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With a calm fury, Sauda can carve Bloons up with her twin razor-sharp swords.
~ BTD6 description

Sauda is a Hero in Bloons TD 6, first released in Version 24.0. She is a swordmaster, and is the second melee hero in the game (the first being Pat Fusty). She uses her two swords to pop bloons, dealing one damage per attack across a 90-180 degree cone. She attacks quickly, approximately every 0.4s at base, and even faster at higher levels, but she has low range, at 23 initially. Initially, she pops up to 4 bloons per attack. She has built-in camo detection at base level, but cannot pop Lead Bloons with her standard attack until at least Level 13. She is unlockable with a one-time cost of BloonjaminsIcon5000.

She costs $510 on Easy, $600 on Medium, $650 on Hard, and $700 on Impoppable. If Hero Favors is enabled, she will cost $460 on Easy, $540 on Medium, $585 on Hard, and $650 on Impoppable.

Upgrades[]

Sauda will start upgrading herself every round upon placement. She earns more XP each round to unlock her next upgrade irrespective of how many bloons she pops. Her upgrades can also be immediately bought with cash, though the amount of cash required to purchase the next upgrade will typically increase as the upgrades get higher, making self-upgrading an important element for her overall power.

Sauda upgrades automatically after being placed. Her leveling speed is 1.425x, equal to that for Ezili, Pat Fusty, and Admiral Brickell.

HeroLevel1
Level 1
COST: $510 / $600 / $650 / $720
UNLOCK: N/A XP

Description: Slashes with both swords at nearby Bloons. Can pop Camo.
Effect: Slashes at bloons, producing a partial AoE in front of her in a 90°-180° formation. Attacks every 0.4s, deals 1 damage, +1 Ceramic and MOAB-class damage, 4 pierce, and range of 23.
HeroLevel2
Level 2
COST: $257
UNLOCK: 257 XP

Description: Pops more Bloons per attack.
Effect: Pierce increased from 4 to 5.
HeroLevel3
Level 3
COST: $656
UNLOCK: 656 XP

Description: Leaping Sword Attack: Sauda's dramatic Lead popping leap attack slams down on her targeted Bloons.
Effect: Unlocks Leaping Sword ability. When activated, aims at a target based on her target priority, hitting multiple bloons in a tiny area and leaving behind an "aftersword" that deals contact damage to passing bloons. Cooldown of 30 seconds.


The leap attack creates a 15-radius area-of-effect that deals 20 damage or 100 MOAB-class damage on the initial hit, affecting up to 30 bloons within the area. Can pop Frozen Bloons and Lead Bloons. After the leap attack, she leaves behind her old blades for 6.5s (+0.5s per level after Level 3) after the attack lands, dealing 2 damage onto up to 5 bloons who pass through, refreshing pierce every 0.1s and being able to rehit bloons after 0.2s. This effect can also pop Frozen Bloons and Lead Bloons.

HeroLevel4
Level 4
COST: $1,425
UNLOCK: 1,425 XP

Description: Sauda's swords slice through 2 layers of Bloons.
Effect: 2 damage, and Ceramic and MOAB-class damage improves from +1 to +2.
HeroLevel5
Level 5
COST: $2,651
UNLOCK: 2,651 XP

Description: Sauda attacks faster.
Effect: +25% attack speed (0.8x attack cooldown). Now attacks every 0.32s.
HeroLevel6
Level 6
COST: $4,674
UNLOCK: 4,674 XP

Description: Increased attack range and popping power.
Effect: Pierce increases from 5 to 7, range from 23 to 26.
HeroLevel7
Level 7
COST: $7,382
UNLOCK: 7,382 XP

Description: Sauda preys on the Bloons' weakness, doing extra damage if they are stunned, and she can now pop frozen Bloons.
Effect: Deals +2 damage to stunned Bloons, +20 damage to stunned MOABs, and also pops Frozen Bloons. Leaping Sword deals even more damage to any stunned target, including the initial impact (+10 stunned damage, or +20 stunned MOAB-class damage) and on-track item's contact damage (+2 stunned damage, or +20 stunned MOAB-class damage).


Calculation for the bonus Leaping Sword impact bonus is +(x/2) for bloons and +(x) for MOAB-class only, where x is base damage of the ability. Likewise, the Leaping Sword on-track contact damage deals +(x) for bloons and +(10 + 5x) for MOAB-class only.

