Giant Skeleton + Graveyard = Boomyard! Funny Deck for Arena 8+

Hey everybody, Pete here. Thanks for coming and checking out my guide. Today I wanted to talk to you about the deck that got me back to Legendary Arena. Before we get into playing the deck, let’s break it down card by card! I want to let you know that I try to break down my decks by siloing the cards into two categories: Staples and Complimentary/Utility cards. Staple cards will not be changed out. Complimentary/Utility cards can be rotated out to fit the meta.

So let’s get into it! First up are the staple cards. Again, these are mainstays in the deck and will not be rotated out.


Clash Royale Giant SkeletonClash Royale GraveyardClash Royale Dark PrinceClash Royale Goblin Hut
Clash Royale TombstoneClash Royale ZapClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale Ice Spirit

Giant Skeleton + Graveyard + Hut = ?


Goblin Hut (level 7)

Placement: Corners.

First, we have the Goblin Hut! Let’s face it – you either hate this card or you love this card. I, personally, go back and forth between the two—but in this case, I love it! The Goblin Hut that I use is at Lvl 7. You can definitely use a Lvl 6. In the classic case, people would use Goblin Hut (Hut) as a staple in spawn decks. This deck does not utilize Hut in the same way a spawn deck does; it’s used to apply pressure and build momentum for a counter push. You aren’t trying to cycle through your deck to drop another Hut, instead, you are using Hut as a means to keep your opponents at bay and apply constant pressure on one lane of the map.

Hut is one of the cards that I will not drop at the start of the match. If I have a Tombstone in hand then I will feel more comfortable dictating the pace of the match by placing a Tombstone and Hut on the same side of the map to pressure a lane. My opponent then has to decide whether to fight through it or attack the other lane.

Tombstone (level 7)

Placement: Left or Right of center

Don’t let the stats fool you – this card is a beast!

Tombstone is a card that I have always championed. Until recent metas, Tombstone was an underutilized tower card but has gained in popularity for good reason. For 3 mana you get an amazing tower that can pull enemies to the center of the map, stop beasts like P.E.K.K.A, Mini-P.E.K.K.A, Prince, Sparky, and buy you time in a pinch. The constant stream of Skeletons adds a great defensive barrier, much like the Goblin Hut. Will the Skeletons do any significant damage? No. But they will distract your opponent’s Minions while your Minions get in a few precious hits, slowly gaining you an advantage. Your opponent must spend more elixir on their push to beat Tombstone or sit back and let it do its thing.

Must be paired with Goblin Hut for max effectiveness.

Graveyard (Lvl. 1)

Placement: Roughly two tiles left or right of King tower

Graveyard is an interesting and powerful card. Typically, Graveyard isn’t as strong as pre-patch Poison (one could make the argument that it might not be as strong as the post-patch Poison since it’s difficult to use on defense as the damage is not guaranteed) but it can be more devastating if not kept in check.

I rigorously tested this card and came to the conclusion that it cannot and must not be used alone. Day one I tried using it like a pre-patch Poison. The result? Countered every time by Goblins, Valkyrie, and Barbarians—BY THEMSELVES. Most decks you face on your road to arena 9 will utilize one or all of those cards so be creative in your utilization of the Graveyard spell or prepare to be underwhelmed! You also cannot use Graveyard once a tower is down since their king tower and the remaining tower will mow down your Skeletons before they even get a chance to swing.


So, when do I use Graveyard?

  1. I usually wait for my opponent to over-commit to my push with Giant Skeleton and Dark Prince then drop Graveyard on the opposite side of the map on an unguarded tower.
  2. I pair it with a counter push.
  3. If you are absolutely itching to use it at the start of a game then it must be paired with Ice Spirit. I will drop an ice spirit at the start of a match and wait for the opponents tower to engage it, then I will summon Graveyard on the soon to be frozen tower for massive damage. Most opponents allow the Ice Spirit to hit their tower because they assume you are cycling through your deck – which you are, in some cases.

Dark Prince (Lvl 3)

Placement: Right Behind Giant Skeleton’s butt

As of right now the Dark Prince serves one purpose and one purpose only: to push Giant Skeleton to the tower! A very powerful combo, the “Prince Push” can be devastating. If the enemy invests too many resources in a big slow tank (Golem, Royal Giant, Lava Hound) I will immediately drop this combo on the opposite end of the field.

Giant Skeleton (Lvl 3)

Placement: Anywhere

A brilliant utility card, Giant Skeleton can be used to soak up damage and halt a counter push with his giant bomb after death, can combo with Dark Prince to rush an opponents tower, or can be used as a faint threat to gauge how your opponent reacts to his lane presence.


