- 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.
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. He may be based on the Calvatia cyathiformis, also known as the purple-spored puffball.
In the French translations, the name Puff-shroom is translated as "Champi-gnon," which is a pun on the words "champignon" (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.
- Main article: Spray Mushroom line
Puff-shroom appears 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. They attack by stretching up and shooting spores at zombies.
His abilities include Spore Spray, which deals damage to all enemies in their lane, Necrotoxin, which gives Spore Spray a chance to poison enemies for 3 turns, and Microbial Corrosion, which lets his attacks ignore 120 HP worth of armor, an effect that is doubled if the enemy is poisoned.
- 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.
- 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.