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Didja know Rustbolt dug up his armor from a junkyard? Still, he's one tough tin can. He'll try to sap your Plants' Strength so you can't defeat his super-strong Zombies!

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Classes PvZH Hearty IconPvZH Brainy Icon
Signature Superpower Shrink Ray
Other Superpowers Heroic Health
Cut Down to Size
Rock Wall
He enjoys keeping his bolts tight and his screws loose.

Rustbolt is a zombie hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. He leads the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy and PvZH Hearty IconHearty class. His signature superpower is Shrink Ray, which makes a plant lose 3StrengthPvZH and gives Rustbolt a card.


His name could possibly be a portmanteau of "rust bucket," a term meaning something being badly rusted, and "bolt." His helmet bears a slight resemblance to Marvel's Magneto. His armor may be a reference to the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man.


  • Battle Area: Junkyard

Hero description

He enjoys keeping his bolts tight and his screws loose.

Strategies strategy

"This metal menace is the master of defensive Tricks. His Armored Zombies are very tough to take down…especially when he uses special abilities to weaken the Plants!"


Rustbolt can use both Hearty and Brainy cards. These two classes have destroying mechanics such as Rolling Stone and Rocket Science for any plant that has less than 2StrengthPvZH and has more than 4StrengthPvZH. If a plant has 3StrengthPvZH, which makes it immune to the destroying mechanics preciously said, using Shrink Ray or Landscaper will make that plant vulnerable to Rolling Stone, as well as deal less damage. The player can also let zombies do bonus attacks with  Lurch for Lunch or Gadget Scientist and surprise plant heroes by ambushing zombies with Teleport.

Rustbolt also has access to the most sports zombies out of every Hearty hero, with not only the initial Hearty sports zombies, but also Pool Shark, Drum Major, Mountain Climber, and Brain Vendor, allowing him to use a sports deck with great effects. Speaking of Brain Vendor, Rustbolt can get a lot of brains by playing them while a Flag Zombie is on the field.

He also has a very large amount of zombies that can boost other zombies' health and damage, such as Team Mascot and Coffee Zombie. These boosts can make Rustbolt's zombies almost invincible with boosted health, damage, and PvZH Frenzy IconFrenzy.

Rustbolt's main drawback is his lack of Amphibious zombies. Brainy and Hearty contains none of these zombies, so the water lane is virtually untouchable by Rustbolt. However, Rustbolt does have many moving abilities and debuffing tricks up his sleeve, which can help him deal with Amphibious threats.


Rustbolt has cheap health boosting options for his zombie teammates. Try to destroy them before Rustbolt can use health-boosting tricks. If it was already used, use cards that ignore HeartPvZH such as Squash and Lawnmower or reset them such as Spring Bean and Jumping Bean. Flag Zombies will enable more dangerous zombies such as Shieldcrusher Viking to be played as early as turn 3 when used with Brain Vendors. Therefore, removing Flag Zombies are a must. Playing powerful plants in the water lane is also a good way as Rustbolt is forced to spend some brains on removing those plants rather than focus on buffing his zombies. Lastly, swarming the field with powerful plants with at least 4StrengthPvZH will reduce the effectiveness of Cut Down to Size and Rocket Science.


