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Dragon Rider info
"This aerial engine of destruction readily and frankly, quite excitedly lays waste to any defense it comes across. The skeleton onboard swears he's not touching the controls."

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Level 1
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Level 2
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Level 3
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Level 4

Summary

  • The Dragon Rider is a mechanized dragon ridden by a skeleton that prioritizes defenses. It is unlocked at Barracks level 15, which requires Town Hall 13.
  • Dragon Riders prioritize defensive structures above all other targets, and will bypass all other types of enemy buildings and troops while any defenses remain on the battlefield. This is true even if they are under attack by enemy Clan Castle troops, heroes or Skeleton Trap skeletons. Note that like all troops that prioritize defenses, Dragon Riders do not consider the Clan Castle to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy troops, but do consider the defending Grand Warden and the activated Town Hall weapon (if any) to be defensive buildings.
    Once all defenses are destroyed, Dragon Riders become like any other troop with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby and can fight back against them. However, they will not switch targets to enemy units until their previous target was destroyed.

Strategies

Offensive Strategy

  • The Dragon Rider can be used to hunt down defensive buildings far away from each other to take them out. It is better than a Dragon in that aspect due to the extra speed, health, and damage.
  • The Dragon Rider has more hitpoints than Dragon and even the Electro Dragon, which makes it tankier, and its damage is okay, meaning that it can do a lot on its own without any spell or troop support.
  • The Dragon Rider can be effective for funneling defense-targeting troops, since its high health, defense targeting traits, and its good damage makes him good for funneling. However, in some cases, the Rocket Balloon can be better for single-targeting defenses or defenses inside the base.
  • The Dragon Rider has faster speed, higher DPS, higher hitpoints, and lower housing space than the Electro Dragon of a similar level, making him a good alternative. They also target defenses, however, they cannot damage multiple buildings in one attack, unlike the Electro Dragon.
  • Adding an Invisibility Spell and Rage Spell along with an army of Dragon Riders will destroy most of the defenses, making way for the weaker troops, Electro Dragon and Dragon to easily raid the place and secure a victory.
  • It can be paired with Lava Hounds, as they are able to distract the defenses while the Dragon Rider destroys them. However, this is dependent on the combination's proximity to an Air Defense, as the Lava Hounds target them and thus can only tank defenses around that area. This combination is also very susceptible to seeking air mines, so consider taking Balloons with the Dragon Riders.

Defensive Strategy

  • It is pretty difficult to stop a Dragon Rider from reaching a certain defense because of its high damage and hitpoints. One way to stop a Dragon Rider is by using a Skeleton Trap (set to air mode). This is because of the Dragon Rider preferred target, thus ignoring the Skeletons. Even if all defenses are destroyed, the Dragon Rider can only shoot at one at a time, thus hindering the Dragon Rider.
  • Seeking Air Mines can heavily damage, or even kill, Dragon Riders. Placing one near defenses that Dragon Riders are likely to target can ruin the attacker's plan. This is especially valuable to the defender, as a death of one Dragon Rider is a 25 housing space loss.
  • The Dragon Rider is not the best choice as a Clan Castle troop, as it can only attack a single target at a time, which makes it easy to overwhelm with hordes of units. However, it's high hitpoints means that it can take a while to kill, depending on the army the attacker is using. It can also stop unprepared attackers, such as one using an all-P.E.K.K.A army.

Upgrade Differences

  • The Dragon Rider undergoes visual changes at all levels.
    • Initially, the Dragon Rider is a mechanical dragon made of iron and wood planks, with metal supports in the wings, and a skeleton pilot on top. The dragon's head is made of grey metal.
    • At level 2, the horns of the dragon become golden, and the metal supports on the body and wings of the dragon turn golden and slightly grow in size.
    • At level 3. the top part of the dragon's head is now golden as well, and the skeleton's helmet appears to have an explosion symbol on it. The skeleton's hat also appears to be on fire.
    • At level 4. the jaw of the dragon becomes golden and the scarf of the rider becomes purple.

