Welcome to our Clash Royale update hub! We’ll be collecting all of the official balance changes and updates for Clash Royale as they’re released by the Finnish giant Supercell.
If you’re a hardcore Clasher, be sure to bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the latest buffs, nerfs, new game modes, and new cards for Clash Royale. Below you’ll find the most recent update, followed by a list of new cards from this season. Previous Clash Royale updates can be found at the end of the page.
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- Five good Clash Royale decks showcased at the World Finals
- Five of the best Clash Royale decks straight from the pros
- Clash Royale League World Finals to take place in Tokyo
- Pokemon Go vs Clash Royale: Which new game made more money in 2016?
Clash Royale Update: The latest
Clash Royale Update: January balance update overview
Released: January 7, 2019
The first Clash Royale update of the new year rolls brings with it a host of small changes as well as a big one that could breathe new life into one of the game’s least popular cards. Heal has been reduced to just 1 elixir, making it a strong choice in a number of cycle decks.
Magic Archer may also see an increase in use, as his first attack nerf is being partially rolled back. Barbarian Barrel is going the other way, with half of the deploy time buff being rolled back. The only big nerfs to come through are to the Barbarian Hut and Battle Ram, but they should remain strong choices in this meta.
Clash Royale January balance update patch notes
- Costs 1 elixir (down from 3).
- Duration 2.0 seconds (down from 2.5).
- Healing per second reduced 63%.
- Magic Archer first attack faster (not a full reversion of nerf).
- Goblin Giant hitpoints increased 3%.
- Goblin Giant’s Spear Goblins have increased range.
- Sparky range increased to 5 (from 4.5, now higher than Electro Wizard).
- Valkyrie hit speed improved to 1.5 (from 1.6)
- Golem’s Golemite pushback reduced.
- Freeze deals 65% less damage to turrets (in line with other spells).
- Battle Ram charge damage reduced 11%.
- Barbarian Hut hitpoints reduced 7%.
- Barbarian Barrel deploy time slower (not a full reversion of buff).
Clash Royale: New cards
One of the secrets to Clash Royale’s success is the constant updates, changes, and new cards. A single new card can open up tons of great deck possibilities, and add some longevity to the title released way back in 2016. The most recently added cards and their subsequent buffs/nerfs from each Clash Royale update are listed below.
Her bola snares enemy troops while Ram heads for the nearest building! Rams and Hogs don’t mingle at parties…
Release date: December 25, 2018
- 5-elixir Legendary available in Hog Mountain or higher.
- Like the Hog Rider, Ram Rider can jump over the river.
- Ram Rider charges like the Battle Ram, but does not explode upon impact.
- The Rider has an independent ranged attack that hits air and ground units.
- Rider’s bola attacks deal minimal damage but snare enemies for 2 seconds.
- Rider’s snaring bola can be chained to perma-snare large troops.
- Unlike Goblin Giant, Ram Rider does not spawn any units upon death.
Spits out bolts of electricity hitting up to three targets. Suffers from middle child syndrome to boot.
Release date: November 9, 2018
- 5-elixir epic available in Electro Valley and higher
- Like the Electro Wizard, shoots lightning that stuns and chains to 3 targets
- Unlike the Electro Wizard, hitting only one target does not increase damage
- Not as tanky as the other dragon troops
- Can chain to awaken the King Tower if not careful
Electro Dragon nerfs
- (12/3) Electro Dragon hit points reduced 5%.
- (12/3) Electro Dragon first attack comes out slower.
This jolly green Goblin Giant stomps towards enemy buildings. He carries two Spear Goblins everywhere he goes. It’s a weird but functional arrangement.
Release date: September 5, 2018
- 6-elixir epic available in the Jungle Arena and higher
- Like the classic giant, targets only buildings
- Moves faster than giant (medium vs slow)
- Much lower hp than the other giants, but good at solo pushing
- Two Spear Goblins strapped to his back target other cards independently
- Upon death, the spear goblins jump out of his backpack and continue fighting
Goblin Giant buffs
- (10/1) Hitpoints +6%
- (1/7) Hitpoints +3%
- (1/7) Spear Goblin range increased
Deploys a line of recruits armed with spears, shield and wooden buckets. They dream of ponies and one day wearing metal buckets.
