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Powerful attack helicopter armed with twin dart shooters and multiple patrol options
~ Official Description in BTD5 Mobile
Hovers wherever you last tapped the screen. Shoots from twin heavy dart guns.
~ BTD6 description

The Heli Pilot is a tower first released in Bloons TD 5 Mobile. The Heli Pilot is an aircraft, like the Monkey Ace, that shoots 2 darts directly in front of it. The Heli Pilot is operated by a monkey. Although the Heli Pilot does hover above the ground, it does not fly automatically like the Monkey Ace and has a helicopter pad instead of a runway, rather, is free to move about the entire map based on the targeting system chosen by the player. The Heli Pilot is an expensive tower and costs $1275/$1500/$1620/$1800 Cash to place on Easy, Medium, Hard, and Impoppable respectively.

Targeting SystemEdit

The Heli Pilot has four moving systems (one of which is unlocked with an upgrade). Lock in Place is a moving system that will make the Heli Pilot stay in one spot based on its current position. Follow Touch is another targeting system which makes the Heli Pilot follow where you touch or where your cursor is (depending on platform), like the Dartling Gun. Patrol is a targeting system that makes the Heli Pilot move from one point to another, which are selected by the player. The final targeting system, Pursuit, is the only targeting system that is not readily available at the start and must be purchased. Pursuit will make the Heli Pilot follow and attack the bloon farthest through the map.

Bloons Tower Defense 5Edit

Powerful attack helicopter armed with twin dart shooters and multiple patrol options
~ Official Description in BTD5 Mobile

The Heli Pilot is a tower first released in Bloons TD 5 Mobile. The Heli Pilot is an aircraft, like the Monkey Ace, that shoots 2 darts directly in front of it. The Heli Pilot is operated by a monkey. Although the Heli Pilot does hover above the ground, it does not fly automatically like the Monkey Ace and has a helicopter pad instead of a runway, rather, is free to move about the entire map based on the targeting system chosen by the player. The Heli Pilot is an expensive tower and costs $1275/$1500/$1620/$1800 Cash to place on Easy, Medium, Hard, and Impoppable respectively. This tower has many powerful upgrades and helpful additions never before seen in any tower, including Razor Rotors, and Support Chinook.

Heli-Pilot
HeliPilot avatars

Heli Pilot upgrades artwork


Path 1Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Quad Darts
Shoots 4 darts per volley instead of 2.

$510 $600 $650 $720

Pursuit
Superior targeting computers enable a powerful new targeting option to pursue bloons across the track.

$425 $500 $540 $600

Razor Rotors
Rotors blades rip up bloons on contact, including frozen and lead. (This is not recommended to be used with the Pursuit mode.)

$1,485 $1,750 $1,890 $2,100

Apache Dartship
Adds a large missile array and a powerful machine gun.

$14,875 $17,500 $18,900 $21,000
Total Sell Amount $14,860 $17,480 $18,880 $20,976

($22,032 with path 2 upgrades)

Total Cost $17,295 $20,350 $21,980 $26,220

($27,540 with path 2 upgrades)


Path 2Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Bigger Jets
More powerful jets enable the Heli to move much faster.

$425 $500 $540 $600

Enhanced IFR Instruments
Allows Heli Pilot to detect and shoot Camo Bloons.

$510 $600 $650 $720

Downdraft
Blows bloons away from the Heli.

$2,125 $2,500 $2,700 $3,000

Support Chinook
Abilities: Drops life and cash crates, or can pick up and reposition most towers.

$12,750 $15,000 $16,200 $18,000
Total Sell Amount $13,668 $16,080 $17,368 $19,296

($2,0352 with path 1 upgrades)

Total Cost $17,085 $20,100 $21,710 $24,120

($25,440 with path 1 upgrades)




Bloons Tower Defense 6Edit

The Heli Pilot returns in Bloons Tower Defense 6, filling in its same role as a mobile tower. It still has its original targetting options, with Pursuit still being unlocked via upgrade.

StrategyEdit

  • The three upgrade paths all have their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • The first path focuses on an aggressive offense, with its final upgrades Apache Dartship and Apache Prime.
  • The second path is pure support, with Downdraft blowing back Bloons, and its special abilities allowing the player to tacticallly reposition towers, provide supply drops with cash (and lives and deploy Marines with Special Poperations).
  • The third path is more of a defensive tower, with MOAB Shove helping to stall MOAB-Class Bloons in the same way Downdraft does with standard Bloons; however the later upgrades allow for the summoning of additional pilots, allowing the Pilot to multitask.

