Modern Day - Day 9 is the ninth level of Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is a Locked and Loaded level. Frostbite Caves portals are first introduced here. After completing this level, the player receives a money bag.


Penny: My sensors are picking up increased helium levels, User Dave. I suspect we may be facing one or more balloon zombies.

Crazy Dave: I hate one or more balloon zombies!


There are two aspects that make this level very hard. On one hand, since the player lacks powerful offensive plants, Balloon Zombies, with their high speed and health, will easily fly over the player's defenses. On the other hand, the combination of Explorer Zombies, Punk Zombies, and Tomb Raiser Zombies, with tombstones giving them protection, are deadly. Ra Zombies, however, are of no concern, as the plants are extremely cheap, and the player could probably have over 500 sun by the time they show up. Thyme Warp is given in this level, however, and it can actually be a detriment, because it will group up every zombie and regenerate their health upon respawning them, making individual zombies harder to hit and will eat plants with ease.


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 Basic Zombie2 None Punk plays
2 Explorer Zombie25 None
3 Balloon Zombie24 None 100% Plant Food
4 Basic Zombie22 Basic Zombie24 Flag Zombie2 Tomb Raiser Zombie23 Balloon Zombie21 Balloon Zombie25 None First flag
5 Basic Zombie23 Punk Zombie21 Punk Zombie25 None
6 Explorer Zombie23 Tomb Raiser Zombie22 Tomb Raiser Zombie24 None 100% Plant Food
7 Explorer Zombie21 Explorer Zombie25 Punk Zombie22 Punk Zombie23 Punk Zombie24 None
8 Conehead Zombie22 Conehead Zombie23 Conehead Zombie24 Flag Zombie2 Ra Zombie22 Ra Zombie23 Ra Zombie24 Punk Zombie21 Punk Zombie25 Balloon Zombie22 Balloon Zombie23 Balloon Zombie24 None Second flag; PortalFC spawns at 6th column, 4th row
9 Ra Zombie22 Ra Zombie24 Explorer Zombie21 Explorer Zombie23 Explorer Zombie25 Tomb Raiser Zombie23 None 100% Plant Food
10 Conehead Zombie21 Conehead Zombie25 Buckethead Zombie23 Tomb Raiser Zombie22 Tomb Raiser Zombie24 None
11 Buckethead Zombie22 Buckethead Zombie24 Punk Zombie21 Punk Zombie23 Punk Zombie25 None
12 Flag Zombie2 Tomb Raiser Zombie21 Tomb Raiser Zombie23 Tomb Raiser Zombie25 Punk Zombie21 Punk Zombie22 Punk Zombie23 Punk Zombie24 Punk Zombie25 Balloon Zombie21 Balloon Zombie22 Balloon Zombie23 Balloon Zombie24 Balloon Zombie25 None Final flag


The core idea to win this level is to plant as many Nightshades as possible to generate enough offensive power. The player does not need to plant many Moonflowers, since all of the plants in this level are cheap. More space should be saved for Nightshades, with separated Moonflowers to power them up. The Plant Food is suggested to be used on the Nightshades in the back most column, and Grave Buster need to be continuously used to remove high-threatening tombstones. And finally, use Thyme Warp as a life saver when the situation gets really tough, but do not use it too early, given its very slow recharge speed.

The player should also watch out for the Frostbite Caves portal, as it can bring out Weasel Hoarders, and they cannot be dealt easily with Nightshade due to its lack of area of effect and slow attacking speed.

If you are a quick thinker and have reasonable reflexes with this game, try digging up leafless Nightshades and replacing them with new Nightshades, so the extra ammunition is available straight away. Try this strategy given you end up with a lot of Nightshades and plenty of sun.




Modern Day Day 9

Modern Day Day 9

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