For other uses, see Buckethead Zombie (disambiguation).

Buckethead Zombies and their world-themed variants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 are basic Zombies with buckets on their heads, increasing their toughness. The bucket does not weaken the plants' effects though. One of their weaknesses is the Magnet-shroom, as it removes the buckets, rendering these zombies as tough as normal zombies.



Animated Buckethead Zombie

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This zombie is first encountered on Level 1-8. It is the fifth zombie to be found in Adventure Mode, and the last to be found in Day levels. Like normal Zombies and Conehead Zombies, Buckethead Zombies have Ducky Tube variants, and they can come in surprise attacks at the Pool, Fog or Roof areas.

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Normal Buckethead Zombies first appear in Player's House - Day 5. They can then be seen in Modern Day, Piñata Party, and Vasebreaker. However, it has some variants in different areas: Buckethead Mummy in Ancient Egypt, Buckethead Pirate in Pirate SeasBuckethead Cowboy in Wild West, Future Buckethead Zombie in Far Future, Buckethead Peasant in Dark Ages, Pompadour Buckethead and Bikini Buckethead in Big Wave Beach, Cave Buckethead Zombie in Frostbite Caves, Buckethead Adventurer Zombie in Lost City, Neon Buckethead in Neon Mixtape Tour, Jurassic Buckethead in Jurassic Marsh, Buckethead Kongfu Zombie and Buckethead Monk Zombie in Kongfu World, Buckethead Pilot Zombie in Sky City, Buckethead Labor Zombie in Steam Ages and Buckethead Aristocrat Zombie in Renaissance Age. Its health and speed are the same as in Plants vs. Zombies.

Almanac Card Buckethead Zombie

Buckethead Zombie's Almanac entry

Suburban Almanac entry

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Buckethead Zombie
His bucket hat makes him extremely resistant to damage.
Toughness: high
Weakness: magnet-shroom
Buckethead Zombie always wore a bucket.
Part of it was to assert his uniqueness
in an uncaring world. Mostly he just
forgot it was there in the first place.

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Buckethead Zombie

SPEED: Basic

His bucket hat makes him extremely resistant to damage.

There was a time when Buckethead Zombie was hailed as a zombie genius for his innovative bucket-on-head strategy. It's been a few years, though, and zombies wonder if he's got any surprises left. His secret? He doesn't.

Buckethead Mummy

SPEED: Basic

His sandy bucket greatly protects him from damage.

Buckethead Mummy Zombie graduated Magna Zom Louder from Zombie Academy where he learned to utilize his diaphragm during groaning lessons.

Buckethead Pirate

SPEED: Basic

His sturdy wooden bucket provides excellent protection from damage.

Buckethead Pirate Zombie is looking for his bucket. Have you seen it? It's where? Up where? Speak up, he can't hear you.

Buckethead Cowboy

SPEED: Basic

His chili pot hat makes him greatly resistant to damage.

A five-time winner of the temporal chili cook-off. Those Egyptian zombies don't know their chili, but Cowboys love their beans. The more you eat, the more you brains.

Future Buckethead Zombie

SPEED: Basic

His techno-bucket greatly increases his protection from damage.

Other zombies call him old-fashioned for being nostalgic for the year 2008. It was a simpler time when brains were brains, zombies were zombies, and those punk plants kept to themselves.

Buckethead Peasant

SPEED: Basic

His forged bucket provides great protection from damage.

None of the other zombies seem to understand just how versatile Buckethead Peasant's choice of headwear is. Sure, his bucket makes for a great battle helmet. But just last night, he cooked a truly divine stew in it. And next time you see his band, check out what he's using for a kick drum.

Pompadour Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

His scallop shelled bucket gives him great resistance to damage.

Pompadour Buckethead tried to learn to play the ukelele. He figured it would be easier to learn than the guitar on account of how small it is. But his stiff fingers ... they just weren't made for it. Now he just bangs on his bucket. And he's not half-bad either.

