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Of the 35 vases provided, 19 of them are plants. Two of the vases will always contain plants. For all levels, you receive:
- One Peashooter
- One Wall-nut
- One Potato Mine
- Two Snow Peas
- Six backward Repeaters
- Five Squashes
- Two Threepeaters
- One Plantern
The other 15 vases are zombies. For the first ten levels, you will face:
- Eight regular zombies
- Five Buckethead Zombies
- One Gargantuar with Imp, although it cannot be thrown if the Gargantuar is over halfway across the screen
- One Jack-in-the-Box Zombie
Every ten levels, a regular zombie will be replaced with an additional Gargantuar (there will be nine Gargantuars after a streak of 80).
- Out of the 35 vases, you will always receive two green vases that always contain plants. It's best to save them for when you really need something.
- Starting out, break vases along the right edge (column nine) one at a time.
- If you find a plant, keep breaking until you find a zombie that needs killing.
- Try not to place plants before you know they will be needed. You'll be surprised how many empty rows you get.
- If a seed packet ever starts flashing, place it immediately because it will disappear if unused. Generally, you'll want to spread out your plants so that you can cover multiple rows.
- If you find a Squash, it's time to start clearing the left-side columns. Beginning with the center row of column four, break the jars until you find a Gargantuar or Buckethead, and try to multi-squash.
- If you find a standard zombie, put a Reverse Repeater in that row and it will defeat him before he gets to the end.
- The Plantern ideally should be placed in the fourth column (second column of jars) in either the second, third or fourth row. This will illuminate three rows worth of three columns in the most deadly area. However it should be placed wherever it can illuminate the most vases, so it should be placed in other places under different circumstances.
- Wall-nuts can be used in place of a Squash in rows with multiple Bucketheads. As long as you break them one at a time, the Wall-nut can absorb a lot of damage while you only hit them with two or three peas. This will save Squash and allow you to double up on Reverse Repeaters in other rows some times. Remember, against a Gargantuar the Wall-nut will just get smashed so put it somewhere else.
- Don't be afraid to double-up. If you get a row with little or no zombies, move those resources elsewhere. Sometimes you will end a game with a row having as many as seven plants.
- Be patient. If you have a row that is currently killing a zombie, wait until he dies and clear out that row.
- Note that it is important to kill Gargantuars quickly, as they smash vases in addition to plants. Use the Squash or the Cherry Bomb.
- The Adventure mode Vasebreaker, introduced by Crazy Dave, could simply be done by smashing all of the vases at once, since the Lawnmowers will destroy them all.
- Threepeaters should be planted in the second and fourth rows. This will cover all the rows.
- Always try to get sun. Saving it up can buy you a Cherry Bomb, which can kill that last zombie and save you your streak.
- Multi-Squashing: This is the practice of breaking vases in a precise time that another zombie is walking past it so that your Squash can kill multiple zombies simultaneously. Try to use the tie to help line them up. Because the zombies don't all have exactly the same speed, it's difficult to pull off with more than two or three at a time, although it should be easy with normal and Buckethead Zombies. The most useful example of multi-squashing is in front of Gargantuars. As he goes down the row, he will break vases creating a traffic jam of zombies. However, if there is at least one plant in the first column (left-most), they will all pile up to eat that plant, creating an opportunity to multi-squash the whole group, and hopefully the Gargantuar too. Technically you can blow up multiple zombies with a single Potato Mine, but it's much more difficult.
- Wild-clicking: This is what you do when you need a certain plant quickly, and have already exhausted their two given green vases. It's best to go down each column, starting with the far left. If you can avoid rows that are already trying to kill something, do so. Once the player cleared a whole column, start on the next column to the left, and try to line them up for a potential multi-squash. Once the player found what they looking for, clean up by placing plants in rows where they can be used.
- Know your columnpoints: Each zombie can only take a certain number of hits. For a standard zombie, it is ten single pea shots. However, since it is too cumbersome to count, here is the number of columnpoints; the number of columns a zombie can traverse while taking regular damage - in other words, a Peashooter's pea - before it will die.
What this means is in a row with a single peashooter, a normal zombie will survive three columns before dying. If he's being hit by a repeater, he'll only make it about 1 1/2. To determine how far a zombie will go, take his columnpoints and divide it by the number of peas hitting him. Remember, some zombies are slightly faster than others, so use this as an estimation.
