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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Rustbolt is a zombie hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and the leader of the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy and PvZH Hearty IconHearty classes. His signature superpower is Shrink Ray, which gives a plant -3StrengthPvZH, and the zombie hero a card.

Like Super Brainz, he is the hero version of Zombie.


His name is a combination of "rust," a possible reference to his armor coming from a junkyard, and "bolt," referring to his appearance and many of his animations. It may also be based on "Rust Belt," a region that used to have a lot of industry, but has now decreased in importance and wealth, especially parts of the northern U.S. where there are many factories that are now closed.

His helmet bears a slight resemblance to Marvel's Magneto. His armor may be a reference to the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man.

His description references the phrase "a few screws loose," which is used to describe someone or something that is crazy or weird.


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's Brainy and Hearty classes provide destroying mechanics such as Rolling Stone and Rocket Science for any plant that has 2StrengthPvZH or less or 4StrengthPvZH or more. If a plant has 3StrengthPvZH, which makes it immune to the destroying mechanics previously said, using Shrink Ray or Landscaper will make that plant vulnerable to Rolling Stone, as well as deal less damage. Rustbolt 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 any zombie 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 brain profit by playing them while Flag Zombie is on the field.

He also has plenty of zombies that can boost other zombies' health and damage, such as Team Mascot, Zombie Coach, and Coffee Zombie. These boosts can make Rustbolt's zombies almost invincible with boosted health, strength, and the PvZH Frenzy IconFrenzy trait.

As Rustbolt has access to both cost-reducing cards such as Flag Zombie and ramping cards such as Brain Vendor, he is able to easily play his expensive cards like Zombie King, Intergalactic Warlord, or especially Bad Moon Rising much earlier than usual, making them harder for his opponent to deal with. Some Rustbolt-exclusive combos include Zombie King + Transformation Station, allowing Rustbolt to get an 8-cost zombie as early as turn 5 via Knight of the Living Dead and Flag Zombie + Medulla Nebula and/or Brain Vendor, allowing him to have a ton of brains to use easily.

Rustbolt's main drawback is his lack of Amphibious zombies. Brainy and Hearty contain none of these zombies, so the aquatic lane is virtually untouchable by Rustbolt. However, Rustbolt does have many moving and stat-decreasing cards up his sleeve, which can help him deal with Amphibious threats, not to mention his signature superpower, Shrink Ray. He can also gain Amphibious zombies via the use of Portal Technician, Triplication, or Bad Moon Rising, but this is luck-based. As mentioned in the first paragraph, Rustbolt does not have any instant-kills against plants with 3StrengthPvZH, so he has to lower their strength first, wasting more cards in the process.


Rustbolt has cheap health-boosting options for his zombies. 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 like Gargantuars to be played earlier when used with Brain Vendor or Gargologist. Therefore, removing Flag Zombie and similar zombies is a must. You would also want to get rid of any Medulla Nebula environments as he can ramp his brains up within a few turns.

Playing powerful plants on the aquatic 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 plants with 3StrengthPvZH since Rustbolt can't play his instant-kill cards to destroy them without playing Landscaper or Shrink Ray first.

Strategy decks

Main article: Community-built decks/Rustbolt
RustboltH Good Sport

PvZH Brainy Icon PvZH Hearty Icon
Put the Sports fiends into play with this Strategy Deck that freatures All-Star Zombie, Defensive End, and Sumo Wrestler. Give these athletes the support they need with Zombie Coach and Team Mascot.
Arm WrestlerH x4 Escape through TimeH x1 Medulla NebulaH x2 Pool SharkH x2 Sumo WrestlerH x4
Brain VendorH x4 Cosmic Sports StarH x4 Rocket ScienceH x1 Team MascotH x4 Weed SprayH x1
Mountain ClimberH x1 Zombie CoachH x3 All-Star ZombieH x2 Intergalactic WarlordH x3 Defensive EndH x3
Rodeo GargantuarH x1

