- For similar game modes in the Chinese version, and Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, see PvP Mode and Arena (PvZ: AS) respectively.
Arena (known as Battlez until 7.5.1) is a player vs. player game mode in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that was introduced in the 6.6.1 update. This mode is unlocked after getting the Map of Space-Time-Ness from Ancient Egypt - Day 1 and obtaining at least six plants.
To start a match, the player has to use a Gauntlet. Gauntlets can be bought with gems. However, every four hours, the player receives a free play. The player can press the 'FREE PLAY' button, which is located to the left of the Play Button, to watch an advertisement and obtain a free gauntlet. Up to four free Gauntlets per day can be obtained by watching ads.
When an opponent is found, the player will usually choose five plants, with the first slot reserved for the plant of the week. Once the plants are chosen, the player is set in the Last Stand format, then after setting-up, the "battle" begins. The player gains points based on the distance the zombies are away from the house, and their starting health. Zombies in the yellow zone are worth their full potential of points, while zombies in the red, blue, and brown zones being worth 60%, 40%, and 20% of their potential respectively. Points can also be scored by removing most forms of armor through any method. Zombies buffed by Cardio Zombie are worth extra points. Destroying Gravestones and Surfboards are also worth a small amount points.
This mode is time-based, and the zombies have significantly more health, with higher leagues having even higher health. Zombies can often survive multiple instant-kills. Zombies will also eat significantly faster causing most plants to be eaten instantly. The faster the player kills the zombies, the more health they will have. Having a non-defensive plant getting eaten will result in a penalty, causing the zombie health to be reduced and therefore significantly reducing the score they will give. Having a sun-producing plant getting eaten or manually launching a Lawnmower will result in a big penalty, and if a zombie activates a mower, this will result in a huge penalty. Winning a match of Arena is brought about by getting a higher score than your opponent, and grants the player five Crowns, whereas losing a match only yields one crown. Surrendering will count as a loss, but will grant no crowns.
Most of the player's upgrades (except Instant Recharge, Wall-nut First Aid and Mower Launch) are removed in this mode. The player also can not spend 1000 coins to buy Plant Food, or use Power Ups in this mode.
As the player wins matches, they will collect rewards from a reward streak, found under the Play Button. The rewards get better as the player wins more consecutive matches. If the player breaks a streak, they can pay 20 gems to retain it.
Current possible rewards for the Reward Streak (in order):
|Jade||Free Gauntlet||4 Mints||3 Premium Piñatas||3000 coins||3 Featured Piñatas||7 Mints||5 Premium Piñatas|
|Gold||Free Gauntlet||4 Mints||3 Premium Piñatas||3000 coins||3 Featured Piñatas||6 Mints||5 Premium Piñatas|
|Silver||Free Gauntlet||4 Mints||2 Premium Piñatas||2000 coins||3 Featured Piñatas||6 Mints||4 Premium Piñatas|
|Bronze||Free Gauntlet||4 Mints||2 Premium Piñatas||2000 coins||2 Featured Piñatas||6 Mints||4 Premium Piñatas|
|Iron||Free Gauntlet||3 Mints||2 Premium Piñatas||2000 coins||2 Featured Piñatas||5 Mints||4 Premium Piñatas|
|Brick||Free Gauntlet||3 Mints||1 Premium Piñata||1000 coins||2 Featured Piñata||5 Mints||3 Premium Piñatas|
|Wood||Free Gauntlet||3 Mints||1 Premium Piñata||1000 coins||1 Featured Piñata||5 Mints||3 Premium Piñatas|
|Soil||Free Gauntlet||2 Mints||1 Premium Piñata||1000 coins||1 Featured Piñata||4 Mints||3 Premium Piñatas|
NOTE: Rewards may be doubled in some tournaments.
Each week, there will be a different type of tournament that the player will have to compete in. Each type of tournament has its own way of changing the gameplay (the change can be quite minor, though). For example, a tournament can shorten the time it takes for a match to finish. It could also be quite major (for example, from 17th July - 19th July 2018 Grapeshot's Double Shot Tournament lasted 2 days and the rewards were drastically decreased).
Also, this mode also has several different leagues; the player gets promoted if they place top 3 in their league by having a number of crowns higher than all but two or less other players in their league. If they are placed in one of the last three spots, they will be demoted to the league before that one (this is not the case in the lower leagues, where special methods are required to be demoted). Several gems, mints and coins are rewarded in promotions.
It has been noted that this mode does appear to be lacking a "real" matchmaking feature that pairs you with another player fairly. There have been reports of people that had low-leveled plants to still be paired with a person with max-leveled plants or still high-leveled plants. Players can also be paired against bots that solely calculate their score based on the players.
