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The only unit that moves, the Monkey Ace patrols the skies above the action, regularly strafing the area with powerful piercing darts.
~ Bloons Tower Defense 4 Description
Monkey Aces are best suited to more spread out tracks where they can inflict the most poppage.
~ Round 38 on Bloons Tower Defense 4
Patrols the skies above the action, regularly strafing the area with powerful darts in 8 directions.
~ Bloons Tower Defense 5 Description
Monkey Ace patrols the skies above the action regularly shooting 8 powerful darts in all directions. Good for thinning out bloon formations.
~ Description upon unlocking in BTD4
Flies above the ground shooting volleys of high-pierce darts.
~ Bloons Tower Defense 6 description


The Monkey Ace is a moving unit operated by a monkey that debuted in Bloons Tower Defense 4. It also appears in its Expansion, Bloons Tower Defense 5 and Bloons 2. In BTD4 and BTD5, it costs $765 on Easy, $900 on Medium and $970 on Hard. It will automatically fire at the Bloons. When the player places it on the screen, it will automatically fly in a figure eight form, and has infinite Range. However, in BTD5, the player can switch the Monkey Ace's route between an 8 shape, an ∞ (infinity symbol) shape and an O shape that encircles the runway. The O shape is usually most efficient, as the monkey ace does not move out of the screen (unless you place it near a corner). In BTD6, the Ace was given to option to have a centered path that is a circular path that is centered on the middle of the map. It is slightly bigger than the regular O pattern.

The Monkey Ace has accuracy issues due to its wild fire, but can become devastating if Bloons fill up the screen, which will make hitting them with the high popping power very easy regardless. Remember to have ally towers cripple the more sturdy threats such as Lead and Regen Bloons, and clean up anything that sneaks through as well.

In Bloons TD 4, the Monkey Ace can be placed anywhere. However, in Bloons TD 5, the Monkey Ace has a runway, so the player has to place the runway on land.

Rate of fire (BTD4):
Un-upgraded: 25 SPM (shots per minute)
Rapid Fire: 40 SPM
Operation: Dart Storm: 50 SPM

Bloons Tower Defense 4 UpgradesEdit

Pineapple Express - Drops highly explosive Pineapples

The Monkey Ace begins dropping Pineapples for extra popping power.
$170/$200/$215.

Spy Plane - Allows towers near Monkey Ace to detect Camo Bloons

All Tower near the Monkey Ace while patroling can detect Camo Bloons.
$300/$350/$380


Rapid Fire - Increases attack rate

Shoots darts and drops Pineapples faster.
$595/$700/$755


Operation: Dart Storm - Our darts will block out the sun.

Shoots 16 darts at a time instead of 8. Also increasing shooting and dropping rate.
$2975/$3500/$3780

Total Selling Price: $4805/$5650/$6100

Bloons Tower Defense 5 UpgradesEdit

Monkey Ace

Path 1Edit

Monkey Ace Path 1
Easy Medium Hard Impopable

Rapid Fire
Shoots darts more often.

$595 $700 $755 $840

Sharper Darts
Monkey Ace darts can pop 8 bloons each!

$425 $500 $540 $600

Neva-Miss Targeting
Darts seek out and pop bloons intelligently.

$1,870 $2,200 $2,375 $2,640

Spectre
Flying Fortress of bloon doom. Missiles has 100 pierce and pops 2 layers.

$15,300 $18,000 $19,440 $21,600
Total Sell Amount $14,560 $17,880 $18,496 $21,432
Total Cost $19,000 $22,350 $24,135 $25,680


Path 2Edit

Monkey Ace Path 2
Easy Medium Hard Impoppable

Pineapple Present
Drops an explosive Pineapple every 3 seconds.

$170 $200 $215 $240

Spy Plane
Allows Monkey Ace to hit Camo Bloons. Does not grant detection to other towers.

$300 $350 $380 $420

Operation: Dart Storm
More darts = win.

$2,550 $3,000 $3,240 $3,565

Ground Zero
Ground Zero Ability: drops a single devastating bomb that destroys all bloons on screen and heavily damages MOAB-class bloons.

$11,900 $14,000 $15,120 $16,730
Total Sell Amount $11,936 $14,040 $15,164 $17,736
Total Cost $14,920 $17,550 $18,955 $20,955


Bloons 2Edit

Cannonballbloons

A Monkey Ace flies into some Spikey Bloons.

Monkey Aces make another appearance here. They pop Bloons that they fly through. The player must pop a Monkey Ace Bloon to give the monkey 2 flags, allowing the player to send them to pop Bloons. If the Monkey Ace hits a wall, it will explode, and the pilot will parachute down. The explosion will not pop any Bloons.
When the Reverse Gravity Bloon is popped, the plane flies upside down, and the pilot parachutes up when it crashes.