The Heli Pilot is a Military-category tower.

Path 1Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Quad Darts
Shoots 4 darts per volley instead of 2.

$680 $800 $865 $960 200

Pursuit
A new targeting option enables Heli to seek and pursue the Bloons automatically.

$425 $500 $540 $600 650

Razor Rotors
Razor Rotor blades rip up Bloons on contact, including Lead and Frozen Bloons.

$1,485 $1,750 $1,890 $2,100 2,700

Apache Dartship
Adds a large missile array and powerful machine guns.

$17,000 $20,000 $21,600 $24,000 20,000

Apache Prime
The Apache Prime leaves most Bloons wishing they'd never been inflated.

$38,250 $45,000 $48,600 $54,000 55,000
Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $14,606

Tier 5: $41,381

Tier 4: $17,185

Tier 5: $48,685

Tier 4: $18,561

Tier 5: $52,581

Tier 4: $20,622

Tier 5: $58,422

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $20,865

Tier 5: $59,115

Tier 4: $24,550

Tier 5: $69,550

Tier 4: $26,515

Tier 5: $75,115

Tier 4: $29,460

Tier 5: $83460

78,550


Path 2Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Bigger Jets
Powerful jets make Heli move much faster.

$255 $300 $325 $360 150

IFR
Allows Heli Pilot to detect and shoot Camo Bloons.

$510 $600 $650 $720 650

Downdraft
Blows Bloons away from the Heli, back toward the entrance.

$2,550 $3,000 $3,240 $3,600 3,300

Support Chinook
Abilities: Drops lives and cash crates, or can pick up and redeploy most Monkey types.

$10,200 $12,000 $12,960 $14,400 15,000

Special Poperations
Deploys a powerful special Monkey Marine with machine gun.

$25,500 $30,000 $32,400 $36,000 40,000
Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $10,353

Tier 5: $28,203

Tier 4: $12,180

Tier 5: $33,180

Tier 4: $13,157

Tier 5: $35,837

Tier 4: $14,616

Tier 5: $39,816

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $14,790

Tier 5: $40,290

Tier 4: $17,400

Tier 5: $47,400

Tier 4: $18,795

Tier 5: $51,195

Tier 4: $20,880

Tier 5: $56,880

59100


Path 3Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Faster Firing
Faster attack speed.

$295 $350 $380 $420 140

Faster Darts
Darts are propelled much faster through the air.

$210 $250 $270 $300 550

MOAB Shove
Can collide with and shove MOAB-Class Bloons, impeding their movement.

$4,250 $5,000 $5,400 $6,000 2,500

Comanche Defense
Automatically calls in 3 more Comanches when they're most needed.

$8,500 $10,000 $10,800 $12,000 12,500

Comanche Commander
Upgraded weapons. Also automatically calls in 3 more Comanches. Permanently.

$29,750 $35,000 $37,800 $42,000 50,000
Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $10,171

Tier 5: $30,996

Tier 4: $11,970

Tier 5: $36,470

Tier 4: $12,929

Tier 5: $39,389

Tier 4: $14,364

Tier 5: $43,764

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $14530

Tier 5: $44,280

Tier 4: $17,100

Tier 5: $52,100

Tier 4: $18,470

Tier 5: $56,270

Tier 4: $20,520

Tier 5: $62,520

65,690


Update HistoryEdit

Initial release

Buff Heli Pilots no longer clash with Monkey Aces.

Nerf All abilities of Support Chinook (along with the new 5th-tier upgrade Special Poperations) have an initial cooldown

2.0

Buff Apache Prime now moves faster.

Nerf Duplicated towers glitch from Support Chinook's Tower-Moving Ability will no longer work.

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)Edit

Heli-Pilot was hardly used, mostly because it was too expensive to use as an one-for-all-uses tower for the early-game to early mid-game when compared to towers like the Dart Monkey. Even so, a large number of buffs has allowed Heli-Pilot to be a more usable tower for the early-game, the mid-game, and even the mid-late-game. Most especially is in Version 4.6, where Path-2 upgrades Downdraft and Support Chinook have gotten significant buffs, as well as where Pursuit and Razor Rotors is significantly cheaper.

