For other uses of MOAB, see MOAB (disambiguation).
Fear the MOAB Bloons! These floating fortresses of fear take loads of hits to pop, and when they do, release Ceramic Bloons.
~ Message when you first encounter the MOAB in BTD 6

The Mother of All Bloons, known as the Massive Ornary Air Blimp [sic] in earlier games, and abbreviated MOAB (M.O.A.B. in pre-BTD5 games), is a high-health blimp, first debuted in Bloons TD 3. It is the second-weakest multi-HP bloon throughout the series, but it is still quite formidable. In most games, the MOAB has 200 health and will release 4 Ceramic Bloons once popped. In the Bloons Super Monkey series, damaging the MOAB will spawn multiple Red Bloons, while in Bloons Super Monkey 2 popping the MOAB sends out 8 Mini MOABs.

The MOAB can be affected by any tower can target MOAB-Class Bloons. Some attacks, most notably the MOAB Mauler, can inflict extra damage to MOAB-class bloons compared to normal bloons, making them a deadly force against the MOAB. Multi-projectile attacks, such as Tack Sprayer, are naturally effective against the MOAB because of the MOAB's large hitbox. It takes many hits to destroy the MOAB layer, but some towers are capable of destroying the MOAB layer in one hit under normal health conditions or instakill the MOAB completely, examples being MOAB Assassin and Monkey Pirates, respectively.

MOABs can gain more health depending on the game. In Bloons TD 6, the MOAB can become a Fortified MOAB, as the fortification layer gives it and its descendents with double health, 400 health for the MOAB layer instead of 200. In addition, Freeplay Mode will slowly accelerate its health and speed every round.

The health of a MOAB can be determined through multiple damage stages. Every 1/4 of the MOAB's health, 50 by default, it will appear more damaged. These are usually rips and tears on the blimp's skin. The MOAB will appear more and more worn out until it is fully destroyed.

Details[edit | edit source]

It debuted in Bloons Tower Defense 3 (on Round 37) along with the Ceramic Bloon. The M.O.A.B's other appearances include Bloons TD 4, Bloons TD 4 Expansion, Bloons TD 5 (Round 46), Bloons Super Monkey, Bloons TD (DSi/3DS), Bloons Super Monkey 2, and Bloons TD 6 (Round 40, Last Round of Easy).

The MOAB is currently the 5th highest ranked bloon after its parent, the B.F.B., its grandparent, the Z.O.M.G., the powerful D.D.T and the newest and most powerful M.O.A.B-Class Bloon, the B.A.D. (not counting Boss Bloons).It is also the second lowest ranked M.O.A.B. Class Bloon above the Mini MOAB.

In Bloons TD 3, the M.O.A.B is white instead of blue and looks thinner with 4 brown bloons (the Ceramic Bloons) bulging out of its back. In Bloons TD 4, M.O.A.B.s can be identified easily by their blimp like appearance, blue stripes, and the Ceramic Bloons they yield. In Bloons TD 5, the M.O.A.B is a blue blimp, has white stripes, and no Ceramic Bloons are shown. The M.O.A.B is sluggish, being the 3rd slowest bloon in the game, surpassing only the B.F.B. and Z.O.M.G. in speed.

The only way to survive letting a MOAB through a level is buying enough lives, the Healthy Bananas premium upgrade, or the Support Chinook ability; 617 lives is the minimum to survive an undamaged MOAB leaking. M.O.A.B. rushes are very dangerous, especially in Mastery Mode in Round 63, 76 and 78 without strong towers.

Bloons Super Monkey[edit | edit source]

The MOAB first appears in Stage 4. Several of them appear in Stage 5. They shoot out Red Bloons whenever they get attacked, and explode into a large cloud of various Bloons (mainly Red Bloons) upon destruction.

Bloons Super Monkey 2[edit | edit source]

The MOAB appears again in Bloons Super Monkey 2. It appears as the boss of stage 1-5. More of them appear in later stages. The boss MOAB is popped after 600 hits, then it explodes, spawning 8 Mini MOABs without shields and a cloud of Red to Yellow bloons. While moving in the screen, it releases a variety of bloons from red to pink. Normal MOABs instead still get popped after 600 hits but they explode spawning Red Bloons and Yellow Bloons instead. It is advised to focus on Mini MOABs and not normal MOABs when you have more basic weapons, because Mini MOABs are a lot easier to pop and the player can earn more pops. (If a MOAB is popped, you get less pops than 600).

Bloons Super Monkey 2 Mobile[edit | edit source]

The MOAB also appears in the mobile version of BSM2. It is the final boss of Monkey Lane, appearing on level 25 and appearing regularly in later levels. It will spawn bloons in the red-yellow range, spawning ceramic bloons during the final degrade.

It is possible to beat the MOAB with only the first tier tech upgrades, because the boss MOAB will be pushed back with each hit. Aliensrock50 has made a video about this ([1]).

The MOAB appears later on, especially during Helium Heights, as minions to bosses and BFBs .

