For other uses, see Barrel Zombie (disambiguation).

Barrel Roller Zombie is the eighth zombie encountered in the Pirate Seas in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He crushes plants using his barrel. When the barrel is destroyed, two Imp Pirate Zombies will jump onto both adjacent lanes or occasionally the water, if the barrel is destroyed next to water. The barrel can be destroyed instantly by SpikeweedsSpikerocksBamboo Shoots, and Cacti (although it will destroy them in the process) when rolling over them or it can be thrown into the water by a Spring Bean if adjacent to a lane with water. This can save the player a lot of hassle by quickly destroying the barrel, but it also releases the two Imps inside, except for Spring Bean's case.

Almanac entry

Barrel Roller Zombie

SPEED: Hungry

His rolling barrel crushes plants and provides excellent protection.

Damage: crushes plants with barrel
Special: imps thrown from barrel when destroyed

Barrel Roller Zombie is part of a super underground secret awesome club. You probably haven't heard about it. Also, his left arm is slightly longer than his right arm.


The barrel absorbs 1100 damage per shot. It degrades upon absorbing 380, 740, and 1100 damage per shot. After absorbing 1100 damage per shot, two Imp Pirate Zombies will come out adjacent to the row where the barrel is on or into the water.

The Barrel Roller Zombie absorbs only 185 damage per shot and change his appearance upon absorbing 92.5 damage per shot. When he dies, the barrel will stop moving and after a while, it will pop by itself and release its two Imps.



Player's House: Piñata Party and "Rescue the Gold Bloom" Epic Quest - Step 7

Pirate Seas: Days 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, and Dead Man's Booty

Wild West: Puzzle Piece collecting (Chinese version only).

Dark Ages: "Rescue the Gold Bloom" Epic Quest - Step 5

Modern Day: Days 1, 32, 35, and Highway to the Danger Room (portal only)


This zombie is very dangerous when in groups, as they can destroy your Spikerocks and there could be too much for a Bloomerang. This problem is made even worse when the Imps pop out of the barrel or the Barrel Roller Zombie arrives with other tough zombies like the Buckethead Pirates or Gargantuar Pirates.

Using a Spikeweed or a Spikerock on the barrel will destroy it, but two Imps will jump out of the barrel. This is a good thing to do, but it is better to kill the zombie with a lobbed-shot or area-of-effect plant, such as Melon-pultSnapdragon, or Laser Bean. That way, the projectiles hit the zombie and not the barrel. When the zombie is killed before the barrel, the barrel stops moving. Using a Spring Bean is somewhat good, as it throws the barrel into the water, but the Imps will be released and the Barrel Roller will eat the Spring Bean unless killed quickly. Using any lobbed-shot plant other than Sap-fling can also be a good idea, as it prefers to attack the Barrel Roller Zombie rather than the barrel, when the zombie is defeated it begins to attack the barrel until it is destroyed, as well as dealing damage to all nearby zombies. You could use Laser Beans or Fume-shrooms, as they can hit multiple Barrel Roller Zombies which can be of great use in higher levels of Dead Man's Booty. They greatly penetrate more Barrel Roller Zombies and it saves you more time. Remember to accompany the Laser Beans with other plants as Imp Pirate Zombies, Imp Cannons, Pirate Captain Zombies, Buckethead Pirates, and Gargantuar Pirates can interfere and break your strategy. It is a good idea to use other, stronger plants like Melon-pults.

