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“Not quite a Wizard, nor an Archer - he shoots a magic arrow that passes through and damages all enemies in its path. It's not a trick, it's magic!”

The Magic Archer is a Legendary card that is unlocked from the Rascal's Hideout (Arena 13). It spawns an area damage, air-targeting, long-ranged, ground troop with moderate hitpoints and moderate damage. The Magic Archer launches an attack that travels up to its maximum range, while piercing through enemies. A Magic Archer card costs 4 Elixir to deploy.

Strategy[]

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  • The Magic Archer is excellent at countering buildings in the opponent's territory due to his long range while also surviving spells like The Log, Zap and Arrows.
    • He has enough range to outrange the Bomb Tower, Cannon, and Inferno Tower, making him an effective choice at supporting tanks like Giant and Golem or fast attackers like the Hog Rider and Battle Ram. If the building is 4 tiles from the river, he can reach it without having to cross the bridge.
      • If he approaches the building from the other lane, he can snipe the building from the bridge, provided that he comes from the inner side of the Arena.
    • He is also great against spawner buildings, as his piercing arrow will not only hit the building but also the spawned troops from those buildings. If he lands the finishing hit on the building, he will also immediately defeat the spawned units after death that these buildings spawn. This is especially effective against Tombstone and Goblin Hut, due to being able to OHKO their spawned troops.
      • Passive buildings have a larger hitbox than active buildings, which allows the Magic Archer to hit them from a safe distance even if placed further deep within the opponent's territory. In fact, a Magic Archer placed on the inner side of the bridge will be able to reach a passive building that is 5 tiles from the river.
    • An offensive Mortar or an X-Bow placed on the center of the bridge can be attacked from the Magic Archer while placed on the center of the bridge and 1 tile away from the river. This is enough to also hit the Crown Tower as well.
      • However, a staggered Mortar or X-Bow will cause the Magic Archer to be too far away from the Crown Tower, so that it would not be able to hit it as well. In this case, the Magic Archer has to be placed one tile closer in order to hit the Crown Tower alongside the building.
      • Against a defensive Mortar, when the tank enters the Mortar's blind spot, it will retarget towards the Magic Archer. To prevent that from happening, distract it with a mini tank in the other lane, and then place the Magic Archer to snipe the Mortar.
  • When he shoots a Crown Tower, his arrow goes through the Tower. This can be used to hit troops behind a Tower, although it is very unlikely the opponent will deploy a troop behind a Tower while the Magic Archer is attacking it.
  • Due to his fast hit speed and his arrow's ability to go through other troops, he can defeat swarms such as the Goblin Gang and Skeleton Army. He can also completely destroy a Minion Horde without taking any damage as long as he has the help of a Crown Tower.
  • The Magic Archer has relatively low hitpoints for his Elixir cost, leaving him weak to high damage spells.
    • A Fireball or Poison can completely destroy a Magic Archer for a neutral Elixir trade, but hitting other targets with the said spell such as a Crown Tower will make the move even more advantageous.
    • The Barbarian Barrel is able to counter a lone Magic Archer for a 2 Elixir profit. Place it so that the Barbarian Barrel hits the Magic Archer and the Barbarian pops out behind him and distracts him. The Magic Archer and the Crown Tower combined will be able to defeat the Magic Archer. The Royal Delivery can work in a similar way.
    • Lightning and Rocket can instantly defeat the Magic Archer when the hit him, however, they are a negative Elixir trade. Use them against the Magic Archer if they are also hitting something else, such as a Crown Tower.
    • Note that the opponent may take advantage of the lack of spells due to being used on the Magic Archer, and place another card that would thrive due to their absense, such as Barbarians.
  • He is an effective counter to the Graveyard, as he shoots rapidly and his arrows can hit multiple Skeletons at once. However, his higher vulnerability to Poison compared to a troop like Musketeer means that he will often be defeated during a larger Graveyard push. Players should take advantage of his long range and place him behind their King's Tower to make it harder for the Graveyard user to spell him without accidentally activating the King's Tower.
  • When using him against a Goblin Barrel, place him in such a way that he distracts one Goblin, while also hitting the top 2 Goblins with one attack. This will prevent the most damage from the Goblin Barrel.
  • The Magic Archer's long projectile range means that if a unit is in front of a Crown Tower, he can be played at the river and damage both of them. If the opponent is distracted with the player's other troops and lacks a unit that can quickly defeat the Magic Archer, he can garner immense chip damage. When defending against a Magic Archer crossing the bridge, the counter unit should be placed off to the side to prevent the Magic Archer dealing unnecessary Tower damage.
