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Bomb Shooter popping a Lead into two Black Bloons

Lead-Popping Power (sometimes referred to as lead detection) is the capability for a tower to affect Lead Bloons. This first appears in Bloons TD 2, where the Lead Bloon first appears. Explosives such as Bomb Shooters are a typical example of lead-popping power, although certain other damage types can pop lead too. Bloons Wiki depicts attacks that can affect lead with this icon: Also affects Lead Bloons, depicted as a Lead Bloon from Bloons TD 6.

Most towers have some method of affecting Lead Bloons. Most will require an upgrade to pop Leads, although some towers, such as Glue Gunners, can affect Leads without applying damage to them. Some already pop Lead by default, with examples being the Bomb Shooter, Mortar Monkey, Gwendolin, Striker Jones, Obyn Greenfoot, Ezili, Pat Fusty, Adora, and Admiral Brickell (mines only).

Table of Damage Types[]

See Damage Types #Quick Reference.

Countering Lead Bloons[]

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD 2[]

Only Bomb Tower can pop Leads. Ice Tower can freeze but not damage them. Monkey Glue can affect Leads but only slow them down.

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD 3[]

The following towers and upgrades allow the tower to affect Lead Bloons:

Tower Upgrade Notes
Cannon (name?) No upgrade required Explosions pop Leads.
Super Monkey Plasma Vision (Upgrade 2, Path 1) Plasma pops any bloon type.
Boomerang Thrower Thermite (Upgrade 2, Path 2) Boomerangs pop any bloon type.
Exploding Pineapples N/A Explosions pop Leads. Timing may be required.

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD 4[]

The following towers and upgrades allow the tower to affect Lead Bloons:

Tower Upgrade Notes
Tack Shooter Ring of Fire (Upgrade #4) Flame ring pop Leads.
Boomerang Thrower Lightsabre Thrower (Upgrade #4) Lightsabres pop Lead.
Bomb Tower No upgrade required Explosions pop Leads.
Ice Tower No upgrade required Snap Freeze allows popping of bloons including Lead.
Glue Gunner No upgrade required Corrosive Glue allows popping of bloons including Lead.
Mortar Tower No upgrade required Explosions pop Leads.
Super Monkey Plasma Vision Plasma pops Leads.
Dartling Gun Laser Cannon In this game, lasers from Laser Cannon can pop lead.
Spike Factory White Hot Spikes Heat-tipped spikes pop lead.
Monkey Glue N/A Glue slows down Leads but not pop them.
Exploding Pineapples N/A Explosions pop Leads. Timing may be required.
Monkey Buccaneer N/A Requires Dreadnought premium upgrade.

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD 5[]

The following towers and upgrades allow the tower and/or nearby towers to affect Lead Bloons:

Tower Upgrade Notes
Dart Monkey Juggernaut (Path 1, Upgrade 4) Only Juggernaut pops Lead without support, and also pops Camo Lead by default due to having Enhanced Eyesight.
Tack Shooter Ring of Fire (Path 1, Upgrade 4) Only Ring of Fire pops Lead without support. Cannot detect Camo Leads.
Sniper Monkey Full Metal Jacket (Path 1, Upgrade 1) Requires Night Vision Goggles to detect Camo Leads without support. In Flash versions, Semi-Automatic Rifle pops Leads and Camo Leads.
Boomerang Thrower Red Hot 'Rangs (Path 2, Upgrade 2) Also requires Glaive Lord to pop Camo Lead.
Ninja Monkey Flash Bomb (Path 2, Upgrade 3) Can pop Camo Leads because it detects camo by default.
Bomb Tower Innate Can't detect Camo Leads without external support.
Ice Tower Innate Need Snap Freeze to damage Leads. Ice Shards doesn't have the Ice Shards damage Leads. Can't do anything to Camos.
Glue Gunner Innate Need Corrosive Glue to damage Leads. Can't do anything to Camos unless using Glue Striker ability.

Glue Strike ability renders Leads vulnerable to any damage type.

