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For the Road Item, see Exploding Pineapples.
Drops pineapples to the ground that explode violently after a few seconds. Ace's explosive attacks are improved.
~ In-game description

Exploding Pineapple is the first upgrade of Path 2 for the Monkey Ace in Bloons TD 6. The Monkey Ace regularly drops explosive pineapples on the ground every 1.6 seconds (1.2s with 1-1-0) that explode after around three seconds. Each pineapple has 20 pierce (32 with 0-1-1) with a small blast radius, specifically 25 blast radius. Pineapples spawn on a location based on the Ace at the time of dropping, or only on the track if given TargetedPineapplesIcon Targeted Pineapples.

It also boosts the power of various explosive attacks from other paths in many different ways. It adds +2 pierce and +4.5 blast radius for all anti-MOAB missiles from Fighter Plane and above, as well as adding +15 pierce and +3 blast radius for Spectre and Flying Fortress bombs.

This upgrade costs $170 on Easy, $200 on Medium, $215 on Hard, and $240 on Impoppable. If this tower is nearby Level 6+ Rosalia's workshop, this upgrade costs $160 on Easy, $190 on Medium, $205 on Hard, and $230 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Overview[]

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Exploding Pineapple Ace

The upgrade Exploding Pineapple changes color of the circles on each wing. The outer circles change from blue to yellow, and inner circles from red to blue.

The pineapples dropped from the Ace each undergo a very brief rolling animation while falling, and upon landing starting timers. Upon starting the timer, a pineapple will show a red number, counting in descending order from 3 to 1, changing numbers per second, before finally exploding after the counter attempts to go below the number "1". A pineapple always lands with its "hair" pointing in the direction of the Ace's tail at the time of dropping.

Exploding Pineapple Aces drop pineapple bombs that each have a short time delay before exploding. An exploding pineapple is dropped at the current position of the Ace. It takes 3 seconds before exploding, in addition to a brief dropping animation. Pineapples drop every 1.6s, just a tad faster than the dart attack.

Targeting Priorities[]

Like all Monkey Aces, Spy Plane uses flight patterns as its targeting priority settings. It requires the Centered Path upgrade to access the Centered Path targeting option.

  • Circle: Flight pattern becomes a circular path around the runway.
  • Figure Infinite: Flight pattern becomes the shape of the infinite symbol (∞). As the Monkey Ace flies, it will pass its runway during its flight, specifically at each half of the whole flight path.
  • Figure Eight: Flight pattern becomes the shape of the number 8. As the Monkey Ace flies, it will pass its runway during its flight, specifically at each half of the whole flight path.
  • Wingmonkey: Instead of a fixed flight path, the Monkey Ace will attempt to fly as close to the path as possible, similarly to an Aircraft Carrier Plane. Available only via the Wingmonkey MK.
  • Reverse Flight: Shown by an icon of a reverse aircraft, the Ace will reverse direction of flight. Unlike other target priorities such as Change Hands, there is a cooldown of 5 seconds before being able to reverse flight direction again. It can be coupled with all flight options except Wingmonkey.

Full Popology[]

Statistics[]

Updated as of Version 43.0
Base stats
  • Monkey Ace moves in a fixed pathway around its base, flying above all obstacles. Creates Dart projectiles from centre of Monkey Ace, and spawns Pineapple from centre of Monkey Ace.
    • Circle: circular loop of 80 radius, center is the runway
    • Figure-Eight: figure-eight loop of (40, 40) radii, center is the runway
    • Figure-Infinite: figure-infinite loop of (40, 40) radii, center is the runway
  • Dart:
    • Projectile, sharp type, spray of 8, 1.68s attack cooldown, 1 damage, 5 pierce. Projectile lifespan of 300.
  • Pineapple:
    • Spawn, explosion type, 1.6s attack cooldown, 1 damage, 20 pierce, 25 blast radius. 3.0s (?) delay before detonation.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 1-1-0: Attack cooldown of Pineapple reduced from 1.6s to 1.2s
  • 3-1-0 and 4-1-0: Pierce of Anti-MOAB Missile Explosion increased from 4 to 6 and blast radius of Anti-MOAB Missile Explosion from 30 to 34.5.
  • 5-1-0: Pierce of Anti-MOAB Missile Explosion increased from 5 to 7 and blast radius of Anti-MOAB Missile Explosion from 30 to 34.5.
  • 0-1-1: Pierce of Pineapple increased from 20 to 32
  • 0-3-1: Pierce of Bomb Array increased from 20 to 32
  • 0-4+-1: Pierce of Bomb Array increased from 40 to 52
  • 0-1-4+: Pierce of Bomb increased from 20 to 35

