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LavaLoon Deck That Got Me To 4k Club at Level 10


Hello fellow clashers! I am SiciliaDraco with my first guide. I recently got to Challenger 1 as a level 10 with this old(ish), but gold deck!

This deck is awesome for ladder due to its massive pushes that no one can counter in this meta.

I have been playing Lava Hound combinations since Frozen Peak, so I know the ins and outs of this deck.

Now without any further ado, let’s get to the deck before I start rambling on and on!

lava hound

Clash Royale Lava HoundClash Royale BalloonClash Royale GuardsClash Royale Tombstone
Clash Royale ArrowsClash Royale LightningClash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale Minions

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  • 2nd heaviest deck in the game
  • Low Use Rate = Unpredictability
  • Incredible offense
  • EZ E-Barbs and Hog Defense
  • No counters = insta-win
  • Practice, Practice, Practice will make you git gud with this deck


  • Not for the perfectionists that like to keep every bit of their tower at full health
  • Playing against Golem NW is unbelievably hard

The Lava-Lightning Deck

Clash Royale Lava HoundLava Hound

This fat puppy may not be appealing to you at first, but the famous quote says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”.

This card can tank for air-targeting units and let your Balloon rage bombs on the tower.

If the pups are left ignored they will deal thousands of damage.

Optimal times to drop the Hound is when you have an elixir advantage or when you know your opponent has no win condition.

If you drop your Hound at the very start, your opponent could rush you with E-Barbs + Zap; and if you don’t have your Tombstone or Guards, bye bye tower.

There are no substitutions for this card because Lava Hound is the only major air tank in this game.

Clash Royale BalloonBalloon

This one Skeleton dropping bombs on your opponent’s towers is usually the MVP in this deck.

At the start of the game, one shot with a regular level Balloon is good, but two shots usually wins you the game.

It can be used as a punish card if a high elixir cost troop is placed on the other lane.

You could replace the Balloon with Miner, but Lava-Miner has a different playstyle than Lava-Loon.

Clash Royale GuardsGuards

Switching from Skeleton Army to Guards is the SOLE reason I easily pushed to 4k.

These beautiful troops are spell-resistant, unlike Skeleton Army.

When my opponent dropped a Hog, I would place Skeleton Army which would be immediately Zapped and I would frantically drop a Tombstone which the Hog would break through like slicing butter and it would still get a pop shot on the Tower.

But, when I used Guards instead of Skeleton Army, my opponents can’t counter Guards due to them being spell resistant. If your Goblin Gang is at a good level, you can sub that in.

Clash Royale TombstoneTombstone

Ahh. The magical spawner of white entities is so crucial in this deck.

It counters the Hog Rider and it can successfully counter lone E-Barbarians. Use this building to kite any high damaging troop or kite a tank.

Even if your opponent destroys the Tombstone with spells, the 4 Skeletons pop out and do massive damage.

Only the Log can kill most of the Tombstone, so watch out! But, if they do Log your Tombstone, you have Guards to defend with.(Assuming there is no Witch behind the tank.)

Even though the age of Furnace is long gone, the Tombstone is the cheapest hard counter to it.

This card easily shuts down a viable Sparky and when played right, it can shut down a solo Mega Knight because the Mega has such a slow attack speed and it will constantly keep on jumping on one skeleton at a time.

If you are skilled with a high DPS card that can be replaced with a building such as Lumberjack, Night Witch, Mini P.E.K.K.A, etc., use it in your deck if you want to.

Clash Royale ArrowsArrows

Two words: Minion Horde.

The sole purpose of this card is to use it against Minion Horde.

The Horde is one of the best counters to the Hound, so always Arrow a Horde if it is the cheapest way possible. It can also be used to take care of swarm troops.

If you want to replace with Zap, use Fireball instead of Lightning (no major explanation)

Clash Royale LightningLightning

These 3 bolts of Lightning used correctly can decide a game.

Use this card to clip multiple “fireballies” or glass cannons and gain an Elixir advantage.

