Best Lava Hound Deck

Hello guys, I am Bellator_Gaius and I really want to share my new Lava Hound Deck in Clash Royale with you guys! And I hope you will like it!

I got the Lava Hound from an Super Magical Chest recently and decided to experiment with it. It pushed me to 2952 with 8/5.5/2 (old record 2600s). It isn’t as versatile as the other Legendaries but if you build a deck around it it can be very strong. I haven’t been able to break into 3000 trophies (I always tilt when I hit 2850 and I just start getting pissed and tilt harder) yet but I believe it’s possible with this deck. Lava Hound + Princess in particular will be a very potent combination; however I don’t have the Princess so I can’t experiment with that.

Treat your Lava Hound as a tank that will almost always reach the tower, and also as a component of an AOE test. The weak link is your ground troops being on their own against their ground melee troops. Your Lava Hound will likely be able to absorb ground ranged attacks so that isn’t a concern for your troops.

Lava Hound Deck Clash Royale

My Clash Royale Lava Hound Deck

Clash Royale Lava HoundClash Royale elixir collectorClash Royale PoisonClash Royale Minions
Clash Royale CannonClash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.AClash Royale WizardClash Royale Spear Goblins


Lava Hound (LV1)

Rarity: Legendary

Elixir Cost: 7 | HP: 2900 | DPS: 26

Lava Pups: x6 | Lava Pup HP: 165 | Lava Pup DPS: 45

The Lava Hound is your main tank in this deck. Position it in such a way that it will avoid centralized buildings. Do not let it burst before reaching the tower. Minion Horde will do this readily. Either prepare arrows, Lv 4 poison, or bring in a wizard. The other major threat is the Inferno Tower. There is no good answer to an Inferno Tower if it is placed far in, but if it’s placed relatively close to the edge, let your Minions, Spear Goblins, and other cheap troops distract the Tower.

Poison (LV4)

Rarity: Epic

Elixir Cost: 4 | DPS: 55 | CT DPS: 22

At tournament levels (mine is only Lv 2 so it doesn’t work), Poison is a good answer, offensively, to a Minion Horde (dies in two ticks) when your wizard isn’t available. It kills Spear Goblins. It is also especially useful against Musketeer and Wizards, though it will not kill them, but it will weaken them enough to lower their counterpush potential. You can also trade a Poison with an Elixir Collector, though to get maximum value use it either defensively against a big push or as assistance to the Lava Hound. You can substitute Poison with Freeze, but it is less versatile, but more offensive. The point of Poison is not to protect the Lava Hound, but to protect the Lava Pups.

Elixir Collector (LV7)

Rarity: Rare

Elixir Cost: 5 | HP: 1126

Be careful when using the Elixir Collector; don’t give your opponent a window of opportunity for attacking. Don’t play the Elixir Collector in the beginning if your deck lacks enough defensive components, unless the opponent plays it too. For best results place it behind the Arena Tower or between for a hog lure after cannon. You can replace this with the Inferno Tower for better defense, or any other <5 elixir unit.

Minions (LV9)

Rarity: Common

Elixir Cost: 3 | Count: 3 | HP: 190 | DPS: 84

The minions are primarily used defensively or as assistance to the Lava Hound to distract Inferno Tower. Try to use them on ground melee targets or ground ranged that are preoccupied with the Lava Hound. You can use the Minion Horde instead for better defense against other big push decks at the cost of a higher elixir cost during a push.

Mini P.E.K.K.A (LV7)

Rarity: Rare

Elixir Cost: 4 | HP: 1056 | DPS: 317

Mini PEKKA is the most efficient counter to Royal Giants in the current meta, and also pretty powerful against ground troops during a push. It can easily sneak in a few hundred damage on a crown tower, but those circumstances are rare. You can substitute Mini PEKKA with Valkyrie for better counter to Barbarians, at the cost of being slightly more vulnerable to Royal Giants. Mini PEKKAs can also stall Prince and DP for a bit, but valks are definitely better at this. When facing a fast cycle hog deck you’ll at times need to use Mini Pekka against the hog instead of cannon.

Spear Goblins (LV9)

Rarity: Common

Elixir Cost: 3 | Count: 3 | HP: 110 | DPS: 38


Easily replaceable with Stab gobs. Spear Goblins are versatile enough in many different situations but they aren’t really powerful enough. You can replace them with Archers too.

Cannon (LV9)

Rarity: Common

Elixir Cost: 3 | HP: 848 | DPS: 158

Play this card smartly. You will need this to give you maximum benefits.

Wizard (LV7)

Rarity: Rare

Elixir Cost: 5 | HP: 598 | DPS: 134

Best support to the Lava Hound, capable of melting minion hordes and do good damage to the crown tower. Due to the prevalence of Minion Hordes as the auto-counter to Lava Hound, Musketeers aren’t as good as the Wizard. The Wizard should also be used defensively against Barbarians, and swarm type troops. Barbarians are a great counter to Wizard, so either bait out the Barbs or bring a valk. It’s up to you.


