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                                 Copyright 2009 by PopCap   
    
    
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                                  Zombie FAQ for Windows  
                                By A. Kleibrink (Corbon440)
    
    
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    <TABLE OF CONTENTS>
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    1. Updates
    2. Introduction
    3. Zombie List
    4. Descriptions and Notes
    5. Credits
    6. Legal Disclaimer
    
    
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    1. UPDATES
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    -Original Version  1.0, 18.05.09
    
    
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    2. INTRODUCTION
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    An in-depth guide about the enemies you will encounter throughout the game,
    with descriptions and additional notes. Naturally, if you haven't played the
    game, you won't find it strikingly useful. Why don't you go and give it a try?
    
    This FAQ was written and can be best viewed in Windows Editor (NotePad).
    
    
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    3. ZOMBIE LIST
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                           [Suburban Almanac - Zombies]
                           
    
    First Row
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    Zombie
    Flag Zombie
    Conehead Zombie
    Pole Vaulting Zombie
    Buckethead Zombie
    
    Second Row
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    Newspaper Zombie
    Screen Door Zombie
    Football Zombie
    Dancing Zombie
    Backup Dancer
    
    Third Row
    ----------------------
    Ducky Tube Zombie
    Snorkel Zombie
    Zomboni
    Zombie Bobsled Team
    Dolphin Rider Zombie
    
    Fourth Row
    ----------------------
    Jack-in-the-Box Zombie
    Balloon Zombie
    Digger Zombie
    Pogo Zombie
    Zombie Yeti
    
    Fifth Row
    ----------------------
    Bungee Zombie
    Ladder Zombie
    Catapult Zombie
    Gargantuar
    Imp
    
    Sixth Row
    ----------------------
    Dr. Zomboss
    
    
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    4. DESCRIPTIONS AND NOTES
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    >>>ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Regular Garden-variety Zombie.
    
    Toughness: low
    
    This zombie loves brains. Can't get enough. Brains, brains, brains, day in and
    night out. Old and stinky brains? Rotten brains? Brains clearly past their
    prime? Doesn't matter. Regular Zombie wants 'em.
    
    Notes: Always the first zombie to appear in a standard level. Use a Garden Rake
           ($200) to take him out instantly, since he will choose the line where
           the Rake is located.
    
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    >>>FLAG ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Flag Zombie marks the arrival of a huge pile or "wave" of zombies. 
    
    Toughness: low
    
    Make no mistake, Flag Zombie loves brains. But somewhere down the line he also
    picked up a fascination with flags. Maybe it's because the flags always have
    brains on them. Hard to say.
    
    Notes: Regular Zombie carrying a flag, no more, no less.
    
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    >>>CONEHEAD ZOMBIE<<<
    
    His traffic cone headpiece makes him twice as tough as normal zombies.
    
    Toughness: medium
    
    Conehead Zombie shuffled mindlessly forward like every other zombie. But some-
    thing made him stop. Made him pick up a traffic cone and stick it on his head.
    Oh yeah. He likes to party.
    
    Notes: A single Conehead Zombie can be taken out by a single Pea Shooter (16
           shots from the far left) before reaching the plant.
    
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    >>>POLE VAULTING ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Pole Vaulting Zombie vaults with a pole.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Speed: fast, then normal (after jump)
    Special: jumps the first plant he runs into
    
    Some zombies take it further, aspire more, push themselves beyond the normal
    into greatness. That's Pole Vaulting Zombie right there. That is so him.
    
    Notes: Can't jump over Tall-Nuts and cannot avoid instants like Squashers and
           Jalapenos.
    
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    >>>BUCKETHEAD ZOMBIE<<<
    
    His bucket hat makes him extremely resistant to damage.
    
    Toughness: high
    Weakness: magnet-shroom
    
    Buckethead Zombie always wore a bucket. Part of it was to assert his uniqueness
    in an uncaring world. Mostly he just forgot it was there in the first place.
    
    Notes: When using Magnet-Shrooms on daytime levels, make sure not to forget the
           Coffee Bean to wake them up.
    
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    >>>NEWSPAPER ZOMBIE<<<
    
    His newspaper provides limited defense.
    