Release date: August 7, 2018
- 7-elixir common available in the Royal Arena and higher.
- Spawns a line of 6 troops horizontally across the arena.
- Medium damage and hitpoints, but have a shield.
- Great for defending both lanes at once against strong cards.
- Can be split unevenly between the lanes 4-2 or 2-4 by adjusting the deployment point.
Royal Recruits buffs
- (9/3) Damage increased by 12%
- (9/3) Can now be split unevenly between lanes.
- (12/3) Elixir cost reduced from 8 to 7.
Royal Recruits nerfs
- (Pre-release) Elixir cost increased from 6 to 8.
- (12/3) Hit speed reduced from 1.3 to 1.2.
The King’s personal pets are loose! They love to chomp on apples and towers alike — who let the hogs out?
Release date: June 20, 2018
- 5-elixir rare available in Hog Mountain and higher.
- Spawns 4 helmet-wearing hogs that attack only buildings.
- Like the Hog Rider, the Royal Hogs can jump over the river.
- Move quickly, but don’t do as much damage as the Hog Rider.
- Moderate hitpoints.
Royal Hog buffs
- (8/6) Delay before initial attack reduced.
Royal Hog nerfs
- (11/5) Damage reduced by 6%.
- (11/5) Weight decreased, meaning they can no longer push around most units.
- (9/3) Hit speed reduced from 1.2 seconds to 1.1 seconds.
It’s HUGE! Once it began rolling down Frozen Peak, there was no stopping it. Enemies hit are knocked back and slowed down.
Release date: June 20, 2018
- 2-elixir common available in the Frozen Peak and higher.
- Damages and knocks back ground and air targets within its radius, like the Fireball.
- Knocked back enemies attacks have their attacks reset.
- Can be used to change troop targets.
- Enemies hit are also briefly slowed.
Giant Snowball buffs
- (10/1) Damage increased by 10%.
- (10/1) Slow duration increased from 2 seconds to 2.5 seconds.
- (12/3) Damage increased by 14% to match Zap spell.
Spawns a mischievous trio of Rascals. The boy takes the lead, while the girls pelt enemies from behind… with slingshots full of Double Trouble Gum.
Release date: May 25, 2018
- 5-elixir common available in the Jungle Arena and higher.
- Spawns 3 troops: one Rascal Boy and two Rascal Girls.
- Rascal Boy is a large unit with moderate hp and damage.
- Rascal Girl is a ranged unit with low hitpoints and moderate damage.
- (7/2) Rascal Boy hitpoints reduced by 5.3%.
- (7/2) Rascal Girl initial attack delay increased.
Clash Royale update history
Clash Royale Update: December Update overview
Release date: December 5, 2018
It’s been three months since the last major update to Clash Royale, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It finally brings new content for players who have stuck with the game throughout the years in the form of star levels and a revamped tournament system. It’s so big that it was broken into two parts (watch part two here).
That’s not all that this Clash Royale update brings. Later this month a new limited time game mode will come out to celebrate the release of Supercell’s latest game, Brawl Stars. The 1v1 Heist mode will even allow you to play two of the characters from Brawl Stars as troop cards.
Clash Royale December Update patch notes
- 1v1 arena with no king or princess towers.
- The first to open the enemy safe wins.
- Two characters from Brawl Stars make a guest appearance.
- Bo replaces the Magic Archer and Shelly replaces the Hunter.
- Star levels unlock new cosmetics for max level cards.
- Most cosmetic changes turn cards to gold.
- Star level one unlocks a deploy effect and card border.
- Star level two unlocks cosmetic changes to the model itself.
- Star level three unlocks further cosmetic changes.
- To unlock Star levels, you need Star points.
- After hitting King level 13, all card upgrades and donations accumulate Star points.
- Star points will be rewarded retroactivity for current level 13 players.
- New global tournaments where any player from around the world can enter.
- New tournament reward system with a tournament leaderboard.
- Winning games moves you up the leaderboard, unlocking unique rewards.
- At the end of the tournament, you may unlock all rewards with gems.
- The first tournament will go live shorty after the update drops.
