Monkey Buccaneer is a powerful mid-level tower for a good price. However, they can only be placed on water.
~ Round 41 on Bloons Tower Defense 4
Monkey Buccaneers can only be placed in water. They shoot a single heavy dart. Upgrades include Grape Shot, Crow's Nest and Battleship.
~ Description upon unlocking in BTD4
Shoots a single, heavy dart from both sides of the ship. Must be placed in water.
~ Bloons Tower Defense 6 description

The Monkey Buccaneer is a tower introduced in Bloons Tower Defense 4. It is an all-rounder tower with a decent rate of fire, firing 60 shots per minute for a good price ($510/$595/$650). Monkey Buccaneers are operated by a monkey. However, it can only be placed in water. Since some tracks do not have water, strategies involving Monkey Buccaneers will not succeed. Depending on the map, it may be able to solo several rounds with the Battleship upgrade. It also makes an appearance in Bloons TD 5, it can be placed in water as well as in the Portable Lake.

BTD4 Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Grape Shot[edit | edit source]

Grape Shot allows the Monkey Buccaneer to shoot sharpened grapes at bloons. Once upgraded to this, every time the Monkey Buccaneer shoots, it shoots 4 grapes along with the dart. At sometime though, on a BTD5 update, grape shot's price went up, due to its pierce becoming 2, instead of one. The complete list of updates and discussion can be found here

Flash Prices: $255/$300/$325

iOS Prices: $435/$500/$540

Crow's Nest[edit | edit source]

Crow's Nest allows the ship and any other towers within its range to detect Camo Bloons.


Longer Cannons[edit | edit source]

Longer Cannons increases the Monkey Buccaneer's range by a bit.


Battleship[edit | edit source]

Battleship increases fire rate by 3x, destroying many more Bloons. Total domination.


Dreadnaught[edit | edit source]

Dreadnaught is a premium upgrade purchasable since BTD4; the Monkey Buccaneer shoots flaming cannonballs that pops frozen and Lead Bloons instead of darts. Apart from being able to pop bloons it normally cannot, it has no other change besides its appearance.

The Monkey Buccaneer and all of its upgrades (left to right), excluding the Dreadnaught, in BTD4

Bloons TD 5[edit | edit source]

Monkey Buccaneer 2.png

Please note that, while there are two separate paths, the player chooses a path when the third upgrade in a path is purchased. After you have bought the third upgrade in a path, you may only buy the first two upgrades in the other path.


Path 1

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Faster Shooting

Shoots faster.
This allows the Monkey Buccaneer to shoot a bit faster.

$340 $400 $430 $480

Longer Cannons

Much longer range.
Gives the Monkey Buccaneer a bigger range.

$155 $180 $195 $215
*if you pass this upgrade you will be locked for the 3rd and 4th upgrades on the other path


Attacks super duper fast!
Increases the Monkey Buccaneer's fire rate to about 3x the speed of the original ship.

$1,870 $2,200 $2,375 $2,640

Aircraft Carrier

Rapidly launches Monkey Ace pilots that strafe the area with darts.
Launches three miniature Monkey Ace pilots at a time that shoot out darts in eight directions, as well as two streams of darts in front of the ace.

$12,750 $15,000 $16,200 $18,000
Total Sell Amount $12,448

($12,960 with path 2 upgrades)


($15,244 with path 2 upgrades)


($16,460 with path 2 upgrades)

$17,572 ($18,292 with path 2 upgrades)
Total Cost $15,540

($16,175 with path 2 upgrades)


($19,030 with path 2 upgrades)


($20,550 with path 2 upgrades)


($22,835 with path 2 pgrades)

Path 1 upgrades

Path 2

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Grape Shot

Sprays out a blast of 4 sharp grapes for additional poppage.
Shoots 4 sharp grapes along with a dart.