Maximum promotion rewards
|League||Mint Rewards||Gem Rewards||Coin Rewards|
Seasons were firstly introduced in the 7.3.1 update. In Seasons, the players could get rewards after they collect crowns from all of the tournaments, such as coins, gems, piñata, or seed packets of the featured plants. Each season has one featured plant and also new tournament called Boosterama where all plants are boosted and in the end of each Seasons, there is a Boss Fight Tournament. Seasons list are below here:
Featured Power Mint
List of Tournaments
|Tournament number||Tournament||Featured plant||Restricted plants||Duration||Zombies (excluding frozen zombies and ambush zombies)||Starting sun||Special mechanics||Surprise attacks||Buffz & Bruisez||Schedule|
|1||Gold Bloom's Garden Party Tournament|
(Only the second tournament)
|3:00||750||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 14, 2018-March 20, 2018 & August 7, 2018-August 14, 2018|
|2||Caulipower's Escalating Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||N/A||Parachute Rain!||N/A||March 21, 2018-March 27, 2018|
|3||Dandelion's Brainstorm Tournament||N/A||3:00||350||Speed potions||N/A||N/A||March 28, 2018-April 3, 2018|
|4||Power Lily's Garden Party Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||Minecarts||N/A||N/A||April 4, 2018-April 10, 2018|
|5||Power Lily's Tournament||3:00||750||Minecarts||Hamster Brawl!||November 20, 2018-November 27, 2018|
|6||Wasabi Whip's Blitz Tournament||N/A||1:30||1500||Bot Swarm!||N/A||April 11, 2018-April 17, 2018|
|7||Explode-O-Nut's All-Out Tournament||3:00||5000||Slider tile, frozen (2)||Raiding Party!||N/A||April 18, 2018-April 24, 2018 & July 10, 2018-July 17-2018|
|8||Bombegranate's Garden Party Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||Dark Ages tombstones, Ancient Egypt tombstones||Sandstorm!||N/A||April 25, 2018-May 1, 2018 & July 3, 2018 - July 10, 2018|
|9||Electric Peashooter's Warped Tournament||3:00||-+||3000||Dark Ages tombstones, Ancient Egypt tombstones, occassional mass-sun drop||N/A||N/A||May 2, 2018-May 8 2018|
|10||Lightning Reed's Brainstorm Tournament||N/A||3:00||650 (more if pre-placed are shoveled up)||3 pre-placed||Sandstorm!||N/A||May 9, 2018-May 15. 2018|
|11||Electric Currant’s Garden Party Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||Slider tile, minecarts||N/A||N/A||May 16, 2018-May 22, 2018|
|12||Electric Blueberry’s Brainstorm Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||Dave's mold colonies||N/A||N/A||May 23, 2018-May 29, 2018|
|13||Cold Snapdragon's Escalating Tournament||3:00||750||N/A||N/A||N/A||May 30, 2018-June 5, 2018 and December 25 2018,- January 1, 2019|
|14||Solar Tomato's Warped Tournament||3:00||750||Power Tiles, Sun Bombs and Portals||N/A||N/A||June 5, 2018-June 12, 2018|
|15||Aloe's Escalating Tournament||3:00||550 (more if pre-placed are shoveled up)||Dark Ages tombstones, Ancient Egypt tombstones, 5 pre-placed , , Portals||Necromancy!||N/A||June 12, 2018-June 19, 2018|
|16||Holly Barrier's Escalating Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||N/A||N/A||June 19, 2018-June 26, 2018|
|17||Strawburst's All-Out Tournament||3:00||7500||N/A||Snowstorm!||N/A||June 26, 2018-July 3, 2018|
|18||Grapeshot's Double Shot Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||N/A||Parachute Rain!||N/A||July 17, 2018-July 19, 2018|
|19||3:00||5000||N/A||Parachute Rain!||N/A||July 19, 2018-July 24, 2018|
|20||Arma-mint's Garden Party Tournament||3:00||250||Dave's mold colonies, Slider tile,||N/A||N/A||July 24, 2018-July 31, 2018|
|21||Escape Root's Blitz Tournament||1:30 (time goes by much faster)||350||8 pre-placed (7 frozen)||N/A||N/A||July 31, 2018-August 7, 2018 & April 23, 2019-April 30, 2019|
|22||Apple Mortar's Escalating Tournament||(not all players)||3:00||500||Speed potions, Freezing winds||Snowstorm!||N/A||August 15, 2018-August 21, 2018|
