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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!"

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  • The Bowler is a troop 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, once 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), 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.



  • The Bowler doesn't have a lot of hitpoints, so it can be easily destroyed when not protected. Be sure it 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 their 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.


  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.


Patch Type Description
March 21, 2016 Update The Bowler was added with 3 levels.Bowler1.png Bowler3.png
May 4, 2016 Balance Update
  • The Bowler's first attack gets faster, similar to the 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.png
  • 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.png
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.png
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



  • You can have a maximum of 50 Bowlers at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 57 if you include the 7 that can fit into a level 9 or higher Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 24 Bowlers with four fully upgraded Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a max-level Clan Castle), for a total of 81 Bowlers.
  • When clicking on the Army Camp, the Bowler turns away from the screen, same as the Lava Hound does.
  • It's unknown if Bowlers are goblins, ogres, or trolls.
  • The Bowler's death sound is not unique, as it shares a death sound with the Wizard.
  • The Bowler was originally a troop idea for Clash Royale, but being scrapped, it was transferred to Clash of Clans.
    • Ultimately, the Bowler was added in one of Clash Royale's updates.
    • In Clash Royale, the Bowler's bowling action resembles a more conventional underhand style of bowling (as would be 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).
    • Also, the 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 it 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 Clash Royale.
    • In Clash Royale, the Bowler's pose image above his stats screen came from his old info image in Clash of Clans.
  • Despite being muscular, the Bowler seems to have low hitpoints.
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
1 Dark Barracks 2 Dark Barracks
2m 1m
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 70 154 350 75,000 4d 8
3 80 176 385 125,000 7d 9
4 90 198 420 200,000 12d 10
5 96 211.2 455 280,000 14d 12h 11
6 102 224.4 500 320,000 17d 12h 12
Super Troop Boost
Super Troop
Super Troops
Boost Cost
Dark Elixir
Bowler Level Required
Super Bowler 25,000 4
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