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Dark Ages
The seventh world in Plants vs. Zombies 2 Sun-shroom2 Puff-shroom2 Fume-shroom2 Sun Bean2 Magnet-shroom2
20 levels ⋅ Fully released by July 29, 2014 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Announcer Imp2 Imp Dragon Zombie2 Zombot Dark Dragon2


For the Chinese version, see Dark Ages (Chinese version).
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Dark Ages

Dark Ages Lawn
An empty Dark Ages lawn.
Game Plants vs. Zombies 2
Number of levels 20
Difficulty Hjala Hjala Hjala Hjala
New plants Sun-shroom2 Puff-shroom2 Fume-shroom2 Sun Bean2 Magnet-shroom2
New zombies Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Announcer Imp2 Imp Dragon Zombie2 Zombot Dark Dragon2
To unlock A World Key
<< Locations >>

Dark Ages is the seventh world in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is the first world in Plants vs. Zombies 2 to be in a night time setting, similar to Night from Plants vs. Zombies. The mushrooms make their debut here.

As it namesake says, Dark Ages takes during the tenth century where culture and economy slowly deteriorates mankind that follows the decline of the Roman Empire. Also, the use of Black Magic like Necromancy became the center of usage for evil purposes.

Like in Ancient Egypt, tombstones appear in Dark Ages. However, they can now occasionally spawn by themselves and summon zombies through an ambush called "Necromancy!". Certain tombstones marked with a sun or Plant Food icon reward players with 100 sun and one Plant Food when destroyed respectively. Sun does not fall from the sky in Dark Ages as it is set during the night. If a grave spawns where there is a plant, that plant and all plants in front or behind it will move forward one column. Sunflowers and Twin Sunflowers still do produce sun in these levels, but it is still recommended to use Sun-shrooms or Gold Blooms due to their lower costs.

Game description

Bring out your undead to the year 948! Harvest mushrooms in the dark of knight and get medieval on zombies from the days of yore!

Order of events

The player requires a World Key, which is obtainable by completing Ancient Egypt - Day 8, giving them access to the Dark Ages, when the player defeats Night 9's wave, a medieval scroll is shown, saying "By decree of Lord Zomboss: Please leave thoust brain on thine stoop". On the tenth night, Dr. Zomboss writes a note before the huge wave attacks. The wave with the Dark Ages Gargantuar is defeated, leaving a World Key behind. On the twentieth night, Zomboss reveals that Plant Food is made out of zombies before attacking the player in his Zombot Dark Dragon, when the Zombot is destroyed, Penny reveals that Plant Food contains no zombies or zombie byproducts, Zomboss then retreats.

Levels

There is a total of 19 levels and 1 boss battle to play as well as introducing five new plants (four were returned) and eleven new zombies.

Difficulty

Hence its four Jalapeno difficulty, this world is a hard world. It contains nine somewhat hard-hard nights: 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 19, 20, and three very hard nights: 13, 17, and 18. Using Twin Sunflower as the only sun producing plant in an level makes sun production impossible in an level, even with boosts, due to its cost being too high. Thus, it is much harder than the previous world, Far Future.

Main levels

Night Plants Zombies Flags Notes Prize*
1 Choice with Sun-shroom2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 One Sun-shroom2
2 Choice with Sun-shroom2 Puff-shroom2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 One Puff-shroom2
3 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 One Money bag
4 Hypno-shroom2 Cabbage-pult2 Puff-shroom2 Grave Buster2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Two Special Delivery level Fume-shroom2
5 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 One Money bag
6 Choice without sun producing or free plants Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Two Last Stand level Sun Bean2
7 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2Imp Monk Zombie2 Two Money bag
8 Sun-shroom2 Sun Bean2 Fume-shroom2 Wall-nut2 Hypno-shroom2 Grave Buster2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 One Locked and Loaded level Mystery Gift Box
9 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Two Dark Alchemy level Note
10 Puff-shroom2 Fume-shroom2 Wall-nut2 Grave Buster2 Potato Mine2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Two Conveyor-belt level Mystery Gift Box
11 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2Wizard Zombie2 Two Mystery Gift Box
12 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Wizard Zombie2 Two Save Our Seeds level Arthur's Challenge
13 Pea-nut2 Fume-shroom2 Puff-shroom2 Grave Buster2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Wizard Zombie2 Two Special Delivery level Mystery Gift Box
14 Grave Buster2 Sun Bean2 other non-sun-producing plants Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Two Objective:
Produce at least 5000 sun
Money bag
15 Choice without sun producing or free plants Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Wizard Zombie2 One Last Stand level Magnet-shroom2
16 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Two Money bag
17 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Two Dark Alchemy level Money Bag
18 Sun-shroom2 Fume-shroom2 Pea-nut2 Iceberg Lettuce2 Kernel-pult2 Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Two Locked and Loaded level Mystery Gift Box
19 Choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Two Save Our Seeds level Money bag
20 Fume-shroom2 Pea-nut2 Kernel-pult2 Puff-shroom2 Magnet-shroom2+ Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Knight Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Imp Dragon Zombie2 Zombot Dark Dragon2 None Boss battle Dark Ages Trophy

