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Plants vs. Zombies Endless: Best Survival Strategies

Plants vs. Zombies Endless is one of the most challenging and most fun elements of the game. But it definitely takes some planning to figure out how to arrange your plants for the best chance at survival. Take a look below at my game, which I've screencapped below. I've survived 800 flags with this setup and am still going.

PVZ Endless: 500 Flags


Plants vs. Zombies: 600 Flags


700 Flags


800 Flags

Do you like Endless Eight?

Do you like Endless Eight?

900 Flags

I was busy with something else last week.

I was busy with something else last week.

Finally, 1000 Flags!

Is it really Endless?

Is it really Endless?

No Corn Cannon Strategy: Asymmetric

Use two different strategies, one on the top and one on the bottom. You can see which works best for your playing style.

Use two different strategies, one on the top and one on the bottom. You can see which works best for your playing style.

Two Corn Cannons: PVZ Setup


3 Corn Cannons: 400+ Flags

Similar to one setup of 4 cannons

Similar to one setup of 4 cannons

Four Corn Cannons: Version One

From iisbc007

From iisbc007

Endless Setup: Six Corn Cannons

from coolctfy

from coolctfy

14 Corn Cannon Setup: Version One

from jiangxichu_1

from jiangxichu_1

14 Corn Cannon Setup: Version Two



YutoXYZ on December 12, 2017:

lol I'm boss at this, I reached 1 MILLION flags legit! Try topping that!

Joey Reese on July 19, 2017:

pretty sure the majority of these are fake.

Luiginator666 on February 02, 2017:

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awesome ideas, but the one with all those gats and the bottom of winter melon, Im pretty sure everyone went with the gats

JJ Dizon on October 24, 2014:

Tnx a lot for the picture's ! its help me a lot ! im in 315 flag now !! Good luck to me !!

alan on May 03, 2014:

I cant even survive 10 flags

Johng707 on April 29, 2014:

I really like and appreciate your blog post.Thanks Again. eggbkaedkegb

aaabbbb on March 08, 2014:

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Kevin S. on February 02, 2014:

Wow! Good job. You have great way to get so many flag.

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chichak on October 17, 2013:

I also use two cob cannons ,winter mellon ,spike rock ,,umbrella leaves ,gloom shroom and gold magnet.

chichak on October 17, 2013:

I survived 6453 flags. First wave have to collect many sun using many sunflower andimitater sunflower and don't forget to bring a garden rake and plant a cattail once you have 4 sunflowers on the lawn.

Jack on September 01, 2013:

How are you able to use sunflowers?

SAN on April 09, 2013:

WELL DENISE, i have 8233 flags

Denis on April 09, 2013:

I have made it now to 7862 Flags, who one can beat that!

TiBr on March 18, 2013:


At 1393 flags the iPad app had a major breakdown, was closed and the game can't be resumed! With 9990 suns and complete defense. Aarrgg!

So there are even other problems to reach the attempted 2500 flags then just the Zombies.

wayne10043 on February 09, 2013:

i always played my game pvz it is the best game in my whole lifi because i sayYEAH ITS ASOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

TiBr on January 30, 2013:

Now 1340 on IPad .

Still same game described below.

PETER on November 25, 2012:

Wow! I only get 13 flags! ·_·

TiBr on November 12, 2012:


The SF are twins.

ob = on

Schuld = should (the autocorrection on the german IPad doesn't speak english).

You have to have one Cattail in the first row because of double waves of Balloons. Otherwise the Cattails in the 6. row start fighting against the 2. wave before the complete 1. wave is shot down.

TiBr on November 12, 2012:

1000+ ob IPad


P-WM, P-UL, P-SF, P-GS, P-GS, (P-)FS, FS

P-SF, P-SF, (CC, CC), P-WM, P-CT, P-GS, P-GS, P-GS

P-CT, P-SF, (CC, CC), P-WM, P-SF, P-GS, P-GS, P-GS

P-WM, P-UL, P-SF, P-GS, P-GS, (P-)FS, FS


For Replacement:

Gloom, Fume, Coffee, Pumkin 1, Pumkin 2, Cerry , Jalapeno, Ice, with Jack in the Box Lily Pad else Boom.

