Arena 8 Deck: Hog Freeze – Detailed Explanation!

Hello guys, today I am going to show you a new stunning Arena 8 Deck which contains only cards from Arena 4 and below. Sounds great? Also, it contains one of the best combos in game – Hog Rider + Freeze. This combo was shared by Justin. He is the leader of “The Elite”, which is ranked at #5 in the U.S.

Arena 8 Deck

Average Elixir Cost: 3.1 Statistics

Best Arena 8 Deck in Clash Royale

Hog Rider: Hog is one of 2 staples of this awesome Arena 8 Deck. He is the main offensive card of this deck and definitely can’t be replaced. Don’t try to replace him with any card since that will change this deck strategy entirely.

Freeze: Freeze Spell is the other staple of this deck. You can easily use it with every single card in this deck.

Fireball: In this new meta game, it’s crucial to have at least 1 spell damage card in your deck. It’s not required but your deck can’t be viable without it. Rocket and Lighting won’t cut it as they are not cheap splash damage card.

Tesla: Don’t try to replace Tesla with anything else. Without Tesla, this deck would be extremely weak against air troops. It also provides a great defense power for your deck.

Cannon: Because this deck has a very low average Elixir cost (3.1 Elixir), sometimes you have a lot of Elixir on your hand but you are not ready to attack. Thus, Cannon is a nice card to be used in this situation.

Skeletons: This card works very well with the Freeze because they can do a decent amount of damage with just 1 Elixir. Skeletons also can be effectively used to distract the enemies while your defensive buildings are hitting them.

Spear Goblins: Ranged troops with nice damage, they are very useful on both defense and offense. Also, I usually use them to distract the enemy troops just like the Skeletons above. by coupling them with Tesla, you can easily deal with any air attack.

Knight: You can replace him with some other cards but I strongly believe he is working very well with this Arena 8 Deck. All other cards in this deck is very susceptible to splash damage except the Knight. He is also the cheapest one which can counter splash damaging cards. In Legendary Arena, you may face a lot of players using Golem + splash damaging troops (such as Bomber, Princess, Wizard,…). If you use Knight to tank the splash damage then play other small troops to attack either the Golem or the backup troops, it should be good most of the time.

General Gameplan

As I said above, this Arena 8 deck is extremely reliant on Freeze. If you want to skyrocket your rank, being precise with Freeze is the most important thing you should care about.

  • Basically, your offensive strategy is to use Hog + Freeze (and some Spear Goblins If you have enough Elixir). Most of the time, I don’t want to attack first because my opponent has high Elixir and I also want to make some positive Elixir trades, that’s why I usually defend then attack.
  • If your deck is filled with offensive cards, of course you should start attacking, just don’t over-spend.
  • It’s not difficult to defend at all with this deck since we have 2 defensive buildings and Fireball. Also, again, don’t overspend on defense, you want to have more Elixir than the opponent.

After couples of decent defenses, you will have more Elixir than your opponent. It’s time to start launching a huge push!

Basic Tips:

  • At starting, If your opponent doesn’t attack first, simply drop 1 building when you are near 10 Elixir. This is very simple, I know, but I have seen lots of people losing their cool in the middle of the battle and forgetting to use these buildings. Also, don’t drop building too early since it wastes the lifetime of the building.
  • When your opponent is low on Elixir and you have a lot of more Elixir than him, attack!
  • In general, you should place your buildings in the middle of your arena and about 5 tiles above your King’s Tower. Cannon should lean towards the side you are being attacked.
  • Use Skeletons to distract the enemy troops while they are getting hit by your Towers and buildings.
  • Attempt to use Fireball on Barbarians and Minion Horde. If the opponent drops them all at a time, drop Fireball on Barbarians and use Tesla + Spear Goblins to deal with Minions.

Advanced Tips

  • If you want to freeze the opponent buildings, don’t do that immediately. You should wait till your Hog’s HP is about 50% as you can patiently wait to see If the opponent wants to drop troops or not. Using Freeze on troops + buildings is much better than freezing just buildings, right?
  • If you want to Fireball a building which is distracting your running Hog, you should do it early to save the time because your Hog would do more damage than needed.
  • Sometimes you can use Freeze on defenses, when you have defensive buildings. It can give you enough time to deal a ton of damage.
  • If one of the opponent’s towers has very low HP and there is still lots of time left, don’t rush, start targeting the other side. You can finish off the low HP tower anytime with the Fireball.
  • If your opponent has Lightning, you should try to keep only 1 defensive building up at a time so you can drop the another one immediately after your opponent gets rid of the first one, also, by doing this, the Lightning doesn’t get much value.


