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Uses a long range Crossbow that can pop 3 layers of Bloon for every hit.
~ In-game description

Crossbow is the third upgrade of Path 3 for the Dart Monkey in Bloons TD 6. It turns the Dart Monkey into a crossbow operator, exchanging darts for crossbow bolts. Each crossbow bolt pops 3 layers instead of 1, has 3 pierce instead of 2, and has increased projectile speed. Crossbow's range also increases from 48 to 56, equivalent to 75% more range than a 0-0-0 Dart Monkey.

This upgrade costs $530 on Easy, $625 on Medium, $675 on Hard, and $750 on Impoppable.



This upgrade gives the Dart Monkey a purple eyeband and its wristbands change from red to purple. It gains a crossbow to fire from, and carries a small bandolier of darts.

Adding Path 2 crosspaths gives it a colored headband, while the Path 1 crosspaths gives it a colored tailband.


Crossbows shoot bolts that deal 3 damage and have 3 pierce per shot. The base projectile speed of each bolt is 360, increased from 330.

Targeting Priorities[]

Crossbow targets bloons using the standard targeting priorities. It shoots straight movement projectiles.

  • First: Targets the first bloon visible within its range.
  • Last: Targets the last bloon visible within its range.
  • Close: Targets the closest bloon visible within its range.
  • Strong: Targets the strongest bloon visible within its range.

Crossbow can access Camo Prioritization, allowing all its attacks to prioritize Camo Bloons over other types when this secondary targeting option is active.


Updated as of Version 31.0. Listed prices exclude buffs, sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-X-3) $530 $625 $675 $750 -
Total (0-0-3) $945 $1,115 $1,200 $1,340 $662 $781 $840 $938
Crosspath (1-0-3) $1,065 $1,255 $1,350 $1,510 $746 $879 $945 $1,057
Crosspath (2-0-3) $1,250 $1,475 $1,585 $1,775 $875 $1,033 $1,110 $1,243
Crosspath (0-1-3) $1,030 $1,215 $1,310 $1,460 $721 $851 $917 $1,022
Crosspath (0-2-3) $1,190 $1,405 $1,515 $1,690 $833 $984 $1,061 $1,183

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: BonusMonkeyIcon.png Bonus Monkey!, BetterSellDealsIcon.png Better Sell Deals



Crossbow excels at reducing the strength of stronger early-game bloons into groups of weaker bloons for a remarkably low price. It also has decent pierce and projectile speed. Optimize its high damage potential by setting on Strong and letting it attack along straightaways.


  • A 0-2-3 Crossbow is generally better than a 2-0-3. While the pierce bonuses from the top path allow the crossbow to pierce through 6 Bloons in a single shot (opposed to 3 without crosspathing), the 33% faster attack speed provided by the middle path far outweighs it in most situations. This is due to it not being able to make the most of its pierce in the majority of situations.
  • One Crossbow can be used to give other towers an easier time to pop Yellows, Pinks, Blacks, Whites, Purples, and Zebras on earlier rounds. Set it on Strong to let it chip away at the layers of those bloon types.
  • Crossbows have a tendency to miss bloons at the edge of their range, or when firing perpendicular to the bloons' movement. In order to maximize accuracy, try to set crossbows close to their most important targets when possible, and facing the bloons' movement head-on.

Version History[]

Despite being a very cost-effective middle early-game tower at catching early strong bloons, Crossbow has gained one small projectile speed buff to make it more reliable against catching early Yellows and Pinks.

It was buffed yet again in Version 25.0 that slightly decreases its XP requirements, to encourage newer players to use this upgrade for the effective anti-camo popping power.

Dart Monkey at its core is an early game focus tower, so we added some projectile speed options to try and help with its tendency to miss faster Bloons. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Crossbow projectile speed increased (300 → 360).
For new players, camo is the first real game mechanic that presents a wall for new players. To combat this we have swapped the initial unlock costs of Spike-o-pult & Crossbow to nudge new players more towards upgrading down the camo path for Dart Monkeys first.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Crossbow XP requirement decreased (2100 XP → 1900 XP)
Instead of saying the same thing each time; many specific crosspaths that add a 'camo specialty' to a tower end up being viewed as rather inferior crosspaths due to camo being quite available to pick up through other methods. To give these upgrades more use even with other forms of camo reveal in play, we have added a brand new Camo Prioritization option that is added to the towers when taking this crosspath. When enabled this filter combines the selected target method with Camo Prioritization (e.g. Strong Camo would work through all Camos in strength order, then revert to normal Strong until any new Camos show up). Individual Monkeys are called out below.
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to "Camo Prioritization" target option
  • Buff Affected by Enhanced Eyesight adding a Camo Prioritization filter.
  • Buff Affected by Enhanced Eyesight projectile lifespan buff


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  • During Version 6.0, multiple people have managed to spend less than $2,000 to win Logs Deflation Mode using just Gwendolin and one 0-0-3 Crossbow.
    • The record is held by ISAB, at $1,465 on 10th December 2018, during Version 6.0. This did not change until Version 21.1 on 27th October 2020, where Gwen + 0-0-0 Dart + 1-1-0 Sniper was achieved.