Ultimate Guide to Using Balloon

Hello guys, due to the rise of the combo Giant + Balloon in Clash Royale, people are using Balloons a lot these days. But, I have also seen lots of players using Balloons the wrong way, so, yea, hopefully you will find this special guide helpful!

Clash Royale Balloon

Clash Royale Balloon – An Ultimate Guide

Balloon Summary


All in all, its strengths far outweigh the weakness!

  • Flying ability: Can’t be easily countered by Goblins, Mini P.E.K.K.A, etc, like other tankers.
  • Targeting: Balloon can’t be easily pulled to the middle like other ones. Placing it at the very corner can bypass the defensive buildings in the center in many cases.
  • Damage: It has a perfect damage-per-hit.
  • Death Damage: Upon death, it drops a explosive bomb which can easily finish off supports nearby.


  • Speed: Balloon movement speed is medium, not like Hog Rider, Mini P.E.K.K.A, etc. Opponents will have enough time to plan their counters. But, in some deck, you can easily increase it by placing a Baby Dragon behind.
  • HP: As a tanker, HP is outclassed in HP by most other tankers. But, I usually think of it as a damage dealer, not tanker.

How to make the most of Balloon

In order to show you how to use Balloon, I would like to give you this deck and show you how it works. This is easier.

This Balloon deck doesn’t require any high level cards and Balloon is the only Epic. In addition, because I talked about these cards a lot before so I will make the Cards Breakdown section below simple. If you have any question about using these cards, don’t hesitate to comment!

Clash Royale GiantClash Royale BalloonClash Royale BarbariansClash Royale elixir collector
Clash Royale ArchersClash Royale MinionsClash Royale ArrowsClash Royale Valkyrie

Cards Breakdown

  • Balloon – Yes we are talking about Balloon so this is an obvious choice.
  • Giant – He can soak damage and protect Balloon while it is getting to opponent’s Tower.
  • Valkyrie – Tanky and has good splash damage. She will help you deal with lots of distractions and swarms.
  • Archers – Good damage and can’t be 1 hit by Zap.
  • Minions – Very versatile card and can be used in lots of situations.
  • Arrows – This will help you deal with Minion Horde, swarms and Princess.
  • Barbarians – Obvious choice. These guys are very useful and can be placed in almost any deck.
  • Elixir Collector: You can replace it with Cannon If you have problems with Hog Rider. If you don’t have either, Bomber is a great choice! All in all, Elixir Collector is still the best choice If you want to push further with this deck

General Gameplan

The main idea while using this deck is to get the Balloon to opponent’s Tower and chip it away. And here are some variations of pushes you will want to use:

Full Push: If done properly, this push can easily destroy a Tower. In addition, because this push takes lots of Elixir so you will want to do it in the x2 Elixir time, depending on how much pressure you are being placed on.

  1. Place the Giant behind your King’s Tower. Because this push takes lots of Elixir, you will want to have enough Elixir to build it before the Giant reaches the bridge.
  2. Add a support troop behind to protect the Giant, to prevent opponent’s small troops from chipping him away. It can be either Archers or Minions. If your opponent doesn’t have air troops, Valkyrie would be nice (play her behind your Giant). Just remember, let your Giant cross the river first, Otherwise opponent buildings will target your support troops.
  3. If you have enough Elixir, play your Balloon right behind the Giant. Opponent troops can’t kill your Giant because he has enough HP to soak damage while your supports behind are dealing damage. And the Balloon will be totally safe!
  4. Get your Arrows ready because your opponent will usually over-commit and play lots of troops at the same time.

Giant + Balloon: Play the Giant right on the bridge and followed by Balloon, make sure your Arrows is ready. This combo is deadly If your opponent doesn’t have air defense in hand (bad opening hands at the beginning). Ideally, launch this combo after placing your Elixir Collector.

Balloon + Valkyrie: Play the Balloon right behind the Valkyrie you are taking the Elixir advantage. Your Balloon will get 1-2 hits off but still can devastate the Tower.


Giant + Archers: Cheap but very effective, especially after defending with Archers.