    Toughness: low
    Newspaper Toughness: low
    Speed: normal, then fast (after losing newspaper)
    
    Newspaper Zombie was *this* close to finishing his Sudoku puzzle. No wonder he's
    freaking out.
    
    Notes: I would be freaked out too.
    
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    >>>SCREEN DOOR ZOMBIE<<<
    
    His screen door is an effective shield.
    
    Toughness: low
    Screen Door Toughness: high
    Weakness: fume-shroom and magnet-shroom
    
    He got his screen door from the last inexpertly defended home he visited, after
    he ATE THE HOMEOWNER'S BRAINS.
    
    Notes: The screen shield only protects him from frontal attacks.
    
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    >>>FOOTBALL ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Football Zombie makes the big plays.
    
    Toughness: very high
    Speed: fast
    Weakness: magnet-shroom
    
    Football Zombie gives 110 percent whenever he's on the field. He's a team
    player who delivers both offensively and defensively. He has no idea what a
    football is.
    
    Notes: Basically an even tougher and much faster version of Buckethead Zombie.
           Snow Peas and Winter Melons are extremely effective against him.
    
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    >>>DANCING ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Any resemblance between Dancing Zombie and persons living or dead is purely
    coincidental.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Special: summons back-up dancers
    
    Dancing Zombie's latest album, "GrarrBRAINsarblarbl", is already rocketing up
    the undead charts.
    
    Notes: Jacko forever! Using a Hypno Shroom on him also affects all the dancers
           summoned by him.  
    
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    >>>BACKUP DANCER<<<
    
    These zombies appear in sets of four whenever Dancing Zombie rocks out.
    
    Toughness: low
    
    Backup Dancer Zombie spent six years perfecting his art at the Chewliard
    Performing Arts School in Zombie New York City.
    
    Notes: See Dancing Zombie for a cheap trick. Somewhat irregular movement.
    
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    >>>DUCKY TUBE ZOMBIE<<<
    
    The ducky tube allows this zombie to float on water.
    
    Toughness: low
    Only appears in the pool
    
    It takes a certain kind of zombie to be a Ducky Tuber. Not every zombie can
    handle it. Some crack. They can't take it. They walk away and give up on
    brains forever.
    
    Notes: Comes in three varieties: Regular, Conehead and Buckethead. Tangle
           Kelps are particularly effective against Water Bucketheads.
    
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    >>>SNORKEL ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Snorkel Zombie can swim underwater.
    
    Toughness: low
    Special: submerges to avoid attacks
    Only appears in the pool
    
    Zombies don't breathe. They don't need air. So why does Snorkel Zombie need a
    snorkel to swim underwater? Answer: peer pressure.
    
    Notes: Any obstacle, even a simple Lily Pad, makes him emerge from the pool to
           take a bite and makes him vulnerable to straight line shots.
    
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    >>>ZOMBONI<<<
    
    The Zomboni applies ice, steam and pressure to your plants.
    
    Toughness: high
    Special: crushes plants, leaves an ice trail
    
    Often mistaken for a zombie driving an ice machine, the Zomboni is a totally
    different life-form more closely related to a space ogre than a zombie.
    
    Notes: Crushes all plants in his path, even Pumpkin Tall-Nuts. If your fire-
           power is lacking, use a Spikeweed to take him out ASAP. Other instants
           like Squashers and Jalapenos work too. Also, since you can't plant
           anything on an ice trail, Jalapenos should be used to melt the trails.
    
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    >>>ZOMBIE BOBSLED TEAM<<<
    
    These zombies appear in teams of four.
    
    Toughness: low
    Bobsled Toughness: low
    Special: only appears on ice
    
    Zombie Bobsled Team worked hard to get where they are. They live together, eat
    brains together and train together to become a cohesive zombie unit.
    
    Notes: The Bobsled itself is very fast, that's why it's so important to take
           out the Zombonis ASAP. One again, use Japalenos to get rid of the
           Bobsled as well as the ice trail.
    
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    >>>DOLPHIN RIDER ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Dolphin Rider Zombies use dolphins to exploit weaknesses in your pool defense.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Speed: fast, then slow (after jump)
    Special: jumps over the first plant he runs into
    Only appears in the pool
    
    The dolphin is also a zombie.
    
