Gnome Bomb

Gnome Bomb in a trailer

Gnome Bomb is a mode in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. Its main objective is the plants or zombies must find the Gnome Bomb to destroy the opponents' Garden or Graveyard while preventing the opposing team from doing the same. Both plants and zombies have three bases with the time limit for the game being 15 minutes. The first team to destroy all three enemy bases wins. If time runs out and neither team has succeeded in destroying all three enemy bases, the team that destroyed the most bases wins. If both teams are tied when the times runs out, the match goes into overtime, in which case the first team to plant (not detonate) a Gnome Bomb wins.


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Plants and Zombies fight for control of the Gnome Bomb. Its devastating power is perfect for destroying the opposing team's garden or graveyard.

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Gnome Bomb may be based on Search and Destroy, a game mode often found in the Call of Duty series.

Version History

Garden Variety DLC

  • Introduced


Sound Description
Plant winning music
Zombie winning music

Related achievements

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Gnome Bomber
Pick up a gnome bomb
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Running of the Gnomes
Plant 5 gnome bombs
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Defuse the Situation
Defuse 3 gnome bombs
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Drop That Gnome
Vanquish 10 enemies while they are carrying a gnome bomb.
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Garden Gnomer
Be on the winning team for 15 matches of Gnome Bomb
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The Last Second
Defuse a Gnome Bomb with 3 seconds or less.


  • On the result screen, if the player's team won, the game will play "Symphony No. 9" by Ludwig van Beethoven, accompanied by a chorus.
    • If the winning team is the zombies, the chorus will be made of zombie voices, otherwise (in case of a plant victory) there will be a faint sound of Peashooter noises.
  • The gnome makes several noises, but its mouth does not move.
  • When acquiring the Gnome Bomb, the player will instantly get healed to full health.
  • When the Gnome Bomb is being carried, it will have a 1-minute countdown until it explodes, killing the carrier and anyone around after which it will reset to its normal spawn point. This is to prevent the other team from carrying the Gnome to a hard-to-reach-spot and stalling the match.
  • When acquiring the Gnome Bomb, the carrying player's abilities are disabled until they drop or plant the Gnome Bomb (or until it blows up, in which they are vanquished and cannot use abilities).
  • In Garden Warfare 2, the use of potted plants and Build-a-Bots are available in this mode and can be planted.
  • In the original Garden Warfare, getting blown up by the Gnome Bomb in Energy Warp will make the player almost invincible. They can only be vanquished by falling off edges, and the train in Jewel Junction. Going into Energy Warp again will make them able to be hurt normally.
    • However, the player must be revived for this to happen.
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Game modes and activities in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Multiplayer Portal Gardens & Graveyards · Herbal Assault · Turf Takeover · Welcome Mat · Team Vanquish · Vanquish Confirmed! · Gnome Bomb · Suburbination · Mixed Mode · Infinity Time
Mystery Portal
Super Mix Modes Battle of Exploding Heroes · Rando's Revenge · Battle of Accuracy · License to Vanquish · I Believe I can Float · Happy New Year! · Mission Imp-ossible · Splish Splash · Serve and Volley · Lunchtime at the Lab · Triple-F Frenzy · Get-Off-My-Lawn-A-Thon · Tactical Team-Up · Get-Off-My-Lawn-A-Thon Part 2 · Guerrilla Warfare · Objective Rush · Flower vs. Power · Flying Explosives · No Calm Gnome Bomb · Siege the Day · Too Fast, Too Noxious · New Recruits · Past Intense · To Heal, or Not To Heal?
Other Cats vs. Dinos · Boss Hunt · Capture the Taco · Soil Survivors
Ops Garden Ops · Graveyard Ops · Solo Ops
Other Backyard Battleground · Flag of Power
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Game modes and activities in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
Multiplayer Garden Ops · Graveyard Ops · Turf Takeover · Team Vanquish · Vanquish Confirmed! · Gnome Bomb · Suburbination · Battle Arena
Weekly events Battle Arena · Back-up in Arms · Boss Team Vanquish · Boss Turf Takeover · Collision Course · Cool Explosions Only · Don't Call it a Comeback · Double Trouble · Garden Warfare · Harm, Help, Hinder · Lunchtime at the Lab · Minion Madness · Movers and Shakers · My Turf, My Rules · Oops! Too many Players · Power Team Vanquish · Rando Confirmed · Rando Ops · The Reinforcements · Satellite Takeover · Space Nuts · Suburbination Isolation · Team Vanquish · Turf Takeover Tactical · Up-close & Impersonal
Free roam Battle Chest · Battle Zone · Bounty Hunt · Gnome challenges · Plumbing Gig
Regions Neighborville · Town Center · Mount Steep · Weirding Woods
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