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Didja know Rustbolt dug up his armor from a junkyard? Still, he's one tough tin can. He'll try to sap your Plants' Strength so you can't defeat his super-strong Zombies!

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Rustbolt is a zombie hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and the leader of the PvZH Brainy Icon.pngBrainy and PvZH Hearty Icon.pngHearty classes. His signature superpower is Shrink Ray, which gives a plant -3StrengthPvZH.png and draws a card.

Like Super Brainz, he is the hero version of Zombie.


A rusty socket.

His name is a combination of "rust," a possible reference to his armor coming from a junkyard, and "bolt," referring to his appearance and many of his animations. It may also be based on the region of the United States, "Rust Belt."

His helmet bears a slight resemblance to Marvel's Magneto. His armor may be a reference to the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man.

His description references the phrase, "A few screws loose," which is used to describe someone or something that is crazy or weird.

The name of his super-rare strategy deck, "Hail to the King," shares the same name with a song & an album by the heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

The name of his strategy deck, "Pharaoh's Curse," references the curse of the pharaohs.


Hero description

He enjoys keeping his bolts tight and his screws loose.

Strategies strategy

"This metal menace is the master of defensive Tricks. His Armored Zombies are very tough to take down…especially when he uses special abilities to weaken the Plants!"


Rustbolt's Brainy and Hearty classes provide destroying mechanics that can destroy any plant regardless of strength, being Rolling Stone, Weed Spray, and Celestial Custodian for any plant with 2StrengthPvZH.png or less, Rocket Science for 4StrengthPvZH.png or more, and Knockout for 3StrengthPvZH.png (or less, but Rolling Stone is still better for plants with 2StrengthPvZH.png or less). Or, he can lower plants' strength with Shrink Ray or Landscaper will make that plant vulnerable to some of the aforementioned cards, as well as do less damage. Rustbolt can also let zombies do bonus attacks with Lurch for Lunch or Gadget Scientist and surprise plant heroes by ambushing zombies with Teleport.

Rustbolt also has access to the most sports zombies out of any zombie hero, with not only the initial Hearty sports zombies, but also Pool Shark, Drum Major, Mountain Climber, and Brain Vendor, allowing him to use a sports deck with great effects. Speaking of Brain Vendor, Rustbolt can get a brain profit by playing them while Flag Zombie is on the field.

He also has plenty of zombies that can boost other zombies' stats, such as Team Mascot, Primeval Yeti, and Coffee Zombie. These boosts can make Rustbolt's zombies almost invincible with boosted health, strength, and the PvZH Frenzy Icon.pngFrenzy trait.

As Rustbolt has access to both cost-reducing cards such as Flag Zombie and ramping cards such as Brain Vendor, he is able to easily play his expensive cards like Zombie King, Intergalactic Warlord, or especially Bad Moon Rising much earlier than usual, making them harder for his opponent to deal with. Some Rustbolt-exclusive combos include Zombie King + Transformation Station, allowing Rustbolt to get an 8-cost zombie as early as turn 5 via Knight of the Living Dead and Flag Zombie + Medulla Nebula and/or Brain Vendor, allowing him to have a ton of brains to use easily.

Rustbolt's only drawback is his lack of Amphibious zombies. Brainy and Hearty contain none of these zombies, so the aquatic lane is virtually untouchable by Rustbolt. However, Rustbolt does have many moving and stat-decreasing cards up his sleeve, which can help him deal with Amphibious threats, not to mention his signature superpower, Shrink Ray. He can also Conjure Amphibious zombies via the use of cards like Triplication, but this is luck-based.


Rustbolt has cheap health-boosting options for his zombies. Try to destroy them before Rustbolt can use health-boosting tricks. If it was already used, use cards that ignore health such as Squash and Lawnmower or reset them by bouncing with cards such as Spring Bean and Jumping Bean. Flag Zombie will enable more dangerous zombies like Gargantuars to be played earlier when used with Brain Vendor or Gargologist. Therefore, removing Flag Zombie and similar zombies is a must. You would also want to get rid of any Medulla Nebula environments as he can ramp his brains up within a few turns.

Playing powerful plants on the aquatic lane is also a good way as Rustbolt will be forced to spend some brains on removing those plants rather than focusing on boosting his zombies. However, try to avoid just using brute force against his zombies as he will use health-boosting tricks and bonus attacks to keep them alive.

Strategy decks

Main article: Community-built decks/Rustbolt
RustboltH.png Good Sport

PvZH Brainy Icon.png PvZH Hearty Icon.png
Put the Sports fiends into play with this Strategy Deck that freatures All-Star Zombie, Defensive End, and Sumo Wrestler. Give these athletes the support they need with Zombie Coach and Team Mascot.
Arm WrestlerH.png x4 Escape through TimeH.png x1 Pool SharkH.png x2 Sumo WrestlerH.png x4 Brain VendorH.png x4
Cosmic Sports StarH.png x4 Medulla NebulaH.png x2 Rocket ScienceH.png x1 Team MascotH.png x4 Weed SprayH.png x1
Mountain ClimberH.png x1 Zombie CoachH.png x3 All-Star ZombieH.png x2 Intergalactic WarlordH.png x3 Defensive EndH.png x3
Rodeo GargantuarH.png x1