    Notes: Basically a fast-moving Water Pole Vault Zombie. Unable to jump over
           Tall-Nuts.
    
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    >>>JACK-IN-THE-BOX-ZOMBIE<<<
    
    This zombie carries an explosive surprise.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Speed: fast
    Special: jack-in-the-box explodes
    Weakness: magnet-shroom
    
    This zombie shivers, not because he's cold but because he's crazy.
    
    Notes: He LOVES to screw up your Vasebreaker strategy!
    
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    >>>BALLOON ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Balloon Zombie floats above the fray, immune to most attacks.
    
    Toughness: low
    Special: flying
    Weakness: cactus and blower
    
    Balloon Zombie really lucked out. The balloon thing really works and none of
    the other zombies have picked up on it.
    
    Notes: Instead of Peashooters, invest in Cactuses right away, until all lines
           are covered. Once you have access to Cattails (pool levels only), use
           them instead. Blowers should only be used in an emergency. And no, they
           can't fly over your lawnmovers. Once he's been shot down, he acts like
           a regular zombie.
    
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    >>>DIGGER ZOMBIE<<<
    
    This zombie digs to bypass your defenses.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Speed: fast, then slow
    Special: tunnels underground and appears on the left side of the lawn
    Weakness: split pea and magnet-shroom
    
    Digger Zombie spends three days a week getting his excavation permits in
    order.
    
    Notes: These suckers are the reason why Split Peas exist. Magnet-Shrooms are
           not that effective since they also react to other zombies (Buckethead,
           Football, etc.) and their recharge time is slow. Equip all of your
           lines with Split Peas. On pool levels, Cattails will also hit them.
           Whenever Diggers appear, it is absolutely essential to protect your
           back row plants with Pumpkins. 
    
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    >>>POGO ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Pogo Zombie hops to bypass your defenses.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Special: hops over plants
    Weakness: magnet-shrooms
    
    Sproing! Sproing! Sproing! That's the sound of a powerful and effective
    zombie doing what he does best.
    
    Notes: Use Magnet-Shrooms until all of your lines are protected by Tall-Nuts.
    
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    >>>ZOMBIE YETI<<<
    
    A rare and curious creature.
    
    Toughness: high
    Special: runs away after a short while
    
    Little is known about the Zombie Yeti other than his name, birth date, social
    security number, educational history, past work experience and sandwich
    preference (roast beef and Swiss).
    
    Notes: He appears for the first time on Level 4-10 on your SECOND Story Mode
           walkthrough. Once "unlocked", he may appear on Survival:Night levels
           as well. He yields 4 Diamonds ($4000) after being killed, so make sure
           not to miss him.
    
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    >>>BUNGEE ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Bungee Zombie attacks from above.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Special: descends from the sky and steals a plant
    
    Bungee Zombie loves to take risks. After all, what's the point of being dead
    if you don't live a little?
    
    Notes: Always appears in a small group and randomly(?) places a target on the
           plant he's about to steal. Jalapenos are a good defense, but Umbrella
           Leaf placement is the real key to survival. See Catapult Zombie for
           more details.
    
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    >>>LADDER ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Ladder Zombie climbs over obstacles.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Ladder Toughness: medium
    Speed: fast, then slow (after placing ladder)
    Weakness: fume-shroom and magnet-shroom
    
    He picked the ladder up for $8.99.
    
    Notes: Even climbs over Tall-Nuts. Magnet-Shrooms are a good defense. In 
           order to get rid of the placed ladder, dig out the Nut and replace it
           with a new one. Blowing the ladder up with a Jalapeno or Cherry Bomb
           also works but is only recommended in an emergency.
    
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    >>>CATAPULT ZOMBIE<<<
    
    Catapult Zombie operates heavy machinery.
    
    Toughness: medium
    Special: lobs basketballs at your plants
    
    Of all the things Catapult Zombie could launch with his catapult, basketballs
    seemed like the best and most obvious choice.
    
    Notes: His catapult attacks are always aimed at the farthest plant in "his"
           row. Pumpkins DO NOT protect your plants from the catapult. However,
           two well-placed Umbrella Leaves will render them useless. Here's a
           small diagram (the X indicates the Umbrella Leaves).
    
