In PvZ, once you unlock the Zen Garden, there is a chance you can get a plant, or chocolate (used to feed plants or Stinky the snail). What I want to know is; What is that chance?

And now that there are different copies on different consoles, is there a difference between them? I.e. Console vs. PC vs. Android/Apple?



It can be obtained in all game modes, with the exception of the Zen Garden itself.

Once ten pieces of chocolate have been amassed, no more chocolate will appear.

How to obtain it

  • Randomly from killing zombies.
  • Occasionally eating a brain in I, Zombie.
  • A streak of three in I, Zombie Endless.
  • A streak of ten in Vasebreaker Endless.
  • Sometimes after a Grave Buster eats a grave during a Night level, or during Versus Mode.

Little "cheat"

If the player wishes more than ten chocolates, they must open a game with nine chocolates. Then, before collecting another one, a different level should be opened. Collecting the chocolates in both levels will result in a number of chocolates higher than 10.

I'm not able to find a source which defines a specific drop-chance.


Presents drop very rarely and they may give the player Zen Garden plants, Chocolate or unlockable games.

Presents that appear after level 5-4 contain Zen Garden plants.

Where to get a present

  • Every three levels of I, Zombie Endless; however, this is not the case for the Nintendo DS version.
  • Eating a brain in any I, Zombie level will sometimes drop one present.
  • Randomly in Survival Levels, especially in Survival: Endless.
  • Very rarely in an Adventure Mode level on and after Level 3-2, except for Level 3-10 where you can get, at most, four presents.
  • Every ten levels of Vasebreaker Endless.
  • Randomly removing graves with Grave Busters.
  • Killing any zombie in any game mode.
  • In Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies, for $7,500, although this is only on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad version.

Which level is the best to get plants

  • For Day plants, Slot Machine and Wall-nut Bowling are the best.
  • For Night plants, just replay Whack a Zombie over and over again, remove graves for coins, diamonds and sometimes presents.
  • For Pool plants, play Zombie Nimble Zombie Quick, Bobsled Bonanza or Last Stand with Marigolds for farming. If you have unlocked Quick Play in the iPad version, you can play Level 3-10.
  • For Fog plants, replay Level 4-10 (with the Zombie Yeti) or Survival: Fog (Hard) as there is no mini-game in the fog which has a high concentration of zombies.
  • For Roof plants, Column Like You See 'Em is a good idea. You can also try Pogo Party.
  • Level 5-10, Dr. Zomboss's Revenge, Survival: Endless, and I, Zombie levels drop every plant (except non-Zen Garden plants). Therefore, they are good ideas if you are not aiming for plants from a specific setting (although, Survival: Endless can actually be the best way to get plants, since it has the highest amount of zombies in the whole game).


  • In the Xbox Live Arcade version of Plants vs. Zombies a present also drops in Level 2-1 containing Versus Mode and Co-op Mode.
  • It is the rarest item that can be dropped from a zombie, dropping in a one-tenth rate.
  • There are only 39 different Zen Garden plants of the 49 plants in total in Plants vs. Zombies.
  • There is a glitch in the Nintendo DS version of Plants vs. Zombies where, at the end of a level, if the player clicks on a present with a Zen Garden plant in it, then touches the money bag, the player will get two plants, and both will be the exact same plant
  • In the PlayStation Vita version of Plants vs. Zombies, zombies drop a noticeably higher amount of presents carrying Zen Garden plants.
  • The PlayStation Vita version of Plants vs. Zombies has an occasional glitch where the player earns two Sprouts from a single present and both Sprouts are the same plant facing the same direction.

For your second question here is a link to a list with all differences in all available versions (could not find anything about differences in obtaining chocolate).

That are all information I found to your questions. If I find anything new I'll update.

  • Is this the same for Zen Garden Plants? Or is this chocolate specific?
    – Ben
    Jun 26 '15 at 8:22
  • I'll edit my answer
    – Nitro.de
    Jun 26 '15 at 8:34
  • added around 2900 characters hope that helps a bit more ;)
    – Nitro.de
    Jun 26 '15 at 8:55
  • 1
    Definitely haha
    – Ben
    Jun 26 '15 at 8:59
  • Does it help so far?
    – Nitro.de
    Jun 29 '15 at 11:59

Actually, In the game its totally randomized to get a Plant and/or Chocolate. What I would consider is the more often you play or the higher wave you reach I would say there is a higher chance.

  • I notice I have a down vote to my answer. Could you tell me the mistake in this answer it would help.
    – Dovahkiin
    Mar 26 '15 at 19:58
  • 1
    Do you happen to have a source for this information?
    – Frank
    Mar 26 '15 at 20:04
  • 1
    "I would say" doesn't really define as an answer.
    – Ben
    Mar 26 '15 at 23:28
  • "Totally randomized" still has a chance.
    – Quelklef
    Jun 30 '15 at 0:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.