Torchlight Zombie is a zombie encountered in the extension levels of Ancient Egypt in Plants vs. Zombies 2. He is an upgraded version of Explorer Zombie.


He looks exactly like Explorer Zombie, but the fire on his torch is larger, and he has two small flames on his hat and back.

Almanac entry

Torchlight Zombie

TOUGHNESS: Protected
SPEED: Flighty

Carries a torch that instantly destroys plants and scorches the earth.

Torchlight Zombie has no fear of the dark. That's not because he's always got a torch, however, but rather because as a zombie he has no capacity for fear in the first place.


Ancient Egypt: Days 30, 32, 33 and 35

Modern Day: Day 40

Battlez: Power Lily’s Garden Party Tournament


The Torchlight Zombie burns plants just like an Explorer Zombie, but he is much faster and tougher than his basic counterpart, making him even more dangerous to your defenses. The best way to handle him is to use any plant with a freeze or chill effect, such as Winter Melon or Iceberg Lettuce. Against groups of them, use Plant Food on an Iceberg Lettuce to extinguish all of their torches. In a worst case scenario, you can use Power Snow as a last resort. When you have extinguished the torch, Stallia and Primal Peashooter are an effective combo, as they can slow him down and knock him back at the same time. If Winter Melon and Pea Pod are at max level, you can use them together and the Torchlight Zombies will be outmatched easily.

Though not as powerful as the chilling or freezing plants, Sap-fling helps with speed and control, allowing you to handle them more easily. However, it is still important to keep in mind that Sap-fling deals no damage, so you will need an offensive plant to actually kill him.

Just like the Explorer Zombie, the Torchlight Zombie cannot burn the Plant Food shields of Moonflower and Infi-nut, so they can be used to stall those zombies fairly effectively.

Like what you used as a defense against the Explorer Zombie, you can use underground plants like Spikeweed, Spikerock, Celery Stalker, and Cactus, as they cannot be burned while underground. Note, however, that they do not attack fast enough to land multiple hits on Torchlight Zombie, so they may not be the most ideal plant. Ghost Pepper can also deal some damage without the plant getting destroyed.

Note: Chard Guards, Chompers, Parsnips, and Guacodiles are useless, as Torchlight Zombie will destroy them before they even have the chance to attack.

Modern Day - Day 40

Torchlight Zombie with Excavator Zombie are a very dangerous combo as they both move very fast. While Excavator Zombie's shovel will absorb most of the player's projectiles and protect these zombies, they will instantly destroy many plants, especially when plants are thrown 3 tiles back by Excavator Zombie, allowing the plants to be vulnerable to other threats. Torchlight Zombie, Newspaper Zombie, and Mummified Gargantuars are also a very deadly combo. To prevent them from incinerating your defenses, it is recommended that bring more ice plants.



  • Like other veteran zombies, he does not appear in Pyramid of Doom.
  • He and Explorer Zombie are the only entirely paradoxical zombies in Plants vs. Zombies 2 because they appear in Ancient Egypt, more than 2000 years before the first explorers appeared.
  • Although his Almanac entry states that he "scorches the earth," he cannot actually scorch tiles like Jurassic Rockpuncher.
    • Neither can he burn Spikeweeds and Spikerocks.

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