Mega Lightning Chests
- Mega Lightning Chests replace Super Magical Chests.
- They offer the same rewards, but with 8 strikes.
- This increases the chance of legendary cards significantly.
- Name changes can be purchased with gems (increasing by 500 each time, up to 10,000 gems).
- Both players now need a trade token to trade.
- Trade tokens now appear more than twice as often.
- Emotes can now be purchased with gems.
- Clan request timers can now be sped up.
- Clan bounties now offer greater rewards, including free gems.
- Clan search has been improved.
- 2v2 partners can be added as friends after a match.
- Special event challenges can now be continued with gems, eliminating losses but keeping wins.
Clash Royale update: 12/3 Balance Update overview
Release date: December 12, 2018
The first balance update after the Clash Royale League World Finals is upon us, and it addresses many of the major concerns players voiced prior to the final showdown in Tokyo. The Electro Dragon might not have played as big a role in the Finals as expected, but nevertheless it’s found its way onto the nerf list alongside the heavily abused Barbarian Barrel.
This update also breathes new life into the Royal Recruits, reducing their elixir cost in exchange for a slower hit speed. The Freeze spell has also been reworked to level out its power as you level it up. It now has a fixed freeze time and deals area damage over time, similar to the Poison spell. Finally, the Elixir Collector no longer appears in starting hands, so players can’t gain an early advantage via sheer luck.
Clash Royale 12/3 Balance Update patch notes
- Tesla tower’s first attack now comes out faster.
- Royal Recruits elixir cost reduced from 8 to 7.
- Giant Snowball damage increased by 14%, now matches Zap damage.
- Archer damage increased 2.5%.
- Ice Wizard damage increased 10%.
- Electro Dragon hit points reduced 5%.
- Electro Dragon first attack comes out slower.
- Royal Recruits hit speed reduced from 1.2 to 1.3.
- Archer hit points reduced 1%.
- Barbarian Barrel damage reduced 5%
- Ice Wizard hit points reduced 11%.
- Freeze spell now has a fixed duration of five seconds.
- Freeze spell now deals minor Area Damage.
- Elixir Collector no longer appears in opening hands.
Clash Royale update: 11/5 Balance Update overview
Release date: November 5, 2018
The November balance update for Clash Royale brought a number of buffs and nerfs, many of which were not expected by the community. While some members of the Clash community were upset that some promised changes weren’t pulled through, Supercell didn’t want to rock the boat too much right before the Clash Royale League Finals in Tokyo set to take place in December.
While most of the changes were minor, a few of the more regal cards like the Royal Ghost and the Royal Hogs were hit pretty hard. Meanwhile, the Dart Goblin managed to just edge out the Archers in the community vote, earning an ever so slight damage buff. Check out the full balance update patch notes below!
Clash Royale 11/5 Balance Update patch notes
- Inferno Tower hitpoints increased by 3%.
- Skeleton Barrel death damage increased by 62%.
- Mega Knight hit speed increased from 1.8 seconds to 1.7 seconds.
- Dart Goblin damage +4%.
- Royal Ghost hitpoints reduced 9%.
- Royal Hogs damage reduced 6%.
- Royal Hogs unit weight decreased.
- Tombstone spawn speed reduced from 2.9 seconds to 3.1 seconds.
- Tombstone now spawns 3 skeletons when destroyed, down from 4.
- Giant hitpoints reduced 2%.
- Cannon Cart hit speed slowed from 1.2 seconds to 1.3 seconds.
Clash Royale update: 10/1 Balance update overview
Release date: October 1, 2018
This balance update for Clash Royale brings nothing but buffs to a number of cards, as well as major changes to the Royal Giant. The results of the community balance vote are in, and the big winner is the Ice Wizard. His slow now matches better with the stun from his Electro companion.
Expect a return of the cannon-wielding giant to the ladder with a significant damage buff in this Clash Royale update. Don’t be too scared though, because his range nerf means he’s easier than ever to counter if you come prepared. Check out the full patch notes below!
Clash Royale 10/1 Balance Update patch notes
Royal Giant rework
- Range reduced from 6.5 to 5.5.
- Royal Giant no longer out ranges the Inferno Tower.
