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For the BTD4-BTD5 counterpart, see Intense Magic (BTD4-BTD5).
More powerful magic shots move faster and can pop more Bloons.
~ In-game description

Intense Magic is the first upgrade on the third path for the Wizard Monkey. It gives the Wizard +5 pierce to each bolt, giving a total of 8 pierce for each normal bolt attack (7 to 12 for Arcane Mastery, and 11 to 16 for Archmage). In addition, projectile speed for all bolt attacks is doubled. Currently, Intense Magic does not affect any fire-based attack except Wall of Fire and Dragon's Breath (Fireballs and Summon Phoenix are both excluded). For Wall of Fire, it gains +4 pierce, while Dragon's Breath flames are granted +2 pierce.

It costs $255 on Easy, $300 on Medium, $325 on Hard, and $360 on Impoppable.



Intense Magic improves overall pierce of the Wizard Monkey, and it is usually bought as either a grouped popping option for early-game or as a crosspath to higher level Wizards.

If crosspathed with Guided Magic the bolts travel faster but its seeking curve becomes much larger.


  • Most fire upgrades tend to prefer Intense Magic as a crosspath, which gives extra pierce rather than niche benefits that Guided Magic provides or negligible benefits from Arcane Blast.
  • Intense Magic is the better crosspath for both other Tier 5 Wizards. If you have a Radar Scanner or Level 8 Etienne, you won't have to buy Monkey Sense.

Version History[]

Mostly interactions with crosspathing that grant bonus pierce.

  • Buff Intense Magic now grants +5 pierce to Walls of Fire.
  • Buff Intense Magic now grants Dragon's Breath flames with +2 pierce.
  • Buff Main bolt has more pierce (7 → 8, from base Wizard buff).
  • Nerf 0-2-1 Wall of Fire pierce bonus reduced (+5 --> +4)


Official artwork[]


  • Intense Magic has a blue glow in its upgrade icon, but not its official artwork.