For other uses, see Torchwood (disambiguation).

Torchwood is a premium plant appearing in Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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. Frozen peas fired by Snow Pea will thaw, becoming normal peas and losing their slowing ability.

He has 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.

Torchwood affects the following plants:


For more information about this character, see Torchwood.

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. In the 8.5 update, he became a Seedium plant and can be unlocked by collecting 100 seed packets for him.

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

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.


Plant Food effect

Plant Food ability (animated)

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 will do an additional 100 DPS for its close-ranged attack and an additional 900 DPS for its lane-wide defeat attack.

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.png Torchwood Upgrade 1.png
Strong Brow Guard
Torchwood's health will increase by 4x (can absorb 1500 DPS).
Combat Training
Torchwood gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Torchwood Upgrade 2.png
Life Enhancement
Torchwood's health is increased by additional 10x (can absorb 4500 DPS).
Cell Activation
Torchwood gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Torchwood may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Torchwood gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Torchwood has been reworked in this game, though 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. He now deals fire damage and acts like a Jalapeno when eaten. However, within this sector he is of questionable utility due to the presence of Hot Date (Which attracts zombies and does more damage when eaten) and Jalapeno (which simply does massive damage to all zombies in a lane), both of which can work well alone.

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. You will need to cram massive firepower before you can augment your defenses with him.

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, itself or 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. However, if he is destroyed by direct damage such as being eaten by a zombie, he will still trigger his attacks normally.

Balance changes

Update 7.6.1

  • Toughness increased from 300 - 2000 dps to 2000 - 3350 dps.
  • New ability: When eaten, Torchwood does a lanewide flame effect that burns all zombies down the lane, ranging from 450 - 900 damage, depending on its level.
  • New ability: Torchwood damages any zombie that attacks it by burning it over time. This effect is passively applied to any attacking zombie, and ranges from 10 - 100 damage, once again depending on Torchwood’s level.

PopCap's note: Our old friend Torchwood… we’ve revamped a few things to really turn up the heat on the lawn.[1]

Related achievements

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So Thawful
Thaw 13 ice blocks in a single level


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  • 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, his fire goes out.
  • His stump is much shorter in this game.
  • He has no effect on Fire Peashooter's pea by default; however, if a Torchwood receives a Plant Food boost, he can relight the fire peas and turn them into plasma peas.
  • Cactus, Nightshade, Sun BeanHypno-shroom, Electric Currant 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.
    • Originally, he was in the Pepper-mint family but was moved due to his pea-boosting abilities, as most peas belong to the appease-mint family.
  • If given Plant Food and eaten, Torchwood will briefly revert to his normal form before exploding.
  • For some reason, Torchwood can be purchased in the store, while Welcome to the Garden offers Torchwood seed packets once complete to unlock him without purchasing him.

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

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Plants (Tower defense)
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