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, 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.png Basic Zombie2.png None Punk plays.
2 Explorer Zombie2.png5 None
3 Balloon Zombie2.png4 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
4 Basic Zombie2.png2 Basic Zombie2.png4 Flag Zombie2.png Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png3 Balloon Zombie2.png1 Balloon Zombie2.png5 None First flag.
5 Basic Zombie2.png3 Punk Zombie2.png1 Punk Zombie2.png5 None
6 Explorer Zombie2.png3 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png2 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png4 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
7 Explorer Zombie2.png1 Explorer Zombie2.png5 Punk Zombie2.png2 Punk Zombie2.png3 Punk Zombie2.png4 None
8 Conehead Zombie2.png2 Conehead Zombie2.png3 Conehead Zombie2.png4 Flag Zombie2.png Ra Zombie2.png2 Ra Zombie2.png3 Ra Zombie2.png4 Punk Zombie2.png1 Punk Zombie2.png5 Balloon Zombie2.png2 Balloon Zombie2.png3 Balloon Zombie2.png4 None Second flag.
PortalFC.png spawns at C6R4.
9 Ra Zombie2.png2 Ra Zombie2.png4 Explorer Zombie2.png1 Explorer Zombie2.png3 Explorer Zombie2.png5 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png3 None Carries 1x Plant Food.
10 Conehead Zombie2.png1 Conehead Zombie2.png5 Buckethead Zombie2.png3 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png2 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png4 None
11 Buckethead Zombie2.png2 Buckethead Zombie2.png4 Punk Zombie2.png1 Punk Zombie2.png3 Punk Zombie2.png5 None
12 Flag Zombie2.png Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png1 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png3 Tomb Raiser Zombie2.png5 Punk Zombie2.png1 Punk Zombie2.png2 Punk Zombie2.png3 Punk Zombie2.png4 Punk Zombie2.png5 Balloon Zombie2.png1 Balloon Zombie2.png2 Balloon Zombie2.png3 Balloon Zombie2.png4 Balloon Zombie2.png5 None Final wave.


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.



  • Thyme Warp is given to the player despite being unusable anywhere else in Modern Day.
  • Not counting Pinata Parties with world-exclusive plants, this level and Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 18 in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 are the only levels that allow the player to use a world-exclusive plant from another world.


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