Bloons Monkey City[edit | edit source]

The MOAB appears in Bloons Monkey City. They are found probably near the first tiles you claim, where you can see MOABs. Their average difficulty is Hard. However, there are also tiles with 3 MOABs on it (Called "Triple MOAB Tiles", "Packed MOAB tiles" or "MOAB Pack Tiles"). These foreshadow a large rush of MOABs near the final round, or close to it. This also makes MOABs more common. However, these tiles are sometimes harder than a Double BFB Tile, because MOABs can come very early and you probably don't have much defense. Some of the earliest MOAB Rounds are Round 4!

MOAB-Class Bloons in BMC have 133 health (160 on second city). This was stated in a NK Blog post.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Pre-BTD4 generation games
BTD4 generation games
BTD5 generation games
BTD6 generation games

Round Appearances[edit | edit source]

The following are all appearances on each round where MOABs will spawn naturally from the entrance. These will not include the rounds where the MOAB's parents or subsequent parents will feature.

BTD3[edit | edit source]

  • Round X: TBA
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BTD4[edit | edit source]

  • Round X: TBA
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  • Round X: TBA

BTD5[edit | edit source]

  • Round X: TBA
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  • Round X: TBA

BTD6[edit | edit source]

Normal Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • Round X: TBA
  • Round X: TBA
  • Round X: TBA

Alternate Bloons Rounds[edit | edit source]

  • Round X: TBA
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  • Round X: TBA

Variants[edit | edit source]

Bloons TD 6[edit | edit source]

Image Fortified Name Appearances
BTD63DMOAB.png BadMaimMoabParticle.png MOAB Round X
BTD63DFortifiedMOAB.png TickGreenIcon.png Fortified MOAB Round X
70px Googly Eyed Bloons
70px Top Hat Bloons
70px Hatchet Bloons
70px Red Nose Decal Bloons
70px Trucker Hats Bloons
70px Old Timey MOAB-class Bloons
70px Mauler MOAB
70px Puffer Fish MOAB
70px Gridiron Football MOAB
70px Frozen Glacier MOAB
70px Chocolate Egg MOAB
70px BTD4 Retro MOAB

Hierarchy[edit | edit source]

Version History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[edit | edit source]

M.O.A.Bs have been nerfed overall via game updates making them easier to defend.

Note: The buffs and nerfs refer to according to the power of the MOAB, and don't necessarily reflect whether it is good or not for the player or opponent.

Initial Release

Nerf.png M.O.A.Bs (along with the other MOAB class bloons) can now be stalled by Supa-Vac for 8 seconds.

Nerf.png M.O.A.Bs (along with the other MOAB class bloons) have half the health of their BTD5 counterparts before getting destroyed (200 HP → 100).


Nerf.png Artillery Battery Pop and Awe ability now stuns MOABs for 5 seconds.


Buff.png M.O.A.Bs (along with the other MOAB class bloons) have increased health and speed ramping (Speed: +15% per round → +20%; Health: +5% per round → +40%).


Buff.png Spaced and Fast Cooldown M.O.A.B. income penalty reduced (Spaced: -$60 → -$24; Fast Cooldown: -$140 → -$56).

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Main article: Massive Ornary Air Blimp (M.O.A.B.)/Strategies

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Beware the M.O.A.B - it's coming next level.
~ Round 37 in Bloons TD 3
M.O.A.B. stands for Massive Ornary Air Blimp, not Mother Of All Bloons. Either way, it brings pain.
~ Round 38 in Bloons TD 3
If a MOAB escapes, it's game over. Yes, that sucker will eat all of your lives.
~ Bloons TD 3
Did you enjoy your old friend the M.O.A.B? You didn't think we'd gotten rid of it did you?
~ Round 47 in Bloons TD 4
Here it is! The big boss bloon! ...Whatever it throws at you, do not let it pass! Think of the children, the fuzzy little monkey children...
~ Dr. Monkey's final quote before the battle with the Mighty MOAB.
This is Boss Bloon. The MOAB. It takes hundreds of hits to pop this Bloon. Also, if the MOAB passes through your defense, the game ends for you.
~ Message when you first encounter the MOAB in BTD 5
The Mother of All Bloons will spawn defensive Bloons whenever it is hit. Hit it enough times and it will pop, releasing the four Ceramic Bloons hidden inside!
~ Bloonspedia entry for the MOAB in Bloons Pop!.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

BTD3[edit | edit source]

BTD4[edit | edit source]

BSM1[edit | edit source]

BTD5[edit | edit source]

BTD5 Flash[edit | edit source]

BTD5 Mobile[edit | edit source]

BMC[edit | edit source]

BMC Flash[edit | edit source]

BMC Mobile[edit | edit source]

BSM2[edit | edit source]

BSM2 Flash[edit | edit source]

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BTD6[edit | edit source]