You can also use it to stun an Inferno Dragon or Tower to give your Hound more health or you can hit a damaged Executioner to kill it.

You can use Fireball/Zap if your Lightning/Arrows are underleveled, but it’s gonna be harder to counter Minion Horde and multiple glass Cannon. (Really no major explanation)

Clash Royale Mega MinionMega-Minion

This Minion on steroids has been one of the best defensive cards in the game since its release.

Use it as a cheap counter to glass cannons and if the Mega has a good chunk of health left, you can counterpush with a Balloon if you have enough Elixir.

Clash Royale MinionsMinions

These 3 flying creatures do massive DPS by throwing Dark Elixir or “bowling balls” at their enemies.

These troops are used in this deck mainly because they are cheaper than the Minion-Horde and they provide a good support and defense with the Hound.

Use them to make “Positive Elixir Trades”.

General Gameplan

Early Game – 3:00 to 2:00

Defend and gain an Elixir advantage

Only drop a Hound once you have a sufficient Elixir advantage

Find out what deck your opponent is using and the counters towards your Lavaloon push

The best opening moves to play is a Tombstone in the middle and/ or Mega Minion in the back

Middle Game – 2:00 to 1:00

Once you have gained an Elixir advantage by defending, your opponent should have revealed some or all the cards in his/her deck and you should form a plan to build up your push in Double Elixir time.

The plan will change depending on what deck your opponent is using (More on that on the counter section !)

Start to build up Lava pushes, but don’t place Balloon down unless you know your opponent has no counters for it. Back the Hound with support troops like Minions and/or Mega Minion so you have enough Elixir for a spell

End Game  – 1:00 to End

Double Elixir is when Lavaloon shines the most.

Overwhelm your opponents with Lavaloon combined with a support troop and a spell


Clash Royale Hog RiderHog Rider

Tombstone and Guards can be used here!

If vs. Hog Poison, use Mega Minion to defend

If Hog is accompanied with a support troop, Tombstone the Hog and place Guards on the support troops

In dire situations use Lightning to fully counter a Hog push.

Clash Royale Elite BarbariansElite Barbarians

Tombstone fully counters these “once” cancerous beings easily for me if opponent Zaps the 4 remaining Tombstone Skeletons, kite the E-Barbarians with Guards

If E-Barbarians with support comes in, Lightning everything and kite the low health troops with Guards so the arena Tower can finish them off

Clash Royale Royal GiantRoyal “GG” ?

If RG is deployed in the back, put Hound same lane in the back(Doomsday Machine Theory says you have a huge advantage), support with Minions and Mega-Minion appropriately placed from Hound to avoid a glass Cannon’s splash.

Your troops will destroy the RG first and attack the support, leaving your opponent to deal with the newly popped pups. (combine this with the surviving support troops and Tower down. )

If deployed in front, Tombstone + Guards/Mega Minion will shut it down and counterpush

I sometimes deploy Hound at the bridge same lane to tank for support and put Guards/Minion/Mega Minion to kill the RG and counterpush

Clash Royale GiantGiant

Unlike RG players, Giant players are reactive and will only spam other lane if a high Elixir card is played in the other lane

If Giant is deployed in the back, put Hound same lane in the back(Doomsday Machine Theory says you have a huge advantage

If aggressive Giant + support is dropped, place Tombstone to kite and Guards to counter support

If  you suspect that your opponent is playing a Giant, DO NOT place your Hound in the back unless you have a BIG Elixir advantage to avoid aggressive Giant plays in the other lane

Clash Royale Three Musketeers3 Muskies

ALWAYS Lightning the Pump

Your opponent should immediately split his Musketeers, so place your Tombstone on the side that the single Musketeer is on and use the Hound to tank for the remaining 2 Musketeers

If a support troop is deployed with the single Musket, use additional Guards to take care of the push

This deck has no real counter to Lavaloon, except 3-Musks which you Lightning and Minion Horde which you Arrow.

