- Not to be confused with the Wild West Gargantuar.
Rodeo Gargantuar is a premium rare zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Hearty class. He costs 7 to play, and has 5/9. He has the Gravestone trait, and his ability moves a selected plant onto a selected lane when he is revealed. His plant counterpart is Whipvine.
- Class: Hearty
- Tribes: Sports Gargantuar Zombie
- Trait: Gravestone
- Ability: When revealed: Move a Plant.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
Why yes, this IS his first rodeo.
- ▲ Health change: 8 → 9
- ▼ Brain cost change: 6 → 7
Rodeo Gargantuar is basically a Sumo Wrestler with increased stats and the added Gargantuar tribe. Use this zombie as you would do with a Sumo Wrestler. With a very high health stat, this can survive a strong attack or two. Use his ability to move a potential threat to Rodeo Gargantuar's lane to destroy it, or to move a plant away from his lane so that he can possibly finish off the plant hero. You can also use Zombie Coach to shield him, as well as Team Mascot to boost his stats, as he is also a sports zombie.
As The Smash or Neptuna, you can use Possessed on him, and Rodeo Gargantuar will now have Frenzy on top of even more health. If Possessed is not available, The Smash can instead combine this with Smashing Gargantuar. Since Rodeo Gargantuar comes out of a gravestone, Neptuna can also make him even more dangerous with Headstone Carver. As Rustbolt, you can pair him up with Wizard Gargantuar to move a plant out of the Wizard Gargantuar's lane to land 6 guaranteed damage on the plant hero, plus Rodeo Gargantuar himself will have Bullseye as well.
Any instant-kill card like Grave Buster, Doom-Shroom, Squash, and Lawnmower can destroy him easily. However, if those cards are not available, either lower his stats, or strategize and determine potential spots where your opponent will direct the plant. If there are three plants on the field, you can play a plant on Rodeo Gargantuar's lane and to force him to move it to an empty lane, which could easily turn the tables if the positioning is planned ahead and strategically used. However, be careful of plants that have the Team-Up trait, as they allow two plants to fit in one lane. Take him down quickly, because he could easily damage you for 5 (or even more if he is boosted).
If you notice that later in-game where a Hearty hero plays only one gravestone, there can be a chance that there is a Rodeo Gargantuar inside since he is really expensive. As mentioned above, you can use Grave Buster as this uses up 7 brains from the zombie hero, plus he is the only zombie that cost more brains than any other Gravestone zombies.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Rodeo Gargantuar.
- His appearance is based on the Wild West Gargantuar.
- For some reason, he is smaller than the other Gargantuars in the game.
- He, tied with Zombot 1000, has the second-highest base health among the fighter cards in the game, the first being Soul Patch, at 10.
- Rodeo Gargantuar is the most expensive zombie with the Gravestone trait.
- He and Surprise Gargantuar are the only Gargantuars with the Gravestone trait.
- Plus, their abilities involve moving.
- However, Rodeo Gargantuar moves a plant when he is revealed, while Surprise Gargantuar moves himself when revealed.
- His description may refer to the expression "It's not my first rodeo."
- On Z-Mech's ally pack and the Mega Monster Pack, Rodeo Gargantuar can be seen holding a lasso. This lasso is used when he activates his ability.
- This and Sumo Wrestler have the exact same trait, Gravestone, and the same ability.
- Coincidentally, they are both in the Hearty class and the sports tribe.
- He and Defensive End are the only Gargantuars in the sports tribe.
- Coincidentally, they are both in the Hearty class.
- Rodeo Gargantuar, Knight of the Living Dead and Zombot Stomp are the most expensive Premium - Rare cards in the game, each costing 7.