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Note that this BTD5 upgrade was split into two upgrades in BTD6: The Bloon Area Denial System (BTD6) which inherits the name, and the Rocket Storm ability which inherits the functionality. For other uses, see Bloon Area Denial System (Disambiguation).

The BADS covers a wide area with each shot. Enables the Rocket Storm Ability: Rocket Storm shoots out a missile to the nearest 100 bloons on screen. Ouch!
~ Official BMC description

Bloon Area Denial System (or BADS for short) is the final upgrade of Path 2 for the Dartling Gun in BTD5. It enables the Dartling Gun to fire 3 hydra rockets instead of one at a time, spread out in a conical formation allowing the Dartling Gun to pop many more bloons.

Purchasing this upgrade also enables use of the Rocket Storm Ability, which when activated, shoots out up to 100 missiles towards the nearest 100 bloons (all bloons on screen if less than 100) on the screen every 2 seconds for five times.



Bloon Area Denial System improves the main attack for the Hydra Rocket Pods by having 3x the number of base projectiles. These rockets are in a conical formation, allowing for some more widespread damage output. The ability sending out extra rockets regularly is useful, but is quite unreliable.


  • Crosspathing is beneficial for this tower, especially with Faster Barrel Spin helping the tower optimize its potential DPS.
  • In BTD5 Mobile and BMC Mobile, pair with Monkey Fort to deal double the explosions per shot, and same applies to its ability rockets. This is patched in BTDB Mobile, however.

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[]


BUFF Bloon Area Denial System price decreased ($20000 → $16000).



  • The Rocket Storm ability is much less effective in the Mobile/Steam version than in the Flash version. Instead of firing up to 100 missiles toward the nearest bloon on the screen it only fires one missile toward the nearest 100 bloons on the screen.
  • The name of the upgrade has probably has been taken from the Laser Area Defense System or Metal Storm Area Denial Weapons System. Even better M163 Vulcan Air Defense System, because it is a Gatling Gun and the VADS is a Gatling Gun, too.
  • Its name is also similar to the ADWS (Area Denial Weapon System), a Sentry gun from the SAS: Zombie Assault games, a series that was also made by Ninja Kiwi.
  • This could also be considered a reference to Russia and Kazakhstan's TOS-1 Multiple Launch Rocket System.
  • This upgrade is one of the few Path 2, Tier 4 upgrades that dramatically increases the power of the tower, in addition to adding an ability, with the other such upgrades being Artillery Battery, Glue Striker and Technological Terror.
  • This ability covers almost the size of The Big One.
  • When combined by an x/1 Monkey Village, each shot can pop up to 246 Bloons at once.
  • Its abbreviation spells BADS.
  • The ability is almost useless when there are very little amounts of bloons on screen.
  • Though the 100 bloons targeted by the ability seems very small late game, each rocket explodes resulting in enormous damage, particularly against rushes.
  • The Barbed Darts Monkey Sub officer wears the same hat as the Bloon Area Denial System operator.
  • On mobile/steam, this tower has much smaller explosions than the preceding upgrade, Hydra Rocket Pods.
  • Except in BTDB Mobile, the Bloon Area Denial System is the fifth-most expensive upgrade alone in the game, behind M.I.B. Call to Arms ($24,000), Technological Terror ($25,000), Ray of Doom ($55,000), and Temple of the Monkey God ($100,000).