    • In order to get chip damage with the Magic Archer, he should be placed on the same horizontal line as the troop where the Magic Archer's attack will hit. If the troop comes from the center of the bridge, then the Magic Archer should be placed on the center as well; if the troops is staggered to the left or right, the Magic Archer should be staggered accordingly.
    • Because of his hitpoints, high damage ranged troops would be able to defeat him quickly, largely negating the chip damage that he would gain from doing this tactic. It is recommended to pair him with a mini tank, to make this tactic safer to execute.
    • Like the Princess, his long range makes him effective at supporting pushes from the river. Ground troops would be unable to reach him, and will instead be forced to walk through the bridge, leaving enough time for the player to distract them with a mini tank in order to save their Magic Archer.
  • The Magic Archer can be effectively used with the Tornado to cripple or even defeat large groups of enemy troops. The Tornado will group up all the troops, and the Magic Archer will constantly shoot them, dealing quite a bit of damage, all due to his ability to pierce multiple troops with his projectile. If done at the bridge, he can also snipe the Crown Tower for some chip damage. His long range should also be accounted for when placing the Tornado; units can be pulled slightly farther away than if the player was defending with something like an Executioner, which helps prevent the opposing units from attacking him during the Tornado's effect.
    • A Tornado combined with a singular troop like an Ice Golem can be used against the Magic Archer to activate the King's Tower. In order to prevent this tactic from happening, the player can utilize their own Tornado to pull the troop away from the King's Tower.
  • A lone Magic Archer can be countered with an Ice Spirit and the help of a Crown Tower. As the Magic Archer crosses the river, the Ice Spirit should be placed one tile to the opposite side and five tiles up from the King's Tower. The Magic Archer will attempt to chase and shoot it as it moves away, and the arrows will miss due to the Ice Spirit's Very Fast speed. The defender can also activate their King's Tower during the kite by deploying a unit between the Magic Archer and their King's Tower.
  • Magic Archer outranges the 5.5 tile sight range of most troops. Placing Magic Archer by the river and 2 tiles into the opposite lane will allow him to shoot enemies currently crossing the bridge without being targeted by them, since the distance will be about 7 tiles away. This is especially useful against potent medium-range units like Wizard and Bowler, who will otherwise 2HKO the Magic Archer. This is also useful against the Ram Rider, as he will keep attacking her without her attacking him in return.
  • Even though he has a long range, his sight range is also very long. Because of this, he can be easily kited to the other lane with an Ice Golem, while the Crown Tower slowly takes him down. This counters the Magic Archer for a +2 Elixir trade.
  • Because of his small area, swarms can effectively surround him and stop him with the help of the Crown Tower. Even something as frail as Bats can prevent him from connecting to the Crown Tower by surrounding him. This is enough to stop him for a +2 Elixir trade.
  • He is good when used against a Princess at the bridge. Whether he distracts the Princess or not, he will deal damage to her as well as chip at the Crown Tower, and then counterattack, forcing the opponent to spend additional Elixir on him.
  • The Fisherman can be used to activate the King’s Tower against the Magic Archer. The defender should place the Fisherman in the middle of their side of the Arena, staggered 2 tiles diagonally towards the Crown Tower in the lane that the Magic Archer is walking in, as soon as the opponent’s Magic Archer crosses the bridge. The Magic Archer would then be hooked towards the Fisherman and start firing, with his arrows piercing through the Fisherman and activating the King Tower.
  • A Magic Archer can pierce almost all the Skeletons from the Skeleton Barrel with a very precise timing, similar to the Princess. Deploy him behind your King's Tower in the same lane when the barrel's shadow is 5 tiles from the Crown Tower. If timed correctly, his arrow will hit the Skeletons as they are clumped up, leaving only one alive at most (which is easily defeated by the Crown Tower).
  • The Magic Archer synergizes well with the Hunter. The Hunter is excellent at beating short range threats to the Magic Archer while the Magic Archer deals a lot of damage to long range threats to the Hunter. However, beware of spells that could be used against the duo.
  • Pairing the Magic Archer with a cheap unit like an Ice Spirit can deal significant damage to a Crown Tower or act as a quick defensive combo; however, it is vulnerable to spells like The Log or Royal Delivery. For example, the Magic Archer is not enough to take down a Balloon + Minions push with the help of a Crown Tower. This can be prevented by using the Ice Spirit.
    • The Ice Spirit's stun will also leave swarms at an angle for the Magic Archer to hit multiple troops. This is key for countering certain pushes that involve swarms, such as a Miner + Minion Horde push.
  • He is a decent counter to the Lava Hound; his high attack speed lets him defeat the Lava Hound and his splash makes him a great choice against the Lava Pups. If timed right, the fatal hit on the Lava Hound will allow the Magic Archer to hit all Lava Pups at once, preventing even more damage on the Crown Tower.