Golem Decks: Most of the time, It’s pretty easy to deal with Golem Decks. When the opponent drops either Elixir Collector or Golem, take the advantage and use your Hog + Freze combo. Even If you can’t take down the enemy Tower, you still can deal a ton of damage. On defense, use your Knight to take down supporting troops behind the Golems and use other cards to attack the Golem.

Building Decks: This is definitely the hardest matchup against our deck. You need to use the Fireball a lot and make sure you can damage both buildings and the enemy troops at the same time. On offense, you should use more Elixir than you would to reinforce your push. Most of the time, I end up with a draw against these guys.

P.E.K.K.A Decks: It’s not hard to deal with P.E.K.K.As since you have Spear Goblins and Skeletons in this Arena 8 Deck. Just use the Hog Freeze combo on the other side when your opponent drops his PEKKA.

Prince + Dark Prince: This combo is very popular these days. Make sure your buildings are ready all the time for their attacks. You should drop your Knight to take both charges first then play other troops behind the enemy Prince. Most attackers would drop the Dark Prince first so your buildings can take him down pretty quickly while the Prince getting distracted by your small troops.

X-Bow and Mortar Decks: To deal with these decks, you need to have a decent number of skills in game. Once one of your Towers gets attacked, you should protect it and aim for that side for the rest of the battle. Drop buildings as soon as possible on the side your opponent is targeting. You should be fine as your small troops can easily distract those buildings and any other troop while your defensive buildings are dealing damage. Your Tesla can easily attack the X-Bow/Cannon If they can target your Towers. You also can drop Cannon in front of your Towers to soak damage from the Mortar.


Videos of this Arena 8 Deck will be added soon.

Trust me, this Arena 8 deck is very very amazing. I have been using it for a while and everything is just smooth.

Don’t hesitate to comment If you need any help or any suggestion. Also, please share this Arena 8 Deck with your friends If you like it. Thanks for reading guys!

  • Luca Stalpers

    Would this work in arena 4? I’ve got all the cards so it would be nice to test it.

    • Will Potter

      Of course. It does work in Arena 4 for sure, but it requires some decent skills in game.
      You can use some easier Decks If you find it hard to use this one.

  • fgds

    btw it’s 3.5 average elixir 🙂

    • Adam

      That’s because the cannon still says 6 elixir like it did before the update, now that it only costs 3 it is only 3.1 average elixir.

    • Will Potter

      The Cannon image is pretty old as Adam said. I’m gonna update this!

  • allya .pixie

    Lighting or fireball?? 😐

    • Will Potter

      It’s Fireball. Of course mate!

  • Lucas BeAben

    Any More Tips Will Potter. i really need some

  • bc0

    Cannon seems underwhelming, does musketeer or wizard work better?

    • Will Potter

      Hello bc0,
      Nah, Cannon is much better!

      • bc0

        With cannon you don’t do enough damage and tie more often. Musketeer is good for poking too and can take care of ranged troops.

      • bc0

        what about goblins for skeletons

        • Will Potter

          Yea you can do that as well :D.

  • appshotr
  • Jessen xu

    Using goblin or minions instead of skel, is it better?

    • Jessen xu

      And also how to deal with goblin barrel? When i used arrow, i just simply put in on tower but how if i used fireball

      • Will Potter

        Hi Jessen,
        You have Skeletons, Goblins and Knight. Just simply drop them next to the Tower to deal with Barrel!

    • Will Potter

      Yes, you can replace Skeletons with Goblins!

  • Samuel Lavalaye

    What is the best way to attack, I try this deck in arena 6 to push to 2200+ trophies. But it’s hard to go to arena 7, or are any other deck bether to push to arena 7?

    • Will Potter

      Sometimes It’s not because of the Deck. It’s because of your level and your card level. Level 7 in Arena 6 is not bad at all, for sure!

    • Lucas BeAben

      i got to arena 7 with this deck with low lvl cards for my lvl 😀

      • Will Potter

        Awesome 😀

  • Nico Oblak

    How to deal with the Sekelton Army on our Hog?

