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A new targeting option enables Heli to seek and pursue the Bloons automatically.
~ In-game description

Pursuit is the second upgrade on the first path for the Heli Pilot in Bloons TD 6. It gives the Heli Pilot a new target priority: Pursuit. Pursuit target priority allows the Heli Pilot to automatically follow bloons that are the closest to the exit, equivalent to the target "first", all without player input.

In BTD6, the Heli Pilot automatically changes to Pursuit Mode upon purchase of the upgrade. Unlike in BTD5, the Pursuit targeting has improved so that it will follow along the track as close as possible to the front of the bloon, compacting with other Heli Pilots on Pursuit in the order of whichever Heli Pilot went to Pursuit first.

This upgrade costs $425 on Easy, $500 on Medium, $540 on Hard, and $600 on Impoppable.



Pursuit retains the four guns of Quad Darts, whilst painting the heli dark grey and adding a tail rotor. The pilot has a cheerful expression in the upgrade portrait.

When used as a crosspath, all changes to the Heli are retained.


Pursuit grants the Pursuit targeting option, which causes the Heli to automatically position itself in front of the first bloon, to the best of its ability.


Updated as of Version 32.0. Listed prices exclude external buffs, any sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (2-X-X) $425 $500 $540 $600 -
Total (2-0-0) $2,465 $2,900 $3,135 $3,480 $1,726 $2,030 $2,195 $2,436
Crosspath (2-1-0) $2,720 $3,200 $3,460 $3,840 $1,904 $2,240 $2,422 $2,688
Crosspath (2-2-0) $3,230 $3,800 $4,110 $4,560 $2,261 $2,660 $2,877 $3,192
Crosspath (2-0-1) $2,675 $3,150 $3,405 $3,780 $1,873 $2,205 $2,384 $2,646
Crosspath (2-0-2) $2,970 $3,500 $3,785 $4,200 $2,079 $2,450 $2,650 $2,940

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: MilitaryConscriptionIcon.png Military Conscription, AdvancedLogisticsIcon.png Advanced Logistics, BetterSellDealsIcon.png Better Sell Deals



Pursuit is primarily designed as a hands-free upgrade to let the Heli Pilot automatically target bloons, which in turn may allow for less micromanagement of the Heli Pilot. In terms of practicality, it is mostly used strategically for defenses that include Banana Farms, as picking up bananas is often disturbed by manual micromanagement of the Heli Pilot. Setting a Heli Pilot to Pursuit can be very useful for allowing the player to focus on other towers instead.


  • Unless hands-free defense is necessary for a special purpose, try to avoid purchasing this upgrade, as normal Heli Pilot micromanagement usually offers more efficient control over the Heli Pilot.
  • Using Pursuit can be inefficient on tracks where bloons spawn out of multiple lanes, as Pursuit is always be set to "First" target priority and will constantly jitter around trying to switch between tracks.
  • It is not recommended to use Pursuit targeting in combination with the Razor Rotors upgrade, as a Razor Rotors on Pursuit targeting tends to underperform versus Lead Bloons, even with the slight rotor range buff.
    • This has changed drastically after version 31.0; now Razor Rotors on Pursuit will place itself directly above Bloons, allowing for much more consistent Lead popping with no need for micro.
  • The Pursuit upgrade can be used in combination with Downdraft to effectively blow back the Ceramics spawned from early MOABs directly after destroying them.
  • Pursuit Helis will stop moving wherever they are as the round ends. This can end up in them wasting time flying back into range when the next round starts, especially if not equipped with Bigger Jets. This can be remediated by turning off Auto-Start, switching to Follow Touch/Follow Mouse and placing them at the entrance manually.

Version History[]

Pursuit received insignificant changes since it was first released in BTD6. However, the Pursuit targeting option is now modified, its previous upgrade is now more expensive, and the Heli Pilot's base cost was slightly increased in later updates.

Initial release
  • Buff Pursuit targeting now changed to follow a few units in front of the bloon rather than simply a certain number of units away from the bloon at any angle.
  • Change Purchasing the Pursuit upgrade now automatically sets Heli Pilot on the Pursuit target priority.
  • Change Instamonkey Heli Pilots with this upgrade or above now automatically are set on Pursuit.
Heli Pilot manages on pursuit far too easily without any need to consider Bigger Jets unless camo or downdraft is required. For more crosspath variety than just 'camo' we moved more of the base Heli speed out and back into Bigger Jets with an overall buff to Bigger Jets. This should allow Bigger Jets to scale a little better than other helis through early speed ramping. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to base Heli flight speed versus Bigger Jets
  • Nerf Affected by base Heli flight speed nerf versus Bigger Jets crosspathing
Previously Razor Rotor’s used to make the heli pursue for a further distance & this caused it to often fail to reach Lead Bloons with the rotor attack that could pop them. This overall seemed like a design flaw so that back-off distance has been moved up to the T4 instead.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Change Razor Rotors set on Pursuit now flies directly above the targeted bloon instead of in front. Does not apply to Apache Dartship or Apache Prime.
    • Buff This is an overall buff to T3 Razor Rotors, whose main purpose is to utilize the razor rotor.


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  • Pursuit is the only BTD6 Heli Pilot upgrade that costs less than its preceding upgrade.