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For other uses, see Captain Deadbeard (disambiguation).

Captain Deadbeard is a playable zombie class in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. He is a PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend class who specializes in long-range attacks, via either his Spyglass Shot sniper weapon or through his aerial Parrot Pal drone. His Cannon Rodeo ability from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has been replaced with Anchor's Away, a grappling hook to give Captain Deadbeard more mobility in order to reach more strategic positions. Furthermore, he can also now charge up his Spyglass Shot weapon the longer he is scoped in for in order to do more damage and his Scurvy Scattershot now deals many small and weak hitboxes instead of one large and powerful hitbox.


In-game description

Captain Deadbeards are long-range specialists. Use abilities to get to high ground or take to the air with your Parrot Drone to attack from above


Primary Weapon

Close-range scrap blast weapon

In-game description

Captain Deadbeard's primary weapon is the Scurvy Scattershot, which fires 16 projectiles in a widespread. It deals 2 damage per projectile (max of 32 damage if all projectiles hit an enemy). It uses two ammo and can be fired 10 times in a row before needing to be reloaded.

Secondary Weapon

Hold [Zoom] for long range mode. Charged shots deal additional damage

In-game description

Captain Deadbeard's secondary weapon is the Spyglass Shot. Spyglass Shot has 3 charge levels, with the damage increasing the more it is charged. Uncharged shots will only deal 5 damage (7 critical). The 1st charge will deal 15 damage (23 for crits). The 2nd charge will deal 34 damage (55 critical). A fully charged shot will deal 62 damage (98 critical). For each charge, one extra ammo is used.


Left abilities
Barrel BlastBfN.png
Barrel Blast
Hide in a short-fused powder keg. Light fuse with [?].
Center abilities
Parrot PalBfN.png
Parrot Pal
Control a flying Parrot Drone.
Right abilities
Anchor's AwayBfN.png
Anchor's Away
Choose a destination and press [?] to launch yourself.


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Refreshing Revive
Faster refresh time for all abilities by reviving an ally.

Reduces ability cooldown by 100% (10 seconds) when a teammate is revived.
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Rough Patch
Spawn with more health after suffering multiple vanquishes in a row.

After dying three times in a row, spawn with the maximum amount of overhealth for the currently used class after respawning or being revived.
Powder Keg
Barrel BlastBfN.png
Captain Deadbeard gets launched higher from Barrel Blast.

Barrel Blast launches Captain Deadbeard 11.5m (37.73 ft) upward.
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Best Defense
Perk RoleIcon Defend.png
Briefly reduce incoming damage by earning a critical vanquish. Can stack 3 times.

Reduces incoming damage by 10% for 10 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy. Stacks up to 3 times for a total of 27% damage resistance.
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Health Regeneration
Perk RoleIcon Defend.png
Faster health regeneration.

Doubles health regeneration rate.
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Health Regeneration Delay
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Reduced time between taking damage and when health regeneration activates.

Reduces the time required to start health regeneration by half (4 seconds).
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Leveling Up
Earn XP faster.

Earn 10% more XP.
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Critical Blow
Faster refresh time for all abilities by earning a critical vanquish.

Reduces ability cooldown by 5.5 seconds upon critically vanquishing an enemy.
Incoming Keg
Barrel BlastBfN.png
Move faster while in Barrel Blast.

Move 40.3509% faster while in Barrel Blast.
Wind Chilled
Parrot PalBfN.png
Reduced overheat for Parrot Pulse weapon.

Each shot reduces the overheat percentage by 1.333333 percentage points.
Scuttle Shot
Scurvy Scattershot knocks enemies away when dealing damage.

Scurvy Scattershot knocks enemies 2.5m (8.2 ft) upward and 9m (29.53 ft) backward. Enemies can only be knocked back when their 2.5m (8.20 ft) near Captain Deadbeard.
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Perk RoleIcon Defend.png
Move faster when at low health.

Increases movement speed by 20% upon reaching 20% HP or below.
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Move faster, except when sprinting.

Increases walking speed by 12.9032%.
Aye Spy
Improved view on Spyglass Shot lens when zoomed.

Decreases tunnel vision effect by 50%.
Parrot PalBfN.png
Faster refresh time of Eggsplosion by dealing critical damage with Parrot Pal.

Every 4 critical hits with Parrot Pal reduces Eggsplosion's cooldown timer by up to 4 seconds.
Long Barrel
Reduced spread of Scurvy Scattershot.

Reduces Scurvy Scattershot's spread by 50%.
Gain ammo for Spyglass Shot when vanquishing enemies at max charge.

