Shoot a single dart that pops a single bloon. A good, cheap tower suitable for the early rounds.
~ BTD5 Official Description


The Dart Monkey is a tower in the Bloons TD series. This tower is named Dart Tower in BTD1 and Dart Monkey in subsequent games. The Dart Monkey is the first and cheapest tower that is unlocked and available from the start in every BTD game. The Dart Monkey is a standard brown monkey with a single dart in its hand, capable of popping one bloon unless it is upgraded. This tower's darts are ineffective against Lead Bloons, unless the premium upgrade Exploding Darts (renamed as Splodey Darts in BTD5) is applied and/or if it is upgraded to Juggernaut. This will allow the Dart Monkey to pop multiple Bloons without any upgrades and is much more effective against M.O.A.Bs and B.F.Bs.


The Dart Monkey is a normal, brown monkey, with deep brown fur, and with tan fur on its face, ears, the front of its hands, the bottom of its feet, and his belly. On the top of his head are two tufts of hair, and on his face are two beady, black eyes, and a tiny nose and mouth. In Bloons Tower Defense games, the Dart Monkeys are much thinner than their Bloons counterparts. In Bloons Tower Defense 5, if upgraded on any two upgrades for the first and second paths, they will receive a colored bandana (red or green). If it upgrades to Spike-o-pult, the monkey will lose its bandana (and will not obtain it again if they upgrade to Juggernaut) and receives a catapult with a spiked ball (the spiked ball becomes much larger if it is upgraded to Juggernaut). If it upgrades to Triple Darts, it will gain an elite black bandana with red in the middle, and a quiver of darts. If upgraded to Super Monkey Fan Club, it will gain a green cloak with a green visor, and hide the bandana under it, and will keep its quiver of darts.

Bloons Tower DefenseEdit

Tower Cost Piercing Darts Long Range Darts
$250 $210 $100

Bloons Tower Defense 2Edit

Easy Medium Hard
Tower Cost $250 $280 $285
Piercing Darts $180 $205 $210
Long Range Darts $80 $90 $95
Total Sell Amount $428 $456 $464
Total Cost $510 $575 $590

Bloons Tower Defense 3Edit

Easy Medium Hard
Tower Cost $215 $255 $270
Long Range Darts $75 $90 $95
Extra Long Range Darts $75 $90 $95
Piercing Darts $120 $145 $150
Razor Darts $100 $120 $130
Total Sell Amount $496 $556 $576
Total Cost $585 $700 $740

Bloons Tower Defense 4Edit

Easy Medium Hard
Tower Cost $170 $200 $215
Piercing Darts $120 $140 $150
Long Range Darts $75 $90 $95
Spike-o-pult $255 $300 $325
Triple Shot $935 $1100 $1190
Total Sell Amount $1176 $1384 $1492
Total Cost $1555 $1830 $1975

Bloons Tower Defense 5Edit

Tower XP Edit

Level Upgrade XP To Get To This Level Total XP Rank Required
1 Base Tower N/A 0 1
2 Long Range Darts 30 30 1
3 Sharp Dart's 75 105 1
4 Enhanced Eyesight 460 565 1
5 Razorsharp Dart's 580 1145 1
6 Spike-O-Pult 1890 3035 1
7 Triple Dart's 3250 6285 1
8 Juggernaut 9330 15615 21
9 Super Monkey Fan Club 14535 30150 21

Path 1Edit

DartMonkeyLeftSide Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Long Range Darts
Makes the Dart Monkey shoot further than normal.

$75 $90 $95 $110

Enhanced Eyesight
Further increases attack range and allows Dart Monkey to see Camo Bloons.

$100 $120 $130 $145

Converts the Dart Monkey into a Spike-O-Pult, a powerful tower that hurls a large spiked ball instead of darts. Increases range even more, albeit slightly, but has slower attack speed. Each ball can pop 18 bloons.

$425 $500 $540 $600

Hurls a giant unstoppable killer spiked ball that can pop lead bloons and excels at crushing ceramic bloons.  Deals 100 pierce, 5 damage to ceramics.

