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Cactus Canyon is a map in Gardens & Graveyards in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It was added in the Zomboss Down update on April 15th, 2014. The map is a canyon leading into a golf course. In this map, it starts off from the crash site of the zombies' aircraft, moving out of the canyon to a trailer park, then going up to a neighborhood, with a road leading down into a resort, and finally leading to the golf course.

How to win

  • As a plant, defend each garden, and if it gets far enough, do not let the zombies push the bomb into the golf course.
  • As a zombie, capture each garden, and push a giant golf ball bomb into the 18th hole.


  • Crash Site
  • Trailer Park
  • Suburbs
  • Resort
  • Golf Course


Crash Site

Trailer Park

  • As Team Plants:
    • If you failed to protect the crash site, next defend the trailer park this time. Keep an eye out for Scientists warping, Engineers riding on their Jackhammers, Foot Soldiers shooting pellets and rockets from afar and All-Stars unleashing Imp Punts and Long Bombs. Use Potted Plants, only if necessary. Try to eat the Foot Soldiers, Scientists, Engineers and All-Stars while they are attacking with the Chomper's Burrow or Sprint Burrow. Stop the other zombies from advancing by putting up Potato Mines, Potato Nugget Mines, Tallnut Battlements and Iron Maidens if Cactus, destroy a group of zombies with the Chili Bean Bomb and Sombrero Bean Bomb if Peashooter and put up Heal Flowers and heal nearby teammates with the Heal Beam and Rainbow Heal Beam if Sunflower.
  • As Team Zombies:
    • Dr. Zomboss will tell you and your team to capture the garden in the trailer park, so be ready. Let the other players either as Foot Soldiers, Scientists, Engineers and All-Stars to back you up when you are in trouble. Use some Spawnable Zombies, only if necessary. Quickly vanquish the enemy players and their Potted Plants, then capture the trailer park. Watch out for the Peashooters. Do not forget about the Cactus' variants as well.


  • As Team Plants:
    • Put up more Spawnable Plants to deal with the Spawnable Zombies and the enemy players. Remember to go to somewhere safe and shoot at someone when he/she is about to attack the garden. Using a drone to drop Corn Strike the teleporter is a good idea because there are barely anything in the way. IMPORTANT: Always save your Spawnable Plants for the other game modes.
  • As Team Zombies:
    • As for the Foot Soldiers, use the Rocket Jump or Rocket Leap to reach the higher parts of the battlefield, especially on rooftops, on top of vehicles and cliff sides. Use your primary weapon, the ZPG and the Multi-Rocket. As for the Scientists, warp behind the Potted Plants or the enemy team members and quickly shoot them down. Do not forget to put healing stations such as the Zombie Heal Station, Armored Heal Station, Cheetah Heal Station and Zomboss Healing Station dropped by Dr. Zomboss when someone is playing Boss Mode in team Zombies. As for the Engineers, build a teleporter and Zombot Turrets scattered throughout the area. As for the All-Stars, charge at the plants with the Sprint Tackle and Ultra Tackle, protect yourself and your allies with the Dummy Shield and Shield Decoy then destroy an area of plants with the Imp Punt and Long Bomb.


  • As Team Plants:
    • Use the Potted Plants to any pots available anywhere in the area. Place Spikeweeds, Spiky Spikeweeds etc. Just keep defending the garden until time runs out or until the zombies capture it. Place potato mines on the top of the stairs.
  • As Team Zombies:

Golf Course

  • As Team Plants:
    • In the final part of the map, protect the 18th hole of the golf course and do not let the zombies destroy the golf course. Plants with splash damage, such as Peashooters, are good. Also use both Chili Bean Bombs. As a drone, use Corn Strike the zombies clustered together near the golf ball is recommended.
  • As Team Zombies:
    • Shoot down the Golf Ball Bomb from the roof of the Golf Club and push it towards the 18th hole. When the bomb reaches a checkpoint, the time will be extended, giving you and your team some more time to reach the 18th hole.



The Golf Ball Bomb will explode, and kill all plants and zombies in its radius, but not reaching the 18th hole.


The Golf Ball Bomb falls down into the 18th hole and explodes in the process, causing a giant statue of a Cactus to fall down.


  • There is an achievement which is obtained when the player, playing as a zombie, pushes the Golf-Bomb into the 18th hole, called Hole In One.
  • Players can see a Chomper-like dinosaur fossil somewhere in the crash site which probably belongs to the Archaeologist.
    • This may be what his stickerbook description is referring to.
  • Somewhere in the Resort area, if the player look up to the sky, he or she will see a constellation that forms Crazy Dave's head.
  • The final section of Cactus Canyon is similar to Team Fortress 2's Payload mode.
    • After this map was released, Valve introduced Beta Maps, one of which was a Payload map, titled Cactus Canyon.
  • This is the first map to be named after a plant. The second is Wall-nut Hills.
  • The giant statue of a Cactus holds up a sign that says "Quiet!".
  • The word on the golf ball bomb reads "Zomballz".
  • This is one of the two maps that are related to golfing, the other is Crash Course.
  • If a plant, drone, or zombie falls into the final hole, they will lose all their health and respawn.
  • If a plant, or zombie stands on the golf cart on the road and when the golf ball bomb crushes it, they will get crushed to death.
  • This map's name is a reference to the 1998 pinball machine of the same name, created by the former pinball company Bally.

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