News 03 Sep 2020

Art by u/MichalVonZwierz. Original post here.

Hey everyone! It’s Sav and Tarn here this week

What's been going on this week?

Update 20.0 was released for BTD6 this week! It added the new hero, Etienne, a new map and the extreme mode to Odyssey! See the full patch notes here.

Barrel of Monkeys results:
1st: tsp - 1 minute and 49 seconds
2nd: tudor - 1 minute and 50 seconds
3rd: Skillbimi - 1 minute and 51.38 seconds
4th: Stop - 1 minute and 51.96 seconds
5th: Minus - 1 minute and 52 seconds

This weekend's focus:

- BTD6 -
Pile O' Monkey Money and T3 Insta Monkeys on sale.
Ongoing "Forward Thinking" Odyssey, ending Tuesday.
"Water We Have Here" Race this weekend.  

- BATTD - 
Ongoing Martian games:Adventure Time only, no allies and more zombies. 
Half cash and allies only starting on Saturday.
Sai Adventure Pack, Dungeon Finn Pack and Character Bundle Pack on sale. 

- Tower Keepers -
Hero battles rewards x2 and x2 Gold sale.
Ongoing Zaluss and Skilled Adept. 

- BTD Battles -
Friday: MOAB - BFB Cards, BFB Boosts only, BFB
Saturday: MOAB Card Club, MOAB Cards, MOAB - BFB, BFB Club
Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed, MOAB Card - BFB Boosts only, BFB Random 15
Monday: MOAB
2x Medallions with Club Access on sale. 

- SAS4 web -
Ongoing M100 Championship.  
Sale on Epic pack and 8th premium gun set: Torment, Proton Arc and Zerafallen

- SAS4 Mobile -
VS on Friday, LMS on Saturday and Apoc with black box as rewards on Sunday. 
Sales on nantos, NV vet pack, epic pack and 10th premium gun set: T189, CM Starfury and Banshee

- BMC web and mobile -  
Daily monkey teams with Monkey Knowledge pack on Saturday.
Knowledge Pack sale (ancient on mobile too).

- BTD5 -
Preferred Monkey, rotating every 3 hours, starting Friday. 
ZOMG counting for the leaderboards. Heli skin on Sale. 

- BSM2 -
Discounted price sale.

Questions from the comments: 

if etienne looks like a child, then why does he sound like an adult
He has Benjammin Buttons disease

Do you intend on buffing Etienne? The community seems to unanimously agree he's not very good, as he doesn't do enough damage but also doesn't provide enough support to justify that.
We’re always aiming to provide the best balance for towers and heroes. This may mean a balance change in a future update, however with his level 10 and global UAV he is definitely in a good starting spot. 

Since SAS 4 Web is finally playable with NK Archive, does that mean the game will start to receive any updates?
The NK Archive is just that, an archive of our older games. We won’t be updating any of them as they were all made with Flash. We totally understand the desire our players have for more SAS content in general but we don’t have any news on that at the moment.

Could you use some of the unused BMC tracks when you make BTD7?
We’re not even thinking about BTD 7 at this point in time - we still have too many awesome plans for Bloons TD 6! We do agree the BMC music is some of the best we’ve done (thanks Tim Haywood!), and we often reference it when writing new pieces. Possible BMC tracks could come to the BTD6 trophy store if enough folks in the community would like that.

Why the Descriptions of Tower and Upgrades in BTD 5 Mobile and Steam are shorter than the Descriptions from BTD 5 Flash?
We’re always weighing up how much detail to put in descriptions, knowing that some players TL;DR after about 3 words, and since BTD5 Flash and Mobile-Steam-Console were different code bases we did make changes. There were sometimes tradeoffs for different UI constraints, but we try not to let UI put limits on what we think is important info.

what do you guys think of btd6 youtubers like isab, btd6 youtubers who swear and who arent family friendly?
They are massive supporters of the game and even when “colorfully” complaining about the game they are doing because the games and their balance matter to them. So we like them and watch them! We just cannot share their content on our social media because it is important to us to keep our direct links family friendly.

Seeing as there is currently no use for monkey xp after unlocking all upgrades, do you plan on adding a use for it in the future? Maybe a level system for each monkey that rewards an insta monkey of that type every (few) level(s).
That is a great idea and we have discussed ideas like that and many others, but we haven’t committed to any of those ideas and have not planned any changes to that xp yet. Feel free to keep building it up, though.

Is Bloons monkey city on steam getting monkey knowledge packs???
We think this is a trick question… it already has them! :)

What is the story behind the Wheel of Fate?
A long time ago in a city wheely wheely far away, there was a….

