For other uses, see Newspaper Zombie (disambiguation).

Newspaper Zombie is a zombie encountered in both main Plants vs. Zombies games. In Plants vs. Zombies, he is the first new zombie encountered in the Night stage, and the sixth zombie overall encountered in Adventure Mode. He has a newspaper that he holds upside-down, acting as a shield for this zombie.

When the player's plants destroy the newspaper he holds, he pauses, a question mark briefly appears above his head, and then he will make an angry sound and start raging, then quickly charge forward at the player's plants in a rage. Lobbed-shot plants, Fume-shrooms, Gloom-shrooms, and flaming peas damage both the zombie and the newspaper at the same time.

He returns in the sequel as the first new zombie encountered in Modern Day. His abilities remain the same, but now he and his newspaper have significantly higher toughness and speed than in the first game, and when enraged he can run and eat much faster. Also, lobbed-shot plants and Fume-shrooms will not ignore his newspaper. He also has a veteran counterpart, the Sunday Edition Zombie, which has a much higher toughness.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sound Description
Newspaper rip
Destroyed newspaper
Newspaper rarrgh
Newspaper rarrgh2
The sounds of rage from a Newspaper Zombie after discovering his newspaper is destroyed

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sound Description
After rage
Newspaper is destroyed
Mumbling/reading newspaper

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

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.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Newspaper Zombie

SPEED: Hungry

Newspaper protects zombie, who is then enraged when it is destroyed.

Special: becomes a flighty zombie once the newspaper is destroyed

You can't really blame him for getting so upset; he was THIS close to finishing the crossword (23 down was "Brains").


Plants vs. Zombies

The Newspaper Zombie absorbs 350 damage per shot and his appearance changes upon absorbing 50, 100, 100 (when the newspaper is destroyed), and 250 before dying at 350 damage per shot. When the newspaper is destroyed, he starts to sprint.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The Newspaper Zombie absorbs 1260 damage per shot and his appearance changes upon absorbing 270, 540, 800 (when the newspaper is destroyed), and 1030 (when his arm is lost) before dying at 1260 damage per shot. His attacks and running speed are four times as high when enraged compared to while the newspaper is still present.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

Unlike the International Version, the Newspaper Zombie was very different. Before the 2.2.1 update, no matter when his newspaper is destroyed, his speed is similar. The same formerly applied to the Sunday Edition Zombie.


Plants vs. Zombies​

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)


Plants vs. Zombies​

The newspaper is useless against lobbed-shot plants, instant kills, Fume-shroom, and Gloom-shroom because they can bypass his newspaper. Spikeweed and Spikerock also makes his newspaper useless by attacking below him. The back head of Split Pea can also be used as it hits the behind of the zombie himself. In Wall-nut Bowling and Wall-nut Bowling 2, the zombie loses the newspaper after being hit by one Wall-nut, and dies after a second hit, like the Conehead Zombie. The Newspaper Zombie pauses and charges very quickly towards the end of the row after the player's plants destroy the newspaper, the player will need to be fast in order to kill him. Snow Pea, Winter Melon, or Ice-shroom are effective against this, as they can slow his movement, leaving plenty of time to kill him. If the player is facing multiple Newspaper Zombies, Ice-shrooms can be used effectively to paralyze and kill them, or the player could just use lobbed-shot plants (preferably Melon-pult or Winter Melon).

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Watch out for this zombie since he is a much bigger threat. Do not destroy his newspaper unless you think you have a good strategy to deal with him while he is enraged. Also, unlike the first game, lobbed-shot plants and area of effect plants will still destroy the newspaper first so you need to be careful when using them. However, Snow Pea, Winter Melon, Cold Snapdragon and Missile Toe are good choices as they can now slow him down and allow more damage to be dealt against this zombie since Newspaper no longer negates various effects. Kernel-pult's butter, Primal Peashooter and Apple Mortar can also be helpful as they can stun or knock back the Newspaper Zombie so that this zombie is slightly easier to deal with. Chard Guard and Hurrikale can also give you more time to destroy him. The most effective plants are Shadow-shroom, Chomper, Toadstool, and Chili Bean, as they can kill him ignoring the newspaper. Jack O' Lanterns are also useful as their flame trail can destroy Newspaper Zombie in one shot. It is a good idea to combine this plant with Sweet Potato so that it can destroy groups of these zombies. Explode-o-nut and Hot Date are also good choices as they can destroy him instantly once eaten. On large groups instant kills are a must. Up to three attacks from Magnifying Grass can also kill one of them without him being enraged.

