For the Chinese version of this level, see Modern Day - Day 16 (Chinese version).
Fools! You have fallen into my excruciatingly obvious trap! My vast and varied array of Gargantuars will pummel you into total oblivion!

Dr. Zomboss

Modern Day - Day 16 is the sixteenth level of Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The player is required to battle all of the Gargantuar variants in the game except for the Vase Gargantuar, Dark Ages Gargantuar, Gladiator Gargantuar and Head Office Impgantuar, without lawn mowers. When this level is finished for the first time, the player receives a Modern Day Piñata.


With the level consisting of mostly Gargantuars, the entire level poses a big threat for the player. The first part will contain powerful plants for the player. However, as waves start to progress, powerful plants will be swapped out for weaker plants. As a result, this level heavily relies on the player's positioning and use of given plants, including luck from the plants provided. As there is no Plant Food provided in this level, the player will need some skill in order to pass this level.


The small number next to the zombie icon means that zombie will always appear in that lane, with 1 being the topmost lane and 5 being the bottommost one.
Waves Non-dynamic zombies Ambush zombies Note(s)
1 Mummified Gargantuar2.png5 None Metal plays.
2 Wild West Gargantuar2.png2 Wild West Gargantuar2.png4 None Coconut Cannon2.png and Cherry Bomb2.png are available.
3 Jurassic Gargantuar2.png3 Jurassic Gargantuar2.png5 None Citron2.png is available.
4 Flag Zombie2.png Mummified Gargantuar2.png1 Deep Sea Gargantuar2.png4 Hair Metal Gargantuar2.png2 None First flag.
5 Sloth Gargantuar2.png3 Sloth Gargantuar2.png5 None Spikerock2.png, Primal Wall-nut2.png, and Grapeshot2.png are available.
Cherry Bomb2.png and Primal Potato Mine2.png are no longer available.
6 Gargantuar Pirate2.png2 None Winter Melon2.png is no longer available.
7 Porter Gargantuar2.png4 Porter Gargantuar2.png4 None
8 Flag Zombie2.png Deep Sea Gargantuar2.png1 Deep Sea Gargantuar2.png5 Jurassic Gargantuar2.png2 Jurassic Gargantuar2.png3 None Second flag.
Threepeater2.png is available.
Coconut Cannon2.png and Citron2.png are no longer available.
9 Gargantuar2.png4 None A.K.E.E.2.png and Cold Snapdragon2.png are available.
10 Gargantuar Prime2.png1 Gargantuar Prime2.png3 None Iceberg Lettuce2.png is available.
Cold Snapdragon2.png is no longer available.
11 Hair Metal Gargantuar2.png4 Hair Metal Gargantuar2.png5 None Repeater2.png, Phat Beet2.png, and Intensive Carrot2.png are available.
Threepeater2.png is no longer available.
12 Flag Zombie2.png Mummified Gargantuar2.png4 Gargantuar Prime2.png3 Deep Sea Gargantuar2.png5 Sloth Gargantuar2.png2 Porter Gargantuar2.png1 None Final wave.
Peashooter2.png is available.
Repeater2.png and A.K.E.E.2.png are no longer available.


Created by Dung Dinh Anh

Note: CxRy means column x, row y

This strategy divides the given plants into four categories:

  • Explode: Primal Potato Mine2.png Cherry Bomb2.png Grapeshot2.png - these plants deal a lot of damage over an area but can only be used once, so they MUST be placed strategically.
  • Vital: Winter Melon2.png Coconut Cannon2.png Citron2.png Intensive Carrot2.png - these plants are required to defeat the Gargantuars, and MUST also be placed strategically.
  • Support: Primal Wall-nut2.png Spikerock2.png Cold Snapdragon2.png Phat Beet2.png - these plants do not deal much damage, but they are very helpful against Imps, so they should be placed on the third column.
  • Sacrifice: Threepeater2.png Repeater2.png A.K.E.E.2.png Iceberg Lettuce2.png Peashooter2.png - these are the weak ones, and should be used to stall the Gargantuars.

Planting tips:

  • Place the first two Primal Potato Mines on C4R5 and C5R5.
  • Fill the first column with Winter Melons, place the first one on the fifth column to buy some time.
  • When the second wave starts, start filling the second column with Coconut Cannons and Winter Melons; Citrons should be put on column 4, especially C4R2
  • Place the third Primal Potato Mine on C9R2, and the fourth on C9R1 to defeat Hair Metal Gargantuar quickly. If there are not enough Primal Potato Mines, the C4R2 Citron will take the hit.
  • Save the third column for the Support plants.
  • Only use Cherry Bombs and Grapeshots to kill the Gargantuars which have reached the fourth column or to greatly damage Gargantuar Primes.
  • Do not plant any of the Support or Sacrifice on the first two columns unless the Imps are about to reach your house, or Intensive Carrots will not be able to revive powerful plants.

Related achievement

Great Gargling Gargantuars2.png




  • It is the first Gargantuar Level without a plant in the conveyor belt being from the respective world the level is in.
  • Beside boss levels, this level contains the most zombie types.
  • It is the second level where the first zombie which appears is a Gargantuar (the first being Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 31).
  • This is the only level to have more than one premium plant given to the player.
  • This is the second level to include a period in the goal description. The first is Lost City - Day 16.
  • Dark Ages Gargantuar, Gladiator Gargantuar, Head Office Impgantuar and Vase Gargantuar are the only Gargantuars not present in this level.
  • The Modern Day Gargantuar only appears once throughout the level, as the majority of the zombies are Gargantuars from other worlds.
  • Oddly, in the code, the Winter Melon is removed twice from the conveyor belt, first at Wave 6 and then at Wave 9.
  • This is the only level in Modern Day to not feature any of the three basic zombies.

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