“Three ruthless bone brothers with shields. Knock off their shields and all that's left are three ruthless bone brothers.”

The Guards card is unlocked from the Royal Arena (Arena 7). It spawns three single-target, melee-ranged Skeletons with low hitpoints, medium damage, and shields in addition to their normal health. A Guards card costs 3 Elixir to deploy. They appear similar to the Giant Skeleton due to their underbite but are very different in size. They also have the same diagonal scar as normal Skeletons, but have a few exceptions like wooden spears which Spear Goblins bear, wooden shields, and Dark Prince helmets. They are also a bit larger in size than normal Skeletons.

Strategy

  • The Guards are similar to normal Skeletons, with the same damage, damage per second, and hitpoints, but they also have shields, which makes them more reliable against opposing spells. However, their Elixir cost is also higher.
  • Because of the Guards' low Elixir cost and shields, they are a low-risk, high-reward card. They can eliminate ground troops like groups of Skeletons and can distract air troops like Minions, making them a good defensive option against an incoming enemy push.
  • No matter how much damage is inflicted onto the shield, the Guard behind it will remain intact, just like the Dark Prince. This means that not even a Sparky shot or Rocket can destroy a Guard while it still has its shield.
  • The Guards can be used effectively to counter a lone Sparky. With their shield, they can withstand a blow from the Sparky and destroy her before she shoots a second time. For better results, surround her by spawning them directly on her so only one Guard gets hit with the blast. They will quickly destroy Sparky with the help of a Tower, leaving the player two Guards with shields and one without.
  • Guards are an excellent counter to the Prince due to them being able to tank a charge and 5 more hits. In fact, they can counter the vast majority of single-target troops.
  • The Guards can be countered with area damage troops or buildings. The Fire Spirits and Bomber are most effective, but the Wizard, Valkyrie, Dark Prince, Witch, or the Bomb Tower are also good (but expensive) alternative options.
    • Fire Spirits will completely take out Guards for a positive Elixir trade.
    • Ice Spirit can be used to counter them, freezing them and allowing your Crown Tower to finish them off.
    • The Log can make short work of the Guards since it knocks off the Guards' shields, making them weak enough for the Crown Tower to finish them off.
    • Should Guards be used against a push, Arrows can be used to completely take them out, due to the three volleys of arrows being capable of taking their shield out and finishing them off simultaneously.
  • The Guards are a good alternative to Barbarians if the player needs to keep their deck cheap as they cost two less Elixir. The trade-off is that the Guards have all-around lower statistics except for speed.
  • Level 7 or higher Guards' shields can survive a tournament standard Zap.
  • Guards are great for defending against the Graveyard, since they are more durable than regular Skeletons and have a longer range. For similar reasons, they are also effective at countering the Miner, capable of tanking multiple hits from him.
  • Guards are more effective at defending than attacking. It should be used to first gain positive Elixir trades and be used to protect the main damage dealer on a counterpush. Sending them in alone is usually not very effective due to their comparatively lower speed and high cost to units like Goblins as well as a vulnerability to area damage. However, they can be effective with a glass-cannon like the Mini P.E.K.K.A., as all three Guards combined can tank 12 shots from a Crown Tower.
  • When the Three Musketeers are coming to a Crown Tower without support, once the player's Crown Tower targets the Three Musketeers they can do a quick drop of Guards then Ice Spirit. The first guard will absorb the instant 3 burst shots from the Three Musketeers and then the Ice Spirit will freeze them for 1 second which is enough time for the 2 remaining guards and Crown Tower to finish off the Musketeers.
  • Guards are actually able to slightly outrange some troops because of their spears, similar to the Prince. Because of this, they can poke at a distracted Valkyrie without taking any damage, setting you up for a counterpush.
  • The Guards are quite effective at slowing down mini tanks and tanks, preferably the Prince and P.E.K.K.A., as they have to strike each Guard twice, which will cause you to have an elixir advantage.

History

  • The Guards were added to the game on 3/5/16 with the May 2016 Update.
  • On 18/5/16, a Balance Update increased the Guards' hitpoints and damage by 8%.
  • On 21/6/16, a Balance Update removed the pushback when their shields break.
  • On 12/12/17, a Balance Update increased the Guards’ hitpoints and damage by 5% and their hit speed to 1.1 seconds (from 1.2 seconds).
  • On 2/6/20, a Balance Update gave the Guards a new 0.1 second deploy stagger from each other.
  • On 9/12/20, a Balance Update decreased the Guards' hit speed to 1 sec (from 1.1 sec) and decreased their hitpoints by 26%, making their hit speed and hitpoints without the shield statistically identical to Skeletons.

Trivia

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Hit Speed
Damage Speed
Speed
Speed
Deploy Time
Deploy Time
Range
Range
Target
Targets
Count
Troop Count
Transport
Transport
Type
Type
Rarity
Rarity
3 1 sec Fast (90) 1 sec Melee: Long Ground x3 Ground Troop Epic
Level
Level
Hitpoints
Hitpoint
Shield Hitpoints
Shield Hitpoints
Damage
Damage
Damage per second
DPS
6 51 150 68 68
7 56 165 74 74
8 61 181 82 82
9 67 199 90 90
10 74 219 99 99
11 81 240 108 108
12 89 264 119 119
13 98 289 131 131
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