Plants vs. Zombies 2: Modern Day Quick Walkthrough and Strategy Guide


Here's the 1st part of the quick walkthrough and strategy guide for the "Modern Day" stages in the strategy defense mobile game - Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time! Go back to the yard in Modern Day, Part 1! That's right, to where it all began, with 16 new levels featuring portals and zombies from other worlds.

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Tips to Remember!
   - Play Jurassic Marsh Quick Walkthrough and Strategy Guide Part 1 first before this guide.

Moonflower
   - Special flower that emits 25 Sun and 25 Sun for each adjacent shadow plant (up to 4 plants).
Shrinking Violet
   - A single use plant that triggers on contact. Shrinks zombies in an area.
Nightshade
  - A shadow plant that power-ups Moonflowers when planted near them. Hurls and regrows leaves when near Moonflowers (becomes a long ranged attacker).
Shadow-shroom
   - Zombies who eat them will get poison damages over time. When planted near a Moonflower, inflicted zombies will poison other zombies as well.
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IMPORTANT REMINDERS!
   - Snapdragons: After placing 2 Sunflowers, place the first 2 Snapdragons on the 2nd and 4th row first, next on 3rd, then 1st and 5th rows last. If the formation below requires 2 columns of Snapdragons, start by placing 4 of them on the the 2nd and 4th row, and so on.
   - Note: Use Wall-Nuts or Tall-Nuts if needed to defend your Snapdragons.

How to Plant Guide:
   - | Sunflower | Peashooter | Peashooter | Wall |
   - This means: Plant Sunflowers in the 1st column from the left, Peashooters in the 2nd and 3rd columns, then Wall-Nuts in the 4th column.
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- World: Modern Day: Day 1 to 16 -

Modern Day - Day 1
   - Just spam Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean on the 1st column onwards. Make sure that you have at least 1 Potato and 1 Chili Bean per row. Primal Potato Mines are best placed on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th rows.
   - PF: Use your PFs to instantly grow your Primal Potato Mines, useful for eliminating zombie hordes near your mowers or plants.
   - Stallia: Spam to stall zombies.
   - Cherry Bomb: to defeat tough armored zombies.
   - Blover: If you see any flying bird, hit them with this.
   - E.M.Peach: To stall machine based zombies, especially near the end of battle.

Modern Day - Day 2
   - | Moonflower | Spam Single Use Plants ~
   - After placing 2 Moonflowers, start spamming Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean from the 2nd column onwards. Make sure that you have at least 1 Potato and 1 Chili Bean per row. Primal Potato Mines are best placed on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th rows. Continue and complete your Moonflowers.
   - PF: Use your PFs to instantly grow your Primal Potato Mines, useful for eliminating zombie hordes near your mowers or plants. Reserve some for your Cherry Bomb's seed packet, just in case you need.
   - Cherry Bomb: to defeat those big octopus zombies, or hordes of zombies.
   - Iceberg Lettuce: For stalling, and to disable those zombies that carries a "torch".
   - Intensive Carrot: To revive Chili Beans back to life, great when you have lots of Sun.

Modern Day - Day 3 (Mini Game!)
   - | Lightning Reed | Snapdragon | Endurian | Lightning Reed |
   - PF: Use on Lightning Reed vs tough zombies and Gargantuars. For best results, combo with Shrinking Violet first.
   - Shrinking Violet: vs tough zombies.
   - Intensive Carrot: Use if needed.

Modern Day - Day 4
   - | Sun-shroom | Spam Single Use Plants ~
   - While completing your Sun-shrooms, use 1 Cherry Bomb to defeat those 3 little zombies on the top row during early battle, then spam Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean from the 2nd column onwards. Make sure that you have at least 1 Potato and 1 Chili Bean per row. Primal Potato Mines are best placed on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th rows.
   - PF: Use on Cherry Bomb's seed packet to defeat multiple "skating girl" or "robot-like"zombies. Hit as many zombies as you can.
   - Stallia: Use for stalling.
   - Intensive Carrot: To revive Chili Beans back to life, great when you have lots of Sun.
   - Tap and hold 1 of your mowers to easily defeat the Gargantuar here.

