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"Shredder" redirects here. For the Spike Factory upgrade, see MOAB SHREDR.

The bloons will wish they had never come.
~ In-game description

Sky Shredder is the fifth upgrade in Path 1 for the Monkey Ace in Bloons TD 6. It blasts out 32 darts at a time at twice the speed as the previous upgrade. Each dart gains increased projectile speed and deals 3 damage with 5 pierce (8 pierce with Sharper Darts), and deals +2 damage to Ceramics. Its twin anti-MOAB missiles gained from Fighter Plane deal colossal damage to MOAB-class Bloons, each dealing 150 damage to up to 5 blimps at a time (+2 blimps with Exploding Pineapple), destroying groups of weaker blimps with ease and dealing big damage to stronger blimps, and are shot every 2.0s. Additionally, all Sky Shredder attacks can damage all bloon types except Camo, including Lead and Black Bloons. Crosspathing with Spy Plane allows it to detect camo and lay waste to any bloon type.

This upgrade costs $36,125 on Easy, $42,500 on Medium, $45,900 on Hard, and $51,000 on Impoppable. If this tower is nearby Level 6+ Rosalia's workshop, this upgrade costs $34,320 on Easy, $40,375 on Medium, $43,605 on Hard, and $48,450 on Impoppable.

However, with Aeronautic Subsidy, It costs $31,750 on Easy, $37,350 on Medium, $40,340 on Hard, and $44,820 on Impoppable. If this tower is nearby Level 6+ Rosalia's workshop and affected by Aeronautic Subsidy, this upgrade costs $30,885 on Easy, $36,340 on Medium, $39,245 on Hard, and $43,605 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Overview[]

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Sky Shredder shooting 32-dart volleys and many anti-MOAB missiles

The Sky Shredder is a military-style delta wing twinjet aircraft with a pointed nose, red stripes on its wings, and an opaque icy-blue wraparound visor. It also features canards and canted twin vertical stabilizers. The paintwork of the aircraft is mostly black.

Sky Shredder improves the Ace's various attacks. Each of these deal more damage to all visible bloon types, darts deal extra Ceramic damage, and darts are twice as fast again and shot in 32-dart volleys. Anti-MOAB missiles deal much more damage to greater numbers of MOAB-class targets.

Targeting Priorities[]

Like all Monkey Aces, Sky Shredder uses flight patterns as its targeting priority settings.

  • Circle: Flight pattern becomes a circular path around the runway.
  • Figure Infinite: Flight pattern becomes the shape of the infinite symbol (∞). As the Monkey Ace flies, it will pass its runway during its flight, specifically at each half of the whole flight path.
  • Figure Eight: Flight pattern becomes the shape of the number 8. As the Monkey Ace flies, it will pass its runway during its flight, specifically at each half of the whole flight path.
  • Wingmonkey: Instead of a fixed flight path, the Monkey Ace will attempt to fly as close to the path as possible, similarly to an Aircraft Carrier Plane. Available only via the Wingmonkey MK.
  • Reverse Flight: Shown by an icon of a reverse aircraft, the Ace will reverse direction of flight. Unlike other target priorities such as Change Hands, there is a cooldown of 5 seconds before being able to reverse flight direction again. It can be coupled with all flight options except Wingmonkey.

Sky Shredder's anti-MOAB missiles only targets MOAB-class bloons and homes weakly at them.

Sky Shredder can also receive the Centered Path targeting option when given the 5-0-2 crosspath.

Full Popology[]

Statistics[]

