- For other uses, see Winter Melon (disambiguation).
His description may be a reference to his powers and the fact that watermelons are a popular picnic food.
- Class: Smarty
- Tribe: Fruit Plant
- Trait: Splash Damage 4
- Ability: When this hurts a Zombie, Freeze that Zombie.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary
Perfect for your winter picnics.
- ▲ Health change: 4 → 5
- ▲ Sun cost change: 7 → 6
Despite his lacking strength, this plant is very powerful if used correctly, due to his Splash Damage trait and the ability to Freeze 3 zombies at most every time he attacks. He synergizes very well with Snowdrop, as she gains up to +6/+6 per Winter Melon's attack. He also becomes devastating with Winter Squash in play, as this combo will wipe out many zombies at once. Otherwise, think of this plant as a stronger version of Snow Pea that cannot be used with Torchwood or The Podfather.
However, Winter Melon does not have enough strength to destroy most zombies that can be played on the 6th turn, and is most likely going to be destroyed himself. To prevent that, you can make him do a bonus attack when you see a powerful threat or a Deadly zombie or Freeze the threat itself with other Freeze cards such as Iceberg Lettuce and Chilly Pepper. This will result in Winter Melon freezing them over and over again until they get destroyed, or get thawed out from a bonus attack. Citron can use Root Wall or Peel Shield on Winter Melon to make it invincible for one turn while he and Beta-Carrotina can use defensive Team-Up plants such as Wall-Nut and Water Chestnut.
Even with the drawbacks, Winter Melon is a great addition to Freeze decks thanks to his wide effect on the field, and if he is protected well, he can become very devastating.
Winter Melon can be a big threat if you are playing zombies close to each other and with freezing decks. Not only is his ability powerful by itself, he can be even more dangerous with Snowdrop or Winter Squash accompanying him, tipping the scales to your opponent's favor greatly.
Therefore, it is unwise to play zombies where Winter Melon can hit them. Instead, try to destroy Winter Melon by playing tricks and using abilities, as there are many ways to destroy him. First of all, he is naturally vulnerable to Rocket Science and Slammin' Smackdown. You can also play Rolling Stone or Weed Spray, but you should decrease his strength to 2 or less first via cards such as Shrink Ray, Landscaper, Nibble, and Pied Piper. Locust Swarm can destroy him regardless of stats.
If you have no choice but to play a zombie to destroy Winter Melon, it is best not to play any other zombies in adjacent lanes to Winter Melon, and whatever you do, try to destroy him in one attack. If you make the zombie do a bonus attack, it is basically the same as destroying it with a trick, as Winter Melon is not going to be able to fight back. However, Winter Melon himself could do a bonus attack before the zombie, so keep that in mind. A good option is to use Smelly Zombie against Winter Melon, as he is in a gravestone, so there is minimal stress on destroying him. You can also make it do a bonus attack, but only Super Brainz and Huge-Gigantacus can normally pull the latter off.
A way to make Winter Melon less threatening is to have Cryo-Yeti on the field, as any zombie Winter Melon damages will just boost him, but be on the lookout for any Snowdrops or Winter Squashes on the field.
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