HeroLevel8
Level 8
COST: $11,856
UNLOCK: 11,856 XP

Description: Sauda attacks even faster.
Effect: ~+28.99% attack speed (~0.7813x attack speed). Now attacks every 0.25s.
HeroLevel9
Level 9
COST: $13,367
UNLOCK: 13,367 XP

Description: Bloon Bleed: Sauda pops through 3 layers of Bloon with each strike, and causes a slow damage over time effect.
Effect: Adds a Bloon Bleed effect onto damaged bloons. Bloon Bleed deals 1 damage per 2.0s or 20 MOAB-class damage per 2.0s, for up to 4 seconds, dealing up to 2 ticks of damage. Sword attack deals 3 damage, or +3 to Ceramic and MOAB-class (instead of +2).
HeroLevel10
Level 10
COST: $19,409
UNLOCK: 19,409 XP

Description: Sword Charge: Sauda slides along the whole track, devastating Bloons as she goes.
Effect: Unlocks Sword Charge ability. When activated, she charges from the back of the track path towards the front, damaging any bloon type including Leads. Creates more copies of herself on maps with multiple entries or multiple exits. Deals 30 damage to up to 400 bloons on screen with each copy of herself, plus even more damage to stunned bloons (+15 stunned damage, or +30 stunned MOAB-class damage). Cooldown of 45s.
HeroLevel11
Level 11
COST: $23,242
UNLOCK: 23,242 XP

Description: Sauda inflicts extra damage to any Bloon slowed, immobilized, or taking damage over time from other monkeys.
Effect: Gains extra damage versus "harmed" bloons, inflicting +2 damage to Bloons or +10 damage to MOABs with her main swords. Bloons affected by any valid lingering status effect (e.g. slowdown and/or a damage-over-time), excluding stuns and Bloon Bleed, triggers the aforementioned damage bonus. Can stack with the bonus stunned bloon damage.


In addition, all abilities deal extra damage to "harmed" bloons, and can additively stack with the extra damage to stunned bloons, equal to the amount of bonus damage to stunned bloons (more specifically: Leaping Sword impact +10 "harmed" damage or +20 "harmed MOAB-class" damage; Leaping Sword contact +2 or +20 "harmed MOAB-class"; Sword Charge +15 "harmed" damage or +30 "harmed MOAB-class" damage).

HeroLevel12
Level 12
COST: $20,520
UNLOCK: 20,520 XP

Description: Leaping Sword Attack increases greatly in power.
Effect: Leaping Sword leap deals 40 damage, or 200 to MOAB-class, onto up to 50 bloons. Stunned and/or "harmed" bloons are inflicted extra damage via Leaping Sword (leaping impact: +20, +40 MOAB-class; leaping contact: +3, +25 MOAB-class).
HeroLevel13
Level 13
COST: $23,726
UNLOCK: 23,726 XP

Description: Enchanted blades do more damage and allow Sauda to damage all Bloons.
Effect: Main attack now damages Leads. Main attack also now deals even more damage to stunned Bloons (Bloons: +2 → +3; MOAB-class: +20 → +21).
HeroLevel14
Level 14
COST: $21,290
UNLOCK: 21,290 XP

Description: Sauda attacks even faster.
Effect: +56.25% attack speed (0.64x attack cooldown). Now attacks every 0.16s.
HeroLevel15
Level 15
COST: $23,342
UNLOCK: 23,342 XP

Description: Increased attack range and popping power, and Leaping Sword Attack deals more damage.
Effect: Range increased from 26 to 29, pierce increased from 7 to 9, Leaping Sword ability's after-effects swords deal 4 damage, and Leaping Sword ability impact deals 80 damage instead of 40. Stunned and/or "harmed" bloons are inflicted extra damage via Leaping Sword (leaping impact: +40, +80 MOAB-class; leaping contact: +4, +30 MOAB-class).
HeroLevel16
Level 16
COST: $25,394
UNLOCK: 25,394 XP

Description: Sword Charge greatly increased damage.
Effect: Sword Charge deals 120 damage instead of 30. Stunned and/or "harmed" bloons are inflicted extra damage via Sword Charge (+60 versus bloons, +120 versus MOAB-class).
HeroLevel17
Level 17
COST: $27,446
UNLOCK: 27,446 XP

Description: Sauda's sword attacks slice through many Bloon layers at once.
Effect: Sword deals 4 damage and +4 damage to Ceramic and MOAB-class, alongside a bigger bonus against stunned and "harmed" bloons.


Main attack deals +4 to stunned bloons instead of +3, +22 to stunned MOAB-class instead of +21. Similarly, it deals +3 to "harmed" bloons instead of +2, and +11 damage to "harmed" MOAB-class bloons instead of +10.

HeroLevel18
Level 18
COST: $29,498
UNLOCK: 29,498 XP

Description: Sauda's swords attack with a blur of speed.
Effect: +60% attack speed (0.625x attack cooldown). Now attacks every 0.1s.
HeroLevel19
Level 19
COST: $23,470
UNLOCK: 23,470 XP

Description: Enchanted Blades do extra damage to Regrow, Fortified, and Camo Bloons.
Effect: Deals +2 damage to bloons with Camo, Regrow, Fortified, or any valid combination of the three. For blimps, blimps with Camo and/or Fortified are dealt +10 damage. Damage bonus to those types are mutually exclusive.
HeroLevel20
Level 20
COST: $24,624
UNLOCK: 24,624 XP

Description: More powerful Sword Charge sweeps all track paths three times! Leaping Sword power greatly increased.
Effect: Sword Charge now deals 220 damage, pops up to 1400 bloons, and repeats three times. Leaping Sword leap deals 400 damage, or 560 MOAB-class damage, and pops up to 70 bloons on the initial hit. Leaping Sword's after-effect swords deal 6 damage. All abilities deal more damage to stunned and/or "harmed" bloons (leaping impact: +200, +400 MOAB-class; leaping contact: +6, +40 MOAB-class; charging: +110, +220 MOAB-class).

