- For other uses, see Magnet-shroom (disambiguation).
Magnet-shroom is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Magnet-shroom is a mushroom plant who attracts metallic objects from zombies, either massively reducing their health or getting rid of their abilities.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Magnet-shroom has appeared in four games.
His mushroom is most likely based on the spotted cort (Cortinarius iodes), a small purple spotted species of agaric fungus in the family Cortinariaceae; while his head is based on a horseshoe magnet, a magnet made in the shape of a horseshoe.
The magnet in his name refers to the fact that he is a magnet and he attracts metal, and the shroom in his name refers to the fact that he is a mushroom.
- Main article: Magnet-shroom (PvZ)
He attracts metallic objects away from zombies, such as armor from zombies like Buckethead Zombie and Football Zombie, greatly reducing their health, or tools such as Digger Zombie's pickaxe or Pogo Zombie's pogo stick, making them no more hazardous than a standard zombie.
This metal stealing ability makes Magnet-shroom one of the most powerful supporting plants in the entire game. However Magnet-shroom requires a 10 second cooldown in-between object stealings, and also requires a Coffee Bean in Day, Pool, and Roof levels due to being a nocturnal mushroom.
- Main article: Magnet Plant
While Magnet-shroom did not make an appearance in the Facebook exclusive Plants vs. Zombies Adventures due to the entire game taking place during the day and lacking a nocturnal mushroom mechanic, a functionally and visually similar plant named Magnet Plant appeared in his place.
Magnet Plant functioned near identically to Magnet-shroom, as he was able to steal magnetic objects from zombies in a 5x5 area around him, but requires cooldown in-between stealing and could be taken out in two simple bites.
Despite replacing Magnet-shroom, Magnet Plant's dropped seed packet reads "Magnet Shroom" before being picked up by the player, revealing that mushrooms were perhaps planned to have been plantable during the day during development. Concept art showing other mushrooms such as Puff-shroom further supports this theory.
- Main article: Magnet-shroom (PvZ2)
In Plants vs. Zombies 2, Magnet-shroom is the last plant obtained in the Dark Ages. He retains his ability from the first game, now costing 100 sun and being able to stay awake in the day, but has a longer recharge and cooldown.
Along with being able to steal a variety of metallic objects, Magnet-shroom is able to instantly destroy a Punk Zombie by ripping his head off.
He is a member of the Contain-mint family, who lets Magnet-shroom absorb objects at 1/4 of his normal rate and doubles his range while its on the lawn. His Plant Food effect has him attract up to 20 objects in his range and fling them ahead of him, dealing damage depending on the object he has obtained.
- Main article: Magnet line
Magnet-shroom's latest appearance was in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the first plant in the Magnet line, evolving into Electromagnetic Mushroom and then into Magneto Mushroom. He attacked zombies by flinging his head at them and specialized in lowering zombie defense.
His active ability was Armor Breaker, which lowered the defense of all enemies for 2 turns and turned it into armor for himself, dealing damage based on his remaining armor when the 2 turns are up.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Magnet-shroom.
- Before he was introduced into Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, there was a beta design for him created. These beta designs were created before the Dark Ages were created, and were thus scrapped when an "official" PvZ2 Magnet-shroom was released.