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  • According to in-game text, he got his armor from a junkyard.
    • This is true, as in his unlock comic strip, he was not hit by the beam, but a vending machine next to him in a junkyard was.
    • This means that parts from the junkyard fused with his body.
  • He poses in the way similar to an Octo Zombie, a Troglobite, an Arcade Zombie, and a Jurassic Bully in Plants vs. Zombies 2, despite not having a body structure or build related to the four.
  • His description references the phrase "Screws Loose".
  • Rustbolt has the most sports cards in the game.
    • This is ironic, since sports cards are promoted with play with Z-Mech.
  • Randomly during his idle animation, a spatula appears from his right arm. When this happens, he will look at the spatula, and then his helmet will open, revealing his face. He notices this, looks at the player, and then closes his helmet and retracts the spatula.
    • A toaster also appears from his left arm, although it does not do anything. However, if he blocks an attack, he puts this toaster in front of his face to protect him.
  • He has the same battle music as Professor Brainstorm and Z-Mech.
    • Coincidentally, they all lack Amphibious zombies.
  • On his icon within the Collection screen, he seems to lack colored outlines.
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Token Goat · Zom-Bats
Tricks Nibble · Yeti Lunchbox · Vitamin Z · B-flat · Locust Swarm · Maniacal Laugh
Superpowers Frozen Tundra · Slammin' Smackdown · Stayin' Alive · Witch's Familiar · Acid Rain · Evaporate · Galvanize
PvZH Brainy Icon Brainy
Heroes Super Brainz · Rustbolt · Professor Brainstorm · Immorticia
Fighters Cardboard Robot Zombie · Chimney Sweep · Paparazzi Zombie · Cell Phone Zombie · Pool Shark · Regifting Zombie · Zombot Drone Engineer · Brain Vendor · Electrician · Gentleman Zombie · Kite Flyer · Trick or Treater · Drum Major · Mad Chemist · Mountain Climber · Gadget Scientist · Shieldcrusher Viking · Portal Technician · Wizard Gargantuar · Trickster
Token Copter Commando · Space Cadet · Zom-Bats
Tricks Teleport · Beam Me Up · Lurch for Lunch · Fun-Dead Raiser · Rocket Science · Hail-a-Copter
Superpowers Carried Away · Eureka · Shrink Ray · Witch's Familiar · Cut Down to Size · Summoning · Telepathy
PvZH Crazy Icon Crazy
Heroes Electric Boogaloo · Impfinity · Professor Brainstorm · Z-Mech
Fighters Backup Dancer · Tennis Champ · Unlife of the Party · Aerobics Instructor · Barrel of Deadbeards · Conga Zombie · Cuckoo Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Abracadaver · Disco Zombie · Exploding Imp · Fireworks Zombie · Jester · Valkyrie · Orchestra Conductor · Flamenco Zombie · Imp-Throwing Gargantuar · Foot Soldier Zombie · Disco-Tron 3000
Token Captain Deadbeard · Impfinity Clone
Tricks Sugary Treat · Bungee Plumber · Zombot's Wrath · Cakesplosion · The Chickening · Gargantuars' Feast
Superpowers Eureka · Missile Madness · Stayin' Alive · Triple Threat · Brute Strength · Dance Off · Electrobolt
PvZH Hearty Icon Hearty
Heroes Rustbolt · The Smash · Neptuna · Z-Mech
Fighters Arm Wrestler · Baseball Zombie · Conehead · Flag Zombie · Gargologist · Sumo Wrestler · Turkey Rider · Landscaper · Team Mascot · Trash Can Zombie · Buckethead · Medic · Zombie Coach · Zombie King · All-Star Zombie · Coffee Zombie · Ra Zombie · Undying Pharaoh · Knight of the Living Dead · Rodeo Gargantuar · Wannabe Hero
Token Octo-Pet · Zombie
Tricks Healthy Treat · Camel Crossing · Rolling Stone · Leftovers · Terrify · Weed Spray · Monster Mash
Superpowers Missile Madness · Octo-Pult · Shrink Ray · Slammin' Smackdown · Heroic Health · Possessed · Rock Wall
PvZH Sneaky Icon Sneaky
Heroes Brain Freeze · Super Brainz · Impfinity · Neptuna
Fighters Headstone Carver · Imp · Mini-Ninja · Zombie Chicken · Fishy Imp · Hot Dog Imp · Swashbuckler Zombie · Toxic Waste Imp · Imp Commander · Line Dancing Zombie · Smelly Zombie · Stealthy Imp · Barrel Roller Zombie · Firefighter · Pogo Bouncer · Tomb Raiser Zombie · Mixed-Up Gravedigger · Surprise Gargantuar · Walrus Rider · Zombot Sharktronic Sub · Zombot Plank Walker
Token Impfinity Clone · Octo-Pet · Swabbie
Tricks Smoke Bomb · Backyard Bounce · Zombot Stomp
Superpowers Carried Away · Frozen Tundra · Octo-Pult · Triple Threat · Dolphinado · In-Crypted · Super Stench
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