Balloon Placement

We all want the Giant to soak all the damage so we need to send him in first. The Balloon must be behind the Giant otherwise it will be taken down quickly. Your opponents will always try to take down the Balloon first because it definitely does more damage than the Giant. Truly it is pretty hard to catch the Balloon properly because:

  • Giant has a larger footprint than Balloon. He completely covers the perimeter of Balloon as you can see in this image.
  • Sine the Giant is walking on the ground and the Balloon is flying, it is very hard to tell either Giant or Balloon is exposed. A wrong move can make the Tower destroyed.

Giant Balloon Combo

Direct Counters

Your opponents will likely try to use some of these following strategies to stop your pushes:

  • Minion Horde: Minion Horde destroys a Balloon in just 3 hits so If your combo played well, throw your Arrows and get the positive Elixir trade.
  • Playing Building: This is largely ineffective If the Giant can’t be killed before the Balloon get there, as your Balloon can destroy most buildings in just 1 hit. The exception should be Bomb Tower and you will need the help from your Minions.
  • Musketeer – If your opponent Musketeer can hit your Balloon, it will not make it to the Tower. So, you will want to place your combo correctly.
  • Musketeer – again, it is about placement. If you let your opponent lock on to the balloon it will not make it to the tower. If it locks on to the giant, his tower is likely going down.


These are some popular matchups we face everyday!

Giant Push: Drop your Barbarians (or Goblins) out of the opponent’s support troops attack range, then place your Valkyrie right on top of those supports. Valkyrie is enough to deal with Wizard, Bomber, Witch, Spear Goblins, Archers,…

Hut Decks: If your opponent places a Barbarian Hut down, immediately play everything you have on the other lane. He will not have enough Elixir to counter things properly. Most of the time, you can take down the first Tower easily, then, play defensively. Otherwise, play defensively and wait for the opportunity.

Double Prince Decks: Use Barbarians to soak damage then use either Archers or Valkyrie to take them out.

Hog Rider: Place Barbarians right in front of your Tower. If played well, the Hog Rider will even not able to hit it. If you don’t use Elixir Collector, Cannon is always an obvious choice for this!

P.E.K.K.A Push: Pull the P.E.K.K.A to the middle first then use Valkyrie to deal with supports behind her. Barbarians would be enough to take her out.

Poison Breakdown – Barbarians are your best choice as they acn withstand the lifespan of the Poison.

Okay guy so that’s everything I want to share with you today. Hopefully you have found this guide helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask me anything you want!

Shared by JBruh from Clan Bekfast Club.

  • Aditya m

    Who ever it is, please help me. I’m in 1700 trophies for over 3 months. Pls help me out. My friend (who started a month after me) has reached 2000 trophies with a pekka deck. I’m using the same but not able to win battles. I am winning one and loosing the other. So pls help me out. I don’t think there is any problem with me . My deck is
    Pekka, witch, prince , rocket, Fire spirits, minions , inferno tower(to counter giant), arrows

    • Robmob3000

      You could try the f2p giant deck which is recently posted by M4SON.

    • Mike

      Uhhhh…that deck is extremely heavy in elixir! So if you cant start a good push at the laat minute and get destroyed by some cheap troops.. Its over! I dont think your gonna need rocket or prince

    • Anonymous

      I used a balloon rage freeze deck, with minion horde, bomb tower, fireball, valkyrie and skeleton army to reach royal arena, before any of my friends did. however, this was back when bomb tower had a lifetime span of 1 minutes. now, I would probably use skeletons instead of skeleton army, minions instead of minion horde and cannon or inferno instead of bomb tower.

    • Jakerules68

      Your deck is high in elixir as stated below. Id suggest trying other decks out that are similar if your a fan of pekka decks. Or if you want to use pekka witch, id say put an elixir collector in for the rocket( its high elixir, your high already, and it wont give good tradeoffs as youll be struggling to place stuff down). You might also want to replace the prince for other cheap stuff like stabby goblins or spear goblins, but if you have an elixir collector in there you might be able to keep prince and not suffer in elixir. Goodluck on pushing trophies. If your deck isnt doing so well even with the elixir collector i would definatly try a different deck. The other problem might be your epics. If the pekka and witch are lower level you will be destroyed. It’s better to use decks with your higher level cards if thats the case. But also check out the guides here like deck building ones and how to win more for tips.