The Pumkins on the the 1. and 2. row on the Water are not necessary. I use them to prevent accidental loss of one while collecting suns in heavy figthing.

To save suns don't try to defend the frontal Fumes as long as there are no Jack in the Box.

you Schuld never ever loose WMs, SFs or CTs because you need a very easy round to replace them. If you loose a 3. row WM, replace them with Fume until you get to a round, where you need no Cherry and Boom/Lily.

PVZurvival on October 18, 2012:

I would suggest this setup:







M=Winter Melon

M.=Gold Magnet


C-C= Cob cannon

U= Umbrella Leaf

G=Gloom Shroom

S=Spike Rock

I am currently at 400 flags

please help!!! on September 08, 2012:

i only survived 97 flags with zoyra setup. please help me.

Mr.No one on June 14, 2012:

I´m playing on an iPad and is now at flag 1252.....still living

Cool on May 11, 2012:

I only can reach like 235 flags

ericoidx on March 21, 2012:

I thought I was the only person placing the sunflowers up front. I'm at 178 flags right now and have gotten into a routine so 200 shouldn't be out of the question. 200 was my goal. I think the hardest thing was learning to trust those glooms to take out the zombonis in rows 2 and 5, which they do with about half a block to spare. The zombonis were ending my games heh. That leaves rows 1 and 5 to defend with my 4 cobs and instants. You will always have to replace glooms(jacks) in the pool at some point and prompt pumpkin replacement is necessary all over. I lost 4 glooms on one occasion.

I thought you had to have firepower all the way to the front but it's really all about timing and using your instants wisely. The freeze shrooms are vital IMO and 90% of the time I use a freeze shroom imitator unless my pumpkins have taken a beating then I use a pumpkin imitator. Anyway, here is my setup and sorry about the low tech. I haven't taken a screen shot.

umb gloom melon fume freeze

melon gloom melon sun fume gloom

cob pult cob pult sun sun gloom gloom gloom

cob pult cob pult sun sun gloom gloom gloom

melon gloom melon sun fume gloom

umb gloom melon fume freeze

some random person on March 17, 2012:

I can't get ast 40 flags.......... plz help

zombie killer on March 17, 2012:

Evryone that says they completed the game....go screw yourself....i cant get past the 1st flag in survival endless please help....

ROBLOX123 on February 25, 2012:


Person on January 26, 2012:

@Hitoridakeno Fan

Just so long as a setup lasts (about 200 flags is what I consider a pretty sufficient test), I wouldn't say that any setup's "better." I guess one that's easier to use is better, but other than that, how would you define better?

Hitoridakeno Fan on January 23, 2012:

No offense, but this 20 Cob Cannon Setup is the best, check it out:

Ako on January 17, 2012:

GAGO at Gung-gong ang mga nag-POST dito...

blaaag on January 10, 2012:

I personally like a more automated(minimal cob cannon) setup, because then I don't need to rely too heavily on something I can make a fatal mistake on. So my current setup uses lots of gloom shrooms and fume shrooms and surprisingly minimal outer row (1 and 6) attack type plants. I have 4 cob cannons after a massive mid game renovation, lazy me, then with my current setup, even Giga Gargantuars die before they become much of a nuisance. The perks are that I don't have to worry about Zombonis or Catapulters or imps or dolphins or even at this stage, jack-in-the-boxes!

niya on January 09, 2012:

i love this game it is so fun people who do not like is a hater yeah u said it

Jhodel on December 25, 2011:

d totoo ? try mo

The Uchiha Killer on December 22, 2011:

