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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, see Gargantuar (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare). For the version in Far Future of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, see Gargantuar Prime.
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Gargantuar is a gigantic zombie.
Toughness: Extremely high
First encountered: Level 5-8
Sun Cost: 300
Brain Cost: 250
Special: crushes plants, throws Imp
When Gargantuar walks, the Earth trembles. When he moans, other zombies fall silent. He is the zombie other zombies dream they could be. But he still can't find a girlfriend.

Gargantuar Zombie

PvZA Gar
He likes soft things.
Toughness: Extremely High
First Appearance: Zombitorium Manor Level 1
Cost of neighbor attack: 20000 coins
Training cost: 7500 coins
Training time: 45 minutes



PVZIAT Gargantuar
Gargantuar really is kind of a big deal.
Toughness: Great
Speed: Hungry
First seen: Piñata Party
Special: Throws Imp when damaged.
Damage: Crushes plants with pole.
Gargantuar is the embodiment of power, made real. He is a juggernaut of hunger, from which there is no escape. He is fear unleashed. Well, he's fear slightly leashed.

Mummified Gargantuar2
Massive zombie from a royal line of mummies.
Toughness: Great
Speed: Hungry
First seen: Ancient Egypt - Day 8
Special: Launches Imp Mummy when damaged.
Damage: Crushes plants with sarcophagus.
True fact #1: The pyramids were built in an attempt to make Mummified Gargantuar seem small. It didn't work. True fact #2: The Sphinx isn't missing it's nose… that is the face of… Gargantuar

Gargantuar Pirate2
Enourmous zombie who refines shark attack.
Toughness: Great
Speed: Hungry
First seen: Pirate Seas - Day 8
Special: Fires off Imp Pirate when damaged.
Damage: Crushes plants with shark.
Gargantuar Pirate likes short walks off the plank, moonlit raiding parties, and the smell of cannon fire. A true romantic.

Wild West Gargantuar2
Humongous zombie with brand awareness.
Toughness: Great
Speed: Hungry
First seen: Wild West - Day 8
Special: Launches Bull Rider when damaged.
Damage: Crushes plants with brand
Likes candy.

Gargantuars (Gargantuar Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures and Mummified Gargantuar, Gargantuar Pirate,  Wild West Gargantuar, and Gargantuar Prime in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time.) are the third strongest zombies in Plants vs. Zombies (only Dr. Zomboss and the Giga-gargantuar are stronger, and the Giga-Football Zombie has the same amount of health), taking two instant kills to destroy. It is the 23rd zombie encountered in Adventure Mode. Not only does this massive land zombie have high health, but it also crushes the player's plants instead of eating them. Because the Gargantuar can crush plants, it is capable of destroying Spikerocks and Spikeweeds (Spikerock takes nine crushes of damage in Plants vs. Zombies and three in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time though). Upon dying, Gargantuars drop their telephone pole, wild life pole, or zombie, roar, sway, and fall over. Once a Gargantuar has lost half of its health (or been attacked by an instant kill), it will throw its Imp if it is not more than halfway to the player's house.

Suburban Almanac Entries

Plants vs. Zombies

Gargantuar Almanac
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Gargantuar is a gigantic zombie.

Toughness: extremely high

When Gargantuar walks, the Earth trembles. When he moans, other zombies fall silent. He is the zombie other zombies dream they could be. But he still can't find a girlfriend.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time


Gargantuar really is kind of a big deal.

Damage: crushes plants with pole
Special: throws Imp when damaged

Gargantuar is the embodiment of power, made real. He is a juggernaut of hunger, from which there is no escape. He is fear unleashed. Well, he's fear slightly leashed.

Mummified Gargantuar

Massive zombie from a royal line of mummies.

Damage: crushes plants with sarcophagus
Special: launches Imp Mummy when damaged

True Fact #1: The pyramids were built in an attempt to make Mummified Gargantuar seem small. It didn't work. True Fact #2: The Sphinx isn't missing its nose... that is the face of... Gargantuar.

Gargantuar Pirate

Enormous zombie who redefines the shark attack.

Damage: crushes plants with shark
Special: fires off Pirate Imp when damaged

Gargantuar Pirate likes short walks off the plank, moonlit raiding parties, and the smell of cannon fire. A true romantic.

Wild West Gargantuar

Humongous zombie with brand awareness.

