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Boosts attack speed and pierce for all Druids in the radius. Can stack up to 5 times on a single Druid.
~ In-game description

Poplust is the fourth upgrade of Path 3 for the Druid in Bloons TD 6. It provides a 15% attack speed and pierce buff to all other Druids in its radius, stacking up to 5 times additively (for a total of 75% increased attack speed and pierce). Poplust also stacks multiplicatively with Heart of Vengeance and Druid of Wrath, up to a maximum bonus of 5.25x attack speed.

This upgrade costs $2,125 on Easy, $2,500 on Medium, $2,700 on Hard, and $3,000 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Overview[]

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Poplust

On the upgrade portrait, the Poplust clearly expresses intense wrath. The monkey's pupils glow red and yellow, as do its eyelids. Both hands are glowing red and forcing out dark grey thorns. The monkey also appears to experience recoil from the intense wrath. They also bear a scowl on their face.

Poplust adds an additional "poplust" buff that increases the attack speed and pierce of nearby Druids by +15%, with this buff stacking up to 5 times.

Targeting Priorities[]

Poplust targets bloons using the standard targeting priorities. It 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.

Poplust has a tower buff that targets only nearby Druids, but not itself.

Costs[]

Updated as of Version 43.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
[Module | Data] Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-X-4) $2,125 $2,500 $2,700 $3,000 -
Total (0-0-4) $3,315 $3,900 $4,215 $4,680 $2,321 $2,730 $2,951 $3,276
Crosspath (1-0-4) $3,610 $4,250 $4,595 $5,100 $2,527 $2,975 $3,217 $3,570
Crosspath (2-0-4) $4,330 $5,100 $5,515 $6,120 $3,031 $3,570 $3,861 $4,284
Crosspath (0-1-4) $3,525 $4,150 $4,485 $4,980 $2,468 $2,905 $3,140 $3,486
Crosspath (0-2-4) $3,820 $4,500 $4,865 $5,400 $2,674 $3,150 $3,406 $3,780

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: WarmOakIcon Warm Oak, BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals

Strategy[]

Summary[]

A group of 6 or more (since they cannot buff themselves) Poplust Druids with Thorn Swarm can dish out a lot of damage in combination with previous upgrades, and are especially proficient at thinning out tight Bloon rushes. When deployed with a level 18 Obyn Greenfoot, all Druids of Wrath begin the round with 200 pops which effectively doubles their base attack speed. This is further improved with Obyn's boosts to Druids at level 2 and Magic Monkeys at level 11; increasing their range and pierce. All the Druids can also be boosted by Alchemist's Berserker Brew and Stronger Stimulant with increased attack speed, range, pierce and damage.

In terms of crosspaths, its mutual exclusivity of Path 1 and 2 crosspaths can make the choice of Poplust crosspathing a fair bit difficult. Like Druid of Wrath, its previous upgrade, Poplust is typically best crosspathed with Thorn Swarm for maximum synergy potential; the eight thorns each deal more than two layers of damage when buffed by Alchemists, the tower is able to dish out a significant amount of damage quickly and consistently. Alternatively, the player may opt to crosspath with the top path; Heart of Thunder is affected by the attack speed buffs, providing incredible popping power but less layer damage potential.

Tips[]

  • Poplust should be paired with other Druids in order to make the most of the buff. Unlike Shinobi Tactics, Poplust cannot buff itself.
  • The best crosspath for Poplust should be taken from what would be the best for Druid of Wrath.
  • Any Druid in range of a Poplust will receive its buff. This means, for example, a Superstorm or Spirit of the Forest can be greatly improved when surrounded by Poplusts.
  • Although Poplust's speed bonuses have little effect on Druid of the Jungle or Jungle's Bounty, the pierce bonuses granted by Poplust are beneficial to the pierce of aftervines.
  • Poplust spam when combined with maximized Heart of Vengeance buffs offers very high DPS for the cost, making it a viable strategy on certain Least Cash Boss Bloon Events. The large amount of projectiles makes Glue Strike and Embrittlement an excellent pairing, and Ezili's Sacrificial Totem provides additional attack speed and an easy way to lose lives.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Poplust is mostly affected by balance changes to Heart of Vengeance.

9.0
  • BUFF Poplust now gains a +10% starting attack speed buff upon upgrading. This is part of the potential 100% attack speed buff from Heart of Vengeance.
43.0
[...] Heart of Vengeance itself has been allowed to remain overpowered for a long time since life loss is not always an option in different challenges/modes, but with newer competitive modes being added over time that do allow for this mechanic to be, overindulged, shall we say, it feels due for substantial rebalance.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Poplust's Heart of Vengeance lost lives maximum rate bonus reduced 100% to 50%

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

3.0
  • Change Description changed from "Boosts attack speed for other Druids in the radius. Can stack with up to 4 other Poplust Druids" to "Boosts attack speed for other Druids in the radius. Can stack up to 5 times on a single Druid."
20.0
  • Change Description changed from "Boosts attack speed for other Druids in the radius. Can stack up to 5 times on a single Druid." to "Boosts attack speed and pierce for all Druids in the radius. Can stack up to 5 times on a single Druid."

Extra Notes (Version History)[]

Gallery[]

Official artwork[]

Projectiles[]

Trivia[]

  • "Poplust" is a reference to the term "bloodlust".
  • This upgrade is very similar to Shinobi Tactics in that it buffs the pierce and attack speed of all of the same monkeys of its kind (Poplust can only buff other Druids and Shinobi Tactics can only buff other Ninja Monkeys).
    • Unlike Poplust, Shinobi Tactics can buff itself and stacks 20 times.
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