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 BTD6. In BTD6, this upgrade adds four homing missiles with a large range and a powerful machine gun for the upgraded helicopter. The regular Quad Darts and Razor Rotors attack is retained. The machine gun darts have 1 damage, 5 pierce and are fired every 0.05 seconds. The 4 rockets have 2 damage and 40 pierce and are fired every 1.0 seconds.
Apache Dartship is usually used as a midgame tower, usually as stepping stone up to the next upgrade Apache Prime. The 4-0-2 Dartship will usually be used in the midgame until round 80+ on single path maps with some minor additional support. It is very important to costs so you can 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 (& internal camo detection is needed), use the 4-2-0 Apache Dartship.
Although it is good enough even when set on Pursuit, it will be a lot more effective if the player manually moves the Apache, so as to control directions for all its attacks on especially harder mid-game rounds.
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.
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.
Cost decreased ($20,000 → $15,000).
Cost increased ($15,000 → $19,500).
Rocket damage increased (1 → 2).
Machine gun fire rate increased by 25%.
Cost increased ($19,500 → $19,600).
Affected by Razor Rotors area-of-damage size buff.
Affected by Razor Rotors damage buff.
Official artwork in BTD6
Crosspathing in BTD6 (top path 2, bottom path 3)
Official BTD6 upgrade icon.
Instamonkey icon for Apache Dartship
4-0-0 Apache shooting missiles at a Red Bloon
Apache Dartship rocket
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.
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 effect attack speed.