I survived 142 flags i am not die i use

cob cannons

gloom shrooms

umbrella leaf

winter melons

twin sunflowers


and i use cattails for baloons first

but now i use blover and replaced cattails with ice shrooms

i also use (cherry bomb-jalapeno-doom shroom)

i deal with gargantaurs and giga gargantaurs with cheap

shrooms such as puff shroom sun shroom scaredy shroom

they are fast recharge

my cob cannons are 8 but i lost one and replaced him with two twin sunflowers and i always pick up pumpkin and imatater pumpkin

Person on November 29, 2011:

Oh, I forgot to mention something in my previous comment. For setup, for the first stage, bring Sunflower and its Imitater, Potato Mine, Lily Pad, Twin Sunflower, some other instant (such as Cherry Bomb or Squash), and a few plants to get your build going. Your first few flags should have at least 2 Cattails (even if you aren't planning to have any in your final setup), just because they're so awesome at taking out zombies. Use Potato Mine on the first zombie, then start planting Cattails. Start planting AS MANY SUNFLOWERS AS POSSIBLE while still defending your home. Remember to put in Twin Sunflowers in slots they'll be in your final setup. Keep kneading your lawn into its final state.

Person on November 29, 2011:

Kent Plant,

There have been a lot of builds.

0-4 Cobs generally follow a pattern similar to Draco's "Elegant" Setup, which can easily be found on Google Image. 0 Cobs require lots of explosives (including, generally, Ice-shroom and its imitater.) 2 Cobs don't require so many, and 4 Cobs rarely need any.

6 Cob setups have 4 Cobs in the back of the pool with 2 on land 3 squares from the Zombies. (No more; otherwise, Imps can chew on them.) They have 6 Gloom-shrooms in the front of the pool to take care of most inner row zombies, and lots of Winter Melons in the outer rows.

8 Cob builds don't require the Gloom-shrooms (0-6 Cob builds generally do), but they do need Spikerocks 2 squares from the front. You can actually Cob almost every zombie into the dust now.

10 Cob builds can be unstable, as ambush zombies can nom on two of the Cob Cannons, but I get around that by planting an Ice-shroom such that it explodes after the huge wave starts to appear but before the ambush zombies pop out of the pool. This actually stops them from coming out, and you don't have ambush zombies to worry about! Also, with 10 Cobs, other than Diggers and Dolphin Zombies, when timed properly, you can blast EVERY zombie into bits. My current setup is a 10 Cob, in fact. I sometimes mess up a bit and then a Giga smashes one of my Cobs. That's always fun. =P

12 Cob builds, when timed correctly, can ignore Digger Zombies and Dolphin Riders, as when timed correctly, you can blast Diggers while they're still underground and you can blast Dolphin Zombies before they can get a single bite.

14+ Cob builds follow a pattern similar to 12 Cob builds, just more frequent Cobbing.

The craziest setup I've seen is 24 Cobs. Just Cob Cannons up until the zombies have one row before they get to your cobs. This is actually playable (though not easy). You're supposed to time your Cobs such that they hit Imps while they're in midair. Probably the best player I've seen hasn't mastered that yet.

Oh, and, try to have a plant distribution that snares (freeze with Winter Melon) almost every zombie.

And how to prevent running out of Cobs and explosives? The answer is to ration them. Don't use one unless you really need one. With any Cob build (not so much 2 Cobs, but especially 6+ Cobs), you have to figure out how to time your Cobs. Cob Cannons, I've heard, take 36 seconds to reload, and you'll want to fire them in pairs (one to blast the front 3 squares of the top half of the screen, one to blast the front 3 squares of the bottom half of the screen.)

Oh, and, here's a really good FAQ I've found, probably the best:

This has some pretty good tips, and a huge collection of setups.

Burnt Shoe on November 27, 2011:

I still don't ven have survival: endless. Is irt on the ds version?

ruben on November 24, 2011:

ola o meu nome e ruben aguiar e tenho 10 anos e faço anos dia 10 de novembro nasço em 2001 e moro na d.durao

Cherrybee on November 17, 2011:

Well after a solid month of banging my head off my keyboard, I've finally cracked it! My first attempt was 23 which I was very proud of until I read this page :P Finally got my set-up ticking over nicely. I still have some 'hairy' moments but as my sun is often 7000-8000 I can usually rebuild whatever those pesky exploding zombies destroy on the next flag.

