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Tank Commander is a Super Rare variant (Rare in Garden Warfare 2) of the Foot Soldier in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.

Descriptions

Stickerbook description

The Tank Commander is a distant cousin of the Soldier Zombie. He lost his tank but still has a HUGE cannon!

In-game description

Tank Commander fires single, high-damage explosive rounds from his trusty Mega Cannon.

AI Health

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

Primary weapon

The primary weapon of Tank Commander is the Mega Cannon. The facts below apply to a fully upgraded weapon.

  • The close and middle range damage per hit base and critical is 70.
  • The max DPS at close and middle range is 41.2.
  • The long range damage per hit base and critical is 45.
  • The max DPS at long range is 26.5.
  • The weapon deals 20 splash damage at all ranges.
  • The ammo in a clip is 1.
  • The reload time is 1.0 second (roughly).
  • The projectile speed is slow.
  • The weapon is semi-auto.
  • The bloom is low.

Abilities

Left abilities
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Zombie Stink Cloud
Zombie Stink Cloud arcs a gas grenade in front of the zombie; any plants inside the gas suffer damage. The gas is also extremely helpful for cover. It requires a 20-second recharge after use.
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Super Stink Cloud
An alternate ability of Zombie Stink Cloud, Super Stink Cloud lasts shorter but does more damage than the Zombie Stink Cloud.
Center abilities
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Rocket Jump
Rocket Jump will launch the zombie high into the air. It is very useful for gaining an elevated advantage. It requires a 20-second recharge after use.
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Rocket Leap
An alternate ability of Rocket Jump, the Foot Soldier will go a further distance, but will not jump as high. Rocket Leap also has two uses. This ability is good if you want to get around places faster.
Right abilities
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ZPG
ZPG fires an extremely powerful projectile that explodes on impact. It requires a 25-second recharge after use.
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Multi-Rocket
An alternate ability of ZPG, the Foot Soldier will launch four rockets to attack plants upon using the Multi-Rocket.

Left abilities
Zombie Stink CloudGW2.png
Zombie Stink Cloud
Zombie Stink Cloud arcs a gas grenade in front of the zombie; any plants inside the gas suffer damage. The gas is also extremely helpful for cover. It requires a 20-second recharge after use.
Super Stink CloudGW2.png
Super Stink Cloud
An alternate ability of Zombie Stink Cloud, Super Stink Cloud lasts shorter but does more damage than the Zombie Stink Cloud.
Center abilities
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Rocket Jump
Rocket Jump will launch the zombie high into the air. It is very useful for gaining an elevated advantage. It requires a 20-second recharge after use.
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Rocket Leap
An alternate ability of Rocket Jump, the Foot Soldier will go a further distance, but will not jump as high. Rocket Leap also has two uses. This ability is good if you want to get around places faster.
Right abilities
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ZPG
ZPG fires an extremely powerful projectile that explodes on impact. It requires a 25-second recharge after use.
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Multi-Rocket
An alternate ability of ZPG, the Foot Soldier will launch four rockets to attack plants upon using the Multi-Rocket.

Weapon upgrades

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Advanced Reloading Lever

Advanced Zomboss Reload Lever results in slightly faster reload times.

Reload Enhancing Reloader

A large metal thing that enhances the reload speed of the reloader. It must reload faster!

Super Heated Sabot Rounds

Super Heated Sabot Rounds offer a damage increase but create a poor acronym. S.H.S.R.

Strategies

As

Think of this zombie as a mobile artillery piece. The Tank Commander can work as a long-range artillery gunner that attacks the garden (and any plants around it) from far away using either its primary weapon or the ZPG (or its alternative, Multi-Rocket). A helpful strategy is to Rocket Jump up to a rooftop that is at a safe distance from the garden while still providing a good view over the surrounding area, then fire the Mega Cannon at any defending plants. The Mega Cannon rewards accuracy when on the offensive end, since direct hits deal enough damage to vanquish a Chomper in three hits (unless it is an Armor Chomper) and any other plant in two direct hits. The slow rate of fire can, however, be troublesome.

The Tank Commander is also good at vanquishing potted plants, since two direct hits from the Mega Cannon should take down most potted plants (if not, leave them severely damaged). Alternatively, it can vanquish Peashooters using their Pea Gatling ability and Sunflowers using their Sunbeam ability (though the ZPG is recommended for this task). The Mega Cannon is also suitable for clearing out Tallnut Battlements and Iron Maidens due to its immense damage.

Clearing Potato Mines with the Mega Cannon is slow but effective since a single hit is often enough to destroy several of them (even from a distance) due to the splash damage.

