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Clash Royale is not just about the strength of the cards or the rarity of your troops, it is all about STRATEGY.

Knowing the cards' strength, weakness, and counters can win you a game. Knowing how to work around it, complementing with the best troop, plus a good strategy is a sure formula to success!

Even if the opponent is equipped with a strong Three Musketeers card, a high level Fireball can end it. A high level Legendary Card can be defeated by an epic, rare, or commons if you know how to strategize.

On this page, we will give you the most popular cards, how to counter it, and strategies that you can use on your arena.


Strategies per Arena:

Playing games clash like this, you have to know what are the best strategies to win. On every arena, there is a different meta. An example of this is the widely use of Swarms on Arena 3 Barbarian Bowl or having flying troops such as the Inferno Dragon, Lava Hound, and Baby Dragon on Arena 4 P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse. Hog Riders on the other hand are pretty popular on every stage of the game, be it on Arena 4 P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse his first debut until the last level the Legendary Arena where hardened players test out their skills.

On higher arenas like Arena 8 Frozen Peak, Arena 9 Jungle Arena, and Arena 10 Legendary Arena, the meta is continually shifting due to the number of cards available for use. Since Supercell and the team is continually updating, releasing new cards and arenas, you have to be versatile. You don't always have to go with the most popular decks in the game. Sometimes, the counter cards win against them fairly easy. A great example is the Golem card. It is at 8 elixir cost but you can counter it with the Inferno Tower plus other swarm cards. You can even add an Ice Spirit to stop it on it tracks. In the world of Royale, having the right combination of units in the game can win you trophies and will let you continue your Clash.

Are you ready to play and look for tactics that can be used on your arena? Click or tap on an Arena below.

We already simplified it based on your chosen troop.

  • Bear in mind that some decks are also usable in higher arenas. A good example are the tactics on Arena 7, Arena 8, and Arena 9 that can also be used on Arena 10.
Best Arena 3 Decks Best Arena 4 Decks Best Arena 5 Decks Best Arena 6 Decks

Barbarians are here to invade!

The Inferno Dragon is going to hurt!
Clash Royale Arena 5
Get ready to cast those spells!
best Arena 6 Decks
Sparky for the win!
Best Arena 7 Decks Best Arena 8 Decks Best Arena 9 Decks Best Arena 10 Decks

The Royal Giant roams this place.

Be as cool as the Frozen Peak!

Conquer the jungle with these decks!
Clash Royale Arena 9
Ready your guns against the best!

Strategies per Popular Cards:

Supercell and the team are busy releasing new cards almost every two weeks. Aside from new card releases (and sometimes arena), they also do balance updates that can buff or nerf a troop, spell or building.

With all the new and incoming cards and balance updates, the game is forever changing. You have to be on your toes to be in the loop. Sometimes a minor nerf change on your favorite troop can kick it out. It is advisable to make use of three decks you can build in the game. Master each one of it and be ready for any change.

You have to master the gameplay not just the card. You have to choose if you want a beatdown deck that focuses on a tanker, a cycle deck that lets you change your units fairly fast, or a counter deck that shatters and punishes foes for overreaching. Learning them can be quite tedious but practicing against your friends and even the Training option in the game can help you be better.

On this section, we compiled the top 20 cards in the arena. These troops, spells, or buildings are the same ones you will face during duels.

Graveyard Decks Ice Golem Decks Inferno Dragon Decks Mega Minion Decks
Master the art of the Skeleton Spell!
Move the game with a 2 elixir mini tanker!
Conquer the Arena with a flying Inferno Tower!
The strength of Minions in one!
Princess Decks Sparky Decks LumberJack Decks Ice Spirit Decks
Use her range and splash damage!
There's no OP in the Sparky dictionary!
Sit and grab a Rage bottle with the LumberJack!
A very cool 1 elixir card!
Hog Rider Decks Miner Decks Royal Giant Decks Ice Wizard Decks
Ride to victory with the Hog Rider!
Dig to win with the Miner!
Destroy the tower at a range with the RG!
Time for a good slow mo!
Goblin Barrel Decks Rage Decks Furnace Decks The Log Decks
Go on a barrel trip up high!
Total frenzy!
Make those Fire Spirits hurt!
Those troops need to step back!

Counter Strategies:

With all the new troops, spells, and buildings coming in the game, you should know how to counter. Knowing how to counter and what cards will counter yours can sometimes be a deciding factor in winning a game. A great example is using a Zap spell against a Graveyard spell. It will just generate a few more Skeletons in a span of 10 seconds. A great counter would be a Dart Goblin on the side of your King Tower and an Ice Golem to lure those Skeletons away. A good 5 elixir card vs 5 elixir cards. After a good counter, you can now set up a new push.

Knowing how to counter certain troop card like a Sparky or an Inferno Dragon is a must if you are already on a high level. Both of their power are devastating but a simple Zap spell or that new Electro Wizard and they're done for. A good elixir trade for you. That extra elixir can be used for another push, or probably a counter push to punish your opponent. Aside from the two units indicated above, Golems, Royal Giants, even swarms are not to be taken lightly. These massive tankers are equipped with high HP and can tank other units such as a Musketeer to add to the damage. Having a defense building card such as an Inferno Tower or a Tombstone can help you lure their focus while you set up a counter. Sometimes, even those Goblins and Spear Goblins do a chip damage that can hurt your tower. Having a good spell card such as The Log can help you clear the path.

On this section, we will teach you how to counter and what cards will counter your bread and butter. Good luck on your games clash on!

How To Counter The Graveyard How to Counter the Inferno Dragon How to Counter the Mega Minion How to Counter The Guards
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How to Counter the Giant Combo How to Counter The Log How to Counter the LumberJack How to Counter the Ice Spirit
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How to Counter the Bowler How to Counter 2 Sparkys How to Counter P.E.K.K.A + Double Prince Deck How to Counter Poison
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How To Counter The Lava Hound How to Counter the 3 Musketeers How to counter Pekka How To Counter The Golem
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