|Signature Superpower||Shrink Ray|
|Other Superpowers|| Heroic Health|
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|He enjoys keeping his bolts tight and his screws loose.|
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.
- Classes: Hearty, Brainy
- Boss Fights:
- Battle Area: Junkyard
He enjoys keeping his bolts tight and his screws loose.
"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 2 and has more than 4. If a plant has 3, 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, strength, and the Frenzy trait.
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, not to mention his signature superpower, Shrink Ray.
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 health such as Squash and Lawnmower or reset them by bouncing with cards such as Spring Bean and Jumping Bean. Flag Zombie will enable more dangerous zombies such as Shieldcrusher Viking to be played as early as turn 3 when used with Brain Vendor and Gargologist. Therefore, removing Flag Zombie and similar zombies is a must. Playing powerful plants in the water lane is also a good way as Rustbolt will be forced to spend some brains on removing those plants rather than focusing on boosting his zombies. An alternative solution is to use any plant with 3 since Rustbolt can't play his instant-kill cards to destroy them without playing Landscaper or Shrink Ray first.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Rustbolt.
- 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.
- Despite this, the game suggests that the use of Sports zombies is Z-Mech's preferred strategy.
- 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.
- Rustbolt is one of the four zombie heroes that can be chosen as a new hero, the others being The Smash, Electric Boogaloo and Impfinity.
- However, Rustbolt can only be chosen if Electric Boogaloo was chosen first, requiring the player to choose Electric Boogaloo in order to have the option between The Smash or Rustbolt as a new hero.