RustboltH Hail to the King

PvZH Brainy Icon PvZH Hearty Icon
Turn 2 Flag Zombie plus Turn 3 Brain Vender equals incredible synergy! This combo gets you a 5-cost Zombie like Shieldrusher Viking on turn 3! Get Zombie King out there early too and turn weaker Zombies into a powerful force.
Escape through TimeH x1 Interdimensional ZombieH x4 Planetary GladiatorH x2 Flag ZombieH x2 Lurch for LunchH x1
Medulla NebulaH x2 Regifting ZombieH x1 Teleportation ZombieH x3 Transformation StationH x4 Brain VendorH x4
Weed SprayH x1 Wormhole GatekeeperH x4 Zombie KingH x4 All-Star ZombieH x1 Intergalactic WarlordH x2
Shieldcrusher VikingH x1 Zombot Battlecruiser 5000H x3

RustboltH Pharaoh's Curse

PvZH Brainy Icon PvZH Hearty Icon
This is the ultimate late-game control deck! Get control early with Beam Me Up, Landscaper, and Weed Spray. Draw extra cards to pull ahead. Shut the door on Plants with tons of Undying Pharaohs to stay alive. Cheap Tricksters seal the deal.
Black HoleH x1 Escape through TimeH x1 Interdimensional ZombieH x4 Rolling StoneH x2 TeleportH x4
Beam Me UpH x4 Cryo-BrainH x2 Fun-Dead RaiserH x2 LandscaperH x4 Rocket ScienceH x3
Weed SprayH x3 Mad ChemistH x1 TriplicationH x1 Shieldcrusher VikingH x1 Undying PharaohH x3
TricksterH x4

RustboltH Applied Science

PvZH Brainy Icon PvZH Hearty Icon
Has Science gone too far? Placing Genetic Experiment next to an Interdimensional Zombie is a public health hazard... for Plants! Be prepared for a huge blowout when you surprise your opponent with a Zombot Battlecruiser 5000!
Genetic ExperimentH x4 Interdimensional ZombieH x4 Cosmic ScientistH x3 Teleportation ZombieH x3 Transformation StationH x3
Zombot Drone EngineerH x4 ElectricianH x3 MoonwalkerH x2 Rocket ScienceH x2 Weed SprayH x2
Gadget ScientistH x4 Intergalactic WarlordH x2 Zombot Battlecruiser 5000H x4

RustboltH Combo Stomper

PvZH Brainy Icon PvZH Hearty Icon
When you draw a card, Stompadon grows all the Zombies in your hand. Draw lots of cards and play lots of Going Virals until your team is utterly enormous!
Camel CrossingH x1 Healthy TreatH x4 Leprechaun ImpH x1 Paparazzi ZombieH x4 Rolling StoneH x3
TeleportH x4 Zombology TeacherH x4 Fun-Dead RaiserH x4 Gentleman ZombieH x1 Going ViralH x4
StompadonH x4 Trick-or-TreaterH x1 Mad ChemistH x1 TricksterH x4


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  • According to in-game text, he got his armor from a junkyard.
    • This is true, as in his introducing 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, a Jurassic Bully, and a Jurassic Rockpuncher in Plants vs. Zombies 2, despite not having a body structure or build related to any of the five.
  • 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.
    • Prior to the Galactic Gardens update, a toaster appeared from his left arm, although it did not do anything but produce some bubbles. However, if he blocked an attack, he put this toaster in front of his face to protect him.
      • The toaster was replaced by a bubble blower as of the Galactic Gardens update.
  • He has the same battle theme as Professor Brainstorm and Z-Mech.
    • Coincidentally, they all lack Amphibious zombies.
    • Out of the three, Rustbolt is the only one that doesn't lead the PvZH Crazy IconCrazy class.
  • Rustbolt is currently tied with Electric Boogaloo for access to the most trick cards.
  • 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 and Rustbolt as a new hero.
  • The name of his super-rare strategy deck, "Hail to the King," shares the same name with a song & an Album by the heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.
  • He is the only Hearty hero not to have a Gargantuar-based deck.
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