- For other uses, see Puff-shroom (disambiguation).
Puff-shroom is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Puff-shrooms are usually the first mushroom the player obtains and are quite weak, though they are either very cheap or completely free in return.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Puff-shroom has appeared in five games.
Puff-shroom may be based on the purple-spored puffball, (Calvatia cyathiformis), a large edible saprobic species of Calvatia; and possibly the violet webcap (Cortinarius violaceus), also known as the violet cort, a fungus in the webcap genus Cortinarius native across the Northern Hemisphere.
His name is a combination of the word "puff," which means a short burst of breath or wind, referring to how he puffs little spores as his attack and the suffix "-shroom" referring to how he is a mushroom.
In the French translations, the name Puff-shroom is translated as "Champi-gnon," which is a pun on the words "champignon" (the French term for a mushroom) and "gnon" (a French argot term, meaning the act of punching).
- Main article: Puff-shroom (PvZ)
In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Puff-shroom is the first mushroom to be obtained. They are completely free, allowing the player to use it as a cheap offense and defense. However, being a mushroom, they will fall asleep in Day, Pool, and Roof levels unless waken up by a Coffee Bean.
- Main article: Puff-shroom (PvZ2)
Puff-shroom next appears in Plants vs. Zombies 2 where he has been drastically nerfed. He is still a free plant and even can stay awake no matter the world, but now he has a minute long timer before he disappears. If any Puff-shroom on-screen is fed Plant Food, not only will their timer reset, but they'll also activate the Plant Food of every other Puff-shroom on the screen, resetting their timers as well.
He is a member of the Ail-mint family, who lets him deal an additional 110 DPS per spore, an additional 30 DPS per spores from his Plant Food ability and last two extra minutes. His Plant Food effect not only unleashes 30 spores ahead of him, but resets his timer and activates the Plant Food effect of other Puff-shrooms on the lawn.
- Main article: Spray Mushroom line
Puff-shroom appeared in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the first plant in the Mushroom line, evolving into Scaredy-shroom and then Fume-shroom. He attacked by stretching up and shooting spores at zombies.
His active ability was Spore Spray, which dealt damage to all enemies in their lane. His Soulmates were members of the Sunflower line for a damage boost and members of the Tree line or members of the Clover line and Corn line together for a boost to their critical hit chance.
- Main article: Puff-Shroom (PvZH)
Puff-Shroom also appears in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, once again costing 0, having 1/1 stats and Team-Up. Puff-Shroom used to be a Token card only before finally being added as an obtainable card in the Colossal Fossils set.
- Main article: Puff-Shroom (PvZ3)
Puff-Shroom's most recent appearance is in Plants vs. Zombies 3. Here he works almost identically to his Plants vs. Zombies 2 counterpart, except he damages himself rather than having a natural timer.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Puff-shroom.
- Puff-shroom has never costed more than 0 sun, being one of the only plants who cost has stayed the same in all their appearances, even counting spin-offs.
- Puff-shroom was considered for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures but ended up getting scrapped.