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Explosions throw sharp fragments that can pop more Bloons including Black Bloons.
~ In-game description

Frag Bombs is the second upgrade of Path 3 for the Bomb Shooter in Bloons TD 6. It allows all bomb explosions to pop Black Bloons and create fragments that are spread out from the center of the explosion. Upon explosion, the bomb will emit 8 sharp frags that each deal 1 damage with 1 pierce. In addition, the Bomb Shooter gains +2 range, for roughly 4.1% more range.

The overall popping power of the fragments improves by adding Really Big Bombs, Bloon Impact, or Bloon Crush, improving the pierce, damage, and projectile count of fragmented bombs from all Upper Path 1 upgrades. Note that a fragment cannot damage the same bloon that the parent bomb collided with, regardless of conditions. Another note is that fragments cannot receive external damage buffs, but can receive any other buff (e.g. Acidic Mixture Dip's lead-popping, Sharpening Stone's pierce buff).

This upgrade costs $255 on Easy, $300 on Medium, $325 on Hard, and $360 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Appearance[]

This upgrade replaces its wooden wheels with metal wheels. The barrel is elongated and distinct from the reinforce. The red circular pattern on top is replaced with a red explosion pattern.

Mechanics[]

Frag Bombs causes 8 frags to be produced on impact, each dealing 1 damage with 1 pierce in an Orbital Spray. These frags see their damage, pierce, and total number improve with top crosspathing. Additionally, all explosions produced pop Black Bloons.

Targeting Priorities[]

Frag Bombs 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.

Costs[]

Updated as of Version 31.0. Listed prices exclude buffs, sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-X-2) $255 $300 $325 $360 -
Total (0-0-2) $870 $1,025 $1,105 $1,230 $609 $718 $774 $861
Crosspath (1-0-2) $1,165 $1,375 $1,485 $1,650 $816 $963 $1,040 $1,155
Crosspath (2-0-2) $1,715 $2,025 $2,185 $2,430 $1,201 $1,418 $1,530 $1,701
Crosspath (0-1-2) $1,080 $1,275 $1,375 $1,530 $756 $893 $963 $1,071
Crosspath (0-2-2) $1,420 $1,675 $1,805 $2,010 $994 $1,173 $1,264 $1,407

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

Strategy[]

Summary[]

Frag Bombs adds black-popping power in addition to a spray of fragments. Its main power is the black-popping power, which reduces dependency on other towers and Striker Jones buffs. Frags can also be added with buffs to make them stronger and deal a bit of chip damage.

Tips[]

  • Frag Bombs does increase popping power, but fragments are not reliable popping power when compared to the explosive aspects of Bomb Shooters, even at higher upgrades.
  • When used as crosspath to MOAB Mauler it gives a large range bonus in addition to slightly more popping power and damages DDTs, unlike the Heavy Bombs which is pierce-oriented.
  • Usually, this upgrade serves as the stepping stone to Cluster Bombs.

Version History[]

Until Version 28.0, most Frag Bombs buffs were just minor crosspathing benefits. Version 28.0 buffed Frag Bombs to grant explosions with black-popping power, adding better crosspath variety and reducing the Bomb Shooter's inherent weaknesses against Blacks.

18.0
22.0
  • Nerf Base pierce decreased (18 → 14)
  • Buff Frag Bombs fragments improve further with Bloon Crush
28.0
[...] We've acknowledged that Frag Bombs have felt like an inconsistent crosspath both in what they add to the tower and what they lose when upgraded further on their own path, so now in addition to frags popping Black Bloons xx2+ will allow all attacks from the tower to pop Black.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff The Frag Bombs upgrade will allow all Bomb Shooter explosions to pop Black Bloons. Does not affect the frags themselves.
31.0
The Frags crosspath for top path Bomb Shooter has always been quite a poor choice, trying to compete with attack speed as a benefit for stun utility isn’t going to ever work out so we have instead gone the route of turning the frags crosspath into a DPS/Stun hybrid with a lot of small buffs to frag power.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Frag Bombs now increases pierce, damage, and projectile count of all frags from Really Big Bombs and above in various ways

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Projectiles[]

Trivia[]

  • Starting from Version 28.0, the Frag Bombs upgrade is the lowest-tier upgrade to offer black-popping power for explosives.


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