Overall, the Heli Pilot has been significantly buffed via game updates and has become drastically more used, with some considering the loadout Heli-Pilot Farm Ace to be the new meta. Other popular loadouts for Heli Pilot include Heli-Farm-Wizard (either as a Wizard start or a Heli start), Heli-Farm-Ice, Heli-Farm-Bomb, and Heli-Farm-Boomerang.

3.7

Buff Apache Dartship price decreased ($17,500 → $14,000).

Change balloon Pursuit now automatically switches the tower to the Pursuit targeting mode upon purchase. (Technically a buff, but sometimes the automatic Pursuit Mode interferes with players)

4.1

Buff Tower price decreased ($1,500 → $1,200).

Buff Bigger Jets price decreased ($500 →$250).

Buff Enhanced IFR Instruments price decreased ($600 → $300).

4.3

Buff Razor Rotors attack speed of rotors increased by 50%.

4.3.1

Nerf Tower-moving ability cooldown timer of Support Chinook now starts upon tower selection, rather than as soon as the screen opens.

4.6

Buff Pursuit price decreased ($500 →$350).

Buff Razor Rotors price decreased ($1,750 → $1,250).

Buff Downdraft price decreased ($2,500 → $1,750).

Buff Support Chinook price decreased ($15,000 → $7,500).

Buff Support Chinook's Downdraft effect attack speed increased by 100%.

4.8

Nerf In Tournament Mode, if both players' lives are 150 lives or higher after the round limit then both players' lives will go to 1 life regardless of bonus lives from health crates. Health crates from the Crate Drop Ability will still grant bonus lives though, but will not give any bonus lives after Sudden Death.

5.0

Nerf It is now no longer possible to stack towers on top of other towers with Support Chinook.

6.0

Nerf Quad Darts cost increased ($600 --> $750)

Nerf Razor Rotors cost increased ($1250 --> $1500)

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This and the Monkey Ace are the only towers that use aircraft.
  • This is currently the only tower that can have two different abilities without the use of a Specialty Building, or by other means.
  • The Apache Dartship has no visible space for the rocket launcher.
  • The Heli Pilot's landing pad doesn't change appearance with any of the upgrades.
  • In BTD6, the Heli Pilot is the only tower which has 3 abilities.
  • The missiles fired by Apache Dartship home in on bloons, and have infinite range.
  • The Support Chinook's tower moving ability is useless with Monkey Tycoon activated, as the player can sell and place towers in a different location without losing money. This is unless the player wants to exploit Tower Stacking.
  • If the Support Chinook moves a Monkey Ace's landing strip, the plane will continue to circle around the place where the landing strip was before it got moved.
  • If the Support Chinook moves a Portable Lake (special agent in BTD5) with water-towers on it, the towers will remain in the same place before the pool was moved; allowing the player to place near-unlimited water towers
    • The same works with pontoons.
  • As mentioned before, the Heli Pilot is a BTD5 IOS, Android, Steam, and Xbox exclusive tower. It is only unavailable in the Flash version.
  • Heli pilot is the one of two towers in Bloons Tower Defense 5 that has its path 1 tier 2 upgrade cheaper than tier 1 upgrade. The other tower to do so is the Monkey Buccaneer.
  • Monkey Aces (including those from Aircraft Carriers,) Radadactyls, and other Heli Pilots all push Heli Pilots.
    • Therefore, two Heli Pilots in pursuit mode would push each other continuously.
  • In Bloons Monkey City Mobile, there is a special mission where you must rescue an endangered Heli Pilot in order to unlock it in the player's city and can be usable in game by paying $1000 to repair it.
  • Its pad size takes up slightly less space than the Banana Farm.
  • The 4/0 Apache Dartship has red lines on the end of its wings, while the 4/2 does not.
  • The Heli Pilot's helicopter pad does not change in BTD5 when upgraded, but it does in BTD6 once upgraded to tier 4.
  • All of the 4th and above tiers have names of American Indians (Apache Indians, Chinookan Indians, and Comanche Indians.)

Start a Discussion Discussions about Heli Pilot

  • Upgrade Placement

    8 messages
    • You can switch the heli off pursuit though.
    • 2601:283:4600:1EC9:7447:4904:CF1B:9CEA wrote: You can switch the heli off pursuit though. Yeah.
  • (possibly) A really good strat

    2 messages
    • So I found this a while ago. The Heli has its own invisible range in which it fires. This range is about as big as an Ice Tower's and mo...
    • I actully noticed this on bloons monkey city mobile a week ago because of a monkey teams event. Its pretty interesting but im not sure if there...