This deck is pretty weak to Three Musketeer decks (Poison is too slow), somewhat weak to P/DP, Pekka/P/DP decks. You can watch the video to see how I play against different decks, but the usual applies: e.g. lure P/DP with cannon, stall with gobs, wiz/mini pekka for extra damage, poison if it’s a huge push.


Other Lava Hound Decks

I believe there are three ways to build a Lava Hound deck.

AoE Test

Your Lava Hound acts as a tank and a part of an AOE test. Take care not to group up any of other AOE-test components near the lava hound.

Princess is a superb choice for this deck. The weak link is that your lava hound won’t tank ground melee troops, so prepare to have an answer for that (valks/mini Pekkas/barbs). If possible, place your princess to the edge of the map to prevent center ranged troops from having an easy snipe on your princess.

Goblin Barrel is weaker than when it’s utilized on a GS-based AOE test, but they can deal significant damage.

Freeze is the ideal spell here. When your Lava Hound pops and the opponent has already wasted an AOE spell, make sure their ground ranged troops can’t target the lava pups. This will allow the pups to deal significant damage, and in the current meta people don’t realize the danger of lava pups because they’re rarely seen.


Although GoVaHo isn’t really prominent in Clash Royale, we can at least bring in another popular strategy, LaLoon, into Clash Royale and it fits nicely. The Lava Hound will be able to tank for the loon and the loon tries to do significant damage.

You will want to have elixir advantage for such a costly yet fragile push. Elixir Collectors can be very handy.

Your defense is also very weak because both La and Loon are completely useless against any form of ground assault. Your other 6 cards should be as versatile and cheap as possible.

You will need to have an answer to Minions/Minion Hordes, as well as an answer to wizard/musketeer placed behind the balloon. Possible cards here are arrows (Poison is too slow), Lightning (crown + wiz/musketeer + IT is the best value Lightning you’d ever see), Wizard (AOE on Minions), Mini Pekka (damage on Wiz/Musketeer). This is an extremely costly push but can outright kill a tower if done right. You need to be very careful when playing LaLoon.

Rage and Freeze are ideal spells here.

Traditional Beatdown

The advantage of Lava Hound over all other beatdown tanks is that it does not get distracted by centralized towers. There are also much less answers to it than Golems or Pekkas. In the current meta a lot of people are not realizing that and place cannon after cannon on the center.

The chief challenge here is to ensure your damage dealers, who are most probably ground based, do not die to ground melee/cannon.

Wizard is an extremely useful support to kill off minions.

Poison is the ideal spell here.

Okay guys so that’s everything I want to say about Lava Hound Deck in Clash Royale. Hope you enjoyed my guide and will be able to get lots of trophies with it in the future!

  • Leo roy

    Nice guide!

    By the way, should I get baby dragon or prince.I know epics don’t matter but I only have witch and I only want one more epic. I’m finding it hard in arena 3

    • Will Potter

      Thank you Leo roy!

      Hmmm I think you should give Baby Dragon a try but it’s up to you!

      • Leo roy

        Thank you for the reply. Should I try that arena 3 deck with the baby dragon?

        • Ishmam

          Baby dragon is good for defence cuz of it’s splash damage, but Prince is an excellent rushing card. Up to u!

        • Will Potter

          You can use Baby Dragon in lots of decks! He is such a useful card xD

          • Leo roy

            I’m kind of stuck at 700-800 cups.the only epics I have are: witch, giant skeleton and lightning. I have all the rare and commons from arena 1-3

      • Luis Plaza

        Hey, Will im currently in arena 5 1650 trophies and im stuck in 1500-1600 trophy range. Do you suggest any decks for me to use?

  • Leo roy

    Nice guide

  • Leo roy

    Should I get prince or baby dragon

  • Leo roy

    I have enough gold

  • zwstinat

    I just don’t know why poison. Poison sucks. The best lava hound deck shoule be:
    lava hound
    baby dragon
    spear goblins

    • Daniel Gao

      poison is useful in a lot of situations, but yeah, freeze is better.

    • Masta Kush

      Baby dragon alone isn’t enough aoe dps to cover lava hound alone. You don’t even have an aoe spell card. Your lava hound would get wrecked by any card that negated baby dragon

  • Leo roy

    So I should get baby dragon?

  • Ishmam

    Will how can I post my deck in this site?

    • DEV!!!

      You cant. Ask a mod

      • Ishmam

        How? Many people have had theirs posted here. & how & who exactly do I ask?

        • DEV!!!

          People ask Will to post their deck.

          • Ishmam

            Where should I ask him? In any post?

          • DEV!!!