Note: Serving as a long-range artillery gunner by firing at plants from afar is more likely to yield assists than actual vanquishes due to the Mega Cannon only firing one shot before reloading. If vanquishes are your primary objective, more offensive gameplay is recommended, preferably as another class. The ZPG can help with vanquishes when using this class.

With

When playing along with the Tank Commander, you may have an advantage (if he is cooperative) since he can provide long-range support by attacking plants from afar, allowing you to finish them off more easily. In addition, the Mega Cannon's splash damage radius allows the two of you to deal damage to two separate targets while having one of them receive damage from both of you. This is because if both plants are close enough when the Mega Cannon hits one, the other plant will receive the Tank Commander's splash damage in addition to your damage.

Against

Try to avoid getting hit by his weapon because it will cause 75 damage (when upgraded) if you do. The Peashooter's Hyper can help dodge most of the damage if it hits you directly. However, if you are hit from long range, the damage dealt will not be as much of a threat. However, be alert to ZPGs, as the Mega Cannon shots and the ZPG look similar; they both look like white missiles coming toward you. You would know if it was Multi-Rocket, though, because multiple rockets do not usually come from a group of Tank Commanders.

Balancing changes

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Inner blast radius was reduced from 2.5 to 2.
  • Blast radius was reduced from 5 to 4.5.

July 2016 Patch

  • Inner blast radius was increased from 2 to 2.5.
  • Outer blast radius was increased from 4.5 to 5.
  • Damage falloff start/end distance was increased from 15/40 to 20/45.

June 2017 Patch

  • Reduced reload time from 2 to 1.65 seconds.
  • Decreased effectiveness of each reload upgrade by 2%.

Related achievements

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Garden Dioxide
As a Soldier, vanquish 2 players with a single ZPG strike
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Rocket Man
Vanquish 10 players and 10 Plant Pots with the Soldier's ZPG
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Hunting Season
Vanquish 100 Soldiers, 100 Scientists, 100 Engineers and 100 All Stars

Gallery

Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Tank Commander.
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Visit this page to see it.
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In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Tank Commander
China Simplified Chinese 坦克指挥官
Traditional Chinese 坦克指揮官
France French Commandant de Char
Germany German Panzerkommandant
Italy Italian Comandante di Carro armato
Japan Japanese タンクコマンダー
Spain Spanish Coronel de Tanques


