Inferno Dragon – The Ultimate Guide

Hello guys, today let’s take a look at the Inferno Dragon, one of the most underrated cards in Clash Royale. In this page, you can find everything relating to this card, from basic information to the best tips strategies for him!

Inferno Dragon Clash Royale

Inferno Dragon – The New Legendary

Summary

Inferno Dragon is the new Legendary Card in Clash Royale. It is unlocked at P.E.K.K.A’s Playhouse (Arena 4)

Basically, the way Inferno Dragon works is just like the Inferno Tower. They have the same the same attack mechanic.

Don’t ignore the Inferno Dragon. It can shred your Tower in seconds If you don’t have either Zap, Lightning or Ice Spirit to reset his target.

  • His attack range is 2 tiles shorter than the Inferno Tower. His movement speed is also very slow.
  • Once it has locked on the target, it won’t chase the target. Once the target runs out of range, his Inferno Charge is disrupted and it has to re-engage.
Hit SpeedLoad Time*SpeedDeploy TimeAttack RangeTargetCostTypeRarity
0.4 sec1sMedium1 sec4Air & Ground4TroopLegendary

Load Time is the time Inferno Dragon needs to lock onto a new target. For example, Musketeer’s Load Time is 0.6s.

Strategy

Update: New Inferno Dragon Guide shared by VriskyS!

Below are a few basic rules on using Inferno Dragon that every user should know about:

  • Never use only Inferno Dragon to defend. This may work some times but the popular Lightning spell and Mega Minion can easily stop your Inferno Dragon.
  • Never use an Inferno Dragon without a reliable splash/high DPS card, which can kill both ground and air unit and can’t be killed by Fire Spirits, Arrows or Zap, which is more than a Mega Minion on support.
  • Watch your opponent’s move and memorize the hard counters to your Inferno Dragon. They usually are Lightning, Ice Spirit, Ice Wizard and Zap.

Some Tips

Okay and this is the bulk of the guide. I am going to show you everything about his strengths, weakness, tricks, abilities…

First of all, as mentioned in the first two rules, avoid leaving your Inferno Dragon alone. Always try to protect him with couples of spells or troops. Don’t let your Inferno Dragon come under fire from the enemies and don’t always think that he could kill a 1/2HP Giant in 2 seconds. Keep track of your opponent’s cards. A single Zap can give your Tower tons of damage.

On offense, you shouldn’t expect him to reach the Tower too much. If you use the Inferno Dragon on offense, your opponent will almost always panic then start throwing lots of troops around him. Take the advantage of this dude! My favorite move is to use predicted Arrows/Fireball.

Order of Attack!

Describe the functions of combinations you will take when use Inferno Dragon on offense.

  1. Drop your tank down at the back. I usually try to avoid coupling Inferno Dragon with Golem as his slowness would make the Inferno Dragon fly over head and die, or make you low on Elixir to play support. Giant, Lava Hound or even a Miner would be nice!
  2. Play support troops behind the Giant. Air supports are the best kind I want to play as they force my opponent to use his precious air-targeting troops. Make sure your support troops are always behind the tank.
  3. Drop the Inferno Dragon down behind the support above. Your push will look like this:
    inferno-dragon-push

This strategy often works best in the x2 Elixir time since it requires at least 12-13 Elixir to perform and you need some spells to help this combination, such as the Lightning, Arrows or Fireball in order to deal with Musketeer, Inferno Tower, Mega Minion…

If  your push is completely shut down, try to see what happened. Which is the main defensive factor shutting down your push?

  • If it’s an Inferno Tower, try to play a few cheap troops in front of the tank, or you can use Lightning to hit the Inferno Tower and defensive units nearby.
  • They separated your troops? Try to place your troops closer.

Defensive Inferno Dragon:

Never place your Inferno Dragon down too early. Wait until the tank come close enough. Don’t hesitate to sacrifice a few Elixir to defend and cycle to your Inferno Dragon (place your tank down, use Arrows/Log, etc.). It’s also great to place your Inferno Dragon close to the King’s Tower so the opponent supports will find it very hard to get to him.

Support your Inferno Dragon with Mega Minion, Minions, Wizards, Bomber or whatever you have. Try to protect your Inferno Dragon from Musketeers, Mega Minion… They can take out your Inferno Dragon in just a few hits.

After the Inferno Dragon take out the primary tank, use either troops or spells If the opponent still has troops left. But If it’s a Musketeer or Wizard, just let your Inferno Dragon and the Tower get the job done.

Placements

inferno-dragon-placement

Explanations:

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  1. Slow push, place the Inferno Dragon here to start a push up. Anyway, it’s better to place your Lava Hound here.
  2. Place the Inferno Dragon, do the timing well to get him stuck behind a Lava Hound (which is placed at the #1 spot).
  3. Directly behind the King’s Tower and slightly to the left/right, depending on the lane you are pushing. I like to use this spot when I need to cycle to another card to defend. I don’t recommend using this spot on offense because it drags him to the middle instead of directly behind a tank, making it’s easier to pick him off with support troops.
  4. This is my favorite defensive placement. Placing him here makes it harder for flying troops such as Mega Minion or Minion Horde to stay behind the tank, and this gives Inferno Dragon a bit more time. This makes it much harder for the opponent to nail both the Tower and the Inferno Dragon with a Rocket.
  5. Counterpush and offense. Place him here when your tank and support troops reach the bridge.
  6. Ultra offensive. Place the Inferno Dragon here when you have taken out 1 Tower and want to reinforce your push. Sometimes I drop the Inferno Dragon here to quickly take out the opponent’s poorly placed tank.

