@ Connie (re: Survivor Roof):
I had a very hard time getting through the Survivor Roof level. What ended up working for me was to concentrate almost entirely on offense and avoid planting Wall- or Tall-Nuts.
I had 10 slots, which was very helpful.
I started with two rows of sunflowers, two rows of cabbage, and a row of magnets. I pumpkined the magnets when I could. I also replaced cabbage with melon-pults when I could.
And then I basically kept moving my offensive line forward and putting pumpkins on them. I replaced some sunflowers with those umbrella leaves and put in a line of cactuses close to the top of the roof so that they would fire at zombies instead of into the slope. Next I used frozen peas since it was on the top of roof. I alternated between planting frozen peas (and pumpkining) and putting in melon-pults and winter-melons.
I tried to keep a jalapeno and cherry bomb on hand. At the end, I was hit with gargantors and if it hadn't been for the roof cleaners/mowers things I wouldn't have made it through.
I hope that helps. Keep trying different combinations of offenses and defense--something's gonna work for you eventually.
This was one of the hardest mini-games for me to beat. I think part of it has to do with luck of the draw--sometimes you get a crap hand, ya know?
1 or 2 clicks is usually enough to nail a zombie. Don't waste your time over-clicking.
Use those gravebusters to eat the graves closest to your house!
Also, there's no shame in using those lawn mowers! You should consider them as part of your overall strategy.
re: Bobsled Bonanza
Spikeweed and jalapenos. Spiderock if you can, too. Lots and lots of spikeweed.
WHACK-A-ZOMBIE - I've found that the Coneheads need 2 hits of the hammer & the Bucketheads - 3 hits sometimes.i.e. The stronger the zombie, the more hits.
The Squash kills the Zomboni.
Can anyone give me more info on the Zen Garden?
How do you get more chocolate? Do you get it only by playing certain games on certain levels? Does it eventually show up in Dave's shop?
Does the snail collect coins for all 3 gardens or do you have to buy a snail for each? I've bought one and it is sold out at Dave's. I won 1 chocolate & fed it to him, but I don't think he lasted an hour. He's sleeping now.
Is there more to the gold watering can & the gardening glove, other than what the description for them says. How necessary are they?
Another question on the chocolate. If you feed the snail more than one, are they all used, therefore having him collect coins for longer, or do you have to feed him chocolate one at a time for each to be effective?
About the Zen Garden -
Once you buy the snail, the chocolate starts showing up randomly on the levels and mini-games. It's not for sale in Dave's store, I easly have 10 chocolates in my inventory at a time. I think you have to give the snail a chocolate every time you open the Zen Garden, but he should be awake for a good while. I've left the Zen Garden open on my computer while I walk away to do other things and when I come back, the snail is still collecting coins. He does it until I close the garden. And the snail only collects coins from the regular daylight plants, not the mushrooms or water plants.
The gold watering can and the glove are nice, but not necessary. You can water 4 plants at a time with the gold can and the glove lets you move the plants around.
Thanks, Pam. My next question: I have all 3 gardens with plants in all. Sometimes when I go into the night or water garden, I see coins to collect. Are coins continually producing whether you are in a particular garden or not (while playing a game, for instance)? Do the coins only appear when you enter the garden? There don't seem to be many in the latter gardens, so what is the purpose of those two -- just to grow & sell to Dave?
195 flags with this setup and only died because I wasn't paying attention I really think this one could go forever if played right. Advantage to this one is you can completely ignore diggers so can concentrate on the front lines.
TREE of WISDOM
How do you grow your tree to 1000 feet tall?
Mine is 60 feet tall right now and it only grows a foot at a time when adding fertilizer.
1000 feet would cost a fortune!!
I saw your posting about the 195 flag in endless. That's impressive. Questions- 1) How did you get the white pumpkin? I don't see that as an option to buy? 2) you don't have any spikes, what do you do about the Zambonies?
Wait, were the pumkins white because you used an imitator for a second pumpkin? I think I figured it out but let me know for sure : ) I still want to know how you dealt with the zambonies without spikes
Yes the white pumpkins were from imatators.
The gloom-shrooms will take out the zombonies no problem you can just ignore them.
