It started innocently enough. One day, Octo Zombie decided to get a pet octopus. But he loved that octopus so much, he got another and another... and another. Next thing you know, he was volunteering at an octopus rescue shelter. And now, well, no one wants to tell him, but he's pretty much the undersea equivalent of a cat lady. You should see how many are living at his house. It's quite startling.}} '''Octo Zombie''' is the 12th [[Zombies (PvZ2)|zombie]] encountered in [[Big Wave Beach]] in ''[[Plants vs. Zombies 2]]''. He can throw octopi at [[Plants (PvZ2)|plants]] in his lane to disable them. The octopus will occupy the tile until the octopus is destroyed by other plants. If there are no plants in front of him, he will then proceed to the [[Player's House|player's house]].
Octo Zombie has five octopi strapped on to his different body parts. The first one is a large, purple octopus that serves as his head, next on his shoulder is an orange one. The orange octopus is attached to his shoulder and it covers his chest with its two tentacles, with the third tentacle wrapping up the arm of Octo Zombie, and its remaining tentacles on its back. The third one is a pink-colored octopus, found on his left wrist, entangled, while the fourth one is a violet-colored octopus strapped on to his right wrist. Finally, the fifth octopus flashes a fucshia like color that entangles the left leg of Octo Zombie. The purple-colored octopus on Octo Zombie's head has eight white circles above it. Both of its eyes move in different directions as seen in its in-game renders. Octo Zombie also is a muscular type of zombie as he has slight muscles and abs showing on his body. He simply wears an orange brief-shaped swimming trunks with black colors for design.
TOUGHNESS: <font color=gold>Hardened<font><br />SPEED: <font color=gold>Creeper<font>
Throws octopi at your plants to bind them up.
Special: <font color=red>bound plants are passive until their octopus is destroyed<font>
It started innocently enough. One day, Octo Zombie decided to get a pet octopus. But he loved that octopus so much, he got another and another... and another. Next thing you know, he was volunteering at an octopus rescue shelter. And now, well, no one wants to tell him, but he's pretty much the undersea equivalent of a cat lady. You should see how many are living at his house. It's quite startling.
Octo Zombie absorbs 43.5 [[normal damage shot]]s before its head falls off and stops attacking. It degrades upon absorbing 22 normal damage shots before dying at 43.5 normal damage shots. Its octopus absorbs 21 normal damage shots and does not degrade.
[[Player's House]]: [[Piñata Party]]
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Octo Zombie is a very dangerous zombie, especially if many come in groups. He also uses his disadvantage, which is his speed, to his advantage in order to keep on bombarding your plants with octopi, ensuring that faster zombies, such as [[Surfer Zombie]]s or [[Deep Sea Gargantuar]]s, absorb all of your offensive plants' projectiles. Therefore, instant-kill plants such as [[Cherry Bomb]]s or [[Tangle Kelp]] are vital to stopping them from binding plants. Using a [[Kernel-pult]] may also help. Kill it quickly, as it can bind up an unlimited number of plants. This could result in all plants being bound up and lead to you using tons of coins for Power-Ups and Plant Food to kill the Octo Zombie and remove the octopi. If possible, keep all your instant kill plants at your disposal (which includes [[Cherry Bomb]], [[Jalapeno]], and [[Squash]]). This zombie can be a major pain when you are trying to kill the [[Fisherman Zombie]]s that are present on the lawn. This zombie should be killed with as few octopuses thrown as possible; without plants that can shoot anywhere on the lawn or backwards, you are going to have a very difficult time clearing the octopi and defending your house. If none of the above techniques work correctly, resort to the Power Ups.
Of all the types of plants, [[Magnifying Grass]] can kill him the fastest with two shots, costing 100 sun, and is useful for freeing other plants. However, sun can be in short supply in the levels this zombie appears in, especially if other zombies get in the way. If this happens, use an instant kill ([[Cherry Bomb]], [[Jalapeno]], [[Squash]], or [[Tangle Kelp]]) on him quickly before he ensnares too many plants. [[Split Pea]] and [[Bonk Choy]] are useful for both attacking the Octo Zombie from behind (he cannot bind plants behind him) as well as clearing out octopi. A group of [[Snapdragon]]s can destroy bound octopi around themselves quickly, and more can be planted to flank Octo Zombies from their sides.
Of the plants introduced in Big Wave Beach, [[Tangle Kelp]] and [[Banana Launcher]] are most effective. Banana Launcher can kill an Octo Zombie in one blast no matter where he is, making it especially useful if he appears in [[Ambush Zombies|ambushes]], as well as destroy bound octopi and zombies trying to pass through at the same time.
[[Starfruit]] and [[Rotobaga]] are also useful against Octo Zombies: a lawn full of Starfruits, Rotobagas, or both can easily get rid of octopi thrown due to their rapid, multi-directional attack.
Since Octo Zombie always targets the plant in the lead position first, you can stall him by planting sacrificial plants in the front when he appears, such as [[Puff-shroom]]s or even extra [[Sunflower]]s or [[Sun-shroom]]s. You can also dig up a plant that is about to get hit with an octopus, causing Octo Zombie to miss and waste an attack; this can be looped using plants with fast recharge times like Puff-shrooms. Like [[Wizard Zombie]], he will retaliate against plants it encounters within biting range with an immediate octopus binding, but he will otherwise stop to eat anything he cannot bind, such as [[Lily Pad]]s in his way, or [[Infi-nut]]'s Plant Food effect. [[Iceberg Lettuce]] cannot be bound by octopi and simply freezes the zombie upon contact.
Octo Zombies, along with Deep Sea Gargantuars and Fisherman Zombies are very dangerous when in large numbers. Like Wizard Zombies and [[Pirate Captain Zombie]]s, Octo Zombies can use their abilities off the game's screen, allowing any other zombies to pass by with ease. This zombie is especially deadly when paired with [[Fisherman Zombie]]s and [[Surfer Zombie]]s. You will need to have powerful plants, like [[Cherry Bomb]], [[Iceberg Lettuce]], and [[Ghost Pepper]] at your disposal to prevent these zombies from invading your house.