For other uses, see Torchwood (disambiguation).

Torchwood is a plant appearing in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. He is an unlockable plant in the first game, and a premium plant in the second game.

Torchwood lights regular peas that pass through him, turning them into fire peas. These fire peas deal twice the damage of normal peas, but also removes all ice-based effect from the target, such as Iceberg Lettuce's freezing and Winter Melon's chilling effect. The fire peas also do splash damage, but only in Plants vs. Zombies. Frozen peas fired by Snow Pea will thaw, becoming normal peas and losing their slowing ability.

In Plants vs. Zombies 2, he lost his ability to give fire peas splash damage, but has higher health and also deals close range fire damage to zombies near him similar to Endurian. He also explodes and does lane-wide fire damage when eaten, similar to Hot Date.

In the Chinese version, he still behaves like in the first game, with the exception of not giving fire peas splash damage.



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.


Sound Description
Torchwood ignites


Plants vs. Zombies

Torchwood is unlocked after finishing Level 3-7. Each fire pea generated by Torchwood deals 40 damage per shot worth of damage to the initial target, and 14 splash damage in a 1x1 area. Fire peas will remove ice-based effects from their direct target, but the splash damage cannot. In fog levels, Torchwood will also reveal an approximately 3x3 area around it.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Torchwood is available for purchase for $3.99. He became available to purchase for 179 gems for a limited time from September 1, 2015 to September 8, 2015. He became available for 179 gems again from September 10, 2016 to September 12, 2016, but became purchasable for gems again on September 13, 2016 and was available for hours before being changed back to normal. This limited offer is currently unavailable.

Fire peas deal twice as much damage as normal peas, but can no longer deal splash damage, with the sole exception of Primal Peashooter's Plant Food peas which have innate splash damage capability. In Frostbite Caves, Torchwood is also capable of emitting heat every 1.5 seconds that gradually thaws frozen or chilled plants in a 3x3 area surrounding him, as well as being immune to all freezing effects himself.

In version 7.6.1, he obtained a health buff and the ability to deal damage to nearby zombies, this attack deals 10 damage for each zombie near Torchwood. In addition to his attack ability, he also received the ability to explode and deal line-wide flame damage when defeated, dealing 450 damage to all zombies in his lane.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New Torch almanac

Almanac entry of Torchwood


Torchwoods turn peas that pass through them into fireballs that deal twice as much damage.

Special: doubles the damage of peas that pass through it. Fireballs deal damage to nearby zombies on impact

Everybody likes and respects Torchwood. They like him for his integrity, for his steadfast friendship, for his ability to greatly maximize pea damage. But Torchwood has a secret: He can't read.

Cost: 175
Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.




FAMILY: Appease-mint

Torchwoods turn peas that pass through them into fireballs that deal twice as much damage.
They also deal close damage as well as lanewide flame damage on defeat.

Special: damages zombies at close range.
Special: does lane-wide damage when destroyed.
Special: immune to frost.
Special: warms nearby plants.

Torchwood and Snapdragon have become fast friends. They like to hang out at either the Tiki Lounge or the Renaissance Faire.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect


A column of Plant Food fed Torchwoods

When Torchwood is fed with Plant Food, his fire will become blue, tripling the damage of all peas that pass through it. This effect lasts until the Torchwood is removed. In Frostbite Caves, Torchwood will also emit heat to warm nearby plants four times as often.

Appease-mint effect

When boosted by Appease-mint, Torchwood's close range attack now deals 110 DPS, and his lane-wide defeat attack now deals 1350 damage.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge Toughness Explosion Damage Touch Damage
1 0 0 175 5 seconds 2000 dps 450 dps 10 dps
2 10 1,000 150 2150 dps 500 dps 15 dps
3 25 2,500 150 2300 dps 550 dps 30 dps
4 50 5,000 125 2450 dps 600 dps 40 dps
5 100 10,000 125 2600 dps 650 dps 50 dps
6 200 20,000 100 2750 dps 700 dps 60 dps
7 400 30,000 100 2900 dps 750 dps 70 dps
8 800 50,000 75 3050 dps 800 dps 80 dps
9 1,200 75,000 75 3200 dps 850 dps 90 dps
10 1,600 100,000 50 3350 dps 900 dps 100 dps

Costumed (China only)

Plant Food gives him purple fire that quadruples the damage of peas.

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Torchwood Upgrade 1
Strong Brow Guard
Torchwood's health will increase by 4x (can absorb 15 bites).
Combat Training
Torchwood gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Torchwood Upgrade 2
Life Enhancement
Torchwood's health is increased by additional 10x (can absorb 45 bites).
Cell Activation
Torchwood gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Torchwood may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Torchwood gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Plants vs. Zombies

Torchwood should only be taken on levels where the player plans to use peas in order to maximize the damage potential. The player only needs one in each lane, but it helps to plant one before placing a second pea-shooting plant in the same lane, as in most cases, the flaming pea's splash damage will be more important than firing twice as fast. The player should keep Torchwoods behind their regular defenses such as Wall-nuts and Tall-nuts, but far enough to the right so that they can place several peashooting plants behind him. One of the most recommended uses for a Torchwood is with Gatling Peas, so the player uses the attack-increasing bonus from the Torchwood and the very fast firing from a Gatling Pea to kill most Zombies very easily. The player should plan ahead if they intend to use Snow Peas, though, and put them to the right of any Torchwoods, as frozen peas melt when they go through a Torchwood. This is usually not worth it, however, as flaming peas will defrost zombies (this includes freezing from other plants as well). Using Torchwood in conjunction with freezing plants is also discouraged, as the freezing will have little or no effect. Keep in mind that a Gatling Pea and a Torchwood is much more effective than 2 Gatling Peas, as it is cheaper, has the same DPS of the latter and has splash damage. 