          • Ishmam

            Thanks, I don’t see him reply much now so I posted once on a recent post but no replies for 2 days so…

          • Will Potter

            Just send your guide to the Facebook Fanpage mate:

            Otherwise, you can write it on pastebin and send me your link!

          • Septic Venom9

            when i send u my deck cant you just make up some words. cus last time i sent you a deck you said “not enough words to make a post”

          • Masta Kush

            Lol! How are the readers supposed to know what to play and when? You can’t just have a random list of cards ok a guide page….

    • Will Potter

      Hello man,
      You can send me your deck via out facebook fanpage:

  • Tan3758

    O yeah defeated arena 5 guy

    • Will Potter

      Is is using Lava Hound?

  • Tan3758

    I created three more jokes!

    What do you call an ice wizard and a wizard combo?.

    How do you distract a pekka?
    Throw him butterflies 😀

    What did the bald barbarian do?
    Topped his hair “noodles”!

    • Will Potter

      *Throw her Butterflies xD

      • Septic Venom9

        same XD

  • Revenger

    Which clan is Bellator_Gaius in? I have princess and lava hound. I don’t know what to experiment with princess or lava hound.


    can someone tell me how to counter lava hound? its hard to counter even using minions horde since opponents use wizards etc

    • jchen5012

      Inferno tower/tesla

  • SparksAndThunder

    I got a lava hound on monday morning frm golden chest when i was on my way to school…its a really great card but it can be distracted easily…i am stuck in arena 5 1600-1700 range…i was about to get demoted to arena 4 when i got him and got to arena 6 in 20 minutes….but got demoted to arena 5 :P,,my deck is really good now unstoppable im currently aiming for royal deck-
    -Lava Hound
    elixir cost 3.8
    all cards are lvl 8 commons,lvl 5 rares,lvl 1 legendary XD…
    i use the strategy of deploying valkryie followed by wizard and lava hound on top when the countdown comes to below 60….This deck is better than urs (probably)as this is my main deck now and i use it permanently so i have made it the best possible out there.lava hound is my blockbuster now…
    belatine ur guide is good and i hope u will make more of them but the elixir costs in ur deck is high(4.1)….also btw this is certainly not the best deck.the topic is wrong.The topic is also wrong…
    also dont talk like ur a pro and stuff.The perfect deck depends on the players choice of careful while making guides like these.U also didnt tell if u have a lava hound,so how can u tell the best deck for a card without even testing it?


    • Will Potter

      This is so cool! Thank you so so much man and good luck!

    • Nate

      Hey Skarpo, your deck seems very good. Bellator_Gaius’ deck has the elixir pump however, and yours doesn’t so it is not as expensive as it suggests at first. Also, I’m sure there is no “best deck”, everybody has their own playing style. For example, I am at 2700 trophies with a Lava Hound Balloon combo. Though it is working really well for me, I for sure wouldn’t call it the best deck or a perfect deck, nobody’s deck is. Instead of slamming the opinions and thoughts of the author of this post, maybe focus more on the positive side. After all, I’m sure you have had one loss with your deck…

  • Sameer Sharma

    This is my deck… works for me

    • Will Potter

      What Arena are you in now?
      Thanks for sharing this anyway! Your rock!

      • Sameer Sharma

        Arena 6

  • Nicholas Drew Sessions

    You guys can try this deck.
    Or instead of minions use wizard.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks mate!

  • Krissy

    Is it okay to change the spear goblins with an ice wizard?

    • Will Potter

      Yes It’s totally okay buddy! Just give it a try! Good luck!

  • Hey i am lvl 9 wt. 3 legendaries; lava, princess, miner, im at 3010 trophies and NEED A DECK. My clan is called Ruin with purple background crescent moon logo, always 48-50 players. (28000 trophies area) plz join if u have any feedback! Name: The Overlord. Also have plenty of experience, i started before world release wt some kids canadian Apple id i got off of coc.

    • Will Potter

      So sorry because I am very busy these days but I hope someone here can help you :(.

  • Aayush Rai

    I got Lava Hound in a free chest today. But I am stuck at arena 5 and can’t move to arena 6. I don’t have any arena 6 card. I have each and every card till arena 5. Even all epics. Except Ice Wizard. Please give me a deck.

    • Will Potter

      Hey mate,
      Congrats, you are so luck! But, I don’t think Lava Hound Deck works well in Arena 5.
      Why don’t just give other decks a chance mate?

      • Aayush Rai

        So from which arena should i use Lava Hound? And also give me an Arena 5 deck which I can use to push to Arena 6.

        • Will Potter

          Personally I think Lava Hound can be used at Arena 8 and above.

          • Aayush Rai

            now i have reached arena 8 (frozen peak), now please give me a lava-loon deck because my loon is lvl 3.