Monkey Buccaneer Cannon Ship (Path 2, Upgrade 3) Cannon Ship's bombs can pop Camo Lead due to having Crow's Nest.
Monkey Ace Spectre (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Pineapple Present (Path 2, Upgrade 1)
Ground Zero (Path 2, Upgrade 4)
Spectre only damages Leads with the bombs, and will not damage DDTs in Monkey City as a result. Pineapple Present is unreliable. Both require Spy Plane to affect Camo Leads. Ground Zero needs either the casual Pineapple Presents or the ability to damage Leads.
Super Monkey Plasma Blasts (Path 1, Upgrade 2)
Robo Monkey (Path 2, Upgrade 3)
Only Temple of the Monkey God will naturally detect Camo.
Monkey Apprentice Innate Summon Whirlwind won't have the tornados damage Leads, though Tempest Tornado will. Requires Monkey Sense to detect Camo.
Monkey Village High Energy Beacon (Path 1, Upgrade 4) Naturally detects Camo even without Radar Scanner. Monkey Intelligence Bureau also has allies in range affect Camo Leads.
Mortar Tower Innate Requires Signal Flare to detect Camos. Signal Flare will Decamo on hit.
Dartling Gun Laser Cannon (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Depleted Bloontonium Darts (Path 2, Upgrade 2)
Innately detects Camo
Spike Factory White Hot Spikes (Path 1, Upgrade 2) Innately affects Camos
Heli Pilot Razor Rotors (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Apache Dartship (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Requires Enhanced IFR Instruments to detect Camo. Only rotors and homing missiles from Apache Dartship can pop Lead.
Monkey Engineer Cleansing Foam (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Bloon Trap (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Can't detect Camo Leads without external support, but Cleansing Foam and Bloon Trap can neutralize Camo Leads.
Bloonchipper Heavy Duty Suction Requires external camo detection and the Super Wide Funnel upgrade to affect DDTs.
Monkey Sub Bloontonium Reactor (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Ballistic Missile (Path 2, Upgrade 3)
Can't detect camo by itself, but needs to rely on other camo-detecting towers to attack Camos via Advanced Intel. Can decamo with Submerge and Support (and also pop Lead if upgraded to Bloontonium Reactor) but requires the tower to be submerged. Only the missile from Ballistic Missile can pop lead.

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD 6[]

The following towers and upgrades allow the tower and/or nearby towers to affect Lead Bloons, plus information about dealing with DDTs:

Tower Upgrade Notes
Dart Monkey Juggernaut (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Plasma Monkey Fan Club ability (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Crossbow Master (Path 3, Upgrade 5)
Requires Enhanced Eyesight for Juggernaut or Plasma Monkey Fan Club to detect Camo Leads without support. Crossbow Master naturally detects Camo Leads.

External support is not required for invisible DDTs, as using Plasma Monkey Fan Club ability with Dart Monkeys that have Enhanced Eyesight will destroy DDTs.

Boomerang Monkey Red Hot Rangs (Path 3, Upgrade 2) Requires Glaive Lord in combination with Red Hot Rangs to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

For invisible DDTs, 5-0-2 Glaive Lord is okay, but 0-5-2 Perma Charge with camo detection or 2-5-0 Perma Charge with lead-popping and camo detection are both preferred options.

Bomb Shooter No upgrade required Requires activation of the Bomb Blitz ability to affect pop Camo Leads without support, but is extremely unreliable due to needing to leak.

For invisible DDTs, adding Radar Scanner and Striker Jones Level 5+ is the best approach.

Tack Shooter Hot Shots (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Super Maelstrom (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Requires Inferno Ring's meteor itself to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, but is very unreliable due to lack of control.

For invisible DDTs, either The Tack Zone with MIB or most lead-popping Tack Shooters with Radar Scanner are both the best approaches.

Ice Monkey Cold Snap (Path 1, Upgrade 2)
Absolute Zero ability (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Cold Snap also pops Camo Leads. Absolute Zero ability can do this too.

When it comes to invisible DDTs without external supports, 2-0-5 Icicle Impale is recommended. Embrittlement can be used to make the DDTs visible for any allies capable of damaging Leads but not Camos.

Glue Gunner No upgrade required Can affect Leads no matter its upgrades, but requires Corrosive Glue to damage Leads or stick to DDTs without need of support. Needs Glue Strike or Glue Storm ability to hit Camos without external support.

When it comes to invisible DDTs, MOAB Glue with external support can be used to slow down DDTs, while Super Glue with external support can efficiently damage them.

