Basic Guide to Attacking and Deploying

Hello guys, It’s Ash! Nice to see you guys again in this new post! Today, I am going to give you my own advice of attacking and deploying fundamentals in Clash Royale. I hope you guys will like it!

Basic Guide Clash Royale

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When starting your battle, you should first allow your Elixir bar to fill

You should not recklessly deploy your cards without first loading up on a full Elixir bar as this will only give your opponent the advantage. For example, say you deploy your Prince card when battle just started and you have 6 Elixir. Your opponent can simply place a Tombstone, which costs 2 less Elixir and quickly counter your Prince and take a 2 Elixir lead. Another example is playing a defense such as the Inferno Tower right away. This is a bad idea as your opponent can just wait a few seconds to load up on full Elixir, plan out a good counter, and also weaken your Inferno Tower without even touching it because of the Inferno Tower’s 40 second lifetime. Thus, it is important to first allow your bar to load up.

Usually, you will face opponents who will also wait to deploy until they have a full Elixir bar. In this case, you have two options:

  1. Deploy your card first – If you reach 10 Elixir and deploy you deploy your card first, then you will be given a greater Elixir lead for every second your opponent remains at full Elixir.
  2. Deploy your card second – If you reach 10 Elixir and decide to wait and deploy your card right after your opponent to play a better counter, then that will give your opponent an extra 1 Elixir lead.

​Usually, it is best to deploy your first card at the moment or right before you have a full Elixir bar.

When starting your battle, it is often a good idea to start with a low Elixir cost card

Start slow. I have stated in this guide numerous times that you should start your battle with a slow tempo, and this is a key fundamental to winning.

For example, say you have the Prince and Archer card in your starting hand. Do you start with the Archers or your Prince? It is often better to start with the Archers due to their significantly less Elixir cost (3 Elixir compared to Prince’s 5 Elixir cost). Why is this important? This is important as starting with a high Elixir-costing card is often dangerous. If your opponent simply places a Tombstone card (3 Elixir cost), then you are quickly in losing the Elixir race by 2. While playing a low Elixir-costing card such as the Archer comes with less risk of that and will also allow you to scout your opponent’s first move without having to waste Elixir on a full bar. If your opponent decides to send out his Giant and Musketeer at the same time, then you are prepared to make a good counter with the 7 remaining Elixir. While if you had deployed your Prince, then the Giant + Musketeer combination will quickly take out your Prince.

A good idea is to load up on Elixir to create a stronger combination of cards is to deploy your troop card at the very end of the battlefield (behind your Towers)

As your troop(s) take a longer time to travel to the opposite side, you allow yourself to load up on greater Elixir. Thus, if you wish to create a deadly combination such as a Giant + Musketeer + Witch, then this requires 14 Elixir to do so. To accomplish this, you can place your Giant at the far end behind one of your Towers and by the time he travels to the crossing bridge, you will have the additional 9 Elixir to complete your combination.


Which Arena Tower should I attack first?

When starting your battle, you may choose to attack either of your opponent’s Arena Towers first. However, if your opponent chooses to attack first, then you should prepare a counter to his threat to protect your tower rather than ignore the threat and attack the other tower. For example, if your opponent sends out Archers against your left Arena Tower, ignoring the Archers and going for the right Arena Tower with your Prince card is a bad idea because the Archers will deal significant damage to your left Arena Tower while there is no guarantee that your Prince will make it to right Arena Tower as your opponent can simply place a Tombstone or Skeleton Army to stomp your Prince. And so, ignoring the threat and making a reckless play like that can cost you the battle right from turn one.

Focus on destroying one Arena Tower at a time

A big mistake I see new players often make is that they keep switching towers. You should focus on destroying the tower with the lowest HP first, and then move onto attacking the second tower while also playing defense if you’re in the lead (to let the clock run out).

Try to shift the momentum of the battle towards the direction of your healthiest Arena Tower

For example, say that your left Arena Tower has 1000 HP and your right Arena Tower has 2000 HP (and both your opponent’s Arena Towers are at full health). In this scenario, your opponent will try to constantly target your left Arena Tower since it is obviously weakened. However, it is still very possible for you to win even if you’re trailing. What you should do to make a comeback is try to force your opponent to attack right Arena Tower rather than your weakened left Tower. In order to do this, you should load up on Elixir, and play a little defense on your left Arena Tower (remember Arena Towers have Archers atop them to assist you on defense so take advantage of that) and then make the first move in attacking your opponent’s right Arena Tower with a good combo (i.e. Giant + Musketeer). This will make it difficult for your opponent to ignore the big threat and will have him shift his offense towards to protect his Arena Tower. With his offense shifted towards the right side, you can now focus on repeatedly placing pressure towards this side (preventing your opponent from spending Elixir to target your left side). This strategy will allow you to even the playing field, while going for a one Crown victory.