- Damage increased by 60%.
- Deploy time improved from 2 seconds to 1 second.
- Goblin Giant hitpoints increased by 6%.
- Bomb Tower area damage increased by 5%.
- Goblin Hut spawns goblins slightly faster, from 5 seconds to 4.7 seconds.
- An extra skeleton has been added to the Skeleton Army, which now spawns 15 skeletons.
- Barbarian Barrel now rolls faster, and the Barbarian inside jumps out faster as well.
- Snowball damage increased by 10%.
- Snowball slow duration increased from 2 seconds to 2.5 seconds.
- Ice Wizard slow duration increased from 2 seconds to 2.5 seconds.
- Fixed a bug giving towers temporarily immunity to spells when re-targeting after a nearby Golem, Lava Hound, or Skeleton Barrel explode in range.
Clash Royale update: September update overview
Release date: September 5, 2018
The September Clash Royale update adds several new features to the game, as well as the fifth new card of the year: the Goblin Giant. He’s a speedy new tank card that can fight back against troops with two spear goblins strapped to his back.
This update also introduces trade tokens, which can be used to trade cards of any rarity with your clanmates. They are available as rewards from War Bounties (read about those below) and special challenges. Trade Tokens can also be purchased from the shop. Check out the full patch notes below.
Clash Royale September Update patch notes
- Trade Tokens allow clanmates to swap cards.
- Cards of any rarity can be swapped with the corresponding Trade Token.
- Legendary Trade Token: 1 legendary for 1 legendary.
- Epic Trade Token: 10 epics for 10 epics.
- Rare Trade Token: 50 rares for 50 rares.
- Common Trade Token: 250 commons for 250 commons.
- Trade Tokens are required to initiate the swap, but not to accept it.
- They are available as rewards in War Bounties and Special Challenges.
- They can also be purchased from the shop.
- If a trade is canceled, the Trade Token is returned and can be used again.
- War Bounties are now rewarded after each war.
- War Bounties will not be awarded if you do not participate in battles.
- They contain different amounts of gold and other goodies, including Trade Tokens.
- This greatly increases the amount of gold gained from wars.
- A new epic card, Goblin Giant, has been added to the game.
- Goblin Giant costs 6 elixir, and can be found in the Jungle Arena and higher.
- He is a fast moving tank with two Spear Goblins in his backpack.
- Upon death, the Spear Goblins pop out and continue fighting.
- Crowns earned in War Day and Collection Day battles now count toward your Crown Chest.
- You can now participate in 2v2 Collection Day battles even after completing all of your battles.
- Game modes for Collection Day battles have been changed.
- Card levels have been adjusted so that relative power levels are the same across card rarities.
- Minimum card levels have changed.
- Common levels: 1 to 13.
- Rare levels: 3 to 13.
- Epic levels: 6 to 13.
- Legendary levels: 9 to 13.
- Tournament levels are now 9 across all rarities.
- Cards in your collection can now be sorted by level.
- Emotes can now be used in clan chat.
- Minimum required trophies for clans can now be set up to 6400.
- Teammates cards and elixir now shown in 2v2 battles by default.
- King Tower hitpoints are no longer obscured.
- Spectator mode now shows which player played a card in 2v2 battles.
- A new option for tournaments with no prize has been added, costing 10 gems.
- Elixir cost decreased from 3 to 2.
- Area damage decreased by 9%.
- Range decreased from 7 to 5.
- No longer knocks back.
- Royal Recruits damage increased by 12%.
- Prince hitpoints increased by 5%.
- Lightning damage increased by 5%.
- Valkyrie hit speed decreased from 1.4 seconds to 1.6 seconds.
- Witch hitpoints decreased by 3.5%
- Royal Hog hit speed decreased from 1.1 seconds to 1.2 seconds.
- Cannon Cart range reduced from 5.5 to 5.
- Zappies can no longer effectively stun lock opponents by staggering their shots.
- Bandit is now immune to damage while dashing rather than untargetable.
- This means that towers will stay locked on after the dash.
That’s it for our Clash Royale update hub. Be sure to bookmark this article, as we’ll update it over the next few weeks and months with the latest releases.