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Sharp Shooter attacks faster and does powerful Crit shots every few shots that do a lot more damage.
~ In-game description

Sharp Shooter is the fourth upgrade of Path 3 for the Dart Monkey in Bloons TD 6. It increases the damage of Sharp Shooter arrows from 3 to 6, increases projectile speed from 360 to 400, attacks every 0.6s instead of every 0.95s, and every 10 shots, it shoots deadly critical arrows that deal 50 damage each. Each arrow has 3 pierce (4 with Sharp Shots or 6 with Razor Sharp Shots), like its previous upgrade Crossbow. Range increases from 56 to 60.

Critical arrows are distinguished by their red-orange trail and the generated "CRIT" text on affected targets.

This upgrade costs $1,700 on Easy, $2,000 on Medium, $2,160 on Hard, and $2,400 on Impoppable.



Sharp shooter

Sharp Shooter dealing 6 damage and triggering critical hits occasionally

This upgrade changes the original crossbow design to a more advanced design. The crossbow now gains a purple-lensed scope and the entirety of the body of the crossbow is metallic. This upgrade also gives the Dart Monkey black boots and a black cover for its tail.

Although the upgrade portrait shows a black tail, the in-game model's tail is totally nude, and the same colour as the regular fur. This is likely for the sake of the crosspath models.

This upgrade allows the Dart Monkey to shoot stronger arrows that can deal 6 damage, move faster through the air (360 to 400 projectile speed), and fires arrows faster. It also allows the Dart Monkey to shoot arrows that deal critical damage (50 damage). In this way, the Sharp Shooter can pop an entire Ceramic Bloon in a single shot with a single critical arrow.

Sharp Shooter will shoot a critical damage arrow once every 10 shots, and each critical damage arrow is denoted by an orange aura at the back of the arrow and the orange word "CRIT" above bloons struck by them.

Sharp Shooter shoots every 0.6s at base, with more from Path 2 upgrades. Range increases from 56 to 60.

Targeting Priorities[]

Sharp Shooter 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.

Sharp Shooter can access Camo Prioritization, allowing all its attacks to prioritize Camo Bloons over other types when this secondary targeting option is active.

Full Popology[]


Updated as of Version 38.3
Base stats
  • Dart:
    • Projectile, sharp type, camo detection, 60 range, 0.6s attack cooldown, 6 damage, 3 pierce, 400 projectile speed.
  • Crit:
    • Projectile, sharp type, camo detection, 60 range, activates every 10th shot of Dart, 50 damage, 3 pierce, 400 projectile speed.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 1-0-4:
    • Dart pierce increased pierce increased from 3 to 4, compared to 0-0-4.
  • 2-0-4:
    • Dart pierce increased pierce increased from 4 to 6, compared to 1-0-4.
  • 0-1-4:
    • Dart attack cooldown reduced from 0.6s to 0.51s, compared to 0-0-4.
  • 0-2-4:
    • Dart attack cooldown reduced from 0.51s to 0.4s, compared to 0-1-4.
Monkey Knowledge interactions

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Primary
Updated as of Version 35
Base attack(s)
  • Dart:
    • Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple) Sharp
    • Also affects Camo Bloons Camo Detection
    • Single Projectile Single Projectile
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Extra damage to all bloons (6) Extra Damage (6)
  • Crit:
    • Sharp Type (pops Black, White, Purple) Sharp
    • Also affects Camo Bloons Camo Detection
    • Single Projectile Single Projectile
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Extra damage to all bloons (50) Extra Damage (50)
    • Critical Hits (unspecified crit rate) Critical Hit
    • Per-Shot Basis (triggers every 10 shots) Per-Shot Basis (every 10 shots)


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) $1,700 $2,000 $2,160 $2,400 -
Total (0-0-4) $2,645 $3,115 $3,360 $3,740 $1,852 $2,181 $2,352 $2,618
Crosspath (1-0-4) $2,765 $3,255 $3,510 $3,910 $1,936 $2,279 $2,457 $2,737
Crosspath (2-0-4) $2,950 $3,475 $3,745 $4,175 $2,065 $2,433 $2,622 $2,923
Crosspath (0-1-4) $2,730 $3,215 $3,470 $3,860 $1,911 $2,251 $2,429 $2,702
Crosspath (0-2-4) $2,890 $3,405 $3,675 $4,090 $2,023 $2,384 $2,573 $2,863

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: BonusMonkeyIcon Bonus Monkey!, ComeOnEverybodyIcon Come On Everybody!, BetterSellDealsIcon Better Sell Deals



Sharp Shooter serves as an alright early-midgame tower at a low cost, but it faces a lot of competition. Sharp Shooter can still miss its shots and its crit rate is slow. In addition, its low pierce means that it can at times struggle to deal with the children leftover after a higher-tier Bloon is popped. Sharp Shooter is suitable in the middle early-game in combination with other towers in the saveup to Crossbow Master, which before then serves to chip off stronger bloons and deal limited single-target damage.