I've found that I need 2 umbrella leaves, one at the top and one at the bottom, to save my important plants from the vehicle zombie that flings stuff. I don't worry about bungee zombies at all anymore, I just place an ice-shroom after they mark there targets, and activate it after a second or so as then they're frozen and will die from the other plants.

Also, one way of combatting the dolphin zombies, is aim your corn cannons just above where they normally land, and that way you can kill both waves of walking zombies, and save on how many times you have to replace your pumpkins. This is very useful if you're playing a flag that requires a lot of pumpkin replacement. And of course the jalapeno and cherry bomb as a back up!

I play with 8 corn cannons and have just broken 360 flags. Not everyone who reaches a high score uses cheats, it's taken me a month of getting my set-up just right and knowing how to preempt which pumpkins are going to be hit hardest.

Good luck all!

kentoy on November 12, 2011:

i'm currently on 200 flags without cheating... my plants are still complete but i getting tired.. hehehe

Kent Plant on October 12, 2011:

I have tried many configurations and most I have made is 51 flags. What would be helpful is insight into the huge waves that happen and how you overcome running out of Cob Cannon fire, bomb plants etc.. you cannot have enough cob cannons to complete full cycles around constantly. HELP understanding how you get so many flags.. any serious tips or hints? I can find none on the web...

aaron parcon on September 22, 2011:

hehehehe!!! usually i always get 30 flags above but when i get 48 i was so very happy my lawn composed of only 4 cob connons! hehheeee!


hitoridakeno on August 20, 2011:

i use a cobless setup and i had reached more than 10k flags

ADRIAN ACEJO on August 20, 2011:


PvZ Sucker on August 16, 2011:

Can I post a link from my blog ( to this hub?

ARABEL on August 13, 2011:


ji_bardell on June 12, 2011:

I have survived above 1000 flags. To Zora and others: Take out the shields... Not necessary. Use freezer mushrooms, and activate on the YaaaHOO. I would show my setup, but I don't see a way to do that.

LULZ on June 12, 2011:

You say we cheating?!? Wow, honestly, you guys don't know how to earn sun power well.

wARtist on May 28, 2011:


Guy on May 11, 2011:

I survived 9

wartist on April 12, 2011:

hey im up to survival endless 28 flags

lawinder on April 09, 2011:



mario on April 03, 2011:

the survival endless Does end. the last flag is 2^(31)and goes to flag -2^(31)and counts up from there

mario on April 03, 2011:

any asshole who thinks these people are cheating:

if u cant get higher flags than them don't complain! you are just envious. i bet u cant get past flag 100 with YOUR setup. i am 11 years old but i use 9 seed slots to claim 300 + flags. here is the setup from hardinero on youtube:







T= twins G=glooms CC=cob cannon

B=blank T=tall nut W= winters

everything except cob cannon is a damn pumpkin

wizard7 on March 29, 2011:

in my setup, I use 8 cat tails (effective against diggers since it can shoot enemies at the back, 4 cob cannons, mostly fume shrooms, and spike rock

mario on March 29, 2011:

no cheats, 10 cannons, 164 flags

mario on March 29, 2011:

i survived 164 flags and going strong with 10 cannons...

rba on March 24, 2011:

i think more cannon you use more zombies attack you.

sasuke on March 21, 2011:

i survived 999 flags 1 more and lose

lehagila on March 21, 2011:

i have finished 357 flags,, no cheat...

flyarb on March 18, 2011:

I got to 52 the other day. Regularly get in the 40's but I had a hot streak and reached 52. I also used ALL my sun. I had zero left which is what you want. No sense having seven hundred in the bank when you eventually lose. Once you hit 50 you get SIX of the Gargantuars coming at you so you have to try to get those snow peas set early. I try to find one and plant it on the top or bottom row with a squash in front of it. The big guy will do all the vasebreaking for you and the snow pea will keep all the zombies coming at you at the same speed. The single squash will kill them all and if you put a repeater on the right side, that should be enough to kill him without using a second squash. If you get several squash after popping the first few vases, don't worry. Just place them in the second column from the left, just in front of the unopened vases. You might get lucky and the big guy will be in that row. Same goes for the potato mine. Try not to use your cherry bombs unless you have to. Especially in levels 1-20. You'll need them later for when you hit the 30's and 40's.

