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For other uses of "MOAB Assassin", see MOAB Assassin (disambiguation).
Assassinate MOAB Ability: Special missile flies out and does massive damage to MOAB class Bloons. Regular attack range and MOAB-class damage also increased.
~ In-game description

MOAB Assassin (sometimes shortened to Assassin) is the fourth upgrade of Path 2 for the Bomb Shooter in Bloons TD 6. It grants a new ability that fires a missile dealing 750 damage to the strongest non-camo MOAB-class bloon on screen and creates a 3 damage explosion with 100 pierce when the missile explodes, with a cooldown of 30 seconds. Alongside its new ability, its missiles now deal 31 damage to MOAB-class bloons (instead of 16) and 5 damage to Ceramics, while still dealing 1 damage to all other bloons. Additionally, MOAB Assassin adds +5 range on top of the MOAB Mauler upgrade, which in itself has extra range on top of Missile Launcher.

This upgrade costs $2,720 on Easy, $3,200 on Medium, $3,455 on Hard, and $3,840 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Appearance[]

This upgrade retains the same missile base as the preceding upgrades, only this time with a black missile bearing a red stripe around the fins.

Path 1 crosspathing visibly fattens the missile's nose and adds a red stripe around the eyes.

Path 2 crosspathing adds either a red target or explosion symbol on the forehead of the missile.

Mechanics[]

MOAB Assassin gains the Assassinate MOAB ability, dealing 750 damage to the strongest MOAB on screen (this is unable to penetrate the layer) with a cooldown of 30 seconds. The missile also possesses splash damage, dealing 3 damage to up to 100 bloons.

Additionally, it gains +12 MOAB damage, for 31 total, as well as +4 Ceramic damage, for a total of 5. It also further enhances range by 5, for a total of 54.

Targeting Priorities[]

MOAB Assassin targets bloons using the standard targeting priorities. Its main attack shoots straight movement projectiles.

  • First: Targets the first bloon visible within its range.
  • Last: Targets the last bloon visible within its range.
  • Close: Targets the closest bloon visible within its range.
  • Strong: Targets the strongest bloon visible within its range.

MOAB Assassin's ability missile is locked on Strong and only targets MOAB-class bloons.

Costs[]

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 (X-4-X) $2,720 $3,200 $3,455 $3,840 -
Total (0-4-0) $4,650 $5,475 $5,910 $6,570 $3,255 $3,833 $4,137 $4,599
Crosspath (1-4-0) $4,945 $5,825 $6,290 $6,990 $3,462 $4,078 $4,403 $4,893
Crosspath (2-4-0) $5,495 $6,475 $6,990 $7,770 $3,847 $4,533 $4,893 $5,439
Crosspath (0-4-1) $4,820 $5,675 $6,125 $6,810 $3,374 $3,973 $4,288 $4,767
Crosspath (0-4-2) $5,075 $5,975 $6,450 $7,170 $3,553 $4,183 $4,515 $5,019

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: ComeOnEverybodyIcon.png Come On Everybody!, BetterSellDealsIcon.png Better Sell Deals

Strategy[]

Main article: MOAB Assassin/Strategies

Summary[]

MOAB Assassin's main power comes from its single-target damage through its ability. MOAB Assassin is most commonly seen used in tandem with Striker Jones against rounds with spaced and isolated MOABs, especially Round 100, or sometimes against early isolated MOABs such as the Round 40 MOAB or the Round 40 Fortified MOAB in ABR. Pair with Striker Jones for the opportunity to reset cooldowns for the MOAB Assassin abilities and double damage on the second activation at level 20. With Striker Jones' Artillery Command, MOAB Assassin is very efficient DPS ignoring grouped damage.

Tips[]

  • As a damage tower, MOAB Maulers tend to be more efficient in terms of grouped popping power as they are more spammable, especially with Primary Mentoring. However, to optimize mauling of MOABs, the best candidate Maulers to promote are those that are close to Villages and the main line of defense.
  • Most strategies for utilizing MOAB Assassin's main missile attacks can be utilized based on that for the previous tier MOAB Mauler. As such, 1-4-0 tends to be the preferred crosspath for the increased pierce and blast radius.
  • Striker Jones and Top Path Villages are great buffs, as they not only buff MOAB Assassin itself, but also synergise with other towers that are great MOAB Assassin partners.
  • Unlike BTD5 or BMC, MOAB Assassin ability can neither target non-MOAB-class nor target DDTs with camo properties. As such, be sure to have effective backup against either bloon types.
  • MOAB Assassin gains bonus Ceramic damage, but it is highly cost-inefficient as Ceramic popping power. As with Mauler spam strategies, use alternate defenses for countering Ceramics, especially Super Ceramics. Cryo Cannon and Bloon Impact are among several examples of such.

