Stunning Royal Giant Deck – Get to 4000+ without Legendary Card!

Hello guys, in this Clash Royale Guide, I am going to show you a very easy to use Free-to-play deck, which got me to 4000 trophies. Although this deck uses 2 Epic cards but they are all the very popular ones, the Lightning and Skeleton Army.

I recently wrote an article here on how to get to 3000 trophies with no legendaries. The deck itself propelled me forward to about 3700 but struggled much further due to a lack of defensive buildings and recent Giant nerfs. I went back to the drawing boards and starting looking at the current top 100 players and what kind of decks seemed to be catapulting people up that high. I tried to look for decks that didn’t have completely maxed out cards, which was difficult to find up there.

Best Royal Giant F2P Deck

Best Royal Giant F2P Deck

One deck I came across was this Royal Giant, Fire Spirit, Log combo deck which seemed to be really popular and fairly easy to use – especially against current metas (Hogs and Royal Giants). I’ve been playing with this deck for about a week now and it has very quickly catapulted me past 4000 trophies. I’ve recorded the last 3 battles before I got to 4000 to try and illustrate how to most effectively use this combination. The results of video can be seen here – there is some great footage against RGs, hogs and all manner of nasty troops to play against and hopefully this army can help you guys get to 4000 as well.

This deck certainly makes use of the current meta. It involves several of the top performing cards currently in a game and they all work together very nicely. Let’s take a closer look at what cards are used:

Clash Royale Royal GiantClash Royale FurnaceClash Royale Fire SpiritsClash Royale Skeleton Army
Clash Royale ZapClash Royale ArchersClash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale Lightning

Royal Giant: We all know what this bad boy does – remember, the key to winning is to spam this down (not at the cost of defense) as often as possible. Sometimes if you find yourself under a lot of pressure, people stop putting the Royal Giant down because of the high Elixir cost, but remember, it will cause them to spend on defense as well so it’s good to get this down as often as safely possible.

Furnace: An absolutely key defensive unit within this game. You will see in the video replays, several occasions where the Furnace Spirits take out mass Minion armies allowing for a huge Elixir gain. Likewise combined with log and Fire Spirits, they will also take out Barbarians – the most commonly used defense against Royal Giants. The building itself is very useful to put down against Hogs or incoming ranged attacks. It can tank a few hits allowing for time to get down extra units.

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Fire Spirits: Just like the furnace these units are incredibly useful defensively, doing great damage to almost any incoming unit – especially air. They also do a decent amount of chip damage on enemy buildings if you get a chance to use them. You will want to take a look at here to read more about the best tips on using Fire Spirits!

Skeleton Army: Another unit in the current meta. Now whilst the Skeleton Army will often be left useless due to enemy Zaps – with the amount of Fire Spirits being churned out you can often find that the enemy has used your zap on something else allowing you to get the Skeleton Army off and onto the enemy tower. An example of this is in the first clip in the video. Once they are on the tower they do devastating damage. The Skeleton Army is also used defensively against Giants, Royal Giants and Hogs – it’s extremely effective and taking down those dangerous units quickly, all for a very small amount of Elixir.

Zap / Log (if you want to use legendary): We all know what the zap and log does – it saves lives. Remember to use The Log at the best possible opportunity when as many troops as possible are in their way. If you can, get it to hit the enemy tower as well for a small amount of damage.

Archers: Now you might wonder why we use Archers instead of the Princess. Very simply, the DPS from Archers is much higher than the Princess and they also carry more life. The range is less but placed behind other defensive troops you’ll find them more useful. Also – they are an excellent defense (if you get them down quick enough) against Graveyard which is very common in the metas above 4000 trophies.

Mega Minion: As of today the mega Minion has been nerfed but it is still an incredibly strong unit. Take an equivalent hard hitting unit – the Musketeer. The Musketeer costs one Elixir more; it hits less hard and has less life even after the Mega Minion nerf! What’s not to love?! This card has been so common in metas at every level that I’d go as far as to say it definitely needed a nerf, but even with the nerf it’s one hell of a card to have in your deck!

Lightning: Our big nasty spell. This spell needs to be used carefully – it’s also very popular right now for all sorts of reasons. Firstly, the lightning squishes medium sized troops that might build up against your Royal Giant – secondly it can do very decent damage to an enemy tower whilst simultaneously squishing troops and third, it also helps squish defensive buildings.

Top Tip: If you are playing against an enemy with Inferno Tower – play your Royal Giant from the back and gather enough Elixir to play your lightening over the enemy tower and the Inferno Tower as soon as he puts it down. You’ll then easily take down the Inferno and get some decent shots off against the tower too.

