Z-mech ahead! And that means missiles incoming! This zombie hero also likes to put out sports zombies into play. The bigger they get, the bigger he'll score!

Crazy Dave

For other uses, see Z-Mech (disambiguation).

Z-Mech is a zombie hero in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and the leader of the PvZH Hearty IconHearty and PvZH Crazy IconCrazy classes. His signature superpower is Missile Madness, which does 3 damage to a selected plant and 1 damage to all other plants on the field.

Like Impfinity and Huge-Gigantacus, he is the hero version of Imp.



The imp pilot is based on the Imp from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 while the Z-Mech is based on one of his abilities in that game.


Hero description

Once watched giant mecha anime for 12 hours straight.

Update history

Update 1.4.14

  • Superpower change: Possessed → Rock Wall

Update 1.16.10

  • Superpower change: Dance Off → Electrobolt

Strategies strategy

Z-Mech can build a team of Sports Zombies that’s as hard to take down as he is. Moving Plants out of the way helps keep his growing Zombies alive…or at least undead.


Z-Mech's Hearty and Crazy classes synergize really well with each other. For example, PvZH Armored IconArmored or protected zombies can nullify the abilities of Fireworks Zombie, Barrel of Deadbeards, and Gas Giant, allowing the former three to damage plants without a single hit on the zombies. While Crazy zombies tend to have lots of strength but lack in health, Hearty tricks like Rock Wall and Camel Crossing allow them to survive longer while hitting equally hard. Similarly, Z-Mech can use strength-boosting cards to boost PvZH Armored IconArmored zombies, turning them into ironclad tanks.

A dancing deck with health-boosting tricks, or a sports deck with strength-boosting tricks is ideal, although the latter depends less on boosting tricks due to Team Mascot. Using Bonus Track Buckethead, a zombie only Z-Mech can synergize in dancing decks is great, as he can give it more strength and stop most plant deck metas that revolve around using bonus attacks. Z-Mech's Missile Madness also allows him to destroy a plant with 3 health at most as well as splash damage of 1 to all other plants, allowing board control against some rushes.

However, Z-Mech has a few drawbacks, most notably his hard way of dealing with tough plants. Z-Mech does not have easy access to removal cards such as Rocket Science, Cut Down to Size, Evaporate, or Locust Swarm. In addition, he does not have any PvZH Deadly IconDeadly or Amphibious zombies. This makes it really hard for Z-Mech to deal with heavy-hitting plants, and the aquatic lanes are nearly untouchable by Z-Mech's zombies, as well as the Mega-Grow class as a whole. The only methods are to fight fire with fire and beat them with tough zombies, using Cakesplosion or Exploding Fruitcake as a substitute for instant-kill cards, or playing Stupid Cupid, then Weed Spray or Rolling Stone, which can destroy any plant unless it is UntrickableAltBigUntrickable. Using cards like Sumo Wrestler or Terrify can also move Amphibious plants to other lanes, allowing your zombies to destroy them. Z-Mech may also use Quasar Wizard to gain superpowers that can deal with or gain Amphibious cards. Z-Mech also lacks easy ways to draw cards in general, with Terrify and Going Viral being the only cards he can play that draw another card. To make up for this, he can use Conjuring cards to keep his hand up, preferably with Cosmic Sports Star or Cosmic Dancer in decks that make use of their respective tribes.


Z-Mech shouldn't be too much of a problem if the player has the appropriate strategy to deal with him. He has no Amphibious zombies and not many methods of dealing with powerful plants. If possible, use Mayflower to gain some extra cards, or even a legendary. However, Z-Mech is excellent at disposing of weak plants, so be careful in the early game. While you can sneak around his defenses with Amphibious plants in order to damage him directly, focusing on his zombies on land is crucial, as he can cause trouble if he plays zombies like Coffee Zombie or Valkyrie. He also has access to PvZH Armored IconArmored zombies, so avoid playing weak plants, or the zombies will go nearly unaffected.

Mega-Grow heroes may struggle to build a defense against Z-Mech during the first few turns due to many early removal cards, but if you manage to set up something like Doubled Mint or Potted Powerhouse and it survives, Z-Mech can do almost nothing but block that plant to avoid defeat. Mega-Grow heroes can also use bonus attacks to their advantage, unless Bonus Track Buckethead is on the field.

