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Bowler info
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"This big blue dude digs the simple things in life - Dark Elixir drinks and throwing rocks. His massive boulders bounce off their targets and hit again behind it for a double strike!"

Level 1 & 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7
Level 8


  • The Bowler is a Dark Elixir Triop that throws a large boulder that bounces; dealing splash damage on the initial bounce and dealing splash damage again when it lands. The Bowler is unlocked at Dark Barracks level 7, which is unlocked at Town Hall level 10.
  • The Bowler is the first ground troop unlocked that can damage multiple buildings in a straight line.
  • The Bowler's boulder will only roll far enough to hit two targets.
  • Bowlers have no preferred target when attacking; they will simply attack the closest building. However, if they become aware of enemy Clan Castle troops, Heroes, or Skeleton Trap skeletons (either by being attacked themselves or by being near another friendly troop under attack), and can fight back against them, they will leave their previously targeted building and instead engage the enemy troops. Once all of the nearby enemy troops are defeated, the Bowlers will proceed to attack the nearest structure.


Offensive Strategy

  • The Bowler doesn't have a lot of hitpoints, so he can be easily destroyed when not protected. Be sure he is behind tanks like Golems, Ice Golems or P.E.K.K.As.
    • Using many Bowlers can be a very strong strategy, as they can take out multiple buildings quickly.
  • The Bowler can be a great unit for funneling due to his ability to hit 2 structures with one attack. This allows better funneling compared to using Wizards.
  • The Bowler can also snipe structures that are located around the edge of the base. For example, a bowler can snipe a Wizard Tower or Bomb Tower on the second bounce, without taking any damage.
  • The most common strategy that includes Bowlers is BoWitch, a TH10 and 11 attack strategy that uses Bowlers and Witches together in great synergy.

Defensive Strategy

  • The Eagle Artillery can deal great damage to multiple Bowlers at once. Two shots from a volley can wipe out a whole group of Bowlers.
  • Bowlers have relatively low hitpoints for their housing space, so placing 2 Giant Bombs together in places where Bowlers are more likely to be placed will entirely wipe out a large group of Bowlers. Spring Traps also work well on them.
  • Spreading out your defenses will make it so that the Bowlers cannot hit all of them at once.
  • Isolate your Town Hall from other buildings so the Bowlers cannot hit it as part of their boulders' second bounces.

Upgrade Differences

The Bowler undergoes minor visual changes at levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

  • Initially, the Bowler is a blue muscular humanoid creature that wears a loincloth around his waist bound to him with rope and carries a large boulder in the shape of a bowling ball. He has pointed ears and red, sunken eyes. His hands and feet resemble those of a Giant. He also has a yellow band on both arms.
    • At level 3, the Bowler becomes slightly darker, and his boulder gains pink, Elixir-colored crystals sticking out of it, similar to the level 5 Golem.
    • At level 4, the boulder's crystals turn reddish-orange.
    • At level 5, the crystals on the boulder turn into a sky blue color to match the winter theme.
    • At level 6, the crystals on the boulder turn into a greenish color to match the jungle theme.
    • At level 7, the crystals are now white, with a light blue glow around them.
    • At level 8, the boulder is now strangled with a spikey tree vine, and the Bowler's loincloth is now darker in color. The yellow bands are now replaced with large golden wristbands.


Preferred Target Favorite Target Attack Type Damage Type Housing Space Housing Space Movement Speed Movement Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Dark Barracks Level Required Dark Barracks Range Range
None Area Splash 6 14 2.2s 7 3 tiles from first target - can hit more
Training Time of Bowlers

Dark Barracks available

Dark Barracks upgrading
1m 2m
Damage per Second
Damage per Hit
Research Cost
Dark Elixir
Research Time
Laboratory Level Required
1 60 132 325 N/A N/A N/A
2 72 158.4 375 65,000 3d 8
3 84 184.8 420 88,000 3d 12h 9
4 96 211.2 470 125,000 5d 10
5 102 224.4 505 170,000 7d 11
6 108 237.6 530 220,000 9d 12
7 114 250.8 565 290,000 10d 13
8 126 277.2 600 350,000 15d 14
Super Troop Boost
Super Troop
Super Troops
Boost Cost
Dark Elixir
Bowler Level Required
Super Bowler 25,000 4


