Halloween Draft Challenge – Best Tips for Getting Skeleton Barrel

skeleton barrel challenge

Basics about the Skeleton Barrel

Clash Royale Skeleton BalloonSkeleton Barrel is a common Card which targets buildings, costing 3 elixir and unlockable from Builder’s Workshop (Arena 6).

Once destroyed, the barrel spawns 8 Skeletons on the ground, dealing lots of damage. The level of Skeletons deployed is equal to the level of the Skeleton Barrel.

In simple words, in comparison with other cards, Skeleton Barrel is a combination of Goblin Barrel and Battle Ram, as in that the Barrel acts as a shield for the Skeletons as the Ram does for the Barbarians but it doesn’t deal any damage when it comes in contact with a building or if it drops to the ground like the Goblin Barrel.

Basic Stats

CostSpeedDeploy TimeTargetSkeleton CountTransport
3Medium (60)1 secBuildingsx8Air

Best Tips for the Skeleton Barrel Challenge

Best cards to play with the Skeleton Barrel

Clash Royale GraveyardClash Royale Mega KnightClash Royale MinerClash Royale Lava HoundClash Royale KnightClash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale GolemClash Royale GiantClash Royale Goblin BarrelClash Royale P.E.K.K.AClash Royale Battle Ram

Best counters to the Skeleton Barrel

Clash Royale Ice GolemClash Royale ArchersClash Royale BatsClash Royale MinionsClash Royale Dart GoblinClash Royale GoblinClash Royale Goblin GangClash Royale ZapClash Royale ArrowsClash Royale TornadoClash Royale The LogClash Royale Ice Wizard

On Offense


Clash Royale GolemClash Royale KnightClash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale GiantClash Royale Battle Ram

On its own, it isn’t really strong as you can just let it reach your tower and then quickly Zap/Log/Arrows the Skeletons.

However, when used with other cards (mainly Tanks and Mini-Tanks) it becomes a lot more threatening. So remember to always use it along with other cards.

It is a pretty cheap card and if you get yourself a cheaper deck in Draft, you can use it many times and can out-cycle their spells so the Skeleton Barrel could deals lot of potential damage.

Don’t underestimate the Skeletons! At Tournament Standard, each Skeleton deals 67 dmg per second so the 8 together can deal 536 damage per second!! This can be devastating if they linger on for even a few seconds.

It can synergise very well with tanks like Giant, Golem, Lava Hound, PEKKA and Mega Knight or even Hog Rider, sort of taking Balloon’s place as a Secondary win-conditions in those decks.  This creates a Dual layered Push, where the tank acts as a shield for the barrel to reach the tower. While protected, the barrel can easily melt it down in seconds.

Clash Royale MinerMiner

The Skeleton Barrel also works well with Miner.

First send the Barrel and then the Miner. When the Barrel is tanking damage, the Miner can chip away the tower. Once the Barrel is destroyed, the Tower immediately re-targets the Miner, which now tanks for the Skeletons.

Clash Royale GraveyardGraveyard

Graveyard may be a good card to couple with Skeleton Barrel!

This is because the Barrel can tank for Graveyard a few seconds. And after its death, the Skeletons from the Graveyard as well as the Barrel can damage together (24 Skeletons in all, 1608 damage in all, just a statistic, won’t be seen most of the time in battle).

Adding a Tank or Mini-tank say Knight or Ice Golem can increase the strength of the push a lot!

Clash Royale Goblin GangSpell Bait Cards

It has the ability do well in Spell Bait decks as the Skeletons add another card as a Bait Element.

Bait cards are pretty OP in draft battles since it is not guaranteed to have spells in your decks.

On defense

On defense, it really doesn’t have much capabilities


It can be use against air targeting Troops to distract them while your Crown Tower does the work of killing it (For example, vs Mega Minion or Inferno Dragon).

Say your opponent rushes with Giant + Musketeer, you can definitely use Skeleton Barrel in this case. Let the Musketeer kill the Barrel, use a cheap tank to distract the Musketeer and you can easily deal with the push.

Basically, on defense its use is just like Battle Ram, the only difference is that it works only against Air Targeting troops.

General Draft Tips:

Pick a Win Condition: This is very simply!

Picking a win condition is the most important thing when drafting, because it’s what allows you to take down your opponent’s towers.

Because Flying Machine will be around in every match, you’ll have to pick your win condition carefully. All tanks work great with the Flying Machine, so if you already have picked the Flying Machine, something like a Lava Hound would be much better than a Hog Rider.

The best win conditions in Draft Challenge:

Clash Royale GiantClash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale Goblin BarrelClash Royale Battle RamClash Royale GolemClash Royale MinerClash Royale GraveyardClash Royale Lava HoundClash Royale Mega Knight

These are the best win conditions in this challenge are Giant, Lava Hound and Golem if you have Flying Machine because they have great synergy together.

Pick card that counter the other: Another straight-forward tip!

For example, If you have the Minion Horde & Arrows Draft, go for Arrows.

Pay attention to what you are giving away: A bit more advanced tip!

Sometimes, the better choice is about making your opponent’s deck worse, not making your deck better.

For example, If you get the choice between Spear Goblins and Rage, go with Spear Goblins. Spear Goblins can’t make your deck better but Rage is definitely one of the worst cards in Draft Challenge.

Cards which are bad in the meta could be OP in the Draft Challenge:

For example, the Witch.

In the normal meta games, people can easily counter Witch with meta cards such as Bowler, Executioner, Knight, Lightning, Baby Dragon etc. However, in Draft Challenges, having those cards is not guaranteed.

Try to pick cards which require specific counters:

Here are some of those cards:

Clash Royale Inferno DragonClash Royale PrincessClash Royale SparkyClash Royale GraveyardClash Royale Goblin BarrelClash Royale Inferno TowerClash Royale BalloonClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale Goblin GangClash Royale Elite Barbarians

For example, Sparky!

If you have Sparky in your hand while the opponent doesn’t have any Zap effect or swarm card, he will find it extremely hard to deal with the Sparky. This is even worse If you have a good Sparky combo such as Giant Sparky.

Don’t forget spell!

Always pick one of these: Rocket, Lightning, Fireball and Poison.

In case you don’t have any win condition, or your win condition gets countered, you still have something to deal damage.

Last but not least, getting positive Elixir trade with spells is not hard!

Ensure your deck makes scene


  • First pick: Graveyard vs Mega Minion
  • Second pick: Baby Dragon vs Musketeer

Although Musketeer can solo kill Baby Dragon, pick Baby Dragon because it is a hard counter to your Graveyard. Also, If you are lucky, you can combo it with Tornado later on.

Challenge Information


  • This is Draft Challenge. Pick 4 cards for you and receive 4 cards from the opponent.
  • One player has a chance to draft Skeleton Barrel.
  • All cards are levelled up to the tournament standard regardless of your cards level.
  • The first entry is free. The next ones cost 50 Gems each (not confirmed yet).