For a similar named plant in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Poison Mushroom.

Shadow-shroom is the third plant obtained in Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It explodes into poison once a zombie eats it, and the poison effect deals 900 damage per shot worth of damage over the span of 30 seconds and ignores all armors, such as buckets and ice blocks. When Shadow-shroom is powered by a Moonflower, the zombie who eats it can also spread the poison effect to nearby zombies.

In the Chinese version, its effect no longer ignores all armors. Instead, it directly damages the zombies' armor.



Shadow-shroom is based on many Inkcap mushrooms from the genera Coprinus, Coprinellus and Coprinopsis, which are known for the black ink-like substance secreted from the bottoms of their mushroom caps.

Its name comes from "shadow", from the fact it's a shadow plant and a "mushroom", the plant it's based on.

Shadow-shroom's poison ability is based on how many Inkcaps are known to be very toxic to humans, particularly after being eaten in combination with alcohol.


Sound Description
Shadow-shroom's Plant Food.
Zombie getting poisoned.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.



RANGE: Touch

FAMILY: Conceal-mint

Shadow-shrooms poison zombies who eat them, inflicting damage over time.

Usage: single use, on contact
Special: powered Shadow-shrooms make poisoned zombies poison other zombies

Despite being such a poisonous and profoundly inedible fungus, Shadow-shroom is nonetheless a total cutie-pie.


Plant Food effect

When fed with Plant Food, Shadow-shroom will take a deep breath then cause an ink explosion, poisoning every zombie (except Imp Cannons) on screen. Zombies already poisoned will have the poison effect cured, but receive 900 non-armor piercing damage immediately instead.

Conceal-mint effect

When boosted by Conceal-mint, Shadow-shroom's poison damage is increased by 60 DPS. It will be powered even if not adjacent to a Moonflower.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Damage* Duration
1 0 0 50 10 seconds 5 seconds 50 dps 30 dps 30 seconds Touch
2 10 1,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 35 dps 29 seconds
3 75 5,000 9 seconds 4.5 seconds 40 dps 29 seconds
4 200 10,000 8 seconds 4.5 seconds 45 dps 28 seconds
5 400 20,000 8 seconds 4.5 seconds 50 dps 27 seconds
6 750 30,000 7 seconds 4 seconds 55 dps 27 seconds
7 1,000 40,000 25 7 seconds 4 seconds 60 dps 26 seconds
8 1,250 50,000 6 seconds 3.5 seconds 60 dps 26 seconds
9 1,500 60,000 6 seconds 3.5 seconds 60 dps 25 seconds
10 2,000 75,000 5 seconds 3 seconds 60 dps 24 seconds

*Per second.

  • Its plant food effect poison has the same damage and duration as normal. Zombies already poisoned will have the poison effect cured, but receive 900/1015/1160/1260/1350/1485/1560/1560/1500/1440 non-armor piercing damage immediately instead.

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Shadow-shroom Upgrade 1.png
Death Back
After being eaten, there is a chance to push back all zombies to 2 tiles in its range.
Combat Training
Shadow-shroom gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Shadow-shroom Upgrade 2.png
Poisonous Anger
The chance to push back zombies after being eaten is increased.
Cell Activation
Shadow-shroom gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Shadow-shroom may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Shadow-shroom gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Its effect now slows down zombies.


Shadow-shroom's main role in the player's arsenal is to counter armored enemies by bypassing their armor altogether and damage them directly. While Shadow-shroom's main advantage is its relatively fast recharge rate, it is ultimately not a stellar plant for its job as most other instant use plants of similar recharge rate such as Ghost Pepper and Lava Guava, as they can deal enough damage to render zombie armor not a significant issue. Shadow-shroom also receives a great weakness in its very poor effect radius, which is not addressed at all when powered due to the poison requiring zombies to be close together to spread. In addition, Shadow-shroom's low damage potential and lengthy time required to deal full damage makes it a poor choice against high health enemies without armor, in particular mechanical enemies and Gargantuars.

The player may find great value in Shadow-shroom's Plant Food ability: As it can poison every enemy on the screen, the Plant Food effect will make short work of all armored zombies. Dark Ages and Jurassic Marsh provide prime example of this, as Knight Zombies are frequent sights in the Dark Ages due to Zombie Kings, while the enemy composition in Jurassic Marsh is primarily consisted of armored zombies, meaning only Jurassic Bullies and Jurassic Gargantuars can survive the attack.

A powered Shadow-shroom can benefit from being paired with slowing plants, defensive plants, or speedy zombies. For example, Hurrikale or Chard Guard can knock the poisoned target back into the zombie crowd and spread the effect, while Garlic or Sweet Potato can be used to create choke points for Shadow-shroom to affect more enemies. Shadow-shroom is also a helpful plant for fighting Pharaoh Zombies and Newspaper Zombies, since it can neutralize them without breaking their armor and causing them to accelerate.

Avoid using Shadow-shroom against Jester Zombies while spinning as they're immune to the poison effect. Using Shadow-shroom on hordes of Zombie Chickens or Ice Weasels (unless fed with Plant Food or powered by Moonflower) are also a bad idea as only one Zombie Chicken or Ice Weasel can get poisoned since it's not like Hypno-shroom. Same thing when encountering Healer Zombies, as they will cure zombies and remove the posion from the Shadow shroom as well as being immune to itself.

Related achievement

The Shadow Family2.png
The Shadow Family
Complete a level with 20 powered Shadow Plants


Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Shadow-shroom.
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  • When planting a Shadow-shroom that is not going to be powered by Moonflower, the player can briefly see it powered up.
  • Recently planted Shadow-shrooms near Moonflowers when eaten by zombies after planting, might not have their boost effect.
    • This is because shadow plants take around half a second to be powered by a Moonflower when planted within said Moonfloower's 3x3 tile radius.
  • If it is planted during Last Stand setup, it appears to be powered, even though the player cannot use Moonflowers.
  • If there is a frozen block with a zombie inside on the lawn and the player uses Plant Food on Shadow-shroom, the zombie will be poisoned, but it will not suffer any damage unless the frozen block is destroyed.
  • The powered Shadow-shroom in The Shadow Family's icon is not poking its tongue out.
  • Despite having a poisonous effect and being a mushroom, it is not in the Ail-mint family, due to being a shadow plant.

Specific to Chinese version (China only)

  • Most zombies don't have the visual poison mask when they're poisoned by it.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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