Hog Bowler Lightning Deck That Got Me to 4400+ Trophies

Hey guys, Yui here and today I am going to give you a Hog Bowler Deck that got me to 4412 trophies as a level 10. I made the deck yesterday when I was floating around 4000-4100 and after trying this deck, I started to go on a win streak and then lost to a Lava Hound deck. This deck relies heavily on defense and counterpushing to win.

hog-bowler-lightning

Clash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale BowlerClash Royale LightningClash Royale Ice Spirit
Clash Royale Ice WizardClash Royale ZapClash Royale FurnaceClash Royale Mega Minion

Hog Bowler Lightning Deck

Bowler: With its pushback effect, the Bowler is extremely effective on defense. It works espically well in the current meta as it take out Skeleton Army, Hogs, Princess, three Musketeer, Ice Spirit etc. It also does a lot of damage if it is left alone. I like to start it from the back. It also works great with the Hog Rider as it can take out Barbarians and Mini P.E.K.K.A.

Hog Rider: The main win condition of the deck, does a good amount of damage and get to the Tower fast. I rarely send it alone. It can take out a Tower when paired up with the Bowler and Mega Minion.

Lightning: Lightning is great in the current meta as it kills Mega Minion which I see a lot of, Three Musketeers, Ice Wizard and heavily damage Princes (and reset the charge as well), Mini P.E.K.K.A, Bowler and the Furnace etc. It works great against Inferno Tower and Sparky as it resets them and deals tons of damage. Also, try to keep this as a suprise, it will catch them off guard. If they use Mini P.E.K.K.A or Mega Minion to defend for Hog, prepare to use the Lightning as Lightning heavily damage the Mini P.E.K.K.A for Bowler to take it out and Lightning takes out Mega Minions.

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Ice Spirit: One of the best cards at the moment. It provides a huge advantage with the price, it freezes everything for 2 seconds. Ice Spirit is excellent against Miner, Sparky, Giant. It also deals nice damage to the Minions or Minion Horde for Zap to take it out. On offense, Ice Spirit is also super helpful when coupled with Bowlers, Mega Minion. Excellent at cycling through the deck .It can also assist with your Hog Push, helping stop Inferno Tower, Cannon and Tesla. It can’t be killed by Zap, and can survive 1 Musketeer shot, making it a strong offensive and defensive unit.

Zap: Is definitely one of most handful spells in Clash Royale. Zap is excellent at taking out small units such as Skeletons, Spear Goblins, Skeleton Army distracting your Mega Minions or Bowler. Zap is great with couple with Ice Wizard as it deals good damage to Minion Horde and Barbarians so the Ice Wizard can finish off them in just a few hits. Great at dealing with Inferno Tower when you don’t have enough Elixir for Lightning. Can be replaced with the log in this deck. It also help your Bowler take out the Barbarians surrounding the Hog Rider faster and deal an insane amount of damage.

Ice Wizard: A great defensive troop as it slows everything down, Paired with the Zap, you can take out Minions and Minion Horde. Paired with the Bowler or Mega Minions or Furnace, it can take out Hogs, Giants etc without it landing a hit. It can also take out Mega Minions and Mini P.E.K.K.A on your side of the map. Can be replace with Musketeer or Skeleton Army.

Mega Minion: Excellent on both offense and defense. For only 3 Elixir, his DPS is insane (almost the same as a Prince when he is not charging). With good HP, Mega Minion doesn’t die to most spells in game, except the Rocket and Lightning. He doesn’t get affected by the pushback effect from the Bowler. Excellent against Lava Hound as he kills the Lava Hound very fast as well as soaks all damage coming from the Pups. He can kill Mini P.E.K.K.A, Sparky and Mega Minion which almost everyone is currently using. I was orginally using Mini P.E.K.K.A instead but after losing to every hound deck I play against, I decided to use Mega Minion instead.