Patch Type Description
March 21, 2016 Update The Bowler was added with 3 levels.Bowler1 Bowler3
May 4, 2016 Balance Update
  • The Bowler's first attack gets faster, similar to the Balloon and Valkyrie buffs.
  • The same update also decreased the Bowler's training time from 8 minutes to 5 minutes.Time
May 24, 2016 Update Reduced the Bowler's housing space from 8 to 6.Troop Capacity
October 12, 2016 Update Slightly reduced the Bowler's HP.Hitpoints
June 11, 2018 Update
  • Added the level 4 Bowler.Bowler4
  • Reduced Bowler's damage per second at all levels.Damage
June 26, 2018 Balance Changes Reduced Bowler's upgrade time at level 1 by 15%.Time
October 23, 2018 Update
  • Reduced the Bowler's training cost at all levels.Dark Elixir
  • Reduced the Bowler's Gem donation cost from 8 to 5.Gems
    • Level 1 reduced from 130 to 110.Dark Elixir
    • Level 2 reduced from 150 to 130.Dark Elixir
    • Level 3 reduced from 170 to 150.Dark Elixir
    • Level 4 reduced from 190 to 170.Dark Elixir
April 2, 2019 Update Reduced the Bowler's research time at level 3 from 14d to 12d.Time
December 9, 2019 Update Added the level 5 Bowler.Bowler5
October 12, 2020 Update Reduced research costs and times for the Bowler across lower levels (mostly up to TH11).Time
September 27, 2021 Update Added the level 6 Bowler.Bowler6
December 9, 2021 Update Reduced upgrade times for level 2-5 Bowlers.
June 27, 2022 Update
  • Increased hitpoints from level 1 to 5.
    • Level 1: 290 -> 325Hitpoints
    • Level 2: 310 -> 350Hitpoints
    • Level 3: 350 -> 385Hitpoints
    • Level 4: 390 -> 420Hitpoints
    • Level 5: 430 -> 455Hitpoints
June 12, 2023 Update
  • Added the level 7 Bowler.
  • Reduced upgrade times for levels 4 and 5.
    • Level 4: 8d 12h -> 7d 12h Time
    • Level 5: 11d -> 9d Time
  • Reduced upgrade costs for levels 6 and 7.
    • Level 4: 140,000 -> 125,000 Dark Elixir
    • Level 5: 210,000 -> 170,000 Dark Elixir
February 27, 2024 Update Added the level 8 Bowler[1].
June 3, 2024 Balance Changes
  • Increased Bowler's damage at level 2-6.
    • Level 2: 70 → 72 Damage
    • Level 3: 80 → 84 Damage
    • Level 4: 90 → 96 Damage
    • Level 5: 96 → 102 Damage
    • Level 6: 102 → 108 Damage
  • Increased Bowler's hitpoints at level 2-7.
    • Level 2: 350 → 375 Hitpoints
    • Level 3: 385 → 420 Hitpoints
    • Level 4: 420 → 470 Hitpoints
    • Level 5: 455 → 505 Hitpoints
    • Level 6: 500 → 530 Hitpoints
    • Level 7: 550 → 565 Hitpoints



  • You can have a maximum of 53 Bowlers at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 61 if you include the 8 that can fit into a fully upgraded Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 28 Bowlers with four fully upgraded Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a level 10 or higher Clan Castle), for a total of 89 Bowlers.
  • When clicking on the Army Camp, the Bowler turns away from the screen, same as the Lava Hound does.
  • The Bowler's death sound is not unique, as he shares a similar death sound with the Wizard.
  • The Bowler was originally a troop idea for Clash Royale, but being scrapped, he was transferred to Clash of Clans.
    • His description in Clash Royale is similar to the one in Clash of Clans. The second sentence of his description is changed to "His massive boulders roll through their target, hitting everything behind for a strike!" This may refer to how the Bowler hits every ground unit in range in Clash Royale, while he only attacks two buildings at a time in Clash of Clans. There is also a loading screen hint in Clash Royale that is similar to its card description.
      • Despite mentioning Dark Elixir in its Clash Royale description, Dark Elixir does not exist in the game.
    • In Clash Royale, the Bowler's bowling action resembles a more conventional underhand style of bowling, like that seen in ten-pin bowling, for example, as opposed to in Clash of Clans, where he hurls his boulder overhand, resembling that of a bowler in cricket.
    • In Clash Royale, the Bowler's 3D render above the card info screen is taken from his Clash of Clans counterpart's old render.
  • The Bowler is one of seven troops to be featured as a monster in the game Squad Busters. The others are the Wall Breaker, Baby Dragon, Yeti, Skeleton, Golem, and Ice Golem.
    • The Bowler in Squad Busters resembles the level 1 Bowler in Clash of Clans.
  • Some fans speculate that Bowlers are Goblins due to having pointy ears like Goblins, but it is not confirmed by Supercell up until Clash Mini Update 8 was released, putting Bowler in the Goblin Class.
  • According to Vlad Perge, the Community Manager of Clash Mini, the Bowler is his favorite troop, as stated on Pocket Gamer.
  • Despite being muscular, the Bowler seems to have low hitpoints.


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