Take initiative in Double Elixir

Clash Royale MinerMiner Poison

Always use Mega Minion or Guards to counter Tombstone ; they take a long time to die to Poison or survive Poison, easily earning you a positive Elixir trade

The deck’s main tank-killer is a P.E.K.K.A and a Glass Cannon, so it is very easy to win against this type of deck

If the main tank-killer is an Inferno Dragon/ Inferno Tower, try to Lightning it in Double Elixir along with a glass Cannon. It’ll be all gucci from there

Clash Royale Goblin GangBait

You have Guards for Goblin Gang and Barrel, use Tombstone for the Knight, Mega-Minion the Princess.

This deck’s defense is based on either Rocket-Nado or Inferno Tower.

Lightning the Inferno Tower in a push and specifically try to also clip a Princess or even a single Spear Goblin

If playing against Rocket-Nado, space out your troops, so your opponent can’t get all the troops in the middle of the Tornado

Clash Royale Mega Knight“Meta” Knight

Most people don’t use Mega Knight for offense, so don’t expect them to drop it in the back a lot

If the Mega is dropped in the back, go Hound same lane and place a Tombstone to fully counter the Mega.

This card is found in the common MK Inferno Hog Deck, so you should revise the Hog portion of this guide

Some of my opponents may use the Mega Knight to tank for my support troops and try to kill the Hound with a Inferno Dragon, so be aware of that

Clash Royale GolemGolem

The hardest counter to this deck!

Golem NW is usually a 25% win rate because the Night Witch’s Bats will destroy the Hound and when combined with a Lumberjack; it will destroy a Tower

The Night Witch’s Bats also will target and kill the Guards in the air

This deck can handle other Golem decks reasonably

Send Balloon other lane if Golem is dropped to make defending a tad bit easier

Kite Golem with Tombstone and beat it up with a Mega Minion while using Guards to kill the support troop

Well, that’s all guys and gals! Comment down below on how the guide is and have a nice day !!

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  1. How’s this deck?
    Electro Wizard
    Ice Spirit.

    Would you it’s rather too weak? It has a very quick 2.8 cycle though.

  2. ‘The Mega Minion’s high damage and decent HP mean that it can counter cards that the Bats can’t counter, like Baby Dragon.’ says the guide.

    Bats can counter Baby Dragon fully if you surround it.

  3. Here is a deck that i made. Its really good for offense pushes but some what good at defense…
    1) Lava hound
    2) Balloon
    3) Minions
    4) Minion horde
    5) Zap
    6) Rage
    7) Arrows
    8) Clone
    Use minions to arrow/ zap bait and then drop minion horde

  4. How about this:
    1) Lumberjack
    3)minion horde
    4) rocket
    5)fire spirits
    7)skeleton army

  5. IMO, Gob Gang is still better than Mini Pekka in this deck as it provides an arrow/zap bait aspect to the deck so your lava pups don’t get arrowed/zapped and they can deal loads of damage if they aren’t dealt with.

  6. i’ve seen lavaloon going back into the meta, i kinda find it surprising its flying (lol) back into the meta despite inferno tower increasing in usage due to lightning nerf

  7. Funny how the one thing that wrecks me and doesnt cooperate with me actually gets good reviews and what not.

  8. Out of all heavy tanks, i think lavahound is the worst, because it has very small damage and the lava pups can be killed very easy
    Lavaloon is still quite good tho, unlike lava miner which i think is quite weak

    • It has to be that way though because it’s the only heavy tank in the air. If an air tank were as powerful as say, golem, it would be massively overpowered.
      Paired with balloon it’s still an awesome tank.

    • Well hound isnt meant to do dmg, its just to be a tank for units behind it and the pups do a great job for tanking as well.

    srsly tho, i’ve been using lavaloon for a while now(half a year maybe) and the bridge spam meta was the WORST, dropped 500 trophies, and couldnt get back up, thank god that’s over

  10. This deck is nearly exactly what I’ve been running lately, it’s spectacular.
    I’ve faced all the decks and cards that counter lavaloon decks, electro wizard/executioner/inferno/tornado even mega Knight, (which is stupidly overpowered btw), it beats them all.