Damage: crushes plants with brand
Special: launches Bull Rider when damaged

Likes candy.


Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

The Gargantuar absorbs 150 (175 in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time ) normal damage shots and its appearance changes after 50 and 100 normal damage shots before dying at 150 normal damage shots or 2 instant kills. The Gargantuar throws its Imp at 75 normal damage shots, or 1 instant kill.

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

After 50 damage (or one instant kill) the Gargantuar Zombie will throw the Imp. After 150 damage, the Gargantuar Zombie will be defeated. The only degrade is at 50 when its Imp is thrown, no bandages appear on the Gargantuar Zombie.


Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time


Plants vs. Zombies

You can delay a Gargantuar with Spikerocks, which take nine smashes before they disappear. Cheap plants like Puff-shrooms are also a good choice, as they have fast recharge and cost no sun which makes them good emergency delayers. It is advised that you attack it with at least one instant, or else it may do a lot of damage to your vital defenses. Winter Melons are quite useful against it, especially in Survival: Endless. Although Chompers cannot eat a Gargantuar whole, they can keep biting at it, doing two nds per bite, making them good for weakening them. Hitting a Gargantuar with a Squash followed by a Jalapeno kills it fast, and prevents the Imp from doing serious damage. A charged Potato Mine will deal damage to the Gargantuar when it crushes it. Hypno-shrooms do not work against it, because it does not try to eat anything. However, a hypnotized Imp can eat a Gargantuar without dying. Rows of Gloom-shrooms adjacent to his path will work as well. In the Survival Mode Pool levels (especially Survival: Endless) you can stagger it
Dead Gargantuar
A dying Gargantuar with a zombie for a club in Vasebreaker.
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a bit so that Gloom-shrooms in the Pool kill Gargantuars before they reach ones on dry land. Another way to take out a Gargantuar is to use two Gatling Peas and a Torchwood. You can also kill a Gargantuar without making it launch its Imp. You have to have good defenses, though. First, let your plants damage it until its arm gets a patch. Once that happens, quickly use an Instant Kill. It will die and the Imp will not even be thrown.

Probably the most useful strategy for Gargantuars, working well in both Dr. Zomboss's Revenge and Column Like You See 'Em, is using two Jalapenos, one to activate the Imp and another one to take them out without major damage from the Imp.

I, Zombie

In the I, Zombie level Me Smash!, these are useful in hard rows without multiple Squashes, although occasionally a single Squash and a Kernel-pult with other offensive plants can kill it too.


In Vasebreaker, save some Squashes to get rid of these zombies, though Potato Mines work as well. There will be a Gargantuar but it might be difficult as the Squashes will go away after some time and clicking randomly until the Gargantuar appears might outnumber your other lane.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Day 8 of Ancient Egypt and Pirate Seas

Two Potato Mines can kill a Gargantuar. Gargantuars can also be frozen by Iceberg Lettuce or Kernel-pult to allow time for plants to do more damage to them. In Pirate Seas, Snapdragon with Plant Food can cause massive damage like an instant kill, meaning that two uses of Plant Food on a Snapdragon can kill the Gargantuar.

Wild West - Day 8

Use Plant Food on a Pea Pod twice to defeat the Gargantuar. Without plant food, it will be hard to defeat.

Also, a stalling strategy can be used by moving a cart when a plant is about to be crushed by this zombie. Do this repeadtably until the Gargantuar is taken out. Just don't let the plant die.

Endless Zone

Winter Melon does solid damage and slows down Gargantuar. Pea Pod with Torchwood does incredible damage, especially with two maxed out Pea Pods and Plant Food boosted Torchwood. Squash with Jalapeno also can deal with it, and the Jalapeno can take out the Imp too. In Pirate Seas, Spring Bean also works, but only if Gargantuar is in a lane that is adjacent to water. Remember that Power Toss and Power Pinch (before 1.7 update) don't work against it, but in Pirate Seas you can push Gargantuar into the water with Power Toss. Placing a Coconut Cannon adjacent to it, blasting it, and shoveling it can also make a perfect delay against them especially if they are all in numbers. This tactic is good in higher levels of Endless Zone. In the Far Future a combination of the E.M.Peach and the Iceberg Lettuce can stall the gargantuar indefinitely.


