Trifecta Deck for Arena 7, 8 and 9

The Trifecta Deck is extremely popular in Clash Royale these days, that’s why today I want to talk a bit about it. This deck uses Hog Rider, Valkyrie and Musketeer as the main elements.


Trifecta Deck for Arena 7, 8 and 9

Cards Breakdown

Clash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale ValkyrieClash Royale MusketeerClash Royale Poison
Clash Royale ZapClash Royale SkeletonClash Royale CannonClash Royale elixir collector

Hog Rider: It is obviously our main damage dealer in this deck. Couple him with Skeletons to bypass buildings when needed. After a successful defense, you can place him right behind your Valkyrie and the Hog with push Valkyrie to the opponent’s Tower quickly, while the Valkyrie above is removing all small distractions.

Valkyrie is our MVP on defense. Good HP and good damage. She can easily take out group of troops (Goblins, Barbarians, …), Wizard, Musketeer, Witch, …. She can soak 1 damage from the Sparky. She is also very helpful on offense at protecting the Hog Rider and Musketeer behind. With the help from the Poison, she can take out Hog Rider in just 2 swings.


Musketeer is one of the few air defense cards in this deck so you will want to have her ready on defense most of the time. If you face a heavy air deck, it is recommended to use Poison on defense first, in order to deal with Minions and Lava Pups, as well as slow down the opponents.

Skeletons is definitely one of the best cards in Clash Royale. They can be used on both offense and defense. On offense, couple them with Hog Rider to bypass buildings as mentioned above. Sometimes you will want to send in front of your Hog to deal with the Inferno Tower. On defense, they can deal with Prince, Mini P.E.K.K.A, … and can help you take out tanks, Royal Giant, Hog Rider, … faster when protected.

Cannon can be used to counter Hog Rider, Royal Giant, Giant, Balloon, Lava Hound and so many other cards. It is just so useful. You can somehow replace it with Tesla or Inferno Tower if you want but personally I am totally fine with the Cannon!

Zap is definitely one of the best cards in Clash Royale because of its versatility. It can help you stop the charging Prince, Sparky. It can reset Inferno Tower’s damage, Royal Giant’s target. It can also 1 hit Spear Goblins, Goblins, Skeletons and Ice Spirit, as well as give your Hog Rider 1 more hit. Zap is just extremely useful!
Poison is another very versatile card. You can use it on both offense and defense. There isn’t any way to counter this card, literally. Use it wisely on offense to prevent your opponent from using cheap troops to defend, as well as to slow down and drain defensive buildings and units. On defense, a single Poison sometimes is enough to deal with a big push. This card brings the highest value while dealing with Hut Decks.
Elixir Collector is an obvious choice for most decks at this time. Having it in the opening hand is such a huge advantage. Place it down whenever you can to save gain the Elixir advantage and force your opponent to attack first. Once you have 2 Elixir Collectors ready on the ground, you can easily out-cycle your opponent and send your Hog before his counter is ready.

General Gameplan

Basically, while using this deck, try to play defensively first then counter push with the survived troops. You can read more about counterpushing at here. If don’t have the Elixir Collector in your starting hand, place the Valkyrie right behind the King’s Tower and wait for your opponent’s move. At the start, you can push right away with Hog Rider + Skeletons to deal tons of damage and try to figure out your opponent’s deck from the troops he uses to defend.

If you use Valkyrie to defend, you will always want to place the Hog Rider down right behind to push her and followed by Musketeer. Valkyrie + Hog Rider + Musketeer + Poison is the strongest push of this deck and it usually gives you a Tower if launched properly.

