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Even more powerful Maelstrom ability and lasts longer.
~ In-game description

Super Maelstrom is the final Path 2 upgrade for the Tack Shooter in Bloons TD 6. Super Maelstrom enhances the ability significantly by increasing duration (from 3 to 9 seconds), damage (from 1 to 2 damage), pierce (from 200 to 500), and distribution area of the Blade Maelstrom ability (four sawblade spinners instead of two sawblade spinners along a more curved arc). It also allows both the tower's regular attack and ability to pop Lead Bloons and deal 2 damage per blade. Its ability will emit blades every 0.0333 seconds with 500 pierce instead of 200. Cooldown for ability remains at 20 seconds. Neither the basic attack nor the special ability can pop Camo Bloons without support.

This upgrade costs $12,750 on Easy, $15,000 on Medium, $16,200 on Hard, and $18,000 on Impoppable.



This upgrade is wider than its predecessor, and its base is cut to allow another white twelve-tooth clockwise spinning apparatus operate through it. The top section's color changes from a grey background to a blue background, and the emblem's color changes from light-gray to cyan.


Upgrading to Super Maelstrom increases the damage of main blades and ability blades by +1, from 1 to 2. The ability becomes the Super Maelstrom Ability, which sends four blades per shot in a much wider arc, pop up to 500 bloons each instead of 200, and lasts for 9 seconds instead of 3.

Targeting Priorities[]

Super Maelstrom's main attack shoots a spray of projectiles in an radial spray. Its ability is a rotational spray, rotating at a constant rate as it dispenses multiple blades per shot. Technically, the Tack Shooter is locked on the Close targeting priority. However, for simplicity reasons, Super Maelstorm has no targeting priorities.

Full Popology[]


The following is a list of statistics of a Tack Shooter with Super Maelstrom. It includes its base statistics and all associated crosspathing interactions. Expand the box on the right to see further information.

Updated as of Version 27.3
Base stats
  • Blades:
    • Projectile, normal type, detects partial hitbox, 8 per shot, 31 range, 1.19s attack cooldown, 2 damage, 6 pierce.
Ability stats
  • Super Maelstorm:
    • Lasts for 9 seconds, 20 seconds cooldown, 6.67 seconds initial cooldown.
    • Emits 4 blades every 0.0333s dealing normal damage type, 2 damage, and 500 pierce. Dispersion continually rotates clockwise at a rate of 1 full cycle every 1.0s.
Crosspathing interactions
  • 1-5-0:
    • Attacks faster, 0.8925s (-25%) instead of 1.19s.
  • 2-5-0:
    • Attacks even faster, 0.5355 (-40%) instead of 0.8925s from the previous 1-5-0.
  • 0-5-1:
    • Fires 10 blades per volley instead of 8.
  • 0-5-2:
    • Fires 12 blades per volley instead of 10.

Damage Types[]

See also: Damage Types/Bloons TD 6/Primary

The following are a list of wiki-written damage types associated by a Tack Shooter with Super Maelstrom. These damage type statistics include how it attacks and how these attacks would affect bloons. Expand the box on the right to see further information.

Updated as of Version 27.3
Base attack(s)
  • Blades:
    • Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Normal
    • Orbital Spray (spray of 8) Orbital Spray x8
    • Straight Attack Straight Attack
    • Extra damage to all bloon types (1 → 2) Extra Damage
  • Super Maelstrom:
    • Normal Type (pops Black, White, Purple, Lead, Frozen) Normal
    • Spray (spray of 4, constantly rotates clockwise for 9.0s) Spray x4
    • Extra damage to all bloon types (1 → 2) Extra Damage


Updated as of Version 31.0. Listed prices exclude buffs, sacrifices, and Monkey Knowledge.
Purchase Sell
Costs Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Upgrade (X-5-X) $12,750 $15,000 $16,200 $18,000 -
Total (0-5-0) $16,025 $18,855 $20,365 $22,625 $11,218 $13,199 $14,256 $15,838
Crosspath (1-5-0) $16,150 $19,005 $20,525 $22,805 $11,305 $13,304 $14,368 $15,964
Crosspath (2-5-0) $16,405 $19,305 $20,850 $23,165 $11,484 $13,514 $14,595 $16,216
Crosspath (0-5-1) $16,110 $18,955 $20,475 $22,745 $11,277 $13,269 $14,333 $15,922
Crosspath (0-5-2) $16,195 $19,055 $20,585 $22,865 $11,337 $13,339 $14,410 $16,006

This upgrade's prices (or included crosspath's prices) are affected by the following MK: ComeOnEverybodyIcon.png Come On Everybody!, BetterSellDealsIcon.png Better Sell Deals



Super Maelstrom is an effective low-cost tower for providing high popping power for popping bloons. It becomes most effective on Race Events that enable Tack Shooters, as many rounds can be sent at once for the Super Maelstrom ability to obliterate the vast amounts of bloons coming out in order to gain a significant amount of damage with one single ability usage. It becomes an excellent almost-solo tower with Pat, easily melting dense RBE rounds. Similarly, it benefits hugely from towers that add bloon vulnerability, especially Super Brittle.


