X-Bow Cycle Is Back!

Hello people, today I (HS) will introduce you to a superb X-Bow deck that got me 12 wins in Challenge and a lot of trophies!

This deck is really well known, so I don’t know why there are no guides on this cool deck.

Also, a lot of pros used this deck ladder and challenges, so you have more proof that this deck rules.

Be aware though, this deck has a high skill cap, just like any X-Bow deck. So if you aren’t familiar with X-Bow, then I would advise you to stick to your normal deck. Enough talking, here comes the guide!


Clash Royale X-BowClash Royale KnightClash Royale SkeletonClash Royale Ice Spirit
Clash Royale ArchersClash Royale The LogClash Royale fireballClash Royale Tesla

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The Deck

Clash Royale X-BowX-Bow: What would a X-Bow deck be without it?

This building is your main win condition, and if locked onto the enemy’s Tower, it will deal a lot of damage, perhaps take out the Tower all by itself!

Now, I will explain some of the basic rules of X-Bow.

Do not place it in front of the bridge alone expecting good results.

Most X-Bow decks rely on making positive Elixir trades and overwhelming the opponent, thus making the X-Bow connect to the Tower.

But if you play the deck rashly, the opponent will counter it with a single Hog or Bowler or some other card for a positive trade, and they can now also counterpush, while you just wasted your valuable win con.

Play Archers or Skellies at the back. Those are all nice plays.

If you don’t have anything to put down, use your spell.

If your opponent does not make a move, then place troops at the back to start your experimental push(anything but X-Bow).

To sum it up, this deck is more suited for counter pushing, not going aggressive.

If your opponent wasted their Elixir or placed something big at the back (6 elixirs or more), punish with a quick X-Bow.

About 65 percent of the time, people tend to get nervous and throw whatever they have at the X-Bow, wasting Elixir.

Protect it from their small counters, and it will connect to the Tower.

And you can take out the tank with your Tesla, resulting in a positive trade!

Bait out their counters before you actually try to take out their Tower.

X-Bow, as you noticed, is quite costly, sitting at 6 elixirs. To make your Elixir count, you need to bait out their counters.

It is great if you can pull that off with a positive trade, but sometimes you just have to out cycle their counters by splitting skellies, Archers, etc. this isn’t too hard to do, as this deck’s average cost is 3.0.

And you can just use it to attack and not save it for their tank pushes(beatdown), you have Tesla for that. That is the main reason I find this deck more comfortable than the ice wiz Rocket cycle deck.

Clash Royale KnightKnight / Ice Golem / Mega Minion

With his amazing mustache, he can slay any foe in his path! Just kidding.

He is your main ground defender and the X-Bow protector, due to his amazing health per Elixir ratio.

Same can be said for Ice Golem. Both do a good job protecting the X-Bow, but the Knight is better at taking out the cancer combo on the ladder, while Ice Golem is cheaper, can eliminate swarm, and allows you to cycle faster.

To sum it up, Knight for ladder and Ice Golem for challenges. But if you are overleveled, Ice Golem is good on the ladder too.

And as for the Mega Minion, he performs his defender/protector role in a different way.

He has insane burst damage, enabling him to quickly eliminate glass cannons such as Bandit and Miner. He can even target air, which helps against air decks such as Lavaloon. But he doesn’t have much health, so he isn’t suitable for long fighting.

The choice is entirely up to you.

Clash Royale ArchersArchers

Those ladies are capable of taking down air troops, meaning they are your main air defense!

Archers can do many more things besides taking out air troops, though.

They can be split at the back for an excellent starting play, and can also take down swarms(Skeleton Army) with their multi-attacks(two Arrows at once), and much more.

They also can support your X-Bow just fine, so don’t exclude them during a X-Bow push.

For more information on how to effectively use Archers, click this.

Clash Royale SkeletonSkeletons: Your cycle card.

It spawns three doots that pack a surprising amount of damage that can take out Hog while allowing the Hog only 1~2 shots for a positive trade.

You can also use it to kite single targeting troops, and you can just place it at the back to get yourself a nice hand.


Clash Royale Ice SpiritIce Spirit:

Its role is similar to that of Skeletons, except it can be used to clear swarms, such as pesky Minion Horde.


Clash Royale TeslaTesla:

Our secondary building/defender.

Just like any other defensive building, it is used to aggro the push and take out the tank while other troops clear the supports.

But if the situation calls for it, you can also use it to clear swarms, such as Goblin Gang and Minion Horde.

Clash Royale The LogLog:

Use it to clear ground swarms, save it for gob Barrel if you are facing bait, otherwise try to get value and chip damage out of it.

If you find air swarms so annoying(Bats), you can replace it with the Zap.

Clash Royale fireballFireball:

Use it to take out glass cannons.

Try to get value and chip damage out of it. If it turns into overtime match, you can also play defense and Fireball cycle to win.


Clash Royale X-BowClash Royale Mortar

Clash Royale KnightClash Royale Ice GolemClash Royale Mega Minion

Clash Royale ArchersClash Royale Ice Wizard

Clash Royale The LogClash Royale Zap

Clash Royale SkeletonClash Royale Goblin

Clash Royale TeslaClash Royale Inferno TowerClash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.A

Clash Royale fireballClash Royale Rocket

General Gameplay

First Minute

Just like any other deck, play carefully and look out for their counters to your X-Bow.

Remember rule number 1, never use X-Bow at the bridge alone during the first minute unless rule number 2 happens.

However, you are allowed to build up a small push from the back to draw out their counters and get the feel of their deck.

If it is Log bait, you can defend much easier and is possible to Fireball cycle.

However, when facing beatdown or fast control, you can never let your guard down.

To sum it up, play passively.

Second Minute

At this point, you should have enough knowledge of your opponent’s deck and counters to X-Bow. Then you can start to attempt medium sized pushes to chip their Tower down.

There are two things to remember: Don’t be too ambitious, and positive Elixir trade.

You should know when to support a X-Bow or abandon it to gain Elixir for the next push.

Usually, I abandon X-Bow when I am sure they will finish it off with a heavy spell(get to know their deck first!), or when they drop a hard counter such as RG or Golem.

But when you are dealing with hogs and low HP glass cannons you can kill with the Fireball, try to support it

And it isn’t time to go all out yet, so keep making Elixir advantages(ex: killing Minion Horde with Ice Spirit and Tower), and you’ll be fine.

Double Elixir and Overtime

About 10 or 8 seconds before DE (Double Elixir), start building up a push in the lane your opponent is going for.

This way, you can prevent any punishments by your opponent.

Of course, if they have Rocket, it might be wise to space your troops out a bit and not rely on stacking troops.

Once your troops reach your Tower and DE hits, place the X-Bow and go all out!

If your push fails, there are two options: turtle up and aim for a draw, or try to set up a counter push.

I would say go with the first one, since it is much safer and naturally fits with the siege idea, but if you are ambitious, then try not to spend more than your enemy, and control the card placements so they can actually help your X-Bow in your counter push (for example, place Tesla near the river to defend and enable it to snipe melee troops trying to destroy your X-Bow).


Well, that was it clashers, I hope you enjoyed the guide!

This guide was a bit rushed, so I couldn’t include as much as I would have, including specific matchups.

So please ask me questions, and I would be happy to answer them all.