Sniper Monkey Full Metal Jacket (Path 1, Upgrade 1)
Supply Drop (Path 2, Upgrade 4)
Full Metal Jacket requires Night Vision Goggles to detect and pop Camo Leads without support. Shrapnel can pop Leads when given Full Metal Jacket.

4-2-0 Maim MOABs are effective Sniper options against DDTs, thanks to both its grouped stun and its shrapnel.

Monkey Sub Heat-tipped Darts (Path 2, Upgrade 2) Bloontonium Reactor (Path 1, Upgrade 4) decamos Camo Lead without need of support but requires Heat-tipped Darts to damage them. Heat-tipped Darts with Advanced Intel can pop Camo Leads when given a camo-detecting tower within range of the bloon track. Pre-Emptive Strike's passive ability can be used to neutralize all incoming DDTs, assuming normal blimp health, and also Fortified DDTs when given Sub Commander nearby.
Monkey Buccaneer Hot Shot (Path 2, Upgrade 2)
Carrier Flagship (Path 1, Upgrade 5, DDTs only)
Both require Crow's Nest to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Monkey Pirates ability (and by extension Pirate Lord ability) needs camo detection to hook in DDTs. For invisible DDTs, 5-0-2 Carrier Flagship can counter DDTs but only with the missiles themselves.

Monkey Ace Exploding Pineapple (Path 2, Upgrade 1)
Spectre (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Sky Shredder (Path 1, Upgrade 5)
Exploding Pineapple is unreliable lead-popping; cheapest reliable lead-popping for a Monkey Ace goes to Bomber Ace. Sky Shredder, Exploding Pineapple, and Spectre all require Spy Plane to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Against invisible DDTs, either use Ground Zero ability or use the 5-2-0 Sky Shredder.

Heli Pilot Razor Rotors (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Special Poperations (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
MOAB Shove (Path 3, Upgrade 3)
Razor Rotors and MOAB Shove require IFR to detect and pop Camo Leads without support. Marine from Special Poperations can pop Lead including Camo Lead. MOAB Shove's main missile also pops Lead but not DDTs without support. Comanche Defense's main missiles and mini-Comanches can pop Lead too but won't damage DDTs naturally.

For invisible DDTs, use 5-0-2 Apache Prime with MIB or 0-5-2 Special Poperations.

Mortar Monkey No upgrade needed Requires Signal Flare or the Pop and Awe ability to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Versus invisible DDTs without external supports, Blooncineration can be used to deal with DDTs effectively.

Dartling Gunner Hydra Rocket Pods (Path 2, Upgrade 3)

Plasma Accelerator (Path 1, Upgrade 4)

Requires Advanced Targeting to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.
Wizard Monkey Fireball (Path 2, Upgrade 1)
Necromancer: Unpopped Army (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Arcane Spike (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Arcane Spike and Fireball require Monkey Sense to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, or Archmage to decamo and therefore affect Camo Leads. Summon Phoenix ability detects Camo Leads if given 0-4-2 crosspath.

For invisible DDTs, 4-0-2 Arcane Spikes or Prince of Darkness are both recommended options to counter them.

Super Monkey Plasma Blasts (Path 1, Upgrade 2)
Tech Terror (Path 2, Upgrade 4)
Dark Champion (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Plasma Blasts requires Ultravision to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, although Tech Terror ability can wipe out Camo Leads including DDTs.

2-0-3 Dark Knight is cost-efficient against DDTs, invisible or not.

Ninja Monkey Flash Bomb (Path 3, Upgrade 3) Can always pop Camo Leads even without support. Requires Sticky Bomb to efficiently damage DDTs. Also has Decamo on damage with Counter-Espionage crosspath.
Alchemist No upgrade needed Can never affect camo without support. However, their Acidic Mixture Dip upgrade can buff nearby camo-detecting towers to let those towers pop Camo Leads and DDTs. Also worth a note is that Lead to Gold deals highly increased damage to Leads per attack, though is unlikely to be effective against even visible DDTs.
Druid Hard Thorns (Path 1, Upgrade 1) Allows all attacks to pop Leads.

Requires either Superstorm or a Spirit of the Forest with Hard Thorns to affect Camo Leads and invisible DDTs without support.

Cost-efficient DDT-popping via Druids is not easy to execute. Superstorm + Poplusts can be used to efficiently deal with DDTs, but is expensive. Avatar of Wrath with either Path 1 crosspath and Radar Scanner or Path 2 crosspath and a nearby MIB can be used to deal with DDTs too, but is expensive and not effective against Round 99 without effective slows.

