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Dolphin Rider Zombie

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Dolphin Rider Zombies use dolphins to exploit weaknesses in your pool defense.
Toughness Medium
Speed Very fast, slow (after jump)
Special Jumps over the first plant encountered
First encountered Level 3-8
Weakness Tangle Kelp, Tall-nut, Split Pea, and Gloom-shroom
Only appears in the pool
The dolphin is also a zombie.

Dolphin Rider Zombie is an aquatic variant of Pole Vaulting Zombie, with the exceptions being that it moves faster and ignore any plant in the rightmost space, including Tall-nuts. It is the 15th kind of zombie encountered in Adventure Mode and is the last zombie introduced in the Pool levels.

Suburban Almanac entry

Almanac Card Dolphin Rider Zombie


Dolphin Rider Zombies use dolphins to exploit weaknesses in your pool defense.

Toughness: medium
Speed: fast, then slow (after jump)
Special: jumps over the first plant he runs into
Only appears in the pool

The dolphin is also a zombie.


The Dolphin Rider Zombie absorbs 17 normal damage shots and its appearance changes upon an absorption of 9 normal damage shots before dying at 17 normal damage shots. The Dolphin Zombie does not degrade if it keeps mount until dying and it loses its dolphin after it jumps.



Before this zombie appears on the screen, a dolphin-like sound can be heard. This will help alert you to set up defenses if they have not already. The best strategy for dealing with this zombie is to use Tall-nuts to block them, just as one might do for a Pole Vaulting Zombie. If the you do not have a Tall-nut available, plant a Lily Pad in front of them to make them lose their Dolphins, slowing them down. If you can use it, however, the Tangle Kelp is an easy way to kill them without spending a lot of sun. A Squash on a Lily Pad also works, although by the time the Squash jumps the dolphin would already have jumped over it and the zombie would have started eating the plant behind the Squash.

Note: If the player has already planted a Lily Pad or other aquatic plant in the rightmost square, the Dolphin Rider Zombie will not jump over it, as the dolphin enters the pool partway into the second column. The player should plant one in the second or third column from the right, instead.



  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie is the only zombie in the first game with an animal as part of the Zombie.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie will carry its Dolphin into the Player's House with it if it does not encounter any plants during its trek.
  • It is the only Vaulting Zombie that goes in the Pool.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie's sprite is only a fraction of the size of those of other zombies. It is too small to be completely ensnared by a Tangle Kelp.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie will ignore plants that have been planted in the rightmost column.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie does not degrade while on a Dolphin (in the pool), like a Bungee Zombie or Snorkel Zombie underwater.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie has a tiny image of a brain on its swimsuit.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie has the shortest almanac entry of all plants and zombies in Plants vs. Zombies, second shortest being the Ladder Zombie.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie is invincible to all attacks (excluding instant kills besides Pool Cleaners) when jumping into the water.
  • In the video "Zombies on your Lawn", the Dolphin Rider Zombie's dolphin says, "We are SO the undead!" instead of "We are the undead!".
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie, Bungee Zombie, Zomboni, Balloon Zombie, Jack-in-the-Box Zombie, Digger Zombie and Pogo Zombie are the only zombies that make noises before entering.
  • Apart from when it is on land, it is a lot faster than the Pole Vaulting Zombie.
  • There is a glitch in iOS Versions of the game that when it is about to come out of the pool, it does not and instead goes though the ground and it swims in place and never goes in and forces the player to turn off the game and turn it on again.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie seems to be the only zombie that can swim without help, unlike Ducky Tube Zombie (uses Ducky Tube) and the Snorkel Zombie (uses arm floats).
    • Maybe it walks through the pool, but this is unlikely, because it has to be deep enough that ambush zombies can hide and other Zombies be pulled underwater by Tangle Kelp. It is unknown how deep the Pool is.
  • The Dolphin Rider Zombie, Zombie Bobsled Team and Football Zombie are the only zombies to wear all red.
  • On some iOS versions, the Dolphin Rider Zombie will disappear when its head falls off.
  • In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the zombie covers the dolphin's eyes.

See also

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