Hog Rider Zap Bait Deck for Pushing to Legendary Arena

Hello guys, today I am going to show you a very interesting Hog Rider Zap Bait Deck which was made by ExOTiC1234 from Sleepy Donuts with inspiration from PongTV’s Hog Rocket deck. This deck got him from 3200 trophies straight to 4000 club. If you are pushing to Legendary Arena, this deck definitely works for you as well. This deck is also working very well in Challenges, where you can practice a lot!

Hog Zap Bait Deck

Clash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale Ice SpiritClash Royale RocketClash Royale Inferno Tower
Clash Royale Goblin BarrelClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale The LongClash Royale Princess

Hog Rider Zap Bait Deck

Hog Rider: The main win condition of this deck of course. You want to make the pig push with Hog Rider using either Ice Spirit or Skeleton Army most of the time! Just place the Ice Spirit down first and then the Hog next the to it to bypass buildings later. Hog Rider can work well with almost any card in this deck, just make sure your opponent doesn’t have the Zap/The Log in his hand.

The Log is a real beast at the moment. It’s now totally worth using due to tons of buffs to it lately. The Log is excellent against Princess, Skeleton Army, Goblin Barrel, Graveyard. Wait until the Tombstone has about a half of HP the use The Log, it will take out the Tombstone and any Skeletons left, letting your Hog to get to the Tower a lot easier.

Princess is used to give your opponent tons of pressures, and also to bait Zap out. Placing Princess on the bridge forces your opponent to have the answer immediately, otherwise she will deal lots of damage to the Tower in seconds. I usually play her on the opposite lane on both offense and defense. Defending on the opposite lane will keep her safe and attacking on the opposite lane will force your opponent to split up his defense. Excellent against any horde!

Ice Spirit is still the best card in Clash Royale after the recent nerf. Unlike Zap, your Ice Spirit doesn’t need to be leveled up a lot. Excellent on offense, defense and at cycling. Must have card in almost any deck!


Inferno Tower – Event with the recent nerf, I still find the Inferno Tower is the best defensive building at the moment. Since this is a Zap Bait Deck, do something to prevent him from using Zap on your Inferno Tower to protect his Giant/Royal Giant. If they zap your Inferno Tower, immediately punish him with your Goblin Barrel, Hog Rider Ice Spirit, Skeleton Army or whatever you have!

Skeleton Army is amazing right now in the current meta game. Level 3 Skeleton Army is enough to make me to 4000 trophies. They shred through tanks like butter. Excellent at distracting high damage single target unit. Once your opponent Zap your Inferno Tower, place the Skeleton Army down to defend. Then make a quick push with Hog Rider and the next cad!

Goblin Barrel is essential to this deck. I strongly recommend not to replace Goblin Barrel with Miner! These Goblins will punish anyone who uses Zap to deal with Inferno Tower or Skeleton Army, dealing insane damage even at level 3. Ideally, after your opponent uses Zap, use Hog Rider + Goblin Barrel combo (use Ice Spirit If needed). The Hog Rider will soak damage for Goblins while they are stabbing away the Tower.

Rocket: I usually use Rocket to finish off a Tower but don’t be hesitate to use it on defense. Also, on ladder, sometimes you face overleveled Barbarians which prevent your Hog from doing anything, pre-Rocket them would help you a lot. If you face a very hard matchup, play defensively to just cycle to Goblin Barrel + Log + Rocket. Playing Hog + Rocket Prediction is always my favorite strategy.
Elixir Collector? Rocket it right away and get 1 positive Elixir trade!


Some general tips for you:

  • Try to change your Goblin Barrel spots the entire game. Making it unpredictable is what you need to do to remain victorious over the overleveled players on the ladder. If your opponent use Zap on nothing because of your crafty Goblin Barrel spot, that would be a GG.
  • This deck is pretty weak to miner deck decks which use both Minions and Minion Horde. Those decks will make Rocket and Inferno become dead cards in the deck. Can’t use Inferno Tower to bait out Zap. Sometimes I win by using Rocket on their big pushes. Good luck!

Shared by ExOTiC1234.