Spike Factory White Hot Spikes (Path 1, Upgrade 2) 2-4-0 Spike Storm, 2-0-5 Perma-Spike, and Super Mines can efficiently deal with DDTs, invisible or not, without need of external supports.
Monkey Village Monkey Intelligence Bureau (Path 2, Upgrade 3)
Primary Expertise (Path 1, Upgrade 5)
MIB allows all nearby towers to pop Lead properties alongside camo detection. Primary Expertise detects camo by default and therefore can be used to deal with Camo Leads and invisible DDTs.
Engineer Monkey Sentry Expert (Path 1, Upgrade 4)

Cleansing Foam (Path 2, Upgrade 3)

Sentry Expert can deploy Boom Sentries that can pop Lead Bloons. Boom Sentries cannot affect DDTs at all.

Foam can affect Camo Leads and invisible DDTs, but otherwise the Engineer possesses no natural camo detection.

Recommended to deal with invisible DDTs without external support is to use Cleansing Foam to decamo the DDTs and use 5-2-0 Sentry Champion or XXXL Trap to deal with the decamo DDTs.

Beast Handler Adasaurus (Path 2, Upgrade 2)
Great White (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Pouākai (Path 3, Upgrade 5)
Tyrannosaurus Rex ability and Pouākai can affect Camo Leads without external support.
Quincy Level 7+ Every 3rd arrow explodes upon collision with the first bloon, 2nd arrow at Level 17+. Cannot affect DDTs without support.
Gwendolin No upgrade required All attacks damage Leads because she attacks with fire. For DDTs, her abilities deal the most damage to them compared to her main attack. Cannot detect camo outside her abilities. However, Heat-It-Up allows allies to damage Leads, and Firestorm also instantaneously grants allies the Heat-It-Up buff on use.
Striker Jones No upgrade required All attacks damage Leads because he fires explosive missiles. Requires camo detection to detect DDTs, but Level 5+ allows him to gain chance to damage DDTs, which have Black properties. His Level 3+ Concussive Shell ability can also damage DDTs when given camo detection.
Obyn Greenfoot No upgrade required His wolf spirits can pop Leads. Brambles requires Level 16+ to pop Lead. Wall of Trees can suck up DDTs if the trees have remaining HP to absorb the DDTs whole. Cannot detect camo outside his abilities.
Captain Churchill No upgrade required His shell attack can pop Leads because of the explosions. Requires Level 3+ Armor Piercing Shells to damage DDTs and Level 6+ to detect camo. Machine gun does not pop Lead unless given the Armor Piercing Shells ability.
Benjamin Level 7+ Trojan can affect Leads. Trojan does not naturally detect camo or target DDTs until Level 18+. Syphon Funding can deal with Leads and Camo Leads, but never DDTs, regardless of level.
Ezili No upgrade required All her cursing attacks can affect Leads and DDTs, and detects camo. Decamo against non-blimp Camo Bloons is granted at Level 9+. Sacrificial Totem ability allows allies to damage Camo, at the cost of Lives locking out its usage in Impoppable and CHIMPS.
Pat Fusty No upgrade required His slap attacks affect Leads. Requires external camo detection to see Camo Leads or DDTs.
Adora No upgrade required All of her attacks pop Lead because they utilize solar power. Requires external camo detection to see Camo Leads or DDTs.
Admiral Brickell No upgrade required Mines always pop Leads, but pistol doesn't, unless with her Naval Tactics ability active. Naval Tactics allows allied Buccaneers and Subs in range to damage Leads and visible DDTs at Level 5, and Camos at Level 8. Brickell additionally gets her own Camo detection at Level 7. Mega Mine can pop DDTs, but main mines cannot pop DDTs without Level 15+ or an active Naval Tactics.
Etienne Level 10+ Only UCAV can pop Leads. Level 20+ UCAV ability required for DDTs. By the time he can pop Leads without support, he and all allies on the map can detect camo by that point.
Sauda Level 3+ Pops Lead with any of her abilities. Naturally detects camo. Main attack only naturally damages Lead starting from Level 13+. Against DDTs without support, preferably with Level 13+ for the most efficient results.
Psi Level 6+ Cannot target Leads until said level, but can be supported with MIB to target Leads. Any other lead-popping grant will not work until Psi reaches Level 6+. They require Level 20 to affect DDTs. Technically, they can affect Leads and DDTs starting from Level 3+ with their Psychic Blast ability, but doesn't damage them. Can always detect camo.
Geraldo Level 8+ Requires the Bottle of 'Gerry's Fire' Hot Sauce item to pop Leads at minimum. Some of his other base items offered (i.e. Killer Rabbit via 4 Pet Rabbits, Genie Bottle) also pop Leads. Blade Trap at Level 14+ can pop Leads too, similarly to Super Maelstrom. For Camo Leads, See Invisibility Potion is an easy solution on top. To pop Camo Leads without the aforementioned potion, Level 16+ Nail Mine can pop Camo Leads with explosion, but not DDTs, and Pet Rabbit and Genie Bottle automatically detect camo and thus can pop Camo Leads and DDTs.
Paragons Any Paragon upgrade All Paragons can pop Leads and detect Camo.