Without the use of Plant Food, Hypno-shrooms are surprisingly effective against the Newspaper Zombie. When Newspaper Zombie loses his newspaper whilst hypnotized, he will get angry and kill any zombie on the lane very quickly from his increased DPS (800 DPS, as he eats as fast as a regular zombie when not enraged, and four times as fast when he is angry). However, it should be noted that this strategy is only effective on lanes with large amounts of zombies, and many zombies at once can overwhelm it without the use of Stunion, Ice Bloom, or any similar plant to completely immobilize them. But when given the chance he becomes unstoppable, capable of shredding even gargantuars in seconds.

Certain other insta-kills can also be effective. Grimrose can also be used to take out 1 or 3 (Moonflower present) of them as she immobilizes the zombie she targets. If using Hypno-Shroom and the player's taking out a lane of zombies, it's also advised to use Iceberg Lettuce and Plant Food to freeze the zombies once the Hypnotized Newspaper Zombie loses his newspaper. Not even the Robo-Cone Zombie will stand up against this. The Goo Peashooter's plant food destroys all newspaper zombies in front of him in a single lane.

Note: Using catapult plants like Cabbage-pults, Blooming Hearts, A.K.E.E.s and Spore-shrooms (unless fed with Plant Food) are a very bad idea against Newspaper Zombies when they are enraged as they can easily destroy the catapults due to their slow attack speed. This is because they do not have stalling or slowing abilities that can allow the Newspaper Zombie to take more damage. In addition, their firing speed is 3x slower than a Peashooter and the Newspaper Zombie's speed is fast which will cause the projectiles to miss the zombie. Bloomerangs, Bowling Bulbs and Nightshades (unless fed with Plant Food) are also useless as they have a very slow firing rate as well and the Newspaper Zombie eats plants up very quickly. Electric Blueberry and Homing Thistle are also bad choices as it is unpredictable of which zombie they will target, especially if there are many enraged Newspaper Zombies charging towards the player's house. Also, avoid using Citrons as the Newspaper Zombie will kill it before they can fire another plasma ball because it takes 10 seconds to recharge. Intensive Carrot and Witch Hazel are not a good choice as he will quickly destroy the recovered plants and Puff-shrooms that were spawned (Unless, of course, a Hypno-Shroom was spawned). Spring Beans are also ineffective as they only bounce him back one tile and requires time to recharge. Aloe is also ineffective against Newspaper Zombie as they can destroy the plant easily.

Related achievement

Hot off the presses burned
Hot Off the Presses
Set a Newspaper Zombie's newspaper on fire


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  • When its newspaper is rotated 180 degrees, the newspaper's front cover is really the back cover, and thus, the title is at the end.
  • In all Chinese regions, he is named "读报僵尸" (Newspaper-reading Zombie) instead of "报纸僵尸".

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • Newspaper Zombie has the second lowest physical health out of all the zombies in the first game (only the Imps in I, Zombie are weaker, since they only take three normal damage shots). He itself has nine health points and his newspaper also has eight health points, making his total amount of hit points seventeen.
  • Newspaper Zombie's glasses are available in the Xbox Live Marketplace for 80 Microsoft Points.
  • When Newspaper Zombie's head falls off, it is a regular Zombie's, not his own. He shares this with Jack-in-the-Box Zombie. However his glasses will still appear falling off.
  • If Newspaper Zombie bites a Garlic and loses his newspaper right after, he will bite the Garlic a second time before switching lanes.
  • If Newspaper Zombie bites a Garlic after losing his newspaper, he will not make his angry expression and he will instead move fast with a normal face.
  • When the player enters somewhere else and Plants vs. Zombies is still running or they simply press spacebar, when they come back Newspaper Zombie will appear above the "Resume Game" tab.
  • If a Newspaper Zombie gets hit by a Lawn Mower or a Giant Wall-nut, a question mark will appear over his head for a brief moment, as the newspaper gets destroyed before the zombie himself.
  • The title of the newspaper is "ZOMBIE," and there is also a picture of a head on it.
  • There is a glitch on the DS version that sometimes when the Newspaper Zombie loses his newspaper, he will suddenly run on a spot instead of looking down with a question mark.
  • There is also a glitch on the online version that even if he has not lost his newspaper, he will still have angry eyes when eating.
  • Newspaper Zombie is officially and technically considered a shield zombie because he holds the newspaper up in front of him, it protects him from damage, and it has all the traits of a standard shield. However, there is one small exception to its shield capabilities. His newspaper will protect him from frozen peas, but will not cancel the splash effect of flaming peas. This is understandable because it is made of paper and will burn.
    • However, there is no burning animation of the newspaper.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies Adventures and Plants vs. Zombies 2, the Barrel Zombie and Pharaoh Zombie are identical in movement characteristics to the Newspaper Zombie, in the sense both move faster after their shield object is destroyed, except the Barrel Zombie runs out of embarrassment, Pharaoh Zombie runs because he is lighter, and Newspaper Zombie runs out of rage.
  • Newspaper Zombie can still be frozen by Snow Pea, even when it is holding its newspaper in Java version of the game.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies: Great Wall Edition (China only) (Archived content)

