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"I only recently became aware of the existence of zombies," says Puff-shroom. "Like many fungi, I'd just assumed they were fairy tales or movie monsters. This whole experience has been a huge eye-opener for me."

Puff-shroom's Plants vs. Zombies Almanac description

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 completely free in return.

As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Puff-shroom has appeared in five games.


A purple-spored puffball (Calvatia cyathiformis)

A violet webcap (Cortinarius violaceus)

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).


Plants vs. Zombies

Main article: Puff-shroom (PvZ)


In this game, 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.

He has an aquatic counterpart, Sea-shroom, who is also a free mushroom, except they had a slower recharge and were Aquatic.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Main article: Puff-shroom (PvZ2)

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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 vanishes. 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.

Witch Hazels can naturally transform zombies into more Puff-shrooms until they reach level 7.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only) (Archived content)

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.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Main article: Puff-Shroom (PvZH)


Puff-Shroom also appears in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, once again costing 0SunPvZH.png, having 1StrengthPvZH.png/1HeartPvZH.png 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.

Shroom for Two, Mushroom Grotto and Witch Hazel can all create this plant without the plant being in the deck itself, making them a common mushroom the player will use and see in the game.

Plants vs. Zombies 3

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.

His Plant Food ability is the same as it was in Plants vs. Zombies 2 while his Tacobility lets him fire three spores at a time along with removing his "timer".

Similar to Witch Hazel in the previous game, Fairy Ring Mushroom transforms zombies in a 3x3 area around her into Puff-Shrooms if she's the one who defeated them.


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Puff-shroom's concept design for Adventures.

  • 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.
  • In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Puff-Shrooms are the first mushroom obtained.
  • Puff-shroom was considered for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures but ended up getting scrapped.
    • It is likely that, because Magnet-shroom was reworked into Magnet Plant, it was believed that mushrooms wouldn't be able to work in Adventures' format and instead of letting all mushrooms be awake during the day, they simply scrapped them instead.

See also

V · T · E
Recurring characters
Plants vs.
Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater · Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Doom-shroom · Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom · Cabbage-pult · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Marigold · Melon-pult · Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Spikerock · Cob Cannon · Imitater
Plants vs.
Fire Peashooter · Bamboo Shoot · Power Flower
Plants vs.
Zombies 2
Bloomerang · Bonk Choy · Snapdragon · Coconut Cannon · Lightning Reed · Laser Bean · Citron · E.M.Peach · Magnifying Grass · Red Stinger · Sweet Potato · Witch Hazel
Plants vs.
Zombies 2

Carrotillery · Dandelion · Tactical Cuke
Plants vs.
Venus Flytrap · Endurian
Plants vs.
Warfare 2
Rose · Kernel Corn
Plants vs.
Night Cap
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