Torchwood and Hover-Goat 3000 Overview - PvZ: Garden Warfare 2

A full breakdown of these two brand new characters in Garden Warfare 2.

As a part of the free Trials of Gnomus DLC update, players can now unlock two brand new character types in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, one for the plant team and the other for the zombie team. We’re going to go over each of these character’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses so that you know what to expect upon unlocking these unique rare characters. 



The Torchwood is the newest playable character for the plant team to arrive in the Trials of Gnomus DLC. Players can unlock the Torchwood upon completing the four Trials of Eternity and defeating the Rainbow Guardian in the underground Gnomiverse. This character is basically a smaller, player-sized version of the Giga Torchwood boss, and even has some similar abilities. 

With 275 HP, the Torchwood has one of the highest health amounts of any playable character, aside from the Z-Mechs and the Infinity Time robots. This means that Torchwood can sustain a decent amount of damage while bravely leading the frontline assault for the plant team. 

Torchwood’s primary weapon is called the Wood Chipper, which is a powerful gatling gun with unlimited ammo and an overheat function similar to that of General Supremo. This weapon can inflict up to 15 damage at close range and can provide suppression support at further distances. Torchwood also comes with three unique abilities: Blazin’ Blast, Smoldering Madness, and Leaf Shield.

Torchwood's Smoldering Madness

Blazin’ Blast - This ability causes Torchwood to blast flaming breath from his mouth for a very limited amount of time. Blazin’ Blast has a short duration, but is effective at eliminating pesky zombies at close range. 

Smoldering Madness - Torchwood fills with a fiery rage, causing him to turn a burning hot shade of blue. During Smoldering Madness, Torchwood gains the ability to set zombies on fire and can shoot endlessly without overheating. Torchwood also gains a damage and speed boost, but will have reduced health for the duration. 

Leaf Shield - This ability causes a swirl of leaves to form around Torchwood, acting as a temporary shield that mitigates incoming damage. Torchwood will move much slower while Leaf Shield is active to compensate for his increased protections. 

Torchwood's Leaf Shield

The best strategy for using Torchwood is to coordinate all of your abilities accordingly. Torchwood has a lot of utility at his disposal, and can adapt to nearly every situation. When facing an enemy zombie who inflicts a lot of damage, be prepared to use your Leaf Shield ability to protect yourself while you focus on taking down your opponent. It’s better to use the Leaf Shield when you have at least more than half health in order to have better odds of surviving an attack. 

Blazin’ Blast is great for taking out enemies at close range, so consider using this ability while capturing a garden or another area where both teams collide. It only lasts a short while, so try to target an opponent who you know is already injured or has low health to secure a vanquish with your fiery breath. Smoldering Madness is a good all-around ability that can be used in most situations, as long as you are mindful of its health reduction.

Hover-Goat 3000

Hover-Goat 3000

We’ve been Goatified by Rose, delivered Zomburgers as the Zomburger Artist, and now we can hover into multiplayer as Hover-Goat 3000. This new playable zombie character is unlocked in the same way as Torchwood, by completing the Trials of Eternity and unlocking the Rainbow Chests that cost 75 Rainbow Stars. In fact, both of these chests are located in the same room, so it’s up to you to decide which of these two characters to unlock first. 

As the name implies, Hover-Goat 3000 rides around on a hoverboard and wields a weapon called the Radical Raygun that shoots a laser beam burst. Hover-Goat has only 125 HP, which is the same amount of health as the standard Foot Soldier class. This slippery goat can zip around quickly to dodge incoming fire and look pretty rad while doing it. Hover-Goat’s three abilities are the Damage Buff Booster Beam, the Mega Awesome Laser, and the Tubular Turbo. 

Hover-Goat 3000's Damage Buff Booster Beam

Damage Buff Booster Beam - This ability utilizes a beam that attaches to allies similar to the Heal Beam, except this beam provides the chosen ally with a damage buff while it is attached. The zombie recipient of the beam will gain a 30% increase to their attack damage output while the beam is connected. 

Mega Awesome Laser - As you can guess, activating this ability gives Hover-Goat a massive, powerful laser beam somewhat like the Sunflower’s Sunbeam, at the cost of some movement speed. It’s perfect for when you need a quick burst of damage in a pinch. 

Tubular Turbo - Like the damage buff beam, Tubular Turbo emits a burst of energy that provides a supportive buff to nearby allies in the form of a temporary speed boost. This ability will apply the buff to Hover-Goat 3000 as well.

Hover-Goat 3000's Mega Awesome Laser

Since Hover-Goat 3000 has two supportive abilities, relatively low health, and decent but not-too-strong attack damage, it’s best to play this character a bit more conservatively than you would another character like Torchwood. The Damage Buff Booster Beam is a great way to passively earn XP if you use it on the right teammates. Look for strong allies that normally deal a lot of damage and who look like they are about to go in for a vanquish. Buff them beforehand to ensure that both of you benefit from the ability. 

Tubular Turbo is best used as an escape mechanism, as it can increase the movement speed of you and your nearest allies just enough to allow for a fast getaway. On the other hand, you can utilize the Tubular Turbo to make an aggressive push toward a capture point or to ambush unsuspecting enemies. 

Hover-Goat 3000 only has 30 ammo in his Radical Raygun, which gets used up pretty quickly. The Mega Awesome Laser can be used as an alternative when you’re in need of a bit more damage and don’t want to fuss with running out of ammo during a fight. Just keep in mind that since this ability slows you down, it may be more difficult to land laser shots on a moving target. 

Now that you know what the Torchwood and Hover-Goat 3000 are all about, let us know which of these two Garden Warfare 2 characters you prefer the most!


Special thanks to Xbox One gamer "DarthMaul1124" for posing in several of the images in this article.

Larryn Bell

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