Furnace: Furnace is a card slowly coming in the meta after the recent update. I mainly use my Furnace for defense, it takes out Minion hordes, goblins, Barbarians and Skeleton Army which a lot of people start using. A Furnace can tank a Hog Rider. I like to place the Furnace in the middle. This allows it to pull any Giants or Hog Riders. It can also help take out Mega Minions, Mini P.E.K.K.A etc. It also does decent chip damage and have a lot of Hitpoints. Try to protect your Furnace.

General Gameplan

Always get the Furnace down or cycle to it, I don’t feel safe without it. As I state above, this deck relies on defense and counterpushing, when they uses the Hog and Ice Spirit, put down Bowler and the Furnace should pull the Hog then you can start a counterpush with the Bowler. You ideal push consists of  the Bowler, Hog, Mega Minions, Ice Spirit and if you have enough Elixir, Lightning. This push is very strong as the Bowler takes out Barbarians and Ice Spirit, Ice Spirit paired up with Zap take outs Minion and Minion horde, Mega Minion for Mini P.E.K.K.A and Mega Minion, Lightning for infernos, Mega Minion, ice wiz, muskets and heavily damaging the Mini P.E.K.K.A for a Bowler or Mega Minion to take it out as I state before. I like to start the Bowler from the back on the side your opponent is pushing and put the Furnace on the lane where they are not pushing, this will cause the Bowler to defend the Tower and will cause your opponent to push the other lane and you have the Furnace protecting it. Try to get the Tower to 1000HP as Hog and Lightning will take down the Tower. If you get a Tower down to 300 or 400, you can push the other lane as Lightning will take it out.

Matchups:

  • Hog Rockets Decks: Bowler is the most important card to deal with this deck. Bowler take care of Princess, ice wiz, Skeleton Army, Hogs, Ice Spirit. When you are doing a Hog push against this deck, try to have a Bowler behind the Hog as Bowlers kills Skeleton Army and have enough Elixir for Lightning as Lightning takes out Mega Minions and Ice Wizard.
  • Lava Hound Decks: My most hated deck to play against. Put down Furnace for the lava hound and Minions behind, then Ice Wizard to slow down the lava hound and Mega Minion, then to counter the miner, use Bowler or Mega Minions for the miner ,after stopping the push, start a counterpush.
  • Miners: Furnace for the small troops such as Minions, goblins, Bowler for miner, goblins barrel, Mini P.E.K.K.A, Princess, Hogs etc.
  • Royal Giants: Ice Wizard, Mega Minion for the Royal Giant and Zap for the Minions. If your opponent uses Royal Giant Barbarians, use Bowler and Ice Wizard. I only use my Furnace for Royal Giant only if can’t take any more damage on my Tower.
  • Giant: Even after its recent nerf, I still see some Giants, I usually put down Furnace to pull the Giant then Ice Wizard and Bowler/Mega Minions and if necessary Lightning to take support troops.
  • VyᎡen

    Hey Clash Royale community..

    I have a beast deck but it’s not working to it’s full potential at 2250.. Suggest changes or anything.. (I’m f2p and I’m a level 7 :p)
    Giant (lv 4.. Ik.. Ik)
    Prince (LEVEL 2)
    Zap
    Fire spirits (Love these guys)
    ELIXER collecter
    Inferno (tackles most giant meta decks)
    Mega minion
    Guards (Op cards)

    Do any advice?.. I’m close to frozen and the average is 3.9

    • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

      maybe collector for fireball

      • VyᎡen

        It worked! Thanks

        • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

          np

    • Rohan –

      Ice spirits
      Fireball
      Mini pe…. Or valkyrie
      Canon
      Zap
      Ice wizard
      Hog Raider
      Princess or fire spirits

      This deck help me to reach 3000+ trophies after 3100 Use inferno tower instead of Canon.

