Bloons TD Battles 2 is finally out on Steam, and the frantic balloon popping fun returns in full glory. This sequel takes the crazy tower defense action of the original and ramps it up to 11. If you’ve never played the previous games or don’t know what it’s all about, it can get pretty overwhelming, especially when playing against experienced players.
But don’t fret. We’ve got some beginner tips and tricks that’ll help you hit the ground running in Bloons TD Battles 2.
Upgrade the Right Towers First
While Battles 2 is a pretty straightforward game, it’s pretty easy to find yourself gimped in the lower levels. The primary way you can find yourself struggling is by not leveling up the right towers. Wizard Monkey is a good starting point. Concentrate on ranking this little guy up until you get Wall of Fire. This will allow you to take out large groups of Bloons. Following that, go for Shimmer because it’ll reveal camoed Bloons.
Next, you’ll want to work on Bomb Shooter and Tack Shooter. Start by getting Heavy Bombs and Cluster Bombs with the former so you can do some real damage, even during rushes. For Tack Shooter, go for Even Faster Shooting and Tack Sprayer.
Stay in Red Bloon Camp
I know that you want to climb the ranks as quickly as possible to prove your mettle in Battles 2. However, there’s a downside to moving through the camps too fast. By speeding through, you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed by opponents with high-tier towers while you’re still trying to get your or second tower up to spec. For this reason, let yourself stay in the Red Bloon Camp. It’s a noob town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something out of it. For one, you’ll get to rank up your towers with ease. Even more importantly, you’ll get the hang of the game and its rhythm by playing against players of a similar skill level.
Get the VIP Pass
Bloons TD Battles 2 is a free-to-play game, and there’s nothing wrong with not paying for anything. The VIP Pass may not cost much for a single month, but it can quickly ramp up if you keep paying for it. If you’re not about that life, then we suggest you at least grab the 90-day pass at least once. The main draw of the VIP Pass in Battles 2 is the triple XP you receive. If you plan on spending a good amount of time in the game, earning three times the experience for three months will level up your account considerably. The experience can then be used for all sorts of upgrades and purchases.
Send Out Your Bloons Immediately
When in battle, don’t waste your time placing towers and heroes during round start. Just send out your red Bloons immediately. This may sound a bit counterintuitive, but you’ll notice that your opponents are doing this as well. Call it the metagame or an unspoken rule, but Battles 2 players just let their Bloons out right off the bat, so don’t allow yourself to stay behind.
Understand How Eco Works
Eco refers to the money that you generate during each match that you can use to build towers, send Bloons and perform upgrades. Unlike previous games, Battles 2 doesn’t give you Eco by popping Bloons. Instead, it steadily increases in 6-second increments, which can ramp up based on your Bloons sends. There’s also Banana Farms which can add more Eco over time. Managing your money during battle is key to ensuring you always have enough resources to compete against your opponent.