+ The plant next to it is boosted, even if the player does not have it boosted.

Brain Busters

Main article: Brain Busters

Dark Alchemy

Main article: Dark Alchemy

Dark Alchemy is Dark Ages' exclusive Brain Buster. These levels layouts are exactly the same as the normal levels, but potions will rise from the ground over time and boost zombies if they're stepped on. The potions will bring different effects to the zombies such as increasing their health and speed. While they are being vested by speed and strength boost, the zombies also grow big.

Special Delivery

Main article: Special Delivery

Special Delivery is a Brain Buster that is a conveyor-belt level with the plants given via said conveyor-belt. Being a conveyor-belt level, no sun and sun-producing plants will be given. Starting from Big Wave Beach, most of its levels are featuring new plants.

It has Nights 4 and 13.

Locked and Loaded

Main article: Locked and Loaded

Locked and Loaded is a regular Brain Buster with the plants chosen, and the player has to use them to defeat the zombies. Starting from Dark Ages, its levels will always feature a premium plant.

It has Nights 8 and 18.

Last Stand

Main article: Last Stand (PvZ2)

Last Stand is a Brain Buster that gives the player a huge a amount of sun and some Plant Food before starting the level. However, the player cannot choose plants that do not cost sun (except Hot Potato and Stallia), sun-producing plants and some other certain plants (However, this rarely happens). After choosing, the player will be able to plant plants with instant recharge to set up his or her defense before starting the battle.

It has Nights 6 and 15.

Save Our Seeds

Main article: Save Our Seeds

In the Save Our Seeds levels, the player has to protect the endangered plants marked by a striped tile and his or her house too. If the player lets one of them be eaten by the zombies or disappear in some way, he or she will lose. Otherwise, it is a regular level, which the player can choose the plants to protect the endangered ones.

It has

Arthur's Challenge

Main article: Arthur's Challenge

Arthur's Challenge is Dark Ages' Endless ZoneGrave Buster is exclusive to this and Pyramid of Doom. This Endless Zone is very difficult as Winter Melons and other strong plants will be useless against Gargantuars because of Jester Zombies. The former combined with Zombie KingsKnight Zombies, and Wizard Zombies further add to this Endless Zone's difficulty.

Zombot Dark Dragon

Main article: Zombot Dark Dragon

Zombot Dark Dragon is the boss of Dark Ages and is encountered at the final level. It can shoot fireballs that can hatch Imp Dragon Zombies and those fireballs can also damage plants and zombies. The fireballs also create scorched tiles that cannot be planted on. Fortunately, they only last for a few seconds.

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Music

Sound Description
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Reward Music
Darkzomboss
Zombot Dark Dragon Intro

Walkthrough

See Dark Ages/Walkthrough.

