Hog Rider Freeze Deck from Top Players and How to use it!

Currently this Hog Rider + Freeze + Valkyrie deck is very popular in Arena 8 and lots of top players are using it! I really want to share it with all you guys, who love using Hog Riders! A big thanks to redditmanexe for sharing lots of great tips about using it!

Hog Rider Freeze Deck from Top Players

Hog Rider Freeze Deck from Top Players

Clash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale FreezeClash Royale ValkyrieClash Royale Inferno Tower
Clash Royale elixir collectorClash Royale ArrowsClash Royale SkeletonClash Royale Musketeer

Recommended card levels (for Arena 7 and above): Hog Rider level 5, Musketeer level 5, Valkyrie level 5, Inferno Tower level 5 (or Cannon level 7), Elixir Collector level 4, Arrows level 7, Skeletons level 7 and Freeze level 2.


Hog Rider. Along with Freeze, Hog Rider is the core, the main damage dealer of this deck. Just don’t attack with Hog Rider alone because it is very easy to counter him and you will put yourself to an Elixir disadvantage.

Freeze: We all love using this card! It is good for both offense and defense. Don’t Freeze the opponent’s defensive troop unless you couple him with Valkyrie or Musketeer. A backup troop will help you kill defensive troops while they are frozen, so your opponent won’t be able to launch a counter attack right after that.


Arrows: I don’t have much to say about this card. It is just extremely useful at dealing with Minion Horde, swarms and Princess. If your opponent has both, it’s better to use it on Minion Horde

Musketeer: One of my favorite cards in Clash Royale! She deals loads of damage and helps you take down beefy troops such as Giant, Valkyrie, Mini P.E.K.K.A, Hog Rider,… quickly. You can use her to deal with Cannon. When coupled with 1 Elixir Skeletons and Inferno Tower, you can easily deal with bug push such as P.E.K.K.A, Golem, Giant, Royal Giant,… and launch a counter push with your Hog Rider + Freeze right after that.

Valkyrie is a great card for dealing with ground swarms and Hog Rider pushes when you don’t have the Inferno Tower up. After defending, you can easily push with Hog+ Freeze + Valkyrie. Valkyrie + Freeze is a great combo for defending against tank + 3 Musketeers combo (very popular right now). If your opponent has Barbarians, you must save your Valkyrie for them. But If your opponent is smart, he will use Barbarians most of the time to kill your Hog Rider and it will be better to couple your Hog Rider with Valkyrie!

Inferno Tower: You can replace Inferno Tower with Cannon depending on your current Arena meta. After the last Clash Royale update, we have been facing Royal Giant a lot and that’s also why I strongly recommend using Inferno Tower. Inferno is also extremely strong against P.E.K.K.A, Golem, Giant Skeleton,… Just be careful and use it reactively!

Elixir Collector is your starring card in this deck. When you have it, place it behind your Tower. There is no need to place it in the middle since we have the Inferno Tower already. This card can force your opponents to attack (as they don’t want to waste Elixir) and you can defend with your cards then launch the counter attack right after that.

Skeletons are great for distracting Prince, P.E.K.K.A, Giant Skeleton, Musketeers, Wizards,… (read more about dealing with Wizard by using Skeletons at here). Sometimes, you can even use them to help your Hog bypass buildings!

 Tips for using this deck

  • Don’t Freeze opponent’s defending troops If your Hog is not coupled with Musketeer or Valkyrie as your opponent can launch a counter push and destroy your Tower. Of course unless it is at the end of the battle and you just want to finish off that Tower!
  • Don’t place your Inferno Tower down as an opening move.
  • Barbarians are the best counter to this deck. If your opponent uses them offensively, kill them with Valkyrie and use everything you have to launch a Hog Rider Freeze push!
  • It’s okay do take damage If you know you can do a lot of more damage in the counter push.
  • Musketeers + Skeletons is a great combo against Hog + Small troops push.
  • If your Valkyrie and Musketeer have low HP after defending, your Hog Rider should soak damage for them once they have crosses the river, in order to keep them alive as long as you can.
  • If your Valkyrie and Musketeer still have lots of HP after defending, it’s better to drop your Hog after them.
  • Elixir Collector is your best starting hand. If you don’t have it, it’s better to just wait for your opponent’s move.
  • If your opponent places down a troop behind his Tower, place your Valkyrie or Musketeer behind your Tower.
  • Don’t hesitate to use your Freeze to defend!
  • Hog can easily push your Valkyrie by using Hog Rider, read more about this trick at here!

