Best Towers In Bloons Tower Defense 5

The Top Ten

1 Super Monkey

Super Monkey... Sorry. I got mesmerized for a second there. Some people say monkey apprentice is better... COME ON! Is it because it is cheaper!? This is a list for BEST towers, not mediocre towers that are cheap. So what is temple costs 100,000? Save up! Come on. Lets put this #1 on the list. VOTE SUPER MONKEY!

The super monkey has to be the best tower because I have played Bloons tower defense for a while and when people think that a monkey apprentice is better, just compare a temple of sun god to a summon Phoenix. Or tornado tempest to technological error. The best strateys always have super monkeys. And unlocking the upgrades for the monkey apprentice was kinda hard! With a super monkey it took 5 minutes to get plasma upgrades with only 1!

Who's dumb enough to not vote Super Monkey? Fully upgraded temple, though it might be very very expensive, can destroy an almost infinite wave of ZOMGs, not to mention the temple of the vengeful monkey god. Tech Terror is the cheaper way, and its ability destroys anything around it. I mean, what kind of insane person thinks that this isn't the best? The only downside is the cost, but 100 dragon's breath apprentices can't come close to beating a temple.


V 78 Comments
2 Banana Farm

This tower is clearly the best as it provides additional income, allowing you to quickly upgrade your offensive towers to better deal with the bloons as well as providing the wherewithal to get enough towers to defeat the bloons. Without banana farms your income is not high enough to allow for you to get the best bloons. Personally I prefer to use the banks as it allows you to focus more on the bloons, but I accept that the other option is probably superior in terms of money making.

I like to play on 3 times around with 8 banana farms on the large right side then I put a monkey town in the center and put a fire apprentice and other towers where they come and you put a monkey farmer inside of the square of 8 and you rack up the cash so fast it ridiculous

Only additional income in the game? I guess that could be useful. NO! Its more than useful, its literally the most important tower in the game! It's the only boost in income at all, how could you possibly afford the whatever is 1 and 2 on this list without some banana farms to pay for it.

This is what allows you to spam super monkeys later in the game

V 23 Comments
3 Dart Monkey

One of the best cost-performance ratio. It begins to lack the firepower required for late-game rounds, but these are sufficient enough to carry you until you can get better towers.

Why is this 16 on the list! Definitely the best tower. Just spam 2-3 Dart Monkeys (especially with the specialty building with exploding darts! ) maybe some juggernauts, and you have the game won!

Best cost to performance ratio in the game, get a village and add one more onto their popping power and have one tower to deal with leads, you can ride the entire game with just these guys, and I've done so.

0 0 op

V 18 Comments
4 Ninja Monkey

Good popping power with 4/2, x/3 stuns area bloons and pops lead, good for area control. The Sabotage Supply Lines is one of THE best abilities it's cheap and slows all MOAB-class bloons so your towers have more time to damage them. And on top of that the Ninja can see camo, overall one of the best towers- way better than the apprentice, which is negative utility.

Ninja monkey is the best tower to beat beginner and intermediate maps on hard. all you need is at least 10 ninjas upgraded to 4/2 by round 50 with a 2/2 apprentice at the very beginning to pop those leads. To get ultimate popping power you can even get the monkey village upgraded to 2/3 and sell the apprentice. As you go along just keep getting those 4/2 ninjas and as long as you have 22 ninjas by round 85, you will WIN!