Here are some popular matchups you can face every day:

  • Royal Giant Decks: Place Cannon down reactively then use Valkyrie/Musketeer/Skeletons to take the Royal Giant down.
  • Hog Rider Decks: Use your Cannon wisely to defend. If you don’t have the Cannon ready, you can use either Skeletons or Musketeer to defend.
  • Sparky: Use Zap right when the Sparky is about to cross the bridge then use Skeletons to take it down. If you don’t have the Zap ready, use Skeletons/Valkyrie/Cannon to soak damage.
  • Air Decks: Place the Elixir Collector in front of the King’s Tower and after the Cannon. Use Zap, Musketeer and Poison to defend!
  • Miner Decks: Use Skeletons to deal with the Miner and use Valkyrie to deal with the backline. Place the Elixir Collector in front of the King’s Tower so both Towers can target the Miner.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Keep practicing with your Clan mates guys! Also, card level really matters, especially at high Arenas, where you find that your Zap can’t 1 hit Goblins and so on.
Hopefully you have found this Trifecta Deck helpful. Good luck!
  • NemNem

    Hey Will, i think this deck is so powerful that when i try this, i met a guy who using the same deck as me. By the way, is The Log useful? I just got it a few days ago and now i got miner. Any good miner cycle deck?

    • Purple N’ Gold

      Miner decks are very strong right now, if you have the princes to, you have a deadly deck.

      • Will Potter

        Yea, totally agree with you!

  • Sam L

    I’ve been practicing with the trifecta deck for a while now after the witch, valk, mini pek furnace deck went on a massive loosing streak… I tried with the skeles for ages, with mixed results, but have recently switched them out for the fire spirits and am having a much better time with it. the most popular counter to the Hog seems to be barbs, so sending a hog backed by fire spirits basically counters the barbs because they’re dead by the time they cross the bridge, and the hog still gets a hit on the tower.

  • Ultimit☆Cuest

    Where can I fit a ice wiz in here? I’m thinking of replacing either skeletons, cannon, of poison

    • Adam

      Poison I think. They are pretty similar but the Ice Wizard is one of the best legendaries so it’s better in most cases

      P.S. So you got an Ice Wiz? Congrats. Last I checked your only legendary was the Miner.

      • Terry Bert

        Poison is one of the main cards in this deck

        • Adam

          Poison is more of a support card for both defense and offenses. The Ice Wiz in this deck is simply better.

      • Ultimit☆Cuest

        Yeah, replacing with poison sounds good.

        Nope! No ice wiz. My friend got one though, and I’m trying to find a deck for him. I recommend hog cycle, and want him to work with one. We’re doing friendly battles till he gets it, he says it’s a hog cycle but sometimes he never plays his hog the entire match. -.- only trying to help a friend out. That being said, I see you comment a lot, do you need any help 🙂 I’m 2644 currently, and hope to get to legend(just got a magical dying for a princess but probably just gonna get my dreams crushed)


        • Adam

          Actually I just found a Quadfecta deck similar to the Trifecta remake that has been working really well but before that I kept getting stuck in arena 5.

    • Terry Bert

      Nope replace the elixir collector

      • Terry Bert

        Replacing poison would be dumb cos you’ll have only 1 spell

        • Ultimit☆Cuest

          I’ve used solely zap since forever, currently using a miner cycle deck, wanted to help a friend out. I don’t think collector because hog cycle r supposed to cycle fast, and a pump contributes to that

    • Will Potter

      Yes! Skeletons! Good luck!

      • Ultimit☆Cuest

        Thx that’s what I was thinking 🙂 and again you make great websites! Lots of high quality posts! Keep it up!

        I read the comments and someone replaced skeletons with fire spirits. Maybe replace cannon with IW and use the fire spirits

  • TheMad

    Zap doesn’t kill ice spirit unless it’s one level higher.

    • Terry Bert

      Yh Ice spirit is like a moving zap


      2 levels

  • Ilija Dzambo

    I have princess but have no ideas which deck to use with her? If you have any suggests please comment on this

    • Terry Bert

      You can replace elixir collector

      • Terry Bert

        Or skeletons

    • cryptids XD

      princess and rocket, just use spear goblins and put princess on the bridge for chip damage

    • Will Potter

      She is the support card which can be placed in almost any deck 😀

  • Cheezy Pizza

    The trifecta has literally survived through every meta in cr

    • Will Potter

      That’s why it’s so popular right now 😀

  • Thor

    What deck can I use to push to arena 7 im in arena 6?

    • Will Potter

      You can use the Trifecta Deck for Arena 6 I posted yesterday 😀

      • Thor


        • Hunter

          thor, I used this deck and pushed to arena 7 and i am only level six, all my rares are lv 4 and commons are lv 6. I used arrow instead of zap and minions instead of the pump

      • Thor

        I can’t push to arena 7

      • Thor

        All times I lose

        • Will Potter

          Hmm I don’t know what to say but it’s the easiest deck to use at this time 🙁

      • Thor

        Can U post more about arena 7 decks?

