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The bloons will wish they had never come.
~ Official description

Sky Shredder is the fifth upgrade in Path 1 for the Monkey Ace in Bloons TD 6. It is a much more powerful version of Operation: Dart Storm. It blasts out 32 darts at a time at twice the speed as the previous upgrade. Each dart moves much faster than before 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. 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.

It costs $34,000 on Easy, $40,000 on Medium, $43,200 on Hard, and $48,000 on Impoppable.

However, with Aeronautic Subsidy, It costs $30,600 on Easy, $36,000 on Medium, $38,880 on Hard, and $43,200 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Appearance[]

The Sky Shredder is a sleekly designed military plane with a pointed nose, red stripes on its wings, and an opaque icy-blue wraparound visor. The paintwork of the aircraft is mostly black.

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.

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, as 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 cannot be utilized, 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 against 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 isn't 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.
  • The best hero to use with the Sky Shredder is Etienne, as he allows for good midgame saveup, since lategame 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 $13,100 cheaper than a plain 4-0-2 Apache Dartship on the same mode.

Version History[]

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.

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 2 seconds.
  • 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.

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 circle 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 visual appearance seems to be inspired by the MiG-31 "Firefox", the titular fictional aircraft of the 1982 film starring Clint Eastwood.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi, the canonical reasoning for Sky Shredder's newly received lack of in-built camo detection is because of the Sky Shredder being so "focused" on "making those sick turns" and not observing Camo Bloons, as shown here.
  • The Sky Shredder's upgrade portrait and icon each contain 32 darts.
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