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Specialty Buildings (Specialist Buildings on mobile) are ways to specialise in any one tower type in Bloons TD 5. The buildings buff a tower in certain ways but it also increases the cost of another tower and it's upgrades by 5%. A plot of land must be purchased for Monkey Dollar.png250. Then, a Specialty Building can be build on top of it. After that, every Building can be upgraded up to 3 times. In BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Deluxe, it can only be upgraded 2 times.

While all Specialty Buildings can be bought, only one can be active at a time. Purchased Specialty Buildings can be activated or deactivated by clicking on the "Activate" or "Deactivate" button appearing over the Specialty Buildings "shop".

The first upgrade reduces the price by 5%, while the second one mostly increases the fire rate of the tower by 10% (second upgrade generally costs the same as the first). The third and fourth upgrade is special and different for each tower. It also costs more than the first two upgrades.

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In Mobile and Steam, the Specialty Buildings will also visually appear different when upgraded further. These visual changes to the Specialty Buildings have no impact on the gameplay though.

Bloons TD 5 Specialty Buildings[]

Bloons TD 5 Deluxe Specialty Buildings[]

  • Engineer's Workshop: Monkey Dollar.png750/750/1250 (mobile: Monkey Dollar.png750/750/1000/1500)
    1. Reduces the cost of Engineers and their upgrades by 5%.
    2. Increases attack speed of Engineers by 10%.
    3. Nail gun and turrets can pop lead and frozen.
    4. Sentries are larger and faster, but seem to be built more slowly. 2/0 engineers are also no different from 1/0, which may be a bug.
  • Al's Custom Chippers: Monkey Dollar.png750/750/1500/1500
    1. Reduces the cost of Bloonchippers and their upgrades by 5%.
    2. Increases the range of Bloonchippers by 10%.
    3. Any bloons that emerge are dazed and slowed briefly.
    4. Bloonchipper will automatically collect bananas from Banana Farms like a monkey farmer.

Bloons TD 5 Mobile Specialist Buildings[]

  • Heli Hangar: Monkey Dollar.png1000/1000/1500/1500
    1. Reduces tower and upgrade cost of Heli Pilots by 5%.
    2. Increases range by 10%.
    3. Heli Pilot buildings take 20% less room.
    4. In Pursuit mode, Heli Pilot flies much faster.
    • Increases the cost of Monkey Apprentice and upgrades by 5%.
  • Sub Construction Yard: Monkey Dollar.png 600/650/750/1300
    1. Reduces tower and upgrade cost of Monkey Subs by 5%.
    2. Increases projectile speed of Monkey Subs by 25%.
    3. Makes Airburst Darts split into 4 instead of 3.
    4. Submerged Subs sonar also shocks Regrowth Bloons into normal bloons.
    • Increases the cost of Ninja Monkeys and their upgrades by 5%.

Total Costs[]

Bloons TD 5 Bloons TD 5 Deluxe Bloons TD 5 mobile
$44100 $49850 $80500


  • Specialty Buildings occasionally suffer a bug, where instead of reducing the cost, it raises the cost instead. This happens only with tier 3 and 4 upgrades, and it is very likely to occur with Specialty Buildings of low-power towers, such as Dart Training Facility and Rifle Range.
  • Monkey Villages' effects can stack with Specialty Buildings.
    • Jungle Drums Monkey Villages are very helpful combinations with specialty buildings especially if maxed out, providing an overall 15% discount and a 25% increase in firerate for the particular tower.
      • 40% if the player has a Level 8 Attack Speed in Monkey Lab, and a whopping 51% with Level 13 Attack Speed (Bloons TD 5 Mobile and Steam).
  • There are no Specialty Buildings for the Monkey Village or Banana Farm, nor Road Spikes or Pineapples.
  • The first upgrade reduces the cost of the tower and its upgrades.
  • The second upgrade is the same cost as the initial cost of the building
  • The third and most powerful upgrade costs more for everything except the Super Monkey Lair, where all the upgrades cost the same.
  • The 4th tier upgrades for Speciality Buildings are only available in Bloons TD 5 Mobile/Steam.
    • Some of the 4th tier upgrades are actually premium upgrades on BTD 5 Flash(Example: Double Ranga and Dreadnought)
  • The increase in price for some of the Bloons TD 5 Mobile Specialty Buildings have additional effects due to more powerful Tier 3 and 4 upgrades.
  • Specialty Buildings will be changed to the same building that was saved in a game if attempting to load a saved game no matter what building was activated at the time of the load (unless in the mobile version).