    • See me, gg

      change elixir collector to poison or valkyrie

      • Delta Taka

        No, thats fine. Trust me, thats good, but inferno may be too much. Speaking as someone whos stuck fighting giants at 4000, prince and mega minion is enough. Try using bowler, or mini pekka

        • Thomas Bondra

          I concur. Inferno is pretty much only for cheap cycle decks and control decks. Maybe tombstone? Offense and defense? Drop overall elixir cost?

  • Vincent Chen

    Forgot to include this in the guide, if you don’t have Ice wiz, you can use musketeer instead

    • KitKat Creato

      I used the Princess because I don’t have the Ice Wiz,is this ok?

      • Delta Taka

        thats perfect

      • Vincent Chen

        Yeah

  • See me, gg

    I just need the bowler!!!

    • Vincent Chen

      Rip :p

  • Rashing dude

    i got another deck, icy hog

    hog rider
    bowler
    ice wizard
    ice spirit
    spear goblins
    inferno tower
    freeze
    zap
    will this work???
    put the bowler hog first
    then throw the ice stuff
    after the ice spirit’s freeze ends, put down the freeze
    if air troops ex. lava hound comes in, put the inferno and icy stuff (except for freeze) and u should be fine

    • MrDuck

      Wow!!!! What a great deck! But i think you should change spear goblin into fire sprit or minion or mega minion. It will be better bro!

  • Anirudh Kashyap

    This deck works like a beauty! It got me to 2888 trophies. Almost reaching Legendary Arena! I’ve not been on a winning streak but I like it!

    • Vincent Chen

      Tell me when you get to legendary 🙂

      • Anirudh Kashyap

        Almost there, at 2910 trophies. Pray for me, dude!

        • Will Potter

          Did you get there?

      • Anirudh Kashyap

        I successfully reached Legendary Arena! So pumped up. I got there with level 6 hog, and level 6 mega minion, level 7 Furnace, level 3 Bowler and lightning and level 1 Ice wizard. My Ice Spirit is level 9!

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! Good luck further man!

  • Norbert Szewczyk

    i have deck: Inferno dragon, Lava Hound, Ice wizard, Lumberjack, Mega minion, Collector, Fireball, i got with this deck to 3600+. Is this good deck? some changes?

    • Marco Medel

      that’s a great deck!

      • Rashing dude

        yea, because it only has 7 cards, faster cycle

        • Lightning King

          lol man

          • Norbert Szewczyk

            sorry xD I play now: Lava, Inferno Dragon, Miner, Tomb Stone, Fireball, Zap, Mega minion, Ice wizzard

          • Norbert Szewczyk

            Anny suggestions? I have all cards

          • Norbert Szewczyk

            And could you Give me deck for arena 7? i created new acount i play 2 days and im 7 arena and i drop sparky so deck with sparky good please 🙂

        • Rigo

          LOL

    • Will Potter

      Pretty good. Truly I have nothing to say about it xD

  • CDX

    Hilariously, I’ve seen this deck in action and it completely demolished me.

    • Vincent Chen

      Exact one?

    • Will Potter

      Ah I am so sorry about that buddy!

  • Angshu Adhya

    Is there any replacement for ice wizard? My only legendary currently is the log 🙁

    • Vincent Chen

      As I stated in the guide, musketeer or skeleton army can replace Ice wizard and you can use log instead of zap

      • Angshu Adhya

        Thanks!

        • Vincent Chen

          You’re welcome

    • Thomas Bondra

      If your giant skellie is an OK level, he and the log pair pretty well with a hog.

    • Will Potter

      Then use The Log instead of the Ice Wizard haha xD

  • Mujtaba

    Does this deck really work because I have the ice wiz and recently upgraded furnace to lvl 7 but did not find it much useful,I want to try this deck.

    • Vincent Chen

      Try it

    • Will Potter

      It got him to 4400+ trophies. What do you think about it mate?

  • Hamish

    Should name this deck “HoLiBo”!:)

    • Calmander™

      Or HoBoLiMM

    • Will Potter

      Haha nice name!

  • Hamish

    Just asking, should I get Dark Prince or wait for Bowler in the shop?