    • Storm

      Hey I see your having some trouble, try prince, zap, mini pekka, fire spirits, fireball, archers and inferno tower and do something like spear goblins or another spell. You can do goblin barrel or arrows which work. This deck got me to royal arena. Good luck, Stormana27

  • John Cheek

    Would this working arena 6?

  • Nate

    I’m into the 3000s with my lava hound deck
    Lava hound
    Elixir collector
    Mini pekka
    Ice wizard
    Hog rider
    I have saved up over 40k to buy the princess but I feel each card is good in this deck.
    I’m thinking to replace it over musketeer. Any suggestions?

  • ImDeeGod

    Lava Hound , Minions, Ballon, Zap, Arrows, Spear Goblins,Cannon and Valkyrie.
    aka. Lavalloonion. Got rom arena 5 to arena 8 in 3 days.

  • Dangles

    i know this post is old. but i recently got the lava hound and made this deck myself. it works really well.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you a lot mate :D.
      Good luck!

  • TyroneGotItRight

    For anyone who has them, Lava Hound and Lumberjack is a deadly combo, send the Lava Hound first to die, then send in the Lumberjack and when Lava Hound disperses into Lava Pups, the tower will then focus Lumberjack and give the Rage to Lava Pups and any other unit you send in.
    Unfortunately I do not have Lumberjack right now, so the deck I’m using is: Lava Hound, Mini Pekka, The Log, Rage, Zap, Archers, Minions, Baby Dragon.

    • Will Potter

      Totally agree with you :D. It’s a very funny combo to play!

    • Dangles

      Thanks for the advice, I just made this lava hound and lumberjack deck and tried it with my clan mates, it worked very well

      • Josue Herrera

        What can replace the princess?

        • Dangles

          i would say wizard or arrows

      • Josue Herrera

        What is your clan maybe I can join and see? I have 2800 cups lvl 10

        • Dangles

          my current clan is vancouver loves 604, the love is a heart emoji and there is no spaces between them. my username is Captain Clutch.

  • Le Thanh Duong

    Here is my deck:
    Mini pekka
    This deck worked really well! It helped me get to arena 8 only in 4 days( from arena 6 to arena 8) ! But right now i want to put knight instead of mini pekka to help me have more chance to deal with dual prince deck! I usually lose whenever deal with prince!Do u think it is possible to do that?

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this Duong!

  • Rayan Farhan

    This deck is so annoying will!!!!!

    • Will Potter

      Yea I can see that my friend 😀

      • Rayan Farhan


  • Nom Nom

    Is it good if I have Lvl 2 poison

    • Will Potter

      Yea level 2 is still working well unless you are in Arena 9. Good luck man!

  • Ron Smith

    I’ve been using Lava Hound, Ice Wiz, Baby Dragon, Lightning, Minions, Mini Pekka, Zap, Tombstone. The tombstone is great against hog/prince/giant/giant skele etc. Zap lvl1 will take out musketeer/3 musk lvl 7 or lower, witch lvl3 or lower, wizard lvl7 or lower and do good dmg against other troops and elix collector. I don’t wait for the minute mark to launch hound and will let elix build up if no response to launch baby drag or ice wiz for any minion or horde drop – but if they launch atk, tombstone can help w/ defending, plus minions or ice wiz too. If lightning is ready and they drop musk/wiz or witch you can hit the tower and kill both musk and wiz/witch letting your hound rain down and get a 3 elixir advantage too. This deck has taken me from arena 7 to 2600 now that i’m learning to use it more effectively. Credit for the deck goes to a dude I don’t remember who took first in a tournament i played in.

  • jimbro44

    On the first battle, Why didnt u play poison at 6 seconds… or even 3 seconds to take off that 30 something damage and go in to overtime????

  • Volticify

    I made a deck for lava hound that’s is, lava hound, barbarians, minion hoard, minions, arrows, archers, zap/freeze, and spear goblins. I used it since arena 4 now I’m arena 9.
    Clan, fallen retards, my gamertag, Volticify

  • Volticify

    We also are now having 100 gem tournaments every week at Friday night at 8 pm eastern time. 25 cards and 175 coins if first place in the tournament. One each week.

    • Will Potter

      Nice xD

  • Haley

    I just got the Lumberjack today and im not sure what kind of deck i should be using with him, would you help me come up eith a good deck for all 3 legendaries (Lava hound, Princess, Lumberjack)?

  • Stryker


  • Stryker

    I run a lava hound+baby drag+ice wiz+barbarian+minions+fireball+mini pekka deck with zap. Do you know any card in that deck which I can switch for a level 2 log ( it’s my highest legend so I feel bad not using it)?

    • Will Potter

      I dont’ think the Log would fit any slot in your deck man!

  • diego costa

    Why sparky is so easy to counter?

    • Will Potter

      High risk, high reward 😀