I hope you guys enjoyed this deck – let me know if it helps you to get to 4000 trophies and beyond. It’s a very strong composition and until clone is released, it will continue to be so.

Thanks for reading/watching and as always please don’t forget to subscribe to Chucky’s channel for more strategy and tips in Clash Royale & Clash of Clans. All support is seriously appreciated!!

  • randy

    hey i am first

    • Very Unlucky

      im the 1st to reply to the 1st comment

      • John

        I’m the first to reply to the first reply to the first comment!!!

  • randy

    hey i am 2nd lol

  • SirAxealot

    I’m the third

  • SivHawk Gaming

    44444444444444444444444444444444444444444th

  • SivHawk Gaming

    i will try this deck, seems pretty common right now. Is log a better choice for zap than zap?

    • IK-_-IK

      I recommend the Log

    • Hitler-sama

      Log!
      I use this deck with princess instead of fire spirits and log instead of zap. It´s amazing (btw except for my lvl 2 princess all the other cards are at tournament standard)

  • Florian Hess

    Thanks for the good article. 🙂
    I wonder though, do submissions get proof read before publication?

    • Will Potter

      Yes of course 🙂

  • TheRSVA7
    • Spectral

      Same day? Wow! That’s lucky. And now they’re at level 2! Congrats

    • John

      Lol y u no play in english?

      • TheRSVA7

        I normally play in english but I watched a video that says if you make your language Italian you will be luckier

        It’s true tho

        • Luis Plaza

          its not true, language has no effect on anything

          • Will Potter

            I have no idea about this but tons of players are using the pattern above to track their cycles. It works for almost everyone!
            Thank you very much for the research by the way. Please keep us updated!

          • Albert Sung

            im going to change my language to Italian. There is no negative impact it gives you so ill give it try! ill keep updated. 🙂

        • Will Potter

          Seriosuly?

          • TheRSVA7

            Well, since i made my language italian I got 4 leggys

        • John

          Lol language doesn’t affect drop rates

          • TheRSVA7

            I dont care, I’m still happy

    • General Draza

      Wow dude your suppa lucky congratulations

    • Will Potter

      Congrats 🙂

  • bud is wizer

    You guys are all just taking up space

    • bud is wizer

      (Siraxealot and randy)

    • Adam

      Just like you! And me by posting this comment.

  • IK-_-IK

    Hey, if anyone reads this i’d like to say I use a similar RG deck, but firstly as a F2P player the furnace is a hard card to play in ladder since fire spirits 1 level below the king level get one shot by arena towers, which means it will have to be high levelled to be viable. Also Ive used this deck before and it is really tough to play against the popular giant bowler lightning deck, as well as any air decks with this.

    As an RG player, an alternative i suggest to this deck is – RG, Inferno tower, Skarmy, Princess, Miner, Zap, The Log, Mega minion. The deck has two different styles of play- defensive chip style as a spell bait deck, or the aggressive style using the RG. You can switch between the two styles depending on the situation or the opponents deck which makes this deck extremely well rounded and versatile.

    I am currently sitting at 3700 with this deck with only tournament standard cards (apart from level 10 royal giant), if you have the legendaries definitely give it a go!

    • Adam

      Sounds cool! I would probably try it out if I actually had Legendaries xD. Also with the furnace I have to agree with you, although the furnace is super useful against troops (doesn’t it just feel awesome watching your fire spirits insta-reck a Minion Horde?) and you can still use it in challenges.

  • 2307

    please i have no legendaries and in arena 6 but having difficulty reaching arena 7.
    please could someone share a deck below

    • Athena_the_chosen

      Hi there! There is this deck I used in Arena 6 which got me Arena 7 and more… I am not too sure if it works for you, but I guess if you apply the right strategy, you will be able to have the same result 😉

      Goblins, Valkyrie, Musketeer, Arrows, Goblin Barrel, Guards (if you don’t have one use minion horde), Skeleton Army, and Spear Goblins 🙂

      If you want to know my strategy, it is this: defend and survive, or die trying lol 😉 I hope it works out!

      • Will Potter

        Thanks for sharing this my man!

