For the BTD5 counterpart, see Ice Shards (BTD5).
Razor sharp shards fly out when Frozen Bloons pop.
~ BTD6 Description


Ice Shards is the 3rd upgrade on Path 1 for the Ice Monkey. It caused bloons frozen by this tower to release 3 shards when popped.

Compared to BTD5, Ice Shards can only be sent out if the Frozen Bloons are popped by another tower other than itself, since its ice blasts are incapable of damaging Frozen Bloons on its own without Re-Freeze and attacks at a slower rate than the freeze duration. Along with that is Ice Monkey's general nerf of decreased pierce, both to the ice blast attack (down from infinite pierce to 40 pierce) and the sharp ice shards (3 pierce per shard, and only clusters of three at 120° apart). Ice Shards also grants extra range, from 20 to 25.

The ice shards from Ice Shards can damage MOAB-class bloons, whites and zebras, and frozen bloons. However they cannot damage lead bloons, or DDTs outside of being nearby a Monkey Intelligence Bureau.

Compared to BTD5, Ice Shards is cheaper, at $1275 on Easy, $1500 on Medium, $1620 on Hard, and $1800 on Impoppable.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Summary[edit | edit source]

In BTD6, strategies that worked in BTD5 are no longer possible. However, 3-0-2 Ice Shards can be stacked together and form a similar mass-shredding of bloons. Ice Shards is mostly relegated to races, but can still be decent on hyperdense rounds. Comboing Ice Shards plus Bloontonium Reactor makes a great combo to maximize shard production, as Reactor has a fast but reliable area-of-effect attack when submerged.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • If opting for a few separate Ice Shards to handle grouped waves, the 3-1-0 crosspath is generally preferred for Ice Shards, as it will allow sharding opportunities to occur more often. Deep Freeze is usually not necessary, as the release of shards will always occur as long as the bloon frozen by this tower was damaged by any means.
  • Groups of 3-0-2 Ice Shards are useful for popping up grouped waves in a somewhat similar way to in BTD5.
  • Because neither crosspath will naturally allow itself to trigger the shards, an additional tower should be added to pop the Frozen Bloons. Usually, this will involve adding nearby Bomb Shooters, but Bloontonium Reactor is far more reliable due to its decent range and fast attack rate.

Version History[edit | edit source]

17.0

Buff.png Ice Shards now grants more range to the Ice Monkey (20 --> 25)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Technically speaking, an Ice Shards in fact is able to produce shards on its own if crosspathed with Path 3's Re-Freeze upgrade and is buffed by a fast enough attack speed buff such as Overclock. However, crosspathing with only either Path 2 crosspaths or the Re-Freeze upgrade will not, as it cannot attack fast enough or pop Frozen Bloons. Link.


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