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This page lists unused content and concept art for the game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. It should be noted that these descriptions are not fabricated but are primarily found in various versions of the game's code. Additionally, one should note that some of these "scrapped" features might be reintroduced to the game in the future.

Concept art

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes started development in 2014 and concept art exists from the game's earliest stages.

In addition to these images, a video exists on Vimeo showing the game's earliest animations. Some of the art style seems based on Plants vs. Zombies Adventures.

Game of Plants

The Game of Plants (based on Game of Thrones) is mentioned a few times in the code. It is possibly an event or a future mission. Some unused descriptions like "Winter is coming," "Summer is coming" and "Mekka Lekka Hi-Mekka Hiney BRAINS!" might be related to this. Additionally, two unknown heroes are mentioned—Crime Biter and Professor Von Bats.

Fastest Match Icon

The August/September Update (version 1.18.3) claimed to add a "Fastest Match Icon" and that "In Multiplayer, if you can get faster matchmaking at your Rank by playing Plants or Zombies, you'll see a Fastest Match icon." This icon has not been seen in that update nor in any other updates since then.

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However, this clock found on the game's files may be how the Fast Matchmaking Button would have looked.

Internal names

Sometimes during the loading screen for a multiplayer game, the game uses different names for the heroes in the code than in the actual game. These names are sometimes used for multiplayer names for users under the age of 13 or if connection is too slow to load the username.


In-game name Code name
Captain Combustible scortchwood
Electric Boogaloo disco
Green Shadow penelopea
Immorticia witch
Rustbolt cyborg
The Smash gargantuar
Super Brainz cptbrainz
Chompzilla chomper
Solar Flare sunflower


In-game name Code name
Kite Flyer kitescientist
Flourish bloomfortwo
Threepeater treepeater/threepeater
Swashbuckler pirateCaptain
Trickster pranksterzombie
Headstone Carver GravestoneCarver
Octo-Pet ZombieOctopus
Mixed Up Gravedigger gravedigger
Briar Rose rosethorn
Sour Grapes grapeshot
Valkyrie OperaZombie
Squirrel Herder SquirrelWranglerZombie
Walrus Rider ZombieWalrus/WalrusRider
Telepathy Epiphany
Zombot 1000 DrZombossMegaGargantaur
Fishy Imp mermaid_imp
Loudmouth MegaphoneImp
More Spore FungalDrop
Nurse Gargantuar DrGargantuar
Drone Engineer EngineerZombie
Vimpire ImpVampire
Smashing Pumpking pumpkin
Firefighter FiremanZombie
Gargantuars' Feast GargFeed/DinnerFor3
Bungee Plumber BungeeJumper/plumber
Sweet Potato SweetPatato
Poppin' Poppies Poppies
Camel Crossing CamelPlates
Abracadaver MagicianZombie
Summoning Necromancy
Bubble Up ThrowAFriend
Terrify ScareAway
Zombie King Tomb Raiser

Additionally, the classes Crazy and Beastly are code-named madcap and hungry, respectively.


Name Card text Notes
Resistant Radish N/A A 6-cost 4/6 with "When played: All Plants get +2 Attack." This is most likely "The Mad Radish Samourai", i.e. Radish from the concept art images.
Whack-a-Zombie (beta) N/A A 5-cost Kabloom Trick with "Do 5 damage". This is almost identical to the card Sizzle.
Hypnotize Deal 3 damage to a Plant or the Plant Hero It actually dealt damage to a Zombie or the Zombie Hero. It was a Superpower card.
Health-Nut (beta) N/A 5-cost 6/6 with no ability
Gloom-Shroom (beta) CHARACTER REMOVED 8-cost 8/8 with "When played: Do 3 damage to all Zombies." Was later changed into a 5-cost 5/4 with "When played: Do 1 damage to Zombies here. Mushroom Evolution: Deal 3 damage instead.
Gatling Pea (beta) When played: Destroy a Plant. 3-cost 6/6.
Imitator (beta) When played: Draw two cards. 2-cost 0/2. Used to be "When played: Gain two Plants." in older versions due to the wording of abilities back then.
Body-Gourd (beta) When played: Your Block Meter goes up by a Double Charge. 5-cost 3/6. Unlike the current Body-Gourd, it didn't have Team-Up and Amphibious, and its rarity was Super-Rare. Though, despite existing in early 2016, it was listed under Set 2 in PvZH 1.0.
Mega-heal Heal a Plant to full, It gets +5HeartPvZH. 1-cost Superpower trick card. It was Wall-Knight's original signature superpower. It also increased a Plant's HeartPvZH by 6 instead of 5 according to the card's coding.
Blank Plant N/A N/A
Buddy System N/A 1-cost Solar trick. It has animations and visuals, and it uses gloves pretty similar to Gardening Gloves, but they're redrawn to be animated to handshake.
Veloci-Radish Packmate Team-Up

Dino-Roar: This gets +1StrengthPvZH.

