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Locust Swarm is a basic common zombie trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Beastly Icon.pngBeastly class.

It costs 5BrainPvZH.png to play, and its ability instantly destroys a selected plant on the field. Its plant counterpart is Squash.



It is based on a swarm of locusts, species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae which possess both a solitary phase and a swarming phase.

Its old description is a reference to how locust swarms are a major threat to plants. It might also reference the fact that the collective noun for locusts is "a plague," and that one of the Ten Plagues of Egypt was a plague of locusts.

The new description is a reference to Mercutio's last words in Romeo and Juliet: "A plague upon both your houses!" abd/or King Lear: "A plague upon your epileptic visage!"


  • Class: Beastly
  • Tribe: Pet Trick
  • Ability: Destroy a Plant.
  • Set - Rarity: Basic - Common

Card description

A plague upon your lawns!

Update history

Update 1.2.11

  • Description change: Was originally A plague. That'll show 'em!



Use it how you would when using any instant-kill trick like Rocket Science or Cut Down to Size since their abilities are very similar.

Locust Swarm does not have any restrictions on what it can destroy, and it is reliable (unlike B-flat, though it does cost less than the former). But on the downside, Locust Swarm is very expensive. It is also outclassed by many other instant-kills in most situations, even if they have limits. Locust Swarm also cannot affect UntrickableAltBig.pngUntrickable plants. Still, even if you consider the negatives, it is a great card to have for many PvZH Beastly Icon.pngBeastly decks nonetheless, especially in heavy control decks.

Locust Swarm is also a pet trick, so if there is a Zookeeper or Cat Lady on the field and you saved 5 brains, you can destroy a plant while boosting your pets. However, if one wants to simply boost them and no dangerous plant fighter is present, one should not use it, but rather play a cheap pet card.

Despite its high reliability (only losing to Primordial Cheese Shover's evolution ability, which can destroy UntrickableAltBig.pngUntrickable plants), Locust Swarm should be also paired with other removal cards, as, chances are, the plant hero can bait out the zombie player's removal cards with cheap, weak, yet dangerous plants to make way for their more powerful plants. And when they come, pave your own way by using the other removal cards.

The Smash is a good example since he also leads the PvZH Hearty Icon.pngHearty class, which can destroy weak plants (or weaken plants and make them vulnerable to tricks) and make way for Locust Swarm against stronger plants. Immorticia also has Rocket Science, effectively increasing the availability of hard removal cards, as both are usually used to counter powerful plants with high strength.


Almost every PvZH Beastly Icon.pngBeastly hero would bring Locust Swarm due to its effectiveness, so pay attention to the brain counter. If you see your opponent has saved at least 5 brains, then there is a high chance that Locust Swarm will be played. The best counter to this trick is Umbrella Leaf, as she makes all plants invulnerable to it, although Umbrella Leaf herself isn't. If you don't have her, conserving your stronger cards is a good (but slightly risky) strategy too.

You should also be wary if your opponent has a Zookeeper or Cat Lady on the field, because Locust Swarm is a pet card and thus can activate their abilities. While doing that just for the sake of boosting a zombie is rare, it should not be ignored.



In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Locust Swarm
China Simplified Chinese 蝗虫群
Traditional Chinese 蝗蟲群
France French Nuée de sauterelles
Germany German Heuschreckenschwarm
Italy Italian Sciame di cavallette
Japan Japanese イナゴの大群
South Korea Korean 메뚜기 떼
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Praga de Gafanhotos
Russia Russian Саранча
Spain Spanish Enjambre de langostas


  • It is the most expensive pet trick in the game.

