Zcorpion Zombie is an encountered zombie, who only appears in Penny's Pursuit in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is a machine controlled by a Roman Imp, which is used to launch vases at defenses, which releases Roman Zombies, Roman Coneheads, Roman Bucketheads, Centurion Zombies, Healer Zombies, Roman Shield Zombies, or even Gladiator Gargantuars, similar to how Imp Porter uses a tent to release Adventurer Zombies and their variants. Any thrown vase can also instant-kill any non-defensive plant on impact.
After launching five vases, it will self-destruct.
Zcorpion Zombie is based on the scorpio, a type of Roman torsion siege engine and field artillery piece, with a "Z" in its name to reference it being a zombie.
A ballista from Ancient Rome, the Zcorpion Zombie launches an exploding vase at the nearest plant in its lane.
Surprise! That exploding vase has a zombie in it! Isn't that surprising?
Threepeaters combined with boosted Torchwoods along with Power Lilies and Tile Turnips should be powerful enough to neutralize the threat. If they appear in the Zomboss battles, make sure Zomboss' Zombot isn't blocking it or the vases will continue to launch at it. A max-level Bombard-mint will defeat the zombie easily, too, and a Laser Bean (with or without Plant Food) will go directly past the Zombot and kill the Zcorpion Zombie in the process. Lightning Reed is also very effective too. Try putting Spikerocks in front of Zcorpion Zombies since it will then continuously throw vases at the plant and it will not be damaged. This will make the zombie useless against destroying plants with it vases. Try planting vine plants to the closest plant that is near the zombie, when the vase is launched at the plant it will cause the vine to be destroyed instead of the plant. However, this strategy is not as effective in Spicy or Extra Hot levels, as the increases eating speed of the zombies will render this strategy largely ineffective.
If the player cannot handle the Zcorpion Zombie, simply use the Zom-B-Gone Perk to downgrade this zombie to an Imp Cannon. This can be useful in Spicy and Extra Hot Penny's Pursuit levels, since zombies in these increased difficulties have too much health to be defeated and Zcorpion Zombies are dangerous when combined with too many dangerous zombies with higher health.
- It is similar to Catapult Zombie from the first game and Cardio Zombie where it will crush any plant when approaching the lawn and before going into an idle animation. Even in its idle animation, the machine still has the ability to crush plants.
- It is unknown how the Zcorpion Zombie can launch Gladiator Gargantuars, due to the zombie being bigger than the vase and impossible to fit in the vase.