Best Lava Hound Decks for trophy pushers

In the last post, we focused on one of the most used Clash Royale cards the hog rider. In this post, we will take a look at a very powerful deck that is used by many players to gain trophies and win tournament battles. Lava Hound decks are the decks of choice for trophy pushers because of their ability to overwhelm opponents, thereby inflicting 3 crown damage wins. So, we will look at two of the best lava hound decks for trophy pushers, one for advanced players and one for medium level players.

lava hound decks: profileUnderstanding Lava Hound Decks

The key to understanding lava hound decks lies in knowing everything about the win condition which is overwhelming the opponent using the Lava hound itself supported by damage inflicting melee troops.

The lava hound is unlocked in Arena 4 also known as P.E.K.K.A’s playhouse achieved when a player reaches 1100+ trophies. See the full troop profile in the image above.


What makes the lava hound an integral part of the deck?

The Lava hound is a tank card, it means that it can soak in major damage while you use small troop units to chip away and destroy towers. So, in other words, it provides cover to the rest of the troops by sustaining damage over a considerable length of time. When a lava hound is destroyed, it bursts into a number of fragile but dangerous lava pups that continue to attack the structure in question.

Building your lava hound decks

When building a lava hound decks, one must keep in mind that the lava hound itself consumes a lot of elixir. At an elixir cost of 7, you have to associate lava hounds with elixir economic card to use for defense as well as for your pushes. The archetype used in lava hound decks is the beat down.

Lava Hound Deck for high advanced players

For players on Arena 8 and above, the following beat down lava hound deck is effective for 3 crown wins:

  1. Lava hound
  2. Fire spirits
  3. Mini P.E.K.K.A
  4. Ice spirit
  5. Zap
  6. Elixir collector
  7. Spear goblins
  8. Mega Minion

Deck explained

In this deck, the lava hound is the tank card, it should be used at full elixir preferably at the double elixir stage or when you notice that the opponent has used up their elixir. The hound is supported by a mini p.e.k.k.a and or mega minion. The mini p.e.k.k.a and mega minion can cause massive damage to towers under the cover of the hound. They are also good at ambushing an inferno tower and to defend against the opponent’s push. The two troop cards make for excellent survival troops after a defense job, used to launch a quick counter-attack on the opponent before he/she recovers elixir.

Know the associate troops

The fire spirits, zap, ice spirits, and spear goblins are essential in defending against swamp troops like minion hordes and skeleton army. These associate troops are your main defense against the opponent’s melee troops and any push that they might throw at you, particularly on a counter.


lava hound decks elixir collector

The elixir collector is the most integral piece of this deck, placing elixir collectors will give you’re a massive advantage when you make your beat down push. This is even more efficient when battling an opponent who ignores your elixir collector. The best place to deploy your elixir collector is somewhere in between the towers.




Using the deck

There a few key principles that you must keep in mind when using a lava hound beat down deck.

  • Always stay pumped and deploy your hound during the double elixir phase or when your opponent has a shortage of elixir.
  • Place the elixir collector as early as possible and stay pumped
  • Use a mini p.e.k.k.a and zap to take out the opponents inferno tower, canon or mortar
  • Use fire spirits against minion horde
  • The best beat down push is achieved with a lava hound, mega minion, mini p.e.k.k.a and spear goblins.
  • Deploy supporting troops only after the towers are locked on to the lava hound or when the opponent places an inferno tower.

Deck variant
You can replace one of the support cards with a defense building card to defend against potential counter attacks or against a player who uses a similar deck.

Lava Hound Deck for middle-level players

Like the advanced players, middle-level players battling around arena 7 can use very powerful lava hound decks. A typical beat down at this level will be as follows:

lava hound decks arena 7+

  1. Lava hound
  2. Balloon
  3. Lightning or fireball
  4. Minions
  5. Miner or Mega minion
  6. Arrows
  7. Tombstone
  8. Baby dragon or skeleton army


Deck explained

The idea behind this deck is to slowly build the main push that is difficult for the opponent to deal with. As you may have noticed this is a very expensive deck in as far as elixir is concerned, therefore you have to build an elixir advantage when using this archetype. Since it does not contain an elixir collector card, you will have to use the positive elixir defense trade. You will also need to inflict damage on your opponent’s towers by transitioning from defense to offense using any troops that survive from your defense.

Your typical push with this deck will consist of a hound, a balloon, a lightning spell or fireball supported by a mega minion/miner and a baby dragon. A push of this magnitude is almost always difficult for the opponent to stop.

For defense, you will need to rely on cheap elixir troops like the tombstone, minions and meg minion. You can throw in a baby dragon and use it to transition into a counter-attack after your successful defense.


lava hound decks hound placement

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Tips when using Lava Hound decks

  • Do not allow your opponent to get an upper hand with crippling pushes
  • Deploy your hound at the back of your tower
  • Pay attention to your opponent’s deck and how they use it
  • Do not be worried if your opponent gets a crown or two, as long as you push correctly you will get the 3 crowns.