Activated Abilities[]

See also: Activated Abilities (BTD6)#Sauda

Sauda has two activated abilities: Leaping Sword (Level 3+), and Sword Charge (Level 10+).

Leaping Sword Ability[]

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Leaping Sword Ability

Sauda's Leaping Sword ability allows her to strike two swords on the ground from anywhere on the map onto the target bloon, with the location being based on her target priority. The swords act together as the "strike", and once landed will act as the "after-sword". The "strike" always follows and accurately hits the target no matter how fast the target moves. After landing, the "after-sword" deals contact damage around a small area for a limited time before disappearing. Both of these attacks of the Leaping Sword pop all bloon types.

Initially, the strike of the Leaping Sword will deal 20 damage or 100 MOAB-class damage (40 damage or 200 MOAB-class damage at Level 12-14, 80 damage or 240 MOAB-class damage at Level 15-19, 570 damage or 700 MOAB-class damage at Level 20) to up to 20 bloons (40 with Level 12+, 60 with Level 20) upon impact, including versus Leads, with a small area-of-effect. The swords on the ground will deal a constant amount of damage every 0.2s to up to a certain maximum number of bloons that touch them. The swords on the ground will last for 5+.5*L where L is level, starting at 6.5s and up to 15 seconds at Level 20. before disappearing.

While she is using any activated ability, including Leaping Sword, her other attacks cease until she returns back to her original location. She cannot activate Sword Charge while the Leaping Sword ability is active.

Leaping Sword has an activated ability cooldown of 30 seconds, with a deployment cooldown of about 0.5s. Equation for the uptime of the "after-sword" is (L/2 + 5)/30; uptime for the "after-sword" is between 21.67% and 50%. Her Leaping Sword ability cooldowns can be reduced with a global Energizer buff, the AbilityMasteryIcon Ability Mastery MK, and the Abilitized Relic. Its ability cooldown can also be reset with Geraldo's Rejuv Potion.

Leaping Sword scales its damage bonuses to all stunned targets (Level 7+) and "harmed" targets (Level 11+), instead of a flat amount of bonus damage to those targets. These changes carry up through all levels with all damage increases to Leaping Sword and Sword Charge (Levels 12, 15, 20 increase leaping sword damage). Assume "x" is base damage of the ability aspect.

  • Lv7+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to stunned Bloons +(x/2)
    • Level 7-11: +10
    • Level 12-14: +20
    • Level 15-19: +40
    • Level 20: +200
  • Lv7+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to stunned MOAB-class +2 → +(x)
    • Level 7-11: +20
    • Level 12-14: +40
    • Level 15-19: +80
    • Level 20: +400
  • Lv7+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to stunned Bloons +(x)
    • Level 7-11: +2
    • Level 12-14: +3
    • Level 15-19: +4
    • Level 20: +6
  • Lv7+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to stunned MOABs +(10 + 5x)
    • Level 7-11: +20
    • Level 12-14: +25
    • Level 15-19: +30
    • Level 20: +40
  • Lv11+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to "harmed" Bloons +(x/2)
    • Level 7-11: +10
    • Level 12-14: +20
    • Level 15-19: +40
    • Level 20: +200
  • Lv11+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to "harmed" MOAB-class +(x)
    • Level 7-11: +20
    • Level 12-14: +40
    • Level 15-19: +80
    • Level 20: +400
  • Lv11+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to "harmed" Bloons +(x)
    • Level 7-11: +2
    • Level 12-14: +3
    • Level 15-19: +4
    • Level 20: +6
  • Lv11+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to "harmed" MOABs +(10 + 5x)
    • Level 7-11: +20
    • Level 12-14: +25
    • Level 15-19: +30
    • Level 20: +40

Sword Charge Ability[]

SwordChargeAA

Sword Charge Ability

Sauda's Sword Charge ability allows her to charge across all bloon paths, dealing 30 damage (120 at Level 16-19, 220 at Level 20) to up to 400 bloons (1400 at Level 20), and can rehit the same bloons more than once. If the map is not a single-lane map (i.e. "single-entry-single-exit"), she can spawn more than one temporary copy of herself; she spawns as many temporary copies of herself as there are entry-to-exit combinations. At Level 20, the ability allows her to charge up to 3 times in a single ability use.

While she is using any activated ability, including Sword Charge, her other attacks cease until she returns back to her original location. She cannot activate Leaping Sword while the Sword Charge ability is active.

Sword Charge has an ability cooldown of 45 seconds, and a deployment cooldown of about 0.8s before she starts charging at the bloons. The duration of the ability depends on the length of the longest lane, and the duration is tripled if Level 20; on a very long RBS map such as Logs it takes ~10 seconds, while on a short RBS map such as #Ouch it takes ~3 seconds. Therefore, the true duration of the Sword Charge ability is difficult to determine mathematically perfectly. Her Sword Charge ability cooldowns can be reduced with a global Energizer buff, the AbilityMasteryIcon Ability Mastery MK, and the Abilitized Relic. Its ability cooldown can also be reset with Geraldo's Rejuv Potion.

