Who is a Giant?
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- The Giant is the third troop unlocked in the Barracks. The Giant’s first target is defenses, making them an ideal troop to deploy to get rid of defenses fast. However, due to their low attack damage they are better used in large groups.
- Giants 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, Giants 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, Giants 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.
- Giants have a lot of health but are slow and low in DPS, so use them in groups. However, Giants are weak against many powerful defenses grouped together. You can use Giants as a cheap meat shield while deploying other, higher damaging troops to destroy buildings and defenses, resulting in a good synergy used for lower THs. In general, Giants make better distracting troops than Barbarians due to their much higher health. Because of this, they are less vulnerable to Mortar fire and other splash damage, and are much harder to kill.
- At the beginning of a Raid, send in several Giants closest to the Mortar(s)/Wizard Tower(s). As soon as the Mortar hits the Giants, send in the Wall Breakers to break through the Walls. Once the Mortar(s) and Wizard Tower(s) are attacking the Giants, you can send in swarms of lower hit point troops such as Goblins and Archers depending on your preference. But if you are able, you can send a group of Wizards instead, as they are even better. Another variation is to send many Giants with three or four Healers. Be wary of Air Defenses primarily however, as Healers are very weak to them. To counter this it is recommended to bring support(DPS) troops as well, like a Wizard to destroy them. These strategies are helpful for Town Hall 3-6, especially in wars.
- As the description implies, they are best used to tank for other Troops rather than using them as the main damage dealer as they have low damage but high health. They can tank for Wizards and Witches while they do the damage behind.
- Giants ignore defensive troops and heroes (Clan Castle Troops, Skeletons from Skeleton Traps, Barbarian King and Archer Queen) as long as there is still a visible Defensive Building on the base. Be sure to eliminate defensive troops ASAP to protect Giants.
- Giants are inferior tanks compared to P.E.K.K.As, Golems and Ice Golems. Their advantage is that they have less housing space, meaning you can fit more in your camps. Once you reach Town Hall 8, Giants lose their ability as a main tank due to said competition and stronger splash (2 Levels to Wizard Towers compared to one level for Giants and addition of the Bomb Tower). Instead, they become utility tanks, where you can place one or two down to tank for a few seconds for something more important, such as a Wizard, Hog Rider, or even a Siege Barracks. Mastering this can improve your attack.
- One use of this that is important for early levels and can easily be used in later levels is to use Giants to tank for Wall Breakers, especially if you are uncertain that the Wall Breakers will break walls to let in the troops. Send in one Giant first and then the necessary Wall Breakers - the Giant will tank for enough time for the Wall Breakers to break the Wall(s), and then you can send the other troops in. As long as you can place the Giant right, it is very reliable.
- Giants can be especially susceptible to Spring Traps due to the predictable nature of their AI, and the fact that it can destroy 3 Giants at a time because a level 4 Spring Trap can kill 16 housing space and Giants only take up 5. Use this to your advantage and place strategic gaps in your Walls with defensive structures behind them, and fill the gaps with one or more Spring Traps.
- Giants are somewhat poor defensive Clan Castle Troops, as their low damage means that they cannot do much damage to an attacker's troops. Their advantage is that they have high health, which means they can stall the attacker for some time. Even at low Town Hall levels, where Giants and Wall breakers are a common strategy, the damage done to the attacker's troops is negligible. Compared to other options, such as a Baby Dragon or Hog Riders, Giants are not recommended to have in the Clan Castle.
- A Wizard Tower surrounded by a layer of Walls can severely cut down the HP of a group of Giants, without the help of a Healing Spell. In between the Wall and the Wizard Tower, place a Mortar to help attack the supporting troops and also tank the Giants a little longer once they break through the Walls.
- Giant Bombs can heavily cut down the HP of Giants. It is even more effective because they can also one-shot support troops like the Wizard no matter the amount of healing.
- The Giant undergoes significant visual changes at all levels except level 2 and 4.
- Initially, the Giant has a brown tunic with a red belt and copper buckle around his waist. He otherwise has no accessories.
- At level 3, the Giant gains iron cuffs around his arms and iron knuckles on his hands.
- At level 5, the Giant exchanges the iron cuffs and knuckles for golden - brass colored ones.
- At level 6, the Giant upgrades his cuffs and knuckles to a black metal. He also grows a long, thick red beard and dons a black feather cape.
- At level 7, the Giant acquires a golden chest-plate underneath its brown tunic that reaches to its shoulders.
- At level 8, the Giant acquires golden spikes on both his cuffs and his knuckles.
- At level 9, the Giant acquires brown-colored armor plating on his shoulders. His cuffs are removed, and his knuckles have studs on it rather than spikes.