  • Miner is a decent counter to a defending Magic Archer, as he will 3HKO him and can be deployed anywhere around him. The defender can use swarms to reduce the likelihood that the Miner locks onto him. However, if the opponent also has Poison, they may decide to fake the player out and deploy the Miner on the Crown Tower, while the Poison is placed on the Magic Archer. If the player uses a swarm to protect her, this will give the opponent spell value and chip damage.
    • If the Miner response is placed in a poorly position, you can use Tornado to send the Miner toward the King Tower, activating him early while also saving your Magic Archer.
  • When timed right, the Magic Archer paired with The Log can stop 2 of the Three Musketeers when split, while also getting chip damage towards the Crown Tower. This will leave the player with 3 spare Elixir to use on the third Musketeer in the other lane.
  • Beware of troops coming from behind the Magic Archer, especially fast ones like Goblins. The Goblins may push him closer to the opponent's side, which can be used against the player by placing a troop to distract him and cause a King Tower activation.
  • In 2v2, one can activate the King's Tower with a troop only if the Magic Archer is staggered towards the center of the Arena as it crosses the bridge (caused by being placed or displaced towards the center of the Arena). The troop should be placed to the side to your Crown Tower as the Magic Archer crosses the bridge.
  • Due to its long range and fast initial hit speed, a Magic Archer at critical health is still able to land a shot on a Tower before the Crown Towers' arrow can reach the Magic Archer. This can deal considerable chip damage over the course of a game, so one should consider using a cheap troop to distract the Magic Archer in these instances.
    • An unsupported Magic Archer can safely be ignored as it deals low Tower damage for its cost, preferably if the defender runs a heavy deck.
  • The Magic Archer is very similar to an Executioner, except that he attacks faster, has less hitpoints, deals less damage, attacks from further, and hits less units. However, he costs less Elixir, making him more individually flexible compared to the Executioner (i.e. they are not forced to use 5 Elixir on a single push as opposed to dropping 4 Elixir and having an additional 1 Elixir for a second push or a different card altogether).
  • If the player has already destroyed one Crown Tower and wants to target the second one, they can place the Magic Archer on the tiles that face the Crown Tower. Depending on which tile he is placed, the player can choose whether they want to deal as much damage as possible or to deal the damage as quickly as possible.
    • Placing in 4 tiles from the river is the quickest way to connect to the second Princess. This placement is unreactable from the opponent, but it also results in the Magic Archer being within range of the King Tower. As such, he will only hit the Crown Tower twice.
    • If he is placed 1 tile lower, he will stay out of range of the King Tower, allowing him to deal 1 extra hit to the Crown Tower. This is a good position to do as it is still quick while also not sacrificing a lot of potential damage.
    • On the 2nd tile from the river, he is out of range of both the Crown Tower and the King Tower when deployed, but he will have to walk in order to get in range, taking more time for the opponent to react to this. However, he will be able to deal 1 extra hit to the Crown Tower compared to the previous placement. Placing the Magic Archer 3 tiles from the river and 1 tile from the center will yield the same results.
    • A placement that is 4 tiles from the river and 3 tiles from the center will cause the Magic Archer to target the King Tower instead while also staying out of range of the Crown Tower. This results in him hitting the King Tower 5 times.
  • The Mini P.E.K.K.A is a very effective counter to the Magic Archer. He deals enough damage to defeat him in one hit and survive with almost all of his health for a counterattack. The Elite Barbarians can work in a similar way, albeit for a negative Elixir trade.
  • The Valkyrie, Giant Skeleton, Mega Minion, Night Witch, and Prince are all able to 2HKO the Magic Archer, making them great counters against him. Place them slightly staggered so that the Magic Archer does not hit the Crown Tower.
  • Stacking multiple Magic Archers on the map is a great way to control the Arena. With their great range and slow movement speed, a Magic Archer can easily protect another Magic Archer from swarms and it can also discourage the opponent from attacking. However, make sure that the Magic Archers are far away from each other to prevent the opponent from gaining major spell value.
  • If you can predict a Magic Archer at the bridge, activating the Monk's ability will cause the Magic Archer to deal damage to his own Crown Tower through the reflected projectiles.
    • On the other hand, these reflected projectiles can be used to activate the King Tower. This can be a great way to activate your King Tower against the Monk, however this is risky, and is likely to result in the Magic Archer being killed in the process.
  • A Magic Archer that is 1 Level lower takes more hits to defeat certain units like the Princess. This can be beneficial for doing more piercing damage to the Crown Tower. However, it is not recommended, as it will result in the Magic Archer having less hitpoints, which makes him easier to defeat after he crosses the bridge.

