Command all your water-based Monkeys to decisive victory. Requires water to place.
~ Admiral Brickell's description, Bloons TD 6

Admiral Brickell is a Hero in Bloons TD 6 who was added in Version 18.0. She is the first purely water-based hero in the game. She dispenses mines into nearby water and fires from her revolver. Her revolver pops one bloon at a time and initially deals 3 damage per shot. Each mine is dispensed around nearby water every 3 seconds and lasts for up to 2 rounds. Mines quickly home onto bloons once they are in close range of them. She can be unlocked with a one-off purchase of BloonjaminsIcon.png5000.

She costs $640 on Easy, $750 on Medium, $810 on Hard and $900 on Impoppable.

In the 20.0 update, Admiral Brickell was given a new skin, Dread Pirate Brickell. The skin costs BloonjaminsIcon.png2500 to unlock.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Admiral Brickell will start upgrading herself every round upon placement. She earns more XP each round to unlock her next upgrade irrespective of how many bloons she pops. Her upgrades can also be immediately bought with cash, though the amount of cash required to purchase the next upgrade will typically increase as the upgrades get higher, making self-upgrading an important element for her overall power.

Admiral Brickell requires 1.425x more experience to upgrade towards each level compared to Quincy, Gwendolin, Striker Jones, or Obyn Greenfoot, which is as fast as Ezili's leveling curve.

  • Level 1 - Drops powerful sea mines that seek and destroy Bloons.
    • Pistol deals 3 damage with a range of 50 and attacks every 0.8s.
    • Mines are dropped every 3.0 seconds in nearby water. They avoid being placed on other water towers. They have a 120 second or 2 round lifespan.
      • The initial hit deals 1 damage to the affected bloon, then releases an explosion with 1 damage, 20 pierce and explosion damage type.
  • Level 2 - Increased attack speed.
    • Pistol reduced to 0.7s cooldown.
    • Mines reduced to 2.8 seconds cooldown.
  • Level 3 - Naval Tactics Ability: Greatly increases attack speed of nearby water-based Monkeys for a short time.
    • For 9 seconds, all nearby water towers including Brickell gain 50% cooldown or 200% attack speed.
  • Level 4 - More popping power for Sea Mines.
    • Pierce for explosion increased from 20 to 28.
  • Level 5 - Naval Tactics increases popping power and allows affected Monkeys to hit all Bloon types except Camo.
    • Naval Tactics also gives +1 pierce and normal damage type to nearby towers.
  • Level 6 - Increases the damage of Sea Mines and Pistol attacks.
    • Pistol damage increased from 3 to 5.
    • Sea Mines damage increased from 2 to 3.
  • Level 7 - Increased attack range and Camo Bloon detection.
    • Range increased from 50 to 58.
  • Level 8 - Naval Tactics allows affected monkeys to hit Camo Bloons.
  • Level 9 - Sea Mines do extra damage.
    • Sea Mines damage increased from 3 to 7.
  • Level 10 - Mega Mine: deploys to any water area a devastating Mine that triggers on MOABs and stuns nearby Bloons. Mega Mines last 3 rounds.
    • Mega Mines have 4000 damage, 100 pierce and a 5 seconds stun if the bloon survives. They have a 180 second or 4 round lifespan.
  • Level 11 - Faster deploy speed and deploy rate for Sea Mines.
    • Mine cooldown reduced to 2.8 seconds from 2.5 seconds.
  • Level 12 - Pistol attack increased speed and damage, Sea Mines increased damage.
    • Pistol damage increased from 5 to 7, and attack cooldown reduced from 0.7 seconds to 0.4 seconds.
    • Sea Mines damage increased from 7 to 12.
  • Level 13 - Mega Mine cooldown reduced.
    • Reduced from 60 seconds to 50 seconds.
  • Level 14 - Naval Tactics duration increased.
    • Increased from 9 seconds to 12 seconds.
  • Level 15 - Enhanced Sea Mines have a larger explosion, can damage Black Bloons and can remove Camo.
  • Level 16 - Attack and Sea Mine deploy range increased slightly.
    • Range increased from 58 to 62.
  • Level 17 - Sea Mines do greatly increased damage.
    • Damage increased from 12 to 22.
  • Level 18 - Mega Mine cooldown reduced even further.
    • Mega Mine cooldown reduced from 50 seconds to 40 seconds
  • Level 19 - Naval Tactics affects all water-based towers everywhere.
  • Level 20 - Mega Mine does massively increased damage
    • Damage is increased from 4000 to 15000.

