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Grows thorned vines along the path that deal constant damage plus bonus damage to ceramics. Vines nearest the Spirit of the Forest do more damage. Activated ability generates lives and more cash.
~ In-game description

Spirit of the Forest is the final upgrade of Path 2 for the Druid in Bloons TD 6. Once bought, it immediately starts growing powerful persistent vines from within its range which then spread further out by 20 range units every 0.5 seconds until the entire track is covered. In addition, the ability now grants 25 lives per usage alongside the normal Jungle's Bounty effect. If the player has 1000 lives or more, the ability merely grants two extra lives. And lastly, it gives $1000 at the end of each round. Three types of vines are grown: one within 50 range of the Spirit, a second type between 50 and 100 range and then a third variety everywhere beyond 100 range. The brambles deal contact damage to an infinite number of bloons every 0.5 seconds, with the amount dealt per tick depending on the bloon and vine type:

  • Outermost Brambles: 2 Damage, 10 to Ceramic and MOAB-class.
  • Middle: 3 Damage, 15 to Ceramic and MOAB-class.
  • Closest: 4 Damage, 20 to Ceramic and MOAB-class.

These can pop Camo Bloons but not Frozens or Leads unless given Hard Thorns crosspath or an external support such as MIB. Paths that are taken multiple times by Bloons may have a thicker layer of vines. This is purely visual, unless using the Vine Rupture ability. Spirit of the Forest also receives +1 damage to all of its main attacks.

It costs $29,750 on Easy, $35,000 on Medium, $37,800 on Hard, and $42,000 on Impoppable.

Appearance[]

Strategies[]

Summary[]

Besides the improved Jungle's Bounty ability and bonus $1000 income per round, the Spirit of the Forest is a decent offense option against regular bloons. Its infinite pierce from its near-global range vines is a major virtue of this tower, allowing it to always constantly deal damage to bloons. Similarly to the Glaive Lord's orbital glaives, the Spirit of the Forest works the best if bloons are slowed as much as possible, so as to provide as much time to slowly destroy bloons as possible. Although not the most useful Tier 5 on CHIMPS, it is still viable on CHIMPS Mode, especially after numerous buffs applied to it.

Tips[]

  • Because brambles closer to the tower deal more damage, try placing the Spirit of the Forest in a high traffic area to maximize its damage output or closer to the exit(s) to perform better at Super Ceramic cleanup.
  • All vines grown by this tower are permanent until the Spirit is sold or sacrificed, at which point they immediately disappear.
  • The Vine Rupture Monkey Knowledge allows the druid to explode every vine segment on the screen at once, dealing 50 damage from each segment and stunning all remaining bloons.
    • Try to use Vine Rupture when there are a lot of weak Bloons on screen. Be careful when using Vine Rupture though, as the vines will need to grow back once exploded.
    • Vine Rupture will deal the most damage where many vines are stacked on top of each other, such as in the middle of Balance.
  • Pair with 0-1-3 or 0-2-3 MOAB Glue for extra effect against MOAB-class bloons, and add 0-3-2 Glue Hose for extra effect against Super Ceramics.
  • On lengthy maps such as Logs, Spirit of the Forest can solo all rounds up to 82, provided Monkey Intelligence Bureau is applied. This does not even account for specific placement, meaning that Spirit of the Forest can solo on Logs even longer with proper placement.

Bugs[]

Current

None, as of now

Patched
  • [???] Spirit of the Forest may not damage one child out of each set of MOAB children. For instance, every 4th Ceramic spawned via DDTs or MOABs would not be damaged. This bug still existed in version 27.1, although it has been reported to occur earlier. Patched in Version 28.0 (anyone wanna check?)
  • [27.0] With the added Spirit damage-based-on-distance buff in Version 27.0, a Chinooked or otherwise moved Spirit of the Forest did not adjust the positioning of the on-track vines' "denser" vines. Patched in Version 28.0.

Version History[]

Overall buffed, more specifically for the power of the track vines. It also received a sizable price buff in Version 21.0 to give it more use in practical CHIMPS scenarios.

