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Adds a large missile array and powerful machine guns.
~ BTD6 description

Apache Dartship is the fourth upgrade of Path 1 for the Heli Pilot in Bloons TD 6. In addition to retaining the Quad Darts and Razor Rotors attacks, the Heli Pilot gains a powerful machine gun and an array of 4 long-range homing missiles. The machine gun darts deal 1 damage, have 7 pierce, and fire every 0.05 seconds. The 4 rockets deal 2 damage with 40 pierce and fire every 1.0 seconds.

It costs $16,660 on Easy, $19,600 on Medium, $21,170 on Hard, and $23,520 on Impoppable.



As befits its name, Apache Dartship takes on an appearance very similar to the real-life AH-64 Apache, gaining the signature sloped cockpit canopy, nose-mounted machine gun, and rocket pods.


Apache Dartship retains all the attacks of previous upgrades, whilst adding two new ones: A nose-mounted machine gun, and an array of 4 homing missile launchers.

The machine gun fires Sharp darts every 0.07 seconds, dealing 1 damage each with 7 pierce.

The missiles are fired in groups of 4 every 1 second, and deal 2 damage with 40 pierce. They possess Moderate Seeking.



The Apache Dartship is usually used as a midgame tower, especially as a stepping stone up to the final upgrade, Apache Prime. The 4-0-2 Dartship can generally be used in the midgame until round 80+ on single-path maps, with some minor additional support. It is very important to budget properly to afford Apache Prime before it is too late, as the Dartship tends to struggle against super ceramics.


  • The 4-0-2 Apache Dartship generally is better than the 4-2-0 Apache Dartship, due to the increased attack speed.
    • However, if higher mobility (or internal camo detection) is needed, use the 4-2-0 Apache Dartship instead.
  • Although the Dartship is extremely powerful even when set on Pursuit, it is even more effective if the player manually controls it, so as to control the direction of its attacks on especially hard rounds.
  • The Apache Dartship tends to struggle against super ceramics, since the Heli Pilot struggles to deal enough damage while trying to catch up with the ceramics, due to their speed and high health.

Version History[]

Overall, the Apache Dartship has been buffed since it was first released. The upgrade is now only slightly less expensive than it was on initial release, and its special attacks gained considerable buffs. It gained a price nerf in both Version 8.0 and 9.0 to avoid easy Deflation setups. Version 31.0 buffed Apache Dartship due to its difficult save-up till Apache Prime compared to a similar saveup from Operation: Dart Storm into Sky Shredder.

  • Buff Cost decreased ($20,000 → $15,000).
  • Nerf Cost increased ($15,000 → $19,500).
  • Buff Rocket damage increased (1 → 2).
  • Buff Machine gun fire rate increased by 25%.
  • Nerf Cost increased ($19,500 → $19,600).
  • Buff Affected by Razor Rotors area-of-damage size buff.
  • Buff Affected by Razor Rotors damage buff.
[...] Apache Dartship has also fallen off over time as a viable saveup for prime, though it is meant to be reasonably difficult some changes have made this a little more difficult than it probably should be so we have increased the pierce of the machinegun attack.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Apache Dartship machine gun pierce increased (5 → 7). Apache Prime's pierce remains the same.


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  • This upgrade is somewhat similar to the Spectre, as both shoot some type of explosives and darts.
    • Additionally, both got a cost nerf in return for a damage output buff, because both used to be easy Deflation strategies.
  • The Apache Dartship is a reference to the AH-64 Apache, a military helicopter which is still in use today.
  • The Apache Dartship's missiles do not in fact have infinite range, but the range is quite large.
  • Prior to Version 8.0, Apache Dartship was often used to easily beat Deflation. However, it was rebalanced that update to deal more damage, but at a higher cost. Soon after, a strategy involving Monkey Knowledge and Village discounting was developed, allowing for an Apache to still be purchased with only $55 left. This was fixed in version 9.0 with a $100 price increase.
  • The front machine gun has a spin up and spin down animation, though it doesn't actually affect attack speed.