Giant Skeleton Hog Rider Control Deck

Hello guys, today I am going to show you a very interesting deck which got loads of trophies last night. the Giant Skeleton Hog Rider Control Deck!

Face a player who use Barbarians to stop your Hog Rider? Don’t worry! Mr Giant Skeleton will help you deal with them. Some players would say that using Hog Fireball is much easier, yes, but the Giant Skeleton can help you deal with defenses that can’t be taken out by the Fireball. Also, he is very tanky and can be used to soak damage.

Giant Skeleton Hog Rider Control Deck

Giant Skeleton Hog Rider Control Deck

Clash Royale Giant SkeletonClash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale fireballClash Royale Inferno Tower
Clash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.AClash Royale ZapClash Royale GoblinClash Royale Musketeer

Generally, just wait until your opponent launches a big push then start counter pushing. Normally I can do at least 800 damage with the counterpush but sometimes If your opponent over-commit, it should be an easy Tower. Because this deck doesn’t have the Elixir Collector and its average Elixir Cost is 3.8, it’s recommended to play slowly. In most situations, I don’t recommend creating a push first because you will not have enough Elixir to either attack or defend. If your opponent doesn’t many any more for a while, drop any troop behind your King’s Tower.

Cards Breakdown

Giant Skeleton is the tanker of this deck. Always place him behind your King’s Tower when you start launching a counter push. Just don’t think about it as a priority to get him to the Tower. His main job is clearing the path for your Hog. Drop your Hog Rider and Musketeer behind him to deal the guaranteed damage to the opponent’s Tower. He can protect your Hog from any defensive building, any troop and also the Tower. His explosive bomb can easily clear Cannon, Ice Wizard, Barbarians,… This makes him a perfect company for you Hog.

Hog Rider is the main damage dealer of this deck, of course. Just don’t always expect him to get hits on the opponent’s Tower, understand when you can win the game, otherwise you will lose because of over-committing. Couple him with Goblins to bypass buildings. Sometimes, you can pair him with Mini P.E.K.K.A for a strong counterpush. Sometimes, If your Giant Skeleton is not ready, you can use Hog + Fireball in a pinch. If your Hog is level 7, he can soak 1 hit from the Sparky, If you are wondering.

Mini P.E.K.K.A is extremely useful on both offense and defense. She can shred any tanker and can take down the unprotected Tower in just a few hits. She will help you deal with Hog Rider, Royal Giant, Wizard, Valkyrie, Golem. And there are tons of other uses which can be read at here.

Fireball is hands down one of the best spells in Clash Royale. With Fireball, you can finish off low HP Towers, remove Barbarians, Witch, 3 Musketeers, Princess, … Sometimes you can even use it on the Elixir Collector to keep the pressure on your opponent. Want to read 999 other uses of the Fireball? Please take a look at here.

Inferno is a new addition to my deck, I decided to put Inferno into a deck, after facing a lot of Lavahounds and Pekka Double Prince Decks. I usually drop Ice Wizard along with the Inferno to take out most pushes. Even if they zap, I drop goblins to distract until the Inferno gets max ramp-up time. I can do the same with Giant Skeleton.

Zap: What is the most used, what is the best spell in Clash Royale? This one! Its cost and the versatility make it one of the best choices right now for almost any deck. Use it wisely to take out opponent’s Goblins and Skeletons on offense, as well as give your Hog 1 more hit. Hover it on your opponent’s field on offense and release your finger to use it immediately.

Goblins are Hog Rider’s best friends. They will help your Hog bypass building as stated above. When you have a great Elixir Advantage, Hog + Goblins + Zap combo is enough to take the Tower down. On offense, use them to deal with Prince, Musketeers, Mini P.E.K.K.A, … When you are on low Elixir, they are a great choice to take down Hog Rider quicker, of course make sure that your opponent doesn’t have Zap in his hand.


Musketeer: Good damage, good attack range, good attack speed. She is such a good support for your Giant Skeleton. She can helps your Giant Skeleton take it to the Tower easier. On offense, she can help you deal with Balloon, Baby Dragon and shred tankers down. If you have Ice Wizard, it’s recommended to replace Musketeer with him.