- At level 10, the Giant upgrades his brown-colored armor plating to brown and black colored plating. His chest-plates turn back to gold.
- The Giant was in the original release of the game on August 2, 2012, with 5 levels.
- The February 5, 2013 update added the level 6 Giant.
- The September 30, 2013 update increased hitpoints & damage of level 6 Giant.
- The November 6, 2013 update slightly increased hitpoints and damage of level 6 Giant.
- The December 5, 2013 update slightly increased hitpoints and damage of level 6 Giant.
- The December 11, 2014 update added the level 7 Giant, and swapped its unlock order in the Barracks with the Goblin; it is now the third troop unlocked in the Barracks, with the Goblin being moved back to be the fourth. The same update also reduced training cost of levels 1-5 Giant by 250 Elixir.
- The July 20, 2016 update added the level 8 Giant.
- The December 19, 2016 update gave the Giant a significant change in his info, icon, and 2D sprites.
- The December 18, 2017 update increased hitpoints of levels 5, 7 and 8 Giant.
- The June 11, 2018 update added the level 9 Giant, and increased hitpoints of levels 7 and 8 Giant.
- The June 26, 2018 balance changes reduced upgrade times of levels 1-7 Giant.
- The October 23, 2018 update increased cost of gem donation for Giant.
- The April 2, 2019 update reduced upgrade time of levels 5-8 Giant.
- The December 9, 2019 update increased hitpoints of level 8/9 Giant from 1480/1660 to 1500/1850.
- The March 30, 2020 update reduced upgrade cost of levels 5-9 Giant.
- The October 12, 2020 update added the level 10 Giant.
- The April 12, 2021 update decreased training cost of levels 1/2/3/4 Giant from 250/750/1250/1750 to 150/300/750/1500.
- You can have a maximum of 60 Giants at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 69 if you include the 9 that can fit into a level 9 or higher Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 28 Giants with four fully upgraded Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a max-level Clan Castle).
- Of all the 3 troops that occupy 5 housing space (Giant, Balloon, and Hog Rider), all 3 of them target defenses. Out of the 3, Giant has the highest health, second-highest attack speed, second-best movement speed and is the cheapest out of the 3. Hog Rider has the best movement speed, attack speed, and damage per second while Balloon has the highest damage per hit, along with the fact that the Balloon flies.
- The Giant's low damage is visually seen by the attacks with their bare fists.
- The Giant's main Barracks image changed substantially as part of the "Witch" update (29 July 2013). However, this change did not affect the look of the in-game unit; when viewed in Army Camps or in battle, the Giant still has the same look as it did prior to the update.
- However, as of the Winter 2016 update that changed troops' appearance of their icon and info image, the Giant received a significant change in battle. A noticeable change is that the Giant now has five fingered hands instead of four fingered hands, unlike other older troops.
- When the Giant attacks a building, a puff of smoke rises from the target.
- In the picture, the patches from a Giant's leather shirt are brown, but in battle, the patches are red.
- This is because Giant's current 2D sprite is used from Clash Royale.
- Ironically, the size of the Giants are inconsistently represented. Some animations and promotional images show them as gigantic, while others show them to be only slightly larger than humanoids like Barbarians. In the game, they only appear slightly larger than presumably human sized troops like Barbarians, Archers, etc, and are dwarfed in size by hero troops such as the Barbarian King and Royal Champion.
- Interestingly, both the level 9 Giant and level 9 Valkyrie have the same amount of health.
- Giants used to pump both of their own fists while being stationed in the Army Camp. A clip of this can be seen here
- On 11/8/17, low-level Giants could be seen working on buildings as temporary builders, having replaced the Barbarians which in turn replaced the Builders at their job following the latter's departure. In addition to this, when a Builder's Hut was destroyed in battle, a defensive level 1 Giant came out. A week later, on 18th August 2017, the Giants' role as the Builders was taken over by the Witches.
- In Clash Royale, the Giant's patch on his right shoulder is the same as a Level 1 Giant in Clash of Clans, while his Star Level 1 skin resembles the Level 5 Giant.
- The Giant is one of the several troops in the Home Village that can be upgraded to level 10, the others being the Barbarian, Archer, Wall Breaker, Balloon, Wizard, Minion, Hog Rider and Golem.
- Of all the Elixir troops, it is the one that deals the least DPS per housing space, with only 14.4 DPS per housing space at max level. The Electro Dragon does only 11 DPS/housing space to its primary target, but its damage output may be higher if it uses its chain lightning to hit more than one target.
- The Giant is the first unlocked Elixir Troop that targets defenses.
- The Giant and the Witch are the only troops to have relatives, which are the Super Giant and the Night Witch.
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