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Vaulting Zombies
Vaulting zombies are zombies that have the ability to jump over the player's plants and are faster than most zombies. Most of them lose their jumping ability and all of them slow down after one jump. Vaulting Zombies can not jump over Tall-nuts and Pogo Zombies' pogo stick can be stolen by a Magnet-shroom.
Vaulting Zombies

All three Vaulting Zombies in the seeds selection screen

Pole Vaulting Zombie - Moves faster while holding its pole and can jump over the first plant it encounters (on Tall-nuts, it does not jump over it, and Spikeweed and Spikerock are ignored). Slows down drastically after jumping.

Dolphin Rider Zombie - They travel faster while on the dolphin and can jump over the first plant it encounters (excluding Tall-nuts if they are not planted in the first square). They slow down after jumping over the first plant they encounter. They can only be found in the Pool. Before losing their dolphin, they can dodge lobbed shots.

Pogo Zombie - Faster than other zombies and does not lose its jumping ability after jumping over a plant. As usual, they cannot jump over Tall-nuts, and it can have its Pogo Stick taken away by a Magnet-shroom. It cannot be paralyzed by a Kernel-pult while they still have the stick, and they move slightly faster than a usual Zombie would walk.

Strategies

The best strategy to stop any of these zombies is a Tall-nut. They cannot jump over it. If you don't have the Tall-nut, there are other ways to get rid of them.

To get rid of the Pole Vaulting Zombies, use a Sunflower, Puff-shroom or other cheap plants to make them jump, but not plants that have a slow recharge, as they will be substantially slower afterwards. Also, two Peashooters can kill them before they even have a chance to jump. The same goes for the Dolphin Rider Zombies; Lily Pads or Sea-shrooms must be used instead (but not in the rightmost column as they will not jump, they only jump when something is in the square ahead of them). However, if your Squash or Tangle Kelp has recharged, there should be no problem with any of these three. The Pogo Zombies are a bit harder, as they will not stop jumping after one jump. Thankfully, their Pogo Sticks are magnetic, so a Magnet-shroom would be useful. Also, they are knocked away if they bump into Tall-nuts. They also shouldn't be a problem if you have a properly defended lane.

Trivia

  • Pogo Zombie is one of the six zombies to have a mini-games of its own, Pogo Party, the others being the Zomboni and Zombie Bobsled Team in Bobsled Bonanza, Dr. Zomboss in Dr. Zomboss's Revenge, the Snorkel Zombie in Zombiquarium, and if the player counts the Hidden Mini-Games, Balloon Zombie in the PC hidden mini-game Air Raid.
  • Dolphin Rider Zombie and Pole Vaulting Zombie have a shared Mini-Game called Zombie Nimble Zombie Quick which have them as "extremely fast" zombies due to the game speed.
  • None of these zombies will take damage while jumping over a plant, unless the player is using an instant-kill.
  • All three vaulting zombies' toughness is medium (in fact, 17 normal damage shots).
  • The pogo stick is the only vaulting equipment that can be damaged by projectile plants, but it cannot be destroyed.

See also

†: Metallic

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