Skeleton Army ( Lvl. 4) Alternatives: Ice Wizard, Bomber, Guards, Mini P.E.K.K.A

Location: Anywhere on top of the enemy! Best to drop on your side of the bridge behind their tank and on top of the tank’s backup. Also best used in front of cards like hog rider and giant since they don’t target Minions.

I was very happy to see Skeleton Army get a boost last patch. I think Skeleton Army brings a solid defensive alternative to the Tombstone. It is incredibly weak against splash but is a godsend against everything else. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, Skeleton Army can help clear an enemy push and become its own counter-push!

Arrows ( Lvl. 10) Alternatives: Zap, Fireball, Log

Location: Wherever Princess, Minion Horde, Skeleton Army, Etc. are.

Right now arrows is more versatile than Zap (which was in the initial build), as it kills the princess, minion horde, and other bunches of small annoying creatures! looks at Goblin barrel

Ice Spirit (Lvl. 10) Alternatives: Skeletons, Zap, Log, Fireball

Location: Anywhere that needs freezing. Either on defense to buy time or on an offensive push.

I love Ice Spirit. Even after the nerf, Ice Spirit still performs admirably for 1 elixir. Is it a staple, though? It’s still up in the air. Right now I like where Ice Spirit is at, but I’m not quite confident enough to say that it’s a staple. But it’s close.

I hope you all enjoyed my write up on my newest deck to get me (back) to legendary. The deck is a lot of fun, different, and open to interpretation. Keep checking in as I plan to contribute as much ass possible. Be sure to follow me – especially my gaming newly created YouTube Channel.

  • Jurre Numan

    looks like a arena 4 deck

    • H2 Rothmann

      Graveyard is arena 5 XD

      • logan

        ice spirit is arena 8

        • H2 Rothmann

          & dark prince is arena 7

  • Gamewarrior


  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    A very nice combo with graveyard is Ice Golem + stab gobs to push him to tower and then graveyard on the tower.

    • Zach Swanson

      I use that combo sometimes with my hog deck, but I use ice spirit instead of golem. Only when they’re low on elixir though, because literally anything can counter it.

  • logan

    wow the aire weakness

    • Pete L

      Without a doubt, logan. When I hit legend with this deck I was up against a lot of ground minions. New build includes Mega Minion and Ice Wizard for a better defense. No Ice Wizard? Throw in Archers! Thanks for the comment!

      • Lucifer

        But in higher trophies like 3500- 4000 more people have air deck then ground deck

        Almost everyone battle that I battle in 3600 trophies use lavahound and mega minion deck

  • Anthony Peterson

    This deck is wrecked by air decks. I tried a Classic Challenge and, with my usual luck, got put up against a Lava Hound Inferno Dragon air deck, so I got destroyed. Other than that, I like it

    • Pete L

      Definitely, Anthony! Feel free to switch out Skeleton Army or any of the other utility cards for better Air Defense! Mega minion wrecks!

  • MH Ayhm

    The best Graveyard Combo (smash level 11 player easily)
    Graveyard+SkeletonArmy+Inferno+Mega+Knight+Archer+FireSpirit+Miner OR GoblineBarrel

  • Ethan

    Interesting deck although with the only air counter being goblin hut I cant see this becoming very popular considering the amount of lava hound decks everyone is using all the time. Other than that the deck seems pretty solid.

    • Wolf

      Lol I don’t see any, but that’s only because I’ve been using lava hound for almost 2 months now (since like Sept. 14) and the game does not usually pair lava hound to lava hound. If it does, its extremely rare because it almost always ends in a draw because each person tries to support the lava hound and it ends up no one gets any damage. Hint: minion horde is my biggest weakness if you manage to draw out my wizard, or inferno dragon+minions is another weakness. Lava hound decks are also highly susceptible to valkerie+inferno tower, valkyrie to kill support and inferno tower to destroy lava hound. Put it in center where when the lava hound splits a pup will attack your king tower and prematurely activate it.

      • Ryan Wong

        I don’t think the game finds opponents based on your deck. and I see lava hounds every day in arena 8.

        • Wolf

          If you go on too long a win streak, the game will break it. think about it, have you ever won more than 6 games at once using similar decks? I see lava hounds everyday because I use him, but I don’t verse him because like I said, the game rarely pairs lava hounds up. If it does, it means you are likely to go on TV Royale.

          • Haraldo

            The way the game chooses your opponent is completely random… It’s pure coincidence if you’re not playing any lava hound decks and the game doesn’t ‘break’ win streaks – you’re just as likely to lose your first game as you are to not lose for 12 games (based on skill of course).