    • Will Potter

      You can use Fireball to deal with the Skeleton Army. I haven’t faced many opponents using Skeleton Army in Arena 8 :(.

  • Lucas BeAben

    Nice Deck im soon in arena 7

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! Good luck to you further Lucas!

  • RGM

    I have a Lv4 Valk, would that be better than a Lv5 Knight?

    • Will Potter

      Knight is still the best choice IMO. But you can try to replace him with Valkyrie dude!

  • Lucas BeAben

    Will Potter is there any chance i can do a friendly battle with you 😀

    • Will Potter

      Ewww I will tell you when I have time, for sure man!

      • Lucas BeAben

        When we do that battle can you use this deck ?

  • Fabian Kool

    Ash, I see some high ranked people using als so Hog + Freeze builds, but then instead of the knight they have normal goblins and instead of spear goblins they use arrow and for the rest the exactly the same cards. Do you know why this is? And what do you think about that??

    • Will Potter

      It’s up to you mate. I also have seen lots of players using the same Deck as above :D.
      Goblins is great, but somehow I like using Knight instead of them!

      • Fabian Kool

        Thanks for your fast reply! And what about the arrows? Since I think they are decent, since all the minnion hordes and skelleteon armys

        • Will Potter

          Oh sorry, I forget the Arrows.
          Yes, Arrows is great but you already have 2 Spells. I don’t think Arrows is a good choice since you can’t use it on offense properly :(.

    • Lucas BeAben

      fabian i think the knight is so much betyer cuz tou wanna have somerhing to cunter splash dmg cards 😀

    • Ishmam

      Haha I have the exact same replacements! 😀 Goblins for knight n arrows for spear goblins. Have u ever played a guy named BrainyDude18?

  • RichJoker

    This is the deck that I’ve been using since a week ago, and I can say that it greatly boosts my winning chance. Could you upload videos/give more advance tips to counter Mortar and X-Bow decks though? Those 2 decks, when paired with tesla and cannon are very devastating towards this deck.

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! Thank you very much for sharing this buddy! I am working on this Deck and gonna post new tips as soon as possible!

  • Fabian Kool

    This deck is going to get hit hard by the patch I think, with the tesla and cannon nerf:(

    • Will Potter

      I will try to improve it with the same idea :D. Thank you very much Fabian!

      • Sam L

        Look forward to seeing the upated version… i had a lot of success in arena 5 with it, but hit a bad run and got bumped back to arena 4. Too many hut decks in 4 for this one to be that effective in my opinion.

  • Lueq

    Can I replace the goblins with archers? I prefer archers

    • Will Potter

      Yes you can do that If you like using Archers more. It’s okay mate!

  • Lucas BeAben

    Will potter i made a remake off this deck and it even works better got me as a lvl 7 to 2200 tp

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Can you share it mate?

      • Lucas BeAben

        Ya sure

        • Will Potter

          very nice! Thank you very much mate!

          • Lucas BeAben

            LOL Srry remake xd just change tesla to baby drag

          • Lucas BeAben

            also you can change knight to a valk

          • Will Potter

            LOL xD

          • Lucas BeAben

            When can i face you ?

  • Lucas BeAben

    also it works good with the new balance

  • Rómulo Escobar

    This deck is so popular! The main idea is spam all of your low elixir cards in order to play your hog rider many times as you can and keep the pressure on the towers…

    But they use to play with Goblins and Lightning Spell (No Tesla and no Fire Ball) same elixir average I think

    All low elixir cards are just for defense only attack with Hog-freeze or Hog- Lightning. The lightning really help hog to remove the building and deal extra damage to the towers…. When is elixir x2 time is when this deck really shine… Its a spamer xD

    • Will Potter

      I usually try to gain elixir advantage then launch a big push with this deck. Not really spam the Hog every time xD.

  • Ishmam

    This deck works awesome! Just swapped the knight with goblins & spear goblins with arrows. Works great!

    I usually launch a push using Hog + Goblins & sometimes adding in the skeletons with them. When I freeze the tower & the troops, the hog does very good damage, of course, but the goblins do an insane amount of damage!! Like goblin barrels lol.

    Thanks for this deck!

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this buddy. I’m very glad when I read comments like this. It’s my pleasure!

