For the Chinese version of the game mode, see Penny's Pursuit (Chinese version).

Penny's Pursuit

Penny's Pursuit is a game mode in Plants vs. Zombies 2, which was released alongside the 7.9.1 update. It is a game mode that appears between the Adventure Mode and Arena icons. It was also released in Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version), which was released alongside in 2.5.0 update.

This mode requires the player to have Fuel to be able to play. Fuel can be bought with gems, or recharged overtime. Fuel usually is maxed at 15 but if you buy more then you can go over 15. The player can also choose to watch ads to gain more of it, it gives 5 fuel. It requires an internet connection to play and at least 15 plants to unlock.


In Penny's Pursuit, there are 3 difficulties to choose from for a level: Mild (easy), Spicy (medium), and Extra Hot (hard). To start a level, the player needs at least 5 Fuel. Once loaded into a level at any difficulty, the player can select Perks to use in the level. The player can choose one Perk for free, but additional Perks will cost gems to use in the level (with 5 gems cost for each perk). Playing a level requires 5 fuel at any difficulty.

Depending on the difficulty, the zombies available and the objectives the player can complete may change. Also, harder difficulties can take away certain benefits and zombies have stronger health and faster eating rate than usual, the level of difficulty can also decrease the number of lawn mowers, the number of seed slots, how often sun drops from the sky, how much sun you start within a level, the amount of Plant Food you start within a level, the maximum amount of sun you can bank up, and preparation time before the first wave starts. Once the player selects their level, difficulty, and Perks for the level, they're able to play levels that are in different styles: normal zombie attacks, Arena style levels, Last Stand levels, timed levels and mini-games. There are also bonus objectives which the player can complete to upgrade their Perks. Once a level is completed, the player can receive rewards and ZPS Points, which is used to fuel a meter to fight Dr. Zomboss and a specific Zombot, which will be hinted within the back of the map via a podium from the world.

Mild (easy) difficulty levels fill up your ZPS by 20%, spicy (medium) difficulty levels fill it up by 25%, and extra hot (hard) difficulty levels fill it up by 30%. Once your fuel meter reaches 100%, you can fight Dr. Zomboss (unless you have already fought him today, in which case you must wait until the next day) up to 3 times for a chance to claim rewards. Any excess ZPS carries on to the next day after you have fought Dr. Zomboss 3 times. ZPS will not increase if you try to gain more after reaching 100% (or higher).

There are different types of Penny's Pursuit events: regular events that have 5 levels, each varying from a random world and lasts for 1 week, special events that last for 2 weeks and have 10 levels each varying from a random world as well as sometimes adding event zombies, and worldly events which last about three weeks to a month and usually consist of all the levels from a world, excluding the Zomboss battle. The amount of rewards you get also varies:

In regular events, you get 3 types of rewards upon the completion of a level:

  1. Coins (only achieved by completing mild levels)
  2. Seed packet for the plant of this weeks event (can be 10, 15 or 20, and is achieved by completing spicy or extra hot levels)
  3. Gems (4 and can be achieved by winning spicy or extra hot levels)

In special events, the rewards are the same but starting from level 6 all rewards go back to what it was for level 1. In worldly events, the seed packet reward changes from one plant to another depending on how many plants and how many levels are featured.

