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Shoots a single dart that pops a single bloon. A good, cheap tower suitable for the early rounds.
~ Flash series description

The Dart Monkey is a tower in Bloons TD 5, Bloons TD Battles, and Bloons Monkey City. It retains its name and role from the Bloons TD 4 and Classic game generations, with significant additions.

The Dart Monkey attacks by throwing darts at the Bloons, with limited range and middling attack speed. Without upgrades, each dart can only pop one Bloon at a time, and it cannot pop Frozen Bloons, Lead Bloons, Camo Bloons, or DDTs. Because of its low cost and limited damage output, its primary role is as an early-game attacking tower, with limited use later on.

Description[]

Appearance[]

The Dart Monkey is a standard-looking monkey with dark eyes, brown fur, and exposed tan skin on its face, ears, chest, hands, and feet. It has two small tufts of hair on the back of its head. It wields darts in its right hand, which it throws at Bloons to attack.

If upgraded to either Long Range Darts or Sharp Shots, it wears a green headband. If upgraded to either Enhanced Eyesight or Razor Sharp Shots, it wears a red headband. If upgraded to Spike-O-Pult, it loses its headband and darts, replacing its weapon with a wooden catapult that launches large spiked balls. If upgraded to Juggernaut, the catapult launches much larger spiked balls. If upgraded to Triple Darts instead, it dons a quiver of darts and a black headband with a red marking in the middle. If upgraded to Super Monkey Fan Club, it dons a Super Monkey-esque outfit, which it covers with a green cloak. While transformed by the Super Monkey Fan Club's ability, it looks identical to an unupgraded Super Monkey.

Mechanics[]

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Targeting Priorities[]

The base Dart Monkey uses the standard Targeting Priorities: First, Last, Close, Strong. All its attacks are dependent on its given target priority.

  • 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.

Upgrades[]

Path 1[]

BTD5F-LongRangeDarts-Icon
Long Range Darts
COST: $75 / $90 / $95 / $110
UNLOCK: 30 XP

Description: Makes the dart monkey shoot further than normal.
Effect: Gains +25 range. In the Mobile series, darts also gain +25 maximum travel distance.
BTD5F-EnhancedEyesight-Icon
Enhanced Eyesight
COST: $100 / $120 / $130 / $145
UNLOCK: 460 XP

Description: Further increases attack range and allows Dart Monkey to see Camo Bloons.
Effect: Gains +25 range and grants Camo Detection. In the Mobile series, darts also gain +25 maximum travel distance.
BTD5F-SpikeOPult-Icon
Spike-O-Pult
COST: $425 / $500 / $540 / $600
UNLOCK: 1,890 XP

Description: Converts the Dart Monkey into a Spike-O-Pult, a powerful tower that hurls a large spiked ball instead of darts. Good range, but slower attack speed. Each ball can pop 18 bloons.
Effect: Launches spiked balls that pop up to 18 Bloons (40 Bloons in BTDB Mobile). Projectiles can travel much further but at a much lower velocity. Has a significantly slower reload speed (1.54s instead of 0.9s).
BTD5F-Juggernaut-Icon
Juggernaut
COST: $1,275 / $1,500 / $1,620 / $1,800
UNLOCK: 9,330 XP

Description: Hurls a giant unstoppable killer spiked ball that can pop lead bloons and excels at crushing ceramic bloons.
Effect: Gains +25 range. Launches giant spiked balls that can pop up to 100 Bloons, can pop Lead Bloons and Frozen Bloons, and deals +4 damage to Ceramic Bloons. Projectiles travel faster, but are still significantly slower than darts. Has a slightly faster reload speed (1.4s instead of 1.54s).

