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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
The sequel to the third-person shooter spin-off, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Fully released on February 25, 2016

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2


PopCap Games


Electronic Arts


Third-person shooter


PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Microsoft Windows

Release date

February 18, 2016 (EA/Origin Access users only)
February 23, 2016 (North America)
February 25, 2016 (Europe)


Frostbite 3

USK rating


ESRB rating


PEGI rating


Pre-order price

$59.99 (Standard Edition)

$69.99 (Deluxe Edition)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (stylized as Plants vs. Zombies GW2 or PvZ:GW2) is a third-person shooter video game developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fourth game in the Plants vs. Zombies series and the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. The game was announced at the Xbox E3 briefing on June 15, 2015. Only a trailer was shown, but gameplay footage was later presented on EA Games' E3 press conference. The game was released on February 23, 2016 (North American version) and February 25, 2016 (European version) for PC and current generation consoles.[1]

On a GamesRadar article,[2] EA has confirmed that players who unlocked playable characters in the first game will have their characters in the sequel already unlocked. However, the promotional characters (Berry Shooter, Citrus Cactus, Chester Chomper, and Dr. Chester) are confirmed not to return to the sequel. In the same article, a single-player mode was confirmed, along with six new classes including Citron and Super Brainz, over 100 playable characters and 12 new maps. Also, a new ranking system has been introduced, however, this means that every player will start at rank 1 when they begin the game for the first time. Nearly all customization items from the first Garden Warfare are not returning to Garden Warfare 2 (this does not apply to gestures, as they will return). Some of this information were later added to the official website. If players pre-order the game they receive Z7 Imp, which is also a spoof of the Mass Effect franchise. Loyalty rewards are given to players that made it to a certain rank in Garden Warfare 1, with the final loyalty reward obtained by reaching rank 313, awarding you the Unicorn Chomper.


Long after the events of Garden Warfare during the long, crazy war between Plants and Zombies, the Zombies have finally conquered Suburbia and renamed it Zomburbia. Now, for the first time in the series, the Plants are on the attack, and it is the Zombies' turn to defend their newly claimed homeland. Six all-new heroes join the battle with brand new abilities, from the past, present, and future.

As a plant, your mission is to become an agent of L.E.A.F, by doing plant-based story missions. As a zombie, your mission is to become Top Zombie, by doing zombie-based story missions. This includes training with Agent Rose, Agent Citron, and Agent Corn or Steve, Super Duper Brainz and Ol' Deadbeard.

Update history

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2/Update history


Main article: Plants (PvZ: GW2)

Returning plants

New plants


New characters:


Main article: Zombies (PvZ: GW2)

Returning zombies

New zombies

Infinity Time characters / Gnomes

Backyard Battleground

Welcome to your very own Plants vs. Zombies playground. In your Backyard Battleground you can edit your character’s abilities and customizations, choose quests, jump into co-op or multiplayer action modes, or invite up to 3 friends in to your backyard to start a party and take on AI – defeat a wave, and a more powerful wave will show up. You can also switch teams to challenge your friends!

Backyard Battleground is your own frontline base to plan your attack before you enter the battle for Zomburbia.