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Military
Updated as of Version 42.0
Base attack(s)
  • Dart:
    • Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple) Sharp
    • Orbital Spray (8) Orbital Spray (8)
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Path-Based Mobility (The location at where the projectiles will spawn depend on where the Monkey Ace was when the attack was made Path-Based Mobility
    • Flying Flying
  • Pineapple:
    • Explosion Type (pops White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Explosion
    • Spawn On-Map (unspecified variant) Spawn
    • Path-Based Mobility (The location at where the projectiles will spawn depend on where the Monkey Ace was when the attack was made Path-Based Mobility
    • Flying Flying

Costs[]

Updated as of Version 43.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
[Module | Data] Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-1-X) $170 $200 $215 $240 -
Total (0-1-0) $850 $1,000 $1,080 $1,200 $595 $700 $756 $840
Crosspath (1-1-0) $1,400 $1,650 $1,780 $1,980 $980 $1,155 $1,246 $1,386
Crosspath (2-1-0) $1,950 $2,300 $2,480 $2,760 $1,365 $1,610 $1,736 $1,932
Crosspath (0-1-1) $1,275 $1,500 $1,620 $1,800 $893 $1,050 $1,134 $1,260
Crosspath (0-1-2) $1,740 $2,050 $2,215 $2,460 $1,218 $1,435 $1,551 $1,722

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: MilitaryConscriptionIcon Military Conscription, AdvancedLogisticsIcon Advanced Logistics, BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals

Strategy[]

Summary[]

Exploding Pineapples serves as a source of additional popping power as the Monkey Ace moves around. The greatest downside comes from the 3-second countdown timer of each pineapple, which may lead them missing bloons often. It is not the most reliable source of popping power, but it deals extra popping power nonetheless for a low price. The best use case for the pineapples alone, however, is on Race Events and Time Attack, as each pineapple packs significant pierce for an incredibly cheap upgrade.

However, starting from Version 28.0, Exploding Pineapples makes for a viable crosspath as an alternative for other paths. For Fighter Plane and above, grouped blimp popping power is slightly improved, as opposed to higher-pierce darts as Sharper Darts specializes at. For Spectre, it makes the mid-game a fair bit easier to deal with by increasing bomb reliability. While still a very niche upgrade, the Exploding Pineapple upgrade still packs a punch when needed.

Tips[]

  • This upgrade is generally useless outside of Race Events and Apopalypse Mode, and even then it has minuscule popping power. However, every little extra pop does count towards obtaining the Bomber Ace much quicker on Races, and Exploding Pineapple can save a decent chunk of lives if starting with a Monkey Ace.
  • Exploding Pineapples is affected by the +33% attack speed buff from Rapid Fire, and Sharper Darts improves the pierce of pineapples from 20 to 32, but the pineapples cannot be improved by any other upgrade.
  • Exploding Pineapples can serve as a much-needed source of lead popping power (especially when paired with the Wingmonkey MK) for only $200 if other options are too expensive, or are on a mode where some towers or upgrades are restricted.
    • It should not, however, be the main source of lead-popping power due to the slow and random nature of the pineapple deployment. However, a player who is very experienced at Ace micro may take advantage of the pineapples for the only lead-popping.
  • As a crosspath for Path 1 and 3 explosive attacks, treat Exploding Pineapple as the "pierce crosspath" for the extra explosives.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Newer players often saw pineapples as unreliable, but on the opposite spectrum the elite players see the Exploding Pineapple upgrade as one of the most cost-efficient pierce-focused upgrades in the game, making this a prime option on Race Event conditions. While still a situational upgrade, the Exploding Pineapple's pierce has been reduced but now overall attacks faster, which overall can be seen as a buff. In addition, Version 28.0 added crosspathing benefits to this upgrade for any other explosives not along Path 2. The pineapples themselves are now a lot less affected by Rapid Fire crosspaths and have gained a larger punch in pierce with 0-1-1 crosspath, but the basic pineapple attack is no longer as slow as it used to be.

