Plants vs. Zombies Wiki

Planetary Gladiator is a galactic super-rare zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Hearty Icon.pngHearty class. He costs 1BrainPvZH.png to play and has 1StrengthPvZH.png/3HeartPvZH.png.

He has the PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored 1 trait, and his ability redirects all damage that is supposed to go to the zombie hero to him. This ability persists until all Planetary Gladiators are removed from the field. His closest plant counterpart is Soul Patch.



He is based on a gladiator, an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals.

His description is a reference to a decision by the International Astronomical Union to drop Pluto from the planetary ranks.


  • Class: Hearty
  • Tribes: Sports Professional Zombie
  • Trait: PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored 1
  • Ability: If your Hero would get hurt, this gets hurt instead.
  • Set - Rarity: Galactic - Super-Rare

Card description

He's still not sure if he should defend Pluto or not.

Update history

Update 1.16.10

  • Added to the game.

Update 1.22.12

  • Tribe added: Professional



Planetary Gladiator is an excellent zombie to have early in the game, especially for his great value for 1 brain. You can play him on the first turn, and you are almost always guaranteed to live through the turn unscathed. Even a small health boost allows him to survive all the damage from Power Pummel at 3 ground lanes. While not as efficient as he is early-game, he still has value late-game, as he is cheap and can absorb a hit or two before being destroyed.

If you are playing as Rustbolt or Z-Mech and get lucky, you will be able to play Rock Wall on the following turn, increasing his health even further and making him more of a nuisance to your opponent. The Smash can boost him with things such as Vitamin Z. This lets him hit harder and possibly overwhelm your opponent so that he is virtually indestructible to fighters.

Additionally, he is a sports zombie, so you can boost him with Team Mascot so that he lasts longer, and protect him with Zombie Coach so that neither he nor you can take damage for a turn, very similar to Uncrackable. Escape through Time is another card that works well with him, being able to shield him like Zombie Coach can. Zombot Battlecruiser 5000 is also another option, although it is much more expensive.

For professional synergy, he synergizes well with both Jurassic Fossilhead and Zombie Middle Manager. Planetary Gladiator can be played on turn 1 to Evolve Jurassic Fossilhead on turn 2. While there are also Zombie Middle Manager and Zombology Teacher in the list of 1-brain professional zombies, Planetary Gladiator is the safest option out of the three due to his high health and the PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored 1 trait. Barring Jurassic Fossilhead, Zombie Middle Manager will boost himself every time a plant tries to hurt you due to Planetary Gladiator's ability.


If your opponent plays this on the first turn, it will take you a bit to get rid of him due to his 3 health and PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored 1 trait. You are not going to be able to destroy him unless you use a superpower that allows you to take him out. In fact, the only superpowers that can destroy him on turn 1 are Power Pummel, Precision Blast, Devour, and Tater Toss.

Fortunately, he only has 1 strength, so he will not bother you much offensively, and can also be easily destroyed by Whack-a-Zombie, Chomper, and Toadstool, although it may be better to save them for more dangerous zombies.

Haunted Pumpking can also destroy Planetary Gladiator if he is unboosted, but bear in mind that it will give your opponent a card advantage. Also, your opponent can play a strength-boosting card to put you in a dilemma if they are The Smash or Z-Mech, or use Team Mascot frequently. In such a case, Bounce him to make him unable to protect your opponent and remove the boost.

You can also make play stat-degrading cards like Water Balloons or Weed Whack to not only reduce his health, rendering him more vulnerable to weaker attacks, but also remove his strength completely, preventing him from even fighting back.

If your opponent plays this on the first turn, avoid playing More Spore as it will be completely useless due to the PvZH Armored Icon.pngArmored 1 trait. However, playing it can still be a good idea if you are planning on using Buff-Shroom the next turn to increase the Button Mushrooms' stats.

Using the Strikethrough trait against this zombie may also be useful provided the plant with the trait has at least 2 strength, as the Planetary Gladiator will take damage twice (once from hitting him directly, another time from hitting the zombie hero as a result of the Strikethrough trait). If the plant is able to be buffed to 3 or more strength, one attack will kill this zombie.



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