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Switches tacks out for ultra-sharp, high pierce blades that can shatter frozen Bloons.
~ In-game description

Blade Shooter is the 3rd upgrade of Path 2 for the Tack Shooter in Bloons TD 6. Shooting large circular saw blades instead of tacks, each blade has extra +6 pierce popping up to 8 bloons (due to +1 pierce from Super Range Tacks). Contrary to popular belief, blades do not actually have larger projectile size, despite looking much larger than tacks. Blade Shooter naturally attacks +18% faster (from every 1.4s to every 1.19s with 0-3-X). Blades can also pop Frozen Bloons, changing damage type from Sharp to Shatter.

This upgrade costs $465 on Easy, $550 on Medium, $595 on Hard, and $660 on Impoppable.



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Blade Shooter

This upgrade changes the tower's colors from pink to blue, and its top emblem changes from a pair of crossed tacks to an eight-pronged blade with a blue circle in the center. In the center, the barrels are replaced with protruding circular sawblades. Due to the size of the sawblades, they are arranged in two overlapping layers of four, with the bottom layer pointing in the cardinal direction and the top layer pointing in the ordinal direction.

Crosspathing changes appearance of the Blade Shooter. Path 1 crosspaths each add another blade into its emblem, two and three with respective Faster Shooting and Even Faster Shooting upgrades. Path 3 crosspaths add a more articulate blade emblem, each increasing the number of teeth of the blade emblem and expanding the hole of aforementioned emblem. Additionally, the Path 3 crosspaths increase the number of blades per layer by one per Path 3 upgrade.

Instead of tacks, the Blade Shooter shoots blades, increasing its pierce from 2 to 8, attack speed by +18%, and can pop Frozen.

Targeting Priorities[]

Blade Shooter shoots a spray of projectiles in an radial spray. Technically, the Tack Shooter is locked on the Close targeting priority. However, for simplicity reasons, Blade Shooter has no targeting priorities.

Full Popology[]


Updated as of Version 39.0
Base stats
  • Blades:
    • Projectile, shatter type, 8 per shot, 31 range, 1.19s attack cooldown, 1 damage, 8 pierce.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 1-3-0:
    • Attacks faster, 0.8925s (-25%) instead of 1.19s.
  • 2-3-0:
    • Attacks even faster, 0.669375s (-25%) instead of 0.8925s from the previous 1-3-0.
  • 0-3-1:
    • Fires 10 blades per volley instead of 8.
  • 0-3-2:
    • Fires 12 blades per volley instead of 10.
Monkey Knowledge interactions

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Primary
Updated as of Version 41.0
Base attack(s)
  • Blades:
    • Shatter Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Frozen) Shatter
    • Orbital Spray (spray of 8) Orbital Spray (8)
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack


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 (X-3-X) $465 $550 $595 $660 -
Total (0-3-0) $960 $1,135 $1,230 $1,360 $672 $795 $861 $952
Crosspath (1-3-0) $1,085 $1,285 $1,390 $1,540 $760 $900 $973 $1,078
Crosspath (2-3-0) $1,340 $1,585 $1,715 $1,900 $938 $1,110 $1,201 $1,330
Crosspath (0-3-1) $1,055 $1,245 $1,350 $1,490 $739 $872 $945 $1,043
Crosspath (0-3-2) $1,150 $1,355 $1,470 $1,620 $805 $949 $1,029 $1,134

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals



Blade Shooter gains a high amount of pierce for its cost, especially compared to its BTD5 version, making the BTD6 Blade Shooter a good choice for shredding through groups of bloons in the earlier rounds. The downside is that a Blade Shooter still has low range, but placing it along a tight location, such as a sharp corner or bend, should maximize the distribution of the blades and take full advantage of them. Its high pierce potential in the early-game makes it popular in Race Events, especially those that enable Blade Maelstrom.


  • 2-3-0 Blade Shooter is more effective for the extra attack speed. 0-3-2 Blade Shooter shoots more blades, as well as cost slightly less, but it loses out on +77% attack speed from the top path upgrades.
  • 1-3-0 Blade Shooter is alright of a stepping stone, gaining more consistent shots at a fair price, particularly for Race Events.
  • Some use cases for the 0-3-0 Blade Shooter can be made if there's only barely enough money to begin the high-pierce benefit, particularly with Race Events and Tack-enabled Time Attack.
  • Because Blade Shooter pops Frozen, it pairs very well with Ice Shards, another powerful group-popping tower, as it can activate shards much easier, and also incidentally pop many more Camos that the two of them alone cannot do.
  • Blade Shooter doesn't stand out much on CHIMPS because of its low range, and its projectiles have deceptively small hitboxes, making it a poor choice on fast-moving rounds like Round 15 unless placed in an optimized Tack spot.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Blade Shooter has been buffed slightly. It has been indirectly nerfed through a nerf to Even Faster Shooting, the dominant crosspath.

  • BUFF Blade Shooter now has more pierce (5 → 6)
  • BUFF Attack speed increased (1.36s → 1.19s), as a result of base Tack Shooter attack speed buff
Blade Shooter has always struggled to find much value without MK or as a step to Maelstrom, so to give it build value on its own we feel like this should be a part of the base value on the upgrade.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Blade Shooter pierce increased 6 → 8
  • Change Blade Shooter damage type changed from Sharp to Shatter
    • Note: This change blocks Flint Tips, and since Blade Shooter naturally gets frozen-popping when MK is enabled, it has no difference on MK-enabled Race Events. However, it now has natural synergy with freezing sources, especially Ice Shards.

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

  • Change Description changed from: "Switches tacks out for sharp blades that can pop up to 5 additional Bloons." to "Switches tacks out for sharp blades that can pop many more Bloons."
  • Change Description changed from "Switches tacks out for sharp blades that can pop many more Bloons." to "Switches tacks out for ultra-sharp, high pierce blades that can shatter frozen Bloons."

Extra Notes (Version History)[]


Official artwork[]




  • One 0-3-0 Blade Shooter in BTD6 placed in Medium Difficulty costs $215 less than a 0-3 Blade Shooter in BTD5 placed on Medium Difficulty. This is due to the Blade Shooter upgrade costing $130 less, the Super Range Tacks upgrade costing $5 less, and the base Tack Shooter upgrade costing $80 less.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Blade Shooter blades do not have bigger hitbox. Ironically, the Blade Shooter in other games produce blades with larger projectile size.
  • The slightly increased attack speed of a BTD6 Blade Shooter could be a small nod to the BTD3 Blade Shooter, whose previous upgrade Faster Shooting involves faster attack speed.
    • Unlike its Bloons TD 5 version, this upgrade changes the color of the tower from pink to blue instead of retaining the pink color.