Adds 7 rounds to the Spyglass Shot upon earning a fully charged vanquish.
Heavy Metal
Anchor's AwayBfN.png
Start with max zoom damage for short time after activating Anchor's Away.

Gain an instant full charge on Spyglass Shot after using Anchor's Away.
Shore Leave
Anchor's AwayBfN.png
Move faster for a short time after landing from Anchor's Away.

Increases movement speed by 30% for 5 seconds after using Anchor's Away.
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Adrenaline Rush
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Move faster for a short time by earning a vanquish.

Increases movement speed by 40% for 3 seconds upon vanquishing an enemy.

Related achievement

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Aye Spy with My Little Aye
Earn 200 vanquishes as a Captain Deadbeard.



Captain Deadbeard can be thought of as a Scientist and a Cactus combined into a class. He plays like the Cactus in terms of long-range, yet he can hold his own in close combat, like the Scientist. His Barrel Blast, when given upgrades, is very versatile. Not only does it give you a defense boost when in the barrel, but it gives you a speed boost when lit, and does a lot of damage. His Parrot Pal is small, agile and does a good amount of damage, plus the Eggsplosion carpet bombs an area and does more damage than the Big Bulb Barrage, making it a very solid ability against multiple enemies. Lastly, the Anchor's Away allows you to either get onto higher ground, escape or if very desperate you can hit your aggressor with the anchor for 50 damage. However his major weakness is mid-range, as it is his blind spot, so be wary of characters like the Kernel Corn, Night Cap and Sunflower. His low health means that he is easy to kill.

Overall, Captain Deadbeard is a solid sniper, who can be a threat at and long-range and can hold his own at close range.


Captain Deadbeard is very threatening in long-range as a 2-4 fully charged shot can instantly vanquish any character, and his shotgun is solid, like the Scientist. However, his average health, no good tools at mid-range and lack of versatility in close range means that he isn't that threatening at mid to close range. The best plant to counter Deadbeard would be Rose. Since she has homing equipped with her weapon, you don't really have to fully aim, Arcane Enigma can protect you from Barrel Blast, and can get you farther away from him. Jinx can help you do more damage, plus Goatify can nullify any attempt to get you.

Balancing changes

October 2019 patch

  • Removed delay after button input of Barrel Blast
  • Reduced time between activation and being able to light fuse with Barrel Blast 2.5->1.25s

November 27 2019 Update (Pre-TTK)

  • Remove weapon deploy time for Spyglass Shot
  • Barrel Blast barrel health decreased from 150->85
  • Parrot Drone's Eggsplosion initial blast damage decreased 75->65
  • Parrot Drone's Eggsplosion blast radius of cluster eggs decreased 3.2->2.25
  • Add initial cooldown when parrot is summoned

Early December 2019 TTK Changelist

  • Increase Spyglass Shot ammo capacity 12->20
  • Increase Scurvy Scattershot ammo capacity 12->20
  • Increase Scurvy Scattershot damage per projectile 1.61->1.9
  • Barrel Blast barrel health increased from 85->100
  • Parrot Drone's Parrot Pulse damage increased 7->8.2
  • Decrease overheat penalty for Parrot Drone's Parrot Pulse 3.0->1.0
  • Increase Parrot Drone's Parrot Pulse initial speed 150->350
  • Added bullet speed fall off for Parrot Drone's Parrot Pulse
  • Decrease Eggsplosion initial blast damage 65->50

March 2020 patch

  • Anchor Shot
    • Fix issue with targeting arc not turning off after being revived if vanquished with weapon primed
    • Increase damage 20->50
    • Adjust trajectory to be more center screen aligned
  • Eggsplosion
    • Fix issue with ability refresh timer not resetting
  • Upgrade Powder Keg
    • Remove secondary explosion
      • This fixes a glitch with this upgrade where equipping it will cause the Barrel Blast to deal 300 damage
  • Upgrade Heavy Metal
    • Updated description to match gameplay; full charges lasts until next shot
  • Upgrade Long Barrel
    • Fix issue with reticle not adjusting to new accuracy

May 2020 patch

  • Barrel Blast
    • Decrease shockwave radius 7->5 m
  • Anchor's Away
    • Switch cancel buttons from interact to ability button
  • Eggsplosion
    • Increase main egg blast radius 4.5->5 m
    • Decrease main egg shockwave radius 10->5.25 m
    • Decrease cluster egg shockwave radius 5->2.5 m

