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Trained in the ancient arts of monkey wizardry. Learns new magic spells with every upgrade. This unit is flexible and will continue randomly using his old spells with his new ones.
~ Bloons TD 4 Description
Trained in the arts of monkey magic, the Monkey Apprentice weaves magical bolts that pop bloons. Each shot can pop 2 bloons. Can upgrade to cast additional spells.
~ Bloons TD 5 Description

Monkey Apprentice is a tower in the BTD series, debuting in Bloons TD 4 under the name Monkey Apprentice, and continuing into Bloons TD 5. It launches a purple ball that can pop 2 bloons; it can be upgraded to add many other attacks. After its final upgrade has been purchased, it is known as a Monkey Wizard (BTD4) or a Master of Air/Master of Fire (BTD5 Flash only). In BTD6, the tower was renamed to Wizard Monkey.

Game appearances[]

Tower Costs[]

Game Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Bloons TD 4 $465 $550 $595 -
Bloons TD 5 $470 $550 $595 -
Bloons TD 5 Mobile $470 $550 $595 $660
Bloons TD Battles $550
Bloons TD Battles Mobile $550
Bloons Monkey City $TBA
Bloons Monkey City Mobile $550


Bloons TD 4[]

The Wizard Monkey made its debut in Bloons TD 4 as the Monkey Apprentice, offering four powerful upgrades, with its final 2 upgrades gaining the ability to blow back bloons while popping them with lightning-interlaced whirlwinds and tornadoes.

Intense magic BTD4
Intense Magic
COST: $255 / $300 / $325
Description: Wizard's magic orb becomes more powerful, pop up to 7 bloons at once.
Effect: Self-explanatory
COST: $255 / $300 / $325
Description: Hurls a burning ball of flame that explodes on impact.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Summon whirlwind upgrade buttonBTD4
Summon Whirlwind
COST: $1,700 / $2,000 / $2,160
Description: Whirlwind will blow bloons away from the exit, but will thaw bloons and remove glue.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Tempest Tornado
COST: $6,800 / $8,000 / $8,640
Description: Tempest Tornados pop bloons as well as push them around. Effects up to 120 bloons at once.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Total Costs[]

Easy Medium Hard
Total Sell Amount $9480 $11500 $12045
Total Cost $9480 $11500 $12045

Bloons TD 5[]

It launches a purple ball that can pop 2 bloons; it can be upgraded to add many other attacks. It is able to be upgraded to specialize in air or fire.

Path 1[]

Intense Magic Icon BTD5
Intense Magic
COST: $255 / $300 / $325 / $360

Description: Shoots larger and more powerful magical bolts.
Effect: Also increases pierce to 7.
Lightning Bolt Icon BTD5
Lightning Bolt
COST: $1,020 / $1,200 / $1,295 / $1,440

Description: Unleashes the power of lightning to zap all bloons at once in a chain.
Effect: Hits up to 25 bloons at once.
Summon Whirlwind Icon BTD5
Summon Whirlwind
COST: $1,700 / $2,000 / $2,160 / $2,400

Description: Whirlwind blows bloons off the path away from the exit. However, removes ice and glue from the bloons.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Tempest Tornado Icon BTD5
Tempest Tornado
COST: $6,800 / $8,000 / $8,640 / $9,600

Description: The tempest blows more bloons faster, further, and more often. Also pops bloons once before blowing. However, removes ice and glue from the bloons. Around 70 pierce.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Path 2[]

Fireball Icon BTD5
COST: $255 / $300 / $325 / $360

Description: The Apprentice adds a powerful fireball attack to its arsenal.
Effect: Secondary explosive attack with 40 pierce.
Monkey Sense Icon BTD5
Monkey Sense
COST: $255 / $300 / $325 / $360

Description: Allows the Monkey Apprentice to target and pop camo bloons. Does not grant detection to other towers.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Dragon's Breath Icon BTD5
Dragon's Breath
COST: $3,570 / $4,200 / $4,535 / $5,040