Bikini Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

Her scallop shelled bucket provides great protection from damage.

Bikini Buckethead had big ambitions. She wanted to do more than lurch around on a beach all day. Her life's dream: to perform internationally with a synchronized swimming team. Sadly, the nose plug was her undoing. If she only had a nose ...

Cave Buckethead Zombie

SPEED: Basic

His stone "bucket" hat provides great protection from damage.

Cave Buckethead Zombie likes rocks. He likes rocks A LOT. He strapped a rock to his head and called it a bucket. None of the other Cave Zombies know a "bucket" is, but they like his style.

Buckethead Adventurer Zombie

SPEED: Basic

His rugged bucket provides considerable protection from damage.

Buckethead Adventurer's greatest discovery was that one morning, without warning or reason, there was a bucket on his head.

Neon Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

Buckets absorb damage because that's just what they do.

Neon Buckethead Zombie had to go all the way to the dump to find a headband he really liked.

Jurassic Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

Crude drawings of buckets provide as much protection as the real thing.

The real question, the burning mystery, is: where did he find blue fur for his outfit?

Roman Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

A fancy bucket with a flair distinguishes this zombie.

They had buckets just like this back in Ancient Rome. Believe it.

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    Buckethead Kongfu Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    His iron teapot bucket provides great protection from damage.

    Do not get me wrong, the original purpose of simply performing his acrobatic overhead teapot.

    In Chinese:
    他的铁茶壶头盔能极大程度地承受伤害 。

    不要误会 , 原本他的目的只是表演头顶茶壶的杂技。

    Buckethead Monk Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    His iron teapot provides great protection from damage.

    In addition to this zombie martial arts, he is also responsible for the work of the temple boil.

    In Chinese:

    这种僵尸除了练武 , 还负责庙里的烧水工作 。

    Buckethead Pilot Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    His Bucket-shaped hat provides great protection from damage.

    Did you hear that? Updraft impinging bucket makes a thud sound. Yes, that's the zombie's favorite music, it always brings fun to boring lives of zombies. That's why Buckethead Pilots are the most zombies in hot pursuits.

    In Chinese:


    Buckethead Labor Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    His forged iron bucket protects him from harm.

    Buckethead Labor Zombie was rewarded with a salary increase a few days ago. He was very happy, so he asked the forger to forge a labeled iron bucket helmet for him. This iron bucket not only resisted a lot of damage for him, but also highlighted his identity!

    In Chinese:


    Buckethead Aristocrat Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    His iron bucket provides good protection and is a symbol of aristocracy.

    The bucket is a luxury item among the Aristocrat Zombies, one has to spend 200 brains just to buy one.

    In Chinese:



The Buckethead Zombie absorbs 1300 damage per shot, and his appearance changes upon absorbing 350, 700, 1100 (when the bucket is destroyed), and 1200 (When his arm falls off) before dying at 1300 DPS.


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For most beginners, the Buckethead Zombie is highly annoying as it often appears in huge waves or in waves with other kinds of zombies. In the early levels, it is good to have two Peashooters against it. A Snow Pea with three Spikeweeds is sufficient, due to the slowing effect which makes the zombie spend more time walking on the Spikeweeds.


A Buckethead Zombie in the trailer

Although the Snow Pea is also a good weapon of choice, it is not recommended to do so for the sake of sun being wasted if it doesn't work. It is advised, however to use Threepeaters, Repeaters, or Gatling Peas in conjunction with a Torchwood. The Suburban Almanac advises the use of a Magnet-shroom, reducing the maximum absorption to 10 normal damage shots; however, it is not needed. You may want to use instant kills for them, such as the Squash, Potato Mine , and Tangle Kelp . These zombies make up the majority of the offense in Survival: Endless. One Snow Pea and one Peashooter is sufficient to kill a Buckethead Zombie, mainly due to the slowing effect. If they appear in the Night levels, you can use the Hypno-shroom on the Buckethead Zombie if your defenses are not yet set up. Using a Wall-nut or Tall-nut and a Repeater works, but the Wall-nut or Tall-nut will be eaten or severely damaged if you try that.