Defensive Plans and Matchups

Hog Rider: Place your Inferno Tower down. If your opponent uses Zap to reset its damage, after your Inferno Tower gets zapped, drop your Goblins down to kill the Hog Rider. If the Hog Rider is protected by Fire Spirits, Goblins, Skeletons or Minions, Zap them. If you don’t have the Inferno Tower in your hand, use Musketeer + Goblins to take the Hog quickly. Otherwise, you can drop your Mini P.E.K.K.A down, 4 tiles in front of your Tower, right when the Hog is about to cross the river, she can kill the Hog in 2 hits without moving.

Royal Giant: Drop the Inferno Tower down, reactively. Ensure it can target the Royal Giant. If your opponent drops other troops down, use your Musketeer or Goblins, depending on the situation. Don’t hesitate to Zap the support troops because they can ruin your defense any time.

Miner: He is definitely one of the most annoying guy in Clash Royale, but you can absolutely defeat him. But, against Miner, you need to practice a lot to locate him quickly. Then, you should place your Mini P.E.K.K.A down quickly and start launching a counter push right after that. It’s recommended to drop your P.E.K.K.A behind your Tower so If your opponent sends his Miner to either the left side or the right side, your Mini P.E.K.K.A. If your opponent also sends Goblins/Fire Spirits/Mini P.E.K.K.A in, don’t hesitate to zap then then use Musketeer/Goblins to defend. In the worst case, you always can use Giant Skeleton to defend.

3 Musketeers Decks: Use Fireball + Zap to finish 3 Musketeers and use Inferno Tower to take down the tank.

Giant/Royal Giant + Sparky: Save your Inferno for Giant/Royal Giant. Normally, you can take the tank down before the Sparky hits something. Use Zap on the Sparky right when she is on the bridge and place your Mini P.E.K.K.A down to take her out. If you don’t have Zap in your hand, use Goblins to soak damage then use Mini P.E.K.K.A. Just try to save your Zap and Inferno Tower ready to deal with this combo.

Giant Balloons: Use Inferno Tower to lure them to the center then drop the Musketeer down on 1 side to snipe down the Balloon. You will try to use the Goblins/Mini P.E.K.K.A to take the Giant down as soon as possible.

Hut Decks: Keep using Fireball on Huts. Also, considering pushing on the other lane with Hog Rider + Goblins once the Barbarian Hut dropped.

Lava Hound Decks: Inferno Tower can shred the Lava Hound quickly. You will want to place your Musketeer down to take down all other troops nearby. Don’t hesitate to Zap the Lava Pups.

Giant Poison Beatdown Deck (You can read more about this deck at here): Lure the Giant to the middle by using Inferno Tower, wait couples of seconds for the Poison then drop your Mini P.E.K.K.A or Goblins down to take down the support troops behind.

Okay guys! Thanks a lot for reading this guide. Don’t hesitate to leave any comment. I will do my best to answer them all!

Deck created and shared by T-Rex

  • Jared Kinsey

    what can you sub for the zap

    • Zigge YT

      Arrows or Fire Spirits depending on the deck

      • Jared Kinsey

        im talking for this deck

        • Jared Kinsey

          besides found a better deck

          • Zigge YT

            Any of them I think

          • Zigge YT

            Just use arrows instead

    • Will Potter

      I don’t recommend doing that at all!

  • Ishmam

    I created a hog giant skeleton deck before the may update & pushed to legendary arena with it 🙂 I used a bomb tower cuz it was really good back then haha

    • Terry Bert

      Bomb tower is still really good, I’m at 2970 throphies so close to legendary arena, I’m running level 6 rares and level 9 common, Bomb tower is my only building

      • Ishmam

        Nice, yeah it still does very well

      • Asdfire

        Terry, what is your deck

        • Terry Bert

          I just got to legendary arena 😀

          Royal giant
          Bomb tower
          Fire spirit

          I have level 9 commons and level 6 rares

          • Terry Bert

            Lol Im at 3001 lemme just get that 1 throphy for bragging rights 🙂

    • Will Potter

      So your Mini P.E.K.K.A can find the Miner and hit it!