$425 $500 $540 $600

Crow's Nest

Allows the buccaneer to detect and target Camo bloons. Does not grant detection to other towers.
Lets the Monkey Buccaneer detect and target Camo Bloons. If a tier 3 Pirate Cove is active, then it allows nearby towers to pop camos.

$210 $250 $270 $300
*if you pass this upgrade you will be locked for the 3rd and 4th upgrades on the other path

Cannon Ship

Adds a powerful, independently firing cannon to the buccaneer.
The cannon fires at the same speed as a M.O.A.B. Mauler, and has about the same power.

$1,020 $1,200 $1,295 $1,440

Monkey Pirates

MOAB Takedown Ability: Grabs hold of the nearest M.O.A.B. Class Bloon and destroys it, ZOMG Bloons are immune to this.
Allows the Monkey Buccaneer to hook on to the highest ranked bloon in play except Z.O.M.G.s, and destroy them. If only Z.O.M.G.s exist, the sound effect will play but the hook will not appear. (This ability takes 55 seconds to recharge) If only Bloons exist, the hook will grab the strongest bloon.

$3,825 $4,500 $4,860 $5,400
Total Sell Amount $4,744

($5,140 with path 1 upgrades)


($6,044 with path 1 upgrades)


($6,524 with path 1 upgrades)

$6,696 ($7,252 with path 1 upgrades)
Total Cost $5,905

($6,400 with path 1 upgrades)


($7,530 with path 1 upgrades)


($8,130 with path 1 upgrades)


($9,035 with path 1 upgrades)

Path 2 upgrades

Differences between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Mobile[edit | edit source]

Nerf.png Bombs fired from the Cannon Ship have smaller explosions.

Nerf.png Base cost is more expensive ($500 → $525).

Nerf.png Aircraft Carrier is weaker (particularly against Regrows).

Buff.png MOAB Takedown Ability (Monkey Pirates Ability) takes less time to take down a bloon (4.0s → 0.5s), and still continues its normal shooting during the ability.

Buff.png Cannon Ship bombs can be duplicated if the Buccaneer is under the influence of Monkey Fort.

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

The Monkey Buccaneer is a fairly balanced tower, though at times it has been given a reasonable number of buffs. Some popular loadouts include Buccaneer Farm Apprentice (arguably the most popular loadout out of the ones listed, especially on maps like Swan Lake and Hydro Dam), Buccaneer Farm Boomerang, Buccaneer Farm Mortar, Buccaneer Farm Bomb and Buccaneer Apprentice Boomerang.


Buff.png Aircraft Carrier price decreased ($15000 → $9000).


Buff.png Tower price decreased ($525 → $450).

Buff.png Destroyer price decreased ($2200 → $1500).


Nerf.png Grape Shot price increased ($500 → $550).

Buff.png Aircraft Carrier price decreased ($9000 → $7000).

Nerf.png Cannon Ship bombs no longer duplicate when the Monkey Buccaneer is under the influence of Monkey Fort.

Bloons Tower Defense 6[edit | edit source]

The Buccaneer returns in BTD6, functioning much the same as its previous incarnations. However, one key improvement is that the Buccaneer gains the ability to fire both cannons at once, allowing the tower to shoot in opposite directions and up to doubling its firepower.

This tower also gains special upgrades that allow it to fill more roles than just standard popping power, with Hot Shots functioning as early-game Lead Bloon popping power, and Merchantman and its further upgrades acting as aquatic-based Banana Farms.

The Monkey Buccaneer is classed as a Military Category tower.

Path 1[edit | edit source]

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP Icon Artwork

Faster Shooting
All weapons on board shoot 25% faster.

$295 $350 $380 $420 150

Faster Shooting Icon

Faster Shooting Artwork

Double Shot
Double ship weapons fired.
(Also doubles numbers of grapes from Grape Shot)

$425 $500 $540 $600 700

Double Shot Icon

Double Shot Artwork

Attacks super duper fast!