Activated Abilities[edit | edit source]

Naval Tactics: Greatly increases attack speed of nearby water-based Monkeys for a short time.

  • Level 3: Half attack cooldown or double attack speed for 9 seconds. 50 seconds ability cooldown.
  • Level 5: Also gives +1 pierce and normal damage type.
  • Level 8: Also gives camo detection to affected Monkeys.
  • Level 14: Duration increased to 12 seconds.
  • Level 19: Now affects all water towers on screen.

Mega Mine: Deploys a huge Sea Mine capable of destroying big Bloons.

  • Level 10: Mega Mines have 4000 damage, 100 pierce and a 5 seconds stun if the bloon survives. Note that the damage does not soak through layers. 180 seconds or 4 round lifespan. 60 seconds cooldown.
  • Level 13: 50 seconds cooldown.
  • Level 18: 40 seconds cooldown.
  • Level 20: 15000 damage.

In-Game Quotes[edit | edit source]

Admiral Brickell[edit | edit source]

When Selected in the Heroes Menu:

  • "Admiral on deck."

When Placed:

  • "Admiral on deck." (In slightly different tone)
  • "Full speed ahead!"

When Selected:

  • "What's next?" (in 2 different tones)
  • "Target?"
  • "At the helm." (in 2 different tones)
  • "Orders?"
  • "Careful, XO." (when annoyed)
  • "Alright, that's the brig for you." (when annoyed further)

When Leveling Up:

  • "Add another stripe." (in 3 different tones)
  • "Excellent work!" (in 2 different tones)
  • "Increase power!" (in 2 different tones)
  • "I look good in dress whites." (Level 20)

When MOAB-Class Bloons Appear:

  • MOAB Appears - "Target sighted!"
  • BFB or DDT Appears - "Fire when ready!"
  • ZOMG or BAD Appears - "Prepare the mines!"

When Using an Activated Ability:

  • "Commence fire! <Naval Tactics sound effect>" - When activating Naval Tactics
  • "<Mega Mine sound effect> Mega Mine deploy!" - When activating Mega Mine.

When a MOAB-Class Bloon is Destroyed:

  • "I have not yet begun to fight."
  • "Target destroyed."

When Bloons Leak:

  • "Battlestations!" (in 2 different tones)

Dread Pirate Brickell[edit | edit source]

When Placed:

  • "Dread Pirate Brickell at your service!"
  • "I see you've heard of me."

When Selected:

  • "Yo-ho!"
  • "Orders?"
  • "What's our heading?"
  • "Aye."
  • "You keep doing that as if you expect something to happen!" (when annoyed)
  • "Good work! I'll most likely kill you in the morning!" (when annoyed further)

When Leveling Up:

  • "Treasure!" (In 2 different tones)
  • "Drinks all around!"
  • "A toast! To me!" (In 2 different tones)
  • "Pirate Admiral! Or is it Admiral Pirate? (Level 20)

When MOAB-Class Bloons Appear:

  • MOAB Appears - "There she blows!"
  • BFB or DDT Appears - "Look to the horizon!"
  • ZOMG or BAD Appears - "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

When Using an Activated Ability:

  • " <Naval Tactics sound effect> Attack, Me hearties!" - When activating Naval Tactics
  • "<Mega Mine sound effect> Light the fuse!" - When activating Mega Mine.

When a MOAB-Class Bloon is Destroyed:

  • "She's sunk!"
  • "Back where ya came from!"

When Bloons Leak:

  • "We're hit!"

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • To optimize her pistol attack and mine attack, try placing Brickell somewhat close to the end of the map, but not too far such that there is less room for nearby water towers.
  • It is important to add Bloontonium Reactor or Energizer nearby Brickell for decreased ability cooldowns. In this way, her uptime for her abilities become much faster.
  • Brickell serves incredibly useful on water-heavy maps, especially on Spice Islands, Peninsula, and Flooded Valley, as her Naval Tactics ability can be utilized to affect many more water-based towers within her range.
  • Take care when using her Mega Mines ability, as it is capable of spawning large magnitudes of Ceramics if it explodes many blimps at once. Be sure to have effective Ceramic damage to compensate.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Admiral Brickell is a very powerful Hero who can greatly empower nearby water towers (Monkey Subs and Monkey Buccaneers in particular) and can stockpile mines similar to a Spike Factory with Long Life Spikes or higher. When paired with Sub Commander and 2-0-3 Triple Guns or 0-3-2 Ballistic Missile spam, this becomes a mighty force whenever her Level 3+ ability is activated. Pairing her with a nearby Energizer is also very useful, because it makes her level much faster, further improving her abilities and her main attacks.