Path 2[]

BTD5F-SharpShots-Icon
Sharp Shots
COST: $120 / $140 / $150 / $170
UNLOCK: 75 XP

Description: Can pop 1 extra bloon per shot.
Effect: Gains +1 pierce, for a total of 2 pierce by default.
BTD5F-RazorSharpShots-Icon
Razor Sharp Shots
COST: $145 / $170 / $185 / $205
UNLOCK: 580 XP

Description: Can pop 2 extra bloons per shot.
Effect: Gains +2 pierce, for a total of 4 pierce by default.
BTD5F-TripleDarts-Icon
Triple Darts
COST: $280 / $330 / $355 / $395
UNLOCK: 3,250 XP

Description: Throws 3 darts at a time instead of 1.
Effect: Throws three darts per shot. In the Flash series, the darts have a spread of 0.43 radians (approx. 24.6°). In the Mobile series, the darts have a spread of 60°, centered 15° anticlockwise from the base Dart Monkey's throwing angle.
BTD5F-SMFC-Icon
Super Monkey Fan Club
COST: $6,800 / $8,000 / $8,640 / $9,600
UNLOCK: 14,535 XP

Description: Super Monkey Fan Club Ability: Converts up to 10 nearby dart monkeys into Super Monkeys for 15 seconds.
Effect: Transforms itself and up to 9 other Dart Monkeys on the screen (prioritizing the Dart Monkeys closest to it) into Super Monkeys for 15 seconds. While transformed, Dart Monkeys gain +40 range and throw darts with a cooldown of 0.05s (slightly faster than the Super Monkey's 0.058s). In the Flash version, instead increases attack speed by 20x, effectively reducing its cooldown to 0.045s.

General differences between the Flash series and Mobile series[]

  • BUFF Long Range Darts and Enhanced Eyesight also increase the maximum travel distance of the Dart Monkey's darts.
  • Change Triple Darts throws darts with a wider spread and at angles further towards the left of the tower.
  • Super Monkey Fan Club:
    • NERF Has a longer attack cooldown during the transformation (0.045s → 0.05s).
    • Change Increases the maximum travel distance and reduces the velocity of transformed Dart Monkey's darts to match the Super Monkey's darts.
    • NERF Does not stack range boosts on a single Dart Monkey if used multiple times concurrently. Using it on a Dart Monkey that is already transformed simply resets the duration of the transformation.
    • Change Can transform Spike-O-Pults and Juggernauts (without using glitches). While transformed, they will launch spiked balls at their usual rate of fire in addition to throwing darts at high speeds. (This does not apply to the Mobile version of Bloons TD Battles as of version 3.2.)

In Bloons TD 5[]

The Dart Monkey is unlocked at the start of the game. Its tier 4 upgrades are unlocked at Rank 19.

It costs $170 on Easy, $200 on Medium, $215 on Hard, and $240 on Impoppable.

Costs[]

Easy:[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $75 $245 $60 $196 $120 $290 $96 $232
2 $100 $345 $80 $276 $145 $435 $116 $348
3 $425 $770 $340 $616 $280 $715 $224 $572
4 $1275 $2045 $1020 $1636 $6800 $7515 $5440 $6012

Medium:[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $90 $290 $72 $232 $140 $340 $112 $272
2 $120 $410 $96 $328 $170 $510 $136 $408
3 $500 $910 $400 $728 $330 $840 $264 $672
4 $1500 $2410 $1200 $1928 $8000 $8840 $6400 $7072

Hard:[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $95 $310 $76 $248 $150 $365 $120 $292
2 $130 $440 $104 $352 $185 $550 $148 $440
3 $540 $980 $432 $784 $355 $905 $284 $724
4 $1620 $2600 $1296 $2080 $8640 $9545 $6912 $7636

Impoppable:[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $110 $350 $88 $280 $170 $410 $136 $328
2 $145 $495 $116 $396 $205 $615 $164 $492
3 $600 $1095 $480 $876 $395 $1010 $316 $808
4 $1800 $2895 $1440 $2316 $9600 $10610 $7680 $8488

Premium Upgrades[]

Splodey Darts Icon
Splodey Darts
BTD5 Flash: Monkey Dollar250 / CoinsIcon22
BTD5 Deluxe: Monkey Dollar5,400
Description: This awesome upgrade makes Dart Monkey's darts explode on their last pop, letting them pop heaps more stuff than normal.
Effect: Upon expiring, the Dart Monkey's projectiles will produce a small explosion that deals 1 damage and has 10 pierce.