Using a Jalapeno is an excellent idea as it will kill the lane of zombies and every barrel; additionally, when it destroys the barrels, the Imps will not come out, so a Jalapeno will help you a lot when having those problems. You can also place a Split Pea or any plant that attacks backward behind the zombie. A Chard Guard can also fling the barrel away, thus, preventing the zombie from rolling it. However, it will not toss the barrel into water. Primal Peashooter's knock-back effect can push the barrel behind the Barrel Roller Zombie. Shrinking Violet can also be a good idea, as the shrunken Barrel Roller Zombie will not be able to push the barrel. As a last resort, lawn mowers can destroy all zombies in the lane and any destroyed barrel does not release Imps.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Chinese version (China only)

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only)


  • When the Barrel Roller Zombie rolls over any defensive plant, he will take a little longer to kill them. This trait is shared with Pianist Zombie.
    • Technically, Pianist Zombie and Barrel Roller Zombie deal a lot of damage to the plants to "crush" them, unlike like how Gargantuars or All-Star Zombies do. They deal 40 bites each time, which is enough to make any plant except most defensive plants instantly killed.
  • A barrel can be destroyed by Spikeweed, Spikerock, Bamboo Shoot, or Cactus while underground, but the plant will be crushed.
  • If Barrel Roller Zombie makes it to the Player's House with his barrel, only the barrel is shown when the screen goes black, and the barrel rolls in place.
  • When Spring Bean bounces all the zombies with its boost, or he gets affected by Power Toss, Barrel Roller Zombie will be separated from his barrel.
  • When a Barrel Roller Zombie's barrel remains after all other zombies are destroyed, the level will not end until the Imp Pirate Zombies inside it are killed.
  • Although the wooden barrel it uses does not conduct electricity, chain reactions can still be performed by Lightning Reed.
  • He is the only zombie that can appear in another world besides the Player's House in the Chinese version of the game. The other location the Barrel Roller Zombie is located in the Chinese Version is the Wild West, along with Imp Pirate Zombie. Although it seems like they have no relationship with the Wild West, since it does not look like the Barrel Roller Zombie and the Imp Pirate Zombie are from that location.
    • This may be due to difficulty, since Spikeweed is very important in Wild West. This zombie is used with Pianist Zombies to crash Spikeweeds.
  • The player can see Imp Pirate Zombie's eyes through the hole in a barrel. However, they are hidden in the 5th Anniversary costume.
  • After the Barrel Roller Zombie gets killed, if the player refrains from destroying the barrel, it will explode by itself.
  • Spikeweed and Spikerock planted under a barrel will not be crushed if the Barrel Roller Zombie pushing it dies, is frozen, or is buttered.
  • His face in his Almanac icon is different than in actual gameplay.
  • As of the 2.9 update, no matter how the barrel gets destroyed, it will always release Imp Pirate Zombies. Only the Jalapeno and lawn mowers can completely kill the Barrel Roller Zombie without the Imps coming out.
  • Barrel Roller Zombie with a barrel, Imp Cannon, Jetpack Zombie, Disco Jetpack Zombie, Zombie King, Fisherman Zombie, swinging Swashbuckler Zombie, and swinging Relic Hunter Zombie are the only zombies that cannot be attracted by Sweet Potato.
  • Just like the Barrel Zombie, the barrel that he pushes has three X's (XXX), representing a container of an alcoholic beverage.
  • Troglobite and Arcade Zombie are very similar to this zombie, except that this zombie rolls its barrel constantly while the Troglobite/Arcade Zombie pushes their objects one tile at a time.
  • When the Zombot Plank Walker is defeated and if there are any barrels left that have the Imps in it, they disappear instantly.
  • When the Barrel Roller Zombie is summoned from the Zombot Plank Walker's mouth or the portal, only the zombie teleports in and the barrel just pops in.
  • Barrel Roller Zombie, Robo-Cone Zombie and Imp are the only zombies that sit down when they die.
  • In the Big Brainz Piñata Party event, his barrel spawns normal Imps upon destruction, not Imp Pirate Zombies.
  • The player can hear the sound of a plant completely eaten when he crushes a plant.
    • This is also the same case as the Pianist Zombie.

See also

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House
Ancient Egypt
Pirate Seas
Wild West
Frostbite Caves
Lost City
Far Future
Dark Ages
Neon Mixtape Tour
Jurassic Marsh
Big Wave Beach
China Shell Zombie
Modern Day
Kongfu World
Sky City