Plants vs. Zombies


The Zomboni applies ice, steam and pressure to your plants.
Almanac statistics
Toughness High
Special Crushes plants, leaves an ice trail
In-game statistics
Absorbs 58 normal damage shots
Brain cost 175
Special Ice trail spawns Zombie Bobsled Team
Weakness Jalapeno1 Squash1 Spikeweed1 Spikerock1
First seen Level 3-6
Often mistaken for a zombie driving a ice machine, the Zomboni is a totally different life-form more closely related to a space ogre than a Zombie.

Zomboni is a zombie riding a Zamboni (according to the old Almanac entry, he is actually more closely related to a space ogre), an ice resurfacer with a red Z on it that leaves a temporary ice trail on which nothing can be planted. He is the 13th zombie to appear in Adventure Mode.

Zombie Bobsled Teams usually appear after the Zomboni leaves an ice trail behind (except during the final battle with Dr. Zomboss, Invisi-ghoul, Dr.Zomboss's Revenge or in Survival Mode). The ice trail usually disappears after a while. However, a single Jalapeno is enough to destroy both the zombie and machine, and will also melt the ice trail. Chompers can devour the entire machine, but they cannot affect the ice trail.


His name is a portmanteau of "zombie," referring to the zombie controlling the machine and "Zamboni", an ice-resurfacing machine.


Sound Description
Zomboni arriving

Suburban Almanac entry

Original version

Almanac Card Zomboni

The old Almanac entry of Zomboni


The Zomboni applies ice, steam and pressure to your plants.

Toughness: high
Special: crushes plants, leaves an ice trail

Often mistaken for a zombie driving an ice machine, the Zomboni is a totally different life-form more closely related to a space ogre than a zombie.

Other versions

Zomboni GOTY almanac

The new version of Zomboni's Almanac entry


The Zomboni applies ice, steam and pressure to your plants.

Toughness: high
Special: crushes plants, leaves an ice trail

Not to be mistaken with a Zamboni brand ice resurfacing machine. Zamboni and the image of the ice-resurfacing machine are registered trademarks of Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc., and "Zomboni" is used with permission. For all your non-zombie related ice resurfacing needs, visit!


The Zomboni absorbs 58 normal damage shots and his appearance changes upon absorbing 23, 46, and 58 normal damage shots, with heavy shaking at 58 normal damage shots before exploding. The Zomboni crushes plants and leaves a trail of ice that cannot be planted on. When he gets killed, he explodes (does not happen if he is killed by Cherry Bomb, Chomper, Doom-shroom, or Jalapeno). However, the explosion deals no damage. Its tires can be popped by Spikeweed or Spikerock, leading to a one-hit kill.



An engine sound can be heard before a Zomboni enters your lawn, which will alert you to when he enters your lawn. Wall-nuts and Tall-nuts cannot stop the Zomboni, as he will simply run them over. Magnet-shrooms are also useless against the Zomboni. Zombonis are also immune to the movement-inhibiting effect of Snow Peas, Winter Melons, Ice-shrooms, and Kernel-pults. Spikeweeds or Spikerocks can be used to pop its tires (except on the roof). Any instant kill will destroy it as well. Although the Zomboni will leave an ice trail that nothing can be planted on, the Jalapeno can be used to melt the ice trail and kill the Zomboni simultaneously. If you kill the Zomboni, but you did not melt the ice trail, a Zombie Bobsled Team may appear. The ice trail will melt by itself eventually, as long as no other Zombonis drive over it. Piling on damage, just like any other zombie, will destroy a Zomboni, though this can be difficult, due to the Zomboni's immunity to freezing and his high health. A Chomper can devour the entire machine, due to being the quickest recharging plant capable of defeating him. Besides Spikeweed and Spikerock, it is recommended to use Chomper.

Bobsled Bonanza

During this level, an ice trail left by a Zomboni will not disappear. The Jalapeno is the best weapon against Zombonis. Setting a Potato Mine, Squash, Spikeweed, or Chomper early in anticipation of a Zomboni helps significantly. Once a Jalapeno removes the Zomboni's ice trail, planting Spikerock prevents any more ice trails from being set.

Survival: Endless

In Survival: Endless, dozens of Zombonis may spawn stacked on top of each other. Already given the problem of Giga-gargantuars and Gargantuars, using Spikerock might seem tempting, but put it quite far left so it will not die so quickly and most Zombonis and Gargantuars will die, and sometimes Giga-gargantuars. Cob Cannons can help significantly, since they can fire corn cob missiles on the Zomboni's ice trail. Placing a Spikeweed underneath many Zombonis will pop all of their tires before disappearing. Explosives with a large blast radius, like the Cherry Bomb and Doom-shroom can destroy Zombonis in multiple lanes.

Versus Mode

These giants are very useful in Versus Mode when playing as the zombies, for a multitude of reasons. They are immune to being slowed or stopped by any plant. They have a high toughness, and crush plants as they go, eliminating the waste of time needed to eat. They also leave an ice trail on which nothing can be planted. Most importantly, if they get far enough with their ice trail, they will automatically summon a Zombie Bobsled Team free of charge. All the qualities above combined, and you would not believe that they only cost 175 brains. So if your opponent picks slowing or heavy offense plants such as the Melon-pult or Snow Pea, these are a must. Even if the Zomboni gets destroyed, the Zombie Bobsled Team provides backup.