Something that might help in the "Whack a Zombie" level is to go into the mouse control portion of Windows and speed up how fast the cursor moves across the screen. Hope this helps
On the gardening glove:
I'm not 100% sure, but I think you can use the wheelbarrow as a makeshift gardening glove if you really don't want to spend that 1000. The glove is easier to work with. Also, I've confirmed that when mushrooms are happy they will stay awake in the normal zen garden, and I think this works with aquatic plants, too. Aquatic plants don't need watering :)
Oh, and Stinky refuses to take another chocolate after you give him one until the effects wear off. You can also give them to zen garden plants, but only if they are happy. It makes them drop more coins and more quickly, for a short time.
On the tree of wisdom:
Yes, the tree grows one foot at a time...per bag of fertilizer...and the worst part is, you can only have 10 bags at a time so you have to keep going back to the shop.
On bobsled bonanza:
I failed at that. It took me all the instant except squash (should have used that) and the chomper, and I used a tallnut, and I believe repeaters...wasn't pretty. Pogo party was really easy though, not sure why anyone would have problems with it.
I hope I don't sound jealous or anything here, but a basic need for a large number of flags here would be luck. If a short fuse jack in the box detonates, it can easily wipe out your gloom-shrooms...add a few more, and some gargantuars, and you're dead. Unless, of course, you use your cob cannons on them and take them all out, but I don't see how you can do that with just two cannons...
Any idea how to back up the survival endless save information? Sick of having the game crash and losing hours of work.
195 flags?! WOW, I'll definitely try that, thanks for posting.
Also, I tried the bat file posted here to loop the time and get more coins from the zen garden, it really does work. The problem is that I'm getting errors when I try to synchronize back to the internet time. I presume that the bat file is still working, how do I disable it? Please help. Thanks!
Coin Making: marigolds, walnuts, and zombotony 1
Once you have the marigold, play the first zombotony course. Make sure you have the regular walnuts and the marigolds with you, and whatever else you feel you need.
during the last wave, pick a lane where there is one walnut-zombie at the back, and line up a bunch of walnuts to block it. leave only the walnut-zombie in the lane and then quickly dig up all your damage causing plants, so that it will take no damage.
When the walnut recharges, pick it up and spam-click the one that the zombie is currently eating. it'll only be able to move a few pixels before the new one is planted.
start replacing everything in every other lane with marigolds. at about 1000 sun you'll be able to dig up your sunflowers and survive off falling sun. this will let you harvest coins from the marigolds almost indefinitely.
End it with a one hit kill plant, or when it FINALLY makes it to the lawnmower, either or.
a bit boring, but if need gold and haven't unlocked the better paying minigames and puzzles, it's useful.
349 flags with the same setup as before.
Zen garden help? After purchasing the snail, all I get is chocolate. I played all weekend long all different levels, mini games, survival, etc. and only received 4 plants which were duplicates of what I already have. How do I get more or all of the plants?
480 flags so far and still going strong
2 slight modifications, moved the cattails further forward so they deal damage a little quicker and replaced the melonpults and wintermelons in the toolbar with squash and freezeshroom. Use the freezeshroom to stop bungees from nabbing your wintermelons and the squashes for those emergencies when everything else is still on cooldown.
You can't get more than 10 chocolate bars at a time.
I'm not quite sure why some of you are having trouble getting past Whack`a`Zombie, I find it easy.
@FlyinFree: You are a LEGEND!
750 flags and still going with the same build as above, just lost one lawn mower to a balloon zombie that slipped through.
Plant Upgrade Question - I have purchased several plant upgrades, but they don't all show up in my arsenal. Out of the seven I have bought, I can only see four. Has anybody else had this problem? If so, how did you resolve it?
Hi, so my question is, has anyone collected one of every plant yet? (NOT counting the ones turned left vs. right, I mean and not counting the various colored marigolds) I would like to have gotten one of each but I'm still missing 2 of 4 water plants, 4 of 12 night plants (counting the sea-shroom as water, not night) and then 8 of the remaining 31. I mean, I know there aren't enough spaces in the gardens for them all at once, but certain ones have never shown up. Any way to speed up that process or any cheats for it?