Statistics

Preferred Target Favorite Target Attack Type
Damage Type
Housing Space Housing Space Movement Speed Movement Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Range Range Death Damage Radius Radius Barracks Level Required Barracks
Defenses Single Target 25 20 1.2s 4 tiles 2 tiles 15
Training Time of Dragon Riders
Barracks available Barracks upgrading
4m 10s 8m 20s
Level
Level
Damage per Second
Damage
Damage per Attack
Damage
Damage Upon Death
Death Damage
Hitpoints
Hitpoints
Research Cost
Elixir
Research Time
Time
Laboratory Level Required
Laboratory
1 340 408 700 4,100 N/A N/A N/A
2 370 444 800 4,400 9,600,000 9d 11
3 400 480 900 4,700 16,500,000 14d 12
4 430 516 1,000 5,000 21,500,000 16d 14

History

Patch Description
June 13 2021 Announced Dragon Rider.
June 15 2021 The Dragon Rider was added along with 3 levels.
September 27 2021 Reduced the Dragon Rider's range from 4.5 -> 4 tilesRange.
January 20, 2022 Reduced the Dragon Rider's hitpoints at levels 2 and 3:
  • Level 2: 4,500 -> 4,400 Hitpoints
  • Level 3: 4,900 -> 4,700 Hitpoints

Gallery

Trivia

  • You can have a maximum of 12 Dragon Riders at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 14 if you include the 2 that can fit into a fully upgraded Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 4 Dragon Riders with four level 3 or higher Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a level 10 or higher Clan Castle), for a total of 18 Dragon Riders.
  • The Dragon Rider and Headhunter are the troops with the least amount of levels.
  • The Dragon Rider is one of the five troops associated with Dragons, the others are the Baby Dragon, Electro Dragon, Super Dragon, and the Inferno Dragon.
  • As a troop that's associated with Dragons, the Dragon Rider is:
    • The only dragon troop not to be organic.
    • The only dragon troop that targets defenses.
    • The dragon troop that deals the highest damage, although the Inferno Dragon deals the highest damage in its third stage.

Comparisons

Home Village Army
Elixir Troops BarbarianArcherGiantGoblinWall BreakerBalloonWizardHealerDragonP.E.K.K.ABaby DragonMinerElectro DragonYeti (Yetimite) • Dragon RiderElectro TitanRoot Rider
Dark Elixir Troops MinionHog RiderValkyrieGolem (Golemite) • Witch (Skeleton) • Lava Hound (Lava Pup) • BowlerIce GolemHeadhunterApprentice WardenDruid (Bear)
Super Troops Super BarbarianSuper ArcherSuper GiantSneaky GoblinSuper Wall BreakerRocket BalloonSuper WizardSuper DragonInferno DragonSuper MinerSuper MinionSuper Hog Rider (Super HogSuper Rider) • Super ValkyrieSuper Witch (Big Boy) • Ice Hound (Ice Pup) • Super Bowler
Heroes & Hero Equipment Barbarian King: Barbarian PuppetRage VialEarthquake BootsVampstacheGiant GauntletSpiky Ball
Archer Queen: Archer PuppetInvisibility VialGiant ArrowHealer PuppetFrozen Arrow
Grand Warden: Eternal TomeLife GemRage GemHealing TomeFireball
Royal Champion: Royal GemSeeking ShieldHog Rider PuppetHaste VialRocket Spear
Elixir Spells Lightning SpellHealing SpellRage SpellJump SpellFreeze SpellClone SpellInvisibility SpellRecall Spell
Dark Spells Poison SpellEarthquake SpellHaste SpellSkeleton Spell (Skeleton) • Bat Spell (Bat) • Overgrowth Spell
Siege Machines Wall WreckerBattle BlimpStone SlammerSiege BarracksLog LauncherFlame FlingerBattle Drill
Pets L.A.S.S.IElectro OwlMighty YakUnicornFrosty (Frostmite) • DiggyPoison LizardPhoenixSpirit FoxAngry Jelly
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