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Plumber is a Super Rare variant of the Engineer in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and a Rare variant in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. His difference from other Engineer variants is that his weapon has larger splash damage at the cost of less ammo per clip.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

The Plumber Zombie brings the tools of his trade to the fight, capable of launching his explosive plungers with amazing accuracy. He can also unclog Outhouse Zombies when needed.

In-game description

His toilet-powered Plunge Shot features extra generous splash damage.

AI health

  • Easy: 75
  • Normal: 100
  • Hard: 125
  • CRAAAAZY: 150

Primary weapon

His primary weapon is the Plunge Shot. The facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The damage per hit at all ranges base and critical is 36.
  • The max DPS at all ranges is 52.6.
  • The splash damage at all ranges is 25.
  • The ammo in a clip is 10.
  • The reload time is 2.7 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is slow.
  • The weapon is semi-auto.
  • The bloom is low.

Abilities

Left abilities
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Sonic Grenade
The Sonic Grenade is a grenade that, when thrown, will stun plants in a small radius for a short time and forces Burrowing Chompers out from the ground.
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Proximity Sonic Mine
An alternate ability of the Sonic Grenade, the Proximity Sonic Mine is a landmine which can stun plants for about five seconds when they come close to it. It makes Chompers come out of their Burrow ability if they are using it. This can be very useful for defending a teleporter or trying to escape from plants.
Center abilities
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Zombot Drone
The Zombot Drone is a drone equipped with the Zombot Laser and the deadly Cone Strike. It has five health.
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Rocket Drone
The Rocket Drone is an alternate version of Zombot Drone having more health (20). It is equipped with the Mean Beam and Lone Cone.
Right abilities
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Jackhammer
The Jackhammer allows for quicker movement but at the cost at not being able to use your other abilities, though you can still fire your primary weapon, and if you bump into a plant, the plant will suffer knockback and light damage.
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Turbo Jackhammer
An alternate ability of the Jackhammer, the Turbo Jackhammer functions the same as the Jackhammer except that it travels faster, but lasts for a shorter amount of time.

Left abilities
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Sonic Grenade
The Sonic Grenade is a grenade that, when thrown, will stun plants in a small radius for a short time and forces Burrowing Chompers out from the ground.
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Proximity Sonic Mine
An alternate ability of the Sonic Grenade, the Proximity Sonic Mine is a landmine which can stun plants for about five seconds when they come close to it. It makes Chompers come out of their Burrow ability if they are using it. This can be very useful for defending a teleporter or trying to escape from plants.
Center abilities
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Big Bolt Blaster
The Big Bolt Blaster is a mounted turret similar to the Pea Gatling. It has 100 ammo and a very high rate of fire.
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Bedazzled Bolt Blaster
The Bedazzled Bolt Blaster is a reskin of the Big Bolt Blaster and therefore has no difference other than appearance and having different crosshairs.
Right abilities
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Jackhammer
The Jackhammer allows for quicker movement but at the cost at not being able to use your other abilities, though you can still fire your primary weapon, and if you bump into a plant, the plant will suffer knockback and light damage.
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Turbo Jackhammer
An alternate ability of the Jackhammer, the Turbo Jackhammer functions the same as the Jackhammer except that it travels faster, but lasts for a shorter amount of time.

Weapon upgrades

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Less Slippery Reloader

Reload handle is less slippery resulting in faster reloads.

Improved Plunger Stacking

Zomboss figured out a better way to stack plungers resulting in an ammo capacity increase.

Enhanced De-clogging

By enhancing the de-clogging mod a side effect was that each plunger now deals more damage.

Strategies

With

Stun multiple plants with Sonic Grenades/Proximity Sonic Mines to make him even more effective. Plumber functions similar to Peashooter, but with more splash damage, less ammo, and a longer reload time. He can be effective when there are plants next to each other or where the map is smaller to travel around, such as Zomboss Estate. Using the Jackhammer can also make the Plumber effective.

The Plumber can be helpful in Gardens & Graveyards, Gnome Bomb, and Suburbination. For G&G, there will be plants defending the garden. If you are lucky, multiple plants will be there, allowing you to deal splash damage to most of them. In Gnome Bomb, plants will defend their scarecrow, maximizing the effectiveness of the Plumber. He can also damage or vanquish plants carrying the bomb and any plants near them.

The Plunge Shot maximizes its effectiveness when multiple plants try to defuse a bomb, but be careful as they might eventually succeed. In Suburbination, plants will defend the gardens like in Gardens & Graveyards. The same strategies apply there.

Against

The Plunge Shot does not have infinite range, unlike some zombies such as Foot Soldiers, so Sunflowers and Peashooters can use their Sunbeams, Solar Flare Beams, Pea Gatlings, and Retro Gatlings, respectively, to take out him out from a distance. In most cases, he can be a pain, mainly in the most effective scenarios listed above. Try to dodge any Sonic Grenades and avoid Proximity Sonic Mines to decrease the effectiveness of the Plunge Shot if he can see you. Bunching up with other teammates is ill-advised due to his wide splash damage radius.

If you are a Cactus, the best way is to snipe him from somewhere if he does not see you. If you are a Chomper, the best way to defeat him is to use the Goop to slow him down and possibly chomp him from behind. Using the Garlic Drone also works, but the Plumber might destroy your drone before you make a difference. Luckily, you can move around a lot, as he has a slow rate of fire. Using Burrow to hide from the Plumber can also work, but Sonic Grenades/Proximity Sonic Mines can stun you, forcing you to come out of the ground and being unable to attack, maximizing the effectiveness of the Plumber. Spikeweeds and Spiky Spikeweeds can also work if he is not looking.

Chompers are the worst at fighting Plumbers, along with the Sunflower. If you are a Peashooter, use your Chili Bean Bomb/Sombrero Bean Bomb to try to defeat him. Use Hyper to avoid his shots, but they will still deal splash damage if he misses you. However, this only happens if you are near teammates, a wall, or a vehicle.

Balancing changes

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Inner blast radius was reduced from 3.5 to 2.

February 2018 Patch

  • Increased projectile speed from 60 - 70
  • Decreased bullet drop from 2.5 - 1.5

May 2018 Patch

  • Increased the Plunge Shot's splash damage radius

Related achievements

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The Astral Plane
As an Engineer, build 3 Teleporters in a session of Gardens & Graveyards
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Zombie Defense
As an Engineer, build 3 Zombot Turrets in a session of Gardens & Graveyards
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Jackhammer Rush
As an Engineer, Vanquish 10 Players while riding the Jackhammer
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Hunting Season
Vanquish 100 Soldiers, 100 Scientists, 100 Engineers and 100 All Stars

Gallery

Garden Warfare

Garden Warfare 2

Miscellaneous

Concepts  (Scrapped concept)

Videos

In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Plumber
Traditional Chinese 水管工
France French Plombier
Germany German Klempner
Italy Italian Idraulico
Japan Japanese プラマー
Poland Polish Hydraulik
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Encanador
Spain Spanish Fontanero


Trivia

  • A name tag visible on the front left-hand side of his trousers reveals his name to be Bob.
  • Ironically, this is one of the one Engineer variants that doesn't have a case of "Plumber's Crack."
  • Whenever he reloads, a flushing noise can be heard.
  • He no longer has facial hair in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
    • This trait is shared with all the Engineer's variants, excluding the Landscaper.
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