Lead-Popping in Bloons Adventure Time TD[]

Note that most towers/trinkets can pop DDTs once given lead popping, assuming DDTs are decamoed or the tower has camo detection, with the exception of C4 Charlie, who still needs level 10 for black popping. The following towers, upgrades, trinkets, and weapons allow the tower and/or nearby towers to affect/damage Lead Bloons, plus information about dealing with DDTs:

Tower Upgrade Notes
Max Hot Tips Since Enhanced Range is a prerequisite for this upgrade, Max can detect Camo Leads without support/trinkets.
External support is not required for camoed DDTs.
Juggernaut Max Juggernaut
Keep Rolling
Spikey Chaos
Juggernaut Max cannot pop leads without the Juggernaut upgrade, but cannot pop ghost leads. Keep Rolling and Spikey Chaos projectiles also deal physical damage.
External support is required for camoed DDTs, as Juggernaut Max lacks camo detection whatsoever.
Dungeon Finn Fire Crown
Flame Slap
Inferno
Focused Fire
Only Fire Crown, Flame Slap, Inferno, and Focused Fire can damage lead bloons, his other attacks cannot damage lead bloons without support
External support is not required for camoed DDTs if using his Inferno ability, as it has innate camo detection, but his other attacks lack camo detection.
Jake Mace Hand
Big Jake Slap
Jake Suit
Mace Hand only grants lead popping for the mace attack, while Big Jake Slap only grants lead popping for the slap attack. Jake Suit grants all attacks lead popping power.
External support is required for camoed DDTs, as Jake lacks any form of innate camo detection or decamo.
Tuxedo Jake Rock Out
Inspiring Melody
Rock Out can pop Lead Bloons, while Inspiring Melody lets towers damage all types of bloons, including Lead Bloons.
External support is required for camoed DDTs, as Tuxedo Jake cannot detect camos, nor does he grant camo detection.
Princess Bubblegum No upgrade requied
Soda and Mints (ability)
Princess Bubblegum can pop lead bloons by default. Her ability cannot, and requires Soda and Mints or an external lead-popping buff.
External support is not required for DDTs, as she can detect camo with Super Intelligence.
Warrior Bubblegum Gumball Guardians Warrior Bubblegum can pop lead bloons with her Gumball Guardians ability.
External support is not required for DDTs, as the Gumball Guardians also have camo detection.
Captain Cassie No upgrade required
Fire Barrels
MOAB Takedown
Cassie can damage lead bloons by default, and the only attack she has that cannot damage lead are her grapes.
External support is not required for detecting camoed DDTs, as Crows Nest provides camo detection, but her cannon and grape attacks require black or lead popping, respectively before they can damage DDTs.
Commander Cassie Cruise Missile
Bloontonium Tips
Commander Cassie can only damage Lead Bloons with Cruise Missile, or if she gets Bloontonium Tips which lets all of her attacks damage lead bloons.
External support is not required for camoed DDTs, but does require Bloontonium Tips.
Flame Princess No upgrade requied Flame Princess can pop lead bloons by default.
External support is not required for DDTs, as she can detect camo with Heat Sense.
Marceline Telekinesis
Pyrokinesis
Marceline cannot damage Lead bloons without support/trinkets, but her blockback from Telekinesis will let her slow down Lead bloons. Pyrokinesis lets this blowback set lead bloons on fire, popping them.
External support is required for DDTs.
Hunter Marceline Garlic Bomb
Soul Sucking
Hunter Marceline can only damage Lead bloons without support/trinkets with her garlic bombs or by leeching the soul of a lead bloon. When she leeches the soul of a lead bloon, she permanently gains lead-popping power.
External support is not required for DDTs, but does require leeching the properties of a camo and lead bloon beforehand.
Trinket Notes
Carl the Gem This trinket's attack can damage lead bloons.
Vorpal Hand Only works on melee attacks, so any trinket without innate lead popping, such as Missile against DDTs, will not damage DDTs even with this trinket.
Robo-Monkey Visor Lets all attacks damage lead. Only equippable on ranged characters.
Glob's Helmet Lets all attacks damage lead. Also grants immunity against negative effects and +6 range.


