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Throws glaives instead of boomerangs. Glaives are bigger and faster, hitting more Bloons with each throw.
~ In-game description

Glaives is the second upgrade of path 1 for the Boomerang Monkey in Bloons TD 6. It increases the Boomerang Monkey's pierce by +5, from 8 to 13. It can be unlocked for 520 XP.

For Kylie Boomerang, boomerangs gain extra +5 pierce, for 27 pierce per boomerang instead of 22. When given to MOAB Press, the pierce of each anti-MOAB boomerang increases from 300 to 420 and deal +50% knockback against blimps, and increase MOAB Domination's explosion pierce and radius.

This upgrade costs $240 on Easy, $280 on Medium, $300 on Hard, and $335 on Impoppable.



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The monkey's suit turns red and it gains a blue X on its head. The boomerangs are replaced with glaives, which appear to be a 5-pointed throwable object that function similarly to boomerangs.

Glaives increases pierce of boomerangs by +5, for a total of +9 compared to no Path 1 crosspaths. For most boomerangs, this increases pierce of each boomerang from 8 to 13, while pierce of Kylie Boomerang's kylies each increase from 22 to 27. For MOAB Press's special kylies, they gain +120 pierce, from 300 to 420, for a total of +220 pierce compared to no Path 1 crosspaths. MOAB Domination's explosions have increased explosion radius (50 to 75) and pierce increases by +10, increasing from 40 to 50.

Targeting Priorities[]

Glaives targets bloons using the standard targeting priorities. It shoots a curved movement projectile.

  • 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.

Like all Boomerang Monkeys, Glaives can access Change Hands secondary targeting priority to switch hands, changing the origin and direction of the boomerangs.

Full Popology[]


Updated as of Version 36.0
Base stats
  • Glaives:
    • Projectile, sharp type, 43 range, 1.2s attack cooldown, 1 damage, 13 pierce.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 2-x-x:
    • 2-0-<3:
      • Glaives gives another +5 pierce, for a total of 13 pierce instead of 8 from the previous upgrade.
    • 2-0-3:
      • Kylie Boomerang gives another +5 pierce, for a total of 27 pierce instead of 22 from the previous upgrade.
    • 2-0-4:
      • Knockback Boomerang gains +120 pierce, for a total of 420 pierce instead of 300 from the previous upgrade.
      • MOAB push back power increases +50% further.
    • 2-0-5:
      • Explosion pierce increases +10 from 40 pierce to 50 pierce.
Monkey Knowledge interactions

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Primary
Updated as of Version 35.0
Base attack(s)
  • Glaives:
    • Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple) Sharp
    • Single Projectile Single Projectile
    • Curved Attack Curved Attack


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 (2-X-X) $240 $280 $300 $335 -
Total (2-0-0) $675 $795 $855 $955 $473 $557 $599 $669
Crosspath (2-1-0) $825 $970 $1,045 $1,165 $578 $679 $732 $816
Crosspath (2-2-0) $1,035 $1,220 $1,315 $1,465 $725 $854 $921 $1,026
Crosspath (2-0-1) $760 $895 $965 $1,075 $532 $627 $676 $753
Crosspath (2-0-2) $1,015 $1,195 $1,290 $1,435 $711 $837 $903 $1,005

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: CheapRangsIcon Cheap 'Rangs, BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals



Glaives possesses a great amount of pierce in the early-game for an upgrade not reliant on area-of-effect attacks, such as is the case for the Bomb Shooter. It is an effective counter to early-game grouped bloons, especially along a suitable bend. When it comes to crosspathing, this is generally the superior crosspath for Bionic Boomerang and its higher upgrades because of the Glaives upgrade's extraordinary pierce, while for MOAB Press it is useful when countering hyperdense blimps because of granting a significant amount of pierce to the special knockback boomerangs.


  • Glaives comes with a huge amount of pierce for its cost, making it an incredibly valuable upgrade with Bionic Boomerang and above.
  • MOAB Press benefits from this upgrade by not only adding more pierce to its knockback boomerangs but also adding a special interaction that deals +50% knockback potency.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Glaives was nerfed to lose its bonus attack speed, but remains unchanged for the most part due to the base Boomerang attack speed buff.

  • BUFF Glaives now increases the power of MOAB Domination's new explosive boomerangs
  • BUFF Glaives applies a greater pierce bonus for MOAB Press's special kylies
  • NERF Glaives no longer increases attack speed (formerly provided 0.85x attack cooldown, now provides none)
    • BUFF Attack cooldown for Glaives is very slightly buffed, technically, as it previously had 1.207s attack cooldown.
  • BUFF Glaives now actually improves pierce of MOAB Domination's explosions by +10

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

  • Change Description changed from "Throws sharper and faster glaives instead of boomerangs." to "Throws glaives instead of boomerangs. Glaives are bigger and faster, hitting more Bloons with each throw."

Extra Notes (Version History)[]


Official artwork[]


  • In real life, a Glaive is a bladed polearm. The "glaives" used by the tower are more similar to shurikens than glaives.
    • The name and appearance of glaives could be a reference to a weapon from 1983 movie Krull, a throwable five-pointed magic blade.
    • Bladed polearms are used in 2-0-3 Kylie Boomerang's sharpening of its heavy kylie boomerangs.