Barrel of Deadbeards is a premium legendary zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Crazy class. It costs 2 to play, and has 1. It does not have any traits, and its ability does 1 damage to every plant and zombie on the field, then makes a Captain Deadbeard on its place when it is destroyed.
Its name is a portmanteau of the names "Barrel of Monkeys", a toy game released by Lakeside Toys in 1965 involving a barrel and monkeys, and "Deadbeards", referring to the zombie made by its ability.
Its description is also a reference to Barrel of Monkeys.
- Class: Crazy
- Tribes: Pirate Barrel Zombie
- Traits: None
- Abilities: When destroyed: Do 1 damage to all Plants and Zombies, then make a Captain Deadbeard here.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary
No monkeys, just Zombies.
When the player is playing this, keep in mind that if the opponent is smart enough, as they may simply ignore it. However, to counteract this, the player can use Fireworks Zombie, which not only forces Barrel of Deadbeards to create a Captain Deadbeard, but also deals two damage to everything on the field. It can also be played in front of a damaging plant already on the field.
It is a better idea to play this along with either Teleport or Teleportation Zombie, as the player can play this zombie during the Zombie Tricks phase, and allows the player to place it in a lane with attacking plants. However, you can only do this with Professor Brainstorm.
Combining this with Super Stench as Impfinity can make this a cheaper and weaker version of Zombot 1000's ability, which would be ideal as it would destroy every plant on the field that doesn't have the Armored trait, or is Shielded. When this is used and Barrel of Deadbeards is destroyed, its Deadly trait will be able to destroy every plant on the field, resulting in a player that is either low on cards or health to easily lose. This effect does destroy zombies as well, however, making it a last resort.
If this superpower is not available, a more expensive version of this is Zombot Sharktronic Sub or use Laser Base Alpha to give this zombie the Deadly trait immediately. The latter strategy will also boost its attack power. Further combining Barrel of Deadbeards and Laser Base Alpha with Final Mission can ensure the destruction of every non-Armored plant and zombie and the creation of Captain Deadbeard with Deadly and Strikethrough. However, only Impfinity can use these combos primarily. Be aware that your opponent may take advantage of this and try to destroy this if they are being overwhelmed by zombies with very little plant support since Deadly also affects your zombies, wiping all of them out.
Note in mind that its ability damages zombies as well, and destroys 1 zombies such as Pool Shark, Cuckoo Zombie, and Impfinity Clone. This can help in hurting or destroying zombies to activate their ability such as Jester and Turkey Rider. If the player is playing as Z-Mech, using Armored zombies or zombies that can't be hurt can result in the player's fighters taking no damage at all.
Since your opponent will try to ignore this, a clever strategy is to boost it using cards like Brute Strength, Orchestra Conductor, Loudmouth, or Monster Mash to put the plant hero into a dilemma: If left unblocked, it will keep doing damage. If they play a plant to block it, that plant will be badly hurt or destroyed. Do not boost this too much, as your opponent is going to destroy it without hesitation if you make it stronger than Captain Deadbeard.
Since this is a pirate zombie, Impfinity can boost it with Swashbuckler Zombie if you initially boosted its strength, as well as the Captain Deadbeard it makes. As if it is not enough, Captain Deadbeard it makes is also in the pirate tribe, so Swashbuckler Zombie will still be useful from there.
This makes a great pairing with Jester, as Barrel of Deadbeards will activate his ability upon being destroyed. Having a Jester or two and a Barrel of Deadbeards on the field before playing a Fireworks Zombie on the field can do lots of damage, as the Jester will first be hurt by the Fireworks Zombie, then by the Barrel of Deadbeards, causing 4 damage to the plant hero for each Jester that gets hurt. Newspaper Zombie is also a good zombie to use with this, as he will gain +4 when Barrel of Deadbeards is destroyed.
The player can simply ignore it, as it does absolutely nothing until it is destroyed. Later on, when the player has replaced weak plants with stronger ones, then it can be a good time to destroy Barrel of Deadbeards. Take note that any plant teammates with the Splash Damage trait like Lightning Reed, plants like Sour Grapes, or Threepeater can end up hitting Barrel of Deadbeards indirectly. However, you can use Sour Grapes or Kernel Corn to additionally damage zombies.
Avoid using Wild Berry against this zombie. If there are two Barrel of Deadbeards on the field, chances are, it may end up moving to the lane the Barrel of Deadbeards are in, which ends up destroying it, which also destroying Wild Berry in the process, and weaken most of the player's plants.
Be careful if this zombie appears in the Laser Base Alpha environment as when it is destroyed, it can destroy all plants and zombies on board. This same goes against Impfinity if he uses Super Stench.
A great strategy is destroying this when the field is filled with nuts along with Mirror-Nut, and if there are many nuts, it could result in the zombie hero being heavily damaged.
Citron's Peel Shield can also be a very good call as the damage done when it is destroyed will not affect any plants, resulting in a negative effect for the zombies. From there, it should not be too hard to destroy Captain Deadbeard, mainly because he has rather low health albeit he hits hard.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Barrel of Deadbeards.
- Despite being named Barrel of Deadbeards, only one Captain Deadbeard is made out of its destruction.
- However, if the player listens closely, it sounds like there are multiple Captain Deadbeards.
- When a Barrel of Deadbeards on an aquatic lane (via Mixed-Up Gravedigger) is destroyed, it would not make a Captain Deadbeard there, as he does not have the Amphibious trait.
- It, Orchestra Conductor, Cat Lady, Mystery Egg, and Valkyrie are the only zombie cards that start out with no strength.