|“||Sentries deploy with different damage types based on your need.||”|
|~ BTD6 description|
Sentry Expert is the 4th upgrade of Path 1 for the Engineer Monkey in Bloons TD 6. It allows the Engineer to create specific sentries that specialize in popping specific bloon types. There are four unique sentry types that may spawn from the Sentry Expert, each with unique attacks: Crushing, Boom, Cold, and Energy. The Engineer may produce specific types depending on what bloons are present. There is no manual control over what sentry types may or may not spawn.
When no special Bloon types are present with the Sentry Expert's range, the Sentry Expert cycles between Crushing, Boom, Cold and Energy Sentries in that order. If there are certain bloon types detected within the Engineer's radius, he will skip certain sentry types in the sentry-spawning cycle.
Types of Sentries
There are four types of sentry that the Engineer may produce. All sentry types despawn after 25 seconds (30 with Vigilant Sentries MK). All Sentries have 50 range and gain +4 range with Larger Service Area and +25% pierce rounded up with Oversize Nails. Deconstruction allows sentries to deal +1 MOAB-class and +1 Fortified damage, while Pin also gives the sentries with a pinning effect, even though none of their projectiles are made of nails.
The crushing sentry appears red and shoots spiked balls reminiscent of the Dart Monkey's top path upgrades, having both the bounciness and the same amount of pierce as Spike-o-pult. These balls deal 2 damage plus another +1 damage to Ceramic Bloons and are able to bounce off obstacles. It has a very slightly greater attack speed than Spike-o-pult and deals more damage to all bloons it can hit. Like Spike-O-Pult, Crushing Sentry cannot pop Lead Bloons without support.
- Damage Type: Shatter
- Damage: 2 (+1 to Ceramics)
- Pierce: 22 (28 with 4-0-1)
- Attack Speed: 0.91x (every 1.1s)
If Ceramic Bloons are present it will be the only sentry that can spawn.
The boom sentry appears black and is slightly larger than other sentries and shoots bombs reminiscent of the Bomb Shooter. Bombs pop bloons in a small radius (18 radius, roughly slightly less than the Ice Monkey's base range) and can pop frozen Bloons and Lead Bloons. The boom sentry roughly acts like a 2-1-0 Bomb Shooter with the attack speed of a Missile Launcher.
If Ceramic, Black, Zebra or DDT Bloons are present it will not spawn.
The cold sentry appears blue and shoots snowballs reminiscent of the Ice Monkey's Cryo Cannon upgrade. Affected bloons are frozen for 1.5s and also gain the Permafrost effect. Snowballs pop and freeze bloons in a small radius, with a blast radius of roughly ~15. Cannot affect Whites, Zebras, or Leads. The cold sentry roughly acts like a weaker 1-0-3 Cryo Cannon.
If Ceramic Bloons are present it will not spawn.
The energy sentry appears yellow and shoots red laser blasts reminiscent of the Dartling Gunner's Laser Cannon upgrade. Energy Sentry has the highest attack speed but the lowest pierce of any sentry. Laser blasts can pop frozen bloons but cannot pop Leads or Purples. It attacks a lot slower than any laser-related upgrade (i.e. Laser Blasts and Laser Cannon, the only two other upgrades with true lasers) but deals 2 damage and 8 pierce (or 10 with 4-0-1) each.
If Ceramic Bloons are present it will not spawn.
Sentry Expert is a situational upgrade for creating sentries designed for various tasks that lower-tier Engineers are unable to achieve alone. On one hand, Sentry Expert's various sentry types contribute as a supportative defensive role quite well, thanks to a combination of utility and extra damage through its specialized sentries, which pack with greater pierce and damage at the cost of slower attack speed overall. On the other hand, Sentry Expert can fail to be useful if it cannot properly produce the right sentries for the job. As a whole, Sentry Expert is decent but very unreliable due to its awkward sentry-spawning algorithms.
Certain sentry types can be very useful in different situations:
- Energy Sentries are powerful at damaging MOAB-class bloons and popping up bloons effectively. Its high pierce and moderately quick attack speed helps it become effective for both usages.
- Cold Sentries are helpful at stalling Ceramics, especially Super Ceramics, more effective compared to Pin in that niche. However, Cold Sentries can be more harmful than good in situations where most of the defense consists of sharp-based projectiles.
- Crushing Sentries have immense popping power and can work effectively in locations with poor Line of Sight, as the ball projectiles are able to bounce off walls, similar to Spike-O-Pult.
- Boom Sentries allow popping of Leads and deals a considerable amount of damage to dense clumps of bloons. They can also deal decent cleanup against weaker clumps of bloons.
However, there is very limited control over the Sentry Expert's production of certain sentry types. Because of this, it can become a hassle for the Sentry Expert to produce the right combination of special sentries that will become the most favorable to your given situation.
- Just like Laser Blasts, the Energy Sentry can't pop Lead or Purple Bloons.
- The Crushing Sentry behaves similar to the Juggernaut upgrade, minus that it cannot damage Lead Bloons. As a result, they can be really useful on maps with many obstacles, such as Cornfield.
- Similar to totems, sentries cannot be buffed by Alchemists. Buffing the Engineer will not buff the Sentries, but it will improve the production rate of sentries.
- When choosing crosspaths, be sure to think about which effect would be more useful. 4-2-0 improves damage to MOAB-class and Fortified, but these sentries attack slowly in exchange for more pierce, which may not be the best choice versus MOAB-class and Fortified than the preceding Sprockets upgrade due to the slow attack speed of most of its sentries. 4-0-2 is more effective in terms of support, as it allows the high pierce Laser and Crushing Sentries to pin Bloons in place.
- Adding a small group of Sentry Experts can handle Round 63 adequately, as well as deal adequate stalling on late-game rounds via the Cold Sentries.
[version unknown] Even though it cannot affect them, cold sentries will still spawn if there are Lead Bloons. [TBA]
[version unknown, possibly related to the above bug] There is a bug/special case where only cold sentries will spawn when there are DDTs present. [TBA]
- Sentry Expert's upgrade icon features all four types of Sentries that the Sentry Expert can create.
- When crosspathed with Path 2 crosspaths, Sentry Expert rests his pencil in his carryable toolcase, and the pencil is sticking upwards. Resting a pencil on top of the left ear is what all other Engineers with Path 2 upgrades will do.