2.0
  • Nerf Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty income ability is now limited to three uses per round, to prevent infinite stalling income.
7.0
  • BuffSpirit of the Forest +1 damage to all attacks.
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest track vines now deal +4 damage to ceramics & MOABs.
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest's T3 Jungle Vine attack targets bloons about 20% faster.
8.0
  • Nerf Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty income ability (along with other income-based abilities) now undergo the full initial cooldown before initial ability usage.
12.0
  • Change Spirit of the Forest's life-gaining mechanic no longer activates automatically after each round, but now is gained whenever the ability is activated.
16.0
  • Buff Base range increased from 35 → 55.
  • Nerf Jungle's Bounty ability range reduced to match base tower range (75 → 55).
  • Nerf Jungle's Bounty ability cash gained per farm reduced from $150->$100.
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest ceramic damage bonus increased from +4 to +8.
  • Nerf Jungle's Bounty ability no longer gives any lives on Impoppable Difficulty by default unless players or developers modify the maximum amount of lives allowed.
21.0
We've wanted to work on this upgrade for a while but first had to deal with an issue causing it to perform far differently to intended. Unfortunately while we expected improvement from this fix, it ended up being an overall nerf. We have cut the price by a large amount to counter this and will revisit the upgrade again after this settles.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest's cost decreased ($50,000 → $35,000).
27.0
To allow for more strategy in placement, Druid's Spirit of the Forest track vines are now more dense & deadly the closer they are to the main tower. [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Significant rework to thorny vines. Now the Spirit of the Forest's vines deal extra damage to bloons moving closer to the Druid.
    • Buff Minimum blimp damage bonus increased from +4 to +8, making it identical to the ceramic damage bonus.
    • Buff Vines between 100 to 50 range away from the Druid will deal an extra +1 damage, or +5 if it is a Ceramic or stronger.
    • Buff Vines within 50 range of the Druid will deal +2 bonus damage to bloons below Ceramic, and +10 against Ceramics or stronger.
  • Nerf [undocumented, bug] Vines within 50 range of the druid will only deal as much base damage as they did pre-27.0 and all other vines deal less
28.0
[...] Jungle Druids have been reworked to have more offensive power at both T3 and the T4 while not being quite so good at farming
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Buff Vine grab now drops spiky thorns to the track upon popping a target
    • Damage: 1
    • Pierce: 30
    • Pierce Refresh: 0.3
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest can now grab 2 different Bloons at once
  • Nerf Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty ability cooldown reduced from 40s -> 60s
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty ability cash amount increased from 200 -> 240
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty ability cash bonus per farm in radius increased from 100 -> 120
  • Nerf Spirit of the Forest's Jungle's Bounty: Cash Generating abilities now have a 3 minute timeout preventing further use in any single round
28.2
29.0
While having fun with the new Druid of the Vine changes, we want this new power to scale further with the T5. We are also starting to look at moving some cash farming potential with Jungle's Bounty to favour Obyn as the 'Druid Hero' more than Benjamin who is meant to focus more on Banks - more on that further down in the Obyn section.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Nerf Jungle's Bounty base range reduced from 55 → 45
    • Nerf 0-4-1 Jungle's Bounty range reduced from 65 → 55
  • Buff Spirit of the forest thorn pile damage increased from 1 → 5
As a 'druid buffing' hero, Obyn has in actuality been a bottom path druid buffing hero, so we've tweaked a couple extra levels to give more path specific bonuses to other druid paths that weren't benefiting as much from his wizened presence, regardless of whether your Obyn says "Fries" or "Clive". [...]
~ Ninja Kiwi, referring to Obyn
  • Buff Spirit of the Forests gain +20% range if Obyn Level 5+ is on screen.
    • x-5-0: 45 → 54
    • x-5-1: 55 → 66

Bug Fixes[]

28.0
  • Buff Spirit of the Forest now (correctly) hits children bloons spawned from blimps

Description changes[]

27.0
  • Changed from "[...], and generates lives and money when ability is activated." to "[...] Vines nearest the Spirit of the Forest do more damage. Activated ability generates lives and more cash."

Sounds[]

Vine grabbing attack:

When activated Jungles Bounty:

When activated Vine Rupture:

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Trivia[]

  • This tower is one of the few towers that retains the same ability when upgrading to Tier 5.
  • Note that the player can have a maximum of 5025 lives, with 5000 normal lives and 25 from Mana Shield if purchased, which is enough to survive multiple D.D.T.s or M.O.A.B.s. This is also enough to survive two B.F.B.s, or one Fortified B.F.B.
  • Spirit of the Forest can theoretically solo an unlimited number of unbuffed ZOMGs and DDTs (with MIB), due to the infinite pierce of its vines, however this is not possible in practice due to the Round 81+ buffs to Ceramics and MOAB-class bloons.
  • Spirit of the Forest is one of four towers whose names or their similar terms are used by a hero, with Obyn Greenfoot saying "The Spirits of the Forest awaken." The others are Blooncineration mentioned by Gwendolin, the Sun God mentioned by Captain Churchill, and The Big One mentioned by Pat Fusty.
  • There existed a bug whereby the money counter did not increase if using the Jungle's Bounty ability. Strangely enough, the +$1000 per round feature adding to the money counter worked correctly as intended. This was fixed for the Jungle's Bounty and Spirit of the Forest as of Version 22.0.
  • The Spirit of the Forest's vines explode with the Vine Rupture Monkey Knowledge. This suggests that the Spirit of the Forest's vines are made out of something other than vines.
  • It takes 2040 uses of the ability to gain the maximum 5000 normal lives assuming the player starts with 1 life and can gain more lives.
  • According to Ninja Kiwi's 14th April 2022 blog, Spirit of the Forest is the most scared of Gravelord Lych out of the current Boss Bloons at the time.
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