Specialty Building[]

The Dart Monkey is enhanced when using the Dart Training Facility, but is more expensive when using the Boomerang Dojo.

DTFTier4
Dart Training Facility
TOTAL COST: Monkey Dollar2,950
I Monkey Dollar500 Description:
Reduces tower and upgrade cost by 5%
Increases the cost of Boomerang Throwers and upgrades by 5%

II Monkey Dollar500 Description: Increases attack speed by 10%
Effect: Self-explanatory

III Monkey Dollar750 Description: 1 free dart monkey to start, then every 10 rounds
Effect: Self-explanatory

IV Monkey Dollar1,200 Description: Makes dart monkey darts explosive!
Effect: Upon expiring, the Dart Monkey's darts will produce a small explosion that deals 1 damage and has 2 pierce. With Triple Darts, only the middle dart in each shot will explode. Unlike Splodey Darts, this has no effect on Spike-O-Pult or Juggernaut, nor on Dart Monkeys transformed by the Super Monkey Fan Club Ability.

DartTrainingFacility
Dart Training Facility
TOTAL COST: Monkey Dollar1,750
I Monkey Dollar500 Description:
Reduces the cost of Dart Monkeys and their upgrades by 5%
Increases the cost of Boomerang Throwers and their upgrades by 5%

II Monkey Dollar500 Description: Increases attack speed of Dart Monkeys by 10%
Effect: Self-explanatory

III Monkey Dollar750 Description: You get one free Dart Monkey to start, and every 10 rounds
Effect: Self-explanatory

Quests[]

Name Objective Rewards Duration
Fear the Juggernaut Pop 300 Lead Bloons with 4 | X Dart Monkeys 1 day
Spike-o-Pult! Pop 30,000 Bloons with 3 | X Dart Monkeys 5 days

Skins[]

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Differences between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Deluxe[]

The Dart Monkey has a lower base attack speed in Bloons TD 5 Deluxe. This only applies up to tier 2; its attack speed with its tier 3 and tier 4 upgrades is unchanged.

  • NERF0-0 Dart Monkey attack cooldown is longer (0.9 → 0.94).

In Bloons TD Battles[]

The Dart Monkey is unlocked at the start of the game. In the Flash version, its tier 4 upgrades can be purchased for Medallion Icon30. In the Mobile version, its tier 3 upgrades can be purchased for Medallion Icon35 starting at Battle Score Icon70, while its tier 4 upgrades can be purchased for Medallion Icon55 starting at Battle Score Icon300.

It costs $200 to place.

Costs[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $90 $290 $72 $232 $140 $340 $112 $272
2 $160 $450 $128 $360 $170 $510 $136 $408
3 $500 $950 $400 $760 $475 $985 $380 $788
4 $1900 $2850 $1520 $2280 $8000 $8985 $6400 $7188

Cards[]

Tower Bloon Unlocked at
Tier Name Cost Sell Count Spacing Type Cost Eco Min. round
0-0 Dart Monkey $150 $120 50 Tight Red Bloons $150 +8 2 Default
2-3 Triple Darts $1250 $1000 20 Tight Zebra Bloons $1250 +38 11 Default
4-0 Juggernaut $2300 $1840 6 Spaced Lead Bloons $600 +30 9 Default
2-4 Super Monkey Fan Club $7500 $6000 3 Tight BFBs $7500 -300 21 Battle Score Icon300
Veteran Set
1-2 Razor Sharp Shots $275 $220 40 Tight Blue Bloons $275 +18 3 50 wins
0-3 Triple Darts $750 $600 48 Tight Yellow Bloons $750 +30 7 75 wins

Skins[]

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Version History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[]

The Dart Monkey is one of the most used towers in the game due to its low cost and versatility. It has been nerfed significantly since its initial release (albeit not as severely as the Bloonchipper), but it continues to be a popular tower among players and is used in a wide variety of loadouts (most often with the Banana Farm).

