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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!

Crazy Dave

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Classes PvZH Brainy IconPvZH Hearty 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, 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 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.


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 classes provides destroying mechanics such as Rolling Stone and Rocket Science for any plant that has between 2 to 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 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 lot of brains by playing them while a Flag Zombie is on the field.

He also has plenty 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 PvZH Frenzy IconFrenzy 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 like Gargantuars to be played earlier when used with Brain Vendor or 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 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 Camel CrossingH x1 Pool SharkH x4 Sumo WrestlerH x4 Brain VendorH x4
Rocket ScienceH x1 Team MascotH x4 Weed SprayH x1 Mountain ClimberH x2 Zombie CoachH x4
All-Star ZombieH x4 Defensive EndH x4 Rodeo GargantuarH x1 Wannabe HeroH x2

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.
Arm WrestlerH x4 Camel CrossingH x1 Chimney SweepH x2 Rolling StoneH x2 Flag ZombieH x4
Lurch for LunchH x1 Regifting ZombieH x4 Brain VendorH x4 Weed SprayH x2 Mountain ClimberH x2
Zombie KingH x4 All-Star ZombieH x4 Shieldcrusher VikingH x4 Coffee ZombieH x2

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 Undaying Pharaohs to stay alive. Cheap Trickster seals the deal.
Chimney SweepH x1 Rolling StoneH x2 TeleportH x4 Beam Me UpH x4 Turkey RiderH x3
Fun-Dead RaiserH x3 LandscaperH x4 Rocket ScienceH x3 Weed SprayH x3 Mad ChemistH x1
MedicH x1 Shieldcrusher VikingH x2 Hail-a-CopterH x1 Undying PharaohH x4 TricksterH x4


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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, an All-Star 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 "a few screws loose" which is used to describe someone or something that is crazy or weird.
  • 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 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 currently has access to the most cards out of any zombie hero.
    • This is because the Brainy and Hearty classes have a total of 31 cards each.
  • 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.
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