For other uses, see Buckethead Zombie (disambiguation).

Buckethead Zombies and their world-themed variants are Basic Zombies with buckets on their heads, making them extremely tough.


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, Buckethead Aristocrat Zombie in Renaissance Age and Buckethead Samurai Zombie in Heian Age. Its health and speed are the same as in Plants vs. Zombies.

The Buckethead Zombie absorbs 1290 damage per shot, and his appearance changes upon absorbing 350, 700, 1100 (when the bucket is destroyed), and 1195 (when his arm falls off) before dying at 1290 DPS.

In the Chinese version, Buckethead Zombies (with the exception of Roman Buckethead) absorb 1370 damage per shot, and his appearance changes upon absorbing 350, 700, 1100 (when the bucket is destroyed), and 1235 (when his arm falls off) before dying at 1370 DPS.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies 2

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.

ZCorp Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

An environmentally friendly recycle bin protects the employee's noggin from damage.

ZCorp fully complies with all local, state and federal waste disposal ordinances.

ZCorp Contractor Buckethead

SPEED: Basic

Recycle bins make excellent and environmentally friendly headgear.

ZCorp encourages its contractors to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for keeping their heads safe.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

    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:


    Buckethead Samurai Zombie
    TOUGHNESS: Hardened
    SPEED: Basic
    This wire barrel gives good protection, at least that how the Samurai Zombies think.

    This wire barrel might look like it's made with wood, but the rings around it are top level japanned wire rings.

    In Chinese:




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 himself. 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.

Balance changes

Update 6.3.1

  • Health decreased from 270 DPS to 190 DPS


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  • 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“, well despite the presence of his historical predecessors.
  • 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 can absorb 4110 damage per shot which make his health even higher than a regular Gargantuar. It takes 3 level 1 instant kill plants to kill 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

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Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Basic Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Buckethead Zombie · Flag Zombie
Ancient Egypt Mummy Zombie · Conehead Mummy · Buckethead Mummy · Pyramid-Head Zombie · Flag Mummy Zombie · Egypt Rally Zombie · Ra Zombie · Camel Zombies · Explorer Zombie · Torchlight Zombie · Tomb Raiser Zombie · Pharaoh Zombie · Mummified Gargantuar · Imp Mummy · Zombot Sphinx-inator
Pirate Seas Pirate Zombie · Conehead Pirate · Buckethead Pirate · Barrelhead Zombie · Flag Pirate Zombie · Jolly Roger Zombie · Swashbuckler Zombie · Seagull Zombie · Pelican Zombie · Barrel Roller Zombie · Imp Pirate Zombie · Imp Cannon · Pirate Captain Zombie · Zombie Parrot · Gargantuar Pirate · Zombot Plank Walker
Wild West Cowboy Zombie · Conehead Cowboy · Buckethead Cowboy · Cart-Head Zombie · Flag Cowboy Zombie · Cowboy Rally Zombie · Prospector Zombie · Pianist Zombie · Poncho Zombie · Chicken Wrangler Zombie · Zombie Chicken · Zombie Bull · Rodeo Legend Zombie · Zombie Bull Rider · Wild West Gargantuar · Zombot War Wagon
Frostbite Caves Cave Zombie · Cave Conehead Zombie · Cave Buckethead Zombie · Blockhead Zombie · Cave Flag Zombie · Hunter Zombie · Yeti Imp · Dodo Rider Zombie · Troglobite · Weasel Hoarder · Ice Weasel · Sloth Gargantuar · Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC
Lost City Adventurer Zombie · Conehead Adventurer Zombie · Buckethead Adventurer Zombie · Flag Adventurer Zombie · Lost Pilot Zombie · Lost City Imp Zombie · Excavator Zombie · Parasol Zombie · Bug Zombie · Porter Gargantuar · Imp Porter · Relic Hunter Zombie · Turquoise Skull Zombie · Zombot Aerostatic Gondola
Far Future Future Zombie · Future Conehead Zombie · Future Buckethead Zombie · Holo Head Zombie · Future Flag Zombie · Robo-Rally Zombie · Jetpack Zombie · Blastronaut Zombie · Shield Zombie · Bug Bot Imp · Robo-Cone Zombie · Disco-tron 3000 · Disco Jetpack Zombie · Mecha-Football Zombie · Gargantuar Prime · Zombot Tomorrow-tron
Dark Ages Peasant Zombie · Conehead Peasant · Buckethead Peasant · Knight Zombie · Peasant Flag Zombie · Imp Monk Zombie · Jester Zombie · Dark Ages Gargantuar · Wizard Zombie · Zombie King · Announcer Imp · Imp Dragon Zombie · Zombot Dark Dragon
Neon Mixtape Tour Neon Zombie · Neon Conehead · Neon Buckethead · Neon Flag Zombie · Punk Zombie · Glitter Zombie · MC Zom-B · Impunk · Hair Metal Gargantuar · Breakdancer Zombie · Arcade Zombie · 8-Bit Zombie · Boombox Zombie · Zombot Multi-stage Masher
Jurassic Marsh Jurassic Zombie · Jurassic Conehead · Jurassic Buckethead · Jurassic Fossilhead · Amberhead Zombie · Jurassic Flag Zombie · Jurassic Rally Zombie · Jurassic Imp · Jurassic Gargantuar · Jurassic Bully · Jurassic Rockpuncher · Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur
Big Wave Beach Pompadour Zombie · Pompadour Conehead · Pompadour Buckethead · Beach Flag Zombie · Bikini Zombie · Bikini Conehead · Bikini Buckethead · Snorkel Zombie · Imp Mermaid Zombie · Surfer Zombie · Deep Sea Gargantuar · Fisherman Zombie · Octo Zombie · Zombot Sharktronic Sub
Modern Day Brickhead Zombie · Rally Zombie · Gargantuar · Imp · Newspaper Zombie · Sunday Edition Zombie · Balloon Zombie · All-Star Zombie · Super-Fan Imp
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Ancient Rome Roman Zombie · Roman Conehead · Roman Buckethead · Centurion Zombie · Bust Head Zombie · Roman Flag Zombie · Healer Zombie · Roman Shield Zombie · Gladiator Gargantuar · Roman Imp · Zcorpion Zombie · Zombie Medusa · Roman Caesar Zombie
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