8-Bit Zombie is a zombie encountered in Neon Mixtape Tour. He is spawned by Arcade Zombie's arcade machine, similar to the three Basic Zombie variants in Lost City spawned from Imp Porter's tent, but only during the 8-bit jam. They are the 8-bit versions of Basic, Conehead, and Buckethead Zombies.

Almanac entry

8-Bit Zombie

SPEED: Basic

Pixelated zombie generated by super cool arcade machine. Comes in regular, cone, and bucket flavors.

Being made out of light and positional co-ordinates has no effect on this erzatz zombie's ravenous hunger for tangy brains.


Neon Mixtape Tour: Days 22232425262728293032, and Greatest Hits

Modern Day: Day 34 and Highway to the Danger Room (Conehead and Buckethead variants only) (portal only)

Battlez: Parsnip's Tournament


Sound Description
8-Bit Zombie sounds
8-Bit Zombie spawned from an arcade machine.
8-Bit Zombie defeated
Plants vs Zombies 2 - NMT Side B OST- 8-Bit Music
8-Bit Zombie's jam audio (short version).


Neon Mixtape Tour

Take out Arcade Zombies or at least their arcade machines before they can spawn 8-Bit Zombies. Use most of the same tactics as you would with Imp Porter's tents. If they spawn zombies, try to use strong plants against them.

An effective strategy against these zombies is to use area of effect plants such as Fume-shrooms or Laser Beans which can hurt the arcade machine, 8-Bit Zombies, and Arcade Zombie at the same time. However, do not put them too close to the arcade machine or Arcade Zombie might push its arcade machine on your plant and crush it.

If you cannot take them out in time, or if they are in a huge group, an easier and fast way to kill it is to plant a Cherry Bomb, Jalapeno, or Grapeshot which will kill the 8-Bit Zombies and even the arcade machine.

Guacodiles is a good choice as it can damage all zombies in their lane.

Winter Melons are useful, as they do considerate damage to groups of 8-Bit Zombies and also chill them, slowing them down. They can also take out the Arcade Zombies pushing the Arcade machines, as they aim directly at zombies.

Bowling Bulbs are a great choice against these zombies, including when they are in large numbers as their bouncing shots can deal high damage to these zombies.

Thyme Warp is quite handy against groups of these zombies as they can warp them back and have them grouped together, allowing splash damage and area-of-effect plants like Dusk Lobber and Laser Bean to crowd control these zombies.

Highway to the Danger Room

Only the Conehead and Buckethead variants will appear from the Neon Mixtape Tour portals. They can appear as early as level 1 as well. However, they are mostly harmless, and most plants should be able to deal with them. Still, these zombies can start to stack up and add more nuisance in the early parts of a level, especially in those with an Imp rush.



  • While he comes in Conehead and Buckethead variants, only the Basic 8-Bit Zombie has an Almanac entry. It shares this trait with Ducky Tube Zombie and Bug Zombie.
  • This zombie makes a unique sound upon death, akin to the sound made by scoring points in a retro video game.
  • He closely resembles the zombies in the Nintendo DS version of the first game.
  • If the player burns or zaps him, he will no longer be 8-bit when he is disintegrated.
  • Despite being called 8-Bit Zombies, they more closely resemble 16-bit graphics seen on consoles such as the Sega Genesis (also known as the Sega Mega Drive) and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
    • Additionally, they have slanted pixels, and pixel rotation was uncommon, if not absent, in the 1980s. This may be the result of entering an (in-game) reality.
  • When he loses his arms, the whole arm disappears. But when the dying animation starts, the arm reappears to the bone.
  • This is the only zombie in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that has a name starting with a number.

See also

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House
Ancient Egypt
Pirate Seas
Wild West
Frostbite Caves
Lost City
Far Future
Dark Ages
Neon Mixtape Tour
Jurassic Marsh
Big Wave Beach
China Shell Zombie
Modern Day
Kongfu World
Sky City
Steam Ages