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Hit Speed
Damage Speed
Speed
Speed
Deploy Time
Deploy Time
Range
Range
Projectile Range
Radius
Projectile Width
Radius
Projectile Speed
Speed
Target
Targets
Count
Troop Count
Transport
Transport
Type
Type
Rarity
Rarity
4 1.1 sec Medium (60) 1 sec 7 11 0.5 1000 Air & Ground x1 Ground Troop Legendary
Level
Level
Hitpoints
Hitpoint
Area Damage
Area Damage
Damage per second
DPS
9 440 111 100
10 484 122 110
11 532 134 121
12 585 147 133
13 642 162 147
14 704 177 160
15 774 195 177

Card Mastery

Type Level/Tier Objective Reward
Damage Dealer
Damage Dealer
1 Deal a total of 230,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 2 Magic Archer cards
100 XP
2 Deal a total of 690,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 8,000 Gold
100 XP
3 Deal a total of 1,160,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 150 Gem
100 XP
Arena Destroyer
Arena Destroyer
1 Destroy 420 enemy Troops or buildings 12,000 Gold
150 XP
2 Destroy 1,200 enemy Troops or buildings 2 Legendary Wild Card
150 XP
3 Destroy 2,100 enemy Troops or buildings 18,000 Gold
150 XP

History[]

2018

  • The Magic Archer was once available in the Magic Archer Draft Challenge which started on 16/2/2018. In this challenge, gameplay was similar to a regular Draft Challenge, except that one of the players was able to choose who would use the Magic Archer. If the player achieved 12 wins, they obtained the Magic Archer early.
  • From 23/2/2018 through 26/2/2018, the Shop had a special offer where Arena 11+ players could buy up to 9 special Fortune Chests for 1,000 Gems that had a 33% chance to contain a Magic Archer with the first and second Chest and guaranteed with the third. If a Magic Archer was obtained in the first or second Chest, then the third one would not guarantee it. The process was repeated with the next three trios of Chests.
  • The Magic Archer card was generally released on 2/3/2018.
  • On 25/4/2018, the Clan Wars Update, increased the Magic Archer's projectile speed to 1000 (from 800).
  • On 20/6/2018, the Summer 2018 Update, fixed a bug where the Magic Archer would extend his range and accidentally activate the King Tower. It also moved the Arena to unlock the Magic Archer from Electro Valley to Hog Mountain.
  • On 5/9/2018, the September 2018 Update, changed it so that Legendary cards start at Level 9 and end at Level 13 (from 1 to 5).
  • On 5/11/2018, a Balance Update, increased the Magic Archer's first attack time interval to 0.9 seconds (from 0.4 seconds).

2019

  • On 7/1/2019, a Balance Update, decreased the Magic Archer's first attack time interval to 0.6 seconds (from 0.9 seconds).
  • On 28/1/2019, the January 2019 Update, moved the Arena to unlock the Magic Archer from Hog Mountain to Spell Valley.
  • On 15/4/2019, the April 2019 Update, added two extra Star Levels.
  • On 5/8/2019, a Balance Update, increased the Magic Archer's damage by 16%, increased his attack time interval to 1.1 seconds (from 1 second), and decreased his first attack time interval to 0.5 seconds (from 0.6 seconds).
  • On 26/11/2019, the End of November 2019 Update, added a card render to the Magic Archer's card info screen.

2020

  • On 7/4/2020, a Balance Update, decreased the Magic Archer's range to 6 tiles (from 7 tiles).
  • On 5/5/2020, a Balance Update, increased the Magic Archer's range to 7 tiles (from 6 tiles), but also decreased his hitpoints by 10%.

2021

  • On 7/6/2021, the Summer 2021 Update, moved the Arena to unlock the Magic Archer from Spell Valley to Rascal's Hideout.
  • On 27/10/2021, the Champions Update, increased the Level cap of all cards to 14 (from 13).

2023

  • On 6/2/2023, the February 2023 Update, changed the Magic Archer's card render.
  • On 19/6/2023, the Card Evolution Update, increased the Level cap of all cards to 15 (from 14).
  • On 3/10/2023, a Balance Update, increased the Magic Archer's first attack time interval to 0.8 seconds (from 0.5 seconds).

2024

  • On 5/3/2024, a Balance Update, decreased the Magic Archer's first attack time interval to 0.7 seconds (from 0.8 seconds).

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