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“Spawns an army of Skeletons. Meet Larry and his friends Harry, Terry, Gerry, Mary, etc.”

The Skeleton Army card is unlocked from the Training Camp (Tutorial). It spawns 15 single-target, melee Skeletons with very low hitpoints and damage. A Skeleton Army card costs 3 Elixir to deploy.

Strategy

  • Due to their high numbers and overall high DPS, the Skeleton Army is very effective against single target enemy troops such as the P.E.K.K.A. or Giant.
    • Another benefit is the Skeleton Army's low cost of 3 Elixir, making it a very versatile card that can give you an Elixir advantage in almost any case.
    • Although they have low health individually, their sheer numbers allow for them to be effective at blocking most troops and siege buildings. This can even work for air troops, such as the Inferno Dragon due to the fact that the Skeleton Army can stall and pull the Inferno Dragon away from the tower, giving the tower a chance to damage the Inferno Dragon.
    • They are very effective against building targeting troops such as Hog Riders if they are ignored.
    • Despite being incredibly susceptible to area damage, the Skeleton Army is capable of countering the Wizard, Witch, Bowler, Princess, Ice Wizard, and sometimes the Bomber at tournament standards. For this to work, the Skeleton Army must be placed directly on top of the unit to surround it and thus negate the splash damage.
  • While being powerful in numbers, they are very weak against splash damage. Cheap splash units and spells are the most efficient counters..
    • Other swarm troops such as Barbarians and Minion Horde may be more favorable as a substitute, as they have higher hitpoints compared to the Skeleton Army. However, they come at a higher Elixir cost.
    • The Skeleton Army can bait the opponent into using their splash spell, allowing you to deploy other swarms of low hitpoint troops to deal high damage, punishing the opponent. However, this may not be wise all the time because it generally costs less Elixir to counter the Skeleton Army than to deploy it, resulting in an Elixir deficit.
    • Poison and Fireball are an negative Elixir trade, but do counter the Skeleton Army effectively.
    • Splash units, despite their generally higher Elixir cost, will typically be at or near full health after eliminating the Skeleton Army and can be used in a counterpush.
    • The Barbarian Barrel can also be an effective counter while the Skeleton Army is crossing the bridge. Placing it so that the spell goes through the bridge will destroy the Skeleton Army as they funnel closer together. As a bonus, the spawned Barbarian will get chip damage on the tower if left alone.
  • The Skeleton Army is not recommended to be used offensively, as they can be easily wiped out with spells such as Arrows.
    • However, if the opponent's cheap spell is out of rotation, this play may force non-efficient counters out of their hand.
    • Keep in mind that if the Skeleton Army manages to lock on to a Crown Tower, it will deal extremely high damage to or even destroy it.
  • Using a Rage on the Skeleton Army makes it a huge threat since they already move quite fast and deal high damage per second. Mirroring the Skeleton Army gives a huge numbers advantage. However, trying either of these strategies is very risky, as a splash unit or a spell can wipe it out for a positive Elixir trade. In double Elixir, the impact of failing this strategy is reduced because of the faster Elixir generation rate.
  • An Ice Golem is able to eliminate the entire Skeleton Army with its death damage when equally levelled. It can be used as an expendable counter to the Skeleton Army for a positive Elixir trade.

History

  • The Skeleton Army was released with Clash Royale's soft launch on 4/1/16.
  • On 19/2/16, a Balance Update increased the Skeletons' hitpoints and damage by 11%.
  • On 18/5/16, a Balance Update increased the Skeletons' hitpoints and damage by 5%.
  • On 4/7/16, the Tournaments Update increased the number of Skeletons spawned to 21 (from 20).
    • Clash Royale said that the fourth Skeleton from the Skeletons (the Skeletons card now only deploys three Skeletons) card joined the Skeleton Army, making it from 20 to 21.
    • This newly joined Skeleton was named "Ledoot", according to the updated description.
      • This was a nod to a popular meme, the Skull Trumpet.
      • This was a bit of an odd name, as all of the other skeletons' names ended with the letters "-ry".
    • The spawning pattern also got compressed when the card is deployed by the river. Previously skeletons would spawn on top of the river, even in enemy territory.
  • On 20/10/16, a Balance Update decreased the Skeleton Army's Elixir cost to 3 (from 4), increased the Skeletons' levels by 5 and reduced the number of Skeletons spawned to 16 (from 21).
  • On 1/11/16, the November 2016 Update removed the word "Ledoot" from its description.
  • On 23/1/17, a Balance Update decreased the number of Skeletons spawned to 15 (from 16).
  • On 19/4/17, a Balance Update decreased the number of Skeletons spawned to 14 (from 15).
  • On 1/10/18, a Balance Update increased the number of Skeletons spawned to 15 (from 14)

Trivia

  • Using the Skeletons card to summon 15 Skeletons would cost 5 Elixir, whereas using using the Skeleton Army card to summon 15 Skeletons costs 3 Elixir.
  • The Skeleton Army is one of the 13 cards associated with Skeletons, including the Bomber, Witch, Tombstone, Bomb Tower, Giant Skeleton, Balloon, Guards, Skeleton BarrelGraveyard, Wall Breakers, and Skeleton Dragons.
  • In the card picture, each Skeleton appears to have a diagonal cross on its eye.
  • The Skeleton 'Larry' in the Skeleton Army's description is a reference to the Clash of Clans commercial, Larry.
  • It has the highest overall damage per second of any troop card, and the second highest overall damage per second in the game, second only to the Inferno Tower (at its maximum damage).
  • The Skeleton Army has the lowest health out of all the epic troops, and ties with Bats for the lowest health in the game.
  • The names of the skeletons are Larry, Harry, Gerry, Terry, Mary, Barry, Cherry, Karrie, Faerie, Scary, Sherry, Gary, McClary, Huckleberry, and LeDoot.
  • The Skeleton Army is the only "value pack" troop card that has a different rarity with its corresponding "basic" troop card (as opposed to Minion Horde, Three Musketeers and Goblin Gang).
  • If a Skeleton Army were max level, (Level 13) then that means that a Princess Tower level 9 or under would take 2 hits to defeat 1 skeleton, making it equivalent to 30 skeletons.

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Hit Speed
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Speed
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Deploy Time
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Range
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Target
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Count
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Transport
MovementMethodIcon
Type
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Rarity
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31 secFast (90)1 sec0.5 (Melee: Short)Groundx15GroundTroopEpic
Level
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Hitpoints
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Damage
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Damage per second
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6515151
7565656
8616161
9676767
10747474
11818181
12898989
13989898
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