For other uses, see Scaredy-shroom (disambiguation).

Scaredy-shroom is a mushroom appearing in Plants vs. Zombies. Normally, Scaredy-shroom performs identically to Peashooter in terms of damage and range, while requiring only a fraction of Peashooter's sun cost. However, Scaredy-shroom will hide when a zombie is in a 3x3 area around it, preventing it from shooting until the threat is gone.



Scaredy-shroom is based on Cortinarius violaceus, known as violet webcap or violet cort.

Scaredy-shroom's name is a combination of "scaredy cat," a term usually used to refer to an easily frightened person, because it gets scared and hides from when zombies are near, and the suffix "-shroom," meaning that it is a mushroom.

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Scaredy-shrooms are long-ranged shooters that hide when enemies get near them.

Damage: normal
Special: stops shooting when enemy is close
Sleeps during the day

"Who's there?" whispers Scaredy-shroom, voice barely audible. "Go away. I don't want to see anybody. Unless it's the man from the circus."

Cost: 25

Recharge: fast


In levels without sunlight, Scaredy-shroom will find most of its use as an early to mid-game offensive plant. Its low cost of 25 sun means that the player can rapidly amass firepower early on, while its weakness can easily be mitigated by placing it at the back of the player's defense. This is of great importance to the player's success, as sun is much harder to gather in nighttime levels, so low cost offensive plants will be more important than usual.

On the other hand, the situation is completely different in daylight levels: Because of its reliance on Coffee Bean, Scaredy-shroom will actually function worse than a Peashooter, as it can neither shoot at close range nor benefit from Torchwood, plus the cost of both (Coffee Bean is 75 sun and Scaredy-shroom is 25 sun) is the exact amount for a normal Peashooter but takes twice as much slot room (2 slots, unless of course, you are using the Coffee Bean on another mushroom as well.). Because of this, the player should not use Scaredy-shroom in daytime levels. The main exception however, is when the player wishes to get the Good Morning achievement, in which case Scaredy-shroom can be used as the replacement for Peashooter. However, Puff-shroom is usually a better plant due to costing less, though having less range.

Related achievements

Good Morning
Good Morning
Complete a daytime level by planting mushrooms and Coffee Beans only.
No Fungus Among Us
No Fungus Among Us
Complete a Nighttime Level without planting any mushrooms.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner
The Complete Zombie2
The Complete Zombie
You've won every trophy, climbed every mountain, defeated every zombie, planted every plant. Congratulations!


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  • Bungee Zombies can scare it from two spaces away horizontally, because they stretch their arms out to the sides.
  • It can be considered as the opposite of Puff-shroom, as it can only attack zombies at a long range, while Puff-shroom can only attack zombies at a short range.
  • It is the one of five mushroom encountered in the original Plants vs. Zombies that does not make any appearances in Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • It shares the same trait as the Shamrock, Shamrockstar, and Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies 2, as they all hide themselves when zombies gets close.
  • It is said to have long range, though it really has the same range as a Peashooter and most other projectile plants, although the long range is likely said because it hides when zombies get near. 
  • Digger Zombies can scare this plant when underground.
  • In I, Zombie, its cardboard version moves its cap like a real plant when it gets scared, despite not performing its normal idle animation.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater

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