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Shoots a short range volley of sharp tacks in 8 directions.
~ Bloons TD 6 description

The Tack Shooter (pre-BTD6) is a tower in the Bloons TD series that first appeared in the original Bloons TD. It appears in every BTD game except Bloons Adventure Time TD. The Tack Shooter is a pink and grey mechanical device that shoots a volley of tacks in eight directions. As of BTD3, upgrading the Tack Shooter can change the types and numbers of projectiles shot from it. For instance, the Blade Shooter and Ring of Fire upgrades modify it to shoot blades or flame rings respectively, instead of tacks.

Although it has a short range, these towers are very effective at thinning out crowds of Bloons at corners and intersections. They are also relatively cheap, making them useful in early rounds. Each individual tack that the Tack Shooter fires has a popping power of 1, which changes with various upgrades. Tack Shooters have a slow rate of fire, (0.6 shots per second) compared to other towers initially, which limits their strength.

Tack Shooters were previously called Tack Towers in Bloons TD. This was changed in later BTD games for unknown reasons, possibly for tower name variety.

Game appearances[]

Tack Shooter makes 13 appearances:

Before Bloons TD 4[]

Main article: Tack Shooter (Pre-BTD4)


Bloons TD 4[]

Main article: Tack Shooter (BTD4)

In Bloons TD 4, the Tack Shooter returns. [...]

Bloons TD 5[]

Main article: Tack Shooter (BTD5)

The Tack Shooter makes a return in Bloons TD 5. [...]

Bloons TD 6[]

Main article: Tack Shooter (BTD6)

Bloons TD 6, the Tack Shooter returns. It... [...]

Tower Costs[]

Game Easy Medium Hard Impoppable
Bloons TD $400
Bloons TD 2 $340 $385 $390 -
Bloons TD 3 $305 $365 $390 -
Bloons TD (iOS) $TBA $TBA $TBA -
Bloons TD 4 $305 $360 $390 -
Bloons TD 5 $305 $360 $390 -
Bloons TD 5 Mobile $305 $360 $390 $420
Bloons TD Battles $360
Bloons TD Battles Mobile $360
Bloons Monkey City $360
Bloons Monkey City Mobile $360
Bloons TD 6 $240 $280 $300 $335


Bloons TD[]

The Tack Shooter, along with the Dart Monkey, Ice Tower, Bomb Tower, and Super Monkey, is one of the towers featured in the original Bloons TD. These 5 towers also appear in every subsequent BTD game. As with every other tower, the Tack Shooter has one upgrade on two different paths: Faster Shooting and Extra Range Tacks. Unlike BTD3 and future BTD games, the Tack Shooter does not change appearance regardless of upgrades.

As mentioned before, it is best to place Tack Shooters at the corners and intersections of the track to have maximum poppage. This tower performs best in groups. It is best to purchase Tack Shooters during later rounds, as starting the game with Tack Shooters will cause a money issue later in the game. Adding Tack Shooters to your defense can really help out with popping all Bloons, and it is a good idea to include them in your defense.

There is a glitch with the Tack Shooter, involving the Tab button on the keyboard. Said glitch actually allows one to win using only Tack Shooters, a feat Ninja Kiwi deems impossible.

Faster Shooting
COST: $250
Description: Attack speed is improved
Effect: Self-explanatory
Extra Range Tacks
Description: Shoots tacks further
Effect: Self-explanatory

Bloons TD 2[]

The Tack Shooter appears in Bloons TD 2. There are no new upgrades for the Tack Shooter or most towers as a matter of fact. The Tack Shooter undergoes no change between BTD and BTD2, in terms of functionality and appearance.

Faster Shooting
COST: $175 / $205 / $220
Description: Shoots faster
Effect: Self-explanatory
Extra Range
COST: $75 / $90 / $95
Description: Range is improved
Effect: Self-explanatory

Total Costs[]

Easy Medium Hard
Total Sell Amount $488 $536 $564
Total Cost $610 $690 $705

Bloons TD 3[]

The Tack Shooter appears in Bloons TD 3. As with all other towers, the Tack Shooter has two upgrades on two separate paths. The first path focuses on offensive upgrades, while the second path focuses on range upgrades. The second upgrade for the first path is the new addition to the Tack Shooter: the Blade Shooter. The Blade Shooter greatly increases the popping power of the Tack Shooter. Besides the Blade Shooter upgrade, there has been no major change in the Tack Shooter since BTD2, appearance-wise and function-wise.