  • This upgrade can be useful for chipping away at Zebra, Rainbow and Ceramic Bloons while easily eliminating anything below them.
  • It can also be effective against the MOAB on Round 40, being able to deal large amounts of damage through its Crit Shots, although this can be difficult to utilize.
  • Due to its low pierce, it is best to pair it with a tower with some minor cleanup to help deal with weaker bloons that get past it.
  • While the Sharp Shooter already attacks faster by default, the 0-2-4 crosspath is still generally the better option for Sharp Shooter for further increased attack speed. The raw pierce amounts offered by 2-0-4 is equal double the base pierce, not to mention that extra pierce can be received from external sources (e.g. Alchemist buffs and Primary Training, and passive upgrades through Monkey Knowledge such as the Extra Dart Pops).
  • Because the crit rate is constant starting from Version 33.0, the crit shot essentially occurs every 6.0s without Path 2 crosspaths or external speed buffs.
  • Sharp Shooter's base 3 pierce is not enough for a single lucky shot to one-shot MOAB children. This can be rectified by adding the pierce crosspath or any external pierce-granting buffs.


Not Lacking Critical Information
FIRST RELEASED: Version 29.0
Description: Get 25,000 Critical hits


  • [???, possibly since 1.0] Sharp Shooter crits do not receive damage buffs correctly. All constant damage buffs are not applied to the crits, while extra damage to certain bloons (MOABs, Camos, Ceramics, Leads, Fortified, etc) are applied. Debuffs still increase damage.
  • [34.0] If a projectile reskin is being used, crit shots use the standard dart projectile instead of the reskin. Patched in v35.0, although the projectile trail still uses the regular trail.

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Sharp Shooter has greatly buffed in history, with a majority of these being base damage buffs and attack speed buffs. These changes help shape it as a more cost-effective as a mid-game tower, hybridizing high base damage with moderately fast attack speed and infrequent single-target damage but low base pierce.

  • BUFF Sharp Shooter now deals more damage per shot (4 → 5)
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter now deals more damage per shot (5 → 6)
Dart Monkey at its core is an early game focus tower, so we added some projectile speed options to try and help with its tendency to miss faster Bloons. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter projectile speed increased from 300 → 400. Crossbow Master remains at 450 speed.
We're happy enough with most of Dart Monkey's bottom path, but the T4 stepping stone has always felt pretty undesirable for the price point compared to T3 so we have just increased the attack rate slightly at tier 4
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter attack speed increased (0.95s → 0.85s). Does not affect Crossbow Master.
While we're happy with Dart Monkey being a more niche or early use tower, [...] , and we've tweaked sharpshooter slightly to provide similar power but with more of a speed focus to enable more distinct crosspath choice between speed and pierce.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter attack rate increased (0.85s → 0.75s)
  • NERF Sharp Shooter damage decreased (6 → 5)
The previous sharpshooter rework caused more trouble than intended in setups without much other cleanup by popping Black Bloons into large clusters of reds which then clogged up the pierce. We decided to keep the buffed attack speed value as well as adding back the stronger damage value.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter damage increased (5 → 6)
Instead of saying the same thing each time; many specific crosspaths that add a 'camo specialty' to a tower end up being viewed as rather inferior crosspaths due to camo being quite available to pick up through other methods. To give these upgrades more use even with other forms of camo reveal in play, we have added a brand new Camo Prioritization option that is added to the towers when taking this crosspath. When enabled this filter combines the selected target method with Camo Prioritization (e.g. Strong Camo would work through all Camos in strength order, then revert to normal Strong until any new Camos show up). Individual Monkeys are called out below.
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to "Camo Prioritization" target option
  • BUFF Affected by Enhanced Eyesight adding a Camo Prioritization filter.
  • BUFF Affected by Enhanced Eyesight projectile lifespan buff
As Sharpshooter’s crit occurrence didn’t feel frequent enough the overall attack rate has been increased also just to lead better into the T5’s already high rate of fire. Along with this all Crossbow criticals have been standardized, overall with T5 criticals occurring more frequently in exchange for a slight reduction in base pierce to improve Sharp Shot crosspath value. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Sharp Shooter and Crossbow Master
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter attack rate increased (0.75s → 0.6s)
  • BUFF Sharpshooter crit rate changed from 8-12 shots to every 10th
    • Note: This is an overall buff to crit rate, as it a similar amount of DPS with consistent shots.
Current Sharp Shooter niches appear to struggle with some tight placement due to their high range opening up a ranged niche but being extremely tight on that range, given this is actually 'the range path' it feels fair to help this with a little further increased range.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Sharp Shooter range increased 56 → 60

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

Extra Notes (Version History)[]


Official artwork[]

Other languages[]

Language Name Meaning
English Sharp Shooter
German Scharfschütze Sharpshooter
Polish Celny strzelec Accurate shooter


  • It is possible to win with up to 44 Sharp Shooters on CHIMPS.[1]
  • Sharp Shooter in-game always keeps its eyes open, while in the upgrade portrait the monkey is partially closing its eyes. The act done on the upgrade portrait may just be a pose for making accurate shots.
  • A "sharpshooter" is a person who is highly skilled at using firearms or projectile weaponry.
  • Until Version 33.0, the crit rate was determined by a pre-determined count with per-shot variance based on RNG. The frequency of old algorithm for the critical damage arrows were determined by a pre-determined count for the number of per-shots made, with a plus-or-minus of 2 from the pre-determined crit frequency average, for an average of every 10th shot.
  • Until Version 36.0 added a small range buff to Sharp Shooter when compared to Crossbow, Sharp Shooter was the only Dart Monkey upgrade along Path 3 to not involve a range increase. However, the lack of a range increase for Sharp Shooter remains in its BTDB2 counterpart.