The mightiest of spuds is Spudow. But allow me to offer some insight...He will defend until the moment is right to strike, and he loves the long game. So make short work of him!

Dr. Zomboss

For other uses, see SPUDOW!

Spudow is a plant hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and the leader of the PvZH Kabloom IconKabloom and PvZH Guardian IconGuardian classes. His signature superpower is Tater Toss, which makes a Hothead on a selected ground or heights lane, which does 6 damage to a zombie in front of it when it is destroyed.

He is the hero version of Potato Mine.


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Spudow is based on the plant from Plants vs. Zombies with a similar appearance. He also bears a resemblance to Baymax from the Disney animated film, Big Hero 6.

His name is a reference to the onomatopoeia "SPUDOW!" that appears when a Potato Mine explodes, or the achievement itself, SPUDOW!.

His description is a gag to how Spudow uses his signature superpower, Tater Toss, in which he loses his head to make a Hothead and respawn his head afterward. Also, the fact that he can take off his head, throw it, and then regrow it may be alluding to Potato Mine and Primal Potato Mine's Plant Food ability in Plants vs. Zombies 2, in which they send out copies of themselves and then regrow in a similar fashion.

His entry animation alludes to the way Potato Mines take time to arm in other games.

One of his Strategy Decks, Bear Necessities, is based on the Jungle Book song, Bare Necessities.


Hero description

Always tries to keep his head in tough situations. Always loses it.

Strategy strategy

Spudow can use aggressive Anti-Hero Plants to put the hurt on the enemy, while his explosive direct damage effects knock enemy defenders out of the way.


Spudow can be quite formidable when played properly. The best strategy for Spudow is playing defensively at the start and being on the offensive only at the later stages of the game (similar to The Smash). He can use his Guardian plants like Wall-Nuts and damaging Kabloom tricks such as Berry Blast to delay the match until he is able to bring out heavy hitters like Dandy Lion King and Soul Patch. Additionally, he has many cards that can boost the strength or health of his plants.

Being a Kabloom and Guardian hero, Spudow has access to PvZH Anti-Hero IconAnti-Hero plants like Poison Oak and Poison Ivy, and PvZH Truestrike IconBullseye plants such as Jugger-Nut. As such, he is meant to hit the zombie hero directly as much as possible, especially during the late game. If there is a zombie blocking a plant, Spudow can use tricks like Gardening Gloves to move the plant out of the way or play damaging tricks to take out the zombie directly.

However, he lacks ways to draw cards, as Gardening Gloves and Petal-Morphosis are the only choices and only one is drawn at a time. Opponents can drain his cards and win from there, so Spudow needs to keep an eye on the cards in his hand.


Like what Dr. Zomboss stated when Spudow is first fought against, you would want to defeat him quickly as he becomes more aggressive as the match progress. PvZH Hearty IconHearty heroes are ideal to take care of Spudow's defenses since they have access to Rolling Stone and Weed Spray that can take care of bulky Guardian plants with little to no strength easily. If the late game occurs, you might want to prepare tricks such as Rocket Science to dispose of his high strength plants. The best way to take care of him, however, is to bait him into using all of his cards, preferably with a rush deck.

Strategy decks

Main article: Community-built decks/Spudow
SpudowH Moving Day

PvZH Kabloom Icon PvZH Guardian Icon
Position your Plants to do the most damage possible! Use Hot Date and Gravitree to pull enemies into your Spikeweed Sector and clear the way for Anti-Hero attacks.
Poison MushroomH x4 Veloci-Radish HatchlingH x4 Gardening GlovesH x2 Hot DateH x4 Jugger-NutH x2
Spikeweed SectorH x4 PlanternH x2 Poison IvyH x4 GuacodileH x4 Body-GourdH x3
GravitreeH x2 Poison OakH x3 Kernel CornH x2