Path 1[]

Faster Shooting
COST: $170 / $205 / $210
Description: Makes tower shoot faster
Effect: Self-explanatory
Blade Shooter
COST: $155 / $185 / $195
Description: Now shoots out blades instead of tacks
Effect: Self-explanatory

Path 2[]

Longer Range
COST: $85 / $100 / $110
Description: TBA.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Even Longer Range
COST: $85 / $100 / $110
Description: Range is improved
Effect: Self-explanatory

Total Costs[]

Easy Medium Hard
Total Sell Amount $684 $754 $812
Total Cost $800 $955 $1,015

Bloons TD 4[]

In Bloons TD 4, the Tack Shooter, along with every other tower, gets a huge improvement.

Faster Shooting
COST: $180 / $210 / $225
Description: Makes tower shoot faster
Effect: Self-explanatory
Extra Range Tacks
COST: $85 / $100 / $110
Description: Tack shooter now has longer range
Effect: Self-explanatory
Blade Shooter
COST: $240 / $280 / $300
Description: Shoots out blades instead of tacks
Effect: Self-explanatory
Ring of Fire
COST: $2,125 / $2,500 / $2,700
Description: Shoots out a deadly ring of flames instead of tacks, can pop leads
Effect: Self-explanatory

Tower Costs[]

Easy Medium Hard
Total Sell Amount $2,348 $2,760 $2,828
Total Cost $2,935 $3,450 $3,725

Bloons TD 5[]

Once again, the Tack Shooter along with all towers in BTD gets a huge improvement, with two paths of powerful upgrades.

Path 1[]

Faster Shooting Icon BTD5.png
Faster Shooting
COST: $180 / $210 / $225 / $250

Description: Shoots tacks faster.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Even Faster Shooting Icon BTD5.png
Even Faster Shooting
COST: $255 / $300 / $325 / $360

Description: Further increases attack speed.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Tack Sprayer Icon BTD5.png
Tack Sprayer
COST: $425 / $500 / $540 / $600
UNLOCK: 2,842 XP

Description: Sprays out 16 tacks per volley instead of the usual 8.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Ring of Fire Icon BTD5.png
Ring of Fire
COST: $2,125 / $2,500 / $2,700 / $3,000
UNLOCK: 13,545 XP

Description: Upgrades to a fast firing burst tower that shoots a deadly ring of flame instead of tacks. Also increases range.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Path 2[]

Extra Range Tacks Icon BTD5.png
Extra Range Tacks
COST: $85 / $100 / $110 / $120

Description: Tacks have increased range.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Super Range Tacks Icon BTD5.png
Super Range Tacks
COST: $190 / $225 / $245 / $270
UNLOCK: 1,260 XP

Description: Tacks have further increased range.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Blade Shooter Icon BTD5.png
Blade Shooter
COST: $580 / $680 / $735 / $815
UNLOCK: 4,785 XP

Description: Converts the tower into a blade shooter that shoots out razor sharp blades that are harder for bloons to avoid.
Effect: Self-explanatory
Blade Maelstrom Icon BTD5.png
Blade Maelstrom
COST: $2,295 / $2,700 / $2915 / $3,240
UNLOCK: 21,938 XP

Description: Blade Maelstrom Ability: covers the area in an unstoppable storm of blades.
Effect: Self-explanatory

Differences Between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 Mobile[]

  • Nerf Ring of Fire has a slower attack speed (2.3 shots per second → ?).
  • Buff Ring of Fire attack range can be extended past 4/1. This was a bug in BTD5 Flash.
  • Buff Blade Maelstrom ability can pop camo bloons if the tower is under the influence of a x/2 Monkey Village.
  • Change Blade Maelstrom no longer plays a sound when the ability is activated.
  • Buff Blade Maelstrom still disperses blades even if sold during the duration of the activated ability.
  • Change Blade Maelstrom disperses blades clockwise instead of counterclockwise.

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)[]

Tack Shooter hasn't seen as much use in Battles Mobile compared to Flash, possibly due to a less effective Ring of Fire and players only being able to choose 3 towers reliably as opposed to 4. Tack Shooter overall isn't used often as one of three main towers, due to its inability to pop camo bloons, despite being useful early-game. On most occasions when using a Tack Shooter, however, players tend to use Blade Maelstrom in emergencies of rushes such as Regrow Rainbow Rush of Death/Doom. Popular loadouts include Tack Farm Mortar, Tack Farm Sub, and Tack Village Chipper.

Tack Shooter has overall been buffed via game updates.