  11. I have a question for y’all:

    When did you last see megakninght on ladder? I think he is gone now when Spark got buffed

  12. heheh. Well ppl could still unlock him thru the challenge. But it’s unlikely an a9 player got 12 wins in mk challenge xD

    They could have also gotten mk thru leggy chest, or if they had once been in a10 and got mk then dropped back down.

  13. Great deck and guide Supermarine!

    I think Lumberjack would be better instead of Mini PEKKA since he can rage up the entire push and overall, he’s better in beatdown decks.

  14. I notice this deck doesn’t really have a solid answer to graveyard decks. Bats are a good counter but only if the graveyard is a solo play, which rarely happens. Otherwise, I’ll probably try this out, since my old hound deck suffered a huge hit in effectiveness over the past few metas

  15. Pretty good deck right here. However, how do you counter double Minions players (like me)? they would bait out your arrows with Minions, then drop MH to take out your push. That’s how I defeat Lavahound in the current meta.

  16. Nice guide Siciliandraco. Love the lavaloon deck, I think I’ve seen it in top 200 gameplay! Keep up the great guides!

  17. Hey would anyone be interested if I made a guide about a night witch lavaloon deck? It recently helped me push into challenger II.

  18. When your wannabe younger brother signs on to your account on another phone because he knows your password and starts playing LADDER instead of 2v2 Matches. 🙁

  19. This deck actually has a lot of hard matchups. And also, poison would reck this deck making the guards NOT spell resistant. Overall, nice guide:)

  20. Pexnado gets wrecked if you have the lightning arrow variation of lavaloon, since lightning + arrows takes out executioner. They have to cycle back to executioner, and tombstone and guards or minions if necessary easily counters pekka.

    In other words, lavaloon easily wins since pekka doesn’t attack air. Those control decks rely on counterpushes, and you don’t really do that, because you are forced to play like beatdown. In fact, the pexnado player is really the one being counterpushed!

    • Nope.
      If your only support is exe, you’re not a smart player.

      Mega minion and bats cover for the lost Exe if needed, and the win cond. Isn’t PEKKA anyway but Hog/Battle ram/LJ Etc.

      • Just saying, I win 4/5 games against it. If you want to prove your case, send me a friend request and let’s friendly battle.

  21. GG, nice to see lava hound on CRA. it really deserves to shine 🙂 I always wanted to master this deck, it is a dream come true! thanks. and also guys, please give me guide ideas to work with, I want to buy supercell’s 2nd birthday offer

  22. decks good and nice work Draco on lavaloon . I find it a high risk a high reward deck to ply so not a fan i apologise lavalooners out there

  23. i have lavahound but lvl 1, i dont like playing big air push decks as i enjoy having MK counter pushing/control decks

  24. Good guide, I still like the goblin gang variant of this deck better tho. Also I finally hit 5200 this weekend!

  25. News about my first draft chest:
    No legendary (even if I did, the choice probably would’ve been inferno drag or night witch due to my extremely bad luck), but I am able to get my balloon to lvl 5 now

    • @lightningmaster823:disqus I still don’t have the Bandit, E-wiz, ID, or RG. I get a Leggie in my draft chest And I get…… Log 2/2 or Graveyard 1/4 🙁

      • My night witch and inferno drag are both 2/4 and I am still missing mega knight, sparky, lumberjack, and royal ghost

    • my first draft chest: i got the choice of 2 logs or 2 miners (arena 12 value pack YEEEEEĘÊT)… i went log to win a challenge against my friend (who can get lvl 2 log first) over miner to get it to lvl 3 (now i can, but i need gold in case royal ghost comes in my shop, so not yet)

      my first EARNED draft chest: miner or bandit (yes im lucky) i chose miner to get 4/4 (bandit would make it 3/4 screw it) and next thing u know, i can get lvl 3 legendary

      my 3rd draft chest: UTTER GARBAGE NO LEGGY

      my probably next draft chest: LÊGĖÑDÂRŸ KÎŃGŠ ČHÈŚT ŸÆÊÉĘĖT

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