Main article: Giga-gargantuar
The Giga-gargantuar is the second most powerful zombie in the game (only surpassed by Dr. Zomboss), found only in Survival: Endless, Survival: Day (Endless),
Survival: Night (Endless), Survival: Fog (Endless), Survival: Roof (Endless), Co-op Endless and Last Stand: Endless. It has double the health of a regular Gargantuar. The only difference in appearence is that the Giga version has red eyes.


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Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time



Plants vs. Zombies

  • A Lawn Mower or a Roof Cleaner can kill a Gargantuar, despite the size of the Gargantuar. When it is killed by one, the Gargantuar turns into a puff of smoke even though the Gargantuar is not mechanical.
    • This could be because the Gargantuar has no "head falling off" animation. It would also seem odd if it dies the normal way (drop club, stagger, fall down and die) when hit by a lawn mower (actually both seem weird, but exploding seems better and more appropriate than the normal death).
  • Despite the Almanac saying that the Earth trembles when Gargantuar walks, the whole screen does not shake when he takes a step, although this happens when Gargantuar smashes a plant and when it dies.
    • The Almanac probably says that to emphasize the Gargantuar's power and control.
  • In the I, Zombie level Me Smash!, the Gargantuar squashes the brain instead of eating it.
    • However, there is a biting sound when this happens. The same sound is also played after it kills a plant. This is because the Gargantuar has no eating animation.
  • According to its Suburban Almanac Entry, the Gargantuar is the only Zombie who is looking for love.
  • The Gargantuar is the second most expensive zombie in I, Zombie, costing 300 sun.
    • The only zombie which costs more in I, Zombie is the Dancing Zombie, which costs 350 sun.
      • Both use other Zombies to attack.
  • If the Gargantuar is killed by an explosive and hasn't been able to throw its Imp, the body of the Imp will also disintegrate inside the trash can and then its head will fall onto the pile of ash the Gargantuar has turned into.
  • If the Gargantuar is killed (not by explosive instant kills besides Potato Mines) while the Imp is still alive, the Imp will recede back into its trash can.
  • The Gargantuar will not hit other zombies that have been affected by a Hypno-shroom. The Zombie will eat the Gargantuar, but they usually cannot kill the Gargantuar before it goes away because Gargantuar's high health.
  • If a Chomper manages to kill a Gargantuar, it will show the chewing animation with a normal zombie's arm sticking out.
  • If a Gargantuar is killed while slowed by some sort of ice plant right at the starting point you will be able to see the corpse while you are picking plants (Survival Mode and Last Stand: Endless only.)
  • The Gargantuar smashes and crushes the plants, similar to what the Squash does to zombies.
  • Gargantuars can have one of three different clubs: a telephone pole, a wildlife crossing sign, or another zombie.
    • The zombies that the Gargantuars use have cut ties on their clothes.
    • Gargantuars only use normal Zombie as clubs.
    • Their hand's graphics seem to be designed specifically for the telephone pole, as for other clubs their fingers partially overlap the sprite of the wildlife crossing sign or Zombie respectively.
  • The name "Gargantuar" likely comes from its gargantuan size or possibly as a reference to the Toho movie "The War of the Gargantuas".
    • It also may also be a reference to the fictional French giant Gargantua.
  • Gargantuars can only throw its Imp five squares away from the right side of the screen. If a Gargantuar loses half of its health at the fifth square, it can't throw an Imp.
  • The Gargantuar is one of the two zombies that have a Giga form. The other is the Football Zombie.
  • The Gargantuar is one of the three zombies that comes in groups, the other two are the Zombie Bobsled Team and the Dancing Zombie with its Backup Dancers.
  • When a Gargantuar throws an Imp while it is frozen or slowed down, the Imp will also be slowed down.
  • The Gargantuar, the Giga-gargantuar, the Bungee Zombie, the Balloon Zombie above the pool, the Zomboni, the Catapult Zombie, the Catapult Baseball Zombie and Dr. Zomboss are the only zombies whose heads do not fall off when killed or defeated.
  • When the Gargantuar smashes a plant, the whole screen shakes.