  • Miles

    since i have ice wiz, what can i replace with it????

    • Will Potter

      As stated in the main post above, I strongly recommend using Ice Wizard instead of Musketeer!

  • Colin Leon

    What arena’s is this deck good in?

    • Will Potter

      Arena 7 and above! 😀

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  • Miles

    does anyone have a good strong clanfor me to join… im lvl 9 in frozen peak with 2500 trophies. i dontate alot.

    • Will Potter

      Hope you can join a good Clan soon Miles!

    • Damian Bransby

      we have a great growing clan called DaJokers, fell free to join and u will be promoted

  • Tyuankeo

    Im loving this deck

    • Will Potter

      Yea me too xD

  • aimos

    Can poison(lvl3) replace my fireball (lvl6?) thx

    • Terry Bert


    • Will Potter

      Fireball is better in this deck 😀

  • Ryu6901

    This deck dropped me from arena 5 back to 3 yesterday. Then I went back to my good old hut deck and now I’m back at 5. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can move up from 5. My deck is in the photo below, I’m only level 7 and a f2p player.

    • Guangyuan Chen

      you’re level 7 with a level 3 Giant Skelly? o.O
      I’d suggest using the witch with the giant skelly, or maybe the hog as mentioned in this post.

      • Terry Bert

        I have a level 5 clone in arena 5 this is my deck

        All my rares are level 4
        Commons are level 6

    • Damian Bransby

      Join my clan DaJokers for some help, we can mentor you to become better, if anyone else wants help we will gladly do so. : D

  • Izzy Perez

    I have a weird deck, but it works. Giant, Giant Skelly, Musketeer, Spear Goblins, Goblin Barrel, Minions, Bomber, and Skeleton Army. I made it back in Arena 3 when I was level 4 (I made it with a random deck generator lol) and pushed to arena 5 with it.

  • Alt Ness

    This deck is good Atk & Def. It make me from 2400 to 2800+ trophies.
    How do you deal with this deck?
    1.Lava Hound + Balloon or Baby Dragon and Freeze Combo
    2.Giant+ Barbarian goblin Hut Combo with Prince Miner Princess

    • Will Potter

      1. We have Inferno Tower and Musketeer + Fireball here so I don’t think that dealing with those ones is really hard :D.
      2. Fireball + Mini P.E.K.K.A + Musketeer. Use them wisely. Also, Giant Skeleton is very deadly against Huts.

  • Was stuck on Arena 4 for ages and kept yo-yoing between 5 and 4, but have now managed to secure myself in 5 thanks to a deck of
    Witch (Lv3)
    Barbarians (lv8)
    Giant (Lv5)
    Arrows (Lv8)
    Bomber (Lv9)
    Knight (Lv8)
    Archers (Lv8)
    Fireball (Lv5)

    Decided to try this deck Giant Skeleton/Hog Rider deck on a whim and won my first game against someone a level higher than me.
    Will definitely take a little more practice, but it certainly seems easy to defend and launch pushes with.

    • Will Potter

      Great. I am very glad to hear this man! Congrats!

      • Well, I went on a losing streak shortly after. Have gone back to my previous deck which I mentioned above.
        Still can’t seem to stick in Arena 6, but I’m bordering on the line between them.

  • NemNem

    How ’bout if the opponent drop inferno in middle of his area? The giant skelly and the hog rider will lured there, right? How i handle this? Should i use goblins to bypass inferno?

    • Will Potter

      Use either Goblins, Fireball or Zap. Good luck!

  • H2 Rothmann

    I’m using a Similar Deck
    Here it is
    Giant skelly
    Elixer Collecter
    Spear Goblins
    Fire spirits
    Minion Horde
    This deck got me from 1700 Trophies To 2000 Trophies in 45 Minutes!

    • H2 Rothmann

      Levels Are
      Giant skelly:4
      Elixer Collecter:5
      Spear Goblins:8
      Fire Spirits:8
      Minion Horde:8

      I am a new level nine

    • Will Potter

      Nice one. Hope you can push further with it man!