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You want Banana? We have Banana!
~ In-game description

Banana Central is the fifth and final upgrade of Path 1 for the Banana Farm in Bloons TD 6. It produces 5 larger crates of Banana worth $1200 each per round, as well as granting a passive buff to all Banana Research Facilities which grants 25% more cash per crate ($375 with 4-0-0). With the Valuable Bananas crosspath (5-2-0), the value of the crates increases from $1200 to $1500.

This upgrade costs $97,750 on Easy, $115,000 on Medium, $124,200 on Hard, and $138,000 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Overview[]

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Banana Central

Banana Central is an enlarged factory of bananas. The building possesses a more futuristic and industrial design than the preceding Banana Research Facility upgrade, with features such as a glass dome that protects the banana repository and a yellow glow. When Path 2 upgrades are bought, the bananas on the yellow Banana symbol, the bananas inside the dome and the bananas inside the produced crates turn green.

Banana Central greatly improves the value of its own crates and gives a +25% income buff to all Banana Research Facilities on screen. Banana crates from Banana Central are worth $1,200 each, totalling $6,000 per round if all crates are collected, $1,500 per crate and $7,500 per round if given Valuable Bananas. For BRFs, the +25% income buff increases value to $375 at base ($487 with 4-2-0 BRFs).

Like all Banana Farms, Banana Central generates crates evenly throughout a round with respect to bloon send duration on a percentage basis. On a "short" bloon send round, specifically those with only one type of bloon send (e.g. Round 17 Regrow Yellows, Round 76 Regrow Ceramics, and all standard blimp debut rounds except DDTs and Bosses), all crates produced in the round are pushed out very rapidly.

Targeting Priorities[]

Banana Central produces crates that are tossed erratically around its range. Banana Central also has a tower buff that targets all Banana Research Facilities on screen. Like most Banana Farm upgrades, Banana Research Facility lacks any real targeting priority.

Costs[]

Updated as of Version 43.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
[Module | Data] Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (5-X-X) $97,750 $115,000 $124,200 $138,000 -
Total (5-0-0) $118,445 $139,350 $150,500 $167,220 $82,912 $97,545 $105,350 $117,054
Crosspath (5-1-0) $118,700 $139,650 $150,825 $167,580 $83,090 $97,755 $105,578 $117,306
Crosspath (5-2-0) $119,380 $140,450 $151,690 $168,540 $83,566 $98,315 $106,183 $117,978
Crosspath (5-0-1) $118,655 $139,600 $150,770 $167,520 $83,059 $97,720 $105,539 $117,264
Crosspath (5-0-2) $118,995 $140,000 $151,200 $168,000 $83,297 $98,000 $105,840 $117,600

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: FlatPackBuildingsIcon Flat Pack Buildings, FarmSubsidyIcon Farm Subsidy, BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals

Strategy[]

Summary[]

Banana Central is best suited for preparing for late-game runs or Boss Bloon Events, whereby maximizing income is of greatest importance. Its role is to maximize income for all collectable-based Banana Farms, particularly Banana Research Facilities, on screen. It is most powerful when paired with many Banana Research Facilities (BRFs), which can exponentially pay off the immense expenses per BRF, due to how each BRF closes the gap between the expense of the Banana Central and its income production buff to all BRFs on screen. However, a large investment by other means may be required before being able to afford a massive Banana Central army, so other forms of income gain such as Monkey Bank spam may be required first before then.

Although a lone Banana Central has a worse income efficiency than multiple BRFs, Banana Central benefits highly from direct income-related buffs such as Overclock. Overclock will increase the income of Banana Central by +66%, but because Banana Central is a Tier 5, Overclock will wear out before it has become refreshed. Using multiple Overclocks can be effective as a workaround. Another strategy is to make sure that Overclock is in effect right before a 'short' round like 80, when all of the money is dumped at once.

Although the BankDepositsIcon Bank Deposits MK allows IMF Loan spam to become far more efficient at income production overall, Banana Central + Banana Research Facility spam is far less micro-intensive than the former option, because of how much less hand-eye coordination is required to scroll a finger/cursor over the screen repeatedly compared to excessive tapping on every individual IMF Bank's bank account for every little unit of financial transaction.

Efficiency[]

Efficiency of the Banana Central is determined by its breakeven point. The "breakeven point" is how many rounds a Banana Farm takes to pay its price. This is calculated by taking the total cost of a certain Banana Farm divided by its total income per round.

