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Barrel can swivel much faster.
~ In-game description

Faster Swivel is the first upgrade of Path 3 for the Dartling Gunner in Bloons TD 6. It allows the Dartling Gunner to rotate at twice the speed. For comparison, a Dartling Gunner without Faster Swivel takes up to 1.0s to rotate towards the direct opposite side, but with Faster Swivel it now only takes 0.5s to rotate at the same angle.

This upgrade costs $125 on Easy, $150 on Medium, $160 on Hard, and $180 on Impoppable.



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Faster Swivel

Faster Swivel adds a tripod for the gun, as well as giving the Dartling Gunner a more rounded helmet.

This upgrade grant Dartling Gunner double cannon mount rotation speed.

Targeting Priorities[]

Faster Swivel customly aims based on direction and angle of where the Dartling points towards. It shoots straight movement projectiles controlled in a aim-based mobile style guided by touch-based mobility, albeit with some erratic angular deviation.

  • Normal: Rotates towards the direction of where the player last tapped. On desktop versions, always rotates towards direction of the cursor inside the game.
  • Locked: Locks the Dartling in place. By default, locks at center of map, but can be adjusted in the same way as a Mortar Monkey. On desktop versions, using a hotkey to switch to Locked will default to wherever the mouse currently is pointing.

Since all Dartlings already attack based on custom aim, Dartlings don't receive Camo Prioritization even with Advanced Targeting.

Full Popology[]

Updated as of Version 42.2
Base stats
  • Dartling persistently aims towards the pointer whenever active; aims towards where last tapped (Mobile versions) or current location of cursor inside the game window (Desktop and Console versions). Rotation speed of 360 degrees per second. Creates Dart projectiles from centre of Dartling, with 23° deviation from the centre.
  • Dart:
    • Projectile, sharp type, 0.2s attack cooldown, 1 damage, 2 projectile size, 1 pierce. 3s (?) projectile lifespan.
Crosspathing interactions

Crosspathing interactions are similar across all Dartlings.

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Military
Updated as of Version 42.2
Base attack(s)
  • Dart:
    • Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple) Sharp
    • Single Projectile Single Projectile
    • Aim-Based Mobility (Attempts to aim projectiles towards the direction wherever the mouse/pointer is currently at, excluding projectile deviation) Aim-Based Mobility
    • Full Map Range (Can shoot darts beyond its basic range so far that its projectiles never expire by the time they leave the screen) Full Range
    • Erratic Movement (small angular deviation from center of barrel) Erratic Movement


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-1) $125 $150 $160 $180 -
Total (0-0-1) $845 $1,000 $1,080 $1,200 $592 $700 $756 $840
Crosspath (1-0-1) $1,100 $1,300 $1,405 $1,560 $770 $910 $984 $1,092
Crosspath (2-0-1) $1,865 $2,200 $2,375 $2,640 $1,306 $1,540 $1,663 $1,848
Crosspath (0-1-1) $1,055 $1,250 $1,350 $1,500 $739 $875 $945 $1,050
Crosspath (0-2-1) $1,860 $2,200 $2,375 $2,640 $1,302 $1,540 $1,663 $1,848

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



While a cheap upgrade, Faster Swivel can be useful in situations where there are multiple sides for the Dartling Gunner to target at, making it useful on simultaneous split-lane maps such as Spring Spring, Pat's Pond, or even Bloody Puddles. In this way, the quicker turning speed allows the Dartling Gunner to quickly target new locations much sooner.


  • Alone, this upgrade is not very useful in most situations, but it can be helpful for specific situations where micromanagement around corners is needed.
  • This upgrade pairs well with its further upgrade Powerful Darts.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

22.0 (Dartling Gunner update)
  • Initial release

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

Extra Notes (Version History)[]


Official artwork[]


  • Faster Swivel is the cheapest upgrade for the Dartling Gunner out of all generations.
    • Concidentally, the Spike Factory's Long Reach upgrade is also the cheapest upgrade for that tower throughout all generations it appears in. The same upgrade also costs $150 on Medium.