Night Cap is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise.
Night Cap is always depicted as a ninja mushroom and is typically given shadow based abilities and attacks, usually piercing shadow projectiles, the ability to vanish instantaneously, and the ability to cloak ally plants.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Night Cap has appeared in three games.
Night Cap's name is a pun on "nightcap," a type of headwear used during sleep, referring to how mushrooms are nocturnal in the original Plants vs. Zombies game and "cap," a common name given to the mushroom pileus.
- Main article: Nightcap (PvZH)
Nightcap's first appearance is in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes as one of the playable Hero plants introduced in the game. He leads the Kabloom and Smarty tribes, and his strong suit is fast tempo, hyper-aggressive decks.
Nightcap is one of two Plant heroes to not be a hero version of a pre-existing plant, the second being Beta-Carrotina, rather he is based on mushroom plants as a whole.
- Main article: Night Cap (PvZ: BfN)
Night Cap reappears in the third-person shooter game Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville as a new playable plant class.
She is an Attack class who specializes in stealth attacks, either using abilities such as Shadow Sneak to sneak up on zombies or Fung Fu to quickly take down swarms of lower health Zombies. Her primary weapon can also pierce multiple zombies.
- Main article: Night Cap (PvZ3)
Night Cap's latest reappearance is in Plants vs. Zombies 3, as her first appearance in a main-line tower-defense game. Her design is a mix of both of her appearances in the last two games she's appeared in.
She is a 7 cost Rare Shooter plant, and she fires piercing projectiles similar to her Battle for Neighborville appearance. However she fires them for more slowly, needing to recharge after each projectile fired. Shadow projectiles deal an immense amount of damage to zombies in order to compensate for Night Cap's slower firing speed.
Her Plant Food ability is named Fung-Fu and allows her to deal heavy damage to five random zombies on the lawn. Her Tacobility effect is named Casting Shadows and allows her projectiles to pierce more zombies at a time, as well as Stealthing plants adjacent to her, preventing them from being damaged by zombie attacks. Both abilities are based on, and named after, two of her abilities in Battle for Neighborville.
- Night Cap is the fifth Plant to receive a major redesign, the other four being Grave Buster, Spikeweed, Starfruit, and Tangle Kelp.
- Of these five, Night Cap is the only one to not get redesigned in Plants vs. Zombies 2, having not appeared in that game.
- Night Cap has been called Night Cap in all in-game appearance during at least one point, as before being renamed, Nightcap in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes was named Night Cap.