For other uses, see Captain Deadbeard (disambiguation).
Frozen in a block of ice, Captain Deadbeard has been adrift for hundreds of years. Having just arrived on the shores of Zomburbia with his trusty Parrot Pal, he's crusty, a little musty, and ready to bring the fight to the Plants.

Captain Deadbeard's Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 stickerbook description


Captain Deadbeard is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Captain Deadbeard is a pirate who had been frozen prior to his first appearance, being freed to fight for the zombies and typically provides aggressive support, using typical pirate equipment and has his own Parrot Pal to assist him.

As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Captain Deadbeard has appeared in three games.


Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Main article: Captain Deadbeard (PvZ: GW2)

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Super Brainz's first appearance is in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 as one of the four new playable Zombie classes, serving as the Zombie's sniper class. His health and zoom are like his plant counterpart, but unlike his plant counterpart, his weapon becomes close ranged when he isn't zoomed in.

Captain Deadbeard's abilities are Cannon Rodeo, which is turret-based like the plants' Pea Gatling and Sunbeam, but instead fires five heavy damaging cannonballs with splash damage, Barrel Blast, which puts Deadbeard into an armored barrel that eventually explodes around him, and Parrot Pal, which replaced Engineer's Zombot Drone from the first game and serves the same purpose.

As with the other playable classes in the Garden Warfare series, he has numerous Character variants based on him, each having their own traits which differentiates them from the standard base character.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Main article: Captain Deadbeard (PvZH)

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Captain Deadbeard reappears in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes with an interesting card history. He initially cost 4BrainPvZH.png and had 5StrengthPvZH.png/3HeartPvZH.png with the Mustache and Pirate tribes while being in the PvZH Crazy Icon.pngCrazy class. His first update had his card cost only 3BrainPvZH.png and instead have 4StrengthPvZH.png. Captain Deadbeard isn't a card that can be placed into a deck, instead only appearing once a Barrel of Deadbeards, a 2BrainPvZH.png 1HeartPvZH.png Pirate Barrel also in the Crazy class is destroyed.

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In Update 1.18.13, Captain Deadbeard received a sudden and massive overall, becoming an Event card and thus usable in a deck, as well as being moved into the PvZH Sneaky Icon.pngSneaky class. His new event ability made him become a 2StrengthPvZH.png/4HeartPvZH.png while costing 3BrainPvZH.png and gave every Pirate on the field PvZH Strikethrough Icon.png Strikethrough. After update 1.22.12 however, Captain Deadbeard almost just as suddenly had all these changes reverted and his temporary change was moved to Captain Flameface, though it took until update 1.24.6 to remove any trace that this had occurred by making Unexpected Gifts unable to Conjure him.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

Main article: Captain Deadbeard (PvZ: BfN)

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Captain Deadbeard's latest appearance is in the third-person shooter game Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, put as a PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend class who specializes in long-range attacks. His Scattershot has become weak but more spread out bursts and like his plant counterpart, his Spyglass Shot charges while zoomed in, leading to a stronger attack the more it is charged. He also has a gotten a nerf to his health, only having 100 rather than 125.

Along with this, his Cannon Rodeo has been replaced with Anchor's Away, an ability that has Deadbeard throw an anchor to attack plants, but its main use is to latch onto surfaces to let Deadbeard go to otherwise hard to reach spots.

Unlike Garden Warfare 2, Captain Deadbeard no longer has any Character variants, but instead has a large number of character upgrades, some of which grant abilities to Captain Deadbeard's primary weapon and abilities.


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  • His name may be a parody of Blackbeard, an infamous pirate.
    • His name may also be a parody of Captain Dreadbeard, a pirate from the game World of Warcraft.
      • There is also a pirate from the Skylanders series named Captain Dreadbeard, another pirate he may be based on.
      • There are similar homages in the mobile game Zombie Cafe as well as in the RPG Golden Sun.
    • He may also be based on Captain Chestbeard, who has appeared in Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse.
  • He might be based off the "Pirate Captain" class from the Voxel MMORPG Trove, this is because they are both pirates, they both have a shotgun for a close range attack, relationships with "doubloons," both can deploy their parrots as abilities, and they both can deploy their cannons as abilities, though only in Garden Warfare 2.
  • In the Stickerbook, it says that he was frozen in a block of ice for hundreds of years, however in a 'Fun Fact' about him that occasionally appears on a loading screen, it says that he spent the last 500 years adrift on a piece of wood.
  • According to the loading screen tips, he can play the flute.
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