SpudowH Pineclone Wars

PvZH Kabloom Icon PvZH Guardian Icon
Pull a bait-and-switch by leading off with a swarm of low-cost plants, then transforming them all into Pineclones! Doom Shroom wipes your opponent's big threats away while leaving your clone army intact.
Astro-ShroomH x4 GarlicH x4 High-Voltage CurrantH x3 Shroom for TwoH x4 Veloci-Radish HatchlingH x3
Berry AngryH x2 Mushroom GrottoH x4 Veloci-Radish HunterH x4 MolekaleH x4 PinecloneH x4
Doom-ShroomH x2 Poppin' PoppiesH x2

SpudowH Berry Powerful

PvZH Kabloom Icon PvZH Guardian Icon
Sergeant Strongberry leads your Berries into battle with this berry powerful Strategy Deck. Quickly buff your High-Voltage Currant into a monstrous threat, then seal the deal with Grapes of Wrath.
High-Voltage CurrantH x4 Berry BlastH x4 Shelf MushroomH x4 Wild BerryH x4 Hibernating BearyH x2
Poison IvyH x2 StrawberrianH x4 Sergeant StrongberryH x4 Sour GrapesH x4 Electric BlueberryH x2
Cherry BombH x2 Grapes of WrathH x4

SpudowH Bear Necessities

PvZH Kabloom Icon PvZH Guardian Icon
Your opponent will run for the hills when your Galacta-Cactus wakes up your Hibernating Beary and Pear Cubs. Use Lava Guava to turn up the head even more.
Galacta-CactusH x4 PhotosynthesizerH x1 ReincarnationH x4 Berry BlastH x3 Jugger-NutH x4
Hibernating BearyH x4 Pear CubH x4 ShamrocketH x2 Cosmic NutH x4 Prickly PearH x1
Body-GourdH x3 Lava GuavaH x4 Dandy Lion KingH x2

SpudowH Double Trouble

PvZH Kabloom Icon PvZH Guardian Icon
Pair Pearadise and Imitater let you double up valuable plants, while Transfiguration and Pecanolith make your low-cost plants into powerful ones!
Galacta-CactusH x4 GarlicH x2 Hot LavaH x2 FireweedH x4 Hot DateH x2
Hibernating BearyH x2 ImitaterH x1 Pear CubH x3 Primal Wall-NutH x3 Pair PearadiseH x4
TransfigurationH x4 Lava GuavaH x1 PecanolithH x4 Dandy Lion KingH x1 Kernel CornH x1
Wall-Nut BowlingH x2


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  • Spudow has a color scheme that no other Potato Mine in the franchise has, excluding Hothead.
  • Strangely, Spudow has the head of a Plants vs. Zombies Potato Mine, but when he takes his head off and it becomes a Hothead, it resembles a Plants vs. Zombies 2 Potato Mine.
  • In the comic strip that introduces Spudow to the player, a Gargantuar Prime is shown, despite not being a zombie card.
    • Poncho Zombie is also present in the comic, despite not being a card in the game.
  • Spudow is one of the two plant heroes to have unique battle themes. His theme is a remix of the collection screen.
  • The third panel of the old comic strip that appears when the player receives Spudow shows the shadow of what is supposedly a Dancing Zombie, while the new one shows a Poncho Zombie instead.
  • His eyes are similar to the Potato Mine's from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
    • He also has the trait of buck teeth shared with every rendition of the Potato Mine throughout the games.
  • The name of Spudow's Super-Rare Strategy Deck is a reference to the Clone Wars, an event depicted in the Star Wars canon as well as the animated film and cartoon series of the same name.
  • The name of Spudow's Galactic Strategy Deck is a reference to the song with a similar name from the Disney film, The Jungle Book.
  • His versus panel image resembles the captain from the Pixar film, WALL-E.
  • Before the Triassic Triumph update, Spudow's Colossal strategy deck, "Double Trouble" mentioned Transfiguration in its description, but didn't have it in the deck.
    • Additionally, before the release of the Colossal Fossils update, Spudow's Colossal strategy deck was named "Pearadise Found."

