|“||Deadly inferno of flame roasts Bloons into oblivion.||”|
|~ In-game description|
Inferno Ring is the final upgrade on the first path for the Tack Shooter in Bloons TD 6. It creates an endless fire ring and increases the range of the tower from 23 to 35. It deals 4 damage per 0.1 seconds (+1 more damage with each Path 3 upgrade) to all non-Camo bloons inside the ring, plus an extra +6 damage against MOAB-class bloons. Each fire blast has 60 pierce, and its pierce can be increased by +10 per Path 2 upgrade. The Inferno Ring cannot pop Purple Bloons, and its basic attack cannot pop Camo Bloons.
Additionally, every 4 seconds, it shoots a meteor at the strongest bloon on screen, dealing 700 damage. The meteor also has an additional explosion that can affect up to 10 more bloons, dealing 50 damage and applying 50 additional damage every second for 4 seconds to them. The explosion has 18 blast radius. The meteor is able to target and pop Camo Bloons (but not Purple Bloons), although meteor explosions do not pop Camo Bloons. This is the only Tack Shooter upgrade capable of targeting Camo Bloons without support. Meteor gains +1 pierce with 5-2-0 and +300 damage with 5-0-2, intermediate crosspaths doing nothing for the meteor.
This upgrade is much larger than its predecessor, adding five black arch kilns around the base and replacing the eight long ported barrels with five shorter ports around the middle. The color scheme remains similar, but it has a dark-red gradient starting from the bottom and gets lighter as it approaches the top. It has an armor plate-like detailing around the tower, and it loses the grey rim around the top. For aesthetic purposes only, it releases 12 radiating flames when bloons enter its range.
Inferno Ring deals +1 damage with its flame ring, +6 to MOABs (4 and 10 total), triggers its ring every 0.1 seconds, and increases range by 50% (23 to 34.5).
Additionally, it gains a meteor attack; this meteor targets the strongest bloon on screen, deals 700 damage, has only 1 pierce, and fires every 4 seconds. When it uses up all of its pierce (or after ~25 seconds), it explodes for 50 damage (18 blast radius) and applies a 50 damage per second Burn effect to up to 10 bloons. The meteor, notably, does not need camo detection to target and pop camo, but the explosion and burn ignores undetected camo.
It retains the ring-based crosspathing benefits of its previous upgrade, but now gains two meteor-related bonuses: Super Range Tacks adds +1 meteor pierce (does not cause an additional explosion) while Even More Tacks grants +300 damage to the meteor, for a total of 1,000.
Inferno Ring's main flame ring attack is shot in a zone-like style. Inferno Ring's meteor is a straightforwardly moving projectile that weakly homes at bloons, and is locked on Strong. Technically, the Tack Shooter is locked on the Close targeting priority, but does not count in terms of simplicity reasoning. Inferno Ring lacks any selectable targeting priorities.
The following is a list of statistics of a Tack Shooter with Inferno Ring. This 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
- Fire ring:
- Zone, fire type, detects partial hitbox, 34.5 range, 0.1s attack cooldown, 4 damage, 10 damage to MOAB-Class Bloons, 60 pierce.
- Projectile, fire type, detects partial hitbox, infinite range, 4.0s attack cooldown, 700 damage, 1 pierce. Always target Strong and can target camo bloons.
- Meteor Explosion:
- Explosion, explosive type, 50 damage, 10 pierce. Applies burn status dealing 50 damage per second for 4 seconds.
- Crosspathing interactions
- Base range increased to 38.5 (+4).
- Fire ring pierce increased to 70 (+10) instead of 70.
- Base range increased to 42.5 (+4).
- Fire ring pierce increased further to 80 (+10) instead of 70.
- Fire zone deals 5 (+1) damage instead of 4.
- Fire zone deals 6 (+1) damage instead of 5, 11 (+1) damage to MOAB-Class Bloons instead of 10.
- See also: Damage Types/Bloons TD 6/Primary
The following are a list of wiki-written damage types associated by a Tack Shooter with Inferno Ring. 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)
- Updated as of Version 32.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Inferno Ring is an effective option at dealing great overall damage to both weak and strong bloons. Its meteor attacks chip down the health of stronger bloons, while its scorching hot flame ring easily cleans up weaker bloons; specifically those below ZOMGs. The increased range that comes with Inferno Ring also helps improve its overall area damage too, making it more versatile on more difficult maps in spite of its high price tag.
Again, like most Tack Shooter upgrades, Inferno Ring benefits the most when placed near as much track as possible, to optimize its powerful flame ring attacks.
- 5-2-0 Inferno Ring and 5-0-2 Inferno Ring are both useful in their own regards, but their utility depends on the situation. Both crosspaths serve different purposes, with 5-2-0 Inferno Ring having more effective area coverage and 5-0-2 Inferno Ring dealing greater overall DPS.
- If increased pierce and range (and therefore more area to deal damage) is more desired, use the 5-2-0 Inferno Ring. On certain maps, a 5-2-0 Inferno Ring can actually deal more DPS than 5-0-2 overall, and this is most evident versus MOAB-class bloons.
- Otherwise, the +2 damage from 5-0-2 is overall more helpful for inflicting extra damage since the Inferno Ring itself has increased range.
- Placing Primary Training or Primary Expertise nearby an Inferno Ring is essential for maximizing the power of the Inferno Ring's endless inferno blasts. This not only increases the area that the Inferno Ring can reach, it also increases the maximum number of bloons that may be affected by its inferno blasts at any given time, increasing its popping power immensely.
- The special meteor will normally only affect one bloon at a time, but its pierce may be increased by towers that grant extra pierce, especially Primary Training or Primary Expertise, which grant +1 and +3 pierce respectively. It also receives +1 pierce by getting the 5-2-0 crosspath.
- However, the meteor will apply splash damage to nearby bloons upon reaching its pierce cap, meaning that it is able to affect more than one bloon at a time even without pierce buffs.
- The meteor can attack camo bloons, making it handy on very specific custom challenges.
- Etienne and Inferno Ring is a strong combo, as Etienne's global detection eliminates the requirement to add Radar Scanner, and his UCAV ability can help save up a lot of money in the mid-to-late-game to afford the expensive Inferno Ring upgrade. Likewise, Inferno Ring itself can help inflict a lot of damage for the higher late-game rounds while Etienne's abilities are under cooldown.
- Since the update for Inferno Ring's new homing meteor attack, which can target camo bloons but only if such bloons are of strongest type, Inferno Ring is the only Tack Shooter upgrade that can damage Camo Bloons.
- Inferno Ring has been used in 2 Towers C.H.I.M.P.S. with Tsar Bomba in Version 14.2 by benstein999. Round 95 was extremely difficult, and took him 15 hours to beat that one round.Verify
- Even though Version 17.0 changed the meteor such that it produces an explosion "on impact", buffing that Tack Shooter's pierce via Berserker Brew/Stronger Stimulant/Permanent Brew or Primary Training will still allow the meteor to pop multiple bloons as usual until it runs out of pierce, after which it will then explode.
- On Version 17.0, there is a bug where the meteor explosion does not affect Camo Bloons even though the meteor can. It is uncertain whether the meteor detecting camo by default was even intended in the first place.
- The Inferno Ring's meteor explosions cannot affect Black Bloons or Zebra Bloons, including the napalm from the explosions.