    • Calmander™

      Don’t buy DP

    • Vincent Chen

      Bowler

    • Cheezy Pizza

      Don’t buy any epics from the shop imo. I’m assuming you’re in frozen peak, and up there lvl 1 epics aren’t that good. As scarce as coins already are, I wouldn’t recommend spending 2k on something that you’ll probably obtain out of a chest soon anyways

      • Hamish

        Close, I am in arena 7. For me players in my clan are active and I am receiving about 500 gold a day. I am focusing in upgrading the new arena 7 cards now. I just bought the DP as I am not battling every day.

  • Zigge

    I made my own version of this deck to fit my playstyle and it works pretty good right after a losing streak. Hog Rider, Lightning, Ice Spirit, Cannon, Ice Wizard, Bowler, Skeletons and Zap.

    • Will Potter

      Pretty nice. Thanks for sharing man!

      • Zigge

        It’s not nice. Didn’t work out as good as I wanted it to do because of soooo high levels cards ppl have here.

  • Thomas Bondra

    Is the 6 elixir cost worth it? Maybe I’ve not played it correctly, but I can’t see an instance that wins an elixir trade.

    • Vincent Chen

      Yes, imagine this, lighting takes out inferno, Ice wizard and damage tower, that +2 elixir trade and damage the tower

  • Cory van Langen

    What level cards?

  • Stratox508

    I try this deck ATM, I understand how it works but I really can’t play it, losing more than wining, what’s your ideal card level to reach legendary arena ? But I know what is my biggest problem on my account, my rares cards are only 6, hog 6 and furnace 6 suck, and bowler in only lvl 1, but I have every other epic cards lvl 3, unlucky.

    Even giant is lvl 6, but giant 6 is better than hog 6 so i am a bit stuck cause 80% of best deck need hog and 20% need giant, then there are epic and legendary …

    Anyway, I would just ask for cards level pls ?

    • frozen

      My rares are lvl 6 too, but Bowler is lvl 3. With this deck I am stuck at 2500. With other decks I made it to 2900. I`ll practice more tonight with this deck. Some video replays would be nice anyway 🙂

    • Will Potter

      If your card levels are too low. I can’t help you. Sorry but you need to upgrade them!

  • Bibilol

    Tried this deck but change the Ice Wizard to Skeleton army as i do not have the Ice Wizard. Before that i have been hovering between 2800 Trophy and now i have hit arena 9 !

    Thanks a hips!

    • Vincent Chen

      Yw 🙂

  • FishSaysMOO

    I’m a fresh F2P level 8 in Frozen Peak (no legendaries yet T_T) and I’m stuck at 2600 trophies, with card levels 8/6/2, and I can still crush level 10s. Here’s my deck:

    Giant
    Skeleton Army
    Mega Minion
    Fireball
    Musketeer
    Zap
    Ice Spirit
    Mini Pekka

    It was amazing right after the update, as I pushed 400 trophies in an hour as level 7/8 in Frozen Peak but now everyone has a counter to skeleton army, so, I think this deck may be decent (haven’t tried yet) but does Level 1 Bowler work?

    • logan

      yeah but i would get it up a level for sure if i were you

    • Will Potter

      Bowler level 1 works pretty well I believe due to his pushback effect. Good luck!

  • jaybaseball1 _

    I recently got miner. Anyway I could make it work in this? (I don’t have ice wiz, so consiter that)

  • MrDuck

    I need some help from Will. Can I replace ice wizard with princess? Thanks for the answer.

    • Nelson

      i was gonna ask same thing

    • Will Potter

      Yea you can do that buddy!

  • Muhammad Usman

    best hog rider deck with strategy and explanation
    https://youtu.be/eOVTN8AzaBo

  • Angshu Adhya

    i think that switching out furnace with inferno tower could help beat hound decks

    • Will Potter

      You definitely can do that. However, Furnace is the tricky part of this deck, which I really love!