Trivia

  • The highest observed amount of damage that a single shot from the Mega Cannon can deal is 70.
  • He and Law Pea are currently the only characters in Garden Warfare with two reload speed upgrades because, for Tank Commander, it would be overpowering if his weapon had more than one ammo at a time, and for Law Pea, it would ruin his weapon name 'Six Shooter.'
  • He and the Scuba Soldier are the only Foot Soldiers that deal splash damage with their primary weapon.
  • His ZPG launcher on his back resembles the M4 tank turret instead of a rocket launcher.
    • In addition, he is one of the three Foot Soldier variants whose ZPG launcher is something else than an actual rocket launcher, with the other two being General Supremo (whose rocket launcher is a cannon) and Park Ranger (whose rocket launcher is a barbeque).
    • When a ZPG is fired, his turret will turn to point upward and fire before pointing back downward.
  • He is the only character without a semi-automatic or fully-automatic weapon, with his firing mechanism somewhat resembling bolt-action firearms.
  • He, Iron Citron, and Captain Squawk are the only known characters with only one ammo at a time.
  • His weapon is most likely based on a missile launcher rather than a cannon.
  • He, Centurion, Camo Ranger, and Scuba Soldier are the only Foot Soldier variants that do not utilize constant-fire weaponry.
  • If Infi-ammo is enabled in Crazy Settings in Garden Warfare 2, the Mega Cannon will fire continuously, upon tapping the trigger as many times as possible, making the Tank Commander overpowered in this case.
  • Holding the fire button down when a shot is fired will delay the reload. This applies to every playable character.
  • He appears in Infinity Time as a boss.
V · T · E
Zombies (Shooter games)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare zombies
Playable Classes
Soldiers Foot Soldier · Camo Ranger · Super Commando · General Supremo · Tank Commander · Arctic Trooper · Sky Trooper · Centurion
Engineers Engineer · Welder · Painter · Mechanic · Electrician · Plumber · Landscaper · Sanitation Expert
Scientists Scientist · Chemist · Physicist · Dr. Toxic · Astronaut · Marine Biologist · Archaeologist · Dr. Chester · Paleontologist
All-Stars All-Star · Baseball Star · Rugby Star · Hockey Star · Cricket Star · Goalie Star · Wrestling Star · Golf Star
Boss Mode Dr. Zomboss
Abilities
Foot Soldier Zombie Stink Cloud · Rocket Jump · ZPG · Super Stink Cloud · Rocket Leap · Multi-Rocket
Engineer Sonic Grenade · Zombot Drone · Jackhammer · Proximity Sonic Mine · Rocket Drone · Turbo Jackhammer
Scientist Sticky Explody Ball · Warp · Zombie Heal Station · Mega Heal Bomb · Energy Warp · Armored Heal Station · Sticky Cheetah Ball · Cheesy Warp · Cheetah Heal Station
All-Star Imp Punt · Sprint Tackle · Dummy Shield · Long Bomb · Ultra Tackle · Shield Decoy
Boss Mode Superb Zomboss Radar · Zomboss Healing Station · Cone Strike · Reviving Brainz BBQ
Spawnable Zombies Browncoat Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Buckethead Zombie · Flag Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · Coffin Zombie · Outhouse Zombie · Exploding Imp · Map Pirate · Barrel Pirate · Backup Dancer · Vampire Zombie · Heal Zombie · Yeti Imp
Garden Ops
Bosses Disco Zombie · Yeti Zombie · Gargantuar · Giga Gargantuar · Baron von Bats
Normal Chieftain · Berserker · Giga Imp · Zombomb · Pirate Zombie · Conehead Pirate · Buckethead Pirate · Screen Door Pirate · Imp Pirate · Treasure Yeti · Exploding Imp Fan
Others Zombot Turret
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 zombies
Playable Classes
Soldiers Foot Soldier · Camo Ranger · Super Commando · General Supremo · Tank Commander · Arctic Trooper · Sky Trooper · Centurion · Park Ranger · Scuba Soldier
Engineers Engineer · Welder · Painter · Mechanic · Electrician · Plumber · Landscaper · Sanitation Expert · Roadie Z · AC Perry
Scientists Scientist · Chemist · Physicist · Dr. Toxic · Astronaut · Marine Biologist · Archaeologist · Paleontologist · Zoologist · Computer Scientist
All-Stars All-Star · Baseball Star · Rugby Star · Hockey Star · Cricket Star · Goalie Star · Wrestling Star · Golf Star · Moto-X Star · Tennis Star
Imps
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Z-Mechs
Imps Imp · Lil' Drake · Pylon Imp · S.H.R.IMP · Z7 Imp · Party Imp · Scallywag Imp
Z-Mechs Z-Mech · Drake Mech · Pylon Mech · Bling Pylon Mech · S.H.R.IMP Mech · Z7 Mech · Party Mech · Scallywag Mech
Superheroes Super Brainz · Cozmic Brainz · Electro Brainz · Toxic Brainz · Party Brainz · Breakfast Brainz
Pirates Captain Deadbeard · Captain Cannon · Captain Flameface · Captain Sharkbite · Captain Partyman · Captain Squawk
Others Hover Goat-3000 · Mecha Cat · Stinky Goat
Abilities
Foot Soldier Zombie Stink Cloud · Rocket Jump · ZPG · Super Stink Cloud · Rocket Leap · Multi-Rocket
