|“||Shoots freezing bombs at Bloons over long range.||”|
|~ In-game description|
Cryo Cannon is the third upgrade of Path 3 for the Ice Monkey in Bloons TD 6. Instead of freezing cold radial blasts, the Ice Monkey utilizes an ice cannon that shoots freezing snowballs. Snowballs are shot at every 1.2s (instead of 2.4s) and deal increased damage (from 1 to 2). However, each shot has less pierce (30 instead of 40) and a smaller blast radius (20 blast radius, as opposed to 27 via radial freeze blasts). It possesses significantly greater range, allowing the Ice Monkey to shoot much further away, increasing from 27 to 46.
The Ice Monkey gains grey earmuffs and a grey wristband. Its right hand is replaced with a cannon-like projectile launcher encased in ice. It retains the navy-blue sunglasses and grey gloves gained from Re-Freeze.
An Ice Monkey with Cryo Cannon receives a new idle animation. When idle, the monkey may occasionally scratch their head.
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- 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.
- Updated as of Version 32.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: Better Sell Deals
Cryo Cannon has a limited niche for freezing bloons that extends its coverage at the cost of less pierce and smaller blast radius. By converting the Ice Monkey's normal radial freeze attacks into projectile-based attacks, it is useful in concept but very limited in practice, and is mainly used for countering Super Ceramics. Besides being a stepping stone for Icicles and Icicle Impale, it can be used as a budget Bloon Impact for defenses that are able to pop Frozen Bloons. In spite of its comparatively lower pierce and blast radius, it attacks considerably faster than Bloon Impact with similar range but much cheaper.
Due to the nature of aim-based projectiles in general, Cryo Cannon naturally performs best along straight lines rather than around curves. Like the popular 0-1-2 Re-Freeze Ice Monkeys, it works the best against Ceramics and Super Ceramics. But due to the reduced pierce and blast radius, the Cryo Cannon upgrade should be reserved in situations where the quick-attacking freeze at long ranges is vital. The higher damage can help in combination with its extensive freeze coverage.
- Multi-lane maps such as High Finance, Flooded Valley, and Muddy Puddles are among many of the maps where Cryo Cannon may perform better than an X-X-2 Ice Monkey would.
- Besides catching Super Ceramics easier through its new projectile-based attack, it is a suitable choice for stopping waves of grouped bloons.
- Since the Cryo Cannon upgrade is at least twice the price of a single 0-0-2 Ice Monkey and just under the price of two 0-1-2 Ice Monkeys, in most situations it would be preferred to have more 0-1-2 Ice Monkeys. If there is more than one section that needs to be covered by base Ice Monkeys, it is still worth trying Cryo Cannon as an alternative.
- With Cryo Cannon, there is more control over what nearby bloons should or should not be frozen. Just like conventional towers, Cryo Cannon uses the four standard target priorities: First, Last, Close, Strong.
- For most occasions, First is the best option, followed by Last and Strong. There is little reason to set it on Close, as 0-1-2 Ice Monkeys are more cost-efficient at close-range freezing anyway.
- Cryo Cannon is one of the few Primary Monkeys that are able to reach bloons on Flooded Valley without the use of land platforms (i.e. from Pontoons and Arctic Wind ice platforms). Place the Cryo Cannon on one of the rocks on the ground side closer to the bloon path, and also place a 4-X-X Monkey Village nearby the Cryo Cannon to give it even better range.
- If using Cryo Cannon as purely a stalling tower, there are some cases where crosspathing with Path 1 is superior over Path 2, but generally Path 2 is the better option.
- One 1-0-3 or 2-0-3 Cryo Cannon set on Strong can ensure that all three Ceramic waves spawning on Round 63 will become affected by Permafrost effect. Alternately, set it to Last to hit the earliest Ceramics, specifically Super Ceramics, to set the Permafrost effect sooner.
- Otherwise, the 0-1-3 Cryo Cannon is better if utilizing it for pure damage, or freezing dense groups of Super Ceramics. Deep Freeze's freeze penetration is nearly useless, but the marginal freeze duration bonus can be handy.
- Cryo Cannon works best as a budget Bloon Impact, except without white-popping power instead of black-popping power. It is much faster than Bloon Impact but has less blast radius and lower pierce. As of Version 25.0, due to Bloon Impact's damage type nerf, Cryo Cannon can outclass Bloon Impact in terms of taking down Super Ceramics, and it can even be upgraded to Icicles to counter the white immunity.
- It can be combined with Downdraft, a global-ranged blowback, to further minimize the threat of Super Ceramics by blowing back bloons that aren't yet frozen.
- Prior to the Version 23.0 Cryo Cannon price buff, the Cryo Cannon upgrade costed as much as the Ice Shards upgrade did in BTD5. Interestingly, the BTD5 Absolute Zero upgrade following the BTD5 Ice Shards upgrade also costed the same, at a cost of $2,000 on Medium. And similarly, the price of Icicles was also the same price too.