$2,505 $2,950 $3,185 $3,540 3,000

Destroyer Icon

Destroyer Artwork

Aircraft Carrier
Launches waves of fighter planes that strafe the Bloons.

$6,375 $7,500 $8,100 $9,000 12,500

Aircraft Carrier Icon

Aircraft Carrier Artwork

Carrier Flagship
Does extra damage. Can place other Monkeys on the upper decks of the ship, increases attack speed of all water based Monkeys and Monkey Ace.

$21,250 $25,000 $27,000 $30,000 37,000

Carrier Flagship Icon

Carrier Flagship Artwork

Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $7,942

Tier 5: $22,817

Tier 4: $9,345

Tier 5: $26,845

Tier 4: $10,094

Tier 5: $28,994

Tier 4: $11,214

Tier 5: $32,214

Total Cost

Tier 4: $11,345

Tier 5: $32,595

Tier 4: $13,350

Tier 5: $38,350

Tier 4: $14,420

Tier 5: $41,420

Tier 4: $16,020

Tier 5: $46,020


Path 2[edit | edit source]

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP Icon Artwork

Grape Shot
Adds a spray of 5 sharpened grapes to the ship.

(6 with Big Bunch)

$465 $550 $595 $660 200

Grape Shot Icon

Grape Shot Artwork

Hot Shot
Burning hot grape shot can pop Lead Bloons and set Bloons on fire.

$425 $500 $540 $600 650

Hot Shot Ixon

Hot Shot Artwork

Cannon Ship
Add a powerful cannon that shoots out powerful bombs.

$765 $900 $970 $1,080 2,700

Cannon Ship

Cannon Ship Artwork

Monkey Pirates
MOAB Takedown ability: Grapples a MOAB-Class Bloon and brings it down. Note: MOABs and DDTs reward $381 and BFBs reward $1525, excluding later round income penalties.

$3,825 $4,500 $4,860 $5,400 13,000

Monkey Pirates Icon

Monkey Pirates Artwork

Pirate Lord
Can shoot 3 grappling hooks at once, and plunder 2x cash from each MOAB-Class Bloon brought down with them. Note: ZOMG's require 2 hooks, and rewards $12202, excluding later round income penalties.

$17,850 $21,000 $22,680 $25,200 35,000

Pirate Lord Icon

Pirate Lord Artwork

Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $4,137

Tier 5: $16,632

Tier 4: $4,865

Tier 5: $19,565

Tier 4: $5,835

Tier 5: $21,130

Tier 4: $5,838

Tier 5: $23,478

Total Cost

Tier 4: $5,910

Tier 5: $23,760

Tier 4: $6,950

Tier 5: $27,950

Tier 4: $7,505

Tier 5: $30,185

Tier 4: $8,340

Tier 5: $33,540


Path 3[edit | edit source]

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP Icon Artwork

Long Range
Much longer range.

$155 $180 $195 $215 150

Long Range Icon

Long Range Artwork

Crow's Nest
Allows the ship to hit Camo Bloons.

$340 $400 $430 $480 600

Crow's Nest Icon

Crow's Nest Artwork

Generates 200 cash each round automatically.

$1,955 $2,300 $2,485 $2,760 3,100

Merchantman Icon

Merchantman Artwork

Favored Trades
Attacks faster and generates 500 money per round. Monkeys in radius have increased sell value.

$4,675 $5,500 $5,940 $6,600 10,000

Favored Trades Icon

Favored Trades Artwork

Trade Empire
Generates 800 cash per round. Increases cash earned by up to 20 other Merchantmen by the number of Merchantmen, and boosts all merchantmen damage.

