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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 Conehead Zombie2 None
2 Basic Zombie2 Basic Zombie2 Explorer Zombie23 None
3 Excavator Zombie22 Excavator Zombie24 None 100% Plant Food
4 Newspaper Zombie2 None PortalAE* spawns at C6R2 and C6R4
5 Basic Zombie2 Basic Zombie2 Rally Zombie2 Mummified Gargantuar24 None First flag
6 Explorer Zombie22 Explorer Zombie24 Explorer Zombie25 Torchlight Zombie21 None
7 Basic Zombie22 Basic Zombie24 Sunday Edition Zombie2 None 100% Plant Food
8 Excavator Zombie21 Excavator Zombie23 Excavator Zombie25 None
9 Basic Zombie2 Basic Zombie2 Explorer Zombie21 Explorer Zombie22 Explorer Zombie24 Explorer Zombie25 Torchlight Zombie23 None 100% Plant Food; PortalAE* spawns at C6R1 and C6R5; PortalAE spawns at C5R3
10 Basic Zombie2 Basic Zombie2 Conehead Zombie2 Conehead Zombie2 Buckethead Zombie2 Rally Zombie2 Mummified Gargantuar22 Sunday Edition Zombie24 None Second flag; 100%/7 Plant Food
11 Conehead Zombie2 Conehead Zombie2 Excavator Zombie22 Sunday Edition Zombie2 None
12 Buckethead Zombie2 Buckethead Zombie2 Buckethead Zombie2 Buckethead Zombie2, Brickhead Zombie2 None PortalAE spawns at C5R2
13 Conehead Zombie23 Buckethead Zombie2, Brickhead Zombie2, Excavator Zombie23 Newspaper Zombie2 None 100% Plant Food
14 Buckethead Zombie22 Buckethead Zombie2 Buckethead Zombie2 Explorer Zombie21 Explorer Zombie23 Torchlight Zombie25 Excavator Zombie24 None PortalAE* spawns at C5R2
15 Buckethead Zombie2, Brickhead Zombie2, Rally Zombie2 Mummified Gargantuar21 Mummified Gargantuar25 Sunday Edition Zombie2 None Final flag; PortalAE spawns at C4R4

* Always summons three Explorer Zombie2


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

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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 Sunflower2Cold Snapdragon2Cold Snapdragon2Primal Wall-nut2
  • 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.


Modern Day Day 40

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