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For the BTD5 counterpart, see Summon Phoenix (BTD5).
Summon Phoenix ability: Powerful phoenix wreaks Bloon havoc for 20 seconds.
~ BTD6 upgrade description


Summon Phoenix is the fourth upgrade of Path 2 for the Wizard Monkey in BTD6. It grants the Wizard Monkey with an ability to summon a phoenix that continuously shoots flames directed according to the parent Wizard. Each phoenix flame is shot once every 0.1s and deals 4 damage without the damage-over-time burning effects, and has 6 pierce per phoenix flame. Like all airborne towers, the phoenix can ignore Line of Sight. It lasts for up to 20 seconds (as long as the parent Wizard is on screen), and it has a 60-second cooldown.

It costs $3,400 on Easy, $4,000 on Medium, $4,320 on Hard, and $4,800 on Impoppable.

Description[]

Appearance[]

The Wizard Monkey grows a mustache and wings grow on its hat.

Summon Phoenix Ability Info[]

Upon activation, a deadly Phoenix will appear. It shoots a continuous blast of flames aimed according to the parent Wizard, each dealing 4 damage per flame with 6 pierce. The Phoenix will last for 20 seconds before disappearing. Unlike BTD5, an initial cooldown is required prior to activation of any newly upgraded Summon Phoenix Wizards. Phoenix cannot pop Purple Bloons but can pop camo bloons even without camo detection. Cooldown is 60 seconds.

Strategy[]

Summary[]

The ability for Summon Phoenix is useful as a mid-game option for destroying MOAB-class bloons and dealing cleanup at a global range. Phoenixes deal high damage, but it only provides a temporary boost in damage and tends to greatly struggle against dense groups of bloons. Supporting a phoenix by adding additional defense is important.

Tips[]

  • 0-4-2 Wizards are the preferred crosspath when getting this upgrade. Any benefits via crosspath are for the Dragon's Breath attack, as crosspaths have no effect at all for the phoenix.
  • Selling the Wizard removes the phoenix, so take caution before selling the Wizard.
  • While Summon Phoenix is much stronger in BTD6 than in BTD5, specifically because flames deal much more damage and will always produce flames no matter where the phoenix is, it is still weaker than many other towers with long-range for many reasons. The phoenix is will only last temporary, and its targeting tends to be unreliable at targeting overall compared to other more reliable options that don't rely on abilities for damage such as a Neva-Miss Targeting with Alch buff or a 2-3-0 Bouncing Bullet.

Version History[]

Alongside some buffs inherited from Dragon's Breath, the Summon Phoenix ability is a lot stronger than it was when the game was first released, mainly for the base phoenix damage. It also had a price cut in earlier versions to make the ability more viable in a mid-game setting.
7.0
  • Buff Summon Phoenix costs less ($5,000 → $4,000).
8.0
  • Buff Summon Phoenix ability damage increased from 1 to 2.
12.0
  • Buff Summon Phoenix ability damage increased from 2 to 3.
  • Buff Summon Phoenix projectile speed increased from 200 to 300.
18.0
  • Buff 1-4-0 Wizard now uses tower targeting priority to guide the Wall of Fire.
  • Nerf Wall of Fire pierce decreased (20 → 15). Requires Intense Magic for 20 pierce Walls of Fire.
20.0
  • Buff Summon Phoenix summon states now save between games.
  • Buff Affected by Dragon's Breath crosspath buffs.
21.0
  • Buff Affected by Dragon's Breath buffs.
  • Buff 0-4-0 Summon Phoenix projectile radius increased from 5 → 6.
  • Buff 0-4-0 Summon Phoenix damage increased from 3 → 4.
  • Buff 0-4-0 Summon Phoenix pierce increased from 5 → 6.
  • Buff 0-4-0 Summon Phoenix projectile speed increased from 300 → 350.
22.0
  • Nerf Affected by Wall of Fire anti-buy-resell nerfs.
23.0
  • Buff Affected by Dragon's Breath buffs.
25.0
  • Buff Affected by Dragon's Breath buffs.
27.0
In order to allow for more strategic use of the birdy, Summoned Phoenix will now follow the set target priority.
  • Buff Summon Phoenix now copies targeting of the Wizard instead of defaulting to Close

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Trivia[]

  • In BTD6, this upgrade is now on separate paths to the Monkey Sense upgrade. However, the phoenix can still detect Camos even without the main tower having camo detection.
  • The Phoenix's flight path is a smaller version of Centered Path in Bloons TD 6.
  • Unlike BTD5, the phoenix will constantly shoot flames at bloons as long as it is active, regardless of distance from the bloons.
  • Summon Phoenix is the 73rd unique 2MPC tower upgrade listed on the fan-official 2MPC spreadsheet, as shown here. This is also the first debut of a new 2MPC tower on the Version 19.x series, specifically on Version 19.2.