See also

V · T · E Plants in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
PvZH Guardian Icon Guardian
Heroes Citron · Grass Knuckles · Spudow · Wall-Knight · Beta-Carrotina
Common Small-Nut · Sting Bean · Wall-Nut · Pismashio · Spineapple
Premium Potato Mine · Cactus · Gardening Gloves · Sea-Shroom · Water Chestnut · Pea-Nut · Steel Magnolia
Galactic Photosynthesizer · Spikeweed Sector · Plantern
Colossal Grape Responsibility · Primal Potato Mine
Triassic Grizzly Pear
Premium Grave Buster · Hibernating Beary · Prickly Pear · Smackadamia · Tough Beets
Galactic Cosmic Nut · Starch-Lord
Colossal Blockbuster
Triassic Pumpkin Shell
Premium Jugger-Nut · Mirror-Nut · Guacodile · Doom-Shroom
Galactic Galacta-Cactus · Force Field · Gravitree
Colossal Three-Nut
Triassic Marine Bean · Primal Wall-Nut
Premium Poppin' Poppies · Soul Patch · Wall-Nut Bowling
Galactic Body-Gourd · Pecanolith
Colossal Tricarrotops
Triassic Loco Coco
Event Cards Forget-Me-Nuts · Garlic · Corn Dog · Hot Date · Health-Nut · Pear Cub · Shamrocket · Red Stinger
Token Cards Hothead
Superpowers Peel Shield · Power Pummel · Tater Toss · Uncrackable · Genetic Amplification · Bubble Up · Nut Signal · Root Wall · Ensign Uproot
PvZH Kabloom Icon Kabloom
Heroes Nightcap · Captain Combustible · Solar Flare · Spudow
Common Button Mushroom · Berry Blast · Buff-Shroom · Seedling · Zapricot
Premium Poison Mushroom · Berry Angry · Mushroom Ringleader · Poison Ivy · Pair of Pears · Bluesberry · Sizzle
Galactic Banana Bomb · Mushroom Grotto · Invasive Species
Colossal Puff-Shroom
Triassic Veloci-Radish Hatchling · Hot Lava
Premium Shroom for Two · Wild Berry · Petal-Morphosis · Sour Grapes · Poison Oak
Galactic Cosmic Mushroom · Lava Guava
Colossal Cro-Magnolia
Triassic Shelf Mushroom
Premium Punish-Shroom · Sergeant Strongberry · Cherry Bomb · Grapes of Wrath
Galactic Astro-Shroom · Banana Launcher · Pair Pearadise
Colossal Fireweed · Imitater
Triassic Strawberrian
Premium Pineclone · Dandy Lion King · Kernel Corn
Galactic Reincarnation · Molekale
Colossal Gloom-Shroom
Triassic Veloci-Radish Hunter
Event Cards Blooming Heart · High-Voltage Currant · Sonic Bloom · Transfiguration · Atomic Bombegranate · Electric Blueberry
Token Cards Hothead
Superpowers Mush-Boom · Blazing Bark · Tater Toss · Sunburn · Meteor Strike · More Spore · Storm Front
PvZH Mega-Grow Icon Mega-Grow
Heroes Chompzilla · Grass Knuckles · Green Shadow · Captain Combustible
Common Peashooter · Torchwood · Cabbage-Pult · Fertilize · Flourish · Grow-Shroom · Repeater
Premium Bonk Choy · Pea Pod · Sweet Potato · Fire Peashooter · Skyshooter
Galactic Coffee Grounds · Sweet Pea · Vegetation Mutation
Colossal Umbrella Leaf
Triassic Half-Banana · Typical Beanstalk
Premium The Podfather · Plant Food · Re-Peat Moss · Whipvine · Super-Phat Beets
Galactic Banana Peel · Cosmic Pea
Colossal Bamboozle