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Freze pea

A Buckethead Zombie approaching a Snow Pea

Whenever one appears, refrain from breaking more vases within the same lane. A Potato Mine can be used if given enough time and a Squash or Wall-nut if not. Otherwise, a Snow Pea paired with either a Peashooter, Left-Facing Repeater, or Threepeater can work, although it is not as efficient.

A single Backwards Repeater with a Wall-nut is sufficient if the zombie is far back enough.

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Avoid use around nearby Magnet-shrooms, a Squash in the same lane, or a Chomper that is not chewing. Otherwise, deploy when large (but not massive) amounts of damage need to be absorbed. A Snow Pea plus one or two other plants defending a lane may result in the Buckethead Zombie's death, so be careful there. These are one of the most useful weapons in your arsenal (second to the Ladder Zombie), being cheap while being able to absorb a large amount of damage.

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The Buckethead Zombie has the same behavior as it does in the prequel. Like its prequel counterpart, Potato Mines, Chompers, Squashes, and other instant-use plants can instantly kill these types, even in world variations.

Magnet-shrooms are a great way of dealing Buckethead Zombies when there are too many in groups. Use Plant Food on it to remove almost every bucket and fling all the buckets to deal greater units of damage to tombstones and zombies. Be careful though, as these zombies can be spawned during surprise attacks (such as Necromancy, Low Tide, Sandstorm, etc.).

Magnifying Grasses can also be useful against Buckethead Zombies, but not when there are lots in groups. To avoid wasting tons of sun, use Plant Food on a Magnet-shroom to remove all the buckets.

Tangle Kelp in Big Wave Beach can instantly drown a Buckethead Zombie like in the prequel. Be sure to put it close to the Buckethead Zombie so the Tangle Kelp will kill it instantly. Banana Launchers can also deal heavy damage to Buckethead Zombies, so that splash damage in one lane can kill almost every Buckethead Zombie quicker when they overlap.

Shadow-shrooms are extremely useful on this zombie as it ignores armor. One powered by a Moonflower will quickly kill a group of clumped up zombies including the Buckethead. Other alternatives are Chili Bean, Grimrose, and Hypno-shroom, as they can also ignore armor. Sun Bean fed with Plant Food will not only kill the zombie instantly, but will also reward the player with a decent amount of sun.


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An early concept of the Buckethead Zombie. Notice the red paint.