A token originally made when Veloci-Radish (now known as Veloci-Radish Hunter) was played.


Name Card text Notes
TEST Zombie Aquatic N/A Probably used for testing the behavior of the Amphibious trait.
TEST Zombie Destroy Target Plant Fighter Burst N/A Burst is a keyword used in PvZH Code for tricks, so this was likely a card made to test how tricks that destroy would behave.
TEST Zombie Buff Fighter Burst N/A Probably used for testing the behavior of Tricks that buff Zombies.
0 Plant Board Clear Cheat 0 Destroy all fighters. This is a developer cheat; it is a superpower. Possible to be seen in older versions via a glitch in The Smash's hero quest.
Skydiver Training Move a Zombie from Heights. It gets +1StrengthPvZH/+1HeartPvZH. This was a Superpower Trick.
Rubo's Master N/A 5-cost 3/5 with no ability.
Zomboss's Gargantuar When played: This does a Bonus Attack. 10-cost 10/10.
Screen Door Zombie (beta) Armored 1. 2-cost 2/3.
Minelayer Zombie Gravestone 3-cost 2/1 with "When revealed: Destroy a Plant."
Imposter (beta) When destroyed: Make a 3/1 Imp here. 3-cost 1/3. This was originally a Galactic Gardens card.
Other Imposter N/A 3-cost 3/1. Summoned by Imposter after destroying him.
Finale Dancer When destroyed: Do 3 damage to the Plant Hero. 5-cost 6/3.
Zombie Mob When played: Destroy a Zombie. 6-cost 6/6. This effect is identical to Gatling Pea's.
Wilting Away Deal 3 3-cost Trick with "Do 3 damage."
Stoneworker N/A 2-cost 2/1.
Jetpack Zombie N/A 1-cost 3/1. This was a Crazy Zombie.
Brains in a Jar When played: Gain 3 Brains this turn. 2-cost Trick. Might have inspired Brain Vendor, or been scrapped due to Brain Vendor being a better concept.
The Blocker N/A 5-cost 3/5.
Toughen Up! All Zombies get +2HeartPvZH. 2-cost Trick. This card is identical to Camel Crossing, except it costs 1 more.
Duplicate N/A 4-cost Trick with no ability.
Double Trouble N/A 3-cost Trick with no ability.
Bionic Zombie N/A N/A
Blank Zombie N/A It costs 99 Brains and cannot be played. Possible to be seen in update 1.14.10 by Mad Chemist or Eureka. This card is used to deflate AI difficulty by putting an unplayable (Even if they have 99 brains) card in their hand.
Cheating Zombie Draw 5 cards. Heal your Hero for 20. Gain 30 Sun. Then this dies. Now get to work! This is a developer cheat.
Zombie Nurse Start of Tricks: Heal all Zombies and the Zombie Hero for 2HeartPvZH. 3-cost 2/4 Professional Zombie in the Hearty class. She was made during the early betas of Colossal Fossils, but was scrapped for Sneezing Zombie. All that's left of this unused card is her Pack Sprite.
Raptor Grounds When a Zombie enters this lane, it does a Bonus Attack. 3-cost Rare Environment in the Brainy class.Sprites are reused for Teleportation Station


Old Plant Designs

Old Zombie Designs


  • In Spudow's concept Hero Intro comic, you can see Cakesplosion has hair, while in the final game, he does not have any hair.
    • Though, in early beta releases, Cakesplosion would have hair on Pack Art, and this would be changed later, meaning Cakesplosion likely had hair at some point in development.
  • According to the code for Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, Yeti's Lunchbox was going to be a superpower.
    • Nibble was also going to be a superpower as well. 
  • It's likely Teleportation Zombie's design was changed to make it look less close to copyrighted material from Star Trek, but it could've also been changed out of creativity.
  • Cat Lady and Fraidy Cat's textures are located in the same section of the game files in early releases of PvZ Heroes. As only fighters who share textures are stored this way, one can assume that they were linked at some point or even part of the same fighter in earlier versions.
  • Crazy Dave and Dr. Zomboss have unused full-body textures. According to code, they were going to be Heroes themselves instead of simply instructing the player.
    • The Unused hero leveling system includes Dr. Zomboss and Crazy Dave as Heroes the player can get Hero Shards for, furthering this theory.
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