$1275 $1500 $1620 $1800
Total Sell Amount $1636 $1928 $2080 $2316 ($2616 with path 2 upgrades)
Total Cost $2045 $2410 $2600 $2895 ($3270 with path 2 upgrades)

Path 2Edit

DartMonkeyRightSide Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Sharp Shots
Can pop 1 extra bloon per shot.

$120 $140 $150 $170

Razor Sharp Shots
Can pop 2 extra bloons per shot (4 in total).

$145 $170 $185 $205

Triple Darts
Throws 3 darts at a time instead of 1.

$280 $330 $355 $395

Super Monkey Fan Club
Super Monkey Fan Club Ability: Converts up to 10 nearby dart monkeys into Super Monkeys for 15 seconds.

$6800 $8000 $8640 $9600
Total Sell Amount $6012 $7072 $7636 $8488 ($8692 with path 1 upgrades)
Total Cost $7515 $8840 $9545 $10410 ($10865 with path 1 upgrades)

Bloons seriesEdit

The Dart Monkey from Bloons throws darts to pop the various bloons in the levels. It is the icon for the BFB in BTD4, as well as for BTD5 with a cross through it. It has a long tail, two small dots for eyes, and tan fur on his face, body, hands, and feet. It throws a single dart that can pop an infinite amount of Bloons.

Bloons 2Edit

The Dart Monkey throws darts which your arrow guides. When you pop the Monkey Ace Bloon, the Dart Monkey throws signal flags to guide the Monkey Ace.

Tower tipsEdit

  • When a tightly cluster of bloons appears, it's best to use 2-3 upgrades, especially on curves, since it can easily pop away all of them due to its fast attack speed and high popping power.
    • But if you want to pop them in a row, 3-0 or 4-0 upgrades are the best, especially on a straight track.
  • Putting 2-3 Dart Monkeys close to each other can easily shred off the ceramic layer off of a tightly grouped cluster of Ceramic Bloons regardless if it is normal, Regrowth or Camo.
    • The same goes to MOAB-class Bloons whose before 2-4 upgrades. Even before you use its ability, 10 or more of Dart Monkeys with 2-3 or 2-4 can 'drain' its life quickly and absolutely (20 or more for BFBs and 30 or more for ZOMGs. Recommended).
    • In BMC, if you want to use Dart Monkeys with 2-3 or 2-4 upgrades on DDTs, best use 2-3 upgrade from Monkey Village.
  • Sometimes it's best not to have 0-1 and 0-2 upgrades if you want 4-0 upgrade because it already has high popping power.
  • Using the Super Monkey Fan Club Ability, and then upgrading the Dart Monkeys that turned into Super Monkeys to Juggernauts, then the "Super" Juggernauts will spit out the balls incredibly fast. This tactic doesn't work on mobile versions however.
    • Instead, the Juggernaut just shoot like a normal super monkey, but with the occasional spiked balls at the same fire rate as the normal Juggernaut.
  • Spamming the Super Monkey Fan Club Ability will cause the towers to throw darts even faster and do even more damage. So if you have 10 Dart Monkeys with the Super Monkey Fan Club Ability and use all 10, they'll be just as powerful as 100 Super Monkeys.
  • 10 Dart Monkeys at 2/4 can destroy 2 ZOMGs in BTD5, as long as they keep buffing each other to stay at super monkey status.

Differences Between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 MobileEdit

Dart Monkeys are slightly more useful in mobile versions of BTD compared to flash.

Buff Darts have a larger hitbox.

Buff Super Monkey Fan Club affects Spike-o-pults and Juggernauts (besides using the Super Juggernaut exploit)

Nerf Super Monkey Fan Club can longer cause Spike-o-Pults and Juggernauts to become hypersonic; instead, affected Spike-O-Pults and Juggernauts shoot only darts, or also spiked balls/juggernauts if attempting to use the Super Juggernaut exploit.

Change balloon Juggernaut pop count registers twice as many bloons popped compared to how many it actually popped (ex: if the Juggernaut pops 3 bloons the pop count will show 6 bloons popped).

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)Edit

The Dart Monkey is one of the most used towers in the game thanks to its versatility. It has been nerfed via game updates (albeit not as severely as the Bloonchipper), but despite this it continues to be a popular tower among players and is used in various tower loadouts (often with the Banana Farm).