Lead-Popping in Bloons Pop![]

Only explosives, freezing, magic, fire, and bullets can pop Leads. There are no "special" exceptions to this rule. The following is a list of those that can pop Leads:

Monkeys and Mega Monkeys
Heroes
Powers

Lead-Popping in Bloons TD Battles 2[]

Many of these lead-popping options remain similar compared to BTD6 with some exceptions:

The following towers and upgrades allow the tower and/or nearby towers to affect Lead Bloons, plus information about dealing with DDTs:


Tower Upgrade Notes
Dart Monkey Juggernaut (Path 1, Upgrade 4)
Plasma Monkey Fan Club ability (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Crossbow Master (Path 3, Upgrade 5)
Requires Enhanced Eyesight for Juggernaut or Plasma Monkey Fan Club to detect Camo Leads without support. Crossbow Master naturally detects Camo Leads.

External support is not required for invisible DDTs, as using Plasma Monkey Fan Club ability with Dart Monkeys that have Enhanced Eyesight will destroy DDTs.

Boomerang Monkey Red Hot Rangs (Path 3, Upgrade 2) Requires Glaive Lord in combination with Red Hot Rangs to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

For invisible DDTs, 5-0-2 Glaive Lord is okay, but 0-5-2 Perma Charge with camo detection or 2-5-0 Perma Charge with lead-popping and camo detection are both preferred options.

Bomb Shooter No upgrade required Requires activation of the Bomb Blitz ability to affect pop Camo Leads without support, but is extremely unreliable due to needing to leak.

For invisible DDTs, adding Radar Scanner and Striker Jones Level 5+ is the best approach.

Tack Shooter Hot Shots (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Super Maelstrom (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Requires Inferno Ring's meteor itself to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, but is very unreliable due to lack of control.

For invisible DDTs, either The Tack Zone with MIB or most lead-popping Tack Shooters with Radar Scanner are both the best approaches.

Ice Monkey Cold Snap (Path 1, Upgrade 2)
Absolute Zero ability (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
Cold Snap also pops Camo Leads. Absolute Zero ability can do this too.

When it comes to invisible DDTs without external supports, 2-0-5 Icicle Impale is recommended. Embrittlement can be used to make the DDTs visible for any allies capable of damaging Leads but not Camos.

Glue Gunner No upgrade required Can affect Leads no matter its upgrades, but requires Corrosive Glue to damage Leads or stick to DDTs without need of support. Needs Glue Strike or Glue Storm ability to hit Camos without external support.

When it comes to invisible DDTs, MOAB Glue with external support can be used to slow down DDTs, while Super Glue with external support can efficiently damage them.

Sniper Monkey Full Metal Jacket (Path 1, Upgrade 1)
Supply Drop (Path 2, Upgrade 4)
Full Metal Jacket requires Night Vision Goggles to detect and pop Camo Leads without support. Shrapnel can pop Leads when given Full Metal Jacket.

4-2-0 Maim MOABs are effective Sniper options against DDTs, thanks to both its grouped stun and its shrapnel.

