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“Zaps enemies, briefly stunning them and dealing damage inside a small radius. Reduced damage to Crown Towers.”

The Zap is a Common card that is unlocked from the Builder's Workshop (Arena 5). It is an area-damage, air-targeting spell with a medium radius and low damage. When used, it can stun enemies in its radius for 0.5 seconds. It is the same as that spawned by the Electro Wizard. A Zap card costs 2 Elixir to deploy.


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  • Zap inflicts area damage, similar to the Arrows. As such, the Zap can also be an alternative to Arrows, as it deploys instantly, has an added brief stun and costs less at 2 Elixir. However, the Zap inflicts less damage, has a rather shorter spell duration and a much smaller AOE.
    • Nevertheless, in most cases, Zap's instantly deploying ability can come in handy if the opponent has swarm cards like Skeleton Army, allowing the spell to instantly kill it, as opposed to the Arrows which take a longer time to travel, allowing the swarm cards to deal some damage to the player's troops and towers.
    • Since it has a low cost, an incorrect prediction is not very punishing as the player was at an Elixir advantage. The player should take note of how the opponent uses their swarm to defend and use Zap accordingly.
  • The Zap is valuable for decimating small swarms of troops, as the Zap inflicts area damage.
    • While it will not defeat Goblins or Minions of equal Level, it is capable of destroying Goblins one Level lower and Minions two Levels lower than itself.
    • Pairing the Zap with the Ice Spirit or Ice Golem can easily counter Minions. The former can also be used to counter Archers. If paired with the Fire Spirit, it can also counter Wall Breakers.
    • A well placed Zap can destroy most or all of a Skeleton Army.
    • A well timed Zap on a Minion Horde defensively can allow the defending player's Crown Towers to take them out before receiving any damage.
    • A well timed Zap can also block most of the damage from the Goblins in the Goblin Barrel. Quickly placing Skeletons as well will prevent the damage entirely.
    • Zap can be used against a Lava Hound, to weaken the Lava Pups spawned from it. With proper timing, it will be able to hit all of them before they split, reducing damage done to the Crown Tower significantly.
    • Zap can prevent most damage dealt by a Dart Goblin on a Crown Tower. Its damage will allow the Crown Tower to finish it off, only taking two shots from the Dart Goblin.
    • The Zap's low Elixir cost and instant deployment time make it serviceable for finishing off nearly destroyed Crown Towers.
  • Zap can be also used to briefly stun enemy troops and buildings, reducing the enemy's damage per second.
    • Freeze has 8 times the duration compared to Zap and has a larger radius. However, it is twice as expensive and does less damage.
    • The Zap's 0.5 second stun can allow damaged troops to get one extra hit in or prevent the player's troops from taking a hit. A good example is use Zap to temporarily stun troops like Balloons from reaching their Crown Towers, giving them and their troops a little more time to eliminate the Balloon and prevent it from causing heavy damage.
    • The Zap can also be used to reset charging attacks from cards like Inferno Tower, Inferno Dragon, Prince, Dark Prince, Ram Rider, Battle Ram, Bandit, Fisherman, Sparky, and Mighty Miner.
    • The Zap can be used effectively in tandem with the P.E.K.K.A. or any tank units. The attacker can let the tank absorb some damage from the Inferno Tower or Inferno Dragon before zapping it, forcing them to reset their attack. This can let the P.E.K.K.A get an extra swing and destroy the Inferno Tower. Against them, it is best to time the Zap right before they reach Tier 3 damage, to ensure that the troops stay alive for longer.
    • When used on troops that are inside a Poison, the 0.5 second stun will keep them inside the radius of Poison for a longer amount of time, which allows the Poison to deal more damage to the troops. The extra damage will also finish off troops that can survive a lone Poison, such as a Witch.
    • While not as long as the Archer Queen's ability, the 0.5 stun can waste some time from it, buying more time for the player to defend against her.
  • Zapping units or the opposing Crown Tower can possibly change their targets. For example, if an X-Bow is targeting a Tower and the player deploys a troop or building closer to the X-Bow than the Tower before using Zap on the X-Bow, it will change its target to the deployed card.
  • The Hog Rider + Zap combo utilizes the Zap to stop most cheap troops (or to stun defending troops) that are played to take out the Hog Rider, ensuring that the Hog Rider gets some chip damage every time. This can be particularly devastating to the defender if the Zap is readied and manages to destroy the entire Skeleton Army.