        • Will Potter

          Sure! Will do my best!

      • Thor

        Thx now I see the deck

  • mezzaBS

    i’m use this deck always lose with deck RG 🙁

    • Will Potter

      Use Cannon reactively to soak damage and take the RG out with Mini P.E.K.K.A/Vakyrie

    • DarkReaper2509

      Changing cannon for mini pekka is a good option

  • Josh2128

    Any good giant witch or royal giant deck for arena 7,trying to push past 2300 trophies,but I am stuck at 2200-2300 trophies.been also battling lots of sparkys too

    • Will Potter

      I posted some before. Did you give them a try??

      • Josh2128

        Yup,still getting used to a rg deck u posted,might have to try to experiment with other cards

        • Terry Bert

          I have rg deck F2P got me to legendary arena no epics or legendaries

          Royal Giant
          Fire spirit
          Bomb Tower

          Even if I get a legendary I don’t think It can fit in this deck so Ill just keep upgrading it

          Lvl 9 commons lvl 6 rares

          • Farhan Tahir

            What’s your general game plan?

  • zheng

    is it ok to change skeleton to ice spirit?

    • Will Potter

      Yes of course. You can also use Fire Spirits instead of Skeletons. I am using Fire Spirits right now with Trifecta and getting load of great wins!

  • Ivan

    my deck:
    Valkyrie Hog Rider Bomber M pekka Zap Musketeer Spear goblin Fire Spirits.
    do you have any suggestions?
    Lvl 10 commons lvl 7 rares

    • Will Potter

      I think you should replace Bomber with Cannon!


    I actually use barbarians instead of canon, i feel like i can do better with them 😛

  • Griff

    how do u defend against this deck, im having struggles in arena 8 with my giant, witch, musketeer, mini pekka, zap, poison, cannon, and elixir collector. any suggestions for substitutions?

    • Griff

      will? anyone?

      • Mayonnaise

        You have to save the canon for hog rider and don’t pump up in double elixir unless you absolutely have to! Take down their pump as soon as you see them pump up! Defend until double elixir were you do a hipuge push. Also maybe use minions instead of something as balk does not target air. Fireball is easier to upgrade so you could use that instead of poison

    • Cross Alpha

      Well, your deck looks like a huge push. You will forced to defend your tower if you vs hog cycle deck, hog rider, spear goblin, skeleton, cannon, zap, lightning, minions or replaced with fire spirit, and valk the best defender in this deck combined with other troops. That’s my deck and my deck really weak against air trop such lava hound and baby dragon.

  • CardCounterer

    Using this deck since 1689, no sparkies/giants/giant balloon/pekkas took me down, only very few times the royal giant. I think im a pro in this deck right now and no strategies left for me to learn about this. In my opinion, this is the best CR deck ever

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this mate!

  • Vivan

    Well, I switched out skellies with goblins and came back to 2300(arena 8) from 2000. Guess because of the skeleton count reduction goblins just work better.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this Vivan 😀
      In addition, this deck is working very well for me in Arena 9!

  • Enshrouded_

    Will, you might remember me when I got into Builders with 7/5/2 cards on Monday using your Trifecta for Arena 5. Well, I just got into Royal with 8/5/2 as a level 8 going against a buttload of level 9s. Thank you so much for posting this deck, I’m now in the top 10 of my clan!!! I have no idea how this deck works but somehow it is really good even against level 9 commons and level 7 rares.

    • Will Potter

      Yea I remember you man :D.
      Congrats and thank you very much! Good luck further!

      • Incognito _

        Hi Will, this is me, Enshrouded_. I’m on a different account right now. Just yesterday I got into Frozen Peak with 8/5.5/2 cards going against level 10 commons! This deck is still working for me even after all the balance changes. I hope to get bowler soon so I can try out some different decks you post on your awesome site. I hope you keep posting more great content. Thank you!

        • Will Potter

          I am so glad to hear that. You are a great player for sure. Keep up the good work man!