Also, I would like to know how many colors the marigolds come in. Here are the ones I have:
red, orange, yellow, light blue, blue, pink, magenta, purple
Anyone know of others, or is that it? And I can't seem to get the white marigold that's available in play ever.
Thanks for any help! Oh, and by the way, here's my tip: I think cattails are far more useful than almost any other plant, on any level. You get about six of those suckers going, protected by tall nuts, and you're pretty much certain to kill off anything (except the miners).
In reply to comments above:
Filled a whole lawn with marigolds in Zombotony when only one Walnut-zombie left and blocked by a tall nut. Very very slow production of coins! Does having a lot of marigolds really make a difference? It seems that it does not! Coins only appeared once every 20 seconds or more.
In the Zen Garden it doesn't seem true that chocolate can be feed to a marigold - at least not a young one blooming on.
As for marigolds:
I've found 11 so far, I suspect there's at least twelve, as I remember a weird one with a green center from my old computer before it crashed.
Here's the colors so far:
You can't feed plants chocolate until they are capable of producing coins (i.e. with gold sparklies). AFAIK.
Heather R, thanks so much. That helps. I think I'm missing one or two of the colors you show there.
Also, to all, I did figure out that you can't collect the plant upgrades (which I hadn't realized before) for Zen garden, so now I'm only missing two or so; I figure they'll show up eventually.
I have tried your Survival Endless set-up, FlyinFree, and it worked great! I am over 60 flags and still in good shape. I did find that I lost the front-most fumes in rows 1 & 6 several times, but was able to quickly replace them and keep the level going.
When fighting Dr. Zomboss. I think that the robot's eyes will give you a hint right before he lets go of either an ice or fire-ball. Has anyone else noticed this?
Hey everyone! I just purchased the wall-nut first aid, but I can't seem to find him! He's not in my list of plants. Is it somewhere else? Please and thank you!
The way the wall-nut first aid works is -
It doesn't show up as a plant you can put in your line up. Rather, when you have the wall-nuts or tall-nuts, you click as if you're going to plant a new one, but you just place it over an existing damaged one and it's brand new again.
Help! I can't manage to get ANY aquarium garden plants. I've played through adventure mode three times, played endless survival several times. I have just about every plant, every color marigold, and of course, have already purchased the aquarium garden. Any hints, clues? No one else seems to have problems?
FlyinFree - you're my hero!
Whack-a-zombie is my favourite mini-game -- and a great way to pick up plants.
As soon as you pick up some sun, start buying gravebusters. Don't worry about getting rid of the graves closes to the house (not yet). Use them to clear out either the top or bottom row (whichever one has fewer graves).
Then clear out a row adjacent to the empty one. Continue with the next row. By the time the zombies start going really quickly, they should all be confined to 1 or 2 rows. That way, you can hold your mouse pointer almost motionless and just click like mad. If you want, when the zombies are at their fastest, take a break, shake out your wrist, and let the lawnmowers take care of them.
The final wave consists of exactly 1 zombie per grave, so it's not too difficult -- as long as you've gotten rid of most of the graves.
You should be able to get it down to 3-4 graves. Then all the dozens of zombies will have to pour out of those few graves. It's like shooting zombies in a barrel.
By the way, when you are about to kill the last zombie, take your time and do it slowly, so you don't automatically click on the prize (moneybag). Let the moneybag sit there -- it's not going anywhere. If you have suns left, use them to destroy the remaining graves. You never know, there might be plants (or at least money) in there!
Hope that helps!
This forum have helped me a lot so i`ll attempth to guide the people who cant pass the "wack a zombie". Most player find it easy because most of us are computer gamers who have no trouble moving our mouse to where we wan and clicking really fast. so anyway, here is some advice
- Put ur mouse at the center of the graveyards(not the screen) when there is no zombie.
- Only use the grave buster at beginning, mid game. Aim for the graveyard thats furthest from the rest of the graveyard. instead of the most front. That mean ur mouse have to move less to wack them.
-Buy a mouse if ur using keypad
-Try to click on every zombie two time, Buckethead should be fairly obvious to click more
-Always aim for the nearest zombie from ur mouse instead of the most front zombie.