Sword Charge scales its damage bonuses to all stunned targets (Level 10+, by default) and "harmed" targets (Level 11+), instead of a flat amount of bonus damage to those targets. These changes carry up through all levels with all damage increases to Sword Charge (Levels 16 and 20). Assume "x" is base damage of the ability aspect.

  • Lv10+ Sword Charge bonus to stunned Bloons +(x/2)
    • Level 10-15: +15
    • Level 16-19: +60
    • Level 20: +110
  • Lv10+ Sword Charge bonus to stunned MOAB-class +(x)
    • Level 10-15: +30
    • Level 16-19: +120
    • Level 20: +220
  • Lv11+ Sword Charge bonus to "harmed" Bloons +2 → +(x/2)
    • Level 10-15: +15
    • Level 16-19: +60
    • Level 20: +110
  • Lv11+ Sword Charge bonus to "harmed" MOAB-class +(x)
    • Level 10-15: +30
    • Level 16-19: +120
    • Level 20: +220

Leveling up[]

Level Cost / XP Cumulative   
1 Base Base
2 257 257
3 656 913
4 1425 2338
5 2651 4989
6 4674 9663
7 7382 17,045
8 11,856 28,901
9 13,367 42,268
10 19,409 61,677
11 23,342 85,019
12 20,520 105,539
13 23,726 129,265
14 21,290 150,555
15 23,342 173,897
16 25,394 199,291
17 27,446 226,737
18 29,498 256,235
19 23,470 279,705
20 24,624 304,329

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

During the first few weeks of her release, Sauda was considered "overpowered" by the BTD6 community, attributed mostly to her extreme numbers of new 2TC combos. However, as time went by, the BTD6 community began to realize that she has been overestimated, due to the fact that her true power only opens where she can be placed in a spot where her low range but high attack speed and damage can be maximized.

On the April 2021 Q&A video, Ninja Kiwi stated that Sauda would be nerfed in Version 25.0 with range nerfs. This in effect has retained her start-of-game utility but restrict her further into map-dependency.

Sauda was later nerfed in 27.0 as a way to encourage adding synergies rather than relying on her base damage at higher levels. Contrary to popular belief, Sauda's total damage is still clearly nerfed even when attacking Ceramics and MOAB-class with both stun and "harmed" status effects, as her base bonus Ceramic and MOAB-class damage is treated as a bonus equal to her base damage, and doesn't necessarily increase with additional buff sources.

Version 34.0 massively reworked Sauda to have weaker pierce and significantly stronger synergy potential with her abilities, in order to stand out on Expert Maps as well as minimizing her overpower on Beginner Maps.

24.0
  • Released
25.0
Yes, here it is the nerf you've all been waiting for. But as some in the community predicted, it's not that much of a nerf. Sauda's range has been tightened up as her role is specifically about high damage in a small, focused area.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Attack range reduced from 25 to 23
  • NERF Lv6 Attack range bonus reduced from 4 → 3
  • NERF Lv15 Attack range bonus reduced from 4 → 3
27.0
While we feel Sauda's power has been balanced fairly well, we have also felt that too much of this power is generally available while ignoring the synergies that she was intended to be built around.To correct this her damage will in total remain the same, but some key levels that increased damage will now instead buff her weakness bonuses. We would also like to make it clear that this has been in the works for some time and has nothing to do with the recent 1TC completion, so please don't be mad at that person. This will mean fairly little to most players, who are not doing those sorts of challenges anyway.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Lv13 sword damage reduced from 4 to 3, now instead grants +1 damage to Sauda's Lv7 Bloon Weakness
  • NERF Lv17 sword damage reduced from 7 to 4, instead replaced with +1 damage to Sauda's Lv7 Bloon Weakness and +1 damage to Sauda's Lv11 Afflicted Bloons Weakness.
  • NERF [undocumented] Level 13 Sauda's Ceramic and MOAB-class damage also reduced (+4 → +3)
  • NERF [undocumented] Level 17 Sauda's Ceramic and MOAB-class damage also reduced (+7 → +4)
34.0

Saving this for last, as it is the biggest rework here with the most to say. There was too much already changed to include even further changes with her all at once, but we want to take this rework further after seeing your feedback, so Sauda fans please take your time over the holidays to really get a feel for how this changes things.