    • The screen also shakes when the Gargantuar's dead body hits the ground.
    • It also happens when the Squash squashes any zombies.
    • This also occurs when Cob Cannon's cob explodes.
  • When using the Action Replay on the DS version, a glitch may occur in which when the zombies are viewed, the Gargantuar will be seen without a head, the Imp at its back, and its legs.
  • The Imp on the Gargantuar holds reins tied to the Gargantuar's collar but when he throws the Imp the reins disappear.
    Two dying Frozen Gargantuars without Imps.
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  • A rake alone will not kill a Gargantuar. It will deal one instant kill of damage, then it will throw the Imp.
  • The Gargantuar's roar is the same roar used by Dr. Zomboss when his Zombot is destroyed.
  • The Gargantuar takes six hits in Co-op Bowling.
  • The Zombot looks like it is based on a Gargantuar, considering the toughness and appearance of both zombies.
  • The Gargantuar, the Balloon Zombie and the Screen Door Zombie are three of four zombies that appear in I, Zombie levels, but not in I, Zombie Endless. This is probably to keep the player from making the puzzle too easy, due to the fact that these three are very effective against the plants in the level. However, the normal Zombie is also omitted to make the game more challenging in another way, for a normal zombie can sometimes manage to clear a line with a single offensive plant, while the Imp cannot in most cases, unless the offensive plant is a Spikeweed or (sometimes) a Kernel-pult in the rightmost column.
  • It is possible for a Gargantuar to be damaged by a Spikeweed or a Spikerock, if you plant it under the Gargantuar.
  • If a sleeping mushroom is squashed by a Gargantuar, the mushroom will become a flattened woken version of the mushroom.
Gargantuar's concept design
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  • As seen in the concept design for Gargantuar posted on the Plants vs. Zombies Facebook page, the Gargantuar was going to be a much more muscular zombie with short legs. His telephone pole is still present, however, although its Imp is missing.
  • The Gargantuar has a collar around its neck.
    • This is because the Imp treats him like a horse.
  • The Gargantuar can only have two bandages.
  • When a Gargantuar squashes a Sunflower in the I, Zombie level "Me Smash!", all the sun comes out, unlike the other zombies in I, Zombie, as they eat the Sunflower while sun comes out.
  • The Gargantuar and Imp may be a reference to Freak the Mighty, where Freak rides on Max's shoulders like an Imp rides on a Gargantuar's back.
  • Gargantuar's shirt and shoes gets torn up at every degrade.
  • When Dr. Zomboss puts down a Gargantuar, the Gargantuar is actually taller than the Zombot's hand. The Gargantuar thus seems to appear out of nowhere.
    • This also happens on versions of the game that have bushes on the far right of the lawn.
  • If a Gargantuar dies before the Imp is tossed, then the Imp will disappear into the trash can.
    • This is because there is no "Gargantuar died with Imp on back" animation.
  • It is weird that in the DS version, plants will be crushed before Gargantuars finishes crushing them. This makes it harder to defeat in the DS version.
    • This also happens in the DSiWare version.
  • Despite its heavy weight, the Roof can still hold the Gargantuar and does not break when the Gargantuar falls or smashes a plant.
  • It is unknown how it can fit inside the vases in Vasebreaker.
  • Its wildlife crossing sign seems to have a duck on it.
  • Sometimes, in the DSiware version, the Gargantuar will change its weapon when it smashes a plant.
    • This also happens in DS Vs mode.
  • If the player hacks Wall-nut Bowling 2 to have a Gargantuar, a Giant Wall-nut can kill it in one hit.
  • The HD Gargantuar has a naked Imp.
  • If you look closely you can see it has rope tied around him.
  • If playing the game on a mobile device, and the device has a vibration feature, a Gargantuar will trigger the vibration in two ways: every time it crushes a plant, and when it falls over and dies.
    • The same does not hold true in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time.
    • The only other times the device vibrates is when using any explosive plant and during certain occurrences while battling Dr. Zomboss.
  • Oddly, the Gargantuar never crushes the player's lawn mowers, pool cleaners and roof cleaners; although in I, Zombie, it smashes the brain at the end of the row.