This tower was from the beginning of the game and you start with a awesome start to your reign of terror over the balloons and the balloon-jujitsu is overpowered as if you get the 0-3 monkey village

I actually tested how far you can get using only one type of tower for every tower on Monkey Lane Easy and Ninjas were the only ones that reached Round 85

V 43 Comments
5 Monkey Apprentice

In my opinion, both paths are great! Use them correctly together and they can make a great team for many rounds to come. Though first, upgrade both paths to the 3rd tier, and that's when the real game begins. Dragon's Breath is DEVASTATING, being able to take simple red bloon rushes to those annoying player sent ceramic rushes. Make Dragon's Breath Apprentice even MORE devastating by teaming it up with the Summon Whirlwind Apprentice. If some of those sneaky bloons get past the fiery doom of Dragon's Breath send them back to the flames of hell with a powerful whirlwind. The Summon Phoenix and Tempest Tornado upgrades are great too! The powerful phoenix of the Summon Phoenix upgrade can fly around the map burning ceramic, zebra or rainbow rushes (plus more! ) using his/her powerful flames out of his/her mouth (plus the phoenix looks so ' cool! ). The Tempest Tornado hurls out an even MORE devastating tornado to those sneaky bloons who either sneaked out of the flames of hell or the ...more

After tons of playing, I've come to learn that every tower is amazing in its own way. This tower, however, takes the cake. This tower cannot tear through BFBs or ZOMGs, but are extremely powerful. You usually get your first Super Monkey around round 35-40, so what will you do until then? Well a monkey apprentice of course! Best part being that if you even have Super Monkey Mansion, with the effect of +5% costs to Monkey Apprentices, they are still easily obtainable! Master of fire absolutely rips the balloons, along with MOABs. Especially the fact that it can summon a phoenix. This phoenix doesn't last long, but it tears through MOABs and Ceramics like hot knives on butter. The whirlwind is also amazing too! It may not be as good as the Master of Fire in my opinion, but it's still amazing to keep at the end of a map, where it blows the balloons straight back to the beginning. Where if combined with Sun Gods, will make you unstoppable. Another amazing plus is the capability to destroy ...more

The super monkey is better in damage output. I agree. Nobody said it wasn't. However, Damage isn't everything. The monkey apprentice can detect camos, pop leads without upgrades, as well as being very affordable in early / mid game. All of the super monkey voters tend to neglect the fact that just because a tower does insane damage doesn't make it the best. The tempest tornado can push balloons back, allowing for much more damage to be inflicted before the balloon can go out of range. Lightning storm can devistate those pesky packs of ceramics (or any other balloon for that matter.) And it is about the same price as a super monkey with epic range and laser vision when it is fully upgraded. For this reason, I believe the monkey apprentice is a great alternative to the super monkey.

This is awesome when you get th phoenix thingy.

V 47 Comments
6 Bomb Tower

Bomb towers suck against zebras and blacks unless you have 25 frag bomb towers.

Really good for early game, just destroys packs of bloons. Can't detect camo so I usually pair it up with M.I.B


I got to 150 round by summoning 3 very good temples and a million of 2/3 bomb towers.It really quick drops moabs.

V 4 Comments
7 Monkey Bucaneer

With a fully upgraded pirate cove this is the only tower in the game that can pop lead camo at 0/0. If one of these rolls for me on a daily challenge of any difficulty I will do it with ease. By far my most used and favourite tower. Every special mission that can use these bad boys, even "No Escape" becomes child's play with them. The "Fast Upgrades" special mission can be done in ~2 minutes with the 0/4 version of these towers and a glue gunner. The cost and power of these towers, coupled with the cove giving them the ability to grant detection of camo to all other towers has provided this game with an extremely effective tower anywhere there is water.

I love these towers, the sub boat combo is op. Once you have an aircraft carrier, you vaporize balloons

OP and cheap. Path 1 is OP. Path 2 is OP

The final upgrade on the bucaneer path can one-hit K.O. a MOAB, and the aircarft carrier, is well, an aircraft carrier. It is rather dissapointing to see this troop at sixteen, and I do hope that many see the true power it possess.