At first this looks like a lot of numbers going down, but that is not our only intention with the changes, Sauda’s feeling is far too much of a ‘set and forget’ play, leading her to be extremely overvalued on simple maps but have a highly lackluster feeling on many difficult ones that require further interaction. To steer away from this her base power is being lowered at a number of points, with some tweaks to both her abilities overall improving their power mainly with a huge buff to her level 7 & 11 Bloon Weakness debuffs now benefitting her abilities with CONSIDERABLY more damage than previously (previously +2 regardless of the ability damage)

~ Ninja Kiwi (Part 1 of the Sauda rework)
  • NERF Level 2+ base pierce reduced by 1 at all levels
    • NERF Level 2-5 pierce reduced from 6 → 5
    • NERF Level 6-14 pierce reduced from 8 → 7
    • NERF Level 15+ pierce reduced from 10 → 9
  • Change Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage increased on most levels starting at Level 3
    • BUFF Level 3-11 Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage increased from 1 → 2
    • BUFF Level 12-14 Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage increased from 1 → 3
    • BUFF Level 15-19 Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage increased from 1 → 4
    • NERF Level 20 Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage reduced from 16 → 6
    • Note: Ninja Kiwi stated "Leaping Sword DoT" but it is actually the Leaping Sword on-track item's contact damage; Leaping Sword does not inflict DoT unlike Bloon Bleed.
  • BUFF Leaping Sword on-track item now lasts longer on all levels
    • BUFF Level 3 Leaping Sword on-track item duration increased from 5s → 6.5s
    • BUFF Leaping Sword on-track item duration increases by +0.5s for every level after Level 3
    • BUFF Level 20 Leaping Sword on-track item duration further increased from a flat 10s to 15s
  • BUFF Level 3-11 Leaping Sword impact pierce increased from 20 → 30
  • BUFF Level 12-19 Leaping Sword impact pierce increased from 40 → 50
  • BUFF Level 20 Leaping Sword impact pierce increased from 50 → 70
  • BUFF Level 10-15 Sword Charge damage increased from 20 → 30. Does not affect Level 16+.
  • Change Leaping Sword impact damage changed on all levels starting from Level 12.
    • BUFF Level 12+ Leaping Sword impact bonus damage to MOABs increased from +130 → +160
    • NERF Level 12-14 Leaping Sword impact base damage reduced from 70 → 40
    • BUFF Level 15-19 Leaping Sword impact base damage increased from 70 → 80
    • NERF Level 20 Leaping Sword impact base damage reduced from 570 → 400
Bloon Weakness Lv7 & Lv11 much larger bonus to abilities, potentially doubling total damage.
~ Ninja Kiwi (Part 2 of the Sauda rework)
  • BUFF Leaping Sword and Sword Charge now apply scaled damage bonuses to all stunned targets (Level 7+) and "harmed" targets (Level 11+), instead of flat +2 to bloons and +20 to MOAB-class or slightly higher on later levels. These changes carry up through all levels with all damage increases to Leaping Sword and Sword Charge (Levels 12, 15, 20 increase leaping sword damage, Levels 16, 20 increase Sword Charge damage). Assume "x" is base damage of the ability aspect.
    • BUFF Lv7+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to stunned Bloons +2 → +(x/2)
      • Level 7-11: +10
      • Level 12-14: +20
      • Level 15-19: +40
      • Level 20: +200
    • BUFF Lv7+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to stunned MOAB-class +2 → +(x)
      • Level 7-11: +20
      • Level 12-14: +40
      • Level 15-19: +80
      • Level 20: +400
    • BUFF Lv7+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to stunned Bloons +2 → +(x)
      • Level 7-11: +2
      • Level 12-14: +3
      • Level 15-19: +4
      • Level 20: +6
    • BUFF Lv7+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to stunned MOABs +20 → +(10 + 5x)
      • Level 7-11: +20
      • Level 12-14: +25
      • Level 15-19: +30
      • Level 20: +40
    • BUFF Lv10+ Sword Charge bonus to stunned Bloons +2 → +(x/2)
      • Level 10-15: +15
      • Level 16-19: +60
      • Level 20: +110
    • BUFF Lv10+ Sword Charge bonus to stunned MOAB-class +2 → +(x)
      • Level 10-15: +30
      • Level 16-19: +120
      • Level 20: +220
    • BUFF Lv11+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to "harmed" Bloons +2 → +(x/2)
      • Level 7-11: +10
      • Level 12-14: +20
      • Level 15-19: +40
      • Level 20: +200
    • BUFF Lv11+ Leaping Sword impact bonus to "harmed" MOAB-class +2 → +(x)
      • Level 7-11: +20
      • Level 12-14: +40
      • Level 15-19: +80
      • Level 20: +400
    • BUFF Lv11+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to "harmed" Bloons +2 → +(x)
      • Level 7-11: +2
      • Level 12-14: +3
      • Level 15-19: +4
      • Level 20: +6
    • BUFF Lv11+ Leaping Sword on-track contact damage bonus to "harmed" MOABs +20 → +(10 + 5x)
      • Level 7-11: +20
      • Level 12-14: +25
      • Level 15-19: +30
      • Level 20: +40
    • BUFF Lv11+ Sword Charge bonus to "harmed" Bloons +2 → +(x/2)
      • Level 10-15: +15
      • Level 16-19: +60
      • Level 20: +110
    • BUFF Lv11+ Sword Charge bonus to "harmed" MOAB-class +2 → +(x)
      • Level 10-15: +30
      • Level 16-19: +120
      • Level 20: +220
42.0
While we like giving players lots to choose from as early as possible, we’ve seen feedback that the current hero unlock flow can feel overwhelming with all Monkey Money unlockable heroes becoming available immediately at account level 10. To address this, we are spacing this period out with a few different groupings of Hero unlocks and holding back some of the more complex Heroes until account level 35.
~ Ninja Kiwi, Version 42.0 preview notes
  • NERF Sauda now unlocks at Level 25 instead of Level 10

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

27.0
  • Level 1's description added "Can pop Camo." at the end.
  • Level 3's description added an extra "Lead popping" before "leap attacks".
  • Level 15's description changed due to Sauda's nerf, from "Bloon Bleed" to "Leaping Sword Attack".
  • Level 20's description changed from "Sword Charge sweeps all track paths three times!" to "More powerful Sword Charge sweeps all track paths three times! Leaping Sword power greatly increased."