Okay so that’s everything I want to share with you guys about this deck. Don’t hesitate to comment If you need any help or If you have any suggestion! Also, please share this with your friends If you like this deck!

  • JoeBar

    2 decks on 3 i face is Hog Freeze, and the other is Royal Giant deck.

    • Mela Gene

      There’s an easier way to do it. PROTIP: https://plus.google.com/114266007316790148456/posts/EKdz1rAksFy

    • Joseph P.

      Hog freeze is a good deck but the easiest counter is to wait for when he freezes and use goblins

      • Will Potter

        yea, this requires lots of skills tho as lots of players can push to the top North with this deck :D.

    • Will Potter


      • GodIHopeShez18

        Will can u post a deck for me i use it in arena 6 pushing to arena 7. It contains hog rider pekka barbs elix collector min horde fireball and freeze. I’m at around 1900 -+ now and still pushing forward

        • Will Potter

          Of course man! Please share your deck here!

  • Caleb Kimmel

    Hey, I have a deck that got me to arena 5 when I was stuck in a 3-4 cycle. It uses the hog-freeze combo, but that isn’t my go to combo. I use the freeze for defense, mostly. My Cards:
    Witch, Giant, Minion Horde, Freeze, Hog, Minty Pekka, Baby Dragon, Skeletons.
    Combos: witch-giant, witch-baby dragon, baby dragon-minion horde, hog-horde, hog-baby dragon.

  • Richard Hu

    Hey I know this is kinda off-topic but does anyone mind giving feedback to my deck? I’m currently a level 8 free2play at 1900+ (I don’t play too much) and my deck is as follows:
    ~Balloon (Level 3)
    ~Freeze (Level 2)
    ~Goblins (Level 7)
    ~Spear Goblins (Level 8)
    ~Arrows (Level 8)
    ~Cannon (Level 8)
    ~Barbarians (Level 8)
    ~Wizard (Level 5)
    I can comment about my playstyle if necessary but my primary win condition is Loon+Freeze. My main problems seem to be with Golems, Giants, and Royal Giants (and presumably Lava Hounds). Thank you for reading and great post Will!

    • steven

      Use enferno instead of cannon or barbs.

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  • Naro

    I Use it in order to push from 5 to 6 (and hopefully above) did you got any ideas how I should substitute the Collector?
    And what are your thoughts on an exchange from the Inferno iam not sure if it suits the Arena well

    • Will Potter

      Bomb Tower would be a great substitute mate! Otherwise you can give Tom stone a try!

      • Naro

        Thanks for your efforts btw.
        Well so I should run Inferno + Tom or Bomb?
        Or Exchange the Inferno so far iam not sure about Inferno + i need an exchange for the collector.
        So far I using spearGobs.

  • Savagea

    What can I replace for exlixer collecter

    • Will Potter

      You can replace it with Tombstone buddy!

  • Boozie

    What would you replace elixir collector with (A5 or lower) or would you run a different Hog deck for A5?

    • Will Potter

      Tombstone all the way!

  • Akshat

    I just beat a dark prince sparky deck with this deck

    • Will Potter

      Nice one but pretty expensive 😀

  • steven

    trifecta freeze deck. LOL. I always use trifecta freeze deck so good.

    • Will Potter

      What is your highest trophy record buddy?

      • steven

        Sorry I actually use trifecta deck but use enferno inseam of cannon. My current trophy is 1976 as a level 6 player.

        • Will Potter

          That’s pretty nice. Keep up the good work man!