- For other uses, see Gargantuar (disambiguation).
Gargantuar is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Gargantuars are identified easily by their large muscles, usually holding a large weapon, their huge structure, and aggressive faces, and usually have high health and ways to instantly kill plants. Gargantuars are some of the toughest non-boss zombies in the franchise, and sometimes have been used as bosses due to their strength.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Gargantuars have appeared in eight games.
- Main article: Gargantuar (PvZ)
In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Gargantuar is the 23rd zombie encountered in Adventure Mode. These zombies absorb 3,000 DPS, can crush plants instantly (crushing Flower Pots and Pumpkins as well if a plant is inside one of them), and throw an Imp when they have lost half of their health. This makes Gargantuars a colossal threat, especially when in groups, and the player needs two instant kills if they wish to defeat them quickly. In I, Zombie they cost 300 sun, but costs only 275 brains in Versus Mode.
An even stronger version of the Gargantuar, the Giga-gargantuar, is encountered in certain versions of the game and usually only in endless modes. The Giga-gargantuar has double the health of a Gargantuar, thus absorbing 6,000 DPS or four instant kills, but otherwise is the exact same. There used to be a bug in the Free mobile version where Giga-gargantuars were totally invincible, but this was eventually patched.
- Main article: Gargantuar Zombie
Gargantuar Zombie was the last zombie to be added to Plants vs. Zombies Adventures before it was shut down, first appearing in the first level of the Zombitorium Manor. Overall however, Gargantuar Zombie was exactly like its Plants vs. Zombies counterpart, crushing plants in the way, absorbing 3,000 DPS, and throwing an Imp. However, Gargantuar Zombie fired an Imp after losing 1,000 of their HP in this game, rather than 1,500.
It costed 20,000 coins to send one to attack a neighbor and 7,500 coins as well as 45 minutes to train one for Brainball.
- Main article: Gargantuar (PvZ2)
Gargantuars return in Plants vs. Zombies 2, first added in the 1.7 update. Like the first game, they have high health, crush plants, and throw Imps when they lose around half of their health. However, Gargantuars have received both a health and speed buff, moving at Hungry speed and absorbing typically 3,600 damage per shot rather than 3,000 and have variants for every world. There is also a level featuring Gargantuars in every world, which used to give a World Key when beaten, but now are just traditional levels.
Certain Gargantuars have traits that make them unique from other Gargantuars. These are the Gargantuar Prime which fires lasers, crushes twices, and can be stunned by E.M.Peach, Sloth Gargantuar who fires 3 Imps rather than 1, and is immune to freezing, Hair Metal Gargantuar who can create a shockwave when under effect of their jam, and Jurassic Gargantuar which is tougher but slower than other Gargantuars.
- Main article: Gargantuar (Boss)
In the shooter games, Gargantuar is a boss typically fought in Garden Ops. In the Garden Warfare games, their main method of attack is to swing their giant telephone pole, dealing heavy damage and knockback to Plants, as well as having a chance to fire Imp projectiles for less damage. In Battle for Neighborville, an attack that used to belong to Giga Gargantuar was added to their options, being able to shoot lightning out of the pole for a ranged attack.
In Garden Warfare, getting a Super Gargantuar wave has more Exploding Imps, Blitzers, and Soldier or All-Star variants than usual to assist the Gargantuars while in Battle for Neighborville, the elite Gargantuar wave is unique compared to other elite waves. Rather than the wave being a singular boss with a special gimmick, two Gargantuars appear instead, with Browncoats, TV Heads, Foot Soldiers, and Engineers providing backup. The Gargantuars themselves lack a gimmick, but when one is defeated, a tombstone appears and must be destroyed in a certain timeframe before another spawns.
Throughout the games, a few other Gargantuar-based bosses have been included, which includes Giga Gargantuar, who overall is more projectile-based compared to Gargantuar being melee-based, Mech Gargantuar, which is based off the Gargantuar Prime, and House Gargantuar, which is a Gargantuar with armor that protects their frontside, but limits their attacks. Zombomb also uses Gargantuar's design, but simply deals damage by exploding.
- Main article: Smashing Gargantuar
Smashing Gargantuar makes a reappearance in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. Appearing as a Premium Rare in the Gargantuar tribe, he costs 5s and has 5/5. His ability gives every zombie with the Gargantuar tribe, including himself, the Frenzy trait until all Smashing Gargantuars are destroyed.
There are multiple other Gargantuars based on Gargantuars introduced earlier in the series, including Imp-Throwing Gargantuar (based off Pirate Gargantuar), Deep Sea Gargantuar, King of the Grill (based on Gargantuar's Summer Nights costume), Frankentuar (based on Gargantuar's Lawn of Doom costume), and Hippity Hop Gargantuar (based on Gargantuar's Springening costume).
- Main article: Gargantuar (PvZ3)
The latest appearance of Gargantuar was in Plants vs. Zombies 3. They were a Neighborhood zombie and behaved like they did in previous games, crushing plants and throwing Imps after losing half of their health. Gargantuar's health got nerfed, absorbing only 2,800 damage at level 1 compared to 3,600 in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Gargantuar was labeled as a Brute, Crushing, Imp Thrower, and Minesweeper threat. Gargantuars first appeared on floor 15.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Gargantuar.
- Along with the Zombie, Conehead Zombie, Buckethead Zombie and Imp, Gargantuar is one of the five zombies to have appeared in every Plants vs. Zombies game.
- Gargantuar is a pun based on the word "gargantuan".
- The Gargantuar, the Zomboni, Dr. Zomboss, the Giga-gargantuar, the Catapult Zombie, the Squash Zombie, the Weightlifter Zombie, the Glitter Zombie, the Barrel Roller Zombie (barrel intact) and the Pianist Zombie are the only zombies that can crush plants.
- Even though Gargantuars do not eat, the eating sound is still played if he successfully invades the house.
- The Gargantuar looks like he is wearing a ripped coat that a Zombie wears.
- Gargantuar in Spanish are called (in the first version of Plants vs. Zombies) Zombistein.