Bugs[]

Current
  • [28.3, possibly earlier] Level 3 Leaping Sword shows Sauda performing the act to have no swords held. Level 10+ Leaping Sword has no such visual bug.
Patched
  • [27.0] Would glitch out and crash within a few seconds if Sword Charge reaches the swamp holes in Bloonarius Prime. Patched in 27.1.

Strategy[]

Summary[]

Sauda has very low range, moderate pierce, but high attack speed and Damage per Second. In fact, she has a higher damage-per-second than any other tower in the game for her price, but is strongly limited by her very low range. As such, a tight spot on the map will make for an effective chokepoint for destroying the bloons. Her activated abilities provide useful additional sources of popping power if needed. She is very map-limited due to her low range, although simple Villages and Alchemist buffs can help counter her low range considerably.

Tips[]

  • Ideally, place Sauda in a location that focuses around a bend or corner.
    • The intermediate map Balance is designed specifically to optimize her high attack speed and pierce over her main weakness of low range, by placing her in the center spot.
    • The beginner map Resort features a similar spot at the top right corner to place her in; thanks to the constant loops Sauda can deal enough damage to complete most CHIMPS rounds on this map.
  • Stacking stuns on top of other status effects will drastically increase her damage, up to +30 on MOABs at level 11 (+20 for the stun, +10 for the other status effect). To specify, lvl 7 and lvl 11 count as different buffs, meaning a slow and a damage-over-time effect don't stack, but a slow and a stun stacks.
  • She can pop camo bloons, which is useful for Alternate Bloons Rounds.
  • The Level 10 Sword Charge ability is good for quick or emergency cleanup for dense rounds.
  • At Level 11+, adding any slow, immobilization, or damage-over-time will allow her to deal bonus damage to bloons and blimps.
    • MOAB Glue is one of the best cost-effective status effects to pair with her, as MOAB Glue slows down blimps to allow her to attack blimps more often before the blimps leave, while she benefits from the bonus damage from her Level 11+ special extra damage. Relentless Glue stuns up to MOABs and DDTs, activating her stunned bloon damage bonus for even more damage; Super Glue can also stun bloons below BAD, allowing for even higher damage.
    • Bloon Sabotage is also an extremely effective tower to pair with Sauda due to its screen-wide slow, along with its 15 second duration.
    • Since the BAD is immune to all kinds of slow effects, it can only receive debuffs that grant bonus damage on attacks. This can add up to +10.
  • Sauda can pop Frozen and Lead with any of her abilities, regardless of level. However, her main attacks alone are insufficient for popping Frozen until Level 7+, and insufficient versus Leads until Level 13+.
    • Don't rely on her abilities to pop Frozen or Lead. Use other sources to pop Frozen and Lead until she reaches Level 7+ and Level 13+, respectively.
  • Much like Ground Zero and Tsar Bomba, be sure to watch out for her 0.8s time delay before any of her abilities activate. If bloons are about to leak, you should be aware that you'll probably leak before Sauda will be able to use her ability.
  • Because of Sauda's extremely short range and lack of any supportive capabilities, she is less useful on most True Expert maps than other top tier options, such as Adora, Brickell or Ezili would be, however she is still very powerful even on maps such as X Factor, Quad and Sanctuary where tracks overlap.
  • Sauda's Leaping Sword ability has a large enough splash radius to hit the four Ceramics out of the Round 40 MOAB.
  • Make use of Auto Start to allow Sauda's Sword Charge to carry over damage across rounds. Sword Charge does damage bloons even if the round ends.
  • Sauda can use all the bloons' debuffs a single tower can apply. For example, both of Cripple MOAB's stun and debuff are utilized.

Teasers[]

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Sauda's second teaser

She was first teased here on 5th March 2021, showcasing her unlock animation. On March 10th, 2021, a second teaser was posted on Twitter here, revealing her abilities: Leaping Sword and Sword Charge. On the next day, she was released in Version 24.0.

My blades are legendary! Here’s a look at Sauda’s special abilities. She’ll be slicing through bloons in BTD6 very soon!

#btd6 #ninjakiwi #bloonstd6

~ Ninja Kiwi, second teaser of Sauda
Introducing Sauda the Swordmaster. Coming soon to Bloons TD 6!

#bloontd6 #ninjakiwi #btd6

~ Ninja Kiwi, first teaser of Sauda

Cosmetics[]

Sauda has different cosmetics that can be bought to add visual flair to her. These are purely visual and do not influence how she performs in-game. Hero Skins for Sauda are available once she is unlocked.

