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The XP system is a new ranking system in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Instead of the old ranking system, this ranking system is more based on the players' skill. There is an XP bar for each character. XP is rewarded like the old ways of getting coins in-game in the first Garden Warfare, such as getting vanquishes or healing a teammate, that will reward the player XP. When a character is leveled up, they may get an upgrade for that character depending on what level their character is at. When a character levels up, they glow for a couple of seconds. When a player reaches rank 100, there will be a new rank plate which reads "1," and there will be a new rank plate every 100 ranks. Everybody, regardless if they are max rank in the first game, will start from rank 1.
There is an XP Multiplier as which its name suggests multiplies the amount of XP earned. The XP Multiplier can be seen in the quest board. Just note that if the player does not play the game for some time, the XP Multiplier will go down.
Level 10 is the max level for a character, so the player will not earn anymore XP that will add to their bar. However, the player can still level up their character by promoting them. To promote them, just go to bobble heads in Backyard Battleground and there will be an arrow above the character that reached Level 10. Go to the character stats at the bobble heads to promote them, and once it is done, the player will earn 20,000 coins. Characters can be promoted from Specialist to Master, where one can no longer level up or promote their character. Other players can know the player promoted their character when the player vanquishes them and there will be a color and a promotion name around their gamertag.
Doing certain actions yields XP.
|Vanquished Plant/Zombie||5 XP|
|Vanquish Potted Plant/Zombie Turret|
|Summon A Weed/Zombie||5|
|Defender Bonus/Capture Vanquish||50|
Listed in order:
- Super Elite
|Upgrade||Level Obtained||Function||Unique to|
|Health Regeneration Delay Upgrade||Beginner Level 5||This upgrade decreases the delay before health regeneration begins!||All|
|Zoom Upgrade||Beginner Level 9||This upgrade increases the zoom distance of your primary weapon!||All|
|Health Regeneration Upgrade||Specialist Level 5||This upgrade increases how quickly your health regenerates!||All|
|Speed Upgrade||Specialist Level 9||This upgrade allows you to move faster!||All|
|Reload Upgrade||Advanced Level 5||This upgrade decreases your reload time!||All|
|Ammo Upgrade||Advanced Level 9||This upgrade increases the number of times you can fire before reloading!||All|
|Damage Upgrade||Elite Level 5||This upgrade increases your primary weapon damage!||All|
|Health Upgrade||Super Elite Level 5||This upgrade increases your maximum health!||All|
|Overheat Upgrade||Advanced Level 9||This upgrade increases the duration of which you can fire before overheating!||Characters with infinite ammo|
|Fire Upgrade||Elite Level 5||This upgrade increases the amount of damage the fire effect of your weapon deals!||Fire variants|
|Toxic Upgrade||Elite Level 5||This upgrade increases the amount of toxic damage your weapon deals as well as your toxic aura!||Toxic variants|
|Super Meter Upgrade||Elite Level 5||This upgrade decreases the amount that you need to fill your Super Meter!||Legendary characters|
- If the player promotes a character to the "Specialist" rank, they will earn the Specialist achievement.
- If the player promotes a character to the "Master" rank, they will earn the Time to Go Outside achievement.