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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Ghost Pepper can also deal some damage without the plant getting destroyed.
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 can't actually scorch tiles like Jurassic Rockpuncher.