|23||Toadstool's Warped Tournament||3:00||+-||1250||Sun tombstones||Necromancy!||N/A||August 22, 2018-August 28, 2018|
|24||Snow Pea’s All-Out Tournament||3:00||3000||Plant Food tombstones, Sun tombstones, minecarts||N/A||N/A||August 29, 2018-September 4, 2018 & January 29, 2019-February 5, 2019|
|25||Contain-mint's Tournament||1:30||1750||Speed potions||N/A||September 4, 2018-September 11, 2018|
|26||Shadow Peashooter's Tournament||3:00||400||Speed potions||N/A||September 11, 2018-September 18, 2018|
|27||Parsnip's Tournament||3:00||0||Sun tombstones||N/A|
|September 18, 2018-September 25, 2018|
|28||Homing Thistle's Tournament||3:00||500||Slider tiles, Power Tiles||Hamster Brawl!||September 25, 2018-October 2, 2018|
|29||Starfruit's Tournament||3:00||375||Power Tiles,||Hamster Brawl!||October 2, 2018-October 9, 2018|
|30||Cactus' Tournament||1:30||2250 (more if pre-placed are shoveled up)||Dark Ages tombstones Sun tombstones 3 pre-placed||Necromancy!||October 9, 2018-October 16, 2018|
|31||Ghost Pepper's Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||N/A||October 16, 2018-October 23, 2018|
|32||Jack O' Lantern's Tournament||3:00||750||5 pre-placed (frozen), Dark Ages tombstones, Plant Food tombstones, Freezing winds, Dave's mold colonies||N/A||October 23, 2018-October 30, 2018|
|33||Hot Date's Tournament||3:00||1000||Slider tiles||N/A||October 30, 2018-November 6, 2018|
|34||Fire Peashooter's Tournament||3:00||3500||5 frozen , |
|Hamster Brawl!||November 6, 2018-November 13, 2018|
|35||Sling Pea's Tournament||1:30||1500||Dave's mold colonies||N/A||November 13, 2018-November 20, 2018|
|36||Witch Hazel's Tournament||3:00||500||N/A||Sandstorm!||November 27, 2018-December 4, 2018|
|37||Goo Peashooter's Tournament||3:00||750||N/A||Parachute Rain!||December 4, 2018-December 11, 2018|
|38||Missile Toe's Tournament||3:00||0||4 pre-placed||Raiding Party!||December 11, 2018-December 18, 2018|
|39||Snow Pea's Tournament||All World plants except plants returned from Player's House, Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, Wild West, and Power Mints, and All Premium Plants except||3:00||750||N/A||Hamster Brawl!||December 18, 2018-December 25, 2018|
|40||Gold Bloom's Tournament||N/A||3:00||500||Power Tiles||Bot Swarm!||N/A||January 8, 2019-January 15, 2019|
|41||Electric Blueberry's Tournament||N/A||3:00||750||Dave's mold colonies||N/A||January 22, 2019-January 29, 2019|
|42||Hot Date's Tournament||N/A||3:00||1000||Slider tile||N/A||February 5 2019-February 12, 2019|
|43||Blooming Heart's Tournament||3:00||1200||Dark Ages tombstones||N/A||February 12, 2019-February 19, 2019|
|44||Goo Peashooter's Tournament||N/A||3:00||0||N/A||Hamster Brawl!||February 19, 2019-February 26, 2019|
|45||Ail-mint's Tournament||N/A||3:00||(shrunken versions)||1750||1 pre-placed on Minecart and rail, Dark Ages tombstones, Plant Food tombstones||N/A||February 26, 2019-March 5, 2019|
|46||Snap Pea's Tournament||1:30||2000||Dark Ages tombstones, Sun tombstones||Necromancy!||March 5, 2019-March 12, 2019|
|47||Enforce-mint's Tournament||N/A||1:00||1500||N/A||N/A||March 12, 2019-March 19, 2019|
|48||Torchwood's Tournament||All World plants except plants returned from Plants vs. Zombies and Power Mints||3:00||1750||Power Tiles (green, covered the whole of column 1)||N/A||March 19, 2019-March 26, 2019|
|49||Strawburst's Tournament||N/A||3:00||1600||Plant Food tombstones, Dave's mold colonies||Necromancy!||March 26, 2019-April 2, 2019|
|50||Grapeshot's Tournament||All Sun-producing plants||2:00||875||:|
|N/A||April 2, 2019-April 9, 2019|
|51||Conceal-mint's Tournament||N/A||2:00||1275||N/A||Bot Swarm!||April 9, 2019-April 16, 2019|
|52||Dandelion's Tournament||N/A||3:00||400||Speed potions||N/A||April 16, 2019-April 23, 2019|
|53||Escape Root's Blitz Tournament||1:30 (time goes by much faster)||350||8 pre-placed (7 frozen)||N/A||N/A||April 23, 2019-April 30, 2019|
|54||Zoybean Pod's Birthdayz Tournament||3:00||750||2 pre-placed||N/A|