For Banana Central, the prices and incomes of all Banana Research Facilities are considered.

The efficiency with Valuable Bananas assumes that all BRF farms are upgraded with Valuable Bananas. The efficiency for an Overclocked Banana Central is 0.6x of its listed breakeven point, or 0.36x with both Overclock and max Ultraboost stacks. In reality, both values are actually lower, meaning that the buffed Banana Central would pay back faster, due to Overclock buffs always rounding up income gain per income unit. Giving Fertilizer via Level 9+ Geraldo increases income by +25%, thus reducing breakeven point by up to 0.8x if applied regularly.

Easy Medium Easy + Valuable Bananas Medium + Valuable Bananas Hard + Valuable Bananas Impoppable + Valuable Bananas
Banana Central 17.61 20.72 14.21 16.72 18.06 20.07
Banana Central + 1 BRF 16.05 18.88 13.03 15.33 16.56 18.40
Banana Central + 2 BRF 15.08 17.74 12.30 14.47 15.63 17.37
Banana Central + 3 BRF 14.43 16.98 11.81 13.89 15.00 16.67
Banana Central + 4 BRF 13.96 16.42 11.45 13.47 14.55 16.17
Banana Central + 5 BRF 13.60 16.00 11.18 13.16 14.21 15.79
Banana Central + 6 BRF 13.32 15.67 10.97 12.91 13.94 15.49
Banana Central + 7 BRF 13.10 15.41 10.80 12.54 13.73 15.25
Banana Central + 8 BRF 12.91 15.19 10.66 12.41 13.55 14.65
Banana Central + 9 BRF 12.76 15.01 10.55 12.29 13.40 15.05
Banana Central + 10 BRF 12.63 14.86 10.45 12.19 13.27 14.89
Banana Central + 20 BRF 11.94 14.05 9.93 11.68 12.61 14.02

Additional Tips[]

  • With Overclock, Banana Central will produce 8 crates per round instead of 5, for +$3,600 per round at minimum.
  • One Banana Central with both maximum Ultraboost stacks and active Overclock allows it to produce 16 crates per round. This in turn offers $19,200 per round without crosspaths, $24,000 per round with 5-2-0, $24,960 per round with MoreValuableBananasIcon More Valuable Bananas MK and 5-2-0, and ~$27,408 per round with both available conditions plus a nearby Monkey City.
  • When it comes to crosspathing, 5-2-0 Banana Central is almost always superior over 5-0-2. While 5-0-2 does offer a higher sellback and adds a compensatory autocollect, 5-2-0 offers a considerably higher crate value, compared to 5-0-2's higher sellback and compensatory income. In addition, because there can be only one Banana Central per player (unless on Co-Op Mode), and Banana Central produces the most amount of collectable income per Farm, one can just hold their finger onto the screen (or hold their cursor, on desktop versions) at the Banana Central to collect Banana Central crates with very little micro needed.
    • 5-2-0 generates more income, and this +25% income from Valuable Bananas can quickly offset the +10% sellback offered from Banana Salvage. On the other hand, Banana Salvage is superior at short-term income gain only if planning to sell later.
    • If all crates are collected manually, 5-2-0 gives an additional +$300 per crate, for a total of +$1500 per round. Compare it to 5-0-2's compensatory autocollection, which is a loss equal to -$180 compared to manual collection.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Banana Central's own income production was increased to help make a solo Banana Central become a more viable option in certain scenarios. Banana Central's specialty remains as the ultimate late-game income producer in combination with masses of 4-2-0 BRFs, which have become the staple of Boss Events in the presence of wide open land space.

11.0
  • BUFF Banana Central now has 4x the strength of a normal Banana Research Facility ($900 per crate → $1200 per crate).
37.0
  • NERF Banana Central no longer buffs other Banana Centrals in Co-Op Mode
42.0
Banana Central’s current level of buffability for a single tower makes it quite exceptional of a cash producer right now so it is increasing in cost. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Banana Central price increased from $100,000 → $115,000

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

Extra Notes (Version History)[]

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • Before Version 2.0 (?), Banana Central did not change color when upgraded along Path 2.
  • When crosspathed with Long Life Bananas, the Banana Central changes appearance. They are one of the only Tier 5 upgrades to do this.
  • The bananas in the upgrade icon for Banana Central are reused sprites from the Banana Plantation upgrade.


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