  • The blades of its ability have 500 pierce and thus can tear through even grouped Ceramic Bloons if they are close enough to the tower. This also applies to Blade Maelstrom too, though the Super Maelstrom has advantages that Blade Maelstroms lack.
  • The Super Maelstrom ability can be affected by any type of buff that would normally apply to it. The most beneficial buffs it is able to receive and optimize its performance are: extra damage, extra attack speed, reduced ability cooldowns, and projectile speed, in that order.
  • Placing a Super Maelstrom such that it is placed right underneath the hitbox of blimps can allow the ability to inflict heaps of damage.
    • Just like The Tack Zone, it is important to utilize the "death zone"; this is the point of origin where bloons will be dealt the greatest damage. The center of the Super Maelstrom should be just below the dark blue circle on its blade symbol.
  • Pair with damage buffs such as Level 3+ Pat Fusty or bloon debuffs such as Super Brittle for even more damage with the ability. Overclock is a good idea to apply onto too, as this will greatly increase the maximum numbers of blades sent during the Super Maelstrom ability, but for the best results it should only be applied once preparing for a Super Maelstrom activation.
  • The ability is affected by any upgrade that grants extra attack speed, such as Jungle Drums or Overclock. Therefore, with any attack speed buff it will unleash many more blades per second. Stronger Stimulant is not recommended for this, as each individual spray of the ability will consume each unit of Alch buff, but Permanent Brew can work.
  • Like The Tack Zone, Super Maelstrom pairs exceptionally well with Pat Fusty, whose Rallying Roar ability heavily amplifies total damage of the ability, thereby shredding rounds with ease once both Super Maelstrom and Pat's Rallying Roar abilities are activated simultaneously. Combining this with Overclock will optimize the Super Maelstrom ability's damage potential.
    • Pat + Super Maelstrom is much stronger than Pat + The Tack Zone if proper stalling, bloon stacking, and ability timing are all done correctly.
  • Its tendency to leak means that it tends to be seen with other cleanup towers such as Perma-Spike. However, proper techniques to optimize Super Maelstrom can help make it the cleanup tower.
  • Crosspathing does not affect Super Maelstrom ability so it is usually not the best choice to crosspath it, but 2-5-0 is usually the better crosspath if a crosspath needs to be bought.
  • During the course of the ability, up to 270 groups of 4 blades are shot. This is because blades are shot every 0.0333s, equivalent to 30 attacks per second.
    • Therefore, if all blades hit the same target, it will do up to 2,160 damage to that bloon, excluding buffs such as Stronger Stimulant or Pat Fusty's Rallying Roar.
    • With an active Level 14+ Rallying Roar, the total damage potential on single-target bloons increases to 5,400 instead of 2,160, assuming his ability lasts more than the duration of Super Maelstrom. This alone does not mean much, but this is an ability with extremely high pierce, so this will do far more impact onto very densely packed bloons. For instance, a Fortified BFB has around 1,624 health on Round 98, so a well-placed and well-timed Super Maelstrom ability should pop open incredibly high numbers of them within a short time.

Version History[]

Super Maelstrom has been buffed overall, as its ability now deals more damage and lasts much, much longer. The elimination of infinite pierce is negligible because each Super Maelstrom ability blade has an arbitrarily high pierce anyway.

  • Buff Super Maelstrom duration increased (4s (?) → 6s)
  • Buff Damage dealt by Super Maelstrom main attack and its ability increased (1 → 2)
  • Buff Base attack speed increased (1.36s → 1.19s), as a result of base Tack Shooter attack speed buff. Doesn't affect Super Maelstrom ability.
  • Buff Super Maelstrom ability duration increased (6s → 9s)
Maelstrom upgrades are in a good spot overall, but specifically for the low cost of this tower with such a rapid cooldown it was able to hit too many targets under race conditions. This targeted nerf is to the value of it under those race conditions and should be negligible in other game areas.
~ Ninja Kiwi
  • Nerf Super Maelstrom ability popping power is now limited (infinite → 500)


When activating Super Maelstrom Ability:


Official artwork[]


  • The Super Maelstrom upgrade costs ~53.57x more than the base tower ($280) on Medium.
  • It is the third/fourth (tied with Ultra-Juggernaut) cheapest Tier-5 alone, and only costs $2,000 more than the 1st on Medium. Also, it is almost the cheapest in the game with its total cost, $18,855 on Medium (Ultra-Juggernaut is cheaper, at $17,660 total on Medium).
  • It is one of the few towers that can be afforded in a normal Deflation mode, the others being Ultra-Juggernaut, Elite Defender and The Tack Zone (through both of the last two require specific MK).
  • Super Maelstrom's upgrade portrait uses a similar style to BTD5's Blade Maelstrom upgrade portrait, featuring the detailed maelstrom of blades.
    • Ironically, BTD6 Maelstrom's upgrade portrait features no dispersion of blades, merely showing the appearance of the blade machine.