For other uses, see Torchwood (disambiguation).

Torchwood is a recurring character within the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. While not being a pea himself, Torchwood's main role is boosting the power of peashooting plants by lighting them on fire, increasing their damage output.

As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Torchwood has appeared in six games.



Although there is a flowering plant family known as torchwood (Burseraceae), which includes frankincense and myrrh, the name may also be a reference to the eponymous organization in the Doctor Who spin-off series. The torch in his name refers to the fact that fire comes out of his head, somewhat like a torch, and the wood refers to the fact that he is made of wood, as he is a tree plant.


Plants vs. Zombies

Main article: Torchwood (PvZ)

In the original Plants vs. Zombies game, as well as all Chinese spin-off games based on it, Torchwood is unlocked after beating Level 3-7. He ignites any Peas that go past him, making them deal double damage with splash damage.

In fog levels, he can remove fog in a 3x3 area, making him an alternative to Plantern if the player wishes to use pea strategies in those levels.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Main article: Torchwood (PvZ2)

Torchwood makes a return in Plants vs. Zombies 2, this time as a Premium plant as a member of the Appease-mint family. Following the 7.6.1 update, Torchwood has received massive changes to make them more viable.

Torchwood still ignites peas like the first game (though these peas no longer have splash damage), but now has more health, deals minor damage to zombies eating him, and explodes to release line-wide fire damage when eaten. The Chinese version has none of these buffs in place.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

Torchwood makes multiple appearances in the shooter games, as both a boss and in Garden Warfare 2, a playable character.

Playable Character

Main article: Torchwood (PvZ: GW2)

In Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 only, Torchwood appears as a playable character as a reward for beating the Trials of Eternity and using 75 Rainbow Stars. He has the highest health out of any main class in the game with 275 and their primary weapon is similar to the All-Star's.

His model is simply a smaller version of Giga Torchwood's and like Hover-Goat 3000, he simply has three alternate costumes and no actual variants.


Main article: Giga Torchwood
Giga Torchwood Boss Icon

A boss variant, Giga Torchwood, appears in both Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. He attacks with a barrage of fire-based attacks such as a fire gatling and fire breath. He can also go Berzerk, increasing the damage of all his attacks. In Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, his moveset has been merged with Big Stump, giving his their vacuum ability.

His super wave in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 gives him backup from Fire variants on the plants side while his super wave in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville requires the zombies to throw water balloons at him to cool him down when he goes berzerk.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars (China only)

Main article: Stump line

Torchwood next appears in the Chinese-exclusive turn-based game Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars as the second plant in the Stump line, evolving from Elderwood and evolving into Wispywood. He attacks zombies by firing blue flames at them.

His Plant Food/Anger effect has him strike the first enemy in his lane, dealing damage in a 3x3 area around the target.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Main article: Torchwood (PvZH)

Torchwood's latest appearance is in the turn-based mobile card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes as a 1SunPvZH 3HeartPvZH Tree plant with Team-Up in the PvZH Mega-Grow IconMega-Grow class. Like his appearance in the mainline games, he boosts the power of pea plants, in this case, peas behind him by +2StrengthPvZH. He is the only tribe synergy card to not be a part of the tribe himself, not counting cards who simply Conjure the card.

Captain CombustibleH

The PvZH Kabloom IconKabloom/PvZH Mega-Grow IconMega-Grow Plant hero Captain Combustible is based off this plant. Their signature Superpower is Blazing Bark, which increases the StrengthPvZH of a chosen plant by 4 and their other superpowers are Meteor Strike, Embiggen, and Time to Shine.


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  • According to George Fan's Reddit AMA, Torchwood was originally "this orange pepper thing with fire on it called Torchipotle." [1]
  • Torchwood was originally planned for Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, but was scrapped, likely due to Peashooter's range change.

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