    • Adam

      Another deck that I used (and recently too so the meta is still similar):
      Hog Rider
      Goblins
      Cannon
      Elixir Pump
      Zap
      Musketeer
      Valkyrie
      Cannon

      Basically just do tons of Pig Pushes (Hog Rider + Goblins) and if you have enough elixir do Valkyrie Hog and Musketeer with the Valkyrie just in front of the Hog and the Musketeer a couple tiles behind them. If they have a big push use your Cannon to take out the tank and Valkyrie to defeat the support units. If you need to you can use your Zap on the enemy push. Against Hog Riders just use a Valkyrie or Cannon and against air raids save your Musketeer and Cannon for the Balloons. Good luck!

      • General Draza

        Same here

    • Very Unlucky

      use my really weird deck that got me to arena 7 as a level 5 …lel
      lvl 5 arrow
      lvl 1 g skelly
      lvl 5 fire spirit
      lvl 4 hog rider
      lvl 2 witch
      lvl 1 skarmy
      lvl 2 furnace
      (I know it looks sad, but it works for low level cards which I find awesome!)

      • fatbu

        well i guess that it wouldn’t be very good against air troops

        • Very Unlucky

          wanna use a lvl 2 musketeer,lvl 3 minions, or lvl 3 archers against air?

    • General Draza

      I used the tri fecta deck which is quite easy to use once you get the hang of it. Pretty sure that its on this site

      • Will Potter

        Yea you can easily find it via the search section!

    • Chief JOEL
  • Ethan

    This is the deck everyone but the ones who are using it absolutely hate 🙁

    • fatbu

      I see this everywhere: when someone is using the RG, they’re using this deck.

      • John

        (With the log)

        • XK Yeoh

          Haha

    • Adam

      The RG days are back huh?

    • Will Potter

      Haha yea true story!

  • SirAxealot

    My bad still new to this site

  • Joseph Shen

    Of course, you have a friggin Royal Giant. No skill card. Obviously overleveled for you to stay up there. I’m level 9 in 4K and I’m sick of seeing my opponent drop a level 12 Royal Giant off the bat, paired with level 13 minions and level 13 zap. Getting ridiculous.

    • BossKillCody

      highly doubt youre 4k at level 9

    • Ethan

      So true ^

    • Adam

      It’s a little more complicated than that. First of all, what deck do you use? Trifecta? Well how is placing a Valkyrie Hog and Musketeer so much harder than playing a Royal Giant Minions and Zap? Or Giant Mega Minion Mini-Pekka? Or whatever. Second of all, defense is really when this game requires skill. There aren’t nearly as many ingenious combat maneouvers on offense as there are on defense. And finally, if you’re gonna get so upset why are you playing this game?

      P.S.: No, I don’t use a Royal Giant. Mine is lvl 7.

      • Ethan

        The difference about it is since the royal giant has such a long range, its much harder to completely stop any damage, where with a trifecta or just about any other deck, its so much easier to block any damage on the tower, even without a defensive building. And once you have taken a tower, the other one is basically already gone because of the royal giants range. Personally I would be fine with level 10 or even 11 royal giants every so often, but the fact that literally half the matches I play above 3900 are level 12 and 13 royal giants is just stupid.

        • Adam

          What about Miner? Or Rocket? Or X-Bow? Or Mortar? Or Princess? Look I know that these are all hated cards and it does seem that most people dislike the direct damage cards most but still Royal Giants aren’t the only troops like that.

          • Ethan

            Yes the cards you listed are hard to completely counter, but the amount of damage they do (aside from xbow and mortar, which can be stopped fairly easily with a tank or building in my opinion) is minuscule compared to the royal giants overpowered DPS. And as for the rocket, I agree they are annoying for being impossible to stop but after the rocket is dropped, you are at a 6 elixir advantage and can punish your opponent with a very strong push they cant defend

          • Adam

            Here’s the thing: it’s not like the Royal Giant has no counters. Inferno? They zap it? Just use Goblins or a Mega Minion or Ice Spirit or anything like that. Cannon/Tombstone + Goblins/Minions/Mega Minion/other high DPS unit. They zap it? Use a different high DPS unit. Barbarians. The RG might get some damage done, but they will be able to take it out (unless your opponent has a Fireball/Wizard). A Tombstone is nice because it can push the Royal Giant out of tower range so it retargets onto the Tombstone. You can also use 3 Muskets, Minion Horde, Lightning if they play support units, etcetera. I know that the other cards I listed aren’t very good (aside from the Princess and maybe Miner) but the thing with long range troops is that a fast reaction speed can be granted through practice and skill. All in all I don’t think the Royal Giant is that OP. Besides, when has there not been a card (or combo) in CR that’s not sort of OP?

          • fatbu

            ‘Inferno? They zap it? Just use Goblins or a Mega Minion or Ice Spirit or anything like that.’

            well most royal giant decks have furnace, which makes stopping it with cheap glass cannon troops pretty much suicide

            Barbarians is much better I agree.

