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For the Sniper upgrade, see Faster Firing (Sniper Monkey).
Faster attack speed for all Heli attacks.
~ In-game description

Faster Firing is the second upgrade on Path 3 (first upgrade on Path 3 prior to Version 18.0) for the Heli Pilot in Bloons TD 6. It increases the speed of all the Heli Pilot's attacks by +25%. Darts are shot every 0.448s instead of 0.56s.

This upgrade costs $295 on Easy, $350 on Medium, $380 on Hard, and $420 on Impoppable. If this tower is nearby Level 6+ Rosalia's workshop, this upgrade costs $??? on Easy, $??? on Medium, $??? on Hard, and $??? on Impoppable.



Heli Pilot with Faster Firing changes its paintwork from green to dark-grey, and the chevrons on the "wings" are colored green instead of yellow.

Attack speed of all Heli's attacks are increased by +25%.

Targeting Priorities[]

Faster Firing utilizes touch-based mobility and self-mobility to move around the screen with different flight targetings. Its main attack shoots straight movement projectiles, which originate from the Heli Pilot with its independent range like an ordinary tower.

  • Follow Touch / Follow Mouse: Moves to where the player taps. On desktop versions, Follow Touch instead becomes Follow Mouse, which will make the Heli Pilot move to wherever the cursor is currently at.
  • Lock In Place: Stops the Heli Pilot where it is when the Target Priority is selected. Can be adjusted to choose a different locked location.
  • Patrol: Patrols between two spots chosen by the player. Can be adjusted to choose different points.
  • Pursuit: Equivalent to the target priority First, except the Heli Pilot will follow in front of the bloons while shooting them. It is unlocked with the purchase of the second upgrade on the first path, with the same name as the target priority. Once upgraded to the respective upgrade, it automatically switches to this target priority.

The Heli Pilot's main attacks always default on First based on the range of the helicopter's weaponry.


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-X-2) $295 $350 $380 $420 -
Total (0-0-2) $1,865 $2,200 $2,380 $2,640 $1,306 $1,540 $1,666 $1,848
Crosspath (1-0-2) $2,545 $3,000 $3,245 $3,600 $1,782 $2,100 $2,272 $2,520
Crosspath (2-0-2) $2,970 $3,500 $3,785 $4,200 $2,079 $2,450 $2,650 $2,940
Crosspath (0-1-2) $2,120 $2,500 $2,705 $3,000 $1,484 $1,750 $1,894 $2,100
Crosspath (0-2-2) $2,630 $3,100 $3,355 $3,720 $1,841 $2,170 $2,349 $2,604

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



Faster Firing improves the attack speed of the Heli Pilot by a fair margin, for +25% attack speed. It becomes very helpful in combination with Quad Darts and above for extra damage, or it can be paired with Downdraft for increased blowback rate or Special Poperations for the increased Marine attack speed. Since the previous upgrade, Faster Darts, is nearly useless, the Faster Firing upgrade should be regarded as a plain $600 upgrade, rather than a $350 upgrade.


  • Downdraft benefits from this crosspath, allowing faster rates of blowback.
  • Special Poperations also benefits from this crosspath, which allows the Marine to attack faster too.
  • Razor Rotors does benefit from this crosspath, but it also benefits its higher upgrades Apache Dartship and Apache Prime, which both appreciate the faster cleanup.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Faster Firing was "nerfed" in Version 18.0 when the Faster Darts and Faster Firing upgrades were swapped, although technically it was more of a "change" because of the unpredictable nature of upgrade swapping balance changes. In addition, Faster Firing now has gained some interactions with Tier 3 crosspathing, but only so far with Downdraft.

  • BUFF Faster Firing now improves blowback rate for Downdraft.
  • Change Description changed from "Faster attack speed." to "Faster attack speed for all Heli attacks."
[...] Faster Darts xx1 upgrade will now increase the attack distance of Heli Dart attacks in order to assist with cluttering issues where large numbers of Helis will push each other away from nearby targets.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Faster Firing now increases helicopter range of its dart attacks by +30%
  • BUFF Faster Firing now improves attack rate for Razor Rotors’ rotors.

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

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  • Faster Firing and Faster Darts are the first pair of tower upgrades in the main Bloons TD series to have swapped places (Faster Firing used to come first).
    • At v21.0, Faster Throwing and Acid Pool also swapped places (Acid Pool used to be first).
    • Bloons Adventure Time TD was technically the first, but it is not part of the main Bloons TD series. Interestingly, this was for Marceline, who attacks most similarly to the Heli Pilot.