves? No? Prepare, then, to have your quaint and old-fashioned notions of spatial location SHATTERED FOREVER!!!"
Plant Food effect
When given Plant Food, Hocus Crocus will teleport three leftmost zombies back to the beginning of the lawn.
When boosted by Enchant-mint, Hocus Crocus will deal an additional 350 damage per shot per teleport, its firing rate is reduced to 3 seconds, and its Plant Food effect will teleport 12 zombies regardless of level.
|Sun Cost||Recharge||Starting Recharge||Toughness||Damage||Firing Rate||Plant Food Power|
|1||0||0||200||20 seconds||10 seconds||300 dps||100 dps||15 seconds||3|
|2||50||175||19 seconds||9 seconds||125 dps||14 seconds||4|
|3||100||18 seconds||8 seconds||400 dps||150 dps||13 seconds||5|
|4||200||150||17 seconds||175 dps||12 seconds||6|
|5||300||16 seconds||7 seconds||500 dps||200 dps||11 seconds||7|
|6||400||15 seconds||225 dps||10 seconds||8|
|7||500||125||14 seconds||6 seconds||600 dps||250 dps||9 seconds||9|
|8||600||13 seconds||275 dps||8 seconds||10|
|9||800||12 seconds||900 dps||300 dps||7 seconds||11|
|10||1,000||100||10 seconds||5 seconds||350 dps||5 seconds||12|
The ability to teleport zombies to the rightmost column makes Hocus Crocus a decent staller, as it is not only effective in bringing a dangerous zombie to the back (for example, a Glitter Zombie during the pop jam, a Gargantuar, a Relic Hunter Zombie that has swung right into your defenses, or any zombie that is about to trigger a lawn mower), but it can also deal damage to it, meaning that a single zombie will be teleported over and over again, until death. However, a single Hocus Crocus is helpless against hordes of zombies, so it is advisable to plant multiple of them.
Timing is important when using Hocus Crocus, for instance, it can stop Octo Zombie's octopi-throwing animation immediately, it can prevent Boombox Zombie from playing ballad jam, but it can make a Citron or a Coconut Cannon misfire, or a turkey from Turkey-pult run off the lawn.
Like Witch Hazel, this plant only target a single zombie and has a cooldown between each teleportation, so other plants are needed to support Hocus Crocus. And similar to Thyme Warp, some strategies applied to that plant can also be applied to Hocus Crocus.
Do not plant more than two Hocus crocus in Last Stand setups, as it will end up targeting one same Zombie at a time.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Hocus Crocus.