Her pistol is useful earlygame as an immediate attack, meaning she can quickly hit fast bloons such as spaced Yellows and Pinks on early rounds such as 14 or 15. As it does not improve much later on, this becomes one of the less relevant aspects of Admiral Brickell.

Her mines serve as stockpiles when a large number of bloons begin to reach a certain section. It should be noted though that mine stockpiles are terribly ineffective against leaking spaced bloons, since all stockpiled mines stacked near the same spot would just zoom towards the spaced bloons, effectively wasting the stockpiles' potential overall damage. This unreliability also means that the mines also becomes less relevant in the bigger picture.

Her Level 3+ ability, Naval Tactics becomes especially powerful on higher levels, and such an activated ability at higher levels can even eliminate the need to add a Monkey Intelligence Bureau or even a Radar Scanner nearby neighboring water towers. Level 14+ is especially powerful, as her buffs last far longer, which in turn has a significantly higher uptime overall. Additionally, this ability can buff Avatar of the Vengeful Monkey and Sun Temples if they are placed on water surface, effectively doubling their firepower, making her very useful in Freeplay Mode.

Her Level 10+ ability, Mega Mine, is great for stopping hordes of MOAB-class bloons and break down larger blimps into more manageable chunks, although huge numbers Ceramics may spawn underneath if not careful. Because Mega Mines only target MOAB-class bloons, although they can damage non-MOAB-class bloons, it is most useful when the Mega Mine is manually placed where the explosions can optimize their maximum range and maximum pierce. Mega Mines are especially useful for dealing damage to BADs, especially at Level 20 when her Mega Mines deal 15,000 damage instead of 4000.

Version History[edit | edit source]


Buff.png Added to the game.


Nerf.png Bugfix: Now uses correct, slower, XP curve. (XP requirements changed from 1x to 1.425x)

  • Nerf.png Level 10 Mega Mine now properly has a lifespan (180 seconds or 4 rounds, whichever is shorter)
  • Buff.png Level 10 Mega Mine can now be supported by a Techbot
  • Buff.png Level 10 Mega Mine has a 5s stun as well.
  • Buff.png Resolved an issue where reloading with level 20 Brickell reduced Mega Mine to level 10
  • Nerf.png Lv 3: Naval Tactics Duration reduced 10 -> 9
  • Nerf.png Lv 14: Naval Tactics Duration reduced 15 -> 12
  • Nerf.png Lv 10: Mega Mine damage reduced from 5000 -> 4000

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although the game refers to her gun as a "pistol", it is actually more like a revolver, as the gun has a revolver cylinder that pistols lack.
  • The Dread Pirate Brickell Alternate skin could be a reference to the movie The Princess Bride's Dread Pirate Roberts, as both are very similar in name.
  • The flags that she carries changes as she levels up:
    • From level 3 to level 10 she holds a yellow and blue flag in her hand, which means alphabetically 'K' or "I wish to communicate with you".
    • From level 10 to level 20 the flag moves to the mast on the back of her ship and becomes 2 triangular shaped flags, one yellow and one blue, there is a set on both sides.
  • Admiral Brickell is the fourth female hero to appear in the game, with the first three being Gwendolin, Ezili, and Adora.
  • Prior to Version 18.1, Admiral Brickell required as much experience to upgrade towards each level compared to Quincy, Gwendolin, Striker Jones, or Obyn Greenfoot, meaning she could get Level 20 far before Round 100 on most maps. Rohan from Ninja Kiwi addressed that she was meant to level as fast as Ezili.
  • Jajajosh used Admirall Brickell to beat 20x HP MOABs on Dark Castle. Link. He even used her to beat 200x HP MOABs on Dark Castle. Link. Even more surprisingly is that this was done after her XP leveling nerf in Version 18.1.
    • Because Mega Mines has a time-based expiry as of Version 19.0, this is no longer possible to do as of Version 19.0, as it required excessive stalling while massively stockpiling with Admiral Brickell's Mega Mines ability.
  • Before Version 21.0, her Naval Tactics can boost Sun Temples and Avatar of the Vengeful Monkey, even if they are not on water. In Version 21.0, these towers has to be on water surface to receive this buff.
  • On both Small Monkey Towers Option and Big Monkey Towers Option, when using Mega Mines, the preview of the mine will either be small or big depending on the option. However, when deployed, they are of normal size. Her Sea Mines also remains normal size on these modes.
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