He has the Gravestone trait, and his ability moves him onto a selected lane when he is revealed, if possible.
- Class: Sneaky
- Tribes: Gargantuar Party Zombie
- Trait: Gravestone
- Ability: When revealed: Move this Zombie.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Rare
Surprise! It's a brains-eating monster at your party!
- ▲ Health change: 5 → 6
- ▼ Strength change: 6 → 5
- ▲ Ability added: When revealed: Move this Zombie.
- Tribe order change: Party Gargantuar → Gargantuar Party
- Attack animation change: Now attacks with his pole rather than blowing his party horn.
- Ability animation change: His previous attack animation is now his ability animation.
- Rarity change: Uncommon → Rare
Like all Gargantuars, Surprise Gargantuar is a very powerful zombie and has average stats for his cost. But the value comes with his ability to switch lanes. He can be moved so the opponent cannot easily predict the zombie hero's play, allowing him to deliver high damage with relative safety.
All Sneaky heroes can give him a small initial boost with Headstone Carver thanks to his Gravestone trait. Or, they can use Mixed-Up Gravedigger or Cursed Gargolith to reactivate Surprise Gargantuar's ability and refresh his health every turn, though this restricts their play options on Surprise Gargantuar.
Neptuna has plenty of synergy cards to use with Surprise Gargantuar. The first example are Frenzy cards like Possessed and Going Viral, allowing him to plow through weak plants and then hit her opponent. The second is In-Crypted, which has the same effect as Cursed Gargolith, only much cheaper and one-time only.
And finally, she has access to Gargologist, who reduces the cost of Surprise Gargantuar by 2 and can allow him to be played on turn 3. Brain Freeze and Impfinity have Frenzy cards and In-Crypted respectively too, but these are basically their only options.
Super Brainz and Huge-Gigantacus, however, can use a different strategy with Wizard Gargantuar, guaranteeing at least 5 unblockable damage assuming Surprise Gargantuar moves onto an empty lane. They can also use bonus attacks to take out annoying plants.
Just like any Gravestone zombie, the best way to counter this zombie is to play Grave Buster, Spyris, Cool Bean with Winter Squash, or Blockbuster. A Smarty hero can use Grave Mistake instead to Bounce him. Either way, it may be a good idea to fill the lanes with plants if your opponent tries to target you, or use Team-Up plants to protect any powerful plants that your opponent may target instead.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Surprise Gargantuar.
- There was a glitch that occurred when Surprise Gargantuar was made by Gargantuars' Feast, the message asking the player to choose a lane for Surprise Gargantuar to move to would appear even if he could not move at all. The game would softlock in ths case. This has since been fixed.
- His right arm was not animated correctly, making his right arm detached from his right hand. This could be seen multiple times in-game, like when he was about to switch lanes. This was later patched.
- Ironically, despite his description, most Gargantuars are never seen eating brains, save for The Smash.
- He is one of the two fighters in the game to have received a major change to their attacking animation, the other being Seedling.