      • Aditya m

        I win one match loose one and the next 2 are draw. Btw my pekka is level 3

        • Matt

          Yea that’s a very expensive deck. Personally I like decks with small elix avg’s. My main deck right now is hog rider, valk, mini pekka, goblins, fireball, zap, fire spirits, and I switch between minions and spear goblins, which leaves me with either a 3.0 to 3.1 avg. I would definitely try some new decks, tv Royale can be a huge help if you use it, browse the decks and find one you like and watch the vids to see the different ways ppl use certain troops. Good luck.

    • Aditya m

      My pekka witch prince are level 3

  • RaZe_Vertex

    Will, in the Balloon placement section, Since is spelled Sine and it says Balloon is walking on the ground and balloon is flying. Nice guide nevertheless.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you so much my friend. I have just fixed it xD

  • Jakerules68

    I use the giant, balloon combo, its very similar to this one however there are spear gobs and minion horde, not valk and minions. The deck I use was also shared on the site here. Which one would be better to use. In trying to get to legendary and I get stuck at 2900 range. I loose only to lvl 10s with op stuff 3 levels above all my stuff, a miner here and there, some tough sparkies and some skilled trifecta decks. Do you guys have any advice with dealing with those decks, as I find it hard in some cases. By using the deck with valk and minions and not spear gobs and minion horde, would it be better or not really? Also to note the levels of my stuff are lvl 7 rare, balloon is almost lvl3 (lvl2 right now) and commons are 9-10.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you so much for sharing this buddy!

  • Hamish

    hey will is this a recommended deck in arena 5

    • Jakerules68

      Id say no since the elixir collector is an arena 6 card if im not mistaken. Although this deck would work, you just need to get an elixir collector or swap for something.

      • Hamish

        in fact i do have an elixir collector card even when i am in arena 5

        • Will Potter

          You got that card from a chest of Arena 6, right? You got that chest after the battle vs a Arena 6 player!

    • Will Potter

      Yes of course, you can use this deck in Arena 5 buddy!

  • Alpha_Mark717

    my favourite OFFENSIVE combo card
    could be used with:
    GiLoon aka Giant Balloon + support (arrows/archers/fire spirits etc.)
    Skeleton Deathball Push (w/Giant Skeleton) + support
    Baby Dragon (push the ballooooooooon!)
    Wizard (bye, minion horde!)

    • Will Potter

      Thank you xD

  • Rowan Adams Waters

    The balloon deck is really cool. Some good combos include balloon freeze, balloon giant, and balloon witch. All of those work well together.

    • Will Potter

      Thank you a lot!
      Balloon Freeze is not used a lot these days but Balloon Giant is such a great one!

  • Alpha_Mark717

    How to deal against:
    – Gob barrel (trending and now 3 elixir)
    – Inferno tower (hard counter)

    • Will Potter

      Obviously you can’t deal with hard counter properly. Against Goblin Barrel? It’s better to take some damage and deal with them by using Minions/Valkyrie.

      • Alpha_Mark717

        thx. I think the best counter for inferno is zap+minions or something like that but there is no zap in this deck. Maybe can u pls upload a giant-balloon deck with zap+arrows?

  • Rowan Adams Waters

    Maybe the zap card is a good counter to the goblin barrel. You get a one elixir profit, which is pretty cool. It’s also kind of weird that the goblin barrel is going to be three elixir, instead of the regular four elixir.

  • Geoffrey Zhu

    I prefer guards instead of giant as because they can easily counter infernotowers and cheaper, they also can temporarily stall wizards and musketeers. Hard counters are minions but fire spirits can be used to compliment the combo.

    • Will Potter

      But, they can be distracted easily.

  • Alpha_Mark717

    I use a giant balloon furnace deck that does not use arrows. It relies on the furnace spirits and fireball+zap to take care of the opposing defence.

  • Aayush Rai

    i can’t reach frozen peak. i always lose at 2280 and above using giant-balloon. sometimes players take off my level 6 giant before it hits the tower. please give me a deck to reach arena 8. i also have lava hound.

    • Will Potter

      Can you show me your current deck man?

      • Aayush Rai

        I changed my deck, reached frozen peak, opened 5 free chest and 1 silver chest and got demoted to royal arena without getting any arena 8 card. Here is my deck:
        Mini PEKKA-6

  • Kirtirajan Rath

    This exact one didn’t work fr me bt I replaced minions with skeleton army…seems gd bt very less air dmg bt managable..Do I need to do changes..