          • Adam

            2 Fire Spirits can’t kill a Mega Minion actually (it has about as much health as Barbs) and the Ice Spirit would freeze the RG before the Fire Spirits get there, so although Goblins might not work it seems like everything else would.

          • Ethan

            But who on tarnation sends a lone RG? Nobody, thats who. And fwi I can counter the RG but the fact everyone uses him and he is by far the hardest and most annoying troop to counter (except maybe xbow but nobody plays that) makes the game less enjoyable. I would suggest watching Ashes video “Is the Royal Giant ruining the ladder?” for a better explanation of why the royal giant needs a nerf.

          • Adam

            And it got a nerf. Apparently not a big enough one but no one wants it back where it started do they? Besides, against the support just use a Mini-Pekka/Valkyrie/Fireball/Zap/Rocket/Lightning/Giant SkeletonWhatever you would use against the support troops of a Giant, and then you can reck the RG. And I haven’t really found him to be that annoying to counter, and after all when has there been a time when one combo didn’t show up 70% of the time?

          • Ethan

            LOL Who doesn’t want RG back were is started? xD And you cant simply drop a high DPS unit behind the RG because his range is so freaking long, and Ashes video (which I hope you took the time to watch) came out after the RGs slight nerf. Although I must agree there is always a high amount of a single deck at all times but 9 times out of 10 that one deck is a RG based deck which has gotten so frustrating I replaced my regular defensive structure (tombstone) with the single best RG counter I could find (inferno tower). Again, a reasonably leveled RG would be absolutely fine with me, but thats the card EVERYONE who uses it gets 1 or 2 levels above what it would be at normally, its a pain in the ass. (pardon my language but it is)

    • kwugfighter

      I just can’t believe that I’M facing lvl 12 RGs at 3.2K.

      • Will Potter

        haha

  • Time2Mine 2.0

    reply ‘luck’ to this comment to get so much luck ur socks will fall of!! (thats if u have any socks on, if not, ur feet will fall off.) 🙂

    • Lightning King

      bad ‘luck’

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      Why are you keeping on posting the same message?

  • Gamewarrior

    I will find you and make life as hard and miserable for u.

    WHY ARE YOU SHARING A ROYAL GIANT DECK

    • Adam

      The hate is real. For fudging sake if you’re gonna freak out then stop playing this game (no matter how addictive).

      P.S.: As hard and miserable as what?

    • DavidThePro21

      Dude, Royal Giants are good at taking out towers and such

      • rappy scores

        I think that he means that he is mad because he hates facing the RG, and this deck encourages more people to use the RG

        • DavidThePro21

          oh ok

    • Keane

      Everyone is using the RG man. Why do you hate it? It got nerfed a lot of times and even youtubers are using it!

      • Gamewarrior

        Exactly.

    • Will Potter

      haha sorry If you don’t like Royal Giant!

  • rappy scores

    does it matter that much if your furnace is at a level where it can’t reach tower?

    • Very Unlucky

      nah…

  • DavidThePro21

    What if they Tornado the Giant into the Inferno?

    • rappy scores

      It won’t make much of a difference because the inferno tower can reach the RG without the help of the tornado, I think

      • fatbu

        no it can’t

        • rappy scores

          oh my mistake

          • Paul Justin Detkowski

            If you want to use 9 elixir to counter 6 I guess. Also have to be careful because it would pull in any support such as archers or MM or skeles

          • rappy scores

            tornado kills skeles

          • Paul Justin Detkowski

            but it doesnt happen instantly. they could each get a hit on the inferno tower

          • rappy scores

            um to tornado a royal giant in range of an inferno tower you don’t need to put the tornado DIRECTLY on the inferno tower which will keep the skeles away, plus skeles don’t do much damage.

      • John Smith

        u need to time it

      • Keane

        I think he is talking about the normal Giant

      • DavidThePro21

        actually RG can outrange Inferno

    • Will Potter

      Stop overthinking man.

      • DavidThePro21

        true…

  • John

    I got 6 legendaries even before I started paying

    • fatbu

      haha i know someone who has 8 legendaries without spam-paying

  • Auraeus

    Hahaha this is exactly my deck. I kinda took it from some people in legendary but swapped out log (which most used) for a zap.

  • LavaHoundJB

    Haha! I have 6 (lvl 2 Ice Wizard) and I’m F2P in Frozen. My friends that have been playing for almost 2 years have like 2. I’ve only been on Clash for about a yr and a half.

