For other uses, see Captain Deadbeard (disambiguation).

Barrel of Deadbeards is a premium legendary zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Crazy Icon.pngCrazy class. It costs 2BrainPvZH.png to play and has 1HeartPvZH.png. It does not have any traits, and its ability does 1 damage to every plant and zombie on the field, then makes a Captain Deadbeard on its place when it is destroyed.


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It is based on one of Captain Deadbeard's abilities in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 with the same appearance.

Its name is a portmanteau of the names Barrel of Monkeys, a toy game released by Lakeside Toys in 1965 involving a barrel and monkeys, and "Deadbeards," referring to the zombie made by its ability.

Its description is also a reference to Barrel of Monkeys.


  • Class: Crazy
  • Tribes: Pirate Barrel Zombie
  • Traits: None
  • Ability: When destroyed: Do 1 damage to all Plants and Zombies, then make a Captain DeadbeardH.png here.
  • Set - Rarity: Premium - Legendary

Card description

No monkeys, just Zombies.



When the player is playing this, keep in mind that if the opponent is smart enough, they may simply ignore it. However, to counteract this, the player can use Fireworks Zombie, which not only forces Barrel of Deadbeards to create a Captain Deadbeard, but also deals two damage to everything on the field. It can also be played in front of a damaging plant already on the field. Another clever strategy is to boost it using cards like Brute Strength, Orchestra Conductor, Loudmouth, or Monster Mash to put your opponent into a dilemma: if left unblocked, it will keep doing damage. If they play a plant to block it, that plant will be badly hurt or destroyed. Do not boost this too much, as your opponent is going to destroy it without hesitation if you make it stronger than Captain Deadbeard.

It is a better idea to play this along with either Teleport or Teleportation Zombie, as the player can play this zombie during the Zombie Tricks phase, and allows the player to place it in a lane with attacking plants. However, you can only do this with Professor Brainstorm. You can also play it on Spikeweed Sector or Hot Lava for basically the same effect.

Combining this with Super Stench as Impfinity can make this a cheaper and weaker version of Zombot 1000's ability, which would be ideal as it will destroy every plant on the field that doesn't have the PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored trait, or is Shielded. When this is played and Barrel of Deadbeards is destroyed, its PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly trait will be able to destroy every plant on the field, resulting in a player that is either low on cards or health to easily lose. This effect does destroy zombies as well, however, making it a last resort. If Super Stench is not available, then Impfinity could use Barrel of Barrels, Laser Base Alpha, or Zombot Sharktronic Sub (technically) for the same effect.

Each card has its own strengths and weaknesses:

  • Super Stench is the cheapest option and draws a card with no restrictions. You can also use it in any deck due to it being a superpower. It also draws a card so you will not have a card disadvantage. However, this is restricted to Impfinity as other heroes must obtain it with Thinking Cap or Quasar Wizard. It's meaningless to give other zombies the PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly trait too, as they'd be all destroyed unless there are none on the field.
  • Barrel of Barrels is slightly more expensive than Super Stench, but it is still the cheapest non-superpower card available. It can also conjure another barrel. Since each barrel card has great potential, it should not be underestimated.
  • Laser Base Alpha is more expensive than Barrel of Barrels, yet does the same thing as Barrel of Deadbeards' ability does not benefit from the PvZH Strikethrough Icon.pngStrikethrough trait. It is also prone to being overridden due to its long-lasting ability. However, it can later support the Captain Deadbeard made from it, as well as other zombies later on if Laser Base Alpha stays on the field.
  • Zombot Sharktronic Sub is the most expensive but best option, assuming you have enough cards to keep it alive. Compared to both Barrel of Barrels and Laser Base Alpha, your opponent will also have to face a boosted Zombot Sharktronic Sub at minimum. Since Zombot Sharktronic Sub's ability acts like giving Barrel of Deadbeards the PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly trait, but does not actually give the trait itself, you can wipe out all non-PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored plants while not destroying your own zombies as well. This means your opponent cannot destroy it as a suicidal attempt to wipe the field clean. But just like Laser Base Alpha, your opponent will prioritize removing it due to it being a big threat if left alone. It is also not viable in the current meta so you'll need caution when using it.

But whatever the card is, your opponent may destroy it to purposely activate "When destroyed" abilities of their own plants right away such as Punish-Shroom's and Grapes of Wrath's, so watch out for that.

Note in mind that its ability damages zombies as well, and destroys 1 health zombies such as Pool Shark, Cuckoo Zombie, and Impfinity Clone. However, you can take advantage of this by pairing it with zombies that benefit from being hurt or destroyed. A good example is Jester, as Barrel of Deadbeards will activate his ability upon being destroyed. Having a Jester or two and a Barrel of Deadbeards on the field before playing a Fireworks Zombie on the field can do lots of damage, as the Jester will first be hurt by the Fireworks Zombie, then by the Barrel of Deadbeards, causing 4 damage to the plant hero for each Jester that gets hurt. Newspaper Zombie is also a good zombie to use with this as he will get +4 strength when hurt. This card also benefits Valkyrie greatly, since this card is essentially two zombies which are easily destroyed.

But if you don't want your zombies to get hurt at all, Z-Mech can use shielding cards such as Zombot Battlecruiser 5000, or PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored zombies.


As Barrel of Deadbeards does absolutely nothing until it is destroyed, you can simply leave it alone until your plants can easily take its ability. You only have to avoid plants that can attack multiple lanes like Threepeater or have the Splash Damage trait like Lightning Reed, and plants with a damaging/health-degrading ability like Sour Grapes and Kernel Corn. However, if Barrel of Deadbeards has the PvZH Deadly Icon.pngDeadly trait (or if Zombot Sharktronic Sub is on the field), it may be better to destroy it early and sacrifice your weak plants so that you won't lose your stronger plants later.

PvZH Guardian Icon.pngGuardian heroes can counter Barrel of Deadbeards pretty well, and that is with a nut deck; if there is at least one Mirror-Nut and many other nuts on the field, it can result in your opponent being heavily damaged. However, Citron can negate it using any deck with Peel Shield.


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  • Despite being named Barrel of Deadbeards, only one Captain Deadbeard is made out of its destruction.
    • However, if the player listens closely, it sounds like there are multiple Captain Deadbeards.
  • When a Barrel of Deadbeards on an aquatic lane (via Mixed-Up Gravedigger, Evolutionary Leap, or Killer Whale) is destroyed, it will not make a Captain Deadbeard there as he does not have the Amphibious trait.
  • If the player looks closely at Barrel of Deadbeards' "When played" animation, they can see Captain Deadbeard peeking out for a split second.
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