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Not to be confused with Hot Shot, a Monkey Buccaneer upgrade.
Shoots superhot tacks that do extra damage and can pop Lead Bloons.
~ In-game description

Hot Shots is the Tier 3 upgrade of Path 1 for the Tack Shooter in Bloons TD 6. Along with allowing the Tack Shooter to pop Frozen and Lead Bloons, each tack now pops two layers instead of one. Due to the fact that it deals physical damage, it can still pop Purple Bloons, unlike its succeeding upgrades, Ring of Fire and Inferno Ring.

This upgrade costs $510 on Easy, $600 on Medium, $650 on Hard, and $720 on Impoppable.



This upgrade changes all pink elements of the Tack Shooter to gold-yellow. Its silver-colored barrels are replaced with black ported barrels, and its black dart pattern on top is replaced with an orange flame pattern. Its base is now a single cylinder ring instead of two distinct cylinders. Both the base ring and top ring have dimples around it.

Path 2 crosspathing adds gear-like protrusions to the top of the tower and claw-like extensions to the base, whilst also raising the entire tower.

Path 3 crosspathing adds 2, or 4, barrels.


Hot Shots deals 2 damage per tack and gains Normal type, able to pop any bloon type.

Targeting Priorities[]

Hot Shots shoots a spray of projectiles in an radial spray. Technically, the Tack Shooter is locked on the Close targeting priority. However, for simplicity reasons, Hot Shots has no targeting priorities.

Full Popology[]


The following is a list of statistics of a Tack Shooter with Hot Shots. It includes its base statistics and all associated crosspathing interactions. Expand the box on the right to see further information.

Updated as of Version 27.3
Base stats
  • Tacks:
    • Projectile, normal type, detects partial hitbox, 8 per shot, 23 range, 0.63s attack cooldown, 2 damage, 1 pierce.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 3-1-0:
    • Base range increased to 27 (+4).
  • 3-2-0:
    • Base range increased to 31 (+4) and gains an extra +1 pierce.
  • 3-0-1:
    • Fires 10 tacks per volley instead of 8.
  • 3-0-2:
    • Fires 12 tacks per volley instead of 10 from the previous 3-0-1.

Damage Types[]

See also: Damage Types/Bloons TD 6/Primary

The following are a list of wiki-written damage types associated by a Tack Shooter with Hot Shots. These damage type statistics include how it attacks and how these attacks would affect bloons. Expand the box on the right to see further information.

Updated as of Version 27.3
Base attack(s)
  • Tacks:
    • Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Normal
    • Orbital Spray (spray of 8) Orbital Spray x8
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Extra damage to all bloon types (1 → 2) Extra Damage


Updated as of Version 32.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (3-X-X) $510 $600 $650 $720 -
Total (3-0-0) $1,130 $1,330 $1,435 $1,595 $791 $931 $1,005 $1,117
Crosspath (3-1-0) $1,215 $1,430 $1,545 $1,715 $851 $1,001 $1,082 $1,201
Crosspath (3-2-0) $1,405 $1,655 $1,790 $1,985 $984 $1,159 $1,253 $1,390
Crosspath (3-0-1) $1,215 $1,430 $1,545 $1,715 $851 $1,001 $1,082 $1,201
Crosspath (3-0-2) $1,300 $1,530 $1,655 $1,835 $910 $1,071 $1,159 $1,285

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: BetterSellDealsIcon.png Better Sell Deals



Hot Shots is a low-cost method of providing high damage within short range. Compared to other upgrades, Hot Shots can pop any bloon type, and it deals extra damage to all bloon types. While not the most cost-effective method, spamming 3-0-2 Hot Shots with Primary Mentoring and Gwendolin is a decent option for inflicting high damage for the early mid-game until the early late-game, while saving enough money for more powerful upgrades.


  • A 3-2-0 Hot Shots is better than a 3-0-2 Hot Shots, as the Super Range Tacks upgrade gives each tack extra pierce, doubling the popping power and increasing range. A 3-0-2 might not even be better for pure single target damage since it has less range, although buffs like Primary Mentoring and Gwendolin easily compensate those issues.
  • Hot Shots is generally better against MOAB-class bloons compared to the succeeding upgrade Ring of Fire. However, Ring of Fire uses a ring instead of individual tacks and inflicts more damage per fire blast.

Version History[]

Tiny buff due to the base Tack Shooter attack speed buff.

  • Buff Attack speed increased (0.72s → 0.63s), as a result of the base Tack Shooter attack speed buff


Official artwork[]



  • The Version 7.0 buff to Red Hot Rangs is likely inspired by this upgrade.