Monkey Sub Heat-tipped Darts (Path 2, Upgrade 2) Bloontonium Reactor (Path 1, Upgrade 4) decamos Camo Lead without need of support but requires Heat-tipped Darts to damage them. Heat-tipped Darts with Advanced Intel can pop Camo Leads when given a camo-detecting tower within range of the bloon track. Pre-Emptive Strike's passive ability can be used to neutralize all incoming DDTs, assuming normal blimp health, and also Fortified DDTs when given Sub Commander nearby.
Monkey Buccaneer Hot Shot (Path 2, Upgrade 2)
Carrier Flagship (Path 1, Upgrade 5)
Both require Crow's Nest to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Monkey Pirates ability (and by extension Pirate Lord ability) can hook in DDTs regardless of crosspath. For invisible DDTs, 5-0-2 Carrier Flagship can counter DDTs outside of ability usages.

Monkey Ace Exploding Pineapple (Path 2, Upgrade 1)
Spectre (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Sky Shredder (Path 1, Upgrade 5)
Exploding Pineapple is unreliable lead-popping; cheapest reliable lead-popping for a Monkey Ace goes to Bomber Ace. Sky Shredder, Exploding Pineapple, and Spectre all require Spy Plane to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Against invisible DDTs, either use Ground Zero ability or use the 5-2-0 Sky Shredder.

Heli Pilot Razor Rotors (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Special Poperations (Path 2, Upgrade 5)
MOAB Shove (Path 3, Upgrade 3)
Razor Rotors and MOAB Shove require IFR to detect and pop Camo Leads without support. Marine from Special Poperations can pop Lead including Camo Lead. MOAB Shove's main missile also pops Lead but not DDTs without support. Comanche Defense's main missiles and mini-Comanches can pop Lead too but won't damage DDTs naturally.

For invisible DDTs, use 5-0-2 Apache Prime with MIB or 0-5-2 Special Poperations.

Mortar Monkey No upgrade needed Requires Signal Flare or the Pop and Awe ability to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.

Versus invisible DDTs without external supports, Blooncineration can be used to deal with DDTs effectively.

Dartling Gunner Hydra Rocket Pods (Path 2, Upgrade 3)

Laser Cannon (Path 1, Upgrade 3)

Requires Advanced Targeting to detect and pop Camo Leads without support.
Wizard Monkey Fireball (Path 2, Upgrade 1)
Arcane Mastery (Path 1, Upgrade 3)
Unpopped Army (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Arcane Mastery (starting from Version 1.4.0) and Fireball require Monkey Sense to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, or Archmage to decamo and therefore affect Camo Leads. Summon Phoenix ability detects Camo Leads no matter the crosspathing option.

For invisible DDTs, 4-0-2 Arcane Spikes or Prince of Darkness are both recommended options to counter them.

Super Monkey Plasma Blasts (Path 1, Upgrade 2)
Tech Terror (Path 2, Upgrade 4)
Dark Champion (Path 3, Upgrade 4)
Plasma Blasts requires Ultravision to detect and pop Camo Leads without support, although Tech Terror ability can wipe out Camo Leads including DDTs.

2-0-3 Dark Knight is cost-efficient against DDTs, invisible or not.

Ninja Monkey Flash Bomb (Path 3, Upgrade 3) Can always pop Camo Leads even without support. Requires Sticky Bomb to efficiently damage DDTs. Also has Decamo on damage with Counter-Espionage crosspath.
Alchemist No upgrade needed Only Acid Pool has direct camo detection for the Alchemist. However, their Acidic Mixture Dip upgrade can buff nearby camo-detecting towers to let those towers pop Camo Leads and DDTs. Also worth a note is that Lead to Gold deals highly increased damage to Leads per attack.
Druid Hard Thorns (Path 1, Upgrade 1) Allows all attacks to pop Leads.

Requires either Superstorm or a Spirit of the Forest with Hard Thorns to affect Camo Leads and invisible DDTs without support.

Cost-efficient DDT-popping via Druids is not easy to execute. Superstorm + Poplusts can be used to efficiently deal with DDTs, but is expensive. Avatar of Wrath with either Path 1 crosspath and Radar Scanner or Path 2 crosspath and a nearby Monkey Intelligence Bureau can be used to deal with DDTs too, but is expensive and not effective against Round 99 without effective slows.

Spike Factory White Hot Spikes (Path 1, Upgrade 2) 2-4-0 Spike Storm, 2-0-5 Perma-Spike, and Super Mines can efficiently deal with DDTs, invisible or not, without need of external supports.
Monkey Village Monkey Intelligence Bureau (Path 2, Upgrade 3)
Primary Expertise (Path 1, Upgrade 5)
MIB allows all nearby towers to pop Lead properties alongside camo detection. Primary Expertise detects camo by default and therefore can be used to deal with Camo Leads and invisible DDTs.
Engineer Monkey Sentry Expert (Path 1, Upgrade 4)

Cleansing Foam (Path 2, Upgrade 3)

Sentry Expert can deploy Boom Sentries that can pop Lead Bloons. Boom Sentries cannot affect DDTs at all.

