Modern Day - Day 9 is the ninth level of Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It is a Locked and Loaded level. Balloon Zombie and Frostbite Caves portals are first introduced. After completing this level, the player receives a money bag.
There are two aspects that make this level very hard. On one hand, since the player lacks powerful offensive plants, Balloon Zombies, with their high speed and health, will easily fly over the player's defenses. On the other hand, the combination of Explorer Zombies, Punk Zombies, and Tomb Raiser Zombies, with tombstones giving them protection, are deadly. Ra Zombies, however, are of no concern, as the plants are extremely cheap, and the player could probably have over 500 sun by the time they show up.
This level has gotten an extreme difficulty curve due to the recent update nerfing Nightshade's seed packet recharge. Due to how hard it is to upgrade Nightshade, this level can actually become impossible without the leveling of Nightshade, as it's the only offensive plant given.
- The small number next to the zombie icon means that zombie will always appear in that lane, with 1 being the topmost lane and 5 being the bottommost one.
|Waves||Non-dynamic zombies||Ambush zombies||Note(s)|
|3||4||None||100% Plant Food|
|4||2 4 3 1 5||None||First flag|
|5||3 1 5||None|
|6||3 2 4||None||100% Plant Food|
|7||1 5 2 3 4||None|
|8||2 3 4 2 3 4 1 5 2 3 4||None||Second flag; spawns at 6th column, 4th row|
|9||2 4 1 3 5 3||None||100% Plant Food|
|10||1 5 3 2 4||None|
|11||2 4 1 3 5||None|
|12||1 3 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5||None||Final flag|
The core idea to win this level is to plant as many Nightshades as possible to generate enough offensive power. The player does not need to plant many Moonflowers, since all of the plants in this level are cheap. More space should be saved for Nightshades, with separated Moonflowers to power them up. The Plant Food is suggested to be used on the Nightshades in the back most column, and Grave Buster need to be continuously used to remove high-threatening tombstones. And finally, use Thyme Warp as a life saver when the situation gets really tough, but do not use it too early, given its very slow recharge speed.
The player should also watch out for the Frostbite Caves portal, as it brings can bring out Weasel Hoarders and they cannot be dealt easily with Nightshade due to its lack of area of effect and slow attacking speed.
If you are a quick thinker and have reasonable reflexes with this game, try digging up leafless Nightshades and replacing them with new Nightshades, so the extra ammunition is available straight away. Try this strategy given you end up with a lot of Nightshades and plenty of sun.
However, due to a recent update, Nightshade recharges much more slowly, making this level increasingly difficult. Leveling up Nightshade is almost a must for passing this level now.
- Thyme Warp is given to the player despite being unusable anywhere else in Modern Day.
- This level and Neon Mixtape Tour - Day 18 in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 are the only levels that allow the player to use a world-exclusive plant from another world.