Game modes




Map Image Description
Seeds of Time (Gardens and Graveyards)
The time travel theme park was built in 1202 by a group of wizards that pooled their resources together in the hopes of making a fortune. Now the Zombies want it, because it's a fun place to be!
Time Park What do you get when you connect four time periods with intergalactic portals reverse engineered from gnome technology? We're not sure, either.
Z-Tech Factory Gw2render2 The Zomboss Z-Tech Factory is one of the many facilities from which Dr. Zomboss mass produces his Zombie army. It has an amazing break room.
Frosty Creek Frostycreek The only thing colder than a frosty creek is frozen frost itself! Also liquid nitrogen, ice cream, very cold rocks & frozen bread.
Moon Base Z (Herbal Assault)
Moon lord base
Dr. Zomboss' latest plan involves changing the Earth's orbit so it stays within a constant solar eclipse, thus robbing the Plants from their much-needed photosynthesis. The Plants must stop him!
Lunar Landing
A secret staging area where Dr. Zomboss plans to dominate every planet in the solar system. It even has space golf!
Colizeum For Rent: One large Colizeum. Open space concept, lots of room for activities! Currently lacking electricity, plumbing, doors, windows and roof. Serious inquiries only.
Zen Peak
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Zen Peak was the birthplace of Zen from which all magic sparkle originated. Both Plants and Zombies vacation here during off peak travel times.
Boney Island Boney Island Boney Island mysteriously attracts all that is lost. Ships, aircraft... even time itself. Chances are, if you are lost, you are here!
Sandy Sands
Aqua Center
Out with the stinky Garden Center, in with Aqua Center for Zombies! Your one-stop shop for dolphin blasters, sonar shots, shark lasers, and fancy fish!
Great White North (Gardens and Graveyards)
Emerging from the depths below, the Zombies are launching an out attack on the Great White North. Can they free the Yeti King and usher in a new ice age?
Zomburbia (Herbal Assault)
It's that time of the year again. The next batch of fresh Zombie recruits are about to graduate, but the Plants have other plans for them...Hint: It involves toilet paper!
Zombopolis (Herbal Assault)
There's big trouble in not so little Zombopolis. The Plants must stop the Zombies from launching Zombot into battle before it's too late!
Infinity Time
Backyard Battleground
Welcome to your very own Plants vs. Zombies playground. In your Backyard Battleground you can edit your character’s abilities and customizations, choose quests, jump into co-op or multiplayer action modes, or invite up to 3 friends in to your backyard to start a party and take on AI – defeat a wave, and a more powerful wave will show up. You can also switch teams to challenge your friends! Backyard Battleground is your own frontline base to plan your attack before you enter the battle for Zomburbia.


Returning abilities

Upon gameplay, almost all abilities from the original Garden Warfare will return to Garden Warfare 2, including the abilities from the Garden Variety pack as well. With the exception of the Cheetos promotional characters, the Cheetos abilities will not return to Garden Warfare 2.

New abilities

Several gameplay videos have shown new abilities for returning characters:

  • A heal beam for the Scientist called the Heal Beam of Science (replacing the Zombie Heal Station but the Heal Station can be unlocked)
  • A stationary turret for the Engineer called the Big Bolt Blaster (replacing the Zombot Drone due to Parrot Pal)
  • Rainbow Warp for Unicorn Chomper (alternate for Burrow).
  • Chomp Cannon for Chomper (shown on official PopCap stream, new alternate version of Goop).
  • Pizzazzling Potato Mine for Cactus (Revealed on a Live from PopCap stream, the alternate of the Potato Mine that can only be obtained by Rux)
  • Super Guided Ultra Ball for Super Brainz (alternate for Super Ultra Ball)
  • Looty Booty Barrel Blast for Captain Deadbeard (alternate of Barrel Blast that can only be obtained by Rux)

New customizations

Main article: Customization

DLCs (Known as Content Updates)

Graveyard Variety Pack DLC (March 8, 2016)

  • Fixed several bugs and glitches.
  • Balances Rose to be more of a support class than an assault class.
  • Adds a new map, Aqua Center.
  • Adds more things and fun to the Backyard Battleground.

Trouble In Zombopolis: Part One DLC (May 31, 2016)

Trouble In Zombopolis: Part Two DLC (June 30, 2016)

Trials of Gnomus DLC (September 8, 2016)

  • Added new Mystery Portal in the Town Hall as well as three new game modes; Super Mix Mode, Cats vs. Dinos and Boss Hunt.
  • Added the Trials of Gnomus in the secret Gnome Underworld Dimension behind the locked gnome door.
  • Added a new currency, Rainbow Stars, which are used to unlock Chests of Eternity and collect Trial Keys.
  • Added Rux's Bazaar, where a mysterious gnome called Rux will sell you random customization items you can buy for Coins.
  • Lots of character and map balancing.
  • Tons of other surprises await...