Foam can affect Camo Leads and invisible DDTs, but otherwise the Engineer possesses no natural camo detection.

Quincy Level 7+ Every 3rd arrow explodes upon collision with the first bloon, 2nd arrow at Level 17+. Cannot affect DDTs without support.
Gwendolin No upgrade required All attacks damage Leads because she attacks with fire. For DDTs, her abilities deal the most damage to them compared to her main attack. Cannot detect camo outside her abilities. However, Heat-It-Up allows allies to damage Leads, and Firestorm also instantaneously grants allies the Heat-It-Up buff on use.
Striker Jones No upgrade required All attacks damage Leads because he fires explosive missiles. Requires camo detection to detect DDTs, but Level 5+ allows him to gain chance to damage DDTs, which have Black properties. His Level 3+ Concussive Shell ability can also damage DDTs when given camo detection.
Obyn Greenfoot No upgrade required His wolf spirits can pop Leads. Brambles requires Level 16+ to pop Lead. Wall of Trees can suck up DDTs if the trees have remaining HP to absorb the DDTs whole. Cannot detect camo outside his abilities.
Captain Churchill No upgrade required His shell attack can pop Leads because of the explosions. Requires Level 3+ Armor Piercing Shells to damage DDTs and Level 6+ to detect camo. Machine gun does not pop Lead unless given the Armor Piercing Shells ability.
Benjamin Level 7+ Trojan can affect Leads. Trojan does not naturally detect camo or target DDTs until Level 18+. Syphon Funding can deal with Leads and Camo Leads, but DDTs at Level 20.
Ezili No upgrade required All her cursing attacks can affect Leads and DDTs, and detects camo. Decamo against non-blimp Camo Bloons is granted at Level 9+. Sacrificial Totem ability allows allies to damage Camo, at the cost of some lost lives, and not being able to use it in Sudden Death.
Pat Fusty No upgrade required His slap attacks affect Leads. Requires external camo detection to see Camo Leads or DDTs.
Adora No upgrade required All of her attacks pop Lead because they utilize solar power. Her Long Arm of Light allows her to temporarily see Camo, and Ball of Light has innate camo detection.
Highwayman Jericho No upgrade required There is no upgrade that allows Highwayman Jericho to directly damage Lead Bloons, but he does have Misdirection to misdirect DDTs if he is Level 13+.
Star Captain Jericho No upgrade required His blaster always pops Lead, but not Purple until Level 19. He requires Level 7+ to detect Camo Leads and DDTs.
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History of Lead-Popping Power[]

Bloons Tower Defense 2[]

The only tower that can pop lead in this game is the Bomb Tower. Ice Ball can affect Lead, but only freezes it. Monkey Glue can also affect lead.

Bloons Tower Defense 3[]

Many more upgrades can pop lead. This includes Thermite and Plasma Vision. Exploding Pineapples can also pop lead.

Bloons TD 4[]

Additional towers and upgrades have been added that can pop lead. This game features the following lead-affecting sources:

Bloons TD 5[]

TBA

Bloons TD 6[]

Many sources of lead-popping power have been added. Acidic Mixture Dip and Gwendolin's Heat It Up can grant affected towers with lead-popping power. Glue Strike and Glue Storm abilities have become additional options since Version 29.0.

Lead-popping power was stripped from various towers, normally by downgrading from Normal Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) to Sharp Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple), and some now require a lead-popping crosspath to regain lead-popping. The towers and upgrades that lost innate lead-popping in updates includes:

Some towers, however, gained lead-popping, including:

Trivia[]

  • The fan term "lead detection" is a bit of a misnomer, if used to define the capability to pop Lead properties. While all towers have at least one possible way to target non-camo Lead Bloons, almost all of the towers that don't pop Leads simply cannot break the layers of them no matter the number of hits. The only reason why the term exists is due to the term "camo detection" for the countermeasure of Camo Bloons, and the term "lead detection" uses a similar principle, albeit misleading.
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