Skins[]

Sauda has two hero skins available. Her first is Viking Sauda, which dons her as a viking wielding axes, speaking in a deeper voice and speaking some Old Norse. Her second skin transforms her into a Jiangshi (Simplified Chinese: 僵尸), a Chinese zombie, and she is somewhat dressed like a mix between a Jiangshi and the famous fairytale character Cinderella, and speaks in a dull tone.

Image Skin Description Added
SaudaPortrait Original Sauda With a calm fury, Sauda can carve Bloons up with her twin razor-sharp swords. 24.0
VikingSaudaPortrait Viking Sauda Axes at the ready! 28.0
JiangshiSaudaPortrait Jiangshi Sauda Chained to this world, for there are still Bloons to pop. 37.0

Pets[]

Sauda Crane Pet
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  • Description: Wax on, wax off. Study Crane technique with Sauda's graceful new side-kick! Original Sauda only
  • Added: 25.0
  • Additional notes:
    • Short name: Sauda Crane
    • Crane walks around and makes sounds.
  • Trophies: Trophies 80

Profile Pictures[]

Custom Avatar - Sharp Sauda
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  • Description: Silence, skill, precision. This awesome Sauda avatar defines you as a player!
  • Added: 25.0
  • Additional notes:
    • Short name: Sharp Sauda Avatar
    • Depicts a stylized drawing of Sauda.
  • Trophies: Trophies 10

In-Game Quotes[]

Original Sauda[]

When Selected on the Heroes menu:

When Placed:

When Tapped:

Leveling Up:

When MOAB Class bloons Appear:

When a MOAB-Class Bloon is Destroyed:

When activating Leaping Sword:

When activating Sword Charge:

When Bloons Leak:

Viking Sauda[]

When Selected on the Heroes menu:

When Placed:

When Tapped:

Leveling Up:

When MOAB Class bloons Appear:

When a MOAB-Class Bloon is Destroyed:

When activating Leaping Sword:

When activating Sword Charge:

When Bloons Leak:

Jiangshi Sauda[]

Heroes menu:

When Placed:

When Tapped:

Leveling Up:

When MOAB Class bloons Appear:

When a MOAB-Class Bloon is Destroyed:

When activating Leaping Sword:

When activating Sword Charge:

When Bloons Leak:

Sounds[]

Sound Effects[]

Sound effects related to Sauda that are not specifically her voicelines are shown here.

When Sauda swings her sword:

When triggered to leap into the air via Leaping Sword:

When striking the ground via Leaping Sword or Sword Charge:

When activating Sword Charge, or when activating subsequent Sword Charges at Level 20:

Merchandise[]

Sauda Plush[]

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Boomer Plush, Sauda Plush, and BFB Plush

Sauda Plush has officially been teased on June 18th 2023 on Ninja Kiwi's Twitter account, posting the teaser for Sauda Plush, Boomerang Monkey Plush, and BFB Jumbo Plush. A Ninja Kiwi Twitter giveaway was posted on June 20th 2023, with the end date on June 21st at 2pm (ET). On June 23rd 2023, the official announcement for these three plushes were announced on this post. Final week announcement for these plushes was posted on July 7th 2023.

Her campaign can be seen on her entry on the Makeship website. She costed $29.99 USD.

Her campaign ran from June 23rd 2023 to July 15th 2023 (specifically 11:00am NZST). At the end of the campaign, 1937 Sauda Plushes were sold. She will be manufactured starting from July 14th 2023, and she will be shipped by October 7th 2023. Sauda Plush has arrived to households starting from at least September 27th 2023.

Sauda Plush is stylized to her Level 1 form. She is 16.0cm tall and is made of Polypropylene Cotton and Plush Fabric (Ultra Soft Fleece). She has two swords attached to her hands via velcro, with the blue-banded sword on her right hand and red-banded sword on her left hand. Her hair cannot freely flow, as each of her wavy strands of hair are sewed on herself. Her skirt is uniform throughout (i.e. no triangular cuts at the sides, unlike her in-game form), is short, and underneath is nothing. She is also frowning. Her eyebrows and all parts of her eyes except her sclera are slightly rough, likely made of polypropylene cotton.

Gallery[]

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Other languages[]

Hero Name
Language Name Meaning
English Sauda
Simplified Chinese 萨乌达 Sauda (transliteration)
Traditional Chinese 薩達 Sauda (transliteration)
French Sauda
Korean 싸우다
Polish Sauda
Russian Сауда Sauda (transliteration)
Short Description
Language Name Meaning
English With a calm fury, Sauda can carve Bloons up with her twin razor-sharp swords.
Simplified Chinese 平静的怒火中,萨乌达可以用她那双锋利的剑将气球斯劈成两半。
Traditional Chinese 在平靜的怒火下,薩達可以用她的兩把利劍切開氣球。
French Avec une furie maîtrisée, Sauda peut découper les Bloons en rondelles avec ses lames jumelles afflûtées comme des rasoirs.
Polish Sauda tnie blony swoimi dwoma ostrymi mieczami ze stoicką furią.
Russian С ледяной яростью Сауда разрубит шары своими бритвенно-острыми клинками. With a cold fury, Sauda will chop bloon using her razor-sharp blades.