Engineer Sonic Grenade · Big Bolt Blaster · Jackhammer · Proximity Sonic Mine · Turbo Jackhammer · Bedazzled Bolt Blaster
Scientist Heal Beam of Science · Warp · Sticky Explody Ball · Zombie Heal Station · Energy Warp · Mega Heal Bomb · Armored Heal Station · Armored Bling Station
All-Star Imp Punt · Sprint Tackle · Dummy Shield · Long Bomb · Ultra Tackle · Shield Decoy · Future Dummy
Imp
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Z-Mech
Imp Gravity Grenade · Robo Call · Impkata
Z-Mech Missile Madness · Explosive Escape · Robo Stomp · Dragon Swoop · Wing Flap · Pylon Mine · Drag Race · Water Cyclone · Shrimp Jump · Biotic Pull · Zomni-Blade · Crusty Gigabomb · Peg Leg Kata
Super Brainz Super Ultra Ball · Turbo Twister · Heroic Kick · Super Multi Ball · Super Guided Ultra Ball
Captain Deadbeard Barrel Blast · Parrot Pal · Cannon Rodeo · Looty Booty Barrel Blast · Future Parrot Pal
Hover Goat-3000 Damage Buff Booster Beam · Mega Awesome Laser · Tubular Turbo
Mecha Cat Kitty Pounce · Furball Frenzy · Kitty Fury · Tail Powershot
Stinky Goat Goat Scratch · Goat Jump · Goat Bleat
Spawnable Zombies
Gravedirt of Summoning Browncoat Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Buckethead Zombie · Flag Zombie · Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · Coffin Zombie · Outhouse Zombie · Heal Zombie · Exploding Imp · Karate Zombie
Build-a-Bot Mr. Toasty · Mr. Freezy · Mr. Toxic · Gatling Bot · Breaker Bot · Rocket Bot · Boxer Bot · Mr. Electro · Explody Bot · Loudmouth Bot · Hide-n-Shoot Bot · Uplink Bot · Dr. Heals
Bosses Baron von Bats · Disco Zombie · Gargantuar · Giga Gargantuar · Gargoatuar · House Gargantuar · Mech Gargantuar · Treasure Yeti · Yeti Zombie · Zen Sensei · Captain Smasher · Sasquatch · Yeti King
Top Zombie Dr. Patient · Dr. Fizzician · Z-Mech 11011-3 · Ol' Deadbeard · Super Duper Brainz · Gene Error · Dr. Daul Fin
Others Zomburger Artist · Backup Dancer · Vampire Zombie · Berserker · Giga Imp · Zombomb · Pirate Zombie · Conehead Pirate · Buckethead Pirate · Screen Door Pirate · Imp Pirate · Map Pirate · Barrel Pirate · Yeti Imp · Zombot Turret · Exploding Imp Fan · Sasquatch Imp · Future Imp · Robo-Zombie
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville zombies
Playable Classes
PvZ BfN Attack Class Icon.png Attack Foot Soldier · Imp (Z-Mech) · Super Brainz · 80s Action Hero · Electric Slide
PvZ BfN Defend Class Icon.png Defend Captain Deadbeard · All-Star · Space Cadet (Space Station)
PvZ BfN Support Class Icon.png Support Scientist · Engineer · Wizard
Swarm TV Head
Abilities
Foot Soldier Super Stink Cloud · Rocket Jump · ZPG
Imp
&
Z-Mech
Imp Gravity Grenade · Robo Call · Impkata
Z-Mech Missile Madness · Explosive Escape · Bionic Bash
Super Brainz Turbo Twister · Hyper Jump Thump · Super Ultra Ball
80s Action Hero Dynamite Dodge · Rocket Ride · Can't-Miss-ile
Electric Slide Funky Bouncer · Outta Fight! · Disco Tornado
Captain Deadbeard Barrel Blast · Parrot Pal · Anchor's Away
All-Star Imp Punt · Sprint Tackle · Dummy Shield
Space Cadet
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Space Station
Space Cadet
Solo Gravity Smash · Station Inflation · Big Bang Beam
Passenger Asteroid Shield · Escape Pod · Hands-On Torpedo
Space Station Space Force · Escape Pod · Crater Maker
Scientist Sticky Healy Thingy · Warp · Healing Hose
Engineer Bullhorn Swarm · Heavy Helper · Double Time
Wizard Zee-lixir · Spell Disaster · Co-Star
TV Head Commercial Break · Yeti, Set, GO! · Overheated Dinner
Spawnable Zombies
Build-a-Bot
Range Rocket Bot · Gatling Bot · Hide-n-Shoot Bot · Mr. Electro
Support Dr. Heals · Loudmouth Bot
Melee Boxer Bot · Explody Bot · Breaker Bot
Gravedirt of Summoning
Melee Buckethead Zombie · Outhouse Zombie · Screen Door Zombie
Range TV Head · TV Buckethead
Support Heal Zombie · Yeti Imp
Battle Leaders Basecoat Bert · Captain Cozplay · Cap'n Sharklunch · Charnado · Dr. Spork · Just Brad · Red Janet · Rolleeta · Sgt. Plaid Attitude · Shadez 2 Cool · The Advertiser · Woofzy
Bounty Hunt
Town Center Byte Knight · Captain Featherbrainz · Shock Wheelz Crew
Mount Steep Bomby Dearest · Ninjimp · Tiny
Elusive Foes
Town Center Fantastico · Pack Rat · Squiddy Shaw
Mount Steep Dig Wig · Mag Pete-O · Safety Stan
Bosses Baron von Bats · Disco Zombie · Gargantuar · Major Problem · Mech Gargantuar · Olds Cool · Treasure Yeti · Yeti Zombie · Zen Sensei · Zombomb
Quest NPCs Bart Barian · Big Boy Gang Leader · Brainstorming Zombies · Brick Fistmissile · Cleatus · Cookie · Dr. Nurse Doctor · Dr. Real Doctor · Dummy · Hugh D. Votee · Izzy · Monkey · Norm Alguy · Otto Do · Peg Legpuller · Power Cora · Seabasstian · Tim · Winston
Others Bouncer Bot · Browncoat Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Exploding Imp · Goat · Miner Problem · Robo-Zombie · TV Conehead
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