All towers with 'Abilities' have their cooldowns reduced by 20% and adds a powerful energy beam attack.
~ BMC description

High Energy Beacon artwork

High Energy Beacon was released on Mar 22, 2012, being the current final upgrade for the path 1 upgrades for Monkey Village, replacing Energy Beacon. It costs $10,200 on Easy, $12,000 on Medium, $12,960 on Hard and $14400 on Impoppable. All towers within its range with Special Abilities have their cooldowns reduced by 20% (50% on BTD5 iOS) and the village itself gets a powerful energy beam attack. This beam doesn't stop and the locked Bloon loses all its layers very quickly. This upgrade also increases the range of the Monkey Village.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

High Energy Beacon 4/1 in Bloons Tower Defense 5

  • Whenever this tower loses its target for a bloon, it will zap the left side of the screen.
  • One of these can destroy a M.O.A.B. without help on The Rink. Three can destroy a B.F.B., and eight can destroy a Z.O.M.G.
  • The laser generator appears to be inside a robotic eye that will even look around and blink.
    • Possibly a reference to the Eye of Sauron, which is a giant eye on top of high tower in the middle of a large fortress from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, the eye of the High Energy Beacon Village is constantly blinking and moving around erratically in a similar fashion.
    • Homage to HAL 9000 from the Space Odyssey.
  • In the Mobile version, the eye appears to be hyper-realistic and the beam is also purple.
    • Also, the upgrade name was shortened to Energy Beacon due to the size of the upgrade button.
  • The High Energy Beacon pops 6 layers per frame.
  • Combined with Bigger Beacons and Radar Scanner, High Energy Beacon can earn lots of money due to the combination of its enormous coverage and the Monkey Town upgrade.
  • After extensive testing, it has been shown that the high energy beacon reduces tower ability cooldowns by 50% on bloons TD5 iOS, despite what the description says (as of 1/19/14).
    • Because of this, a fully upgraded Hotter Cooldown (20% on mobile instead of 30%) allows a total cooldown of 70%. (85% counting the Bloontonium Reactor)
    • The cooldown effect does not apply to M.I.B. Call to Arms Ability
  • The beam can't pop Camo Bloons without the Radar Scanner upgrade, and even if bought, it won't allow other High Energy Beacons to target camo bloons.
    • High Energy Beacon is also not affected by Meerkat Spy.
    • In mobile, when upgrade to this, the towers cooldown will become the duration remaining of the cooldown and make the cooldown faster.
  • In BTD6, the Energizer upgrade buff in Version 2.0 was likely inspired by the High Energy Beacon's reduced cooldowns portion.

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