Jester is a premium rare zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the Crazy class. He costs 3 to play and has 1/5. He has the Gravestone trait, and his ability does 2 damage to the plant hero every time he takes damage. His closest plant counterpart is Mirror-Nut.
He is based on the zombie in Plants vs. Zombies 2 with the same appearance. But unlike Jester Zombie, Jester has juggling balls in this game. His abilty is a reference to how he would return solid projectiles fired at him in PVZ2.
His description is a reference to the phrase, "The joke's on you," which refers to when a person tries to pull a joke on someone, only to have it backfire and affect them instead.
- Class: Crazy
- Tribes: Dancing Party Zombie
- Trait: Gravestone
- Ability: When hurt: Do 2 damage to the Plant Hero.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
The joke's on you!
- Rarity change: Super-Rare → Rare
- ▲ Ability change: Jester now does 2 damage per hit taken.
- ▲ Ability mechanic change: Jester only charges up the Super-Block Meter once when he takes damage from two plants at once.
- ▼ Ability mechanic change: If Jester is hit by two plants at once and the second hit is what destroyed him, he no longer activates his ability for the second hit.
- ▲ Ability mechanic change: If Jester is hit by two plants at once and the second hit is what destroyed him, he now activates his ability for the second hit.
- ▼ Ability mechanic change: Jester now charges up the Super-Block Meter every time he activates his ability.
Due to his high health and an ability that activates when he gets hurt, the main goal for Jester is to try and give him the slowest destruction as possible so that he can make use of his ability to its highest potential. He can pressure your opponent into not playing a weak plant against him, as he will slowly damage your opponent regardless of whether that plant is there or not. Due to him having the Gravestone trait as well, your opponent cannot tell if he is played until it is too late. Stat-boosting tricks or abilities can help Jester and make him extremely dangerous if your opponent cannot destroy him quickly (For example, Healthy Treat). Or, you can choose to leave his strength unboosted and use Disco-Naut to make his ability damage unblockable instead, although you will be unable to use the strategy below due to Disco-Naut's low health.
Fireworks Zombie can synergize with Jester effectively, as his ability to damage every plant and zombie on the field can be used to deliberately activate Jester's ability. This combo can be improved by Barrel of Deadbeards, as it gets destroyed by Fireworks Zombie, thus causing Jester to be hurt once again. As Impfinity, In-Crypted and Mixed-Up Gravedigger can be really useful with Jester, they will reset Jester's health to 5, meaning he can take more hits. Impfinity can also boost its stats with Headstone Carver. Jester can also be substituted with Exploding Imp or Abracadaver as they all cost the same. Your opponent might not know what;s actally in them and this will mess up their play significantly. You can also play him in Spikeweed Sector or Hot Lava to make him do 2 damage before combat. However, be careful with his health.
Because he comes out of a gravestone, it is best to use Grave Buster to deal with him efficiently without worrying about taking damage from his ability. Target the gravestone if Grave Buster is not available at the time. Using Iceberg Lettuce or Spring Bean can help too, as they will stall for some time to get a powerful plant to attack it. Bouncing methods will set Jester's health back to 5, so take caution when bouncing this. In extreme cases where you hero's health is low, bounce him in order not to get your hero damaged.
You should not use two attacking plants such as Shroom for Two or other Team-Up plants in the same lane to hit Jester, as Jester will return double the damage to the plant hero. Take careful actions when using direct damage tricks such as Cherry Bomb, as Jester will deal 2 damage to the plant hero anyway. You would also want to avoid using Spikeweed Sector as he will do additional damage to your hero.
Jester only benefits through slow destruction. A plant fighter with at least 5 strength can destroy him with ease, while only having his ability to trigger only once. Or to avoid more damage given to the plant hero, avoid playing a plant there. However, beware that Impfinity has many gravestones, so he really might have an exploding imp or Abracadaver in there.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Jester.