Grave Buster is a premium rare plant trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Guardian class. It costs 2 to play, and its ability instantly destroys a selected zombie that is in a gravestone.
- Class: Guardian
- Tribe: Root Trick
- Ability: Destroy a Gravestone.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
"MUST. DESTROY. GRAVES."
- Description change: Quotation marks have been added to the start of its description text as well as the end.
- Rarity change: Uncommon → Rare
- ▲ Tribe added: Root
- Tribe removed: Vine
This trick is ideal for any Guardian hero, as it can easily take out Gravestone zombies. Most of the Gravestone zombies tend to be dangerous, such as Rodeo Gargantuar, Jester, Pogo Bouncer, or Mixed-Up Gravedigger. Grave Buster is an essential card to bring against Sneaky heroes, as the Sneaky class has the most zombies with the Gravestone trait, as well as abilities revolving around gravestones.
If possible, try not to use Grave Buster immediately upon seeing a gravestone in the early game, as you can only have up to 4 in your deck, and certain Gravestone zombies are considered manageable, such as Conga Zombie or Squirrel Herder, mostly because of their low strength or health. If the plant hero is at low health, you can use Grave Buster on any gravestone present as a last resort attack. Try to get a basic idea of which kinds of Gravestone zombies are present in the zombie hero's deck, as you may know when to use Grave Buster. Some ideas, including how many brains remain and how many gravestones are on the field, may help predict how many brains are spent on that zombie to know what zombie it could be.
This trick is a great counter against Headstone Carver and Tomb Raiser Zombie, as Headstone Carver's boost to the revealed Gravestone zombie becomes useless since the gravestone will be destroyed. Tomb Raiser Zombie's spawned gravestones can be managed easily with the use of this trick. This is also a great counter against In-Crypted, as you will know exactly what zombie is in the gravestone, thus preventing dangerous abilities from being triggered and leaving a lane empty for a strong plant to land a hit on your opponent. Grave Buster will also prevent 'When destroyed' abilities from taking place, making it an excellent counter against zombies such as Octo Zombie or Gas Giant, if they've been hidden in gravestones.
A good way to know when to use this trick is to look at the opponent's brain count on your turn, to have an idea on what kind of gravestone they placed. For example, if a Sneaky hero plays a gravestone, and on your turn, they have 5 brains, it is likely the gravestone has a Surprise Gargantuar in it, and should be destroyed immediately. It is also advisable to know what kind of dangerous Gravestone zombies are in your opponent's classes beforehand, as there are examples such as Binary Stars, Teleportation Zombie, and Zombot Battlecruiser 5000.
When playing as Citron or Beta-Carrotina, this can be used in conjunction with Spyris, so that the player can see what zombies are hiding in the gravestones, and can use Grave Buster to destroy the most threatening ones. When playing as Grass Knuckles, this can be used in conjunction with Re-Peat Moss, so that it does a bonus attack when Grave Buster destroys a gravestone. This can be very useful if a gravestone is blocking a boosted Re-Peat Moss.
As of update 1.16.10, Grave Buster has the root tribe. This means that Guardian heroes can potentially destroy more than 4 gravestones if Starch-Lord or Lieutenant Carrotron Conjures Grave Buster into their hand.
If you need to destroy multiple gravestones at once, however, then Blockbuster is a better option, as she can destroy gravestones in her lane and next doors when Evolved.
The best counter for Grave Buster is to not have any, or at least not rely on Gravestone zombies, good examples of decks being many Imp or dancing decks. If you don't have gravestones to play, then your opponent won't be able to play this and thus will clutter their deck.
Be aware that only Guardian heroes can use this trick, meaning that you don't have to worry too much about this when fighting against other plant heroes. Because each hero can only bring 4 of the same cards, it is pretty rare that a Guardian hero would play Grave Buster, and even if they were to do so, they would only be able to use it on up to 4 Gravestone zombies. Since you cannot predict when your opponent would play it, try to play multiple gravestones so that the plant hero has to guess which one has the more dangerous zombie in it. It's also a good idea to try and bait out this card by using a low-cost Gravestone zombie, such as Sumo Wrestler or Swashbuckler Zombie so that you won't have to worry about losing your more expensive Gravestone zombies.
You would also want to be careful when playing certain zombies such as Binary Stars, Teleportation Zombie, or Zombot Battlecruiser 5000, as they have a chance to be busted and get destroyed.
As of update 1.16.10, Grave Buster is now a root trick. That means you need to remove any Starch-Lords on the field, otherwise, the plant hero may be able to destroy more than 4 gravestones.
- On its card, it looks like it is busting a grave in Plants vs. Zombies 2, but from a different angle.
- However, its appearance when viewed in statistics does not show it busting a grave.