See also

V · T · E Zombies in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
PvZH Beastly Icon.png Beastly
Heroes Brain Freeze · Electric Boogaloo · The Smash · Immorticia
Common Skunk Punk · Pied Piper · Zookeeper · Dolphin Rider · Locust Swarm
Premium Dog Walker · Nibble · Snorkel Zombie · Yeti Lunchbox · Haunting Zombie · Loudmouth · B-flat
Galactic Total Eclipse · Alien Ooze · Surfer Zombie
Colossal Haunting Ghost
Triassic Goat · Vengeful Cyborg
Premium Squirrel Herder · Vimpire · Vitamin Z · Kangaroo Rider · Smashing Gargantuar
Galactic Biodome Botanist · Cosmic Yeti
Colossal Primordial Cheese Shover
Triassic Killer Whale
Premium Cat Lady · Zombie Yeti · Deep Sea Gargantuar · Maniacal Laugh
Galactic Cheese Cutter · Cyborg Zombie · Area 22
Colossal Extinction Event · Ancient Vimpire
Triassic Hunting Grounds
Premium Nurse Gargantuar · Octo Zombie · Zombot 1000
Galactic Interstellar Bounty Hunter · Supernova Gargantuar
Colossal Mondo Bronto
Triassic Gargantuar-Throwing Gargantuar
Event Cards Fraidy Cat · Secret Agent · Energy Drink Zombie · Synchronized Swimmer · Hover-Goat 3000 · Overstuffed Zombie · Sneezing Zombie · King of the Grill
Token Cards Zom-Bats
Superpowers Frozen Tundra · Slammin' Smackdown · Stayin' Alive · Witch's Familiar · Acid Rain · Evaporate · Galvanize
PvZH Brainy Icon.png Brainy
Heroes Super Brainz · Rustbolt · Professor Brainstorm · Immorticia · Huge-Gigantacus
Common Cardboard Robot Zombie · Paparazzi Zombie · Lurch for Lunch · Fun-Dead Raiser · Drum Major
Premium Chimney Sweep · Beam Me Up · Cell Phone Zombie · Pool Shark · Zombot Drone Engineer · Brain Vendor · Mountain Climber
Galactic Cryo-Brain · Medulla Nebula · Moonwalker
Colossal Copter Commando
Triassic Mustache Waxer · Pirate's Booty
Premium Gentleman Zombie · Kite Flyer · Gadget Scientist · Hail-a-Copter · Wizard Gargantuar
Galactic Cosmic Scientist · Triplication
Colossal Zom-Blob
Triassic Mustache Monument
Premium Electrician · Rocket Science · Mad Chemist · Portal Technician
Galactic Neutron Imp · Transformation Station · Wormhole Gatekeeper
Colossal Evolutionary Leap · Parasol Zombie
Triassic Duckstache
Premium Teleport · Shieldcrusher Viking · Trickster
Galactic Interdimensional Zombie · Teleportation Zombie
Colossal Gargantuar Mime
Triassic Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur
Event Cards Leprechaun Imp · Regifting Zombie · Trick-or-Treater · Thinking Cap · Kitchen Sink Zombie · Bad Moon Rising
Token Cards Pot of Gold · Space Cadet · Zom-Bats
Superpowers Carried Away · Shrink Ray · Eureka · Witch's Familiar · Terror-Former 10,000 · Cut Down to Size · Summoning · Telepathy · Iron Boarder · Teleportation Station
PvZH Crazy Icon.png Crazy
Heroes Electric Boogaloo · Impfinity · Professor Brainstorm · Z-Mech
Basic Cards Backup Dancer · Bungee Plumber · Cuckoo Zombie · Disco Zombie · Flamenco Zombie
Premium Tennis Champ · Unlife of the Party · Conga Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Cakesplosion · Orchestra Conductor · Foot Soldier Zombie
Galactic Loose Cannon · Meteor Z · Space Ninja
Colossal Mystery Egg · Sugary Treat
Triassic Trapper Territory
Premium Exploding Imp · Jester · Zombot's Wrath · The Chickening · Imp-Throwing Gargantuar