Strategy decks

Main article: Community-built decks/Z-Mech
Z-MechH The Sporting Un-Life

PvZH Hearty Icon PvZH Crazy Icon
Team Mascot and Zombie Coach combine to make your Sports Zombies nearly impossible to destroy. Meanwhile, Sumo Wrestler helps move Plants into fights they're sure to lose, against Arm Wrestler and All-Star Zombie!
Arm WrestlerH x4 Bungee PlumberH x3 Genetic ExperimentH x3 Tennis ChampH x2 Meteor ZH x2
Quasar WizardH x3 Sumo WrestlerH x4 Cosmic Sports StarH x4 Team MascotH x4 Zombie CoachH x4
All-Star ZombieH x2 Coffee ZombieH x1 Defensive EndH x3 Zombot Battlecruiser 5000H x1

Z-MechH Dancing Machine

PvZH Hearty Icon PvZH Crazy Icon
It's a dance-off at the Cone Zone! Disco-Nauts and Cosmic Dancers show their moves in this interstellar rave, while Bonus Track Buckethead slams the breaks on your enemy's Bonus Attacks.
Black HoleH x1 Bungee PlumberH x4 Camel CrossingH x1 Disco-NautH x4 Unlife of the PartyH x2
Aerobics InstructorH x4 Disco Dance FloorH x4 JesterH x3 Bonus Track BucketheadH x4 Cosmic DancerH x2
HeadhunterH x2 Binary StarsH x4 Flamenco ZombieH x4 Disco-Tron 3000H x1

Z-MechH A Feast for Beasts

PvZH Hearty Icon PvZH Crazy Icon
Gargologist makes your Gargantuars cheaper, so you can play big monsters early! The trick is that Gargologist also cheapens your Gargantuar Tricks. Play Zombot's Wraths, stay alive, and unleash a devastating, early Gargantuars' Feast!
Black HoleH x3 Planetary GladiatorH x3 Rolling StoneH x3 Escape through TimeH x1 GargologistH x4
Weed SprayH x2 Zombot's WrathH x4 MedicH x2 Stupid CupidH x4 Hippity Hop GargantuarH x4
Imp-Throwing GargantuarH x2 Defensive EndH x4 Wannabe HeroH x2 Gargantuars' FeastH x2

Z-MechH Stop Hitting Yourself

PvZH Hearty Icon PvZH Crazy Icon
Fireworks Zombie and Barrel of Deadbeards hit not only Plants, but your own team as well! This means free hits on Newspaper Zombies, Gargantuar-throwing Imps, and Hippity Hop Gargantuars. For extra fun, see what happens when two Gas Giants collide!
Bungee PlumberH x2 Genetic ExperimentH x3 Barrel of DeadbeardsH x4 Cone ZoneH x3 GargologistH x4
Newspaper ZombieH x4 Quasar WizardH x4 Fireworks ZombieH x4 Zombot's WrathH x1 Gargantuar-Throwing ImpH x3
Hippity Hop GargantuarH x4 Gas GiantH x4

Z-MechH Get Down to Business

PvZH Hearty Icon PvZH Crazy Icon
Think outside the box with these Professional Zombies'client-focused, scaling, best of breed core competency: eating brains. Then maximize leverage with the synergy of a paradigm shift: a win-win situation.
Bungee PlumberH x4 Camel CrossingH x1 Healthy TreatH x2 Zombie Middle ManagerH x4 Zombology TeacherH x4
Barrel of DeadbeardsH x4 Jurassic FossilheadH x4 Fireworks ZombieH x4 Going ViralH x3 KnockoutH x1
LandscaperH x4 Turquoise Skull ZombieH x4 Foot Soldier ZombieH x1


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Z-Mech sad face

The small sad face

  • Z-Mech's comic illustrates him using Rocket Science missiles to attack the plants. However, this is not possible in-game, as Rocket Science is in the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy class, which he does not lead. However, it is possible that its a re-used sprite.
    • Z-Mech is also illustrated to be an in-game Imp, but when he comes out in his Mech, he appears as a completely different looking Imp, which is another inconsistency in the comic.
  • During the Z-Mech's idle animation, its Imp sometimes breathes into the Z-Mech's window, and the player can see an "evil" face on it.
    • This face was originally a small, sad face.
  • When Z-Mech is damaged or defeated, the Imp inside face-plants into the glass.
  • Before update 1.16.10, he was the only zombie hero to be able to hit the opposing hero via his signature superpower.
  • He shares the same battle music as Rustbolt and Professor Brainstorm.
    • Coincidentally, they are all technology-related heroes (have Science Signature Superpowers) and all lack Amphibious zombies in their classes.
    • Out of the three, Z-Mech is the only one that doesn't lead the PvZH Brainy IconBrainy class and the only one that is an imp.
  • Crazy Dave's description of Z-Mech is false after update 1.16.10 as when he uses Missile Madness, he shoots only one missile at a selected plant.
  • He has access to the most professional cards out of all zombie heroes.
  • He is the Hero that has had the most superpower changes in the game, with 2
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