As stated above, these zombies can provide a great help if playing as the zombies, but supply a great threat when playing as the plants. One almost cannot face them without instant kills. Some ideas: Jalapeno. These will destroy the entire Zomboni and its ice trail, and blow up the entire Zombie Bobsled Team if they have already appeared. Another idea: Squash. These recharge fast enough that you can overtake two or three Zombonis in succession using them. Since they can also be placed right by the zombies' spawning border, they are a very good idea to take them out before they have a chance to do any damage. Two Repeaters or the damage equivalent can take them out.


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  • Zomboni, Catapult Zombie, and Catapult Baseball Zombie are the only zombies that ride in vehicles, unless the player counts Dr. Zomboss and his Zombot.
  • He is the only Pool encountered zombie that appears in the battle with Dr. Zomboss.
  • He is the first zombie encountered that can crush plants.
  • If a Zomboni appears on Roof levels, then it will stop laying an ice trail after it reaches the slanted portion of the roof.
    • Also, despite the fact that Zomboni goes lower on the slanted part of the roof in Roof levels, the Zomboni is still facing the same angle as if it is moving on the flat portion on the roof, rather than facing lower, which is odd.
    • Somehow, the Zomboni can go inside the chimney with the vehicle even though the chimney is vertical.
  • Zomboni, Bungee Zombie, Dolphin Rider Zombie, Balloon Zombie, Jack-in-the-Box Zombie, Digger Zombie, and Pogo Zombie are the only zombies that make noises before entering the lawn.
  • A small Zomboni can crush plants about half a square away. This is because while the sprite becomes smaller, the hitbox does not change.
  • So far, the Zomboni is the only zombie that has a changed description in the Suburban Almanac for some versions.
  • Zomboni, Dr. Zomboss, Imp, Gargantuar, Giga-gargantuar, and the Backup Dancer are the only zombies that do not have the word "zombie" in their names in Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Zomboni will not appear in Night levels because of the presence of graves; it would not make sense for the Zomboni to leave an ice trail on the grave but have the grave still be standing.
  • In the Game of the Year and Nintendo DS versions, the first part of the Zomboni's Almanac entry is absent.
    • Zomboni's Almanac entry is cut off because of lack of space in the entry box. Other versions have the full entry, because the entry boxes can be scrolled down.
      • Unlike other descriptions, it refers to something in real life.
  • Sometimes, when Zomboni's tires are popped by Spikeweed or Spikerock, it will flip backwards, then explode.
  • After thirty seconds, the ice trail left by a Zomboni can disappear, except in Bobsled Bonanza.
    • In the Nintendo DS version, ice trails can still disappear in Bobsled Bonanza.
  • A glitch allows daisies on the lawn to appear on top of the ice trail once Zomboni has passed (in the Game of the Year edition).
  • In the iPad version, the Zomboni driver's head is a lot bigger than most other zombies' and Zombonis' in other versions.
    • This is because it shares the same head used that is used in the iPhone/iPod/Android versions for some reason.
  • Zomboni appears in the music video Wabby Wabbo behind the fence without a Zamboni and a Beanie along with Snorkel Zombie, regular Zombie, Digger Zombie, and Zombie Yeti.
  • Zomboni is the only zombie that cannot be stopped or slowed by anything (except when it is killed).
  • Tiny Zombonis (encountered via hacking) can leave a full size ice trail.
  • In normal gameplay, Zomboni will be defeated by any type of instant kill. However, in its appearance at Co-op Bowling, it does not get killed instantly by Explode-o-nuts. Instead, it will just get the same damage it would get by a Wall-nut.
    • Also, in its appearance at the PC version of Wall-nut Bowling (available just by hacking means or save file editing) it has the same health as a normal Zombie, instantly killed by even an ordinary Wall-nut. This happens because it does not have proper programming for when it collides with a Wall-nut.
  • Zomboni still can move and crush the player's plants when it is about to explode (except for when it is killed by Spikeweed and Spikerock).
  • Zomboni and Zombie Bobsled Team are the only zombies encountered in the Pool area that are not aquatic.
  • The zombie controlling the zamboni is named Mullet Zombie in the Plants vs. Zombies Trading Card Game and Plants vs. Zombies: Official Guide to Protecting Your Brains. Also, it is seen without its cap and vehicle in both situations.
  • In the Nintendo DS version, the Zomboni does not degrade.
  • Zomboni is one of the four zombies to not fully be a zombie, as its old Almanac entry states that is a space ogre. The others are Baron von Bats, Zombie Bull, and Treasure Yeti.
  • Its description saying that it may be more closely related to a space ogre might possibly refer to it having 'oni', an ogre-like Yōkai, in its name.
  • In the Game of the Year version, if one looks closely at the Zomboni, he or she can see that the zombie does not have a neck. Part of the background takes the place of the non-existent neck (there is green when the background is a grass tile), so the head appears to be floating.

See also

Plants vs. Zombies

Start a Discussion Discussions about Zomboni

  • A new death animation for Zomboni.

    6 messages
    • His head falls and the zamboni drives around crazy before exploding.
    • Not that death: The zombie will run out of the board. Very that death: The zamboni will flip then explode.
  • Health of Zomboni

    9 messages
    • 63, 64 or other numbers are wrong. He dies when he absorbs 58 nds. That's his ability, still can move, kill plants and block the projecti...
    • SpecialPerson wrote: So at 58, Zomboni starts shaking and explodes in a few seconds even without being shot more? Yup.