  • xxshadowxx

    My deck is: Hog, Inferno tower, Log, fireball, witch, skeleton army, goblin barrel, and minions. I’m in frozen peak now as f2p. What should I change?

    • Aaron Kaz


    • Stevenlol

      Witch… Too expensive, try —> Ice Spirit

  • Paul Koprowski

    I don’t have the log or princess, what and if can I substitute?

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      Fire spirits for princess, for log i dunno

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      probably arrows for log

      • Paul Koprowski


    • lightningmaster823

      use arrows or fire spirits for princess and zap or fireball for the log

  • Stevenlol

    Skeleton Army section: You left out a “r” for the word “card”

    • LIN/(88


    • Pork is Awesime

      people make mistakes okay?

  • Rambo Vorsta

    Question : I don’t have the log and I want to buy it in the shop when it finally comes, or should I rather wait for the Electro Wizard when it releases, which I think would be a very good card

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      imo u shud wait for the electro wizard even though the log is awesome in the current meta

      • Rambo Vorsta

        Cool thanks

  • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

    seems quite suspect to lava lightning imo

  • DavidThePro21

    Can i use arrows for log

    • Tai_Phan

      yes or you could use zap. they’re pretty similar

      • DavidThePro21


  • Tai_Phan

    what do i use in place of the princess? I have everything else

    • Tai_Phan

      Could i use an ice wizard?

      • WestPKMN

        Baby Dragon or Fire Spirits

      • lightningmaster823

        go for it

    • lightningmaster823

      arrows, fire spirits, and possibly mortar

  • Dingy

    Thanks Will.

    • Dingy

      Crap I realized this has 2 legendaries

      • Dingy

        Why Will why would you do this to me.

        • Dingy

          Players, you are a cruel community.

      • lightningmaster823


  • Very Unlucky

    I think some typo occured with rocket… Because rocketing an collector gives You a 0 elixir trade unless the collector generates 1 or more

    • lightningmaster823

      it’ll be a positive one if you get it and slice a chunk from the arena tower

  • FredDenny

    speaking of typos, your clan description “owea”

  • Mutated Moldy Man

    I wish I had all those legendaries because then I would try this deck out

  • Sage King

    what can I replace princess with??

  • Anthony Peterson

    Subs for The Log?

  • Alexis Ortiz

    I want to put Miner in this deck as well, what should I take out of this deck to put Miner in?

  • Pau

    i dint reach arena 8 yet, you thik change Ice Spirit per zap could work? or anything else?


  • Rishik Chatterjee

    Replacement to princess and log

    • Felipe Lousada

      I’m using ice wizard and zap, but you can replace for spear goblins/archers and zap or bomber

      • Rishik Chatterjee

        Spear goblin and zap thanxz

      • Rishik Chatterjee

        Currently 2588 trophies still no legendaries but this deck seems interesting

  • Marvin Webster

    My deck is Hog rider,Minion horde,Inferno tower,Zap,Valkirie,Fireball,Goblin barrel and Wizard.
    Should i change something?

  • Ali Moh’d

    This is the exact same deck and strategy I am using but without rocket and princess swapped with wizard and minnion horde. Currently I am at 2650 trophies with level 8-9 commons, level 6 rares,level 2-3 epics, and level 1 legendaries (F2P).

    • Will Potter

      Nice. Hope you can push to Arena 9 soon with it buddy!

  • xCrGaming

    Pushed to legendary arena just now with this deck:
    Golem- lvl 3
    Mega Minion-lvl 6
    Skeleton Army- lvl 4
    Musketeer- lvl 6
    Princess- lvl 1
    Tombstone- lvl 6
    Zap- lvl 9
    Lightning- lvl 3


    • Will Potter

      Good deck.
      If anyone has the log, replace Zap with it!

  • Jason Luo

    I need a good hog rider deck to get to arena 9. Working on getting my hog to level 7

    • Will Potter

      Can you show us your current deck?

  • Bobhob

    I just dropped out of legendary arena. What can I do with ice wizard, miner, princess, and log? I don’t know how to use princess very well.

    • Dennis Tsui

      ice wizard, miner, mega minion, minion hoard, skeleton army, ice spirit. zap, goblin barrel got me to 3800 with underleveled cards