          • Lucifer

            U sure I went on a thirteen win streak with a bowler x bow deck and now have 3636 trophies

            Clan: The Grape Vine
            My Game Name: Lucifer

    • Pete L

      Thank you, Ethan. I really appreciate the kind words!

      With this particular build I would try and use my Giant Skeleton to isolate Lava Hound from the minions behind it–so its my tower, goblins, and Tombstone tower taking on the Lava Hound while my Giant Skeleton is holding the bridge. If it isn’t successful for me, which at times it isn’t, thats when I bring in cards like Mega Minion or Ice Wizard.

      Check out my YouTube channel. Content coming soon!

      • Lucifer

        How much trophies are u at?

        • Pete L

          Right now I’m bouncing between Mid 2900 – Mid 3100. Testing decks will do that to ya!

          • Lucifer

            are u in a clan

            wanna battle I am in mid 3600

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Lava hound does 0 damage literally so u only have to worry about pips and u can arrow pups

  • Gamewarrior

    Found an mistake:For 3 mana you get an amazing tower that can pull enemies to the center of the map, stop beasts like P.E.K.K.A, Mini-P.E.K.K.A, Prince, Sparky, and buy you time in a pinch.

    Tombstone is 3 elxir, not mana. I’m guessing you play Hearthstone

    • Pete L

      That is correct! Too many years of Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone, etc. Good looking out.

      • Gamewarrior

        Lmao I used to play Hearthstone too until Clash Royale came out

  • Wolf

    Since everyone is complaining about air defense, I suggest using witch instead of dark prince. You still get similar area damage, you get skeleton support, and you get a nice complement to giant skeleton if other cards are not in your hotbar. I also feel like graveyard and skeleton army is redundant, and you could switch out graveyard for minion horde if you don’t have graveyard or skeleton army for mega minion, archers, or minions. All would work same. This deck has a bit too much spammy troops in it, it probably has a huge weakness to bomber if anyone but me still uses it in arena 8.

    • Pete L

      Totally, Wolf. In the initial build I used Mega Minion. Air-to-air and Air-to-ground damage was phenomenal. When I run into a lot of Bomber I retire Skeleton Army for something beefier.

  • Ryan Wong

    This deck has two major weaknesses: very little air defense and too much swarm troops. It is essentially a spam deck with giant skelly.

  • Francuac
    • DavidThePro21

      I got this before, don’t worry, probably a glitch.

      • Francuac

        Yea, probably

    • Alpha_Mark717

      it’s around 67% common (pun intended)

      • Francuac

        Nice try xD

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Yes it’s normal sorta like how legendaries appear in shop

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    This deck just got me an 8 win classic challenge. My highest win streak yet

    • Pete L

      That is awesome, Paul! I’m glad I could help. Keep checking in. I’ll be sure to send in more content. Also, make sure to check out that YouTube page, bud!

  • KekTheTurtle

    hog cycle freeze princess… rising back up…

  • Pete L

    That is awesome Mridul! Congrats with your success! I appreciate your kind words. Sub to my new YouTube channel for some more content. It just started up so the first video will be coming soon…

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Sounds good

  • Clash_Guitarist

    What building do you guys use?

    I need to know why there are still people using the inferno tower EVEN after its health nerf

    • WestPKMN

      Because it’s just that good

    • TheProjectNova

      meta still has giant. and its just toooooooooooooooooooo good

    • Wolf

      They didn’t take his health down, just hit points. It’s still a good building to deal with tanks. I suspect the only reason they took it down was to adjust inferno tower/dragon interactions, but that is my opinion only.

  • Indigo 2003

    I got my graveyard form a free chest =D

    • fatbu

      I got my graveyard from the king’s cup tournament chest xD

      • Xx bismuth xX

        Lucky I got my miner from 5 win challenge(not king cup)

  • BestManEver

    Could you please make a deck with sparky for current meta? I don’t really like it and has never used it, but the fact that I’ve just obtained the second one from the chest kinda forces me to use it xD

    • Pete L

      Definitely! Especially for the best man ever! I’ll put together a write up and submit it — so check back soon. I also just got my Sparky to lvl. 2 and never use it. So this will be fun! Be sure to check out my youtube page with content coming soon (hopefully by the end of tonight!). I plan on taking suggestions each week and making decks based off those suggestions.

  • MaybeDylan

    Honestly why is everyone complaining about poor air defence??? The goblin hut can kill a lavahound really quickly and a well used ice spirit-zap can wipe out minion hordes/ stun inferno dragons, plus you can always use the giant skeleton defensively…

    • Pete L

      Good points Dylan. Sometimes people need to experiment with the deck before they feel comfortable with it. Most of my decks are “different”, so it can be difficult for people to get their nuances. But good job recognizing some of the ways the deck can counter air push!

