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Prior to the 7.4 update, Modern Day - Day 40 was the 40th day of Modern Day. Upon completing the level, the player receives a money bag.

As of the 7.4 update, level expansions were removed from the world maps and placed into epic quests. Because of this, this level is no longer accessible from the map, and must be accessed when the epic quest is available.


The level is comprised of mainly Explorer and Torchlight Zombies, Ancient Egypt Portals, Excavator Zombies, and Newspaper Zombies. Heavy artillery should be used to defeat massive hordes in this level. Ice plants are also a good option, since they can make Explorer and Torchlight Zombie less of a threat. As shown on the dialogue and like Ancient Egypt - Day 31 onwards, there are no lawn mowers to save lanes, so make sure to not let a single zombie pass through defenses.


(Crazy Dave and Penny appear)
Crazy Dave: Our lawnmowers are non-mowers!
Penny: Indeed, User Dave. Perhaps this is a consequence of Dr. Zomboss' Project Paradox.
Penny: We likely will not be able to rely on them going forward.
Crazy Dave: But I need them for squirbo hunting!
(Crazy Dave and Penny leave)


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 Conehead Zombie2.png None
2 Basic Zombie2.png Basic Zombie2.png Explorer Zombie2.png3 None
3 Excavator Zombie2.png2 Excavator Zombie2.png4 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
4 Newspaper Zombie2.png None PortalAE.png* spawns at C6R2 and C6R4.
5 Basic Zombie2.png Basic Zombie2.png Rally Zombie2.png Mummified Gargantuar2.png4 None First flag.
6 Explorer Zombie2.png2 Explorer Zombie2.png4 Explorer Zombie2.png5 Torchlight Zombie2.png1 None
7 Basic Zombie2.png2 Basic Zombie2.png4 Sunday Edition Zombie2.png None Carries 1x Plant Food.
8 Excavator Zombie2.png1 Excavator Zombie2.png3 Excavator Zombie2.png5 None
9 Basic Zombie2.png Basic Zombie2.png Explorer Zombie2.png1 Explorer Zombie2.png2 Explorer Zombie2.png4 Explorer Zombie2.png5 Torchlight Zombie2.png3 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
PortalAE.png* spawns at C6R1 and C6R5.
PortalAE.png spawns at C5R3.
10 Basic Zombie2.png Basic Zombie2.png Conehead Zombie2.png Conehead Zombie2.png Buckethead Zombie2.png Rally Zombie2.png Mummified Gargantuar2.png2 Sunday Edition Zombie2.png4 None Second flag
Carries 1x Plant Food.
11 Conehead Zombie2.png Conehead Zombie2.png Excavator Zombie2.png2 Sunday Edition Zombie2.png None
12 Buckethead Zombie2.png Buckethead Zombie2.png Buckethead Zombie2.png Buckethead Zombie2.png, Brickhead Zombie2.png None PortalAE.png spawns at C5R2.
13 Conehead Zombie2.png3 Buckethead Zombie2.png, Brickhead Zombie2.png, Excavator Zombie2.png3 Newspaper Zombie2.png None Carries 1x Plant Food.
14 Buckethead Zombie2.png2 Buckethead Zombie2.png Buckethead Zombie2.png Explorer Zombie2.png1 Explorer Zombie2.png3 Torchlight Zombie2.png5 Excavator Zombie2.png4 None PortalAE.png* spawns at C5R2.
15 Buckethead Zombie2.png, Brickhead Zombie2.png, Rally Zombie2.png Mummified Gargantuar2.png1 Mummified Gargantuar2.png5 Sunday Edition Zombie2.png None Final wave.
PortalAE.png spawns at C4R4.

* Always summons three Explorer Zombie2.png


Strategy 1 - Cold n' Compact (Contains premium content)

by sup3p

This very simple strategy is made with the goal to be as compact as possible to avoid plants getting tossed around by portals. Unfortunately, it uses many premium plants, so it might not be an option for a lot of people.

  • Required plants:
  • Your main goal is to get your setup to look like this in all 5 lanes:
    • Primal Sunflower2.pngCold Snapdragon2.pngCold Snapdragon2.pngPrimal Wall-nut2.png
  • Use Gold Bloom and Imitater immediately, and begin by placing the Primal Sunflowers and Cold Snapdragons where needed.
  • Primal Wall-nuts go up after the Cold Snapdragons. These will need to be replaced often due to Explorers sneaking in right before they get hit by Cold Snapdragon, as well as getting tossed by a portal in the last wave.
  • Use Shrinking Violet on Gargantuars. When shrunken the Primal Wall-nuts can easily stall them long enough to get killed by the Cold Snapdragons.



  • Crazy Dave saying he needs Lawn Mowers to hunt squirbos is a reference to Whack a Zombie in the first game.
    • However, there he says he uses shovels to hunt them.
  • In the world map right on this day, if someone looks closely on top of the street light, a Gnome can be seen floating.
  • Somehow, this is the only Modern Day level to feature a veteran zombie from other world, which is the Torchlight Zombie in Ancient Egypt, with the first being Day 32 which features the Cart-head Zombie and Rodeo Legend Zombie in the Zombot War Wagon boss battle.


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