Main article: Achievements (PvZ: GW2)


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  • The Plants vs. Zombies Facebook page posted a "Letter from Zomboss" revealing how Zomboss managed to take over Suburbia, by summoning his future self:
Dear Citizens of Suburbia and Everywhere-

Thanks to the limitless reaches of my limitless genius, I am overjoyed to announce that I have taken over Suburbia. You may have noticed from the change in your surroundings, but I realize that as humans your powers of perception are not near to my elevated level. Which is a very elevated level indeed! Your brains, streets, houses, telephone poles, brains, toasters, and game-playing devices are mine. Mine!

I can sense before the brain-feasting begins that you would like to know how I took over. Because why wouldn’t you? I am Dr. Zomboss, after all. And this was my most evilly inspired idea yet! I finally decided that only one was brilliant enough to aid me, and once realizing this, I asked myself for help. My future self! The only creature perhaps as smart as I am. Supplied with Z-Tech from future me (who is quite charming and really rather clever), I invented the most horrific, most wonderful, most clever invention of all time! More clever even than the Sun-blot Machine! Than the Awesome Air Stinkifier! Even more than the PopSmarts™ Handy Slicer!

I speak of the Z-Mech, which transforms giggly Imps into giggly giant machines of shimmering destruction! Oh, I also created Super Brainz, but he broke every mirror and had to stand in the Time-Out corner. But he is still a brilliant invention! And I, only I, Dr. Edgar G. Zomboss, could have unleashed the Z-Mech and then also put Captain Deadbeard, and all the other zombies, into the fray. You remember them, I know you do! Remember them, and remember it was I who used them to capture Suburbia. It was I! Admit it – you couldn’t have done it. Only I. Wait, what’s that orange roll-y thing that dares to roll on my streets? I must go attend, because no-one rolls on my streets. No one!

Please desist from any thoughts of attacking me, as they would be futile.


Dr. Zomboss

  • Said message above foreshadows the events that took place in the comic under the same name.
    • The other inventions mentioned other than Z-Mechs also appear in other comics.
  • Various references to Plants vs. Zombies 2 are shown in this game:
    • Gargantuar Prime, Laser Bean, Lightning Reed, Dandelion, E.M.Peach, Hypno-shroom all use the same appearance as they did in the second game, only 3D re-animated.
      • In addition to the potted plant, a Laser Bean with its cape costume also appears as a boss.
    • One of the Rose's abilities, Goatify, references the Wizard Zombie's ability to turn plants into sheep.
    • This game is based on time traveling, just like how it would be to the former.
    • Captain Deadbeard and Parrot Pal is based on Pirate Captain Zombie and its parrot.
    • Kernel Corn's description mentions Pirate Seas and Kernel-pult's appearance in that world.
    • Knight Zombie did make a cameo in the beta trailer.
    • Dr. Zomboss uses his voice from the second game, but his sprite is from the first game.
      • This would make him, alongside Crazy Dave to use their sprite from the first game.
    • The blue flame that Giga Torchwood prominently features references Torchwood's Plant Food ability.
    • An unknown Zomboss balloon that appeared in the trailer might be the Zombot Aerostatic Gondola, but different in shape.
    • Many of the maps in this game are all likely based on worlds from Plants vs. Zombies 2:
    • Jams appear again, but this time they are just music and sound effects.
      • They appear during activation of Party Time.
        • All except for the 8-Bit Jam, that is, which appears during activation of the Computer Scientist's Crunch Mode.
  • On PopCap's Facebook page, a user on the Electro Brainz preview posted a leaked picture that stated the game was going to have a beta from January 14th to the 18th. This was confirmed true a day later.
  • This is the first game in the series where plants actively attack zombies while zombies defend against attacking plants.
  • The returning Plant classes no longer blink when KO'd, while the returning Zombies no longer move their mouths when KO'd.
  • Unlike its predecessor, bosses will now flinch for a short second, leaving them vulnerable to attacks.
  • This is currently the only Plants vs. Zombies title to be protected by Denuvo Anti-Tamper, which makes the game extremely hard to pirate.
    • This is because most of 3D-platform games created by Electronic Arts are also protected.
    • It's unusual that Garden Warfare wasn't protected by Denuvo Anti-Tamper, even though it's also created by Electronic Arts.
  • The characters now pop out of the ground instead of appearing out of thin air when they respawn.


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