Clash Royale Troop Cards Guide

Troop cards in Clash Royale are the bread and butter of the game. These are the units that you send into battle in an attempt to destroy your opponents Crown Towers. Knowing when to play the right Clash Royale troop cards is an important key to success in the game. Some Troops are better suited for offensive attacks, while others are best played in a defensive strategy. Together, some troop combos can be very effective and deadly in the game.

Clash Royale Troop Cards – Troop by Troop

Here is a run-down of all the Clash Royale troop cards, along with suggestions on how to best put them into play and how to counter them.

Archers

cpClashRoyaleArchersA pair of unarmored ranged attackers. They’ll help you with ground and air unit attacks, but you’re on your own with coloring your hair.
The Archers are unlocked from the Training Camp (Tutorial) arena, making them one of the first troop cards you can use in the game. Playing this card summons 2 single target, medium range Archers with medium hit points.
Archers are effective at supporting high hit point troops, such as Giants. They can be used effectively to counter low hit point troops like Minions, Spear Goblins and Goblins. Archers can be countered with minor troops and the defensive support of the player’s Crown Towers. Wait for the Archers to come to the player’s territory, spawning low hit point troops to distract them.
When left alone, Archers can do significant damage to Crown Towers. Combined with the Zap, they can easily eliminate a Minion Horde.
Best Used For: Archers are squishy and should never lead an attack. Use them to counter-attack or better to back up another unit (they like hiding behind Giants).
How To Counter: Almost any ground unit, such as a Knight or Barbarians, can effectively counter Archers.

Baby Dragon

Clash Royale - Baby DragonFlying troop that deals area damage. Baby dragons hatch cute, hungry, and ready for a barbeque.
The Baby Dragon is unlocked from the Training Camp (Tutorial) arena. They are one of the first elite troop cards that you can earn in Clash Royale. The Baby Dragon is an area damage, short range troop with moderate hit points.
Receiving a Baby Dragon right after finishing the Tutorial is a big advantage for Goblin Stadium, since only a few enemies can attack it. Its attacks deal area damage, so it can easily defeat Archers, Spear Goblins and Skeletons from the Witch or the Skeleton Army. The Baby Dragon’s area damage, allows it to effectively support and protect key units such as the Giant and the Giant Skeleton from mass, low-hit point units that will deal high damage.
You can pair the Baby Dragon with the Prince. The Baby Dragon takes out the swarms of low hit point troops while the Prince charges at the Arena Towers. This is extremely effective at lower levels as most troops early on can not target the Baby Dragon.
Best Used For: Defeating large groups of small ground units. Effective as an air-based tank unit in many situations.
How to Counter: The main strength of a Baby Dragon is that it is tough to defend. The Musketeer, Tesla and Inferno are all effective counters.

Balloon

Clash Royale - BalloonAs pretty as they are, you won’t want a parade of THESE balloons showing up on the horizon. Drops powerful bombs and when shot down, crashes dealing area damage.
The Balloon is an elite troop card that is unlocked from the Bone Pit (Arena 2). It is a single target, aerial troop with high hit points.
The Balloon targets buildings (such as Crown Towers). It deals a massive amount of damage with its dropped bombs. When the Balloon is destroyed it drops a weaker, area damage bomb which damages nearby troops and buildings.
The Balloon is most effective for destroying Crown Towers because of its high damage. Its damage potential is best backed up with the Freeze spell, which, if used properly, can completely disable all resistance to the Balloon. When an opposing Balloon spawns, destroy it as fast as you can. Its high damage can be devastating if it reaches your buildings.
Best Used For: Taking out towers! Pair with Rage or Freeze spells for devastation below!
How to Counter: Air defense! Minion Horde and Inferno Tower are very effective counters. Another great option is to distract an incoming ballon by placing a building.

Barbarians

Clash Royale - BarbariansA horde of swordsmen with mean mustaches and even meaner tempers.
The Barbarians are one of the most common Clash Royale troop cards to play, due to their versatility. They are unlocked from the Barbarian Bowl (Arena 3). Playing the card summons four single target, melee Barbarians with moderate hit points. Barbarians wield long swords, and have blonde hair and are well-known for their amazing mustaches. Handsome and intimidating all at the same time.
The Barbarians are effective for tanking and dealing damage. They are a great option to use against a wide variety of enemy cards and Crown Towers, as the spawned troops have a moderate amount of hit points and damage, and are perfect in attacks in conjunction with ranged support troops like Archers or Musketeers.
Barbarians are often a great transition troop, as they can be used effectively on defense and then (presuming they’ve survived the threat) provide a very strong charge on attack.