If the player is using Split Peas to defend against zombies that can bypass their defenses, such as Digger Zombies or Imps (thrown by Gargantuars), they can place a Split Pea to the right of a Torchwood so their rear-firing peas will catch fire, doing extra damage. This works best if the player has two or three Split Peas to the right of a Torchwood with other pea-shooting plants behind him.

Although Torchwood can clear out fog in fog levels, it is not recommended because he only clears the fog a small area around him (a 3x3 plus shape). The player should instead use a Plantern or Blover instead unless aiming for the Blind Faith achievement; the player may use the Torchwood in getting this achievement. However, the achievement Nebulaphile (the DS version of the achievement) does not allow even a Torchwood.

Using Torchwood in Survival: Endless is possible, but not recommended, as he only deals splash damage in a very short area and also makes it difficult to slow or freeze zombies, whereas Gloom-shrooms and Winter Melons do better splash/area damage and are compatible with slowing/freezing plants. Only use it if you are using Gatling Peas.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Torchwood is weakened in this game, as he no longer deals splash damage with or without Plant Food, making him completely useless against massive groups of zombies that come early on in the stage. It is also difficult to set up as every lane must have a Torchwood and a Repeater on it, and setting this up will cause zombies to slip past your defenses easily while you are concentrating on a lane. You can use higher sun producing plants to speed up the process, or together with Power Lily. Only use it when you have 2 or more peashooting plants in a lane, as then its cost will be worth it.

Sap-fling and Stallia can slow down zombies, even if they are in contact with fire, so these plants can help Torchwood against strong zombies like Pharaoh Zombies and Gargantuars.

A Plant Food fed Torchwood can deal massive damage, especially with a maxed out Pea Pod as the plasma fire triples damage. It is very hard and risky to pull off correctly; nonetheless, when done well, this setup can easily counter high zombie densities, and this also helps a lot when battling against Octo Zombies, as the plasma peas can defeat the octopi very quickly. They also can help against the zombies in Terror from Tomorrow, but keep in mind that the high health of Robo-Cone Zombie, Disco-tron 3000, Mecha-Football Zombie, and the force field created by the Shield Zombie will absorb a lot of fire peas. It is highly suggested that you bring Citrons, Sap-flings or E.M.Peaches along with Torchwood to stun the zombies, or Blover to deal with Disco Jetpack Zombies blocking the peas.

Torchwood is also a very effective plant in Frostbite Caves as fire has numerous advantages in this ice-themed world. When planted on any tile, he produces heat in a 3x3 area, preventing the surrounding plants from freezing or melting their ice blocks. He will also produce heat four times more often if he is fed Plant Food, giving him an advantage over other thawing plants.

Note: Avoid using Torchwoods when you see Jester Zombies, Explorer Zombies, Imp Dragon Zombies, and Excavator Zombies, as Jester Zombies can deflect fire peas, fire peas can relight Explorer Zombie's torch, Imp Dragon Zombies are immune to all fire damage (including flaming peas) and Excavator Zombies block all straight-shooting projectiles.

Torchwood makes a great lawnmower substitute, since not only does he stall and damage nearby zombies, but his on-defeat attack covers an entire lane.

Related achievements

Plants vs. Zombies

Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner

Plants vs. Zombies 2

So Thawful2
So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level


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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]

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • If huge peas from Repeater's and Pea Pod's Plant Food effect pass through him, a sound of ravaging flames can be heard.
  • Since the 3.6 update, his Almanac entry mentions his abilities in Frostbite Caves.
  • His Almanac entry references Dark Ages and Big Wave Beach before Far Future was even released.
    • It also references Frostbite Caves, as he talks about the warming plants ability.
  • If he is watered in the Zen Garden, its fire goes out, showing that the Torchwood is hollow.
  • His stump is much shorter in this game.
  • He has no effect on Fire Peashooter's pea, however, if a Torchwood receives a Plant Food boost, he can relight the fire peas and turn them into plasma peas.
  • Cactus, Nightshade, Sun Bean, Hypno-shroom and Torchwood are the only non-defensive plants that have their Plant Food effect last until the plant is destroyed.
  • If he gets destroyed in his Plant Food effect, his blue flame returns to normal.
  • Despite his fire based appearance and abilities, Torchwood is in the Appease-mint Family rather than the Pepper-mint Family.

Specific to the Chinese version (China only)

  • He is the first plant to ignite peas. The second is Match Flower (if his petals are on fire).
  • Before version 1.9.0, he was unable to thaw plants in Frostbite Caves.

See also


V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater
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