RustboltH.png Hail to the King

PvZH Brainy Icon.png PvZH Hearty Icon.png
Turn 2 Flag Zombie plus Turn 3 Brain Vendor equals incredible synergy! This combo gets you a 5-cost Zombie like Shieldrusher Viking on turn 3! Get Zombie King out there early too and turn weaker Zombies into a powerful force.
Interdimensional ZombieH.png x4 Planetary GladiatorH.png x2 Escape through TimeH.png x1 Flag ZombieH.png x2 Lurch for LunchH.png x1
Teleportation ZombieH.png x3 Transformation StationH.png x4 Brain VendorH.png x4 Medulla NebulaH.png x2 Regifting ZombieH.png x1
Weed SprayH.png x1 Wormhole GatekeeperH.png x4 Zombie KingH.png x4 All-Star ZombieH.png x1 Intergalactic WarlordH.png x2
Shieldcrusher VikingH.png x1 Zombot Battlecruiser 5000H.png x3

RustboltH.png Pharaoh's Curse

PvZH Brainy Icon.png PvZH Hearty Icon.png
This is the ultimate late-game control deck! Get control early with Beam Me Up, Landscaper, and Weed Spray. Draw extra cards to pull ahead. Shut the door on Plants with tons of Undying Pharaohs to stay alive. Cheap Tricksters seal the deal.
Black HoleH.png x1 Interdimensional ZombieH.png x4 Rolling StoneH.png x2 TeleportH.png x4 Beam Me UpH.png x4
Cryo-BrainH.png x2 Escape through TimeH.png x1 Fun-Dead RaiserH.png x2 KnockoutH.png x2 LandscaperH.png x4
Rocket ScienceH.png x2 Weed SprayH.png x2 Mad ChemistH.png x1 TriplicationH.png x1 Shieldcrusher VikingH.png x1
Undying PharaohH.png x3 TricksterH.png x4

RustboltH.png Applied Science

PvZH Brainy Icon.png PvZH Hearty Icon.png
Has Science gone too far? Placing Genetic Experiment next to an Interdimensional Zombie is a public health hazard... for Plants! Be prepared for a huge blowout when you surprise your opponent with a Zombot Battlecruiser 5000!
Genetic ExperimentH.png x4 Interdimensional ZombieH.png x4 Cosmic ScientistH.png x3 Teleportation ZombieH.png x3 Transformation StationH.png x3
Zombot Drone EngineerH.png x4 ElectricianH.png x3 MoonwalkerH.png x2 Rocket ScienceH.png x2 Weed SprayH.png x2
Gadget ScientistH.png x4 Intergalactic WarlordH.png x2 Zombot Battlecruiser 5000H.png x4

RustboltH.png Combo Stomper

PvZH Brainy Icon.png PvZH Hearty Icon.png
When you draw a card, Stompadon grows all the Zombies in your hand. Draw lots of cards and play lots of Going Virals until your team is utterly enormous!
Healthy TreatH.png x1 Leprechaun ImpH.png x4 Paparazzi ZombieH.png x1 Rolling StoneH.png x3 TeleportH.png x4
Zombology TeacherH.png x4 Cryo-BrainH.png x4 Escape through TimeH.png x1 Fun-Dead RaiserH.png x4 Going ViralH.png x2
Kite FlyerH.png x2 KnockoutH.png x2 StompadonH.png x4 Thinking CapH.png x2 TricksterH.png x4


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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Rustbolt
China Simplified Chinese 锈铁侠
Traditional Chinese 鏽鐵殭屍
France French Rouillator
Germany German Rostbolzen
Italy Italian Ruggibullone
Japan Japanese ラストボルト
South Korea Korean 러스트볼트
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Ferrujão
Russia Russian Ржавый разряд
Spain Spanish Tornillo Oxidado


  • According to in-game text, he got his armor from a junkyard, as in his intro comic, he was chased by plants to the junkyard until a vending machine nearby was struck by the hero laser, causing him to fuse with it.
  • He poses in the way similar to an Octo Zombie, a Troglobite, an Arcade Zombie, a Jurassic Bully, and a Jurassic Rockpuncher in Plants vs. Zombies 2, despite not having a body structure or build related to any of the five.
  • Randomly during his idle animation, a spatula appears from his right arm. When this happens, he will look at the spatula, and then his helmet will open, revealing his face. He notices this, looks at the player, and then closes his helmet and retracts the spatula.
    • Prior to the Galactic Gardens update, a toaster appeared from his left arm, although it did not do anything but produce some bubbles. However, if he blocked an attack, he protected his face with the toaster. The toaster was replaced by a bubble blower after the Galactic Gardens update. Rustbolt using the toaster to shield himself may be a subtle reference to "Protect me, cone!," a meme with roots in the popular comedy webseries Red vs. Blue, where Dexter Grif (the quotee) and Rustbolt are prominent characters of their respective teams in orange armor, using particular inanimate objects in an attempt to protect themselves. Coincidentally, Rustbolt is also associated with cones, as seen by his PvZH Hearty Icon.pngHearty class (whose icon is a roadcone) and his access to Conehead.
  • He has the same battle theme as Professor Brainstorm and Z-Mech.
    • Coincidentally, they are all technology-related heroes that lack Amphibious zombies in their classes, and their signature superpowers are all in the science tribe.
    • Out of the three, Rustbolt is the only one that doesn't lead the PvZH Crazy Icon.pngCrazy class.
  • Impfinity, The Smash, Rustbolt and Electric Boogaloo are the only ones that can be chosen as starter heroes.
    • Rustbolt is offered as the third alongside The Smash only if Electric Boogaloo is chosen as the second.
  • Currently, Rustbolt has access to the highest number of tricks in the game, at 23 cards.
  • He also has access to the highest number of sport cards.
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