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Hardcore Mode is a special difficulty added to Bloons Monkey City on 21 February 2014. It unlocks at city level 10. It makes dense bloon rushes more common, increases the cost of towers and upgrades to the equivalent of Hard Difficulty in the Bloons TD series, and also causes various cuts to bloon income .. Winning on Hardcore Mode grants double City Cash, Double Bloontonium (including salvaged Bloontonium, even if loss), Double Honor and, if No Lives Lost, 10. For newer players, it is not recommended to go hardcore mode on an MvM defense, as even easy maps can have incredibly overwhelming numbers of bloons in later rounds, making even lead rushes seem very difficult for a experienced player, and retrying costs 50 (much more than could be won by winning). Hardcore Mode also cannot be activated on Special Mission Tiles, or Bloon Beacon Tiles.
This type of mode is exclusive to the flash version only.
- Main article: Hardcore Mode/Strategies
- This mode sometimes makes Regrowth Red Bloons appear, even though they are no different from regular reds.
- Also Camo Bloons may appear even If the level says there will be no Camo Bloons.
- Having Hardcore Mode on a Red Bloon tile will modify nothing to the Red Bloons, not even to loosely packed or tightly packed bloons, making it a good source for bloonstone farming when you first unlock it.