  • John Sulayman

    My version of this deck is as follows: Hog, Musketeer, Valk, Cannon, Ice Wizard, Barbs, Stab Gobs, and Zap.

    I’ve had a huge success with this deck since Arena 5 and currently sitting at 2015 trophies and still my personal high to date. Rares are level 6, Commons are level 8/9, Ice Wiz level 1.

    But I keep losing to the miner deck for some reason.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this. Hope you can push to Arena 8 soon mate!

  • Gianfranco

    This deck helped me pushing from arena 5 to arena 7. Is very strong but skill checking. I’ve seen that I’ve got some problems in 2 scenarios.
    The first is when I don’t have elixir extractor in the first hand and don’t know how to open.
    The second is vs decks using giants, balloon and barbs.

    • Hunter

      1.start with musket at the back or valk at the deck

      2. use valk to finished the troops behind the giant like the barbs. place ur cannon to make the balloon and giant moving to the centre, use ur musket or any air hitting troops when the ballooon is RIGHT ON TOP of the cannon or ur air attacking troops wont hit them

  • Lion Strike

    Can u do this deck even if ur in arena 6?

  • Chackos

    Hi will,
    I have a doubt. I replaced skeletons with fire spirits and inferno for canon. But i struggle with players using prince or mini pekka with a tank in front. My cards are 8/5/2.And im staying in royal arena.

    Thank You

    • Will Potter

      Hello Chackos,
      Drop your Fire Spirits + Valkyrie to deal with Mini P.E.K.K.A. Use Cannon to lure the Giant to the middle!

  • Chackos

    Will?or anyone?

  • henry

    Can i switch cannon with inferno?

    • Will Potter

      Yes, definitely!

  • Will Potter

    xD I am so glad to hear this. Congrats bro!

  • Chris Gennusa

    I put goblins instead of skeletons. Same use and similar cost but with alot more dps which allows me to take out princes RG giants etc. If you cant get your pumps down. You lose.

    • Will Potter

      I think the late Pump is totally okay with this deck :D.

  • Chris Gennusa

    I just got miner what would you replace in this deck with miner?

    • Will Potter

      Skeletons 😀

  • Ben

    Should I replace poison with fireball or freeze, or is it not replaceable?

    • Will Potter

      IMO Poison is better but you can try to use Fireball instead.

  • Gropaga Anthony

    Should I replace skelys for ice or fire spirit?

  • DraKo

    I can replace Skelies for Guards and Elixir Collector for Ice Wiz? (I don’t really view the collector soooooo needed on this deck :p)

  • jiwan Woo

    I’ve just started using trifecta. 2004 trophies. Practicing with friends. Any tips?

    • jiwan Woo

      I’m 7/5/1.5 level 8

    • Will Potter

      Just practice a lot and you will be good at it!

  • jiwan Woo

    Y do I suck. Any tips

    • Will Potter

      Watch your replays and learn from your mistakes!

  • Kaylee


    I’m at Arena 9. I was advised that trifecta deck would suit my deck with a Lumberjack and Log Legendary cards. But i didn’t leveled up my skeleton amd canon cards. I however have currently in my deck: LJ(1), Log(2), Hog(7), Giant(7), Wizard(7), Zap(10), Poison(3) and Bomber(9)

    Can you help me what cards i need to match with LJ and Log? With using trifecta? Would LJ, Log, Hog, Valk, Musketeer, Zap, Poison, Wiz, Giant still considered a Trifecta deck?


  • Letsplash1013

    Hey i use hog valk muska goblins fire spirits zap canon poison Reached arena 8 lvl 7(just about lvl 8)Avg.3.1 works amazing . substitute fire spirit with ice spirit if u have ull reach arena 9 then

  • Dingy

    Wow, Trifecta has fallen down a lot.
    Still using it thought.

    • Will Potter

      It’s still excellent. Just requires more skills now due to Giant Poison!

      • Firegod

        now there nerfing it 😀 #BringBackTrifecta

        • PoisonKnight

          sadly, 1/4th of this deck got majorly nerfed(poison, EC)

        • PoisonKnight


  • DaSlime

    does it still work after the poison nerf? it really messes up the meta.