22.0
While Pineapples are never the star of the show, the amount of pierce they have is completely unnecessary for their usage window and has only led to balance problems for Bombing Run, specifically in races. This high amount of pierce has been more evenly spread through higher tiers & crosspath. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to direct attention to nerfing Bomber Ace
  • NERF Base Exploding Pineapple bomb pierce decreased (40 → 20)
  • NERF 0-1-1 Exploding Pineapple bomb pierce decreased (40 → 32)
23.0
Monkey Ace was never intended to be a great starting tower and instead come into power at mid- and high-tier upgrades, but since the base tower feels lacking to new players (and some of us old timers) we decided to rework low tier power into the base tower. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to base Monkey Ace attack speed rework
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapple base attack cooldown decreased (3s → 2s)
  • BUFF 1-1-0 Exploding Pineapple cooldown decreased (1.8s → 1.2s)
  • BUFF Affected by base Ace buff.
28.0
Monkey Ace has had an overall rework to a lot of different upgrades in order to highlight the x1x Exploding Pineapples upgrade as a buff to all explosives, [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapples now adds +2 pierce for all anti-MOAB missiles
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapples now increases anti-MOAB missiles radius from 30 → 34.5
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapples now adds +15 pierce for Spectre bombs with this upgrade
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapples now adds +3 blast radius for Spectre bombs with this upgrade
30.0
More of a straight quality of life, Ace has gained a new special toggle button to allow it to turn back and fly in reverse on any selected flight pattern. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Reverse Flight
  • BUFF Monkey Ace can now toggle flight direction for any pattern.
41.0
[...] Exploding pineapples gained a larger rate bonus from crosspathing than the main attack did to make up for its base rate being so poor, so we're fixing that poor base rate while keeping the crosspath bonus the same. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF 0-1-x Exploding Pineapple attack cooldown decreased from 2s to 1.7s
  • NERF 1-1-0 Exploding Pineapple attack cooldown increased from 1.2s to 1.275s
43.0
Minor catchup changes to some parts have fallen out of line slightly due to balance changes for other parts of the Ace.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Exploding Pineapple base attack cooldown reduced 1.7s to 1.6s
  • BUFF 1-1-0 Exploding Pineapple attack cooldown reduced from 1.275s to 1.2s

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

24.0
  • Change Description changed from "Drops an exploding pineapple every few seconds." to "Drops pineapples to the ground that explode violently after a few seconds."
28.0
  • Change Description changed from "Drops pineapples to the ground that explode violently after a few seconds." to "Drops pineapples to the ground that explode violently after a few seconds. Ace's explosive attacks are improved."

Extra Notes (Version History)[]

  • Version 41.0's patch notes is a lie; crosspathing bonus for Exploding Pineapple was not kept the same, in fact losing 0.075s attack cooldown.

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • Exploding Pineapple is the only upgrade to be named similar to an existing road item in previous games, Exploding Pineapples.
  • The upgrade Exploding Pineapple is the only Monkey Ace upgrade where the upgrade all appeared in previous games but with a different name for the current name variant and all its predecessors.
  • Unlike in previous games, Exploding Pineapples cannot be manually placed directly on the track. Therefore, unlike in predecessors, this upgrade is the only source of Exploding Pineapples in BTD6.
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