Updated as of Version 41.3
Base stats
  • Monkey Ace moves in a fixed pathway around its base, flying above all obstacles. Creates Dart projectiles from centre of Monkey Ace, and MOAB Missile projectiles targeting the strongest MOAB-class bloon.
    • Circle: circular loop of 80 radius, centred around the runway
    • Figure-Eight: figure-eight loop of (40, 40) radii, centred around the runway
    • Figure-Infinite: figure-infinite loop of (40, 40) radii, centred around the runway
  • Dart:
    • Projectile, normal type, spray of 32, 0.315s passive attack cooldown, 3 damage, +2 ceramic damage, 8 pierce, 360 projectile speed, 3 projectile size.
  • MOAB Missile:
    • Projectile, infinite range, moderate homing, 2.0s attack cooldown, 2 per shot, creates Explosion on contact with a MOAB-class bloon. 25 projectile speed, 5 projectile size. Slowly accelerates in speed up to 400 projectile speed. Locked on Strong, only affects and targets MOAB-class bloons.
  • Explosion:
    • Normal type, 150 damage, 5 pierce, 30 blast radius, only affects and targets MOAB-class bloons.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 5-1-0: Gains Exploding Pineapple attack, MOAB Missile Explosion pierce increased from 5 to 7, and blast radius increased from 30 to 34.5.
  • 5-2-0: Gains camo detection, Dart deals +1 Camo damage, but MOAB Missile Explosion does not gain extra camo damage.
  • 5-0-1: Dart pierce increased from 8 to 11.
  • 5-0-2: Gains Centered Path flight option.

Attack Interactions[]

See also: Attack Interactions/Bloons TD 6/Military
Updated as of Version 41.3
Base attack(s)
  • Dart:
    • Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Normal
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Orbital Spray (32) Orbital Spray (32)
    • Path-Based Mobility (The location at where the projectiles will spawn depend on where the Monkey Ace was when the attack was made Path-Based Mobility
    • Flying Flying
    • Extra damage to all bloon types (3) Extra Damage (3)
    • Extra damage versus Ceramics (+2) Extra Damage to Ceramics
  • MOAB Missile:
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Impact Impact
    • Moderate Seeking Moderate Seeking
    • Path-Based Mobility (The location at where the projectiles will spawn depend on where the Monkey Ace was when the attack was made Path-Based Mobility
    • Flying Flying
    • Target Blimp(s) (Targets single strongest blimp) Target Blimps
  • MOAB Missile Explosion
    • Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Normal
    • Burst (bursts from MOAB missile) Burst
    • Area of Effect Area of Effect
    • Target Blimp(s) (Targets single strongest blimp) Target Blimps
    • Extra damage to all bloon types (150) Extra Damage (150)

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 (5-X-X) $36,125 $42,500 $45,900 $51,000 -
Total (5-0-0) $41,305 $48,600 $52,485 $58,320 $28,914 $34,020 $36,740 $40,824
Crosspath (5-1-0) $41,475 $48,800 $52,700 $58,560 $29,033 $34,160 $36,890 $40,992
Crosspath (5-2-0) $41,770 $49,150 $53,080 $58,980 $29,239 $34,405 $37,156 $41,286
Crosspath (5-0-1) $41,730 $49,100 $53,025 $58,920 $29,211 $34,370 $37,118 $41,244
Crosspath (5-0-2) $42,195 $49,650 $53,620 $59,580 $29,537 $34,755 $37,534 $41,706

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

Strategy[]

Summary[]

The Sky Shredder is highly capable of becoming one of the overall strongest global-ranged towers in the whole game for its price. Even without considerable Monkey Ace micromanagement, the sheer number of darts and missiles ensures that they will both almost never miss bloons and blimps. This allows the Sky Shredder to become an excellent choice on maps that support optimal Monkey Ace flight patterns (such Four Circles, Underground if using Figure-8, or Park Path if using Centered Path). Pairing with Alchemist buffs from Stronger Stimulant is recommended, as it increases the Sky Shredder's damage output by nearly 50%.

Tips[]