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

  • Though it still has its pole, in the "Choose Your Seeds" screen of Road Trip levels, it appears without its pole.
  • When a Gargantuar Zombie is defeated with the Imp still riding in this game, the Imp will fall out of the trash can and onto the ground.
    • This is not so if it gets burned.
  • Sometimes the Gargantuar Zombie will not throw its Imp. This is because the location of where the Gargantuar Zombie is throwing, this is where the Imp's location will also be. This being so, when the Gargantuar Zombie throws the Imp, the Imp will take damage, sometimes killing it, and not taking the flag.
  • In Brainball, there is no known way to prevent any attack from Gargantuar Zombies because of its Imp throw landing very close to a target building. You can easily use a wave of Barrel Zombies if the Imp does not reach your target.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

  • Gargantuar loses its head when dying unlike in the original Plants vs. Zombies.
    • However, it still will not crush the player's Lawn Mowers.
  • Unlike the first game, Gargauntar now has a dying animation with an Imp (the Imp falls out of holder onto its back).
  • You will hear a crumbling sound when you incinerate a Gargantuar.
  • The Gargantuar has different variations in different areas.
    • In Piñata Party, it is just called the Gargantuar, it only uses a Telephone Pole to smash plants, just like the first game.
      • It's almanac entry just says Gargantuar instead of Basic Gargantuar. The same goes for the Imp.
    • In Ancient Egypt, it is called the Mummified Gargantuar, it uses a sarcophagus to smash plants.
      • Oddly, the sarcophagus does not break if it smashes a plant.
      • If one looks closely when it is smashing a plant with the sarcophagus, one can see a Mummy Zombie inside, although it's only visible for a split second. 
    • In Pirate Seas, it is called the Gargantuar Pirate, it uses a shark to smash plants.
      • If one looks closely, one can see that the shark has eaten a Zombie.
      • If one freezes it before smashing a plant, one may notice that the shark's tail is below it's raised hand.
    • In Wild West, it is called the Wild West Gargantuar, it uses a brand to smash plants.
      • Brand is a charred piece of wood. The circular part of it is the charred part. Therefore, it is quite odd for a plant not to burn when smashed.
      • It has a Z on it's brand, probably referring that it is a zombie.
      • It has the second shortest almanac in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, with the first being the Zombie Chicken (which has only one word).
    • In Far Future it is called Gargantuar Prime. For more, see Gargantuar Prime.
  • In Ancient Egypt and Wild West, when severely damaged or damaged by an instant-kill plant, they will throw their Imp to the third column. However, the Gargantuar Pirate stops for a bit which is slightly longer than Egyptian and Western Gargantuars and fires the Imp Cannon. The Imp will still land on the third column.
  • Zapping a Gargantuar reveals that he has an entire dinosaur skeleton instead of rib bones. It is unknown how this works.
    • It is maybe because of the mutations that Dr. Zomboss did on this zombie.
  • The Gargantuar crushes plants stronger than Barrel Roller Zombie and Pianist Zombie, as it can destroy a Wall-nut or Tall-nut in one hit, while Barrel Roller Zombie and Pianist Zombie takes longer to crush a defensive plant.
    • However, if Wall-nut or Tall-nut is fed with Plant Food it will survive another hit.
  • A Spring Bean can instantly kill a Gargantuar in Pirate Seas when near water.
  • The Gargantuar must smash the Spikerock three times, compared to the original Plants vs. Zombies, which takes nine smashes.
  • Oddly when the player blows up or zap a Gargantuar to its last hit point the Imp will always be in the animation even if it has been thrown. 
  • The Gargantuar is one of six zombies to have a new look for the Feastivus Event, the others are Swashbuckler Zombie, Poncho Zombie, Pianist Zombie, Camel Zombies and Imp.
  • Oddly, when the player uses an instant-kill plant to attack an undamaged Gargantuar, the Gargantuar will not throw its Imp until it is damaged by another plant.
  • The only Power-Ups that can kill Gargantuars is Power Zap and Power Snow.
    • This is since Power Pinch will not work against it and Power Toss makes it only go to the top right edge of the screen.
      • However, in Pirate Seas, flinging it with Power Toss to the water instantly kills it.
  • In every time period so far, a Gargantuar is only ever shown not wearing shoes, even in the statues next to level 8.
    • Feastivus and Basic Gargantuars does wear shoes, however.
    • Probably because footwear wasn't invented back then.
      • But that does not explain the Pirate and Wild West Gargantuars, as Pirates and Cowboys should have boots.
  • Gargantuars can now utilize Sandstorms like Mummy Zombies. However, this is only for Piñata Party.
  • Despite its high health and massive damage, its speed is quite fast in this game, making the levels more difficult. However, the Prime Gargantuar is a robot, making it have stiff speed.
  • The Mummified Gargantuar and Gargantuar Prime both are the only ones to smash plants with both hands. The Mummified Gargantuar uses both hands to smash with the sarcophagus while the Gargantuar Prime smashes twice.

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