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Skeleton Barrel – Best Tips for UsingSkeleton Barrel


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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

Cost Speed Deploy Time Target Skeleton Count Transport
3 Medium (60) 1 sec Buildings x8 Air
Level Hitpoints Death Damage Skeleton level
1 300 32 1
2 330 35 2
3 363 38 3
4 399 42 4
5 438 46 5
6 480 51 6
7 528 56 7
8 579 61 8
9 636 67 9
10 699 74 10
11 768 81 11
12 843 89 12
13 927 98 13
  • 12/2/18: Skeleton Barrel: Skeleton count reduced to 6 (from 8)
  • 12/12/17, the Skeleton Barrel now has deal Death Damage.

Best Tips for Using Skeleton Barrel

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.


  1. damn, if only it was like the MK challenge where you were able to make your own deck with the skeleton barrel, then i would’ve made a lava miner poison deck

  2. Damn you ca’t win any gold besides from finishing challenge. So many epics and commons and rares to win tho!

  3. new poll : what rare card do you think should never have been introduced to the game? I think wizard (hate him so much, reks my deck)

  4. Great tips and thanks for taking the time to pick out a few combos involving various draft choices. Looking forward to having a go after work today!


  5. Lost 4-3 in the first time, won 9-2 after a 3-2 start.
    I found that the best way to use skeleton barrel is as a distraction.
    It works great against Inferno Tower and any other single target troops.
    Here’s my strategy: Send the skeleton barrel first, then your win condition. The barrel tanks for your win condition, then when the tower targets your win condition, the skeletons deal a lot of damage if ignored(so does your win condition). 1 elixir skeletons counter the barrel as well(with tower help), just make sure the barrel pops about 3-4 tiles away from the crown tower. While the barrel has a nice bait aspect to it, it’s just too weak healthwise to be a win condition, and I couldn’t really find a place for it in spell bait decks. However I think it works great in minerloon(miner+balloon) and beatdown decks(golem, giant, pekka, lavahound, etc.) I’m currently working on a minerloon guide with the skeleton barrel myself. One more thing: it can be placed at the bridge as an opening move. If ignored it does a lot of damage.

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