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Dark Alchemy is a Brain Buster exclusive to Dark Ages in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The lawn in this Brain Buster has magic potions placed on some tiles, as they have the ability to grant either speed or toughness bonuses to zombies. The effects will stack up to three times per potion. Zombies hypnotized by Hypno-shroom can also be affected by potions. Plants can not be planted on these tiles. During Dark Alchemy levels, potions will continuously spawn on empty tiles. The only way to destroy potions is by crushing it such as a hypnotized Gargantuar, a Barrel Roller Zombie's barrel, or a Pianist Zombie's piano.

Levels

Day Plants Zombies Flags First reward
I (Night 9) Player's choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Knight Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Two Note
II (Night 17) Player's choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2 Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Knight Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Dark Ages Gargantuar2 Wizard Zombie2 Zombie King2 Two Money bag
"Rescue the Gold Bloom" Epic Quest - Step 5 Player's choice Peasant Zombie2 Conehead Peasant2Buckethead Peasant2 Peasant Flag Zombie2 Knight Zombie2 Imp Monk Zombie2 Jester Zombie2 Pirate Zombie2 Barrel Roller Zombie2 Pirate Captain Zombie2 Two Money bag

Potions

Potion Effect Flash color
Purple 25% more health Red
Orange 50% faster Blue

Strategies

See Dark Ages - Night 9 or Dark Ages - Night 17 for more strategies.

In this Brain Buster, it is highly recommended to bring area of effect plants such as Fume-shroom or Snapdragon, as they will help get rid of hoards of boosted zombies. In addition, the Jester Zombie will not be able to deflect anything. If Knight Zombies, Wizard Zombies, or Jester Zombies get a hold of any potion, this can be damaging. Do not forget the Sun-shrooms, as they are very essential and are cheaper than Sunflowers. Instant-kill plants such as Cherry Bomb or Chili Bean are also recommended, as they can eliminate zombies easily if they have consumed too many potions. If the player has it, Hypno-shroom will make a great plant to use, as the hypnotized zombies will benefit from potions too.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Dark Alchemy is the first Brain Buster that has objects that helps zombies get to the player's house.
    • It is also the first Brain Buster that does not have a tutorial level.
  • This Brain Buster refers to early usage of alchemy and black magic during the actual Dark Ages.
  • If a hypnotized Gargantuar walks past a potion, the potion will appear in front of it.
  • Dark Alchemy is the third Brain Buster that allows the player to choose their own plants, the first being the Powder Keg in Kongfu World, and the second is Sun Bombs in the Far Future.
  • When an affected zombie dies, it reverts to its normal size and then starts its normal death animation.
  • The name of this Brain Buster was revealed in a survey from PopCap Games.
  • Gargantuars, Barrel Roller Zombie, and Pianist Zombie can smash potions but it is unknown why the Zombie King cannot smash the potions, despite crushing them.
  • Dark Alchemy and Bulb Bowling are the only world exclusive Brain Busters to have only two levels, rather than the normal three, with the exception of Beghouled.
  • Trap Tiles has 3 levels, although one is shared with the Dr. Zomboss battle of Lost City.
  • In the Chinese version, these levels are in a Special Delivery format.
  • If a Zombie boosted by a potion eats a Chili Bean, the Zombie will die and return to its normal form.
  • This is the first Brain Buster that was used in a Piñata Party, specifically, the Valenbrainz 2016 parties. The second Brain Buster used in a Piñata Party is Beghouled that was featured in a Time Twister Piñata Party.
  • All zombies that can be affected by potions can stockpile the effects, but will eventually reach a limit after 3 potions.
†: Strategy page
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