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Some Bloons will become distracted and move backwards.
~ In-game description

Distraction is the first upgrade of Path 2 for the Ninja Monkey in Bloons TD 6. Every attack from shurikens, Caltrops, and Flash Bombs will now have a 15% chance to apply blowback onto non-MOAB class bloons. Bloons blown away this way move 10-300 units backwards from their original location.

Unlike BTD5, this upgrade and Seeking Shuriken are now on separate paths.

This upgrade costs $295 on Easy, $350 on Medium, $380 on Hard, and $420 on Impoppable.



The Ninja Monkey gains a black shuriken and black ring on its head.


Distraction lets shurikens, caltrops (from Caltrops upgrade), and flash bombs (from Flash Bomb upgrade) to have 15% chance to apply Blowback (unspecified blowback variant) Blowback status onto bloons. Bloons affected are blown back 10-300 units distance to a location further back from the track. Flash Bomb's stun comes before the blowback effects.

Targeting Priorities[]

Distraction 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.

All Ninja Monkeys can access Camo Prioritization. While Camo Prioritization is active, it allows all its attacks to prioritize Camo Bloons over other types.


Updated as of Version 32.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-1-X) $295 $350 $380 $420 -
Total (0-1-0) $720 $850 $920 $1,020 $504 $595 $644 $714
Crosspath (1-1-0) $975 $1,150 $1,245 $1,380 $683 $805 $872 $966
Crosspath (2-1-0) $1,270 $1,500 $1,625 $1,800 $889 $1,050 $1,138 $1,260
Crosspath (0-1-1) $930 $1,100 $1,190 $1,320 $651 $770 $833 $924
Crosspath (0-1-2) $1,270 $1,500 $1,620 $1,800 $889 $1,050 $1,134 $1,260

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



Distraction is unreliable at inflicting blowback, especially compared to Druid of the Storm or Downdraft, but it is still one of many ways to reduce progress of bloons. Its status effects are purely reliant on RNG, so do not primarily rely on this upgrade. However, adding groups of Distraction Ninjas, especially Shinobi Tactics armies, can increase the likelihood of the Distraction effect to occur to bloons.


  • Distraction can be compared to the Druid's Druid of the Storm upgrade, except that Ninja Monkey's Distraction triggers by a low chance via any attack.
  • If this form of blowback is used on a Regrowth Bloon, unless there is a tower in range, it might regrow on the way back, which means if it is used on a Ceramic Bloon that has been destroyed, it could turn back into a Ceramic Bloon.
  • Having a Bloonjitsu with Distraction can be helpful, but can start Regrow Farms.
  • Distraction is very useful in combination with a couple of other Distraction Ninjas or a Bloonjitsu, which in particular allows it to send back leftover Ceramics backwards quite reliably.
  • Since popular higher upgrades cannot have both Distraction and Seeking Shuriken at the same time, it is best to keep high-level Distraction Ninjas near the path that leads the exit.
  • The chances for blowback by adding Upper Path 1 crosspathing is no different compared to not getting Upper Path 1 crosspathing, as all shurikens spawned from the same Ninja have the same probability of applying Distraction effect. However, in the case where a lucky Distraction effect occurs, there is a much more effective blowback in a single shot.
  • Flash Bomb's Distraction works in a different way; bloons are stunned and then blown back, not blown back while stunned.

Version History[]

Distraction itself did not receive much balance changes since it was first released in BTD6, although it is now mutually exclusive with Seeking Shuriken when interacting with Top Path Ninja. The base Ninja did though, and this one change may possibly influence camo-related strategies, such as a niche strategy where bloons with Camo should be blowed back first. Version 29.0 lists the buff to Caltrops and Flash Bomb interactions as a "bug fix" than a balance change, although it is pretty significant.

As ninja is the 'Camo Specialist' and has been since inception, it is the only tower that will unlock Camo Prioritization on the base tower. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Caltrops and Flash Bombs with this upgrade can now distract bloons.


Official artwork[]


  • Distraction is the only Tier 1 Ninja Monkey upgrade that was Tier 2 in BTD5 generation games.
  • Distraction is the only Tier 1 upgrade to apply blowback effects.