I also sometimes try to clear out the very top row without using a repeater on that row. That way, you'll have six repeaters for the remaining four rows. Then you can plant the threepeaters on the third and fourth rows, maximizing your attack. Clearing out the top row is tricky. You need to pop the vases open one at a time from the right and try to time it so the zombies advance at the same time. Then a single squash can finish the job. It's tricky because the zombies don't always advance at the same rate. Try to keep track of how many big guys are left on the level and how many plants you have left. If you can keep track of it you can guess what's in the remaining unopened vases.

Well, that's my tips. You could write a long article on this but hopefully these tips will help you raise your streak level.

survival master on March 10, 2011:

lol i survived 6000+ flags.......... i'm still continuing

now im in flag 6142

andy on February 25, 2011:

i achieved 590+ flags i lost because of carelessness i forgot to bring the fan thing to fight those balloon zombies

moo on February 23, 2011:

The ones complaining about no cattails... You do realize he has the clover? It blows them away and recharges pretty fast >> It's all I use myself~

hate cheaters on January 27, 2011:

Ok PAstor Dizzy... your words really move me.... but will you please just die and be FAT... your full of know that...jeeeeezzz

Andy Milne on January 25, 2011:

@dizzy: thanks for the info! Yesterday started a new endless, one without cob cannons, relying mostly on gloom-shrooms. The setup is from another topic, and so far it seems to work much better than any cob cannon setup I've ever tried. I'm at flag 40.

dIZZY on January 25, 2011:

@Andy:I forgot to include something in the "repair kit": coffee bean, fume shroom, gloom shroom, lily pad, and, of course, the pumpkin.


dIZZY on January 25, 2011:

@Andy: Cattails, blovers, and cob cannons are awesome to take out the balloon zombies. If someone has four or more cannons going off all the time, the balloon zombies are gonna be wiped out.

As for the Jacks, sure, they are gonna blow up your front defenses; usually the blow up at least two gloom shrooms in the pool, plus a pumpkin off of a third gloom in the pool. After a while of playing Survival Endless, the Jacks blowing up are most challenging part to Survival Endless.

You have to make sure you have a "repair kit" handy when you see you will have Jacks on the current level. By repair kit, I mean a coffee bean, fume shroom, gloom shroom, and a lily pad.

If a Jack(s) blow up a gloom(s) in your pool, try to freeze the board with a Freeze shroom, and pumpkin any glooms that aren't protected first. Then, repair the the defense in the pool once the pumpkin recharges, and use squash, cherry/jalepeno, cob cannons, and whatever other explosives you have to protect that side of the pool, until you have the pool completely fixed.

You will get better at those situations the more you play. That's half the fun of it!


Andy Milne on January 24, 2011:

It is a little hard to believe the 800 flags, since there is no defence againt balloon zombies. Or is he that lucky?

And also, no matter what I try (I've tried all these setups), the Jacks always take out my front defenses (some of them just explode on arrival, with no delay). And then I'm lost.

Christopher Robert on January 16, 2011:

I could only finished 26 flag on the endless survival mode. I could not believe if anyone could achieve a 1000 flags.

ashole on January 15, 2011:

hi i beat u zorya may flags now is 2000 my strategy is 6 canons only 1 piar of sunflower.and cheating

There is sun cheat but i dont think used here on January 13, 2011:

i have a cheat edditor with unlimited sun, chocolate, money, treefood and no recharge.

