Relic Hunter Zombie is a zombie encountered in Lost City. He is similar to Swashbuckler Zombie. They both have the same animations and the same abilities, swinging past most of the player's defenses. The differences are that Relic Hunter Zombie can land at any tile from the fourth to the sixth column in his lane and the Relic Hunter Zombie is stronger but slower than his Pirate Seas counterpart.

Almanac entry

Relic Hunter Zombie

SPEED: Stiff

Swings in past defenses.

Relic Hunter has hunted some pretty impressive relic in his days. Idols, antiques, curios... he's hunted 'em all.


Relic Hunter Zombie absorbs 760 damage and degrades upon absorbing 380 damage before dying at 760 damage.


Plants vs. Zombies 2


Relic Hunter Zombie is much more dangerous than his predecessor, Swashbuckler Zombie, due to his increased health and ability to land farther on your lawn, despite lower speed. One group of zombies in the fourth column, some Porter Gargantuars and Excavator Zombies are enough to cause serious problems to your defense. The best weapon against Relic Hunter is Blover, which can also eliminate some Bug Zombies in the process. Also, it has a low sun cost and a very fast recharge, so it can be planted easily whenever needed.

Tall-nut and Endurian can be useful for protecting the third column of these zombies. Strong plants such as Coconut Cannon and Winter Melon are needed to kill a group of them, especially in the Temple of Bloom where these zombies are common, appearing with a group of Porter Gargantuars. Hurrikale may also be useful in regular levels in Lost City against this zombie and Lost Pilot Zombies.

Toadstool and Chomper can be useful to protect the fourth column of these zombies in regular levels. It is advisable to have Cherry Bomb if many of these zombies land on the fourth column or when the situation becomes tense.

He is especially annoying in Beghouled Blitz - Step 5. He can land straight into the heart of your defenses, eating valuable offensive plants and absorbing a considerable amount of damage before dying, protecting the other zombies behind him. Try to kill them before they can do much harm.

Split Peas when in front of them can deal considerable damage to Relic Hunters. Keep in mind, however, that if you have lower level plants they may eat one. Be sure to complement Split Peas with another offensive plant such as a moderate-level Peashooter.

Balance changes

Update 5.8.1

  • Eating DPS increased from 100 DPS per tick to 200 DPS per tick

Update 6.0.1

  • Eating DPS decreased from 200 DPS per tick to 100 DPS per tick

Update 6.3.1

  • Health decreased from 1080 DPS to 760 DPS


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See also

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