$19,550 $23,000 $24,840 $27,600 40,000

Trade Empire Icon

Trade Empire Artwork

Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $5,317

Tier 5: $19,002

Tier 4: $6,251

Tier 5: $22,351

Tier 4: $6,752

Tier 5: $24,140

Tier 4: $7,501

Tier 5: $26,821

Total Cost

Tier 4: $7,595

Tier 5: $27,145

Tier 4: $8,930

Tier 5: $37,930

Tier 4: $9,645

Tier 5: $34,485

Tier 4: $10,715

Tier 5: $38,315


Update History (BTD6)[edit | edit source]

Changes from BTD5
  • Buff.png The Buccaneer can now shoot on both sides of itself at the same time, provided bloons are on both sides.
  • Nerf.png Base cost increased (500 → 550)
  • Nerf.png Base dart pierce decreased (5 --> 4)
  • Nerf.png Grape Shot pierce decreased (2 --> 1)
  • Change balloon.png Several path's upgrades have been shifted around from BTD5 to accommodate the new 3-path system. This adds Hot Shots and Double Shot, greatly increasing the Buccaneer's early game power, but means it cannot have a long-range, camo-detecting Destroyer with Grape Shot.
  • Buff.png Aircraft Carrier (4+xx) now has extra pierce (5 (?) --> 9).
  • Buff.png Towers held by Carrier Flagship (5xx) can now see over all obstacles.
  • Nerf.png Carrier Flagship (5xx) can no longer hold Banana Farm, Monkey Ace, or Heli Pilot.
  • Buff.png Carrier Flagship (5xx) now has doubled lifespan on all of its projectiles.
  • Buff.png Aircraft Carrier (4+xx) now keeps the Destroyer's (3xx) attack speed boost to all main boat attacks.
  • Buff.png Aircraft Carrier (4xx) price decreased (9000 → 7500).
  • Buff.png Monkey Pirates (x4x) ability cooldown reduced from every 60 seconds to every 50 seconds.
  • Buff.png Monkey Pirates (x4x) and Pirate Lord (x5x) cannonballs now deal 2 damage instead of 1.
  • Buff.png Favoured Trades (xx4+) attack speed doubled.
  • Buff.png Trade Empire (xx5) increases the damage of all Merchantmen (xx3+) by 1, and makes them deal 1 additional damage to ceramic and MOAB-class bloons.
  • Buff.png 210 Double Shot now fires twice as many Grapes.
  • Buff.png x4x Monkey Pirates now fires 3 cannonballs instead of 1.
  • Buff.png 4xx Aircraft Carrier planes each gain a homing MOAB missile with an attack rate of 3s, radius 30, pierce 3, damage 15.
  • Buff.png 5xx Carrier Flagship projectile speed for all plane attacks increased +100%.
  • Buff.png 5xx Carrier Flagship darts from planes deal increased ceramic damage +3.
  • Buff.png 5xx Carrier Flagship homing MOAB missiles upgraded to rate 1.5s, pierce 4, damage 30.
  • Buff.png 5xx Carrier Flagship's 15% attack rate buff expanded to now also benefit Monkey Ace in addition to water towers.
  • Buff.png 4xx Aircraft Carrier's forward dart projectile radius increased by 2.
  • Buff.png 5xx Carrier Flagship Missiles damage type changed from Explosive to Normal.
  • Buff.png xx1 Long Range increases projectile speed of all attacks by +25%.

Ninja Kiwi provided a short write-up for these changes in the 21.0 Patch Notes.

Aircraft carriers have ongoing trouble with missing targets, these changes can hopefully offer a few extra ways of supporting the weakness internally while we keep investigating this.
Most of the early Buccaneer's strength comes from grapes, so to make it a little easier to start we've moved some cost from the base tower into Grape Shot. On that same note, we've piled on a bunch of bonus power to T5 Grape Shot to give it a boost against super ceramics.
~ Version 22.0 patch notes
  • Buff.png Buccaneer base cost reduced from 550 to 500
  • Nerf.png Grape Shot price increased from 500 to 550
  • Buff.png Pirate Lord grapes now deal more damage (1 --> 5)
  • Buff.png Pirate Lord grapes now deal +5 Ceramic damage on top of the new damage buff