Version History[]

Overall, the MOAB Assassin has been buffed since it was first introduced into the game. Unlike MOAB Maulers, the power of MOAB Assassins has not been amplified to the same extent, but rather it has evolved to become a stronger version of a MOAB Mauler with an activated ability that deals high damage to high-HP single-target blimps. It is not as popular as Maulers, but tags alongside Striker Jones + Mauler spam strategies to utilize Striker Jones' lesser used Artillery Command ability.

Initial release (compared to BTD5)
  • Nerf MOAB Assassin ability can no longer attack camo bloons without camo detection.
  • Change MOAB Assassin ability can no longer be activated when no MOAB-Class bloons are on screen. While this is technically a decrease in power, it can actually be advantageous. This is because it prevents the ability from being accidentally wasted.
  • Buff MOAB Assassin ability now has increased damage (700 → 750)
4.0
  • Buff MOAB Assassin missile now deals more damage to MOAB-class bloons (11 → 16)
12.0
  • Buff MOAB Assassin now has increased attack speed from the Missile Launcher upgrade (every 1.2s → 1.02s)
  • Buff MOAB Assassin main attack now deals +5 damage to Ceramics
15.0
  • Buff Base MOAB Assassin range increased from 44 to 54
16.0
  • Buff MOAB Assassin main attack deals more damage to MOAB-class (16 → 19)
18.0
  • Buff MOAB Assassin attacks faster (1.02s → 0.9s)
20.0
We're really excited about the recent rise in Bomb fame, and we want to encourage this by buffing some of the detracting parts of Bomb Shooters. But larger groups of basic T3 Maulers are now performing far too well against everything when they are intended to be more of a MOAB Specialist. This change means little in the early game, but should pull these groups back a little in more higher round gameplay.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff MOAB Assassin deals more MOAB-class damage (+18 → +25)
  • Nerf MOAB Assassin deals less Ceramic damage (+5 → +4)
22.0
Some low tier Bomb pierce has been shifted further up into the 2xx Heavy Bombs upgrade to effectively nerf 130 Mauler meta in price, but the price of these upgrades and MOAB Damage of T4 Maulers have both been buffed to benefit other variations of bomb better. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Nerf Base MOAB Assassin pierce reduced from 18 to 14 and benefits less from the Bigger Bombs crosspath (28 → 20)
  • Buff 2-4-0 MOAB Assassin deals more pierce (28 → 30)
  • Buff MOAB Assassin deals more damage versus MOAB-class (+25 → +30)
23.0
Small nerf to the regular-Bloon power of MOAB Mauler's domination.
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to MOAB Mauler
  • Change Indirect buff due to a nerf in MOAB Mauler ceramic bonus damage being reduced from +4 to +3 not applying to MOAB Assassin.
24.0
  • Change Description changed from "Assassinate MOAB ability: Special missile flies out and does massive damage to MOAB-Class Bloons." to "Assassinate MOAB Ability: Special missile flies out and does massive damage to MOAB class Bloons. Regular attack range and MOAB-class damage also increased."
25.0
In some cases the effort to make upgrades feel powerful eclipsed the need for monkey tower weaknesses to be supported by path or other tower synergies. [...] MOAB Maulers have been a very strong meta spam for a while now, so we are chipping off most of its ceramic bonus at T3.
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to MOAB Mauler
  • Change Indirect buff due to a nerf in MOAB Mauler ceramic bonus damage being reduced from +3 to +1 not applying to MOAB Assassin, retaining +4 Ceramic damage.
30.0
Has strong meta usage, Mauler as a moab focus upgrade no longer needs the bonus to ceramic crutch
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to MOAB Mauler
  • Change Indirect buff due to a nerf in MOAB Mauler ceramic bonus damage being removed.
32.0
  • Change Indirect buff due to a nerf in MOAB Mauler MOAB-class damage bonus being reduced.

Sounds[]

When activated Assassinate MOAB Ability:

Gallery[]

Official artwork[]

Trivia[]

  • MOAB Assassin's ability missile uses the same exact model as the normal MOAB Assassin attack missile. The same applies to MOAB Eliminator.
  • A 0-4-0 MOAB Assassin is the cheapest tower to be able to be affected by Striker Jones' Artillery Command ability before he reaches Level 20. In the opposite side of the spectrum, a 2-0-5 Bomb Blitz is the most expensive tower under the same conditions, the second being 2-5-0 Pop and Awe if excluding all possible Bomb Blitz crosspaths.
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