I hope those help, in the worst situation where u cant do it no matter how hard u try. Ask ur nearest computer geek for help. Its ok, being not being able to do this mission mean u prolly have a better outdoor life.
1400 flags and still going on survival endless with same setup as above.
How am I supposed to grow my tree of wisdom to a thousand feet? I`m just at 78, and even that took me forever!
Bobsled Bonanza is simple if you use the spike strips. Set up your suns and shooters (you don't need many!) followed by a row of tallnuts then your spike strips. Leave 2 spaces on the right side for your spikes.
Hey, I tried to do the layout on survival endless that FlyinFree did, and I only got to 24 flags! I just had this huge wave of gargantuar's and football zombies, along with the jack in the box zombies and I was wasted. What am I doing wrong?
How do i finish bobsled bonanza? I've tried it everyday, still no luck when I used the setup above, I still can't do it.
Please help, I'm desperate!
1500 flags on survival endless and still going
@Kirsty: Make sure you have the same toolbar loadout as I do, use the cob cannons, cherry bomb, jalapeno, squash and freeze shroom to keep pounding the giga-gigantaurs and keep replacing your pumpkins, if you get a bad jack-in-the-box accident just rebuild as fast as you can and concentrate extra firepower on the weakened area. Some bad jack accidents have left me desperately scrambling but I've always managed to recover.
Where do you find the tree of wisdom i've bought it but now i can't find it anywhere please help!
bob - tree of wisdom
In main menu you see a watering can with "Zen Garden" on it. You will be brought to the Zen-Garden, where you have first the normal Zen-Garden. Use the yellow arrow right top of the scene to come to the night- and water garden, use it in the water garden and you will come to the tree of wisdom. There is no short cut for it
re:whack a zombie
The best advice I can give anyone who is struggling with this game is to use the grave buster and get rid of as many gravestones as you can also use the ice-shrooms when it gets a little crazy although this is one I dont use much because it only freezes the zombies that are on the screen at the time of use. Using the grave buster keeps the number of zombies down a little and keeps them farther back from the lawn mowers. Not sure how much this will help but I hope it helps a little... works for me!
Hello! Can anyone explain why my tree won't accept any food anymore? It's not even showing the height yet.
justin - tree of wisdom
Did you try to feed it at the lower part? Have you been able at all to feed it, maybe it reached it's total high (I don't know how high it can go)? Did you buy the special food for the tree? Not the stuff for the plants, that is diffrent.
I need help with the front lawn night time! I just encountered football zombies, and I always die! I need help! P.S. can you redo previous levels before you finish the game?
where can I find the flower that says help or quit in vasebreaker? I can't find it!
HELP!!! I didn't buy my 8th slot when Dave offered. How I get it back without starting the game from the beginning?!
Sunbo - Dave's Shop
There is a car key laying on the ground in the main menu, in front of the grave stone. Click it and it will bring you do Dave's Shop, where you can buy the additional slot and more
Thanks for prompt reply Kayleigh.
I don't see the car key, I only see the almanac in front of the grave stone which only appear later on. Perhaps my level is not high enough? It says I am level 2-7. What level would I expect the car key?
Sorry, didn't thought about this - the key car will be a gift after level 3-5. I'm afraid you will have to wait till then :(
Tip for Last Stand in Mini Games, for better survival rate than the configuration posted above:
* 6 tall-nut on the front row (starting from the fourth row/column from the right)
* 6 magnet-shroom (+ coffee bean) on the second row
* 6 torchwood on the third row
* 6 repeater on the fourth row
* 2 cat tail on the next row (center pool)
for pool area, remember to place lily pads
* add more repeater on each row after obtaining more sun.
this configuration never fails me so far..
how to avail spouts when it was sold out in crazy dave's?
Sold out in Dave's shop
Stuff for the flowers or the tree of wisdom is only temporarly sold out. A few hours later (or when you open the game again) the stuff will be avaible again.
For the Gloom-Shroom,
It says it is an upgraded version of the Puff-Shroom, but it is meant to be Fume-Shroom, not Puff-Shroom!Plz change. Thx!
How do I get the chocolate? I've finished everything else.