V 8 Comments
8 Spike Factory

What is everyone's last resort tactic in BTD? To place road spikes, popping those last few bloons that snuck through your defenses. There's always a slight amount of guilt when you place the road spikes, because you know that they're not economical, and you know that the fact that you have to use them means that your defense isn't as strong as it should be. Spike factories eliminate this guilt, placing the road spikes for you. They are extremely powerful tools, and are ultimately the best tower in the game. The upgrades they possess aren't too shabby either. Exploding spiked balls, a special ability that allows spikes to be placed across the whole path, spikes that pop lead bloons, and spikes that wreak special havoc on MOAB class bloons are just a few of this amazing tower's many assets.

A good strategy to save up money for farther game because with 2/2 tier it can made endless spike that pop lead, zebra, red, blue, green, yellow, pink, black, and sometimes ceramics. To make it op in apocalypse bring a 3/2 tier ice tower, with a 2/3 boomerang tower. Put spike factory and some 3/2 wizard and a 2/4 bomb tower for ceramic and moab class in late game.

I'm in the middle of a game, full force, in easy mode. I am at round 85, but I have no trouble defeating the waves... I have 16 spike factories and two banana investments advisories. The only other tower I had was a ninja monkey, to take out the earlier rounds until I could afford a spike factory. 8 of them are maxed, and only 5 are not upgraded yet. If all of the spikes are on the ground (eventually they time out...) then the 8 maxed can take out about 6 ZOMGS, and quickly build up another set. Quite OP, and as to the monkey temple... 1. Eats some towers even if you don't want it to. 2. Incredibly expensive. Nothing more needs be said. 3. Start regen farming? No, that isn't really very fun... sit around and wait for money that no longer means anything? Play a cookie clicker instead, it's more fun. 4. So, let's get a monkey village and upgrade it to let the super monkey detect camos? Adding to the cost, not helping... The point is, this tower is cost-effective, useful, easy to get in ...more


V 22 Comments
9 Monkey Ace

Spectre is overpowered. Got past 10 levels without balloons even getting no my screen lol.

Just played a map with it made it to round 128 my new high score ITS CRAZY it should be number 3

Awesome upgrades with infinite range at a reasonable price.

Two words: atomic bomb

V 13 Comments
10 Monkey Sub

Could easily be the best tower due to the fact that Advanced Intel just completely rips up the screen. Its like a sniper but with homing, super fast reloading and explosive abilities. Also dead cheap compared to others

Advanced Intel can make your subscription shoot anywhere on the screen (if there areally other towers) and once you have rockets, this thing is op

Monkey sub is the best because it has cheap prices for powerful upgrades such as the first strike capability and the submerge ability


V 28 Comments

The Contenders

11 Boomerang Thrower

This is a really nice tower with full Boomerang Dojo upgrades (cheaper, faster, boomerangs fly around 2 times, throws 2 at once) it is basically as good as a super monkey with low upgrades and monkey village 2,2 makes it better than a super monkey* as long as it has the speciality building. If you use this tower right, you are a legend. *super monkey is pretty awesome too ( honourable mentions go to - apprentice, ace, engineer, sub, sniper and finally farm )

One of my favorite towers in the game if you know how to use them

One thing I can say... 2/4 Boomerang Throwers + MIB Call To Arms + Radar = INSANE STRONG DEFENSE

The Glave Lord upgrade even lets it detect camo bloons, which allows it to pop any type of bloon.

V 9 Comments
12 Bloonchipper

After destroying a big blue, red, or green balloon these machines are able to take out all the balloons that burst out of the bigger balloon. No doubt about it top 5.

Having a chipper is amazing in the bloons games. You can stall the things, which gives you more time to pop all of the bloons.

Should be in top five cause it can stop bloons from advancing while shredding them up.

These are absolutely necessary for rounds past 180

V 16 Comments
13 Monkey Engineer

People say that the super monkey deserves #1 because of its strength. However this is a list for the best. Don't get me wrong super monkey and apprentice money are good. But monkey engineer is like have ing multiple towers at once And is cheap. When your saving up for the super monkey to help out who you think is pulling the weight.

