The Suburban Almanac is a book containing data on all the plants the player owns and all the zombies that the player has encountered in Plants vs. Zombies. It is obtained after beating Level 2-4 in Adventure Mode for the first time. Each time a new zombie appears in the seed choosing menu at the start of a level, a new card appears with the zombie name and picture but instead of a description, there is a message reading ”(not encountered yet)”.
Although important information like damage, recharge, and cost are shown for each plant and similar statistics are included for each zombie, some information is wrong or misleading and some is missing altogether. The flavor text for each entry is fairly humorous and may include jokes or references to other parts of the game, other games or other companies entirely.
It can be accessed from the Main Menu, in the plant selection screen by clicking on the Almanac button, in the pause menu, or on a specific zombie in the seed selection screen. Almanac entries for zombies and plants do not appear until they have been obtained or encountered.
- The humorous Almanac flavor texts are written by Stephen Notley, as confirmed by George Fan.
- In Plants vs. Zombies 2, all texts on Lost City and beyond are also written by him.
- The name is likely a reference to the The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III: the Remake, a novel by Robert Rankin.
- The Suburban Almanac has an index, but it should be contents, since an index tells which page mentions a certain subject.
- In Pumpkin's description, Renfield, a character from PopCap's Peggle, is mentioned.
- Only 48 seed packets can be seen in the Almanac, so to access Imitater's entry, players have to click the image in the top left corner of the plant section like the Tree of Wisdom says (Once you buy the Imitater, try clicking the little drawing in the upper left corner of your Almanac to access the entry on that sucker).
- However, in the iOS and Android versions, Imitater has its own seed packet.
- The background for the card for the plants are colored like brown dirt, and the background for the card for the zombies is colored like blue stone, much like a gravestone texture.
- Sunflower's and Zombie's outlines are seen in the background of the Almanac.
- The background of each plant's animation in the Almanac varies according to the environment it can be used in, but all zombies have the same background, which is the grassy backdrop in the Day levels (with the exception of the Zombie Bobsled Team, which will be standing on a patch of ice created by a Zomboni).
- With Cheat Engine, it is possible to view hidden entries for Explode-o-nut, Giant Wall-nut, Sprout, the Backwards Repeater, Giga-gargantuar, and the ZomBotany zombies.
- In the Game of the Year version, there is also a hidden entry for the Zombatar.
- Of all the things listed, only Backwards Repeater and the ZomBotany zombies have entries. Backwards Repeater will have the same description as the normal Repeater and the ZomBotany zombies will have the same entries as the regular Zombie. One would have to modify LawnStrings.txt to add more descriptions.
- There are four major differences between the Nintendo DS Almanac and the Almanac of all other versions:
- The seed packets are shown on the bottom screen while the entries are on the top screen. The length of some of the entries separates them into two pages.
- The Almanac in the iPod touch, iPhone, Android, and Nintendo DS versions are not large enough to show all types of zombies at once. Instead, a scroll bar, similar to what is shown on the Mini-games, Puzzle Mode and Survival Mode menus, is used.
- The Almanac is not accessible on the Nintendo DS version's pause menu.
- In the main screen, the Almanac has only one word, Almanac, unlike the others, which have "The Suburban".
- The plant in the index is Sunflower, even though the first plant you get is Peashooter.
- Peashooter, Wall-nut, Puff-shroom, and Jalapeno are the only plants to be referenced to in another plant's entry.
- More than half the plants in the online version appear differently than in the actual game, such as Coffee Bean with wings.
- Also, Cabbage-pult and many upgrade plants are missing from the online Almanac.
- Sometimes a bug can happen where if a player sees Zombie Yeti and then closes the game, Zombie Yeti would appear as if it was never seen.