GlitchesEdit

  • In BTD5, if you place a Monkey ace and switch from "vertical 8" circling to "round" circling, sometimes the Ace will indefinitely fly towards the top right, though eventually it will re-adjust and go back to normal.
  • Monkey Ace landing sites can be placed more closely together when below other landing sites than when on top. The landing sites also go slightly right when placed down.
  • In BTD5 the ace's artwork shows a red cone but in the actual tower it's blue and in BMC Mobile if it's flying above your city it's green.
    • This reverses when upgraded to Pineapple Present, the artwork shows it have blue cone, while the actual tower have red cone.
  • You can glitch the Monkey Ace by buying one, this should take you so you can upgrade whenever you want, hover over the ace so it has white outlines on it, then, press backspace (this will sell the tower) and left-click your mouse again as fast as possible, then this should take you to a Monkey Ace with no picture, that you can upgrade, upgrade the Ace (you cannot use the upgrade hotkeys, nothing happens), and you will notice that there is an another ace, that you even upgrade to 4/4 (Seriously), through you would just have a spectre with the Ground Zero ability. This glitch has been fixed.
    4 4 Monkey Ace

    Where's my landing station? Why do I have a nuke? Why do I feel invisible!? Can someone explain what's going on!? (This is the result of using one of the glitches on this page)

    Uhhm

    An Operation: Dart Storm ace flying sideways.

Differences Between BTD5 Flash and BTD5 MobileEdit

Nerf Base cost of Monkey Ace is more expensive ($900 → $925).

Nerf Pineapples from Pineapple Present have smaller explosions.

Buff Ground Zero yields more cash when used against Ceramic Bloons.

Buff Spectre mortar explosions duplicate when its landing base is under a Monkey Fort.

Update History (Bloons TD Battles Mobile)Edit

In general, Monkey Ace is hardly buffed or nerfed in updates, but is still not very popular, due to its frequent missing as a lower-tier tower. However, Monkey Ace can be more useful in combination with other towers, as it does help in reducing the overload of Bloons. Whenever used, most players tend to aim towards purchasing Operation: Dart Storm, in which they could also go towards Ground Zero if necessary.

There are very few widely used Monkey Ace strategies, but one very popular strategy that uses Monkey Ace is Dart-Farm-Ace, especially advantageous for doing the large-scale bloon cleanup. Another popular loadout that use the Monkey Ace is Heli-Farm-Ace, with some considering it to be the new meta when update 4.6 came out.

3.9

Nerf Ground Zero price increased ($14,000 → $16,000).

4.3

Buff Neva-Miss Targeting price decreased ($2,200 → $1,800).

Buff Spectre price decreased ($18,000 → $17,000).

Nerf Spy Plane price increased ($350 → $400).


4.3.1

Buff Ground Zero damage increased (350 → 400).

Buff Spy Plane price decreased ($400 → $350).


Bloons Tower Defense 6Edit

The Monkey Ace makes a return in BTD6. Just like in BTD5, it has a landing pad that takes up space. It's got a number of new changes, especially splitting several of the most popular upgrades in its predecessor game into different upgrades, most notably being the Operation: Dart Storm becoming a Tier-4 upgrade of Path 1 instead of the Tier-3 upgrade of Path 2. Another change is that when the tower when spawned, it will briefly run on its runway first.

The first path generally increases the numbers of darts sent out, the second path generally primarily centers around bombing, while the third path generally deals with efficient projectile distribution.

It is listed as Military class tower.


Path 1Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Rapid Fire
Shoots faster than normal.

$550 $650 $700 $780 160

Lots More Darts
Shoots 12 darts at a time.

$550 $650 $700 $780 750

Fighter Plane
Flies fast and launches anti-MOAB missiles.

$850 $1,000 $1,080 $1,200 2,700

Operation: Dart Storm
Shoots 16 darts per volley, and twice as fast.

$2,550 $3,000 $3,240 $3,600 8,000

Sky Shredder
The Bloons will wish they had never come.

$34,000 $40,000 $43,200 $48,000 35,000
Total Sell Amount Tier 4: $3,626

Tier 5: $27,426

Tier 4: $4,270

Tier 5: $32,270

Tier 4: $4,610

Tier 5: $34,850

Tier 4: $5,124

Tier 5: $38,724

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $5,180

Tier 5: $39,180

Tier 4: $6,100

Tier 5: $46,100

Tier 4: $6,585

Tier 5: $49,785

Tier 4: $7,320

Tier 5: $55,320

46,610


Path 2Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Exploding Pineapple
Drops an exploding pineapple every few seconds.

$170 $200 $215 $240 120

Spy Plane
Allows Monkey Ace to hit Camo Bloons.

$295 $350 $380 $420 600

Bomber Ace
Drops a line of bombs when crossing the Bloon track.

$425 $500 $540 $600 2,500

Ground Zero
Ground Zero ability: Drops a huge bomb that destroys most things on screen.

$11,900 $14,000 $15,120 $16,800 15,000

Tsar Bomba
A very, very large bomb. Someone put a stop to craziness!