    XD

    • Frank Sriracha

      I dont think clash royale has been out for that long…

      • Haramfrommars

        Came out in January 4 2016

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      Clash royale came out this year only bro

    • Faiz Aqil

      Lol the game hasn’t even been out for a year

      • Keane

        Oh, Roasted!!!

    • kwugfighter

      Stop lying and tell us the truth lol

    • animefreak

      Hahah clash royale hasnt been out for 2 year even if you played beta

      • Will Potter

        It was released on January 4th 2016 exactly xD

    • Will Potter

      Level 6 and level 2 Ice Wizard? Wow that’s so cool xD

  • Sander

    i played 9 times with this deck an i only lost 1, this deck is amazing

    • Will Potter

      Awesome xD

  • Chief JOEL

    omg this is just my deck

    • animefreak

      Im pretty sure you didnt make it

      • Hotshot Gamer Boy

        He probably means” my kind of deck “

        • animefreak

          Ahh ok my mistake

      • Chief JOEL

        i GOT IT FRM MY FRND.

        • animefreak

          Im pretty sure your friend didnt make it since finland top players has been using that dexk for VERY long time but i could be wrong

    • Will Potter

      Really? Awesome xD

  • sealos

    This deck is a BEAST! Out of 16 games, I’ve lost 1 and had 4 draws. I was in a slump around 3000 and now I’m at 3225 from 2900. The deck that kicked my ass was a LH, Inferno Drago, Mega Minion and Baby Dragon deck. The Inferno Drag just sliced right thru the RG.

  • ARQyuil

    What about lava lightning or just “tank” lightning?? Any place for an inferno tower??

    • fatbu

      probably none…

    • Will Potter

      Nope, since Inferno Tower is also weak to Lightning!

  • Cameron Horne

    Will this deck still be good when clone spell is released?
    Btw this deck is amazing I had this same deck before for awhile and I’m at 3315 at level 9

    • Will Potter

      Will this deck get affected by that Spell?
      Good luck! Hope you can push a lot further with this deck buddy!

  • William Walker

    Any replacements for mega minion? Been in arena 7 for a while now and still don’t have one

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      Minions although they are vulnerable to splash damage

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      Minions though they would be vulnerable to splash damage

    • Paul Justin Detkowski

      Minions all have the added benefit of being good vs Lightning, which is everywhere 😛

      • Will Potter

        xD

    • Buttman Rush

      Use minions.

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    I have been doing work with this deck. I have climbed over 2900 for the first time and have been winning more often than losing again. Been a while since I’ve actually had to wait for my next crown chest

    Love the deck but would you recommend any legendaries? I have Log, Princess, Ice Wizard, Graveyard, and Inferno Dragon. I may still switch back to no legendaries but I am curious.

    • Will Potter

      You can try to replace Fire Spirits with Princess but to be honest I wouldn’t recommend that!

      • Paul Justin Detkowski

        I just kept in the fire spirits and this deck got me to 3100 so far from 2800!

  • Norbysweg

    lol he beat me with this deck in the tournament
    by the way royal giant reks x-bow

    • Will Potter

      Who? Chucky beat you?

      • Norbysweg

        yes he did, 3 times of course

        • Zigge

          Are you guys in the same clan?

          • Norbysweg

            no, I played against him in Galbers Gaming’s tournament

          • Zigge

            Ah ok.

  • Keane

    How will this deck deal with the all air deck: Lavahound, Inferno Dragon and Baby Dragon?

    • Will Potter

      Push on the other lane when your opponent drops something big down. Save your Mega Minion for the Lava Hound!

      • OnMyMomsAccount

        I wrecked hound decks w/ archers and mega minion

  • OnMyMomsAccount

    I love this deck, thanks so much, got on a 10 win win streak from 2750 trophies to 3008 and into the legendary arena!

    • Will Potter

      Wow that’s impressive! Congrats buddy! Good luck further!

  • Abed Daouk

    I don’t have the log should I replace it with tornado or arrows ?

  • Sander

    maybe a tip, if you dont have a high furnace, use a inferno tower.
    works for me

  • DarthEumathema

    I used a Dark Prince instead of Archers and Goblin Hut instead of Furnace and made it to 3500 as lvl9.

    • fatbu

      Wow good job 😀

  • TheFakeSlimShady

    Quick question, can the musketeer replace the archers?

  • Draining_01

    It push me from 2256 to 2400 ! Btw I’m F2p Have lvl 5 rares,lvl 2 epic,And lvl 8 Common!