  • If the player only has multiple cheap troops cards to defend against an incoming attack, it is recommended to place them far away from each other, to prevent the opponent from getting high Elixir value with their Zap.
  • With proper timing, Zap can be used to deny a wave from troop spawners such as Barbarian Hut or Goblin Hut, allowing the player to gain a small Elixir advantage. The same strategy can also be used against Elixir Collectors, as it will deny 2 Elixir if timed just correctly, but this is an even Elixir trade unless something else also gets hit.
    • Against the Goblin Hut, it is a good idea to use it right when it spawns a wave of Spear Goblins, for extra value.
  • It can be used against a Witch or a Night Witch in offense, to defeat their first wave of Skeletons and Bats respectively, reducing their DPS significantly. This is especially important against the former, as it can allow fast single-target troops like a Prince to directly target the Witches, which will result in their death.
  • Similarly, it can be used on multiple Spear Goblins that were accumulated from a Goblin Hut. This is most recommended to do when the lane needs to be cleared from the Spear Goblins so that troops like a Prince can attack more potent targets.
  • Zap pairs very well with other spells, like Fireball and Poison. The extra damage that Zap does is enough to finish off units that would survive those two spells like Night Witch and Witch. However, this is mostly a negative Elixir trade, so try to get additional value by hitting other units as well.
    • If the player uses a Fireball next to the Crown Tower and manages to hit a troop that survives it, it is better to wait until the enemy troop reaches the bridge and use Zap there, in hopes of hitting other troops that are used as a meatshield for the injured troop. This should not be done however if the troop has already crossed the bridge, as it would be more Elixir-efficient to let the tower finish it off.
    • If used together, make sure that the Zap hits the enemies before the Fireball does, as otherwise, the Fireball will knock them back, which could result in Zap missing the troops.
    • These combos can be an alternative to the Rocket and also shuffles the player's deck more quickly, as 2 cards are being used for the same price.
  • Try to bring cards which can perform a similar role to Zap on defense in case of enemy bait decks.
    • An alternative to Zap is The Log. The Log cannot hit air troops and has limited deployment area along with a different AOE and cannot stun certain troops. However, it does more damage and pushes back surviving ground troops.
    • Another alternative to Zap is Giant Snowball. The Giant Snowball has some travel time and does not stun, but it slows and knocks back most enemy troops instead, which allows it to disrupt a larger variety of them.
  • When playing against a Graveyard, the player should wait for a few Skeletons to group up so that they can hit as many of them as possible without taking too much damage.
  • Similarly, against the Tombstone and the Skeleton Barrel, the player should wait until their protective layer is removed so that the Skeletons are the ones killed from the spell instead.
  • With a Zap, certain troops can have an easier time winning a duel against their own kind, with certain ones having a different level of practicality. This is a good way to remove them from the map, while also saving yours, forcing the opponent to use more Elixir on yours.
    • It is a good idea to use Zap on an incoming Prince to prevent him from hitting your own Prince with his charge, while yours hits the opposing one with his charge.
    • Certain troops like the Electro Wizard will result in one of the two winning the duel instead of both troops being defeated at the same time, depending on who placed the troop first. A Zap can flip the matchup to the troop that would lose the initial duel, saving the troop for additional defense.
    • A Firecracker has higher damage than hitpoints. Because of this, if the opposing Firecracker is stunned by the Zap, your Firecracker will have enough time to defeat her completely unharmed.
    • While not enough to OHKO their opposing counterparts, with the Zap's damage, a Bomber, Princess, Dart Goblin, or Sparky will be able to finish them off unharmed, similar to the Firecracker. This can also be done with Goblins and Minions, although the deploy stagger and spawn formation of them may still cause some casualties in the end.
  • The Zap pairs well with the Goblin Giant and the Ram Rider. Enemy troops that can survive one Zap will be slowly defeated by the additional attacks from these troops, as opposed to using a stronger, more expensive spell, allowing the player to save much Elixir. However, the player's unit will usually take more damage when doing this.
  • A Level 14 Zap is enough to OHKO Level 15 Runners. Therefore, it is not a bad idea for the player to invest their Common resources (i.e. Wild Cards or Trade Tokens) into other Common cards first.