    • lil manny

      With air pushes you have to be smart
      Like once I had a lava hound inferno dragon baby dragon , ice wiz push coming at me so I sent my giant skeleton under that attack and inferno dragon milked the skeleton
      Anyway he blew up ,obliterating all support unit and the goblins took out hound and pups
      (Bodow I won)
      It’s just all about thinking

  • VyᎡen

    Hey Clash Community 😀

    Any pros out there?.. I need some suggestions or changes to my deck (Reccommend pushes or new decks similar).. Im f2p and at 2300 at level 8
    Lets go
    Giant (lv 5)
    Prince (lv 2)
    Mega minion (lv 4 rushed)
    Guards (lv 2)
    Fire spirits (lv 8)
    Fireball (lv 5)
    Zap (lv 8)
    Inferno tower (lv 6)

    Thanks!.. Im hoping to get to legends as f2p.. hopefully you guys can help out 😀

    • Lucifer

      this is a pretty good deck but the weakness is lavahound lightning

      • VyᎡen

        So what should i change to make it better?.. less vulnerable to lavahound?.. thanks!

    • Royale god

      there is inferno tower so just bait his lightning or make him use his elexir on something else and counter the lavahound when it is in range

  • lightningmaster823

    I need a good deck for Frozen Peak, I keep dropping to Royal Arena and my only legendary is a lava hound, pls find a good lava hound deck to get to legendary

    • lightningmaster823

      I also don’t have bowler

      • Wolf

        I was in same situation as you exactly, and my suggestion is lava hound, wizard, tombstone, mega minion, minions, bomber, zap, and possibly furnace. Use wizard to support lava hound.

        • lightningmaster823

          how are you going to get valk? (a good counter to wiz)

          • lightningmaster823

            oh…. support with mega minion or 3 elixir minions

        • Lucifer

          you shouldn’t use wizard, replace wizard with barbarian for ground defense
          and replace bomber with musketeer
          then replace furnace for ice wizard

          • lightningmaster823

            i don’t have miner “-.-

        • lightningmaster823

          did you reach legendary with that deck?

      • Wolf

        Also, if you have them at decent level, switch minions for guards. I just got them in my shop, but they would probably work better.

        • lightningmaster823

          my guards are only lvl 1

    • Pete L

      I’ll definitely come up with a solid option for you lightning master! Follow my youtube channel and keep checking back here!

      • Lucifer

        What is ur youtube channel?

  • Lucifer

    Join The Grapevine to ask advice

    My clash royale name is Lucifer

    I now have 3636 trophies anyone that need help can join the grapevine and ask or just ask me in here.

    • nicholas ochotta

      Tfw more trophies 😀

  • Lucifer

    only join grapevine if you have more than 2200 trophies!

    • lightningmaster823

      i have 2330

  • John

    What can I replace graveyard with? Any ideas?

    • Pete L

      hmmm…thats a tough one. Since it is a staple in the deck. But if I had to choose I would say something like goblin barrel or miner? Try that out and let me know how it goes!

  • Jesper Waltmans

    what can i replace dark prince with?

    • Pete L

      I’d say give prince or hog rider a shot! Let me know how it works out. Also, make sure to check out my youtube channel at the bottom of the page!

  • Griever

    Hey, Mridul did you use the deck as it is or change some utility cards?

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  • Rishik Chatterjee

    Just got my graveyard u think this deck is good for me

    • Will Potter

      This deck is good for everyone xxD

      • lil manny

        Will you’re here bro nice to see you

        • Will Potter


          • lil manny


        • Will Potter

          Nice to see you man!

  • Ultra menace

    Guys let me tell you the story of me in clash. I got my sparky in a free chest around 2 months ago then a week later i got a legandery chest in a battle.I got the princess. Later i got a magical chest i got a lumberjack (TOO OP) and finnaly the next day i got an other legand chest. If you dont believe me go to a clan called Legionofmordor and scroll down to UltraDa-man32.Btw reecakarp is a gemmer he got nothing legitament (dont tell him this)…

    • Will Potter

      You are so lucky. Congrats buddy!

  • Nathan Whittaker

    replaced the graveyard with ice wizzard seems to work well enough, only played (and won) four games with it. Got these two bad boys in a row too 😀

    • Will Potter

      Nice. Thanks for sharing the idea buddy!

  • lil manny

    Hey bro do you win Against lava hound decks?
    This deck looks great an in gonna try it but it looks weak to lava hound decks
    Am I right??

  • lil manny

    Pete do you have a video for Dis deck?