Modern Day - Day 5
   - | Moonflower | Nightshade | Spam Single Use Plants ~
   - Start with 2 or 3 Moonflowers then start eliminating zombies using your Nightshades, continue and complete formation.
   - PF: Any
   - As usual, spam Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean from the 3rd column onwards. If the Gargantuar becomes a threat, just use your mower against him.
   - Stallia: Use for stalling.
   - Cherry Bomb: Use vs tough zombies.

Modern Day - Day 6 (Produce at least 5000 Sun!)
   - | Moonflower | Moonflower | Spam Single Use Plants ~
   - Start with 3 or 4 Moonflowers then start spamming Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean from the 2nd or 3rd column onwards. Continue and complete formation.
   - PF: Use it on your Cherry Bomb's seed packet to destroy all wizards and some tents placed on the "Golden Tiles".
   - Spikeweed: Plant this on top of those Golden Tiles to gather more Sun overtime.
   - Stallia: Use for stalling.

Modern Day - Day 7
   - | Moonflower | Spam Single Use Plants ~
   - After placing 2 or 3 Moonflowers, start spamming Primal Potato Mine, Potato Mine and Chili Bean from the 2nd column onwards. For the first octopus zombie, quickly earn Sun and use a Cherry Bomb on him.
   - Stallia and Puff-shrooms: Spam these plants also from the start, great for keeping those octopus zombies from hitting your other plants.
   - PF: Use it on your Cherry Bomb's seed packet defeat those big octopus zombies.
   - Intensive Carrot: Alternative plant for Puff-shrooms, great for reviving more Chili Beans.

Modern Day - Day 8 (Mini Game!)
   - Try to focus on the right most area first to keep your front lines alive.
   - Any upgrades will do, but personally, I would go for Cold Snapdragons then Melon-pult.
   - PF: Plants will automatically use their special when you match 4 or more.

Modern Day - Day 9 (Survive with the Given Plants!)
   - | Nightshade | Moonflower | Nightshade | Nightshade |
   - Start with 3 Moonflowers then continue and complete the formation.
   - PF: Use on Nightshades to defeat tough zombies.
   - Thine Warp: Use only if zombies are able to eliminate one of your 2nd or 3rd column plants. They have long cool-downs, so use wisely.
   - Grave Buster: Spam from the start to remove tomb stones.
   - After the formation, also spam Moonflowers to stall zombies.

Modern Day - Day 10
   - | Primal Sunflower | Snapdragon | Snapdragon |
   - Ok, this is a little tricky, follow and do this quick. Start by planting 3 Sunflowers on the Red Squares and 1 Snapdragon on the center lane of the 2nd column to defend. Make sure that you let the zombies pass before planting your Sunflowers (the bottom red square tile is safe though).
   - Next, quickly use a Blover to defeat those 2 flying zombies and to get 1 PF. PF: Quickly use your PF on your Sunflower to get Sun from your 3 Sunflowers. After that, use your Shovel to remove the 2 Sunflowers, gather the remaining Sun.
   - While doing the above steps, don't forget your defense too, deploy more Snapdragons (as usual, start from the 3 center lane outwards, focusing on the 2nd and 3rd columns first.)
   - Hopefully, you are still ok and no mowers has been used after the first wave. Use your Chili Bean, Potato Mine, Primal Potato Mine and Cherry Bomb if needed to help in your defense.
   - You now have a good amount of Sun, continue and complete the formation. Spam single use plants whenever possible, use your Cherry Bomb to destroy mechanized zombies and Gargantuars.
   - Blover: Use this plant to ward off flying zombies, no need though if your Snapdragons can wipe them out.
   - Mower: Tap and hold a mower if a Gargantuar managed to reach your 3rd column. To stall the Gargantuars, plant anything in front of them while your Snapdragons are hitting them.