Stun Duration
2 2.5 0.5 sec Air & Ground Spell Common
Area Damage
Area Damage
Crown Tower Damage
Tower Damage
1 75 23
2 82 25
3 90 27
4 99 30
5 109 33
6 120 36
7 132 40
8 144 44
9 159 48
10 174 53
11 192 58
12 210 63
13 231 70
14 254 77
15 279 84

Card Mastery

Type Level/Tier Objective Rewards
Damage Dealer
Damage Dealer
1 Deal a total of 28,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 200 Zap cards
25 XP
2 Deal a total of 85,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 2,000 Gold
25 XP
3 Deal a total of 140,000 Damage to enemy Troops or buildings 150 Gem
25 XP
Hit Maker
Hit Maker
1 Hit enemy Troops a total of 700 times 3,000 Gold
100 XP
2 Hit enemy Troops a total of 2,000 times 200 Common Wild Card
100 XP
3 Hit enemy Troops a total of 3,500 times 5,000 Gold
100 XP



  • The Zap card was added with Clash Royale's game launch on 4/1/2016.
  • On 9/2/2016, the Chest Rewards & Card Balance Update, increased the Zap's damage by 6%.
  • On 19/2/2016, a Balance Update, decreased the Zap’s Crown Tower damage to 40% of the full damage (from 50%).
  • On 29/2/2016, the March 2016 Update, allowed the Zap to stun enemies for 1 second and decreased its damage by 6%. The update also changed the description. Previously, it used to say "Lightning zaps enemies, dealing damage inside a small radius. Reduced damage to Crown Towers.".
  • On 3/5/2016, the May 2016 Update, increased the Common card Level cap to 13 (from 12).
  • On 4/7/2016, the Tournaments Update, allowed the Zap to stop the Elixir Collector's Elixir generation and reset the Inferno Tower's damage output.
  • On 24/8/2016, a Balance Update, decreased the Zap's stun duration to 0.5 seconds (from 1 second).


  • On 23/1/2017, a Balance Update, decreased the Zap’s damage by 6%.
  • On 12/12/2017, the Electrifying Update, decreased the Zap’s Crown Tower damage to 35% of the full damage (from 40%).


  • On 25/4/2018, the Clan Wars Update, allowed the Zap to be placed on the river.
  • On 20/6/2018, the Summer 2018 Update, moved the Arena to unlock the Zap from Spell Valley to P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse.
  • On 1/10/2018, a Balance Update, fixed a bug where troops that were spawned after their parent troops died would be immune to spell damage.


  • On 4/8/2020, a Balance Update, decreased the Zap's Crown Tower damage to 30% of the full damage (from 35%).


  • On 7/6/2021, the Summer 2021 Update, moved the Arena to unlock the Zap from P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse to Spell Valley.
  • On 27/10/2021, the Champions Update, increased the Level cap of all cards to 14 (from 13).


  • On 28/4/2022, a maintenance break, added a card render to the Zap's card info screen.
  • On 26/10/2022, the 2022 Quarter 3 Update, moved the Arena to unlock the Zap from Spell Valley to Builder's Workshop.



  • On 11/3/2024, the Zap's Evolution was added to the game.



  • The Zap is 1 of 9 cards associated with electricity, with the others being Electro Spirit, Tesla, Zappies, Electro Dragon, Electro Giant, Lightning, Electro Wizard, and Sparky.
    • In the Spanish, Italian, and Russian language settings of the game, the Zap's name translates to "Discharge". In the Thai and Finnish language settings of the game, the Zap's name translates to "Electric Shock". In the French, German, Turkish, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese language settings of the game, the Zap's name translates to "Electrocution", "Bang", "Jolt", "Electric Shock Magic", "Detonator", "Shock Spell", "Thunder", "Stun", and "Lightning Shock" respectively.
    • The Zap and the Lightning are the only electricity-related cards to be spells.
  • The Zap, along with Giant Snowball, Barbarian Barrel, Rage, and The Log, are the cheapest spells, costing 2 Elixir.
  • The container for Zap resemble spells that take only 1 housing space from Clash of Clans.
  • It is 1 of 3 bottled spells to have a card render, just like Earthquake and Clone as well, featuring a Barbarian holding it on his hand.
  • The concept of Zap was adapted as the new iteration of the Lightning Spell in Clash of Clans.
  • Out of all cards in the game, the Zap has the shortest name in English, with only 3 letters.
  • The Zap was featured in the winning decks of multiple Clash Royale Tournaments. More specifically:
  • Before the Zap's card release, the Zap's damage was decreased by 12.5%.