Description: Spews endless flames at nearby bloons.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Summon Phoenix Icon BTD5
Summon Phoenix
COST: $4,250 / $5,000 / $5,400 / $6,000

Description: Summon Phoenix Ability: Creates a super powerful flying phoenix that flies around wreaking bloon havoc for 20 seconds.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Total Costs[]

Differences Between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Mobile[]

  • BUFF Dragon's Breath has a faster attack speed (10 shots per second → 12).
  • NERF If the Master of Fire is sold while the Summon Phoenix ability is active, the phoenix will disappear.
  • Change Lightning Bolt no longer creates its lightning bolt sound.
  • Change Activating Summon Phoenix Ability no longer creates a phoenix call.

Version History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[]

The Monkey Apprentice (also called the Wizard by some players) has been buffed via game updates, as a lot of its upgrades have been made cheaper, most notably the Dragon's Breath upgrade. The Monkey Apprentice is still considered quite a popular tower, having good all round popping power and providing cheap Camo Lead defence. Some popular load outs include Ninja Farm Apprentice, Boat Farm Apprentice, Heli Farm Apprentice, Apprentice Farm Chipper, Apprentice Farm Ice, and Engineer COBRA Apprentice.

  • BUFF Tempest Tornado price decreased ($8000 → $4500).
  • BUFF Dragon's Breath price decreased ($4200 → $3600).
  • BUFF Dragon's Breath price decreased ($3600 → $3200).
  • BUFF Summon Phoenix price decreased ($5000 → $4000).
Again, this is a relatively uncommon tower in the higher end arenas. These reductions should make it a more viable option for early lead and camo-lead popping power!
~ "BTD Battles Update 4.1 - Big Balance Changes Incoming!"
  • BUFF Intense Magic price decreased ($300 → $200).
  • BUFF Fireball price decreased ($300 → $200).
  • BUFF Monkey Sense price decreased ($300 → $250).
  • BUFF Dragon's Breath price decreased ($3200 → $2600).
  • BUFF Summon Phoenix now deals an extra +1 damage to MOAB-class bloons (effectively dealing double damage to them now).
The Apprentice's Fireball upgrade is really useful in earlier rounds (especially if your opponent is piling on the pressure with tightly-grouped eco bloons) but it currently gets overwhelmed a little faster than we'd like it to. Buffing the explosion radius should help with that.
~ "BTD Battles 4.3 Update Balance Changes"
  • BUFF Fireball has a 20% larger explosion radius.
  • BUFF Monkey Apprentice price decreased ($550 -> $500)
  • NERF Fireball price increased ($200 -> $250)
  • NERF Fireball no longer creates more fireball explosions when given pierce buffs
  • BUFF Tempest Tornado cost decreased ($4500 -> $4200)
  • BUFF Tempest Tornado can now blow back Lead Bloons
  • NERF [undocumented] Tempest Tornado now only blows back Ceramics
  • BUFF Tempest Tornado damage type is now corrected to actually blow all bloon types including Lead Bloons as intended
  • BUFF Monkey Apprentice base pierce increased (2 -> 3)
  • BUFF Intense Magic base pierce increased (5 -> 6)
  • BUFF Summon Phoenix duration increased (20s -> 23s)
  • BUFF Summon Whirlwind attack speed increased by +10%
  • NERF Summon Whirlwind price increased ($2000 -> $2100)

Bloons Adventure Time TD[]

Main article: Monkey Apprentice (BATTD)