There is also a alto farmer somewhere on the net

Mariyam Samha Anwar on December 28, 2010:

I am 15 yrs old and i have finished only 13 flags :(

can anybody help me??

Prince Vince Enriquez on December 27, 2010:

No Cheat Man

I Only Got 1000 Flag ?

My Army....

Fume Shroom Upgrade All ! And Twin Sunflower! Thats All !

So Try It ! You Will See....

So Easy So Try

dIZZY on December 22, 2010:

To JJhelterbrand and to others who think these players are cheaters:

There is no "sun cheat." You simply plant a regular sunflower and a cloned sunflower in the beginning over and over again. The more you play Survival Endless the better you get at preparing your battlefield.

Instead of insulting better players, simply ask for some advice. Remember, it's just a game after all and the point is to have fun playing the game. If you're not having fun, stop playing.


I have only gotten to 129 flags, but I still have fun trying to beat it.

LOL on December 21, 2010:

Just because you can't reach 200 flags or more doesn't mean the others are cheating! Cmon don't be sore losers! I reached 1540 flags without cheating and I'm sure you will call me cheater as well. Sorry but I won't brag it if I knew I was cheating...

HATE CHEATERS on December 17, 2010:

This place sucks... It's full of GAY CHEATERS who likes to brag... You make me sick...F U all

JJhelterbrand on December 10, 2010:

hmm..can you survive without sun cheat at the beggining?your money is at maximun at level 16 and at the same time perfect plant formation,,

nathan Berg on December 01, 2010:

5000+ Flags Beat that! Unstoppable

zombie bane on December 01, 2010:

got 2 flag 240 with your strategy thanks!!!

mofo on November 29, 2010:

my current best is at 156 without cheat. and the setup is a bit like number 3 Cannons 400 Flags+

Jonathan Adrianus Gani on November 29, 2010:

i survive 34 flag using

gatling pea


magnet shroom

tall nut

spike rock


les paul on November 22, 2010:

i finished 65,,, beat that cheats man... just skills...:-)

budi on November 17, 2010:

99 flags w/o cheat..

ert on November 17, 2010:

listen tards,,, Everyone knows how to cheat this game... I'm Just playing an honest game, so that I can shove it up to your cheating face....and By the way My Best is 56 flags...JELOUS my ASS you RETARDS LOL....

dude on November 16, 2010:

ppl its actually quite easy to get to 200 flags with this setup i don't know why ppl are accusing

LOL! on November 14, 2010:

You guys who don't know how 2 cheat r just jealous and so just shut up and go cry to your mommies!

ert on October 26, 2010:

I survived 45 flags with no CHEATS...anything else CHEATERS hahahhaah

Elson Lee on October 24, 2010:

I survived for 200 flags withou cob cannons.

The arrangement is pretty flexible and only Gloom Shroom,Winter Melon,Gatling Peas,Cattails and Spikerocks were used.

Chj on October 19, 2010:

mine is 46 flags ;_;

demidart on October 18, 2010:

my highest is 39 only.. no cheat. @_@

spikeweeed on October 12, 2010:

my best is 43 flags no cheats attached, those cheaters bragging about there 100 flags or more, i think you really need to know how to play real PVZ...

Someone on October 09, 2010:

Lol awesome. Fail my highscore is 11.

chomper on October 07, 2010:

I have my best setup for PVZ. no cheats involve, i shall post it once i reach the 500 flag...;-)

PVZgaz on October 06, 2010:


Gerald on September 13, 2010:

I noticed it too, maybe the balloon zombies are the reason from it, he has no cattail that can pop the balloons zombies... still, congrats to make it to 1000+ level im only in 100th level using 8 cob cannons and winter melon combos, hope i can go to 500, lol..

SwagBucks Dave on September 07, 2010:

OH my god! These are such amazing builts! Thank you for the insights!

SwagBucks Dave on September 07, 2010:

OH my god! These are such amazing builts! Thank you for the insights!

Pvs2 on August 29, 2010:

i had a 1000 flags in survival endless

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