Understanding The Hog Rider Guide

Anyone who plays Clash Royale knows that in order to win battles and challenges, you need to have a good deck and a killer battle strategy. This guide is about understanding the Hog rider and how best to use it to get ahead in a battle including how to counter against someone who uses it.

Why is understanding the Hog Rider so important?

Hog Rider decks have been trending for a long time now and they form the most powerful win condition deck for any player regardless of the player’s level or arena. Players are winning with the Hog Rider card and it makes sense that you know two very important plays when it comes to the Hog Rider:

  1. How to attack effectively with a hog rider
  2. How to defend hog rider attacks

So to begin our understanding the hog rider guide, lets quickly run through the basics behind the card.

Understanding the Hog Rider: Troop Profile

The Hog rider is a quick and fast all-attack troop, meaning it targets buildings. In addition to its quick speed, the Hog rider can jump over the river to quickly get to the nearest building.

The troop is unlocked at Arena 4 also called P.E.K.K.A’s Playhouse, which is reached when a player gains 1100+ trophies. The full troop profile is shown in the image below.

understanding the hog rider Hog rider Clash royale

Many players use the hog rider as their main offensive card for the following reasons:

  • It is cheap in terms of elixir costs
  • Very fast tank:damage ratio in the game
  • Allows for quick cycling of cards during battle
  • Offers a good hand to low ranked players as well as advanced players
  • Effective in all formats of the game including tournaments and ladder variants of Clash Royale

Building a hog rider deck

The key to successful hog rider attacks depend on the way you build your deck and the way you use the troops in the arena. Hog rider decks can be defensive or designed for attack pushes. The type of strategy will determine the hog archetype that you will use for the battle. The common hog rider archetypes that players use include the hog cycling, control, hybrid and beat down. In this guide we will describe the Control archetype which works perfectly for both high level and low levels players.

To build a hog rider control archetype deck, you need to have the perfect balance of defending cards and hog accompanying cards. Here is a typical Control archetype deck:

Dark Prince Hog Control

Slot number:

  1. understanding the hog rider battle deckHog Rider
  2. Goblins
  3. Inferno Tower
  4. Mega Minion/minion horde/minion
  5. Dark Prince
  6. Ice Wizard/ Wizard
  7. Fire Spirits
  8. Zap




In this deck, the Hog rider is your win condition and you use the goblins to support it. The Inferno tower acts as your main defense thereby making the Mega Minion your defense support. That leaves the Dark Prince and Ice wizard/wizard acting as the runner troops. The fire spirits and zap spell will be used to take care of mass troops such as the skeleton army.

Understanding the hog rider control archetype

The strategy behind this type of battle is to control the game, that means you NEVER place your card first when the battle begins. Wait for your opponent to place their card and you respond accordingly. The typical move would be to place your main defense building and wait for your opponent’s troops to target the defense building before placing your defense support.

understanding the hog rider main defence placement


understanding the hog rider runner and defense counter

Use your runners to support your defense or to lure any card that the opponent might have against your hog, i.e skeleton army, minion horde etc.

You can also use the runners for quick counter attacks on the same side that the opponent is attacking.



understanding the hog rider placement

place your hog and goblins in quick succession by the corner of the river


To use your win condition, wait for your opponent to commit their anti-hog cards. It is even best if you wait for him/her to use up their elixir before you place your hog and goblins in quick succession by the corner of the river.





understanding the hog rider zap



Have your spell and fire spirits ready to take care of anything that the opponent might throw at you.




Important tips on pulling off a control hog archetype

  • This archetype requires you to be patient and watch the opponent closely
  • Do not use the hog rider on defense unless you really have to
  • Do not drop the hog rider at the back of your towers
  • When your opponent has a defense building, avoid placing the hog rider in the middle of the river
  • Do not send in lone hog riders unless it is a desperate move to finish of a tower and win a crown, in which case it would be better to use a zap instead.
  • You may need to do two to three hog pushes per tower to win the battle.
understanding the hog rider Hog rider behind tower

Do not drop the hog rider at the back of your towers

Understanding the hog rider defense

Since the hog attacks are trending right now, you will often match up with an opponent who uses hog rider archetypes. The best way to defend against these is to place your defensive building, in this case the inferno tower, to counter the hog card. Your placement of the building should be after the opponent’s hog card has been placed.

You can also use your runners to take out the hog and launch a counter attack immediately after. In the archetype that we are using in this guide, using the dark prince and wizard as runners will quickly take out the hog and move for an attack. While the opponent tries to defend against the runners, you send in your hog on the opposite lane.

The final word

The Hog Rider is a versatile card that often gives birth to many innovative strategies. It makes sense that it is trending right now, by understanding the hog rider, you understand how to attack with it and also defend against it.