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Other[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • M.O.A.B.s have the same speed as Red Bloons and Lead Bloons (except in Bloons TD Battles Mobile post 4.1).
  • The Dart Monkey is riding a M.O.A.B in Hot Air Bloon.
    • However, the M.O.A.B. in Hot Air Bloon is gray.
  • A running joke is that M.O.A.B. stands for Mother Of All Bloons, which is a play on Mother of All Bombs.
    • This joke was mentioned again on Bloons Super Monkey 2, only it is on the Epic powerup M.O.A.P., which stands for Mother Of All Pineapples.
    • Finn in Bloons Adventure Time TD reacted by saying "Mother of all Bloons! What is that thing?" when he encountered a MOAB in the tutorial.
    • The name "Mother of All Bloons" has been adopted as the official backronym for the MOAB since Bloons Pop!, as evident in its Bloonspedia entry. Ninja Kiwi has also confirmed as such in this blog.
  • It takes 21 (20 in BTD5 PC version) sets of Road Spikes to pop a M.O.A.B. and 57 sets in BTD5 PC version to completely pop the M.O.A.B. and Ceramics.
  • Popping the outer layer of a Z.O.M.G., B.F.B., M.O.A.B, or Ceramic Bloon does reward you with 1 money (due to a recent edit). This does not include their children.
  • M.O.A.Bs in Bloons TD 4 and Bloons TD 5 are much easier to pop than in Bloons TD 3, due to the presence of M.O.A.B. Mauler and more powerful towers such as the Sun God.
  • The M.O.A.B. is the oldest and first M.O.A.B class Bloon to be introduced to the BTD series as it was introduced in Bloons TD 3.
  • As of Bloons Monkey City, Only the M.O.A.B and the D.D.T have no symbols, as well as no eyes on the bloon.
  • The name Massive Ornary Air Blimp (also known as Mother of All Bloons) is very likely based on the Massive Ordnance Air Blast. (Also known as Mother of All Bombs)
  • M.O.A.B.s change their appearance in every game they have been in, except for Bloons Super Monkey 2 (Besides being shinier).
  • When a M.O.A.B. is affected by Sabotage Supply Lines (or Bloon Sabotage in Bloons Tower Defense 6), it moves as slowly as a Z.O.M.G.
  • In BTD3, it is impossible to survive when a M.O.A.B. escapes, because it has a too high RBE (536) and the maximum possible amount of lives is 100 on Easy difficulty.
  • In BTD3, the description on round 38 says that M.O.A.B. stands for Massive Ornary Air Blimp, not Mother of All Bloons. The irony in this description is that it was used on Bloons Tower Defense 3, where it was the strongest bloon in the game, so it was the mother of all bloons until the sequels, except for the fact that Lead Bloons cannot be born from M.O.A.Bs.
  • In BTD3, The M.O.A.B. Is glitched on a couple of maps, and carries Rainbow bloons literally and seemingly visually.
  • In BTD3, on the first map only, the M.O.A.B. is glitched to move faster than a blue bloon.
  • In stage 1-5 the MOAB is pushed back each some attacks in Bloons Super Monkey 2, probably to make it easier.
  • The M.O.A.B. contains 380 bloons. (381 including itself.)
  • In BSM2, the final health stage of a MOAB has an "OUT OF ORDER" sign.
    • This makes it the only text on bloons in the entire series.
  • All MOAB-class bloons will make a regular popping sound when popped along with a large wreaking sound affect. The sound is more dramatic the bigger the MOAB-Class is.
  • A Technological Terror can destroy a M.O.A.B in 3 seconds. (Fast Forward)
  • The M.O.A.B. can be pronounced as "MOH-ab", rather than an initialism. Both have been confirmed correct, as Gwendolin pronounces it as above, but Striker Jones pronounces it by its initials.
  • It is possible to pop an entire M.O.A.B. with 24 unupgraded Monkey Aces.
  • The M.O.A.B. icon in Bloons Monkey City does not have a propeller.
  • In real life the M.O.A.B. means Massive Ordinance Air Burst.
  • In BTD6, 24 0/0/0 sniper monkeys can completely destroy a MOAB on Monkey Meadow before any child Bloons can reach the half-way mark of the path.
  • In BTD6, the M.O.A.B. that comes on Round 40 in Easy difficulty only has 133 HP instead of the usual 200.
  • Despite the name MOAB (Massive Ornary Air Blimp), the damage stages reveal a structure, meaning it is not a blimp but a zeppelin.
    • Zeppelins have an internal structure to maintain shape. Blimps do not, and will deflate when pressurized gas isn't present.
  • In Bloons Pop!, the MOAB featured on the Bloon Layers diagram uses the BTD6 2D MOAB sprite.
  • When advertised on the original release of Bloons Pop!, the abbreviation of MOAB was shown as "Massive Ornery Air Blimp". In-game, however, it is referred as the Mother of All Bloons. Bloons TD 3's pre-round comment about the M.O.A.B.'s unabbreviated form reveals both names but does not consider the second-mentioned name as correct. Ninja Kiwi wrote in their June 18th 2021 blog reveals that both names are acceptable, probably implying that they now accept both aliases for the MOAB.
  • The correct spelling for "Massive Ornary Air Blimp" is actually "Massive Ornery Air Blimp". This was a misspelling in the BTD3 pre-round comment.
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