           [ ][ ][ ]
           [ ][X][ ]
           [ ][ ][ ]
           [ ][ ][ ]
           [ ][X][ ]
           [ ][ ][ ]  
           
           This setup will protect your entire back row from the catapults. In
           addition, every plant located one spot away from the Umbrella Leaf is
           protected from Bungee Zombies, 18 spots altogether. On a side note,
           Catapult Zombie may actually run out of ammo, in that case he will just
           act like a Zomboni (minus the ice trail, obviously).
    
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    >>>GARGANTUAR<<<
    
    Gargantuar is a gigantic zombie.
    
    Toughness: extremely high
    
    When Gargantuar walks, the earth trembles When he moans, other zombies fall
    silent. He is the zombie other zombies dream they could be. But he still
    can't find a girlfriend.
    
    Notes: It takes two instants to destroy him. He's able to crush every plant
           with a single blow of his telephone pole, only Spikerocks will last
           longer (4 hits). Once he's at 50% health, he hurls his Imp a good
           distance towards your lawnmovers. He comes in two varieties, white
           eye and red eye. There doesn't seem to be a difference between them
           though.
    
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    >>>IMP<<<
    
    Imps are tiny zombies hurled by Gargantuar deep into your defenses.
    
    Toughness: low
    
    Imp may be small, but he's wiry. He's proficient in zombie judo, zombie
    karate and zombie bare-knuckle brawling. He also plays the melodica.
    
    Notes: Always comes together with the Gargantuar. Once the Gargantuar is at
           50% health, he hurls the Imp deep into your defense line. As long as the
           Gargantuar is still at the far right, the Imp almost always lands in
           your second or third row. It's important to protect the plants located
           there with Pumpkins.
    
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    >>>DR. ZOMBOSS<<<
    
    Dr. Zomboss rules them all.
    
    Toughness (in Zombot shell): extreme
    
    Edgar George Zomboss achieved his Doctorate in Thanatology in only two
    years. Quickly mastering thanatological technology, he built his fearsome
    Zombot and set about establishing absolute dominance of his local sub-
    division.
    
    
    Notes: In his first phase, Dr. Zomboss starts out by sending all kinds of
           zombies towards your flower pots. Try setting up equally strong lines
           and make sure to keep at least one Jalapeno and Ice-Shroom ready at all
           times. In his second phase, he will lower his robot. During this phase
           he becomes vulnerable to attacks from your plants but he will also spit
           out a large fireball or snowball. These balls slowly  but steadily roll
           through your defenses, crushing anything in their path. In order to
           destroy a fireball, place an Ice-Shroom anywhere on the screen in a free
           pot. In order to destroy a snowball, a Jalapeno must be placed in the
           SAME line. If there's no free flower pot, quickly dig out a plant and
           place the Jalapeno in there. Once the fireball or snowball is destroyed,
           you can concentrate on damaging Dr. Zomboss himself. He is vulnerable to
           both Jalapenos and Ice-Shrooms. After a short while, he will raise the
           robot's head, beginning with phase 1 again. His other attacks consist of
           crushing up to 6 plants in your back row with an ambulance van and
           occasionally crushing pots on the right side of the roof with his foot.
           Both attacks cannot be avoided. Keep replacing your plants and make sure
           to have at least one Jalapeno and Ice-Shroom ready for phase 2 and you
           will win the fight and beat Story Mode.
    
    
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    5. CREDITS
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    Thanks to...
    
    -CJayC, the founder of GameFAQs
    
    -Sailor Bacon aka SBAllen for maintaining the best internet site concerning
     video and computer games FAQs.
    
    -Mark aka PG and the other folks at TSL for playing the game and coming up
     with tips and strategies.
    
    -All the folks at the Plants vs. Zombies GameFAQs message board for providing
     various and useful information about pretty much everything.
    
    
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    6. LEGAL DISCLAIMER
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    This document is copyright 2009 by A. Kleibrink. You may freely distribute
    this FAQ for any non-profitable and non-commercial purposes, provided that
    it remains unaltered. This FAQ can only be found at www.gamefaqs.com.
    
    
    
    
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