Popular loadouts include Dart-Farm-Ace (arguably the most popular loadout in the game), Dart-Farm-Bomb, Dart-Farm-Ice, and Dart-Farm-Wizard. Dart-Farm-Chipper used to be arguably the most popular one until the Version 4.1 nerf to the Bloonchipper's ZOMG-sucking capabilities, though it still is used (albeit pretty rarely).

Initial Release

Nerf Juggernaut cannot pop frozen bloons.


Nerf Triple Darts price increased ($330 → $380).


Nerf Super Monkey Fan Club no longer affects Spike-o-pults or Juggernauts.

Nerf Juggernaut price increased ($1500 → $1750).


Buff Juggernaut can now pop frozen bloons.


Nerf Triple Darts price increased ($380 → $400).


Nerf Triple Darts price increased ($400 → $500).

Nerf Enhanced Eyesight price increased ($120 → $160).

Nerf Juggernaut price increased ($1750 → $1900).

Nerf Super Monkey Fan Club ability duration decreased (15s → 11s).


Buff Triple Darts price decreased ($500 → $475).

Buff Spike-o-pult popping power increased (18 → 40).



  • In BTD5, both Long Range Darts and Enhanced Eyesight increase the range by 25% of the base tower's range.
  • The Dart Monkey in Bloons TD series is based off of the dart throwing monkey in the Bloons games.
  • Dart Monkeys are right-handed, which means they will throw darts from the right side of the tower.
  • If a Dart Monkey with no third or fourth tier Path 2 upgrades is transformed by the Super Monkey Fan Club ability, by quickly upgrading these affected Dart Monkeys into the Juggernaut upgrade, it will become a hypersonic Juggernaut Monkey, throwing spiked balls extremely quickly. This speed can be enhanced with M.I.B. Call to Arms ability, or even the Overclock ability from the x/4 Monkey Engineer in Bloons TD 5 Mobile and Bloons TD 5 Deluxe.
  • The Juggernaut upgrade is the only non-premium upgrade that allows the Dart Monkey to pop Lead Bloons.
  • If one has a Tier 4 Specialty building on BTD5 Mobile or the Splodey Darts premium upgrade for the PC version, the only upgrade that is not able to pop lead bloons is the Spike-O-Pult upgrade.
  • A Dart Monkey does not change its appearance in BTD1, BTD2, or BTD3 no matter what it is upgraded to.
  • Path 1 upgrades focuses on popping power, while Path 2 focuses on the darts.
  • Super Monkey Fan Club range stacks, albeit temporarily.
  • A Dart Monkey appears on the top of a B.F.B., being crossed with an anti sign.
  • The hotkey for Dart Monkeys Q will not select free dart monkeys if the player does not have enough money to buy one, regardless of whether the player has free Dart Monkeys (due to its Specialty Building in BTD5 and special item in BMC). The player must manually click the Dart Monkey's panel on the right.
    • Same with some free towers awarded from completing quests in BTD5, e.g. if you don't have enough money to buy Monkey Buccaneer and you have one free, the hotkey D will not trigger the free Monkey Buccaneer to be selected.
  • Interestingly enough, in Bloons Monkey City, the upgrade image at the Monkey Academy without any upgrades depicts him holding three darts in his left hand. This does not show in the upgrade image in a tile battle.
  • The Dart Monkey is one of the two towers whose Tier 4 upgrade completely changes its tower, the other being the Monkey Buccaneer.
  • Placing a 0/2, 3/x or 4/x Dart Monkey at the top or bottom of a straight line with the targeting at last can pop more bloons.
  • When you upgrade a Dart Monkey, the arm moves farther to the right than normal. After the first attack, the arm returns to normal.
  • Super Monkey Fan Club ability will change the x/4 monkey itself too, it shoots hyperspeed triple darts.
    • This has been patched. If Super Monkey Fan Club is activated on Triple Dart Monkeys, they will only shoot ONE stream of hyper-speed razor sharp darts (which means it could still pop 4 bloons per dart).
    • In Mobile, Triple Dart Monkeys and the Super Monkey Fan Club Monkey will shoot one stream of darts super fast, and triple darts at the same speed before the transformation.


Bloons gamesEdit

Darts throwing sound in bloons 1 games


Darts throwing sound in bloons 2 games


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