“When the Goblin Cage is destroyed, a Goblin Brawler is unleashed into the Arena! Goblin Brawler always skips leg day.”
The Goblin Cage is unlocked in Spooky Town (Arena 12). When spawned, the card initially takes the appearance of a wooden jail cell with moderate hitpoints, which sometimes shakes due to the Brawler inside. After a short time or after taking enough damage, the Brawler breaks out and attacks opposing troops or buildings nearby. The Brawler himself is a huge, brawny, tattooed Goblin with moderate hitpoints and high damage. His health, damage and speed are all comparable to a single Elite Barbarian.
If an enemy Hog Rider or Ram Rider is deployed, place the Goblin Cage down to prevent most of the damage.
Placing the Cage in front of the Rider will yield slightly better results, as the Goblin Brawler will not have to run towards the enemy unit as much. If placed in the center, the Goblin Brawler will be outsped and potentially let the Rider deal more damage.
If placed in the center of your side of the map, it can completely stop a Mega Knight with the help of both Crown Towers, allowing for a big positive elixir trade.
If placed one tile from the other side of the arena, it can pull an entire Minion Horde. Once the Goblin Brawler spawns, the remaining Minions will be kited and the brawler will get two hits on the foe's Princess Tower.
The Goblin Brawler is among the few units that can escape the Giant Skeleton's death bomb. Deploy the cage on top of the Giant Skeleton and it will absorb a few attacks from the Giant Skeleton before spawning the Goblin Brawler to kill it.
Additionally, the Brawler is weak to swarms so pairing it with spells such as Zap, The Log or Poison can synergize with him and allow him to advance towards the Crown Tower.
The Goblin Cage can absorb two of the three lightning strikes from the Lightning spell, so it can be used to tank for lightning vulnerable troops like the Musketeer.
While not immediately obvious, the Goblin Cage's hitbox is identical to a spawner type building, such as the Goblin Hut, rather than a defensive building such as Cannon. This means you can pull building targeting units from a slightly farther distance.
This also makes it safer to place in the middle as a passive play to bank Elixir, as the Cage will deter most attacks while also being unvaluable to spell down.
The Goblin Cage was added to the game on 17/5/19.
On 1/7/19, a Balance Update increased the Goblin Cage's lifetime by 33%, from 15s to 20s, and also increased the damage of the Brawler by 25% from 211 to 264 at tournament level. Humorously, his description was also updated; previously saying "When the Goblin Cage is destroyed, a Goblin Brawler is unleashed into the Arena! Goblin Brawler never skips leg day."
On 2/9/19, a Balance Update decreased the Goblin Brawler's movement speed to Fast (from Very Fast).
On 5/5/20, a Balance Update increased the Goblin Brawler's damage by 6%.
It has the shortest lifetime of any building.
The Goblin Brawler is inspired by a goblin prisoner character in the Clash-A-Rama series.