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Is that a brain grill?

Crazy Dave, talking about the note that the player received from Ancient Egypt - Day 7.

A note in Plants vs. Zombies

Notes are pieces of paper dropped and written by the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies and its sequel. Each note precedes a conveyor-belt level (the last level of a stage in Plants vs. Zombies) and alerts the player towards this fact (except for the Java version). The normal notes have bad grammar and handwriting, since an average zombie is unintelligent. However, because of his intelligence, Dr. Zomboss has excellent grammar and very neat cursive handwriting with a brush script style in his note.

Plants vs. Zombies

In Plants vs. Zombies, the note is earned after completing the ninth level in an area. When the player picks it up, the note will disappear into some stars. The screen will then fade, and the note will be revealed to the player. If the player clicks the "Next level!" button at the bottom of the screen, the tenth level will start.

PC notes gallery

DS notes gallery

Java version notes gallery

Help note

The Plants vs. Zombies help section

The "Help" section of Plants vs. Zombies can be accessed from the main menu (in the iPod Touch and iPhone versions, it is accessed by the option menu and in the European Nintendo DS and DSi versions, it is known as "Hint"), and turns out to be a sloppily written note (similar to those seen at the ninth level of every stage of Adventure Mode and at the end of the last level) written by the zombies.

Help for Plants and Zombies Game

When the Zombies show up, just sit there and don't do anything. You win the game when the Zombies get to your houze.

—this help section brought to you by the Zombies

However, this note is not in the PS3/Xbox360/PSVita version, as it is replaced by an actual help menu (although it is on a piece of paper that looks like a note from the zombies).

In Plants vs. Zombies FREE, the Help can be accessed through Help & OptionsAboutHelp, and leads to the EA help website instead.

About the Help note

There is no doubt that this was put in as a joke as the player gets some help when first playing the game (as well as a digital manual that comes with computer versions of the game, readme.html, and an instruction booklet with the Nintendo DS version), and as it says it was made by the zombies. For some versions, instead of an in-game help section, PopCap Games decided to put in a unique feature, the Tree of Wisdom, that gives the player tips on playing the game the higher it is grown. It will stop giving tips after it is grown it to 1000 feet (after 50 feet, it will only give 'milestone tips', after being grown to 100, 500 and 1000 feet).

In the beta

Pvzbeta help.png

There is no help note in the beta. The only thing that appears a window with the following text: The zombies ate the help section. Check out later!

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Notes return in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The note still drops on the lawn like in the predecessor, but the writing itself is based on the timeline it is found in. They are dropped on the level right before the Gargantuar battle.

Plants vs. Zombies: Official Guide to Protecting Your Brains

Notes also appear throughout the book Plants vs. Zombies: Official Guide to Protecting Your Brains, in the style of Plants vs. Zombies' notes. They are left by Crazy Dave, according to one of his messages near the beginning of the book. The notes have much less sloppy handwriting than Plants vs. Zombies' notes.


Plants vs. Zombies

  • The note the player receives before facing Dr. Zomboss has a background on a lawn, instead of the roof, where it was obtained.
  • The note the player gets in the Fog levels says that it is their mother. This is the only place where it says the player has a mother in the series. However, the note is from the zombies, as it has the same font the zombies write.
    • The zombies ask the player to leave their front door open and their lawn unguarded while they leave the house, but the zombies cannot eat their brains if the player is not in the house.
      • It is possible there are more people in the house, or the zombies wanted to hide in the house and eat the homeowner's brains when they return.
      • Although it says to leave their house unguarded, there are still Lawn Mowers in the level.
  • In the instruction manual for the game there is another note from the zombies saying "Dear People with Brainz: Don't plant sunflowerz. They r ugly and can't dance. Sincerely the Zombies"
  • In the Java version, the note is also used for replacing some plants, like Melon-pult or Garlic.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • The notes now include a dialogue with Penny and Crazy Dave.
  • In the Ancient Egypt note, above the "brain grill," they can see a Wall-nut with a ladder next to it, referencing the Ladder Zombie from the first game.
    • Also in the note are Peashooter, Sunflower, lawnmower, Potato Mine, shovel, Cherry Bomb, a zombie rising from a grave and a mustache.
      • The Sunflower is very different from the original, and resembles the Fire Flower from the Mario series.
        • There is also what looks like a small picture of Crazy Dave's face.
  • In the Wild West note, the player can see other "WANTED" posters.
    • The left poster contains a zombie with its design from the first Plants vs. Zombies. His name is "...e James", which is a reference to Jesse James.
    • The right poster contains a zombie named Zombie the Kid, which is a reference to Billy the Kid.
  • The Far Future note is a reference to Error 404, which means the information does not exist.
    • It is also one of four notes that are not pieces of paper, this one being a futuristic tablet. The others are the ones in Frostbite Caves (stone tablet), Jurassic Marsh (small meteorite) and Modern Day (fake taco).
  • In the Dark Ages note, a human monk is near the brain.
    • This is the second human shown in Plants vs. Zombies 2, with the first being Crazy Dave.
  • The note received after Big Wave Beach - Day 15 features a bingo card with pictures of plants introduced in Big Wave Beach, a zombie head and brains. The brains and the zombie head are encircled, making it a "bingo."