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Creates powerful balls of lightning that shoot additional lightning bolts and can freeze Bloons.
~ In-game description

Ball Lightning is the 4th upgrade of the 1st path for the Druid. It adds an additional attack for the Druid, allowing it to shoot balls of lightning. These projectiles are slow-moving electric balls that create stronger lightning bolts (stronger than Heart of Thunder lightning bolts) when approaching bloons. The ball itself does no damage but has 25% chance to freeze bloons that touch it, or 100% with "Cold Front" MK, and has virtually infinite pierce. The freezing effect lasts for around ~1.5s and also affects White Bloons and Lead Bloons. Each lightning ball is shot every 6 seconds and the lightning from Ball Lightning spawns every 0.35 seconds dealing 2 damage to up to 30 bloons per lightning. Lightning balls have 43 range for spawning lightning bolts. In the air, the lightning balls last for up to 5 seconds.

In a similar vein to BTD5 Monkey Apprentice's Tempest Tornado, tornadoes from Ball Lightning are upgraded in conjunction with lightning balls. Tornadoes blow back 50 units further, between 150 to 250 units, and blow back up to 60 bloons instead of 30. However, unlike Tempest Tornado, tornadoes continue to deal zero damage to bloons.

It costs $3,825 on Easy, $4,500 on Medium, $4,860 on Hard, and $5,400 on Impoppable.

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Updated as of Version 30.0
Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade Cost (4-x-x) $3,825 $4,500 $4,860 $5,400
Total Cost (4-0-0) $TBA $7,800 $TBA $TBA
Total Cost (4-1-0) $TBA $8,050 $TBA $TBA
Total Cost (4-2-0) $TBA $8,400 $TBA $TBA
Total Cost (4-0-1) $TBA $7,900 $TBA $TBA
Total Cost (4-0-2) $TBA $8,200 $TBA $TBA

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The Ball Lightning allows the Druid to launch a new type of slow-moving projectile alongside previous spells from upgrades Heart of Thunder, Druid of the Storm, and typical Druid thorns. This slow-firing, slow-moving attack is powerful against regular bloons, dealing high amounts of damage while having the chance to freeze bloons. It still works well after the rise of Super Ceramics because of the freeze effects.

The projectile itself fires off Lightning Bolt attacks from itself, attacking bloons close to itself at a quick pace. If no bloons are nearby, it will not release these arcs of lightning. The slow movement, instead of hampering potency, is meant to help maximize the lightning strikes in this case, letting the ball attack multiple times to the same bloons, as well as having the chance to freeze bloons by touching them.

Ball Lightning is usually used in combination with Poplust Druid strategies to help with bloon rounds. However, do note that in many cases, Poplusts themselves already defeat these rounds, especially with pierce buff/Wall of Trees support from Obyn Greenfoot, so it may be better to buy a cheaper variant of Druid, or to simply save the money for your other upgrades.

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  • The slow attack speed of the ball lightning attack means that it can easily miss the large groups of bloons it is meant to target. Poplust boosting the Ball Lightning Druid helps with this by increasing the fire rate of the Ball Lightning attack.
  • Given the nature of the projectile benefiting from being in the range of bloons for a long period of time, using a Ball Lightning Druid similarly to a Juggernaut or Spike-o-pult would be ideal, allowing it to pass down the path and shock as many bloons as many times as possible before disappearing or going off the screen.
  • One notable aspect for Ball Lightning can also be majorly improved with the Monkey Knowledge Point called "Cold Front", allowing the ball to guarantee freezing bloons it attacks. Seeing as the base freeze chance of Ball Lightning is somewhat low, the 100% freeze chance adds a considerably large amount of stalling power for the Ball Lightning.

Version History[]

Price decreased several times to make it more accessible, plus it gained additional synergy with Obyn. It later received massively improved stall potential thanks to higher pierce and stronger knockback on its tornadoes and it gaining the chance to freeze Bloons by default.

23.0
  • Buff Ball Lightning price decreased ($6,000 → $5,500).
25.0
Druid's top path Storm & Ball Lightning upgrades needed a value boost versus other options versus other paths of other tower choices, so these have been given a small price buff for now.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Ball Lightning price decreased again ($5500 → $5100).
29.0
As a 'druid buffing' hero, Obyn has in actuality been a bottom path druid buffing hero, so we've tweaked a couple extra levels to give more path specific bonuses to other druid paths that weren't benefiting as much from his wizened presence, regardless of whether your Obyn says "Fries" or "Clive". [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Obyn
  • Buff Ball Lightnings gain +20% projectile size and +1 MOAB-class damage if Obyn Level 9+ is on screen.
30.0
Druid base price has been reduced slightly to fit it in a little better as a starter choice.

Top path has had a number of buffs to help with both price and consistency in control over regular bloons through higher tiers. [...]

~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Ball Lightning's tornado blowback at T4 improved minimum 100 -> 150
  • Buff Ball Lightning's tornado blowback at T4 improved maximum 200 -> 250
  • Buff Ball Lightning's tornado pierce increased at T4 from 30 -> 60
  • Buff Ball Lightning price reduced from $5100 -> $4500
  • Buff Ball Lightning now has Cold Front MK freeze chance by default
  • Buff Cold Front MK now increases chance from 25% -> 100%
  • Change Added "and can freeze Bloons" to the end of the description

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  • Ball Lightning did not follow the trend of the older Monkey Apprentice, which would typically be that stronger whirlwinds are made with the Tempest Tornado upgrade. This was partially amended since Version 30.0, adding stronger blowback and packing twice the pierce, though tornadoes are still the same size and do not directly damage blown back bloons.
  • All Ball Lightning Druids stand on a dark grey platform with four glowing purple lights on each side 90 degrees apart.
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