Note: Snow Pea will halve a zombie's speed, so divide their columnpoints by two. Don't forget that a Snow Pea also does 1 pea damage as well. Squash and Potato Mines do 18 columnpoints worth of damage to everything they hit.
- Dealing with Gargantuars: Gargantuars are your single worst threat, other than an ill-timed Jack-in-the-Box Zombie. It is straight forward to just hit him with two Squash, but when you get to higher levels you won't have enough squash to do this and cover Bucketheads. Therefore, you need to learn how to kill them with just one Squash.
- If the Gargantuar appears in the right three columns (seven, eight, nine) don't hit him with a Squash immediately. He will throw the Imp who will eat any single shooter except the Snow Pea (if you have a Threepeater in an adjacent row, that will suffice). The Imp will also use up Potato Mines or Squash unnecessarily.
- If the Gargantuar appears in the left two columns (three, four) double squash him. It would take at least one Squash and quite a bit of firepower to take him out, so just be done with him.
- If he appears in the middle, your are probably in good shape. He can absorb as much damage as a normal Buckethead assuming you'll use at least one squash, and once he passes the sixth column he will no longer throw the Imp. That should give you enough time to kill him.
- Snow Peas in column 1 are ideal. They slow him and any zombies he liberates down and can kill the Imp if he throws it.
- Potato Mines will hurt him if they are set, but if he breaks a zombie out in front of him that zombie will waste the mine.
- Timing Squashes can be very tricky. If you are good, you can place it so that a zombie in front of him will squash the zombie and Gargantuar.
- Cherry Bombs: Cherry Bombs should only be used in an emergency. However, here are some hints:
- Use it as a last ditch option. If you're going to lose the game because a Zombie is walking off screen, blow them up with the Cherry Bomb.
- Use it to clear multiple rows. Since the Cherry bomb hits a 3x3 area, it can defend multiple rows simultaneously.
- Use it to take out two Gargantuars. If a Gargantuar breaks another Gargantuar out, it can be very difficult to hit both with a single Squash. Cherry Bombs can handle this.
- Pay attention to the recharge time. Like in the normal game, the recharge is painfully slow. If you have made it to later levels, give it a chance to recharge fully before or even in game. You can lose the game even if you have enough Sun for a Cherry Bomb because it's still recharging. There will be at least one Gargantuar in every level.
- Since Gargantuar does not appear in the online version of Plants vs. Zombies, it is replaced by Giga-Football Zombie. It appears in the same frequency as Gargantuar based on the streak, except that it is absent in the first and third streak.
- In the web version, there are no Jack-in-the-Box Zombies, so they have been replaced with a dynamite.
- For the web version, this is the frequency of plants and zombies:
- First round: five Peashooters, five Squashes, five zombies.
- Second round: four Peashooters, four Squash, five Snow Peas, five zombies, one Buckethead, one Giga-Football Zombie.
- Third round: seven left-facing Repeaters, two Squashes, three Snow Peas, three Wall-nuts, six zombies, three Buckethead Zombies, one Dynamite.
- Fourth to tenth rounds: two Peashooters, eight left-facing Repeaters, five Squashes, two Snow Peas, two Wall-nuts, some sun, eight zombies, five Buckethead Zombies, one Giga-Football Zombie, one Dynamite.
- 11th round onwards: Same as fourth to tenth round, except that every ten rounds results in a zombie being substituted for a Giga-Football Zombie, until the basic zombies have run out. This means that there will be nine Giga-Football Zombies after 80 flags onwards.
- When the last zombie (excluding Garangtuar) is killed in a streak in Vasebreaker Endless, only its head will fall down and its body will disappear.
- There is a glitch on the PlayStation Vita version of Plants vs. Zombies when the last vase broken contains a plant and there are no zombies remaining, the seed packet does not appear.
- Although this Vasebreaker level is endless, the streak record has a limit of 2,147,483,647 (using Cheat Engine). After that, the streak will be negative but the levels can still be continued.
- This happens because 2,147,483,647 (231 - 1) is the maximum value of signed 32-bit integer in computing, and attempting to reach a value higher than this results in an integer overflow.
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