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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 Engineers variants is that his weapon has a 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
Sonic GrenadeGW1 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.
Proximity Sonic MineGW1 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
Zombot DroneGW1 Zombot Drone The Zombot Drone is a drone equipped with the Zombot Laser and the deadly Cone Strike. It has five health.
Rocket DroneGW1 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
JackhammerGW1 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.
Turbo JackhammerGW1 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
Sonic GrenadeGW2 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.
Proximity Sonic MineGW2 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
Big Bolt BlasterGW2 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.
Bedazzled Bolt BlasterGW2 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
JackhammerGW2 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.
Turbo JackhammerGW2 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

PlumberUpgrade

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

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

Plumber can be useful in Gardens & Graveyards, Gnome Bomb, and Suburbination. For G&G, there will be plants defending the garden. If you are lucky, there will be multiple plants there, dealing splash damage to most of them. In Gnome Bomb, plants will defend their scarecrow, maxing the effectiveness of the Plumber. It can also be used to damage plants carrying the bomb and any plants near the other plant following the carrier.

The Plunge Shot even maxes out its effectiveness even more when multiple plants are defusing 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

This variant can be a pain in most cases, mostly in its most effectiveness scenarios listed above. Try to dodge any Sonic Grenades or avoid Proximity Sonic Mine to decrease the effectiveness of the Plunge Shot if the Plumber can see you. Bunching up with other teammates is ill-advised due to his wide radius of splash damage. 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.

If you are a Cactus, the best way is to snipe him from somewhere if he does not see you. Using the drone also works, but it is possible the Plumber might destroy your drone before you make a difference. If you are a Chomper, the best way to defeat him is to use the Goop to slow him down and possibly chomping him from behind. Using Burrow to hide from the Plumber can also work, but Sonic Grenades/Proximity Sonic Mines can stun you from overground, maxing the effectiveness of the Plumber. Spikeweeds and Spiky Spikeweeds can also work if Plumber is not looking.

Chompers are actually 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. There is a 70% chance he will escape. Use Hyper to avoid his shots, but it will still deal splash damage if he shoots near you but misses.

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

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • A name tag visible on the front left-hand side of his trousers reveals his name to be Bob.
  • He was nerfed in the Tactical Taco Party DLC, his splash damage AoE was decreased to make him a more balanced variant.
  • Ironically, this is one of the one Engineer variants that doesn't have a case of "Plumber's Butt".
  • Whenever he reloads, a flushing noise can be heard.
    • It is unknown where it comes from but the toilet strapped to his back is most likely the reason for it.
  • He no longer has facial hair in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
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