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This article is about the shield used by Excavator Zombie. For the shovel used by the player, see shovel.

A shovel

Excavator Zombie2

An Excavator Zombie

Shovel is a shield used by Excavator Zombie. It blocks all straight-shooting projectiles, such as peas. Although the shovel is indestructible, it cannot block lobbed-shots or area-of-effect damage, as they are either not making contact with the shovel or are able to damage the Excavator Zombie as well. (Ex: Melon-pults, Laser Beans) Excavator Zombie uses the shovel to dig up plants and toss them approximately two tiles behind it. Excavator Zombie is also capable of tossing a plant off the lawn, when the plant is on the frontmost two tiles of the lawn.


For more strategies, see Excavator Zombie.

Lobbed-shot and area-of-effect plants cannot be blocked by the shovel. Dandelion and Coconut Cannon can only damage Excavator Zombies with their splash damage.


  • It and the parasol are the only indestructible shields in the game.
    • Coincidentally, both appear in Lost City.
    • However, splash damage from Dandelion and Coconut Cannon can make the Excavator Zombie lose the shovel.
  • It takes damage from the spikes shot from Cacti, protecting Excavator Zombie in the process.
  • It has a dirt- or mud-like substance on it, yet it does not fall off when the Excavator Zombie holds it.
  • It and Clamshell are the only objects that are both weapons and shields.

See also

†: Metallic