Trivia[]

  • At the time of her debut in Version 24.0, Sauda's appearance now brings the list of heroes purchasable on the first round of standard CHIMPS Mode to 3, alongside Quincy and Ezili. It was previously 3 before the Obyn price nerf in Version 11.0. It was not until Version 31.0 with the release of Geraldo when that list increased to 4.
  • Sauda, Etienne, Psi, Adora, and Admiral Brickell are the third most expensive heroes (behind Corvus and Geraldo at 7000) by Monkey Money cost, as each cost 5000 Monkey Money to buy.
  • Sauda is the fifth female hero, along with Gwendolin, Ezili, Adora, and Admiral Brickell and will be followed by Rosalia.
  • Sauda is the second hero to have built-in camo detection, the first being Ezili.
  • Sauda's quote "Hero time!" is also said by Finn in Bloons Adventure Time TD. She is also inspired by the attack concept of Finn, who also attacks with swords, except he attacks with one sword at initially moderate speed (1 attack per second) instead of two swords at Rattleballs-quick speeds (2.5 attacks per second) like Sauda does.
  • Sauda is the second hero to speak in another language in addition to English, the first being Etienne (in his case, French).
    • However, in BATTD, Lady Rainicorn speaks Korean, so Sauda is not the first character in any of the Bloons games to speak that language.
  • The Bloon Bleed sprites are basically tear marks off bloons and blimps, while the Bloon Bleed damage-over-time animation is simply the animated leaking of air in the form of small white puffs of air.
  • ISAB, one of the most famous Bloons YouTubers, likes to make questionable stuff about Sauda, implying that his favorite hero is Sauda.

Community achievements[]

  • Sauda has by far the most amount of 2TC combos out of any tower or hero, being the first hero or tower to reach 100 combos.
  • Sauda's first 2TC was accomplished within around 2 hours after the 24.0 update was announced, using Sauda + Sky Shredder.[1]
  • The 2TC combo Sauda + Permanent Brew is the second combo to not have its first completion done on neither Logs nor Cubism.
  • On 9th July 2021, Sauda 1TC on Resort had been completed, making her the first tower or hero to be able to completely solo CHIMPS. Significant micromanagement, including proper timing, as well as manual leveling was required to get there. Prior to that, there were many close 2TC combos with Sauda with increasingly lower towers.[2][3]
    • Sauda's 1TC completion has lead her to receive 33 associate 2TC combos, bringing her new total to 202 2TC combos.
    • The patch notes for Version 27.0 also refer to the Sauda 1TC community achievement while Ninja Kiwi was clarifying their intents to nerf Sauda on Version 27.0.
  • Until Flying Fortress and Superstorm dropped their Hard prices to $91,800 and $70,200 in Version 30.0, respectively, Sauda + Flying Fortress and Sauda + Superstorm were not completed. As of the Sauda + Superstorm combo, which was completed after the Sauda + Flying Fortress combo, the only CHIMPS-affordable towers left that do not yet have a 2TC are Sun Temple and Super Mines.

Blog posts[]

  • According to Ninja Kiwi's November 12th 2021 blog, Ninja Kiwi stated that Sauda is not the only swordsmonkey in the Bloons universe.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 18th March 2022 blog, Sauda has the best table manners among the heroes.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 14th April 2022 blog, the reason why Sauda wears bandages on her tail is "Definitely just style, not an ill judged sword swipe at all ;)"
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 23rd June 2022 blog, Sauda tends to eat vegetarian, though she does not define herself as such.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 16th June 2023 blog, Sauda's favorite vegan snacks are Pea Snaps and chocolate chia pudding.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 23rd June 2023 blog, Sauda smiles in battle because she has her "game face" on, in contrast to her recent corresponding plushie, who is frowning without explanation.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 11th August 2023 blog, Sauda's favorite Animal Crossing character is Shino.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 22nd September 2023 blog, Sauda's made a failed concept of a plane that drops swords on bloons.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 10th November 2023 blog, Sauda loves ice skating, because she likes the idea of "walking around on mini blades". Also, she loves carving pumpkins in Halloween seasons.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 8th December 2023 blog, Sauda has a dojo named the Sauda Dojo, and she has some students in her dojo that switch between the front lines and taking staff breaks.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 15th March 2024 blog, Sauda's favorite tea is Jasmine tea, as it has plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which relieve her pain during her training and fighting against the Bloons.

Cultural references[]

  • Based on the description of the Version 24.0 patch notes update video by Ninja Kiwi, Sauda is Korean.
    • Her name 'Sauda' resembles the Korean word "싸우다", a verb that means "to fight". It also sounds like 'Sword-a' in non-rhotic varieties of English.
  • The quote "clean cuts, still cuts a tomato!" is a reference to commercials about the Ginsu knife series. More specifically, the narrator of the 1990 commercial about the Ginsu 2000 says the line "The Ginsu 2000 can saw a lead pipe and still slice a tomato like this!" and the chef proceeds to slice a tomato cleanly after slicing a lead pipe cleanly.[4]

References[]

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