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The glaives from this tower will automatically bounce from bloon to bloon as there is one close by.
~ BTD5 description

Glaive Ricochet (misspelled as Glaive Riccochet in the Flash version) is the 3rd upgrade of path 1 for the Boomerang Thrower in Bloons Tower Defense 5. It allows the Boomerang Thrower to throw a glaive that bounces from bloon to bloon as long as there is one close by. This means that the glaive will continue and pop up to 100 (101 if the first bloon popped is a Red Bloon; 40 in the Flash version of Bloons Monkey City) Bloons along the path similarly to a homing Spike-O-Pult (or Juggernaut). The glaive however does not richochet to bloon it already popped.

In Bloons TD 5, it is unlocked at 3,260 Boomerang Thrower XP. It costs $1,275 on Easy, $1,500 on Medium, $1,620 on Hard, and $1,800 on Impoppable. In Bloons TD 5 Deluxe, it instead costs $1,065 on Easy, $1,250 on Medium, and $1,350 on Hard.

In Bloons TD Battles, it is unlocked by default in the Flash version, while it can be purchased for Medallion Icon50 starting at Battle Score Icon210 in the mobile and PC versions. It costs $1,350 in the Flash version, or $1,300 in the mobile and PC versions.

In Bloons Monkey City, it can be researched in the Monkey Academy (Flash version) or Boomerang Institute (mobile and PC versions) at City Level 10 for City Cash6000 and (in the Flash version only) BloonstoneIcon20. It takes 48 hours to research and earns 400 XP. In the Flash version, it costs $1,400 normally, or $1,510 on Hardcore Mode. In the mobile and PC versions, it costs $1,500.


The tower turns purple and gets a blue X on its back, just like the X on the Glaive Thrower. This upgrade is good to use when there are large clumps of weak bloons close together.



Compared to Bionic Boomer, Glaive Ricochet excels with significantly higher pierce and "ability" to pop bloons outside its range, however its more susceptible to Regrow and spaced bloons as its initial projectile no longer travel in arc, instead it dissapears if no other bloon is found in close proximity. The main strength of Glaive Ricochet comes to popping weaker bloons clumped together.


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Differences Between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Mobile[]

BUFF Glaive Ricochet can spawn multiple glaives when under the influence of a Monkey Village with the Monkey Fort upgrade.

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[]


BUFFGlaive Ricochet price decreased ($1400 → $1300).

NERFGlaive Ricochet no longer spawns multiple glaives when under the influence of a Monkey Village with the Monkey Fort upgrade; only one Glaive is thrown at a time per tower.



  • This upgrade previously cost $935 on Easy, $1100 on Medium and $1190 on Hard, But has had its price increased since then.
  • Before an update that nerfed the upgrade, it could pop up to 10,000 bloons at once.
  • The first bloon hit by the glaive will get two of its layers popped. This is because the glaive the monkey throws and the glaive that bounces between bloons are two different projectile types, so when the original glaive hits the bloon it pops a layer then summons the Ricochet projectile, which pops another layer.
  • In the iOS version, if the tower is not upgraded with Red Hot 'Rangs, it will make no sound when it tries to hit Lead Bloons. This also occurs with Glaive Lord.
  • When combined with a Bloonchipper it can decimate all bloons inside.
  • Although it cannot be easily seen, the glaives from Glaive Ricochet can bounce off M.O.A.B-Class Bloons; it is easier to see when the blimps are first damaged by the glaive if the Premium Upgrade Big Bloon Sabotage is active.
  • In the Mobile Versions, the Glaive Ricochet can duplicate its projectile if placed in the range of a Monkey Fort. This way, the monkey can have 2 glaives per shot, and up to 4 if the player activates M.I.B. Call To Arms in time. This was patched in BTD battles mobile Version 4.3.1.
    • In previous versions of Bloons Monkey City Mobile, if the player obtained the Enchanted Boomerang item, it acted like it was influenced by the Monkey Fort. If combined, it can throw 3 glaives, and up to 5 with M.I.B. Call To Arms active.
      • However, in BMC Mobile, the bug had been patched and does not "duplicate" the glaives anymore.