How do I save a game without having to play all the levels every single time? It takes me all day to get to the final showdown before all the other games open up. I would like to save my progress.
Zombina: It should save your progress after each level automatically.
HOW TO EARN MONEY layout for the "Last Stand"
i earned a little over $5000 using this technique.
you might want to use four garlic cloves on the side.
as you get more sunlight, use them to strengthen your second row of magnet-shrooms with Pumpkin Shells, replenish your garlic and existing pumpkin shells.
I tried your build, but i'm wondring how you could reach 1000 flags? I mean your Top and bottom lane are just Fume-shrooms and melonpults, how can it survive an onslaught of giga gargantuars? @-)
I waw wondering if anyone can help me, I am still on the roof the second time playing, how do you beat the roof level the second time, I cant seem to get past it, and what happens if you pass it the second time, do you get anything more to buy from Dave, Thanks Mike C.
There will be no more new articles at Dave's shop. You can try to see, if you can solve alle the mini-games and play then the endles mode, which will make you need flowers, you might not have used before.
The choices, Dave does for you in the second time around are random, so it is hard to give advise. Most important there is to have all empty slots avaible at Dave.
Thanks Kayleigh, so if you play the enless mode you get more plants, I niticed that the aquagarden has 8 places to put plants, but I only count 3 aqua plants so far. what are the flowers you need for the enless mode? Mike C.
Mike C. - Endless Mode
The room in the aqua-garden is for having 8 plants, no matter how many of one kind you have :). There are no more plants given after finishing the first adventure mode.
For the endless mode you will need more the upgrades of your plants as the corn cob or the cattail or the one for the mushroom, eventhough you play daytime.
In my opinion, this is the most challenging level at all - after the first 10 - 20 waves you will be really busy ;)
Dude, I tried your set up in bobsled bonanza, and I could not do it, They come at me before I had enough time to set up my sun. It is making me crazy. What am I doing wrong?
I will soon be heading into survival endless stage, I know it takes two kills to take out a Gargantua, but how many does it take to kill a Giga Gargantua (Red eyed ones)?
Finally died at 1678 flags.
hello... how to win ten flags for survival hard at night (fog). any tips. please help
The person who noted Dr.Zomboss's eye color change was right. Also, it would help to notice catails appear to be weaker than a peashooter, and are mostly useful for ballon zombies. Also, in my opinion, FlyingFree survived thanks to his arsenal of mostly explosive plants, defensive plants, and fume-shroom replacements.
P.s., imitator sea-shrooms and puff-shrooms help in the early fog survival stages.
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed but when the Shrooms have been fully grown
you can transport them back to the Zen garden where they will give off coins like the other flowers and plants. They will only fall asleep if they are not fully grown or if they need a spray top up or music.
feed your fully grown plants chocolate!! It speeds them up much like it works on the snail... they speed up and give you coins!!
Hi, all. LOVE this game. I think I've replayed it 10 times at least, with two different player names going. I am trying to collect all the Zen plants, and I want to know, has ANYONE ever collected the cactus, a plantern or a torchwood? Those are the three I don't have. But I admit I haven't played Survival Endless much because well, even with FlyinFree's help, it just seems so daunting. But is that what I need to do to get those last three? Or are those three just ones you never get? That's why I wonder if anyone has those in Zen.
Also, anyone ever collected more than 11 colors of marigold? Just checking! :)
rascalmom. Hello, I have collected those plants, I have several games I have played, to get them, I can sen you a pic of them as soon as I figure out how, and No, there are only 11 plants of one color, however, 22 if they are looking the oposite direction, but now more, to get more plants, get all of the chocolate you can, 10. and the plants for your Zen garden will start rolling in, I just got 3 plants when I was playing Bobsled B. Good luck with Survivor Endless, I just started it my self, I am up to 10 tiers so far, had to take a break, so I stoped there. Mike
Black Wyvern, thanks so much! Okay, so I will just cross fingers on those three I'm missing and stop worrying about the colors of marigold then!
how to use "tohot"
in the plant upgrades spikerock is spelled wrong
"tohot" is a fake easter egg
What happens when I filled out all the plant slots in zen garden, will the zombies still drop plants? Because where would be the new plants be placed otherwise?
can you get a sunflower in the zen garden?
any tips for vasebreaker endless?
