As the game’s name implies, plants are your first, last, and only line of defense against the zombie invasion in Plants vs Zombies 2. Each Plants vs Zombies 2 plant has different attributes, though, and since you can only choose so many to take with you, picking the right plant combos is an important factor in Plants vs Zombies 2 plant strategy. In this article, we’ll cover all the Plants vs Zombies 2 plants you can find in Ancient Egypt. In later articles, we’ll go over the plants you can find in later episodes.
Plants vs Zombies 2 Plants: Ancient Egypt Plants Guide
Sunflower – The Sunflower is one of the starting plants in Plants vs Zombies 2. It is one you’re almost always going to want to take with you. Sunflowers produce sun, which you need in order to make other plants. I almost always have an entire column of Sunflowers, just so I can make enough sun to build a proper defense against the zombie hordes.
Pro Tip Late in the round, you may find you have an excess of sun – you may want to consider digging up your Sunflowers to make room for extra attack plants if this is the case.
Peashooter – The Peashooter is the most basic attacking plant in the game. It shoots peas, one at a time, slowly, and they damage the first thing they hit. As it only costs 100 sun, in the early game you’ll likely rely on these during the first part of each level. They’re cheap enough that you can plant one in each lane as the zombies arrive. However, they’re very basic and are quickly outclassed by other plants later on.
Wall-Nut – Ah, the Wall-Nut. The Wall-Nut can’t attack, but it can soak up major damage. They’re also cheap, costing just 50 sun. The only disadvantage of the Wall-Nut is the long delay between planting them. When you have cone head or bucket head zombies heading towards your house, the Wall-Nut will give your other plants enough time to finish them off before they finish you off!
Pro Tip The Wall-Nut is one of the best plants for Plant Food. Most plants will deal with an immediate issue if you feed them plant food, like clearing a lane or damaging a group of zombies that are nearby. However, the Wall-Nut will heal completely and even grows a tough metal exoskeleton which resists zombie attacks for a long time. It never expires! It’s the plant food bonus that keeps on giving.
Potato Mine – Potato Mines can do heavy damage to a single zombie or small group of zombies and are relatively cheap. However, they’re one-time use and take a long time to recharge. In the long run, they typically end up a waste of your sun. Thus, I frequently bench the Potato Mine in favor of other plants.
Bloomerang – Requires keys to unlock! The Bloomerang is a powerful attack plant that, at 175 sun, is significantly more expensive than a Peashooter, but cheaper than a Repeater. It’s not cheap enough to be your first wave attack plant, but it does make a strong second wave attack booster. Once you’ve planted a row of cheaper plants to keep the weaker zombies at bay, put a column of these guys down. They shoot a boomerang that does decent damage to up to 3 targets both when it goes out and when it returns.
Pro Tip The Bloomerang, when fed Plant Food, fires in four directions – up, down, left, and right. It is one of few plants that will hit targets behind itself for this reason.
Cabbage-Pult – The Cabbage-Pult is another 100 sun plant which makes a good first wave attacker. It does less damage per second than the Peashooter on average, but it can fire over gravestones, which can be essential in some of the later levels of Ancient Egypt.
Pro Tip The Plant Food bonus for the Cabbage-Pult fires giant cabbages at everything on the screen, which makes it powerful against very large waves of zombies!
Iceberg Lettuce – Iceberg Lettuce freezes a zombie for a few seconds, allowing you to get a few free hits in and delaying that zombie’s brain-munching agenda. It’s slow to recharge, but it costs no sun whatsoever, so it’s a good stopgap plant for when your defenses aren’t quite ready.
Pro Tip Iceberg Lettuce will also extinguish fires – for instance, some zombies in Ancient Egypt have torches, while others are carrying lit dynamite. Iceberg Lettuce puts these fires out!
Grave Buster – Requires keys to unlock! The Grave Buster will immediately destroy a gravestone if planted on top of it. This plant requires keys, however. Overall this plant is limited in utility, as any plant can destroy gravestones over time, and there aren’t any gravestones after Ancient Egypt.
Twin Sunflower – Requires keys to unlock! The Twin Sunflower is just two Sunflowers that can be planted in the same square. It’s over twice as expensive as a single Sunflower, though, which makes it somewhat bad from an economic standpoint.
Pro Tip If you’re playing for stars, some stars may ask you to generate a ton of sun, or they might limit the number of plants you can place. Having the Twin Sunflower can make these stars somewhat easier to obtain.
Bonk Choy – The Bonk Choy is a short-range attack plant, and one of the few that can attack both forwards and backwards. The only disadvantage is the short range it has, since it has only a short amount of time to attack before zombies start to munch on it.
Pro Tip If a zombie is eating a Wall-Nut, a Bonk Choy behind the Wall-Nut can still attack it. This Bonk Choy/Wall-Nut combo works pretty well when they are paired in this manner.
Repeater – Similar to the relationship between a Sunflower and a Twin Sunflower, you could consider a Repeater to be two Peashooters in a single square. It’s a bit expensive, though, so it can’t be your first-wave attack plant. It’s also a bit more expensive than a Bloomerang, so often times the Bloomerang is a better choice. However, late in a round it does make a good replacement for any front-line Peashooters.
Plants vs Zombies 2 Plants: Ancient Egypt Plant Strategies
Related Guide I covered the early game strategies in detail in my Beginner’s Guide, so most of this is going to be a summary or rehash of that info. Check out the Beginner’s Guide instead!
The basic plant layout for Plants vs Zombies 2 in Ancient Egypt is as follows:
- The leftmost column should be your Sunflowers
- The second column from the left is your strong attack plants, usually Bloomerangs
- The third column from the left is your first-line attack plants, usually either Cabbage Pults or Peashooters
- The fourth column from the left is your Wall-Nuts
Generally speaking, you want to start by planting two Sunflowers, then a Peashooter or Cabbage Pult wherever the first zombie spawns. Keep alternating Sunflowers and Peashooters/Cabbage Pults until all your rows are covered. If you see cone or bucket head zombies, plop down a Wall-Nut in the appropriate column. Then add in the column Bloomerangs.
Pro Tip Planting in Plants vs Zombies 2 is all about reacting to where the zombies are. Most of the time, you want to stockpile sun until you need to plant something. The rows where zombies attack from are random, and in most cases you can’t cover all of them before the first zombies spawn.
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