Triassic Pea Patch
Premium Party Thyme · Black-Eyed Pea · Potted Powerhouse · Espresso Fiesta
Galactic Moonbean · Pod Fighter · The Red Plant-It
Colossal Split Pea · Grape Power
Triassic Savage Spinach
Premium Doubled Mint · Muscle Sprout · Bananasaurus Rex
Galactic Captain Cucumber · Onion Rings
Colossal Gatling Pea
Triassic Apotatosaurus
Event Cards Clique Peas · Lily of the Valley · Banana Split · Plucky Clover
Superpowers Devour · Power Pummel · Precision Blast · Blazing Bark · Embiggen · Holo-Flora · Time to Shine
PvZH Smarty Icon Smarty
Heroes Citron · Nightcap · Green Shadow · Rose · Beta-Carrotina
Common Snowdrop · Weenie Beanie · Snow Pea · Cattail · Smoosh-Shroom · Threepeater
Premium Iceberg Lettuce · Shellery · Rescue Radish · Spring Bean · Vanilla · Carrotillery
Galactic Mars Flytrap · Planet of the Grapes · Leaf Blower
Colossal Grave Mistake · Pear Pal
Triassic Primal Peashooter
Premium Admiral Navy Bean · Lightning Reed · Chilly Pepper · Navy Bean · Jumping Bean
Galactic Cosmic Bean · Melon-Pult
Colossal Tricorn
Triassic Lily Pad
Premium Sow Magic Beans · Bean Counter · Snapdragon · Winter Squash
Galactic Laser Cattail · Bog of Enlightenment · Cool Bean
Colossal Jelly Bean
Triassic Rotobaga · Shrinking Violet
Premium Brainana · Winter Melon · The Great Zucchini
Galactic Shooting Starfruit · Dark Matter Dragonfruit
Colossal Lima-Pleurodon
Triassic Bird of Paradise
Event Cards Spyris · Go-Nuts · Mayflower · Sportacus · Snake Grass · Witch Hazel · Jolly Holly · Sap-Fling
Token Cards Magic Beanstalk · Sappy Place
Superpowers Peel Shield · Mush-Boom · Precision Blast · Goatify · Genetic Amplification · Big Chill · Transmogrify · Whirlwind · Lieutenant Carrotron · Lightspeed Seed
PvZH Solar Icon Solar
Heroes Chompzilla · Rose · Solar Flare · Wall-Knight
Common Bellflower · Sunflower · Mixed Nuts · Squash · Smashing Pumpkin
Premium Morning Glory · Fume-Shroom · Pepper M.D. · Water Balloons · Venus Flytrap · Bloomerang · Metal Petal Sunflower
Galactic Cosmoss · Apple-Saucer · Venus Flytraplanet
Colossal Kernel-Pult
Triassic Lil' Buddy · Sunnier-Shroom
Premium Sage Sage · Whack-a-Zombie · Lawnmower · Magnifying Grass · Power Flower
Galactic Cosmic Flower · Heartichoke
Colossal Elderberry
Triassic Eyespore
Premium Twin Sunflower · 2nd-Best Taco of All Time · Chomper · Laser Bean
Galactic Solar Winds · Wing-Nut · Tactical Cuke
Colossal Primal Sunflower · Sunflower Seed
Triassic Sun Strike
Premium Briar Rose · Three-Headed Chomper · Cornucopia
Galactic Astrocado · Astro Vera
Colossal Cob Cannon
Triassic Aloesaurus
Event Cards Haunted Pumpking · Sun-Shroom · Jack O' Lantern · Ketchup Mechanic · Toadstool
Token Cards Astrocado Pit
Superpowers Devour · Goatify · Sunburn · Uncrackable · Geyser · Scorched Earth · Weed Whack
Superpowers Flick-a-Zombie · Inspire · Rejuvenate
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