      • ClaSh oN

        Best site ever, i just used it and won 40 trophies!!
        P.S. I know why I got them, but it might be a sign, I’ll use this deck forever!!!
        P.S. P.S. I’m in arena 5, and my hog is level 4, and my freeze spell is 1, but it’s better than nothing.

        • Will Potter

          Thank you very much very much for sharing this and good luck further buddy!

  • arienai

    Hi, potter. what do u think of replacing cannon with inferno tower? thanks for the deck 😀

    • Will Potter

      Hello mate,
      Cannon is much better for this deck and this meta game IMO :D.
      You are very welcome dude! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • Bob Smith

    Do not use this deck, or several others listed on this site. They have absolutely no clue what they are talking about. I have tried several of the decks featured and none are even competitive in Arena 6, much less Arena 7 or 8. The deck mentioned in this article would get absolutely destroyed in Arena 7 and especially 8.

    And before you assume I don’t know what I am doing I am ranked third in my clan and have been playing since Clash Royale was available on Android. I am currently on Arena 7 with the deck I built that consists of:

    1.) Arrows 2.) Valkyrie 3.) Goblin Barrel 4.) Baby Dragon 5.) Hog Rider 6.) Skeleton Army 7.) Prince 8.) Goblin Hut

    I wanted to switch it up a bit and try different decks to see if I could push higher into Arena 7 since I am not drawing cards for my Epic troops. This deck and others I have tried utterly fail!

    • Septic Venom9

      not all deck on this site are “terrible.” I am currently using one deck that has currently reached my highest score 2500.

      I am currently using a deck that consists of:
      Minion Horde
      Inferno Tower
      Hog Rider
      Zap / Freeze
      Spear Goblins
      Goblin Barrel

      I found this deck not long ago on this site and its gotten me from 1300 trophies to 1700 trophies on my second account in a matter of minutes.

      • Will Potter

        Thanks for sharing this buddy!

    • MadDogz

      Bob there many different ways to use decks. Some decks you just aren’t skilled with like everyone. Try and find a deck that matches your play style.

    • Zigge

      Hey man, this site is really good and they people her post really good decks which I’ve helped my friends with and I’ve gotten to Legendary Arena with a couple of them, some decks are outdated but the most are good in the current meta. If you don’t like this site, just simply don’t view it. Maybe you’re just not skilled enough to use some decks.

  • Lueq

    So yeah I achieved the Arena 7 but i changed the other cards of the deck

    • Will Potter

      That’s great If you can share your deck. Congrats buddy!

  • Alex

    I would like to give you a big thank you ! I’m a big fan of clashroyalearena since I used a lot of websites about CR and this one is the best. I just wanted to tell you that you are doing an excellent job and I want to answer to all these people saying the builds on this website are bad. It all depend on your playstyle and you have to find the deck that is the best for you. I used a lot of decks in CR from CR arena and I also lost trophies trying to understand them. Since I’m level 6 I mainly use this deck now I’m level 7 since 2 days and I’m 2400 trophies. Now Will just remember you are doing an excellent job and fuck the haters. (Btw sorry I’m french I certainly did many mistakes)

    • Will Potter

      Hello Alex,
      I really appreciate it man! You just gave me the motivation!

  • Mobasser Azim

    well,my hog rider is only lvl3 now and im in arena 6 :/ i wish i could use this deck…seems promising

    • Will Potter

      I think you will give it a try soon man!

  • Septic Venom9

    I was a fan of hog freeze decks ever since i got the Freeze + Hog.
    I haven’t really tried out this deck or any hog freeze deck lately but this one seems like a good one that I might use later on. Keep up the great work mate. 😀

    • Will Potter

      Thank you very much buddy! Good luck further!

  • Antonio Jambus

    hello Admin, i love your site, i learn a lot from you guys, i love this deck too, but i noticing some high cpu usage when i open your site. it make my Firefox sort of lagging a bit. hope you guys can fix it coz i always come here when im stuck at trophy, haha

    sorry for bad englando

    • Will Potter

      Hello Antonio! Thanks for visiting my blog mate!
      I have no idea about this for sure :(. I have been visiting this website, of course, for months but I have no problem so far :(.

  • Quốc Hưng Lê

    baby dragon is really hard to kill with spear gob and tesla tower 🙁

  • Vivan

    What deck should I use to go from arena 7-8
    P.S. I’m a level 8 mostly in arena 6-7, all cards except dark prince and legendaries


    It sucks

    • Will Potter