Which decks should I use?

If you have the Inferno Dragon and want to build your own deck with him, use my pattern:

  1. Primary Tank (Giant, Golem, Lava Hound…)
  2. Primary Support (Mega Minion, Baby Dragon…)
  3. Secondary Support (Baby Dragon, Mega Minion, Minions, Musketeer…)
  4. Group Support and Distraction (Skeleton Army, Tombstone, Guards, Valkyrie, Barbarians…)
  5. Building (Tombstone, Tesla, Cannon)
  6. Support Spell (Lightning, Rocket)
  7. Support Spell (Zap, Arrows, Log, Fireball).
  8. I forgot the last spot… Oh it’s the Inferno Dragon of course!

Beside the Inferno Dragon, make sure you have at least 2 air targeting troops, and Mega Minion should be one of those two since he is pretty OP at the moment.

Or you want find some great Inferno Dragon decks shared on Clash Royale Arena at here.

Matchups

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Below are the most popular decks at the moment. I am going to show you how to counter them with my Inferno Dragon decks!

Tank-based Beat Down Decks

When your opponent’s tank is about to reach the river, play your Inferno Dragon in the center, use your troops and spells to take out his supports. Use Lightning if you can hit 3 core troops. Remember, you always can use your tank to soak damage and let your Inferno Dragon to take out his tank.

Hog Rider Decks

If you have a defensive building, place it in the center to pull the Hog Rider, then you can use your support troops (If needed). Most of the time, your opponent will use a Ice Spirit supporting the Hog so be aware. If there is a Musketeer, don’t use your Mega Minion. If there is a Valkyrie, you can play Inferno Dragon to take them out. If he plays Miner, use Mega Minion or Skeleton Army/Guards to deal with it.

Siege Decks

X-Bow and Mortar Decks are pretty popular at the moment. If you play Rocket, save it exclusively to immediately take out the opposing X-Bow or Mortar + troops nearby. Lightning is also the other great choice to deal with Siege Decks. If they don’t place any distracting troops down, use your Inferno Dragon to melt it real quick. Also, be cautious because they often have an Inferno Tower which can kill your tank very fast. By the way, take a look at here to see the best X-Bow deck

Fast Cycle Decks

Analyze their decks and tactics. Save your Log/Arrows to deal with Goblin Barrel/Miner pushes. Arrows can be saved to deal with Minion Horde or even the 3 Minions. If they play Graveyard, use your ground support directly in the middle of the spell. You can also use your slow tank to distract those Skeletons.

Updating…


The Inferno Dragon has 3 tiers of damage ramping up every 2 seconds.

TierDPS% from max DPSDuration (seconds)
1759%0 – 2
225030%2 – 4
3875100%4+
  • Zap, Ice Spirit, Lightning and Freeze can all interrupt the Inferno Dragon’s damage. The Ice Spirit is probably the best counter to the Inferno Dragon. Ideally, use these interruptions to reset the Inferno Dragon’s damage right before it reaches the highest damage at the 4th second.
  • The Poison has a 20% slow so it can delay the ID from reaching the highest DPS by 0.8s. Poison + Zap combo can prevent the ID from reaching the highest DPS for 9.6s.
  • The Ice Wizard makes the Inferno Dragon reach the maximum damage slower, about 1 second longer.
  • Small units like Skeletons, Goblins or Spear Goblins can distract the Inferno Dragon for at least 6 seconds.
  • Works well as the defensive unit against tank.

Inferno Dragon Vs. Inferno Tower

Since the Inferno Dragon has shorter attack range, 50% less DPS and 63% less HP than the Inferno Tower. In addition, the Inferno Dragon doesn’t pull ground units.

It’s not a great idea to use the Inferno Dragon instead of Inferno Tower in lots of decks. It’s definitely possible to use them both in one deck.

How should we use the Inferno Dragon?

He is pretty effective on defense and turning it into the counter attack. Due to his HP and attack range, it’s recommended to use a tank in front of him.

As an Inferno Dragon player, you should look out for

  • Counters: Minions, Minion Horde, Musketeer, Three Musketeers, Spear Goblins, Tesla, Inferno Tower, Rocket.
  • Slows: Poison, Ice Wizard.
  • Interruption Cards: Zap, Freeze, Lightning, Ice Spirit.
  • Distractions: Goblins, Skeletons, Guards, Skeleton Army, Tombstone, Goblin Hut, Barbarian Hut, Furnace, Witch.

Cards that synergize with the Inferno Dragon

  • Strong: Giant, Barbarians, Golem, Hog Rider, Ice Spirit, Ice Wizard, Lavahound, Lumberjack, Miner, P.E.K.K.A, Royal Giant, Freeze, Poison
  • Moderate: Bowler, Dark Prince, Fire Spirits, Giant Skeleton, Guards, Mega Minion, Musketeer, Prince, Sparky, Witch, Goblin Barrel, Lightning, Rage, Zap, Barb Hut, Gob Hut, Inferno Tower, Baby Dragon, Wizard, Minions, Minion Horde, Three Musketeers
  • Weak: Archers, Bomber, Balloon, Fire Spirits, Goblins, Spear Goblins, Knight, Mini Pekka, Princess, Skeletons, Valkyrie, Arrows, Fireball, Mirror, Rocket, The Log, X-bow, Mortar, Furnace.

Statistics

LevelHitpointsDamageDamage per second
11,00030-35075-875
21,10033-38582-962
31,21036-42390-1,057
41,33039-46597-1,162
51,46043-511107-1,277

Changelogs:

  • 15/12/2016: HP increased by 5%; Re-targets 0.4s quicker