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Newspaper Zombie's newspaper now takes significantly more hits than it did in the first game. When he is enraged, he eats plants extremely fast, and also runs as fast as a Zombie Chicken or Ice Weasel.
    • The increase in health may have been from the fact that the area where he resides is the final world, as opposed for being extremely weak and a very unnoticeable enemy like in the first game.
    • If he was unchanged, he would have been a weaker Pharaoh Zombie.
  • Newspaper Zombie's newspaper lights on fire when hit by a fire-based plant such as Snapdragon. However, this appears to be purely cosmetic, and Newspaper Zombie does not become enraged due to the fire.
    • The newspaper also does not take a shorter time to destroy.
    • This is probably intended for use of the achievement Hot Off the Presses.
    • In his Almanac icon, his newspaper is on fire.
    • Unlike Explorer Zombie's torch or Super-Fan Imp's or Prospector Zombie's dynamite, ice plants can't extinguish the newspaper's fire. This is shared with Super-Fan Imp's dynamite.
  • Grumbling noises can be heard from Newspaper Zombie when he is reading his newspaper.
    • If one listens closely, Newspaper Zombie actually speaks and says things like "23 down is brains".
    • According to the credits of the game, the Newspaper Zombie is voiced by Chris Sampson.
  • His almanac entry description is a nod to the first game, as both mention the reason why he gets enraged when his newspaper gets destroyed; he was finishing a puzzle included in the newspaper.
    • However, in the first game, the almanac entry says that he nearly finished a sudoku puzzle, while in the second game, the almanac entry states that he nearly finished a crossword puzzle.
  • When his newspaper is gone, he makes the same grunt sound from the first game.
  • Unlike the first game, his eyes do not turn red when he is angry.
  • If he is killed when he holds the newspaper, his enrage sound and the destroyed newspaper's sound can still be heard.
  • In the Chinese version, he and Sunday Edition Zombie used to be slower after they lost their newspapers. They were buffed to normal on the 2.2.1 update.
  • The newspaper is different in this game, reading "Daily Brains" for the title.
    • The name "Daily Brains" may be a reference to the fact that several news services have the word "daily" in the title.
    • If one looks carefully, they can see what looks like Crazy Dave in the image in the newspaper.
    • The news on the main page is: "Garden gnomes spotted".
  • When he is eating a plant and doesn't have his left arm, the newspaper will appear to float. This also applies to Sunday Edition Zombie.

See also

Zombies (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Zombie · Flag Zombie · Conehead Zombie · Pole Vaulting Zombie · Buckethead Zombie
Night Newspaper Zombie · Screen Door Zombie · Football Zombie · Dancing Zombie · Backup Dancer
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Fog Jack-in-the-Box Zombie · Balloon Zombie · Digger Zombie · Pogo Zombie · Zombie Yeti
Roof Bungee Zombie · Ladder Zombie · Catapult Zombie · Gargantuar · Imp · Dr. Zomboss
ZomBotany Peashooter Zombie · Wall-nut Zombie · Gatling Pea Zombie · Tall-nut Zombie · Squash Zombie · Jalapeno Zombie
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