PvZ 2 is one of those evergreen games that you can never have enough of. And today we are here to share with you mega guide for Plants vs. Zombies 2: tips and tricks that will help you beat all stages and have fun playing the game.
There are various strategies that work, as well as different approaches to the game – but it doesn’t hurt to use the ones recommended below. In the end, it’s all about defeating the pesky zombies before they get to you and that’s exactly what you’ll do better after checking out today’s PvZ 2 guide!
Let’s not waste any time and instead let’s check out this set of Plants vs Zombies 2 tips and tricks that will help you get your game on and send the zombies back to their graves (once again).
1. (Sun)flower power
The Sunflowers are some of the most important flowers in the game and you need to start by planting one, then continue to plant as many as possible, because sun means more plants for you to defeat the zombies.
Here are some strategies to consider when planting Sunflowers:
– Always start with a sunflower and add the second as soon as possible
– Always plant Sunflowers up in the back to protect them from the zombies. They are your main sun income and you need them running (early on in a stage)
My strategy is to always have two full columns of sunflowers planted if the level allows it: this way, I will never ever worry about sun again.
Unlike other players who plant them on the first two rows, I do it slightly differently: first column is the obvious choice, but the next set of sunflowers goes to the third one.
I do this for two reasons: later in the game when zombies get too far they will destroy these plants and not the offensive ones.
It won’t be a big problem, because if they don’t do it, I will remove them to plant offensive units because when you have pretty much filled every square, there’s no need for sunflowers anymore.
2. Know your plants!
There are many plants making a comeback from the original PvZ, but also a bunch of new ones.
Make sure that you know exactly what each plant does, you have tested it at least a few times and when you have to make a selection of plants before starting a level, you know exactly what each plant does and which is the most suitable choice for the challenge the game throws at you.
3. Quickly look at the incoming zombies
See where the zombies will be coming from: at the start of the level, you will see from where will the zombies come from, at least at the beginning.
Make sure to remember that, not to place a peashooter or something at the wrong place and have zombies slowly mach on a free route.
4. Cheap and useful: the Potato mine
With a cost of just 25 Sun, the Potato Mine is an incredibly useful ally as it has a pretty fast recharge rate and can work really well as the last line of defense against a zombie.
Until now, we’ve always taken the Potato Mine with us and saved our sorry compost on numerous occasions thanks to this reliable, last resort type of plant.
With it, you basically get a free option to blow away enemies and give you time to get your base in shape. Although you can get past using the potato mine early in the game, the later stages make it a must have!
5. Any plant can be really good under specific circumstances
The Bloomerang is also an extremely useful plant to get and use in Ancient Egypt at least for the series of zombies hidden behind obstacles.
The Bloomerang attacks the entire row twice (one when it launches the boomerang, and once when it returns) making it a very useful plant against the zombie “series”.
6. Don’t rush on spending your gold on the Power-ups
They are indeed extremely powerful and fun to use (we particularly like the Power Pinch) but they are also expensive and not always required to keep on going.
Use them sparingly and only when the situation really requires them to be used. In other words, make sure that when you do use them, they make a difference and really help you beat an otherwise seemingly impossible level.
7. Flawless timing helps your flowers
It’s all about the timing: some zombies are faster than the others and you should always time your plant placement right and make sure you always get rid of the biggest threat first.
There are various strategies to put into practice here, like holding off some zombies on a side while dealing with others, preparing for incoming massive waves… but in most occasions, timing will be vital. So remain calm and work your magic. All levels can be beaten!
8. Know the zombies as well!
It’s not just your plants that you must know exactly what they do. Learn the zombies too: easily recognizing the zombies and what their powers and weaknesses are is vital for a successful game in Plants vs Zombies 2.
Some zombies have a certain weakness or power – make sure that you are ready to plant something that completely negates their bonus or takes advantage of their weakness!
9. Prioritize star levels!
Star levels are extremely important and generally very difficult. This is where you should invest more in Power ups and upgrades and be ready to adapt your strategy to the requirements. Don’t treat them lightly!
10. Sometimes, you just have to remove plants
Don’t forget that you can remove plants from the board at any given time and you’ll also get a small refund.
Not always the best choice to deal with things, but there are moments when selling one or some of the plants and purchasing a different one can actually save the day! So don’t be afraid to do it and always have it in mind.
11. Don’t go for the most expensive plants!
Obviously, expensive plants are generally better than cheaper ones, but don’t forget to have at least a cheap one offensive plant to start with, otherwise it will take you too long to afford placing these expensive in the first place.
In other words, make sure that you have a balanced selection of plants each time you start a level and never ignore he power cheaper plants have!
12. Be patient and keep trying
As I said in the intro, there are actually multiple approaches that can work really well, so don’t be afraid to lose – it happens!
Learn from your mistakes, check out the plants again and give it another go. Patience will take you far, especially in a game with the complexity of Plants vs Zombies 2 – where practice does make perfect!
13. Always protect your plants!
Placing the pumpkins is the best way to protect them and I always try to have a complete line of pumpkins in the way of the zombies.
I prefer them to the free freezing plant or the exploding potato because they simply slow things down a lot and give me the chance to reassess the situation and plan my moves accordingly.
Make sure that you place them as close to the starting line of the zombies though, not to risk having to place offensive plants in front of them and therefore making them pretty much useless and a waste of resources.
14. In the survival stages, act fast!
You don’t have a different choice here and you have to use what is thrown to you. Usually, you will place the offensive plants on the row that requires it the most and defensive plants on rows that have no offense yet.
Just make sure that you’re always on your toes, ready to quickly use each plant and place it where the need for it is the biggest.
15. Never start with more that one plant food
It’s extremely expensive at 1,000 coins and usually you will get a few during each mission. Also make sure to use them all before the mission’s end, otherwise you won’t see them again.
16. Learn the patterns
If you happen to fail a level, you already have an advantage: you know how the zombies will attack (they always come in the same order, on the same lanes).
So re-think your strategy and plant the best plants on the lanes you know they are coming for. As I said earlier, practice makes perfect and sometimes losing a challenge or level only makes you stronger!
17. IAPs are not a must
Many people are complaining that IAPs are ruining the game. You really don’t have to buy them though as all levels can be completed without real money being spent on them.
Actually, those mega plants just ruin the balance of the game and turn you into a zombie Terminator (which is a good thing if that’s what you are aiming for).
Sure, it does help to spend some money and things ARE easier this way, but you don’t really hit a paywall that can’t be passed without spending money. PvZ 2 is a good game in this regard.
18. Maximize the use of your plants
There is really no point in placing a pea shooter on a lane filled with tombstones – place plants that throw over obstacles instead.
Also, using the Bloomerang is a good idea in such stages as the boomerang hits everything in its way – twice! So learn what each plant does and use that at full capacity!
In the end, this is the most important part of the game: relly knowing what your plants do and what their advantages they are. So important that it can be said twice.
Finally, the last obvious one is going for in app purchases. If nothing seems to work, your only way of dealing with the level might be spending some real money for some virtual advantages.
I am sure that there are a ton more strategies for Plants vs Zombies 2, so please share your tips with us in the comment section below if you have any good ones that can help fellow players beat the more difficult stages.