The Tack Shooter's second upgrade path is rarely seen in arenas, especially in Ceramic Crucible and above. We've reduced the prices of the first three upgrades on that side to help make the tower more worthy of that valuable space in your loadout.
~ "BTD Battles 4.3 Update Balance Changes"
  • Buff Extra Range Tacks price decreased ($100 → $75).
  • Buff Super Range Tacks price decreased ($225 → $175).
  • Buff Blade Shooter price decreased ($680 → $600).
  • Nerf Blade Maelstrom price increased ($2700 → $2800). However, it should be noted that due to the previous 3 upgrades all getting price buffs, this nerf is completely negligible since the overall cost to get a 0/4 Tack Shooter is cheaper ($4065 → $3910).
Other than to use the Blade Maelstrom ability, the Tack Shooter's second upgrade path is rarely wandered down by Battles players. The feeling here is that the Tack Sprayer upgrade is, currently, more reliable than its opposite number, so we hope this increase in pierce will correct that and give players more of a choice when it comes to picking which path to take.
~ "BTD Battles Update 4.3.1 Balance Changes"
  • Buff Blade Shooter pierce increased (2 → 3).

Tower tips[]

  • Breaking a massive number of Lead or Ceramic Bloons is not impossible. Tack Shooter's 4-2 upgrade can take off all layers of a group of Lead Bloons and does heavy damage on Ceramic Bloons, whilst 2-4 upgrade, especially its ability, can massively break off the shell of a group of Ceramic Bloons with only 1 blade if too close, then entirely pops away all layers of it with only a few blades not over than 6-10.
  • In order to counter this, buying an Arctic Wind and combining it with a Ring of Fire will decimate Bloons.
  • If dealing with a group of MOAB-class Bloons, its ability can shred them off no matter how many times you activated it's ability (best record is activated once can completely pop it away, with 15% chance), especially when they're too close.
  • At the start of the turn, if you want to pop multiple layers of bloons, best use 3-2 upgrade at first. It's because by popping the bloons with 1 tack may pop away a layer, they can easily hit another tack since they can still travel, resulting in another pop (the best record is 3 layers per shot, with 8% chance).
    • But if players want to deal with gaps, 2-3 upgrade will fit into it since blades are larger than tacks that can easily hit bloons.
  • The 3-# can do lots of damage to MOAB class bloons since it's a volley of 16 tacks (but not all of it) can easily hit the big hitbox of MOAB class bloons
    • Because of this, upgrading to a 4-# does less damage since it doesn't equal to 16 tacks. However, it can pop more bloons which balances it out.


Monkey-operated Tack Shooters can clear bloons on all sides, especially useful at track corners and curves. Powerful upgrades include: Tack Sprayer, Ring of Fire, Blade Maelstrom.
~ BMC Flash description
Shoots volley of tacks in 8 directions. Can upgrade its shoot speed and its range.
~ Bloons TD 1 description
Shoots 8 tacks spread in all directions, each tack can pop 1 bloon. Has short range and medium-slow fire rate.
~ Bloons TD 5 description
Monkey-operated Tack shooters can clear on all sides, especially useful at track corners and curves.
~ Bloons Monkey City description


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  • The Pre-Round Comments in Bloons TD 1 say that beating the original Bloons TD with only Tack Shooters is impossible. Despite this, the task has been done many times before.
    • Also, in BTD1/2, the player can create hypersonic tack shooters by pressing tab and repeatedly purchasing Faster Shooting, allowing it to shred through most bloons easily.
  • The Tack Shooter is one of only 2 towers to have its BTD4 3rd and 4th upgrades to be on completely separate paths in BTD5. A player could have Blade Shooter or Ring of Fire in BTD5, but not both. It shares this trait with the Mortar Tower. This has happened again in the transition from BTD5 to BTD6, as Ring of Fire and Tack Sprayer are on separate paths. Both transitions involved the Ring of Fire.
  • The icon for Bloons TD (iPhone/iPod) is a Tack Shooter.
  • If you have Monkey Fort, Tack Awesomizer, and a Tier 3 Tack Research Center, a single Tack can pierce through 3 bloons (4 every second shot).
  • The Tack Shooter range is as short as the Ice Tower range.
  • In the artwork for BTD5, the upgrade Faster Shooting gives the shooter 3 tack icons on the top. It actually keeps the crossed over tacks on the top in the game. Vice-versa when you get Even Faster Shooting.
  • The Tack Shooter's attack method and appearance bears a resemblance to the Gloom-Shroom from the Plants Vs. Zombies games. The Gloom-Shroom, however, is much cheaper and much more powerful.
  • The cost of the Ring of Fire has been nerfed to make it more expensive in Bloons Monkey City Mobile. This also applied to BTD5 Mobile, but it has been reverted back to its former cost.
  • Ring of Fire cannot attack in a larger range when influenced by Monkey Beacon. The range will increase and the Ring of Fire will start attacking bloons once they get in that range, but the fire can't reach them until they get to the original range. This does not apply to the mobile versions of BTD.
  • In BTD5, Tack and Blade Shooters are depicted with only six shooters in their portraits, and Tack Sprayers only depict 12 shooters.
  • In BMC, the My Monkeys panel states the Tack Shooter as "Monkey-operated".