- For other uses, see Air Raid.
Air Raid (壮植凌云; pinyin: Zhuàng zhí língyún; translation: Top Plant) is an exclusive Brain Buster available in Sky City in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is based on the Plants vs. Zombies (Nintendo DS) mini-game, Air Raid, except that there is now evolution. The player directly controls an upgradeable flying plant to defeat zombies in the air to achieve the target score and to not let the flying plant destroyed.
The player can choose between three plant teams. Once the player collects a certain amount of points during level, the plant will upgrade by itself. If they do not have at least one plant in a team, then that team is not available (though Team Pea is always available).
|Pea Team||→(2000|2000|2000|2000 pts)→ →(4000|8000|8000|8000 pts)→ →(6000|15,000|13,000|15,000 pts)→|
|Fire and Ice Team||→(2100|2000|2000|2000 pts)→ →(4200|8000|8000|8000 pts)→ →(6300|15,000|13,000|15,000 pts)→|
|Multi-directional Team||→(2200|2000|2000|2000 pts)→ →(4400|8000|8000|8000 pts)→ →(6600|15,000|13,000|15,000 pts)→|
Black - Tutorial (Sky City - Day 10, Normal mode, need 8000 pts to complete)
Blue - First Level (Sky City - Day 10, Hard mode, need 19,500 pts to complete)
Purple - Second Level (Sky City - Day 16, Normal mode, need 20,000 pts to complete)
Orange - Third Level (Sky City - Day 16, Hard mode, need 30,000 pts to complete)
|III||(Mini-Boss) (Mini-Boss) (Boss)|
Despite this being based on the DS version of Air Raid, it is much more difficult and is just as difficult as some shoot'em up games on a low to medium difficulty setting. Thankfully, the player has a health bar that can withstand a good amount of hits. The enemies seem weak and few at first, but this number will quickly increase and massive amounts of bullets will soon clog the screen. As a result, the player needs very good reflexes with their fingers to complete most of this. The bosses have a lot of health, are very fast and shoot lots of bullets, and can kill the player in seconds if they are unprepared. Note that the player must get the target score and defeat the bosses to complete the level. If the target score is not reached after defeating the bosses, the player loses.
Watch out for Lightning Gun Zombies, these enemies can shoot off screen and do lots of damage when you are unaware. Later on, Flying Gargantuars that can kill the player instantly upon contact will appear. Fortunately, the player can simply avoid them if they cannot kill them quick enough as they simply fly off the screen and have no projectiles. Killing them yields 300 points and 2 Gargantuars can block the player's path if he does not defeat one of them quickly, however, so the player should still try to kill them, but they have to be quick.
At the boss wave, try to kill as much normal zombies as you can in that wave first, then try to avoid the yellow and blue bullets. They're slow, but can deal lots of damage. If there are more than 1 boss in that wave, try to focus on killing 1 of them first, then kill the other one. Don't be afraid to spend some gems, but calculate the points you will have when you defeat the boss first.
The player should pay attention to the plane instead of the plant above. The hitbox affects only the plane and the plant on top of it does not have a hitbox.
- Air Raid is the third Brain Buster to have continuously shooting plants. The others are All by Oneself and Fright Theater.
- Coincidentally, all three of these are Chinese-exclusive.
- In this mode, Conehead Pilot Zombie and Buckethead Pilot Zombie shoot Homing Thistle's Plant Food ability needles.
- For some reason, they lose that ability as soon as their bucket or cone is gone.
- Its Chinese name, 壮植凌云, is a pun on "壮志凌云", which is the Chinese name of the American 1986 action film Top Gun.
- It is based on a type of shoot 'em up game known as bullet hell.
- Although most basic bullet hell games are played vertically, this is played horizontally to match the original Air Raid mini-game.
- Due to a plants' damage nerf in the recent update, plants in this mode only deal half the damage they used to in previous versions, making the difficulty of the levels after the tutorial nearly impossible even with the Multi-directional Team. It is unknown if this is a bug or not.
- †: Strategy page
*: Unconfirmed name