Popular loadouts include Dart-Farm-Ace (one of the most popular loadouts as of Version 6.17), Dart-Farm-Bomb, Dart-Farm-Ice, and Dart-Farm-Wizard. Dart-Farm-Chipper used to be arguably the most popular loadout until the nerfs to Super Wide Funnel and Supa-Vac in Version 4.1 hampered its late-game potential, though it still sees occasional play.

Initial Release
  • NERF Juggernaut cannot pop Frozen Bloons.
3.1
  • NERF Triple Darts price increased from $330 → $380.
3.2
  • NERF Super Monkey Fan Club no longer affects Spike-O-Pults or Juggernauts.
  • NERF Juggernaut price increased from $1500 → $1750.
3.4
  • BUFF Juggernaut can now pop Frozen Bloons.
3.9
  • NERF Triple Darts price increased from $380 → $400.
4.1
The Dart Monkey is one of the most popular towers in the game with extremely high use-rates, but we think it has a little too much value for the low cost - especially in the early game. This change should help with this and encourage players to consider other options.
~ "BTD Battles Update 4.1 - Big Balance Changes Incoming!"
  • NERF Triple Darts price increased from $400 → $500.
  • NERF Enhanced Eyesight price increased from $120 → $160.
  • NERF Juggernaut price increased from $1750 → $1900.
  • NERF Super Monkey Fan Club ability duration reduced from 15s → 11s.
4.3
At the same price as Triple Darts, the Spike-O-Pult was simply a much less powerful upgrade than its opposite number. We've increased its pierce by over 100% which should bring the two third tiers more on par with each other. The slight reduction in price to Triple Darts will hopefully make the decision on which upgrade path to take that little bit tougher!
~ "BTD Battles 4.3 Update Balance Changes"
  • BUFF Triple Darts price reduced from $500 → $475.
  • BUFF Spike-O-Pult pierce increased from 18 → 40.

In Bloons Monkey City[]

The Dart Monkey is unlocked by building the Dart Monkey Hall, two of which are provided at the start of the game. Each Dart Monkey Hall increases the population of Dart Monkeys by 1, allowing for more Dart Monkeys to be used at a time while attacking a tile.

The Dart Monkey's upgrades can be researched by building the Monkey Academy. Its tier 4 upgrades, Juggernaut and Super Monkey Fan Club, require the Oversize Projectile Workshop and Super Monkey Fan Clubhouse to be built, respectively, in order to be researched.

It is not favored on any terrain, but it is restricted on Hills Terrain and Snow Terrain.

It costs $200 normally, or $215 on Hardcore Mode.

Costs[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $90 $290 $72 $232 $140 $340 $112 $272
2 $120 $410 $96 $328 $170 $510 $136 $408
3 $500 $910 $400 $728 $330 $840 $264 $672
4 $1500 $2410 $1200 $1928 $8000 $8840 $6400 $7072

Hardcore Mode[]

Tier Path 1 Path 2
Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell Base cost Total cost Base sell Total sell
1 $95 $310 $76 $248 $150 $365 $120 $292
2 $130 $440 $104 $352 $185 $550 $148 $440
3 $540 $980 $432 $784 $355 $905 $284 $724
4 $1620 $2600 $1296 $2080 $8640 $9545 $6912 $7636

Special Items[]

BMCF-BlessedDart-Icon
Blessed Dart
OBTAINED FROM: Random Treasure Chest

Description: Increases Dart Monkey darts pierce by 20%.
Effect: Flash: Increases the pierce of all the Dart Monkey's projectiles by a flat 0.2, giving every 5th shot +1 pierce.
Mobile: Gives the Dart Monkey's projectiles a 20% chance to have double pierce.
BMCF-PortableDartMonkey-Icon
Portable Dart Monkey
OBTAINED FROM: Random Treasure Chest

Description: Folds up and slips into your pocket, this little guy can be used during every game as a free Dart Monkey.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Monkey Knowledge[]

1 Base cost and all upgrade costs 3% cheaper 6 Base cost and all upgrade costs 6% cheaper 11 Base cost and all upgrade costs 9% cheaper
2 5% increased attack speed 7 10% increased attack speed 12 15% increased attack speed
3 1 free Dart Monkey each game 8 2 free Dart Monkeys each game 13 3 free Dart Monkeys each game
4 10% increased pierce[1] 9 20% increased pierce[1] 14 30% increased pierce[1]
5 5% increased range 10 10% increased range 15 15% increased range

Strategies[]

Main article: Dart Monkey (BTD5)/StrategiesDue to it's cheap cost and it's pierce, it is advised to be used as an early-mid game tower.