  • When provided camo detection by Radar Scanner or Level 8+ Etienne, it is better to use the 5-0-1 crosspath, to maximize cleanup reliability. Exploding Pineapple deals very little extra damage compared to extra +3 pierce from Sharper Darts, in addition to the pineapples being extremely unreliable overall. Centered Path is decent, but most of the time it is not needed unless wanting to micro with Centered Path centerpoints.
    • However, if external camo detection is unavailable, the 5-2-0 crosspath is still decent. 5-2-0 also comes with additional pierce and blast radius for its missiles, making this crosspath slightly better at breaking apart denser groups of blimps.
  • Most of the Sky Shredder's popping power comes from puncturing bloons at the center of the map rather than around the center of the map. Unless utilizing the adjustable path centers from Centered Path, Centered Path is not useful on most maps except a few such as Park Path and Pat's Pond.
  • It may be tempting to use the Wingmonkey MK upgrade if it is unlocked, but in-depth testing shows that Wingmonkey will actually overall decrease damage output of this Ace.Verify
  • The best hero to use with the Sky Shredder is Etienne, as he allows for good midgame saveup, since late-game with Shredder is usually quite easy and there is no need to worry about using a camo village or using the 5-2-0 crosspath.
  • Unlike Apache Prime, Sky Shredder's previous upgrade is a lot cheaper and easier to save up for even when paired with Alchemist. Plus, Etienne helps save money in the mid-game, which allows Sky Shredder to be afforded much earlier before the later stages of late-game approaches. In fact, a 4-0-1 Dart Storm and a 4-2-0 Stronger Stimulant on Hard Mode is exactly $11,480 cheaper than a plain 4-0-2 Apache Dartship on the same mode (values updated as of Version 34.0).

Version History[]

Balance Changes[]

Sky Shredder is overall much stronger compared to when it was first released, with most of the buffs attributed to bonus dart damage. It did receive a small nerf to its anti-MOAB missiles, but its grouped popping power versus MOAB-class is a lot more reliable. The basic dart projectile size buff for all Aces is effective for Sky Shredder too, as its darts possess the majority of the Ace's damage potential. It sees much popularity on CHIMPS strategies, and is a popular option among experienced players for various associated 2TC combos with it for its low cost.

8.0
  • BUFF Sky Shredder darts deal more damage (2 → 3).
16.0
  • BUFF Sky Shredder ceramic damage bonus added +2.
17.0
  • NERF Sky Shredder's Fighter Plane missile rate reduced from 1.5s to 2s.
  • BUFF Sky Shredder's Fighter Plane missile pierce increased from 1 to 5.
17.1
  • NERF Sky Shredder no longer pops camo by default, and now requires Spy Plane in order to pop Camo Bloons.
23.0
Monkey Ace was never intended to be a great starting tower and instead come into power at mid- and high-tier upgrades, but since the base tower feels lacking to new players (and some of us old timers) we decided to rework low tier power into the base tower. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • BUFF Monkey Ace dart projectile size increased (2 → 3).
28.0
Monkey Ace has had an overall rework to a lot of different upgrades in order to highlight the x1x Exploding Pineapples upgrade as a buff to all explosives, [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Exploding Pineapples crosspathing buff
  • BUFF 5-1-0 Sky Shredder missiles pierce increased from 5 -> 7
  • BUFF 5-1-0 Sky Shredder missiles radius increased from 30 -> 34.5
30.0
More of a straight quality of life, Ace has gained a new special toggle button to allow it to turn back and fly in reverse on any selected flight pattern. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Reverse Flight
  • BUFF Monkey Ace can now toggle flight direction for any pattern.
34.0
Sky Shredder has a higher skill ceiling than most towers so has evaded many nerfs, but is still too good for what it offers so is finally seeing a slight price increase. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Sky Shredder price increased $40,000 → $41,500
41.0
Sky Shredder somewhat justifies its power as one of the very best towers in the game, although everything at this level is a bit too cheap. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • NERF Sky Shredder price increased from $41,500 → $42,500

Bug Fixes and General Changes[]

Extra Notes (Version History)[]

Gallery[]

Official artwork[]

Trivia[]

  • The artwork for the Sky Shredder implies that all the darts are shot forward, yet in-game they are shot out in a radial formation.
  • The Sky Shredder flies faster than the other Tier 5 Monkey Aces. This is because of the Fighter Plane's flight speed boost.
  • The Sky Shredder's airframe seems to be inspired by the Chengdu J-20, with a livery and canopy from the fictional MiG-31 Firefox.
  • Sky Shredder no longer pops camo by default because it "is so focused on making those sick turns that it doesn’t notice when a sneaki camo gets through."[1]
  • The Sky Shredder's upgrade portrait and icon each contain 32 darts.

References[]

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