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Monkey Buccaneers can only be placed on water but have fast firing weapons with high pierce. Powerful upgrades include: Grape Shot, Crow's Nest, Destroyer, Monkey Pirates.
~ BMC Flash description

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Bloons Tower Defense 5, the old artwork for the Monkey Buccaneer is now the artwork of Longer Cannons upgrade.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, the Monkey Buccaneer is one of only three towers (the others being the Sniper Monkey and the Mortar Monkey (unless it's the Caves Terrain)) not to be specifically restricted on any type of tile, even though it cannot be placed on the majority of them due to no water. However, some tracks in BMC Mobile have water, allowing them to be built on those tracks.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, the skull on the Buccaneer is the same skull that is on the ZOMG, just without the green eye sockets.
  • Aircraft Carrier interacts strangely with speed buffs. BOTH launch speed AND Monkey Ace shot speed increase when buffed: you get 4 times the darts under CTA, and 11.9 times the darts when simultaneously under CTA, 2/X village and Overclock.
  • This is one of the few towers that has a different image for each individual upgrade in BTD4.
  • In Bloons TD 5 Mobile, its unupgraded and first path 1 upgrade official artwork depicts it being strict and serious.
  • It only uses one set of cannons at a time, although it has two sets. This applies to BTD5-generation games only, as it can fire both cannons in BTD6.
    • However, the Buccaneer can shoot from either cannon in BTD5, just not both.
  • The Destroyer shoots grapes every 6 shots.
    • An Aircraft Carrier gains the ability to shoot grapes everywhere on the screen although it will not turn around.
  • Path 1 depicts the Buccaneer being more civilized by being a navy admiral ship, while Path 2 depicts it being barbaric by being a pirate ship.
    • Path 3 in BTD6 shows the Buccaneer taking a trader's path, with Merchantman being a trading ship, and higher upgrades turning the boat into a cargo freighter.
  • The Destroyer is comparable to the Epic Range Super Monkey, albeit shooting slightly slower with higher pierce and camo detection (when upgraded to 3/2).
  • This tower has more range than an unupgraded Super Monkey.
  • Strangely, Monkey Aces with Sharper Darts have darts with less pierce than those from the Buccaneer's even though they are smaller.
  • Aircraft Carrier's Monkey Aces shoot 2 streams of darts so one dart can pierce through 5 bloons, meaning it can pop 10 Bloons every time.
  • Because cells are largely composed of water, Buccaneers can be placed on the cells on the DNA Test track.
  • Some of the Monkey Buccaneer's Pictures are smaller than the original picture of the ship with no upgrades.
  • In the original artwork, the monkey is bailing out the boat.
  • In Bloons Tower Defense 5, when placing the Monkey Buccaneer, the ship is not shown to have cannons. This doesn't happen on BTD5 Mobile, as the cannons are shown before the tower is placed.
  • This is one of two towers that can be only be placed on water, other than Special Agents. The other is the Monkey Sub.
  • The Cannon Ship has exactly 15% more range than the Destroyer ship.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, the MOAB Takedown Ability will not give any cash for any bloons destroyed.
  • In BTD5, if the MOAB Takedown Ability is used on a partially-damaged MOAB or BFB (including a damaged D.D.T.), the blimp will appear to be "restored" to its initial health state as it's being hooked. This is due to MOAB Takedown technically instantly destroying the blimp, with the animation being a cosmetic mechanic only.
    • It may also be to save on stored memory, so that Ninja Kiwi doesn't have to program four different Takedown animations for each MOAB-class Bloon.
  • On Park Path, it's possible for a Red Bloon to outrun a 2/3 Monkey Buccaneer if said Buccaneer is placed in the pond in the center. This is because the track circles around the center, causing the bloons to always move perpendicularly around the Buccaneer.
  • There is a broken boat of a Monkey Buccaneer in the top right corner in Archipelago.
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