Bugs[]

Flash series[]

Screen Shot 2012-06-17 at 7.57

"Super Juggernaut" glitch demonstrated in Bloons TD 5

  • If a Dart Monkey is upgraded to Spike-o-pult or Juggernaut while it is transformed by the Super Monkey Fan Club ability, the effects of the transformation are still applied, causing it to launch its spiked balls with the transformation's increased range and rate of fire until it wears off. This is often referred to as the "Super Catapult" or "Hypersonic Catapult" glitch by players, or the "Super Juggernaut" or "Hypersonic Juggernaut" glitch when referring to its use with Juggernaut specifically.

Mobile series[]

  • Juggernaut registers each Bloon popped twice in its pop count.
  • Juggernaut's increased damage to Ceramic Bloons also applies to MOAB-Class Bloons if it is under the influence of an MIB.

Quotes[]

Shoots a single dart that pops a single bloon.
~ Mobile series description
Juggernaut - hurls an unstoppable huge spiked ball into the bloons.
Super Monkey Fan Club - converts nearby Dart Monkeys into Super Monkeys for a short time.
~ BTD5 Flash Rank 19 description
Core to any Monkey City, the Dart Monkey excels at inexpensive early game track coverage. Powerful upgrades include: Triple Darts, Very Long Range, Juggernaut, Super Monkey Fan Club.
~ Bloons Monkey City "My Monkeys" description

Sounds[]

When activating the Super Monkey Fan Club ability (Flash series only):

Gallery[]

Flash series[]

Screenshots[]

Official artwork[]

Promotional images[]

Mobile series[]


Other languages[]

Language Name Meaning
English Dart Monkey
Arabic القرد رامي السهام
Simplified Chinese 飞镖猴
Traditional Chinese 飛鏢猴子
Danish Dart-Abe
Finnish Tikka-apina
French Singe à fléchettes Same as English name
German Wurfpfeil Affe
Italian Scimmia a freccette
Japanese ダーツモンキー
Korean 다트 원숭이
Norwegian Dart-ape
Portuguese Macaco Dardo
Russian Обезьяна с дротиками
Spanish Mono lanzadardos
Swedish Pilskjutarapa
Turkish Okçu Maymun

Trivia[]

  • An image of a Dart Monkey appears on the loading screen of the Flash version of Bloons TD 5.
  • During limited-time Halloween events in the Flash version of Bloons TD 5, the Dart Monkey's darts were reskinned to look like sharpened bones.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, with the maximum number of Dart Monkey Halls, the Portable Dart Monkey, and the Dart Monkey's Monkey Knowledge at Rank 13+, it is possible to have up to 46 Dart Monkeys at a time, the most of any Monkey outside of Special Missions.
    • In the Mobile version, it is possible to have up to 47 Dart Monkeys at a time using a Bonus Monkey.
  • The Dart Monkey's description in the "My Monkeys" menu in Bloons Monkey City erroneously mentions a nonexistent upgrade named "Very Long Range".

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 In the Flash version, this increases the pierce of the Dart Monkey's projectiles by a flat amount (0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 respectively). In the Mobile version, it instead increases the chance of the Dart Monkey's projectiles having double pierce. In both versions, this stacks additively with the Blessed Dart.
  2. Prior to V300312, for unknown reasons, this variant of the Dart Monkey's artwork was used exclusively in the Dart Monkey's section of the "Towers" menu. The artwork seen when the Dart Monkey is selected in-game has always used the same image.
  3. Prior to version 2.0, this variant of the Dart Monkey's artwork was used exclusively in the Dart Monkey's section of the "My Monkeys" menu.
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