Galactic Final Mission · Cosmic Dancer
Colossal Gizzard Lizard
Triassic Disco Dance Floor
Premium Aerobics Instructor · Abracadaver · Fireworks Zombie · Disco-Tron 3000
Galactic Disco-Naut · Moon Base Z · Gas Giant
Colossal Quickdraw Con Man
Triassic Grave Robber · Zombie's Best Friend
Premium Barrel of Deadbeards · Valkyrie · Gargantuars' Feast
Galactic Quasar Wizard · Binary Stars
Colossal Tankylosaurus
Triassic Headhunter
Event Cards Exploding Fruitcake · Unexpected Gifts · Stupid Cupid · Frankentuar · Gargantuar-Throwing Imp · Hippity Hop Gargantuar
Token Cards Impfinity Clone · Captain Deadbeard
Superpowers Stayin' Alive · Triple Threat · Eureka · Missile Madness · Brute Strength · Dance Off · Electrobolt
PvZH Hearty Icon.png Hearty
Heroes Rustbolt · The Smash · Neptuna · Z-Mech
Common Baseball Zombie · Rolling Stone · Conehead · Team Mascot · Medic
Premium Arm Wrestler · Camel Crossing · Flag Zombie · Terrify · Trash Can Zombie · Buckethead · Ra Zombie
Galactic Cone Zone · Celestial Custodian · Screen Door Zombie
Colossal Healthy Treat · Zombie Middle Manager
Triassic Leftovers
Premium Sumo Wrestler · Zombie Coach · Monster Mash · Knight of the Living Dead · Rodeo Gargantuar
Galactic Escape through Time · Cosmic Sports Star
Colossal Primeval Yeti
Triassic Lost Colosseum
Premium Landscaper · Weed Spray · All-Star Zombie · Coffee Zombie
Galactic Black Hole · Genetic Experiment · Planetary Gladiator
Colossal Jurassic Fossilhead
Triassic Knockout · Turquoise Skull Zombie
Premium Zombie King · Undying Pharaoh · Wannabe Hero
Galactic Intergalactic Warlord · Zombot Battlecruiser 5000
Colossal Stompadon
Triassic Chum Champion
Event Cards Zombology Teacher · Gargologist · Turkey Rider · Going Viral · Bonus Track Buckethead · Defensive End
Token Cards Octo-Pet
Superpowers Shrink Ray · Slammin' Smackdown · Octo-Pult · Missile Madness · Heroic Health · Possessed · Rock Wall
PvZH Sneaky Icon.png Sneaky
Heroes Brain Freeze · Super Brainz · Impfinity · Neptuna · Huge-Gigantacus
Common Imp · Mini-Ninja · Smoke Bomb · Fishy Imp · Smelly Zombie
Premium Headstone Carver · Zombie Chicken · Hot Dog Imp · Swashbuckler Zombie · Backyard Bounce · Stealthy Imp · Firefighter
Galactic Graveyard · Ice Pirate · Frosty Mustache
Colossal Swabbie · Barrel of Barrels
Triassic Monkey Smuggler
Premium Imp Commander · Barrel Roller Zombie · Surprise Gargantuar · Walrus Rider · Zombot Stomp
Galactic Cosmic Imp · Space Pirate
Colossal Blowgun Imp
Triassic Buried Treasure
Premium Toxic Waste Imp · Line Dancing Zombie · Pogo Bouncer · Tomb Raiser Zombie
Galactic Ducky Tube Zombie · Dr. Spacetime · Laser Base Alpha
Colossal Cursed Gargolith
Triassic Excavator Zombie · Unthawed Viking
Premium Mixed-Up Gravedigger · Zombot Sharktronic Sub · Zombot Plank Walker
Galactic Space Cowboy · Cryo-Yeti
Colossal Zombot Aerostatic Gondola
Triassic Raiding Raptor
Event Cards Imposter · Fire Rooster · Imp-Throwing Imp · Captain Flameface · Zombie High Diver · Trapper Zombie
Token Cards Impfinity Clone · Octo-Pet
Superpowers Frozen Tundra · Carried Away · Triple Threat · Octo-Pult · Terror-Former 10,000 · In-Crypted · Super Stench · Dolphinado · Ice Moon
Tokens Zombie · Returned Octo Zombie
Superpowers Flick-a-Plant · Get Well · Motivate