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Plasma vaporizes almost everything it touches.
~ BTD6 description

Plasma Blasts (also known as Plasma Monkey) is a returning upgrade for the second tier in Path 1 of the Super Monkey in Bloons TD 6. Just like the old Plasma Vision upgrade from earlier games and its BTD5 counterpart, Plasma Blasts makes the Super Monkey shoot plasma balls instead of lasers, but neither this upgrade nor its predecessor Laser Blasts upgrade can pop Purple Bloons without special upgrades. Plasma Blasts shoots at double attack speed and pops up to 2 bloons per plasma ball. Just like in previous versions, Plasma Blasts allows the Super Monkey to pop Lead with the plasma damage type but it now also prevents it from popping Purple.

It costs $2,550 on Easy, $3,000 on Medium, $3,240 on Hard, and $3,600 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Appearance[]

Plasma Blasts adds a pair of large plasma goggles, covering much of Super Monkey's forehead. The pair of goggles has three lenses, with the third lens located at his forehead. The lenses of his goggles do not correspond to his eyes. In the official artwork, the Plasma Blasts Super Monkey still smiles.

Mechanics[]

Plasma Blasts doubles the Super Monkey's attack speed and grants Plasma type damage, enabling popping of all Bloon types except Purples.

Strategy[]

Summary[]

Plasma Blasts dramatically increases the overall performance of the Super Monkey with its double attack speed. It is capable of dealing overall large damage versus bloons and MOABs. It is undeniably the most favorable crosspath choice for Super Monkey upgrades along Upper Path 2 (Robo Monkey and above) and Upper Path 3 (Dark Knight and above), unless for camo detection (Upper Path 2) or extra Darkshift range for Dark Knight (note that Dark Champion already has infinite Darkshift range).

Tips[]

  • This upgrade proves to be extremely effective for Super Monkey because the +100% attack speed bonus for an already fast-attacking Super Monkey is incredibly useful for pretty much any upgrade, including further upgrades after Plasma Blasts, such as Sun Avatar.
  • As with Laser Blasts, if there are Purples, be cautious about it. Add anti-Purple support like Bloonjitsu or Alchemists.

Version History[]

In order to balance out power between Path 1 crosspathing over Path 2 crosspathing, the Plasma Blasts' pierce was reduced, while also reducing the cost of this upgrade to compensate. It still retains the unique double attack speed that it now gains in BTD6.

10.0
  • Nerf Plasma Blasts pierce increase reduced (+2 → +1).
  • Buff Plasma Blasts price reduced ($5,000 → $4,500).
30.0
We wanted some more meaning to middle path being a pierce choice aside from just being cheaper, so we’ve lowered Plasma Blast pierce but reduced its price. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Nerf Plasma Blasts no longer grants +1 pierce. Sun Avatar's pierce remains unchanged.
  • Buff Plasma Blasts price reduced ($4,500 → $3,000)

Gallery[]

Official artwork[]

Trivia[]

  • A Robo Monkey with Plasma Vision can fire 2 plasma streams, with a higher popping power of 7 for each arm.
  • With the introduction of the Purple Bloon in Bloons TD 6, the Plasma Vision info was changed from "Plasma vaporizes everything it touches" to "Plasma vaporizes almost everything it touches."
  • Paul the Monkey from the "DNA Productions" logo has three eyes arranged similarly to the plasma goggles pattern of Plasma Blasts.
  • According to NK's October 8th 2021 blog, Plasma Blast's goggles are almost purely aesthetic and the third lense does not act as a third eye.


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