I blame the ref!

Crazy Dave

Modern Day - Day 21 is the twenty-first level of Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. In this level, All-Star Zombie is introduced and it includes portals from Ancient Egypt, Big Wave Beach, and Neon Mixtape Tour. After completing this level, the player receives a money bag.


The All-Star Zombie is a dangerous zombie, as he charges through the player's lawn at a flighty speed. If he manages to touch any of the player's plants, he can tackle and possibly kill them with the equivalent damage of a Gargantuar's smash. He later slows down at stiff speed after tackling a plant. He also has dense health, meaning that he can be considerably hard to kill, and can act as a defensive shield to zombies behind him.

The portals in this level also pose a threat to the player's defenses. Neon Mixtape Tour portals can spawn the MC Zom-B and Breakdancer Zombie. MC Zom-B immediately kills non-defensive plants around himself, while Breakdancer Zombie kicks dangerous zombies in front of the player's plants. Ancient Egypt and Big Wave Beach portals also spawn and can have dangerous zombies such as the Pharaoh Zombie, Octo Zombie, and Surfer Zombie.

These portals, along with All-Star Zombies, Balloon Zombies, and Newspaper Zombies can take down or bypass the player's defenses if the player does not kill or stall these zombies quickly.


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 Basic Zombie2.png None
2 Conehead Zombie2.png1 Conehead Zombie2.png3 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
3 Newspaper Zombie2.png2 None
4 Flag Zombie2.png Balloon Zombie2.png2 Balloon Zombie2.png5 All-Star Zombie2.png4 None First flag.
5 Basic Zombie2.png1 Basic Zombie2.png3 None PortalNMT.png spawns at C6R3.
6 All-Star Zombie2.png2 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
7 Conehead Zombie2.png1 Conehead Zombie2.png2 Conehead Zombie2.png3 Conehead Zombie2.png5 Newspaper Zombie2.png4 None
8 Flag Zombie2.png Newspaper Zombie2.png3 All-Star Zombie2.png2 All-Star Zombie2.png4 None Second flag.
PortalAE.png spawns at C4R4.
9 Basic Zombie2.png2 Conehead Zombie2.png3 Buckethead Zombie2.png4 Newspaper Zombie2.png1 Newspaper Zombie2.png5 None
10 Newspaper Zombie2.png1 Newspaper Zombie2.png5 Balloon Zombie2.png1 Balloon Zombie2.png5 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
11 All-Star Zombie2.png2 All-Star Zombie2.png4 None
12 Flag Zombie2.png Newspaper Zombie2.png2 Newspaper Zombie2.png4 Balloon Zombie2.png1 Balloon Zombie2.png5 All-Star Zombie2.png3 None Final wave.
PortalNMT.png spawns at C5R1
PortalBWB.png spawns at C4R5.


Strategy 1  (Contains gem premium content)

Start by planting a Moonflower in the first or second row of the second column. Keep planting Moonflowers in this column, and plant some in the third column when you're ready. Ignore the first zombie that appears.

When the two Conehead Zombies appear, kill the first zombie (the one you originally ignored) with a Lava Guava. Then place a Dusk Lobber in the second row of the first column. Start placing Primal Wall-nuts on the fifth column, and continue placing Moonflowers and Dusk Lobbers.

  • Use the Primal Wall-nut to stall zombies, especially the All-Star and Newspaper ones.
  • The Blover should be used to defeat Balloon Zombies.
  • The Lava Guava is useful for combating the more dangerous zombies, especially the ones that are summoned from portals. 
  • Use the Hurrikale and Cherry Bomb when needed. 

Strategy 2

  • I propose a non-premium alternative strategy.
  • Plants needed:
    • Primal Sunflower2.png
    • Primal Wall-nut2.png
    • Celery Stalker2.png
    • Magnifying Grass2.png
    • Blover2.png
    • Cherry Bomb2.png
    • Stalling plants, e.g. Iceberg Lettuce2.png or Stallia2.png etc.
  • Start by planting Primal Sunflowers at C1 first, then C2 & 3. Use your stalling plant and Primal Wall-nut (plant it at C4) to stall the first few zombies. DO NOT KILL THEM VIA ANY MEANS FIRST!
  • Then plant Celery Stalkers at C6 to kill the zombies, ONLY ONCE C1-3 are filled with Primal Sunflowers.
  • Before the first flag, dig up the Primal Sunflowers at C1 and replace them with Magnifying Grasses.
  • Shoot your Magnifying Grasses on the zombies that spawn from the portals, and let Celery Stalker kill the rest.
  • If the portals were to displace any of your plants, replant them back at their original positions.
  • That's it! Use your Cherry Bomb and Blover if needed.




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