Bomber

Clash Royale - BomberSmall, lightly protected skeleton that throws bombs. Deals damage that can wipe out a swarm of enemies.
The Bomber is an area damage, medium range troop with low hit points, but a very strong attack. He is a great defensive troop, and is very effective against swarms, including Barbarians, Goblins, Spear Goblins and the Skeleton Army. The main disadvantages of the Bomber are his low health and extreme vulnerability to air units.
Best Used For: The Bomber is best used to defend against swarms, or in support of a tank unit, such as the Giant or the Prince.
How to Counter: Almost any single troop can easily destroy the Bomber. Take care not to counter him with grouped units, or you’ll suffer disproportionate damage.

Dark Prince

Clash Royale - Dark PrinceThe Dark Prince deals area damage and lets his spiked club do the talking for him – because when he does talk, it sounds like he has a bucket on his head.

The Dark Prince is a high hit point, melee troop that does significant splash damage. He’s highly effective against swarms of opposing ground troops, including Goblins, Spear Goblins, the Skeleton Army, and Barbarians. He has a special rush attack that causes 2x damage to his principal target and any surrounding enemy targets.

He carries a shield (which has its own health bar) that protects him from attacks.

The Dark Prince is unlocked in the Royal Arena (Arena 7).

Best Used For: The Dark Prince is best used to defend and counter-attack against swarms of enemy troops. He’s particularly effective when paired with the Prince. The Dark Prince will take care of enemy swarms, allowing the Prince to focus on important single targets, such as enemy towers.

How to Counter: Use a high hit point single troop to counter the Dark Prince, such as a Knight, Prince or another Dark Prince.

Fire Spirits

Clash Royale - Fire SpiritsThese three Fire Spirits are on a kamikaze mission to give you a warm hug. It’d be adorable if they weren’t on fire.

Fire Spirits are low hit point troops that launch at their target, and kill themselves in the process, causing splash damage. They are very effective against weak swarms of troops, such as Goblins, Spear Goblins, Minions, and the Minion Horde. The low elixir cost of Fire Spirits (only 2 elixir) makes them a very elixir-efficient counter. Generally, Fire Spirits are only useful on defense and cause very low damage against crown towers.

Best Used For: Defense against swarming troops.

How to Counter: Any high hit point single troop that performs well against swarms.

Giant

Clash Royale Troops - GiantSlow but durable, only attacks buildings. A real one-man wrecking crew!

The Giant is a slow-moving high health brute who serves a single primary purpose — tanking. He aims straight for buildings and ignores everything else in his path. He’s primarily used as a shield for other attacking units, such as Archers, Musketeers, or Goblins and Spear Goblins. He’ll absorb damage from defensive troops and buildings, allowing your higher-damage troops to do their work.
The Giant is unlocked in the Training Camp, and is therefore one of the most popular Clash Royale troop cards available early in the game.

Best Used For: Meat shield! Drop your Giant and then place damage dealing units behind him as he crosses the bridge into enemy territory. He’ll soak up the damage from defenses. If he reaches a tower, he’ll smash it with devastating punches.

Hot tip: The Giant + Goblin Barrel is a very effective technique to use if your Giant makes it all the way to a Crown Tower unscathed. Once the Crown Target starts shooting at your Giant, it won’t stop until he’s dead. If you launch a Goblin Barrel just after the Tower targets him, your goblin attackers will be unscathed during their vicious attack.

How to Counter: The Giant is highly susceptible to swarm and air defenses. The Skeleton Army, Goblins, Spear Goblins, Minions, Minion Horde and even Barbarians are all effective counters for an attacking Giant.

You can also counter the Giant by distracting him with a different building. A low-cost building such as the Tombstone will distract him from attacking your Crown Towers and provide you with the chance to summon better defenses.

Giant Skeleton

Clash Royale Troops - Giant SkeletonThe bigger the skeleton, the bigger the bomb. Carries a bomb that blows up when the Giant Skeleton dies.

The Giant Skeleton is a fearsome single-attack melee unit with high health and a powerful punch. He also carries a really big bomb that drops to the ground once he is killed. The Giant Skeleton’s singular purpose in (his short) life is to carry that bomb to a Crown Tower, where it will cause enormous damage upon his death.

However, the Giant Skeleton is easily distracted by other units. Unlike the Giant, he does not ignore attacking troops in his path.

Best Used For: Attacking Crown Towers. If you think you can get a clear path to an enemy tower, the Giant Skeleton can do a lot of damage, both with his strong attacks and bomb damage upon his death.

How to Counter: The Giant Skeleton is easily countered with swarm troops, such as the Skeleton Army or Minion Horde.

Here’s a full list of the remaining Troop Cards in Supercell’s Clash Royale!

  • Goblins
  • Golem
  • Guards
  • Hog Rider
  • Ice Wizard
  • Knight
  • Lava Hound
  • Miner
  • Mini P.E.K.K.A.
  • Minion Horde
  • Minions
  • Musketeer
  • P.E.K.K.A.
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Royal Giant
  • Skeleton Army
  • Skeletons
  • Sparky
  • Spear Goblins
  • Three Muketeers
  • Valkyrie
  • Witch
  • Wizard