Whack a zombie is not hard using a trackpad on a laptop, because you can use 2 hands.
If you are trying to acquire all of the plants for your Zen Garden:
Play the Hard Survival levels. The choice of which to play depends on the plants you need. Refer to the table posted at
The colored boxes indicate which plants come up in which Hard Survival game. For example, if you want the Magnet-shroom, you should play Survival: Fog (Hard). That is the only Hard Survival game where that one will be given.
FlyinFree, you really helped me, but what if a whole lane gets killed? When that happens I never have time to repair it. Please help!!
Posted a video on YouTube of my survival endless setup and playing style along with a few other tidbits. Hope it helps.
Use this for day, night and fog.Key: m=marigold gm=golden magnetshroom ts=twin sunflower gp=gatling pea r=reapeter t=torchwood
m gp r t
m gp r t
gm gp r t
ts gp r t
ts gp r t
Change plants between levels to help put up more space.Always bring a japaleno and a squash.
FlyinFree, that's an epic setup you got there.
I tried the second last revision and I got up to 44 flags. Jack in the boxes are my bane. And I always found out I seem to run low on sun each time.
Got any additional tips when I try this again?
I used Flyinfree's defense in survival endless and i'm in my 334th flag right now hehe. thanks dude!!!
What I really hate was the jack-in-the box that blows away my gloom-shrooms.
well, here's a tip on how i survived.
Every 5 flags I quit the game and go to the PVZ folder and make a backup of the "userdata" folder (it contains all the saved game)and save it on a different path on my hard drive. So, if the jack-in-the-box is triggerhappy and destroys my defense beyond repair, I just upload the backup file and start where I left... this way I don't have to start the game all over again.
I'm planning to go more than 1,678 flags :D
Oh, this backup helps if your game crashes as well.
One more thing... anybody here knows how tall the tree of wisdom can go? presently mine is 900 feet tall!!! can't wait to unlock the pinata easter egg :D
Anyone notice gloom-shrooms only have a limited number of blasts; after about 10 blasts it doesn't do anything for 2-4 seconds.
There is no limit to how tall the tree of knowledge can get but you stop getting anything new from it at 1000 feet.
Backing up your savegame so you can't die is cheating, any setup that can reach 100 flags can go forever if you backup and restore your savegames to undo jack accidents. The point is to see how long you can last without cheating. The only legitimate reason to restore a saved game is for a power outage or computer crash, but if you died your game is over.
I bought the First Aid Wal-Nut, and I'm not sure how it works, or on what levels/games it works on. Could You help me?
I bought the first aid wal-nut, and I cannot figure how to use it!
TabbyN - first aid-walnut
This is the only item, you do not actually USE ;)
That you bought it, allows you to replace injured wal-nuts and pumpkins directly without removing them before with the shovel. Simply choose the walnut/pumpkin and click it on the injured one.
for some reason i cant get the .bat file to loop the time, i copyed just as you did , but it only works when i run it. do i have to leave it running? do i close it, because my dosent work. iloved the fact about it so i tryed chageing the -n X value to 120, 2 mins, but still the time dosent change ... and help
i'm yanna i bought the tree of wisdom last week and i lost it were can i find it?
yanna - tree of wisdom
Don't worry, you did not lost it ;)
Go to main menu and choose the watering can, which brings you to the Zen Garden - there you will find an arrow top right.
Click it - it will bring you to the water-zen-garden, to the night-zen-garden and at last to your tree of wisdom.
this is what happens after 27 flags
How can I get the tree of wisdom?
Tree of Wisdom
You buy the Tree of eWisdom at Davy's Shop - after buying it, you will find it by clicking through the zen garden.
It should be known that Gold Magnet Shrooms encourage Marigold's to spawn coins faster...
Has anyone heard of Plants Vs Zombies 2 ?
[Edit: I highly doubt you will see a sequel any time soon. And if you do see one, it will likely pale in comparison to the original, as there is just so much depth and imagination that went into it. In many ways PvZ is like Insaniquarium, and there hasn't been a sequel for that title either. -Jay]