$29,750 $35,000 $37,800 $42,000 30,000
Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $9,429

Tier 5: $30,254

Tier 4: $11,095

Tier 5: $35,595

Tier 4: $11,984

Tier 5: $38,444

Tier 4: $13,314

Tier 5: $42,714

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $13,470

Tier 5: $43,220

Tier 4: $15,850

Tier 5: $50,850

Tier 4: $17,120

Tier 5: $54,920

Tier 4: $19,020

Tier 5: $61,020

48,220


Path 3Edit

Easy Medium Hard Impoppable Unlock XP

Sharper Darts
Darts can pop 8 Bloons each.

$425 $500 $540 $600 160

Centered Path
New central flight path for maximum map coverage.

$255 $300 $325 $360 600

Neva-Miss Targeting
Darts automatically seek out and pop Bloons by themselves.

$1,870 $2,200 $2,375 $2,640 3,000

Spectre
Rapidly fires darts and bombs, dominating most Bloon types easily.

$15,300 $18,000 $19,440 $21,600 19,000

Flying Fortress
This is a BIG plane.

$102,000 $120,000 $129,600 $144,000 45,000
Total Sell Amount

Tier 4: $12,971

Tier 5: $84,371

Tier 4: $15,260

Tier 5: $99,260

Tier 4: $16,482

Tier 5: $107,202

Tier 4: $18,312

Tier 5: $119,112

N/A
Total Cost

Tier 4: $18,530

Tier 5: $120,530

Tier 4: $21,800

Tier 5: $141,800

Tier 4: $23,545

Tier 5: $153,145

Tier 4: $26,160

Tier 5: $170,160

67,760


TriviaEdit

  • This and the Heli Pilot are the only towers with aircraft.
  • This tower seems to be based on the Sopwith Camel, a British World War One fighter plane. In Bloons TD 4, it looks similar to a Stratolaunch carrier plane (but is most likely just a Sopwith Camel).
  • In Bloons TD 4, the Rapid Fire upgraded plane is very similar to the P-38 Lightning, while the monkey ace in Bloons TD 5 Operation: Dart Storm and Ground Zero are like the F-117. In addition, Spectre is just like the real AC-130.
    • It is confirmed in Bloons Monkey City that the Spectre is based off the AC-130 as the special buiding required to unlock it is called the AC130 Construction Hangar .
  • In Bloons TD 5, the Pineapple Present drops faster for 2 upgrades (Rapid Fire and Operation: Dart Storm).
  • This is the first moving tower in the BTD series, with the second being the Heli Pilot.
  • This tower is deadly in mass amounts, especially if upgraded to tier 3.
  • An Operation: Dart Storm appears dropping a crate of cash in BTD5, when the player activates the Supply Drop ability.
  • In Bloons TD 4, the pineapples will drop every time the plane shoots, no matter what upgrade. While in Bloons TD 5, it will just drop one Pineapple every 3 seconds, but some upgrades slightly decreases the time between drops.
  • It is possible to beat all rounds in Bloons TD 4 by filling the screen with Monkey Aces upgraded once; however, this will create lots of lag and takes a long time as Aces in BTD4, Aces do not have a specified tower and you have to click on the exact plane you wish to upgrade.
  • The Premium Upgrade Grilled Pineapples makes the Pineapples that the Monkey Ace drop explode after 1 second as well.
  • Ground Zero, one of the last upgrades for the Monkey Ace, is very useful in higher levels since 2 of them can instantly pop B.F.B.s, leaving just M.O.A.B.s. The player will still need a way to pop Z.O.M.G.s, though.
  • In BTD5, the icon for the Monkey Ace upgrade Spectre shows the ace dropping 2 bombs with words on both bombs that are hard to read, the first saying "From: Ace" and the second saying "To: Bloons".
  • Both of the final upgrades are based off of real planes, the AC-130 and the B-2 Spirit Bomber for the Spectre and the Ground Zero respectively.
  • In BTD5 Deluxe, the Ground Zero Ability does 1,000 damage instead of 350, instantly popping B.F.B.s. It also does 1,000 damage in BTD Battles.
  • Despite the Monkey Ace having no set target (with the exception of Neva-Miss Targeting) the volley of darts will still not hit camo bloons without the Spy Plane upgrade.
  • This is one of few Bloons power-ups that is inspired by the Tower Defense counterpart as opposed to vice-versa.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, Darts from Neva-Miss Targeting will target Camo bloons but will not pop them without the Spy Plane upgrade.
  • 2 Spectres can take out infinite Ceramics on most tracks.
  • The Monkey ace is a biplane. Biplanes have two wings stacked on top of each other and they are connected by wires and struts to make one strong structure. The ace becomes a monoplane when at least x/3 or is 4/x.
  • In Bloons Monkey City, there is a glitch that makes the Monkey Ace fly off the screen to switch back to the track you've selected when alternating between the 8 pattern and the O pattern. It comes back around when the pattern is changed, though.
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    The glitch in action. The Monkey ace is leaving its pattern.

  • In BTD5, it attacks in a way similar to the Dartling Gun; between rounds, when there are no bloons coming, the Monkey Ace will not shoot darts.

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