  • In Plants vs. Zombies Risk, the Buckethead Zombie's card does not have a red stain on its bucket.
  • The red stain on the bucket could be one of the main reasons why Plants vs. Zombies is rated E10+ by the ESRB. In the official rating summary of the game, it describes that "one variety of zombie wears a bucket with a small streak of blood on it."
    • However, according to early concept art (right of this paragraph), the buckethead zombie was designed as a painter, and therefore the stain was simply red paint.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • The Tree of Wisdom says that a Buckethead Zombie is five times as durable as a regular zombie. However, he is 6.5 times as durable. The bucket is 5.5 times as durable.
  • The Bucket is available as a hat for the player's avatar in the Xbox Live Marketplace. It costs 160 Microsoft Points.
  • As seen in the concept design for Buckethead Zombie posted on the Plants vs. Zombies Facebook Page, the "blood" may be red paint, as it was supposed to be a painter zombie who used its paint bucket as a helmet. It is unknown if this is still considered canon, though.
  • Buckethead Zombie, Conehead ZombieTrash Can Zombie, and Screen Door Zombie are the only zombies that can degrade into a normal Zombie.
    • However, that is only appearance-wise; Trash Can Zombie will be slower than the other three.
  • If Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition was purchased before May 5, 2011 on Steam, players of Team Fortress 2 will be awarded with a Brain Bucket, a promotional cosmetic item for the Soldier.
  • During the final wave of a Pool or Fog level on the DS version, the Buckethead Zombie's bucket does not have a third stage of damage if it appears as an Ambush Zombie.
  • When the bucket gets hit, it makes a "clank" sound.
  • Buckethead Zombie is the only zombie that can be used in all of the I, Zombie levels.
  • Despite that Bucket and Screen Door have the same health, he takes three direct hits from the Wall-Nut to defeat while the Screen Door Zombie takes four (under normal circumstances)
  • Buckethead Zombie is the first zombie encountered that has a metal object.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • The regular Buckethead Zombie says in the present Almanac entry that he was "hailed as a zombie genius for his innovative bucket-on-head strategy," but the Buckethead Zombie variants from the past have buckets on their heads too.
  • The "clang" sound is lighter than in the first game, almost inaudible at times.
  • Prior to the 2.5.1 update, the Almanac entry of the Buckethead Peasant had a bone sticking out his arm.
    • This also currently happens to Buckethead Adventurer Zombie.
    • He also has a different standing animation (similar to a Pirate Zombie) and has shoulder armor like a regular knight, unlike in an actual game.
  • In the Chinese version, a level 3 Buckethead Zombie has 3900 damage per shot which make his health even higher than a regular Gargantuar. It takes 3 level 1 instant kill plants to kill him.
    • However, a level 1 Jalapeno, as well as a level 1 Cherry Bomb, can instantly burn him.
  • Magnet-shroom can still steal the buckets of Buckethead Mummy, Buckethead Pirate, Cave Buckethead, and Jurassic Buckethead Zombie even though they are not made of metal, but instead, are made of wood or rock.
    • Those buckets also make the "clang" sound despite not being made of metal.
    • However, in the case of Buckethead Pirate, his bucket does have metal rings around it, which could explain why Magnet-Shroom can steal it.
    • In the case of Cave Buckethead, his stone bucket has metal ores visibly stuck on it, which could also explain why Magnet-shroom can steal it.
  • Neon Buckethead is called "Neon Buckethead Zombie" in his Almanac entry.
    • He is also the only buckethead variant with a blue paint splotch instead of a red one.
  • Peasant Buckethead has a brown stain and Neon Buckethead has a blue stain instead of red.
  • There is a bug where Buckethead Zombie can get hit off screen and lose its arm from Lava Guava. This also applies to Conehead Zombie.
  • Jurassic Buckethead is currently the only Jurassic Marsh zombie that has both other world variants and no change in statistics.
  • There is a crude drawing of a bucket on Jurassic Buckethead's bucket, similar to that of Primal Wall-nut's Plant Food armor.
  • Future Buckethead's Almanac entry says that plants kept to themselves in 2008, which was a year before the first game.
    • However, Imitater's Almanac entry says that there was a war between plants and zombies in 1976.
  • Cave Buckethead, Jurassic Buckethead Zombie and Jurassic Rockpuncher use rocks. These facts are a reference to the Paleolithic Era, in which humans use rocks and stones during dry and cold seasons before civilizations are made.

See also

Zombies (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Zombie · Flag Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Pole Vaulting Zombie · Buckethead Zombie
Night Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · Football Zombie · Dancing Zombie · Backup Dancer
Pool Ducky Tube Zombie · Snorkel Zombie · Zomboni · Zombie Bobsled Team · Dolphin Rider Zombie
Fog Jack-in-the-Box Zombie · Balloon Zombie · Digger Zombie · Pogo Zombie · Zombie Yeti
Roof Bungee Zombie · Ladder Zombie · Catapult Zombie · Gargantuar · Imp · Dr. Zomboss
ZomBotany Peashooter Zombie · Wall-nut Zombie · Gatling Pea Zombie · Tall-nut Zombie · Squash Zombie · Jalapeno Zombie
Others Trash Can Zombie · Target Zombie · Giga-gargantuar · Giga-Football Zombie · Baseball Zombie · Catapult Baseball Zombie · Chinese zombies · Zombatar

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