List of Events

Event Name


Zomboss Grand Prize Featured Zombot New Zombie(s)  Type of event
Rome Invades! (Soft release only) February 7, 2020 - February 12, 2020 N/A Zombot Dark Dragon2.png Roman Zombie2.pngRoman Conehead2.pngRoman Buckethead2.pngRoman Flag Zombie2.pngRoman Shield Zombie2.pngRoman Imp2.png Regular event
Roamin' Romans (Soft release only) February 12, 2020 - February 19, 2020 N/A Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A Regular event
Rome, Rome on the Range February 19, 2020 - February 26, 2020 Hot Date2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png Gladiator Gargantuar2.png Regular event
Iron Age Antics February 26, 2020 - March 4, 2020 Explode-O-Nut2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png Healer Zombie2.png Regular event
Imperial Entanglements March 4, 2020 - March 18, 2020 Starfruit2.png Zombot Plank Walker2.png Centurion Zombie2.png Special event
Vidi, Vici, BRAINZ! March 18, 2020 - March 25, 2020 Solar Tomato2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png Bust Head Zombie2.png Regular event
Plants vs. Romans March 25, 2020 - April 1, 2020 Bombegranate2.png Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur2.png Zcorpion Zombie2.png Regular event
Legions of the Undead April 1, 2020 - April 15, 2020 Dandelion2.png Zombot Sphinx-inator2.png N/A Special event
Here Come Some Roman Zombies! April 15, 2020 - April 22, 2020 Chomper2.png Zombot Aerostatic Gondola2.png N/A Regular event
Rome Sweet Rome April 22, 2020 - April 29, 2020 Kiwibeast2.png Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC2.png N/A Regular event
Divide by Nero April 29, 2020 - May 6, 2020 Shadow Peashooter2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A Regular event
Are You Not Entertained?! May 6, 2020 - May 13, 2020 Aloe2.png Zombot Plank Walker2.png N/A Regular event
Romeward Bound May 13, 2020 - May 20, 2020 Explode-O-Nut2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png N/A Regular event
Back to Far Future May 20, 2020 - June 17, 2020 Torchwood2.pngChomper2.pngJack O' Lantern2.pngPokra2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Worldly event
Bad Hair Day June 17, 2020 - June 24, 2020 Dazey Chain2.png Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur2.png Zombie Medusa2.png Regular event
Caesar vs Salad June 24, 2020 - July 1, 2020 Zoybean Pod2.png Zombot Sphinx-inator2.png Roman Caesar Zombie2.png Regular event
Darker Ages July 1, 2020 - July 22, 2020 Pyre Vine2.pngBlastberry Vine2.pngUltomato2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A Worldly event
Column Like You See 'Em July 22, 2020 - July 29, 2020 Power Lily2.png Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC2.png N/A Regular event
Later, Gladiator July 29, 2020 - August 5, 2020 Sap-fling2.png Zombot Aerostatic Gondola2.png N/A Regular event
Ciao Time August 5, 2020 - August 12, 2020 Dazey Chain2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Regular event
Plunder the Pirate Seas August 12, 2020 - September 2, 2020 Apple Mortar2.pngGoo Peashooter2.pngPumpkin2.png Zombot Plank Walker2.png N/A Worldly event
ZCorp Incorporated, Inc. September 2, 2020 - September 9, 2020 Blooming Heart2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png Gargimp Legal2.pngHead Office Impgantuar2.pngZCorp New Hire2.pngZCorp Contractor2.pngZCorp Conehead2.pngZCorp Contractor Conehead2.pngZCorp Buckethead2.pngZCorp Contractor Buckethead2.png Regular event
ZCorp is Hiring! September 9, 2020 - September 16, 2020 Gumnut2.png Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur2.png N/A Regular event
Promoting Zynergy

September 16, 2020 - September 23, 2020

Hot Date2.png Zombot Sphinx-inator2.png N/A Regular event
Stalk Options

September 23, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Escape Root2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A

Regular event

Lost City of Doom

September 30, 2020 -  October 21, 2020

Grapeshot2.pngCold Snapdragon2.pngWitch Hazel2.png Zombot Aerostatic Gondola2.png N/A Worldly event
Big Little Liars

October 21, 2020 - October 28, 2020

Shadow Peashooter2.png Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC2.png N/A Regular event

October 28, 2020 - November 4, 2020

Electric Blueberry2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Regular event
Mergers, Acquisitions and BRAINZ

November 4, 2020 - November 11, 2020

Wasabi Whip2.png Zombot Plank Walker2.png N/A Regular event
Think Outside the Lawn

November 11, 2020 - November 18, 2020

Blastberry Vine2.png Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur2.png ZCorp Flag Zombie2.pngZCorp Consultant2.png Regular event
Agile Methodologist