This should definitely be #1. Once you upgrade the engineers workshop in the specialist buildings all the way up to get the red sentry guns, all you'll need is a monkey village to detect camos. Also, they are dirt cheap, so you will have hundreds of sentry guns before you get to the harder rounds.

This is by far my favorite tower. I believe it is by far the strongest tower (besides the super monkey) because of all its powerful turrets. It becomes very easy to beat any level when you get 10 or more monkey engineers.

Most OP thing ever apart from super monkey. Multiple turrets will completely shred bloons. Super cheap. Use this or you do not deserve this game.

V 19 Comments
14 Tack Shooter

Just good against non camo bloons

Ring of Fire is OP

The fire path is good

Ring of fire/ blade maelstrom+ monkey village radar scanar=

V 1 Comment
15 Dartling Gun

Is this even a question?! The Dartling monkey is so versatile, fast, and powerful it can be used to solo run easy mode with support from a dart monkey for 5 turns. At 2-2 it can pop all bloons including leads. Although the ability to control them can be a pestilence at times the micro-management can save you at times. Keep in mind that there is a tower that allows you to lock their attacks. The 4th tier upgrades are some of the best despite their heavy price. You can solo run with a group of ray of dooms. Easily the best towers in the game (unlimited range by the way).

In all honesty, the Dartling Gun should be higher than #4. All though its first few upgrades make it more accurate and powerful, its 2-2 setting is great at tearing through bloons of all types. If a MOAB comes your way and you Apprentices and Ninja Monkeys can't keep up, YOU have the power to decide its fate with the Dartling Gun. Never rely on short ranges with the Dartling gun, because wherever you want it to shoot, it will! If BFBs ruin the party, the 3-2 and 2-3 Dartling guns will help out immensely. If and when the mighty ZOMGs come calling, just pop in a couple of 4-2 Dartling guns, and nothing will get past. Plus, the 2-4 Dartling gun can easily deal with Ceramic rushes. All in all, this tower, if used correctly, is one of the deadliest towers of all time.

Definitely the best camo defense, way better than the ninja tower. I like to get the ray of doom upgrade and it is just ANNIHILATION. If it is strategically placed in a horizontal location and the beam is in line, it will incinerate all blimps. Good for mid to late game.

Too good for poppoing zomg late game

V 33 Comments
16 Sniper Monkey

When you have it targeting strong, it can quickly pick off large targets in crowds that might otherwise cause trouble later on down the path. Even better on longer paths as it's range is everywhere. One 2/3 sniper can mean you don't even see any bloons some early-mid rounds and 4/2 can stop MOABs in their tracks. Great when combined with Apprentice monkeys or supers for the wave clear.

If it's used with the right towers it's the best tower.

But not good against rushes

The sniper is one of the best towers on btd5. when you max out all of its powerful upgrades it is unstoppable. I to round 174 when I maxed it out. even it does save you at the end sometimes it just a waste of monkey dollars. use the sniper monkey and you can thank me later.

V 10 Comments
17 Heli Pilot

Reasonable prices for powerful upgrades (Both fourth tier upgrades, I prefer the apache) (similar to the monkey sub, however it can also be used on land). Tracking the bloons automatically makes it better than the dartling gun (in my opinion, some prefer to target very different sections of bloons rapidly, or hold a single spot with the dartling guns devastating power). One disadvantage I see however is that you need the paid version for the tower, sad not having it anymore.

The apache airship is just insane! On round 60 Just one is enough to keep the balloons at the start. It's a bit expensive but definitely worth it. And the fact that it tracks the balloons makes it one of the best towers. With the Enhanced IFR Instruments It can pop any balloons. The Support Chinook Is also amazing with the two abilities. On a high round when you want Temples Of the Monkey Gods but don't want them to sacrifice all your towers, you can move them away. The other ability can get you more health, and tons of money. More health can save you so many times. Once I replaced my Technological Terrors with Apache Airships on round 200 and they annihilated the ZOMG's

This tower is easily better than the ninja, engineer, and possible the apprentice. You can buy 3 or 4 of these for the cost of temple and they fire faster than any other tower. It deserves higher than rank 10. Sure you need to have the Apache upgrade for it to be phenomenal but it is still a pretty decent tower without it. I would have thought it was gonna be higher than rank 10 but everyone has their own opinions.