September 2020 patch

  • Scurvy Scattershot
    • Decreased pellet spread, multiplier 0.1->0.07x
    • Increased damage 1.9->2.36 per pellet
  • Spyglass Shot
    • Increased dispersion when in air from 0->1.6 degrees
  • Parrot Pulse
    • Decreased damage 8.2->8
    • Increased rate of fire 370->390
    • Increased overheat rate 0.125->0.2 heat per second
    • Decreased time until heat dissipates 0.4->0.2 seconds
    • Decreased accuracy loss per shot from 1->0.04 degrees
    • Increased initial velocity of projectiles 350->400 m/s
    • Increased projectile drag start distance 15->20 meters
    • Increased projectile drag stop distance 30->45 meters
    • Increased projectile velocity post drag 200->250 m/s
    • Adjusted base and aim camera position
  • Upgrade Scuttle Shot
    • Decreased equip cost 3->2
    • Now only knocks back enemies who are close
  • Upgrade Long Barrel
    • Decreased angle of spread on inner projectiles from 0.375->0.175 degrees
    • Decreased angle of spread on outer projectiles from 0.25->0.10 degrees
  • Upgrade Plunder
    • Triggers every 4 critical hits instead of on every critical hit
    • Increased refresh rate multiplier from 1.5->2x
  • Upgrade Aye Spy
    • Decreased equip cost 3->2
  • Upgrade Shore Leave
    • Decreased equip cost 4->2
  • Upgrade Heavy Metal
    • Decreased equip cost 4->2
    • Added VFX to signify that max zoom damage is active
  • Upgrade Freebie
    • Increased ammo gain 4->7


See also

V · T · E
Zombies (Shooter games)
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville zombies
Playable Classes
PvZ BfN Attack Class Icon.png Attack Foot Soldier · Imp (Z-Mech) · Super Brainz · 80s Action Hero · Electric Slide
PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend Captain Deadbeard · All-Star · Space Cadet (Space Station)
PvZ BfN Support Class Icon.png Support Scientist · Engineer · Wizard
Swarm TV Head
Foot Soldier Super Stink Cloud · Rocket Jump · ZPG
Imp Gravity Grenade · Robo Call · Impkata
Z-Mech Missile Madness · Explosive Escape · Bionic Bash
Super Brainz Turbo Twister · Hyper Jump Thump · Super Ultra Ball
80s Action Hero Dynamite Dodge · Rocket Ride · Can't-Miss-ile
Electric Slide Funky Bouncer · Outta Fight! · Disco Tornado
Captain Deadbeard Barrel Blast · Parrot Pal · Anchor's Away
All-Star Imp Punt · Sprint Tackle · Dummy Shield
Space Cadet
Space Station
Space Cadet
Solo Gravity Smash · Station Inflation · Big Bang Beam
Passenger Asteroid Shield · Escape Pod · Hands-On Torpedo
Space Station Space Force · Escape Pod · Crater Maker
Scientist Sticky Healy Thingy · Warp · Healing Hose
Engineer Bullhorn Swarm · Heavy Helper · Double Time
Wizard Zee-lixir · Spell Disaster · Co-Star
TV Head Commercial Break · Yeti, Set, GO! · Overheated Dinner
Spawnable Zombies
Range Rocket Bot · Gatling Bot · Hide-n-Shoot Bot · Mr. Electro
Support Dr. Heals · Loudmouth Bot
Melee Boxer Bot · Explody Bot · Breaker Bot
Melee Buckethead Zombie · Outhouse Zombie · Screen Door Zombie
Range TV Head · TV Buckethead
Support Heal Zombie · Yeti Imp
Battle Leaders Basecoat Bert · Captain Cozplay · Cap'n Sharklunch · Charnado · Dr. Spork · Just Brad · Red Janet · Rolleeta · Sgt. Plaid Attitude · Shadez 2 Cool · The Advertiser · Woofzy
Bounty Hunt
Town Center Byte Knight · Captain Featherbrainz · Shock Wheelz Crew
Mount Steep Bomby Dearest · Ninjimp · Tiny
Elusive Foes
Town Center Fantastico · Pack Rat · Squiddy Shaw
Mount Steep Dig Wig · Mag Pete-O · Safety Stan
Bosses Baron von Bats · Disco Zombie · Gargantuar · Major Problem · Mech Gargantuar · Olds Cool · Treasure Yeti · Yeti Zombie · Zen Sensei · Zombomb
Quest NPCs Bart Barian · Big Boy Gang Leader · Brainstorming Zombies · Brick Fistmissile · Cleatus · Cookie · Dr. Nurse Doctor · Dr. Real Doctor · Dummy · Hugh D. Votee · Izzy · Monkey · Norm Alguy · Otto Do · Peg Legpuller · Power Cora · Seabasstian · Tim · Winston
Others Bouncer Bot · Browncoat Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Exploding Imp · Goat · Miner Problem · Robo-Zombie · TV Conehead