November 18, 2020 - November 25, 2020

Apple Mortar2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A Regular event
Plant Layoffs

November 25, 2020 - December 1, 2020

Sling Pea2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png N/A Regular event
Field Promotion

December 2, 2020 - December 9, 2020

Bombegranate2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Regular event
Cultivating Talent

December 9, 2020 - December 16, 2020

Pyre Vine2.png Zombot Sphinx-inator2.png N/A Regular event
Shattering Grass Ceilings

December 16, 2020 - December 23, 2020

Snow Pea2.png Zombot Plank Walker2.png N/A Regular event
Wild Wild West

December 23, 2020 - January 13, 2021

Ice Bloom2.png Missile Toe2.png Gold Bloom2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png N/A Worldly event
Planted Earth January 13, 2021 - January 20, 2021 Starfruit2.png Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC2.png N/A Regular event
Dew or Dew Not January 20, 2021 - January 27, 2021 Tumbleweed2.png Zombot Dark Dragon2.png N/A Regular event
Fruit, Forward! January 27, 2021 - February 3, 2021 Power Lily2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Regular event
Stamen Alive February 3, 2021 - February 10, 2021 Witch Hazel2.png Zombot Aerostatic Gondola2.png N/A Regular event
Cherry Potter February 10, 2021 - February 17, 2021 Caulipower2.png Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur2.png N/A Regular event
A Cry for Helpdesk February 17, 2021 - February 24, 2021 Zoybean Pod2.png Zombot War Wagon2.png ZCorp HelpDesk2.png Regular event
Technical Difficulties February 24, 2021 - March 3, 2021 Imp Pear2.png Zombot Sphinx-inator2.png N/A Regular event
Just Dropping In March 3, 2021 - Ongoing Gumnut2.png Zombot Tomorrow-tron2.png N/A Regular event


When playing spicy and extra hot levels, there are chances that you will lose due to the zombie's health being increased and benefits being taken away. Don't try to do spicy and extra hot levels if you have low-level plants or feeling that you can lose, doing it can result you in losing the level and as such also losing fuel. If you try to do these levels then try to use explosive plants such as Primal Potato Mine or Explode-O-Nut to easily deplete their health as well as clear crowds. Using these in mild levels can easily kill them, while using them in extra hot levels requires 1, 2 or more explosions to kill the zombies. You can use Blover (if available) with the Blast Bass Perk to take out large groups of zombies, or some other effective instant-kill plants such as GrimroseOlive PitImp Pear and Enchant-mint.


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  • The lawn's melting clocks are a reference to the painting The Persistence of Memory by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
  • The icon of Penny's Pursuit was reused from an unused world Time Twister, which was hinted to have been the final world.
  • The logo of Penny's Pursuit picture is similar to the logo of Back to the Future.
  • If the player fails a bonus objective they won't fail the level, they just won't get the award for the objective.
  • If the player exits a level, the "THE ZOMBIES ATE YOUR BRAINS" screen will show up, despite the zombies not eating the player's brains yet.
  • Levels that take place in the exclusive Penny's Pursuit lawn reuse Modern Day's music.
  • The background for this game mode's exclusive zombies' almanac entries is the same as the background for the premium plant entries.
  • This is the only mode in the game to have gem drops, but it can only be achieved by playing boss fights and reaching the Bonus Prize Phase.
  • In the Plunder the Pirate Seas event, even though the location was Pirate Seas the music was Modern Day.
  • In Worldly events, the health of zombies in each difficulty mode is much different: Mild has level 5 health zombies instead level 3, Spicy has level 8 health zombies instead of level 6, and Extra Hot has level 11 health zombies instead of level 9.
  • During the launch of the Stalk Options event, on devices still using the 8.3.1 update, the name of the event was <Missing RIFT_TITLE_TEXT_25>, which is due to a missing string. It was fixed shortly after the launch.
  • The Zomboss podium for Lost City of Doom appears to be Pirate Seas, even though the boss fight is Zombot Aerostatic Gondola and it is supposed to be a Lost City podium.

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