Trivia

  • All Dark Ages plants are in the preview, plus Pea-nut, which is a premium plant.
    • While Pea-nut is not unlocked in the world, it is featured in several levels with pre-selected plants.
  • Dark Ages was the first world to be released in parts. As of the 5.3 update it is now the third world to be released in parts.
  • Dark Ages, Pirate Seas, Big Wave Beach, and Frostbite Caves are currently the only worlds that contain zombies that do not move, which are Zombie King, Imp Cannon, Fisherman Zombie, and Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC.
    • However, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Marsh may not move either.
  • It is the only area in the whole series that introduces two sun-producing plants.
  • Dark Ages, Player's House, Big Wave Beach, Frostbite Caves, Lost City, Neon Mixtape Tour, and Jurassic Marsh are currently the only areas that have no upgrades.
  • The Necromancy ambush is a reference to the magic of communicating with the dead, coming from the Greek words nekros meaning "dead body" and manteia meaning "prophecy".
  • Dark Alchemy refers to how alchemy was used for evil purposes.
  • On the little river in front of the zombies' castle, there is an array of Lily Pads.
  • Left to the zombies' castle, there is a sword that's stuck in a rock. It is a reference to Arthur's Challenge and Excalibur, a legendary sword with mystic powers. It would proclaim the one who pulled it out of the rock the king of England.
  • In the front of Dark Ages Player's House, there is a present-day mailbox.
  • The drawbridge on the castle is opening into nothing.
  • It is the second world to have a background that is always animated, the first being Pirate Seas.
  • The trailers references various famous legends and stories about this era:
  • The player's house in this world has a weather vane with a Peashooter's head.
  • Dark Ages' main theme music is similar to Moongrains and Zen Garden, the Brainiac Maniac (Demonstration Mini-Game) and Ultimate Battle has slight touch to Ancient Egypt and Pirate Seas with Medieval-styled drumbeats and effects remix along with Tambourines and Epic Soundfont.
  • Dark Ages Zombie growls have Ancient Egypt and Pirate Seas mashed up growls.
  • Like Weapon Stands from Kung-Fu World, tombstones grow from the ground at times, even on squares occupied by plants. If this happens, the plant will be tossed away or forward one square but unlike the Weapon Stands, they cannot make the plants fly off-screen upon doing so. Sometimes, When the tombstones rise, the plants will disappear.
  • Before Part 2 was released, the Imps on the logs over Night 11 seemed to be loafing, slacking, and playing around. One of them is even lunching a sandwich with brains. The other just holds a wrench.
    • The same Imps appeared for all worlds following Dark Ages before their respective second parts were released.
  • The sky on the world map is a purple color compared to the faded blue of daytime maps. However, a glitch in the update makes the map sky turn blue when loading up the game. To fix this, just leave and come back.
  • It is currently the shortest world in the game with only 20 levels, unless Player's House is included.
  • Penny states that a plague recently swept the area, a reference to the black plague. The Wizard Zombie also alludes the plague, since its legs are bandaged.
  • After Dark Ages - Night 10, the map changes to a castle design, but the lawn does not. All worlds after Dark Ages share the trait of changing the map design to something different.
  • It is the first world in the international version of the game to introduce two new Imp variations: the Imp Monk Zombie and Imp Dragon Zombie. However, if counting the Announcer Imp, that makes three variations.
    • Kongfu World and Lost City also share this similarity.
  • The player can see part of a stone wall in its map before Night 10.
  • There is a moon in the background of the castle with a face possibly referencing the moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
    • While not originally present in the world selection screen, said moon has been later added into the world selection screen as of 3.6.1 update.
      • Because of that, Lost City is currently the only world that has no zombie face in the world selection screen.
  • The torch near the castle started burning after the 2.7.1 update.
  • In the preview screen, the player can see the Zombot Dark Dragon coming out of the castle door. This is the only time when a player can see an extended part of its body that is not usually visible during the fight.
  • According to the beta screenshots, Dark Ages' lawn was planned to be colored purple and be much brighter.
  • Fire Peashooter was originally going to be released in this world.
  • Dark Ages, Far Future, Big Wave Beach, Lost City, Neon Mixtape Tour and Jurassic Marsh are currently the only worlds that do not introduce pult plants.
    • However, Lost City and Neon Mixtape Tour introduce lobbed-shot plants.
  • This and Neon Mixtape Tour are the only two part worlds to not have two plants only in Part 2.
  • This is the only world to introduce a new zombie (Imp Dragon Zombie) solely in a boss level and Endless Zone.
  • Before the 5.3.1 version, it was the fifth world on the world map order.
  • In the latest update, entering the Dark Ages map will make a lightning sound play nonstop, even if you exit the map. It will only stop if you play a level. It is certainly a bug.

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