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For its Home Village counterpart, see Minion.
For the Super Troop with a similar ability, see Super Minion.
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"Attacks targets from a distance, glows in the dark, and is a maniac on the dance floor."

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Level 1-4 Level 5-8 Level 9-12 Level 13-16 Level 17-18

Summary

  • The Beta Minion is a troop unlocked at Builder Barracks level 4, and is the first flying troop in Builder Base. It is a fast, weak, ranged flying unit with a special deployment ability. It is a Builder Base troop version of the Minion.
  • It appears to be a flying green gargoyle with stubby wings and large hands with claws.
  • Like the regular Minion, the Beta Minion's main method of attack is throwing exploding Dark Elixir.
  • Beta Minions have no preferred target when attacking; they will simply attack the closest building to them. However, once they become aware of enemy Guard Post troops (either by being attacked themselves or being near another friendly troop under attack), they will leave their previously targeted building and engage the enemy troops instead. Once all of the nearby enemy troops are defeated, they will proceed to attack the nearest building from their current location.
  • Its ability, Long Shot (which requires level 2 or higher) allows the Beta Minion to throw its first few attacks from a range of seven tiles. Subsequently, it will attack like a Minion.

Strategy

Offensive

  • It is extremely useful to carry a small number of Beta Minions (one Army Camp's worth) to pick off buildings that are defended by ground defenses only (Cannons, Double Cannons, Crushers, and Multi Mortars).
  • They are good to pick off buildings even if there is an anti-air defense in range, because of its Long Shot ability. It can pick off an Army Camp before its Long Shot ability finishes if it is highly upgraded.
  • Beta Minions are surprisingly good against any defense, because their long range enables them to hit from miles away. Once these hits stop it will probably die, however, Archer Towers and Firecrackers and any other air defenses should be taken out before deploying Beta Minions.
  • Using Boxer Giants as a distraction when using Beta Minions to attack other buildings is a good idea since the Boxer Giants will attack the defensive buildings and keep them occupied while the Beta Minions attack all the outside buildings achieving at least 50% damage.
    • Note that while Boxer Giants can be used to destroy Firecrackers and Air Bombs, the Giants will not occupy their attention while they are being attacked (they will still attack your Beta Minions).
  • They work well with Drop Ships, as the Drop Ships can absorb damage from defenses, allowing the Beta Minions to do lots of damage. Baby Dragons also work as a substitute to Drop Ships when the latter is not unlocked or at a low level, even if using Baby Dragons in this manner does not allow them to use their ability.

Defensive

  • Obvious lanes of approach can be trapped with Mines that are set to air and/or a Hidden Tesla.
  • Setting Archer Towers to fast attack can help dispose of Beta Minions quickly. However it is not recommended to have them exposed as the Beta Minions can outrange the Archer Towers in this case while using their Long Shot ability.
  • Air Bombs are a significant defense when defending against swarms of Beta Minions, as they are capable of destroying multiple Beta Minions in one bomb. While a Roaster works fine against swarms of air troops, the Air Bombs have an advantage in the sense that it cannot be distracted by ground troops.
  • Cramming your base into a corner of the map can eliminate the full use of the Long Shot ability on the sides closest to the edge of the map.

Upgrade Differences

  • At level 5, the Beta Minion's horns grow larger.
  • At level 9, the Beta Minion's wings turn green. The body and arms also turn brighter.
  • At level 13, the Beta Minion's wings and horns turn purple.
  • At level 17, the Beta Minion’s wings and horns turn black.

Trivia

  • The Beta Minion throws Dark Elixir and explodes into a Dark Elixir bubble explosion upon death, even though the Builder Base has no Dark Elixir, and that the Beta Minion is associated with Builder Elixir.
  • You can have a maximum of 72 fully upgraded Beta Minions at a set of Army Camps.
  • Like its Home Village counterpart, Beta Minions “sneeze” when an Army Camp is tapped on.
  • Interestingly, both the Beta Minion and Bomber have the exact same damage per second and amount of hitpoints at every level.

Comparisons

  • The Beta Minion is the only Builder Base Troop version of one of the Home Village troops to have unique sounds of being deployed, attacking, and dying.
  • The Beta Minion, along with the Raged Barbarian and Sneaky Archer are the only Builder Base Troops to have ability that's temporary.
Attack Type Damage Type Movement Speed Movement Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Builder Barracks Level Required Builder Barracks Range Range Special Ability Special Ability
Single Target 32 1s 4 4 tiles Long Shot
Level
Level
Damage per Second
Damage
Damage per Attack
Damage
Hitpoints
Hitpoints
Number of Units per Army Camp
Troop Capacity
Number of Long Shots
Special Ability
Research Cost
Builder Elixir
Research Time
Time
Star Laboratory Level Required
Star Laboratory
1 36 36 100 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 36 36 100 4 2 50,000 1h 2
3 40 40 110 4 2 80,000 3h 3
4 40 40 110 4 3 120,000 5h 3
5 44 44 121 4 3 250,000 8h 4
6 44 44 121 6 3 280,000 12h 4
7 48 48 133 6 3 320,000 12h 4
8 48 48 133 6 4 360,000 12h 4
9 53 53 146 6 4 900,000 1d 5
10 53 53 146 8 4 1,100,000 1d 5
11 58 58 161 8 4 1,300,000 2d 6
12 58 58 161 10 4 1,500,000 2d 6
13 64 64 177 10 4 2,300,000 3d 7
14 64 64 177 10 5 2,500,000 3d 7
15 70 70 195 10 5 3,300,000 4d 8
16 70 70 195 10 6 3,500,000 4d 8
17 77 77 215 10 6 4,000,000 5d 9
18 77 77 215 12 6 4,200,000 5d 9
Builder Base Army
Troops Raged BarbarianSneaky ArcherBoxer GiantBeta MinionBomberBaby DragonCannon CartNight Witch (Bat) • Drop Ship (Skeleton) • Super P.E.K.K.AHog Glider
Heroes Battle Machine
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