Modern Day - Day 11
   - | Nightshade | Moonflower | Shadow-shroom | 
   - PF: Save them to refresh Cherry Bomb's seed packet, use them vs armored zombies.
   - Start with 2 Moonflowers, preferably on the 2nd and 4th lanes first.
   - As usual, while completing the formation, spam Chili Bean and Primal Potato Mine. The Garlic is optional.

Modern Day - Day 12 (Don't Lose More Than 10 Plants!)
   - Refer to the screenshot below for the formation:
Plants vs Zombies 2 Modern Day - Day 12
   - Quickly deploy 2 Moonflowers and 3 Sun-shrooms, make sure that the 2 Moonflowers are close to each other. Next, start hitting that little dino-like zombie with a Lightning Reed, and plant 1 Potato Mine to take care of that Excavator zombie.
   - Add in 2 more Lightning Reeds to wipe the first wave, then save up your Sun for 1 Cherry Bomb to quickly defeat the 2nd Excavator zombie.
   - Next, Setup your Infi-Nut and use the first PF on it. Now, just continue and spam more Lightning Reeds.
   - PF: Use your PFs to recharge your Infi-nut.
   - Mower: Tap and hold a mower to defeat the Gargantuar.

Modern Day - Day 13 (Mini-Game!)
   - Try to focus on the right most area first to keep your front lines alive.
   - Go for Fume-shroom upgrade first to give an early boost to your Puff-shrooms, it's cheap anyway.
   - If you are fast enough, you can go for Laser Bean > Electric Blueberry > Melon-pult > Any, or detour to Melon-pult > Sun Bean > Electric Blueberry > Any.
   - Any combination you might like is ok, as long that you can finish the stage.

Modern Day - Day 14 (Survive with Given Plants!)
   - | Nightshade | Moonflower | Nightshade |
   - PF: Any
   - Start with 3 Moonflowers (center rows) then complete your 1st column Nightshades to defeat the 1st wave. Add in more Nightshades as you go.
   - Use Shadow-shroom and Shrinking Violet vs tough or mechanized zombies. The Garlic is optional.
   - Mower: Tap and hold a mower to defeat the Gargantuar.

Modern Day - Day 15 (Protect the Plants!)
   - | Sun-shroom and Moonflower | Lightning Reed | Lightning Reed |
   - Quickly deploy 2 Moonflowers and 3 Sun-shrooms, make sure that the 2 Moonflowers are close to each other. Next, plant 1 Potato Mine to take care of the first Cone zombie while completing your 2nd column of Lightning Reeds.
   - For the Cannons, just clear them with a Potato Mine/Primal Potato Mine, yes plant underneath it. Continue and complete the formation.
   - PF: Use your PFs on your 2 Primal Wall-nuts.
   - Blover: Use this to clear those balloon zombies, and those flying Prospector zombies that goes to your backline, time it well and use your Blover while they are on the air. In case you missed, use a Cherry Bomb.
   - Cherry Bomb: Use to defeat those cannons or flying Prospector zombies.
   - Mower: Tap and hold a mower to defeat the Gargantuar.

Modern Day - Day 16 (Mini Game! - Gargantuar and World Key!)
   - | Winter Melon | Any From Here ~
   - PF: Any
   - Just focus on protecting your Winter Melons. Wisely use your Cherry Bomb and Primal Potato Mines. Deploy your Grapeshot to defeat multiple Gargantuars nearest to your plants.
   - Coconut Cannons: Plant and shoot Gargantuars with this, tap again if they lit up.
   - Try to place your Cold Snapdragons on the 2nd or 3rd column: 2nd and 4th rows.

   - Back row attackers: Winter Melon, Coconut Cannons, Cold Snapdragons, and Citron.
   - Front Row tanks or feeders: Spam Citron, Spikerock, Primal Wall-nut, Threepeater, A.K.E.E, Repeater, Phatbeat, Peashooter and Iceberg Lettuce as tanks to delay the Gargantuars, and to post as feeders against those long range attacks.
   - Intensive Carrot: Use to revive Cold Snapdragons, Winter Melons, or any you might need.
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Plants vs. Zombies 2: Modern Day Part 2
   - Modern Day Part 2 Quick Walkthrough and Strategy Guide
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