  • Be advised that Apprentices are arguably the worst offensive tower in BTD5, due to their abysmal single-target damage at lower tiers, lack of pierce and overall damage with Dragon's Breath and Summon Phoenix, and potential to create unintended Regrow Farms with Lightning Bolt, Summon Whirlwind, and Tempest Tornado.
  • In BTD4 and BTD5, since they can push back bloons, it is a good idea to place the tower near loops or near the end of the track.
  • Several of them bunched together can sometimes work very well on strong bloons.
  • Apprentices with Dragon's Breath are best at the start of the track because they can pop any incoming Leads and weaker bloons with ease, especially if Lightning Bolt is purchased.
  • They can pop Lead Bloons in BTD5 even without upgrades, so if you don't have enough cash for a bomb tower by round 28+, then place an apprentice.
  • Summon Whirlwind and Tempest Tornado are useful in Regen Farming in BTD5.
  • Monkey Apprentices with at least Lightning Bolt can be used in groups to quickly dispose of clustered bloons.
  • They should not be used against Ceramics or MOAB-Class bloons without Dragon's Breath, as they do little damage to them.
  • Watch out for Regrow Bloons if players rely heavily on Monkey Apprentices. Since Lightning Bolt can pop bloons practically anywhere on a track, this can potentially allow them time to regrow and start a Regrow Farm.


Masters of storm and fire, Monkey Apprentices work at any track position & can deal with camo-lead bloons. Powerful upgrades include: Monkey Sense, Lightning Bolt, Summon Whirlwind, Dragon's Breath.
~ BMC Flash description


Bloons TD 4[]

Bloons TD 5[]


  • A 4/4 version of the Monkey Apprentice is available in the BTD5 mission Wizard Lord, but it sacrifices the players most expensive tower every other round. It can use all attacks of the Monkey Apprentice and the Summon Super Phoenix ability, a more powerful version of Summon Phoenix ability.
  • In BTD4, the first upgrade to the Monkey Apprentice changes its name to Monkey Sorceror. The second upgrade changes it to Monkey Mage. The third changes it to Monkey Archmage. The fourth and final upgrade changes its name to Monkey Wizard.
  • In BTD4, the Monkey Apprentice is one of the towers that changes form upon each upgrade. The others are the Monkey Buccaneer, the Monkey Ace, the Monkey Beacon and the Banana Farm.
  • All of the upgrades for the Monkey Apprentice in Bloons TD 5 allow it to pop any type of non-Camo bloon.
  • In BTD5, the Monkey Apprentice is the only tower that can pop a Lead Bloon with no upgrades and without using explosives.
  • In BTD5, with upgrades, a Monkey Apprentice uses multiple spells at once; however, it could only shoot one at a time in BTD4.
  • This is not advised to be the main defense against many Regens, because it usually fails. It's better against bloons than MOABs.
  • In the BTD4 logo, there is a Monkey Apprentice.
  • In BTD5, the Tier 1 upgrades give the Apprentice glasses. The Tier 2 upgrades give it a bigger hat.
  • In BTD5, the Path 1 specializes in air while Path 2 specializes in fire.
  • In BTD5 the old artwork of the Monkey Apprentice is now the artwork of the Monkey Sense upgrade.
  • In BTD5 Flash, a Summon Whirlwind will have a description written "Disciple of Air". Dragon's Breath is called Disciple of Fire, Tempest Tornado is Master of Air, and Summon Phoenix is called Master of Fire.
  • The Monkey Apprentice uses the elements of the world such as wind, fire, lightning, and storms. It lacks the forces of earth and water however. Though in Bloons Super Monkey 2, the Monkey Research for the Magic abilities is labeled "Earth Magic," proving that the monkeys have a form of magic related to the element of earth, but still no references to the element of water. Also, in Chinese tradition, air isn't an element, but metal and wood are.
  • The Fireball upgrade shoots the same fireballs as the Dreadnought Premium Upgrade for the Monkey Buccaneer.
  • The Monkey Apprentice is a popular tower due to its low initial production cost, and its upgrades allowing it to hit every type of bloon without the assistance of other towers.
  • In BTD5 and Bloons Monkey City, the Monkey Apprentice is able to pop Lead Bloons, even if unupgraded; In BTD4 and BTD6 Monkey Apprentice cannot if Fireball is not bought.
  • The BMC artwork for Monkey Apprentice is similar to the BMC artwork for Ice Monkey/Tower.