Once you get the second tier upgrade in can chase ballons acroos the whole course and razor rings desimate lead and it can even hit camos! You can put the heli-pad anywhere and it will kill everything!

V 18 Comments
18 Temple of the Monkey God

OP just find the Dark Secret and is OP

A sun god army is cheaper and more powerful. It would be great if it did not sacrifice towers or cost so much. 1 of these is more powerful than 1 sun god, but multiple sun gods are better, but for the same price.

Its truly the most powerful tower according to popping power!

op just op

V 4 Comments
19 Monkey Village

To me it is the best because when taking left side all the way through you have a plasma monkey that can see camo and it still generates boosting effects on fellow towers in it's radius. Also the right side can turn your super monkey into a lead-popping beast because of the Monkey Intelligence Bureau and if you get the final upgrade it can turn into a last second lifesaver.

I'm sorry is there another support tower

I don't use it often, but it definitely has late game advantages


V 5 Comments
20 0-0 Dart Monkey

Using the 0-0 dart monkey mine as well be considered cheating from how open it is.

I mean, this is the best of the best

I used just this and I got to round 137

Idiots dart monkey is 7th on the list

V 5 Comments
21 Mortar Tower

With the mortar specialist tower it becomes one of the most powerful towers. A self aiming cannon on steroids with unlimited range that either shoots super fast and reveals camp or shoots huge explosions that take off 3 layers at a time! What more could you ask for?

To me this is one of the worst because it can only attack in one specific spot and even though it does reveal camo with signal flares it wont hit them all with it's incredibly slow attacks. Also none of the upgrades deal massive damage to moabs.

The Big One annihilates rainbows. - Vortexium

Bad SUCKS. My opinion

22 Wizard Lord

These Guys Are Amazing!

All round beast

Lololololol its not even a tower

23 Temple of The Vengeful Monkey

It is a Temple with 30% more power

24 Moab Mauler
25 Cobra

It can give you extra health. best ever! 1

26 Ice Monkey

Upgrade it to ice shard or viral frost and you one good player against normal non moab bloons. They can defeat a moab if the map is very long

27 Bloonjitsu Master

I like how it shoots out 5 shurikens.

28 Super Monkey Temple
29 Glaive Lord


30 Camo Red Balloon Popper

Just for popping camo red balloons essential to any game...

Is best

31 Destroyer
32 Spike-O-Pult

This thing is

OP 3-0 Dart Monkey

33 Glue Gunner

Max glue gunner is extremely good

It is good in later upgrades

When these are maxed out to splatter absolutely everything it makes it silly easy to take down everything up to a moab.

On maps that have hidden track, the glue gunner can hit the bloons with glue and it will pop wherever as long as it is on. 20000 pops on round 72

V 4 Comments
34 Ice Tower

It's totally not a bad tower. The ice tower is terrible with ice shards and Absolute Zero, but the Arctic Wind ice tower is super cool and underrated. Pair the arctic wind with a Ring of Fire, and watch the near infinite bloon slowing and popping power

The ice tower is the "coolest" troop ever it the best

It is bad

35 Darts

If you had no darts, most of the towers would not exist. And original bloons would not exist.

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Best Bloons Tower Defense Games Best Special Agents in Bloons Tower Defense 5 Best Towers in Bloons Tower Defense 4 Best Bloons TD 6 Towers Top Ten Best Pokemon Tower Defense 2 Teams

List Stats

1,000 votes
35 listings
5 years, 3 days old

Top Remixes

1. Dart Monkey
2. Monkey Bucaneer
3. Banana Farm
1. Super Monkey
2. Bomb Tower
3. Banana Farm


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.