Are there any bloonstubers you would recommend if i want to watch and learn from more skilled players in btd6 or btdb? I've got Jajajosh, ISAB, and asiansensation on my list already.
Great short list - those are some of our most skilled players and great ones to watch for understanding the overall complexity of the game, great combos, and crazy micro. Top racers are also fun to watch if you can keep up with them. Here are some great options:
Meme TD:

why cant the banana farmer be placed on farms in btd6 i dont get it help
If they could stand on the farms, they’d ruin the bananas! Have you never accidentally jumped on your vegetables in Minecraft? On the serious side, since we are a free-place TD, footprint and spacing is an important part of overall balance, so the placeable Powers were designed with footprints in mind to keep that balance and require some tradeoffs with use.

Can you fix it so that when I go to the next page of comments, it doesn't go right back to the top of the screen on the blog page?
Great feedback - we’ll look into it!

in btd monkey city why is the super monkey a restricted tower on desert terrain?
They don’t like the heat, so they stay on the street. But no, there’s no narrative reason for it - it was done to break up metas with the different restrictions per tile set.

What do you look for in potential NK employees? I may or may not be thinking about the future when I ask this.
A good attitude is a huge start! We are a pretty close knit group so being able to not only be co-workers, but also in many cases friends is a pretty big deal here. It creates an awesome sense of community and really helps our games shine as the place we make them is amazing. Another thing we share is an absolute love of our games and gaming in general. Being as dedicated and knowledgeable a player as possible is a big help.

Are there several military buildings in different places of the btd universe? If so how do they operate?
Tricky Bloon, you won’t get our military secrets… 

What's the heroes' favorite skittles please ask all of them even ezili
Quincy - Green
Gwen - Orange
Striker - Yellow
Obyn - Green
Churchill - Green
Ben - Red
Ezili - Purple
Pat - Pat loves all of them
Adora - Purple
Brickell - Yellow
Etienne - Doesn’t like skittles, rainbows mean rain, drones don’t fly in the rain

I think its funny that people name their pets with food, like do they get hungry when calling their pets? Gonna make different, my dog will be called "Betoneira" (concrete mixer in my language) . What do you think about that name?
It’s a solid mix of humor and practicality 

Do sniper monkeys play Countersnipe?
Who do you think plays as the bots?

Do the towers ever accidentally hit each other with their own darts, globs of glue, and so on? If so, do they hold it against each other?
It's happened once or twice! They say they don’t but I’m doubtful… 

The Watchers for Life! Anyway, Sav, is that you on the NK merch site?
No, that is one of the stock models! :)

What was wrong with soulbind in btd6 1.0? i didnt get that far to unlock it so i never knew how it worked, and if it was just the same as x-x-4 wizard, why not combine PoD and Soulbind together?
It just didn’t work as intended and wasn’t fun to use, we figured it was better to start over and we think our compromise is pretty cool :)

is there actually a secret bloonchipper in the game (something like the cavemonkey) that we can obtain?
Would it really be a secret if we said anything.. But no, there isn’t a secret bloonchipper in the game.

Will there be a BTD6 hero that resembles tack shooter, bomb cannon or anything mechanical that does not have a monkey on it?
Maybe one day! We’ll talk to some of the metal objects in our lives and see if they exhibit any heroic behavior.

I dare you to get a hamster and name them Pancakes.
I had already planned on naming a dog Pancake. Who may or may not have eaten a hamster.

Is Sav actually a sun avatar?
It's true. You’ve found out my secret. 

Don’t sell yourself short, Sav, you’re the dark temple. 

If monkeys can conjure darts out of nowhere, do they sell it to get their desired amount of money?
The monkeys still have to get their darts from the local WallDart and don’t like to waste time selling them when they know they’ll be used soon. 

What is in berserker brew and stronger stimulant? And if alchemist doesn't spill it, then ask him if he tones down the acid and makes it a cream would it make a good massage face mask?
Ginger and turmeric are key ingredients in the Alchemist’s favorite smoothie, so we’re expecting a connection to the potions there. Regarding face masks, what kind of a crazy spa do you go to? Alchemist would let it soak in, no touchie.

What were the names of the unreleased planets in SAS4?
Now we have clever zombies asking questions. We’re not going to let you get there first and pod it up.

Why are there fewer pre-round comments in BTD6 when compared to previous games? Also, is there any map before BTD6 that you regret adding?
Sorry, I just read “BTD6” and “regret adding” and my mind immediately jumped to arctic wind and carrier flagships platforms, now I can’t think of anything else. 

What are your thoughts on the Bloonsday device from BTD5 making a return to BTD6?
The Bloonsday Device is one of Dr. Monkey’s best. He’s always learning from his previous inventions.

What's happening with the forums right now?
There was an issue with our forums for the last few weeks but we have managed to get this working! Thank you for your patience everyone! 


Have a great weekend and happy gaming! 

- Sav and Tarn