The most powerful attacks are attacks that are played in combinations

For example, a card such as the Giant is not much of a threat alone as he is a very slow troop. However, when combined with a ranged attacker such as the Archer or Musketeer card, it becomes a much bigger task to stop this threat. A Giant alone can be taken down by a 3 Elixir Minion card, but with the assistance of Archers, the Minions will not be able to take out the Giant (as he makes his way to your opponent’s tower). Thus, you should constantly try to load up on Elixir (and also win Elixir trade-offs) and attack in combinations!

There are many distinct ways of classifying a troop card and its specialties:

  • Ground troop = A troop that attacks from land.
  • Air troop = A troop that can fly and attack from above. Air troops can avoid being targeted by Ground troops that cannot target flying units (such as Bomber, Prince, Knight, Valkyrie, etc.).
  • Melee troop = A troop that fights mano a mano (hand-to-hand combat).
  • Range troop = A troop that can attack from a distance. Range troops such as Archers are able to attack from afar and so they are best utilized behind melee troops as the melee troops are able to shield your ranged attacker.

There are two types of damage inflicting cards

Cards that deal “point damage” (damage to a single troop or building) and cards that deal “area or splash damage” (damage to multiple troops or buildings). Point damage cards include Musketeer, Prince, Archer, Mini Pekka, etc. Area damage cards include Bomber, Valkyrie, Witch, Baby Dragon, Arrow, Fireball, etc. While it may sound like area-damaging cards are the better option, they are among the weakest cards in the game. Thus, these two types of cards have different roles. With the ability to damage multiple units, area damage cards are best utilized for defeating hordes or swarms of low HP troops such as Skeletons, Goblins, Barbarians, etc. While point-damaging cards tend to have the greatest DPS (Damage Per Second) among all cards and so they can best utilized for destroying high HP units. For example, a Mini Pekka can be used to quickly take down a Giant. While an area attacker like the Valkyrie will struggle to deal decent damage onto the Giant.

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  • Adam

    You said deploying your Prince on the right when enemy archers were coming in on the left wouldn’t be very smart, but I was thinking deploying your prince on the right where the archers are coming would be better (especially if the Prince was in range of your tower) because even if the Prince had less health it could still deal significant damage to the Crown Tower, and if they place a tombstone or something then you will be at a 1 elixir advantage.

    • Ultimit☆Cuest

      Smart move. Potentially a smart player. Very crafty

      • Adam


        • Ultimit☆Cuest

          Did you get the game yet? Hope u did. Sound like a smart player(but watch out– I studied up AND implemented them early!) It went global today. Recomend getting it. Join my clan dude, dominion league, really like it there 😉 See you in the arena ;D

          • Adam

            I know I know I know I just got it yesterday and played it for like 3 hours (sorry clash of clans)!

          • Ultimit☆Cuest

            I know right? My clash time went down by 80%. I thought this was a problem so I did an hr farming session to upgrade my th. Now I’ll be way busy and have a reason to clash. (I don’t want the game to get boring because of royale! I don’t! But unfortunetly it looks that way… positive thinking, I’m gonna hit number 1 one day… in both clashes)

            XD “don’t let school ruin your week” – unknownNINJA (my alt account in royale) ;D

    • Will Potter

      That depends on a lot of situations but yea, I somehow agree with you. I think I should update this post.

  • Irawan Yu

    When is the right time to use gems?

    • Will Potter

      Hey Irawan!
      I have just updated a new post about this. You can take a look at here:

      • Carlos

        Thanks for the insight guys. Yes I usually let them die however if I have enough elixir i start to counter with stronger troops and I found out most of the times the opponent will drop arrows or gobs to stop the skeletons and be surprised that I launched an attack!

  • Carlos

    Great article!

    A great defensive card that I use to stop giants, mini pekkas and specially princes is the skeleton army. They just chew them up so quickly and are cost effective in most scenarios!

    Usually half of them survive and make up for the counter. My question is which card should I use to back them up? The opponent will most likely try to drop arrows, barbs or a valkiry to stop them, so I either let them die and build up on elixir or try to support them in counter with a ranged or air troop. What would you do?

    • Sean Cheah

      I would let them die because the skeleton army is not the best troop to use for offense anyways. After it does it’s job on defense, save up your elixir to launch a much more powerful attack.

    • Will Potter

      Just don’t use any card to backup them. Otherwise you will spend more than the Elixir you want to use. Just wait for the next move of the opponent Carlos :D.

  • azwan G5 .0

    Im battling using Teh arena 5 Floating Deck
    Giant skeleton, knight,archers,zap,witch,spGoblin,barbarian,and Damn Valkrie.

    The Question is….
    How To repel The inferno tower? As Im Not at mood At Destroying Tower…
    Does I need Some Replacement For the deck?

    Tell me please

  • Kay74

    have a question, (Im a noob) is it possible to choose which tower (or enemy) attack?

    • Will Potter


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