What is Inferno Tower?
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"Set the Inferno Tower's Dark Elixir fueled flame to build up unbelievable damage to single targets, or to constantly roast multiple targets at once."
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- The Inferno Tower shoots jets of flame that burn through even the thickest armor.
- The lava stream on the Level 10 Town Hall may be indicative of one's access to Inferno Towers starting at that Town Hall level.
- In single-target mode, the Inferno Tower causes progressive damage to a single target. The longer the tower stays focused on the same target, the more damage it deals. Its damage is low when it has newly locked on to a troop, but its flame heats up after a short period of time, dealing massive damage and making it most effective against very high-health troops. However, in this mode, the Inferno Tower can be overwhelmed by large groups of weaker units, such as Archers.
- In multi-target mode, the Inferno Tower causes constant damage to up to five targets simultaneously. This makes it ideal against swarms of low-health troops but is much less effective on higher-health troops.
- Similar to the X-Bow, the Inferno Tower must be reloaded periodically. This is done for free automatically whenever the player logs in. However, if the Inferno Tower continues firing its ammunition without reloading, it will eventually run out of ammo and not attack.
- The Inferno Tower doesn't have a favorite target, nor does it deal more damage to any particular troop. However, in single-target mode, it deals more damage on average to troops with higher hitpoints, due to its progressive DPS.
- Defensive Strategy
- The Inferno Tower in single-target mode is weak against large numbers of low-health troops. Make sure the Inferno Tower is within range of a Mortar, Wizard Tower, and/or Bomb Tower so that it is adequately defended.
- This defensive structure, when set in single-target mode, is tailor-made to destroy high hitpoint troops, such as Dragons, P.E.K.K.As, and Golems. As such, it is a perfect complement to a Wizard Tower, which is very effective against large numbers of weaker troops but struggles against those with high health pools. Positioning these two structures close to each other can substantially improve the survivability of both structures (and the rest of your base).
- You can put a Scattershot near the Single Target Inferno Tower so that the Inferno Tower can pick off a tank or a hero while the Scattershot will just destroy swarms of low health units at once.
- The multiple target mode can be used to easily overwhelm groups of lower-health troops.
- You can place it near storages to help stop Goblins from severely damaging them.
- If you choose to place it outside the core of your base, placing it in a range of the outer layer Walls can stop Wall Breakers from breaking them.
- It can also prove effective against Balloons, since Lava Hounds cannot fully tank for a multi-targeting Inferno Tower unless five of them are used at once.
- Keep Inferno Towers separated from other important defenses, such as each other and the Eagle Artillery. If they are placed too close, a single Freeze Spell could freeze them all!
- As each mode possesses a different advantage, it is advisable to place them in range of each other.
- Use the fact that they are 2x2 to hide them in pockets or smaller Islands. Try your best to make them harder to reach.
- If your clan has long words on your Clan Castle, you can put it near the Inferno Tower so it will block the Inferno Tower's mode.
- Offensive Strategy
- This structure (especially in single-target mode) wreaks havoc with the most common offensive strategies where heavy units go in first to distract defenses with light units following behind them. Letting your heavy troops get in range of it when it is set to single target spells certain doom for them, even high-level Heroes.
- You can use Freeze Spells to stop a single-target Inferno Tower from piling up massive damage to a high-health troop. Doing so will not only stop the flames of the tower, but also reset its damage progression so it'll have to build up damage again. If the Archer Queen is being targeted by a single-target Inferno Tower, using her Royal Cloak ability works equally well, as the tower will no longer be able to target the Queen when she's invisible.
- Small troops are stronger against the Inferno Tower in single-target mode, as every time it targets a new troop it will have to heat up again. Golems and Lava Hounds get destroyed in seconds in this mode, but if you surround it with Archers or Barbarians it can be defeated very quickly. In single-target mode it can only target one unit at a time, so spreading out the attacking units is not an issue (unless a Wizard Tower, Bomb Tower, or Mortar is nearby).
- You can tell if an Inferno Tower is in single or multiple target mode by looking at its top. If it has flames coming out of one large circular hole, it's in single target mode; if it has multiple small pentagonal holes, it's in multiple target mode.
- Players can deliberately join a clan with a long name and put one Inferno Tower to the left of the Clan Castle to use the clan name to mask the mode of the Inferno Tower.
- The visual difference between a loaded and empty Inferno Tower is very obvious. A loaded tower glows brightly with lava and flame, while an empty one is unlit.
- It takes 3 maxed Lightning Spells to take down an initial level Inferno Tower. Bringing a pair of this combination can take out both Inferno Towers against Town Hall 10s.
- The Grand Warden's Eternal Tome can protect a tank troop from being severely damaged by a single-target Inferno Tower. However, the ability does not reset the Inferno Tower's damage unless the troop leaves the Inferno Tower's range.
- Using a Healing Spell can effectively negate damage done by a multi-targeting Inferno Tower, however, a single-targeting one will quickly outpace the spell's pulse rate and healing capability.
- Like the X-Bow, Giants, Balloons, and Golems will still attack an empty Inferno Tower. If it's empty it will be dark and will have no fire lighting it up.
- Upgrade Differences
- Inferno Towers undergo significant visual changes at all levels.
- When initially constructed, the Inferno Tower consists of a tall, narrow tower of rocks straddling a glowing pool of lava. At the top of the Inferno Tower is a circular focusing lens, and a rectangular-shaped Dark Elixir reservoir is mounted on one side. A pool of lava flows at the bottom.
- At level 2, huge red flames are emitted from the focusing lens on the top of the tower, and the prominent sections of rock from the first level become gilded with a red overlay. The rock holding the lens becomes gold and the lens themselves become red and the fire overwhelms the ring.
- At level 3, its structural supports become thicker and gain gold-colored spikes, as well as the part below the focusing lens.
- At level 4, each corner gets a golden chain connecting the top of the tower to the base. The structural supports become even bigger. The spikes on the plates and the supports change shape slightly with the spike move to the side to make space for the chain. The inner part of the spiked plate becomes red. The golden rocks surrounding the lava pool is covered with a layer rough light-colored stone. The golden rock holding the lens gains another thin layer.
- At level 5, the spiked plates at the top of the tower change to white stone, and the inner part become grey, and a circle of smooth stone blocks inserted into the ground appears between the structural support on the base. Around the lens, the rock glows orange, presumably it is heated by the lava.
- At level 6, the spiked plates and the golden rock are now replaced with black metal, between the plates still has some golden details, the heated area of the rock now becomes another lava pool which flows down the plates, the lavafall replaces the chains connect the plates and the structural supports. Smooths stone blocks reinforcement is removed and the supports are also replaced with the black metal catching the flowing lava. The last bit of golden rocks on the bottom is now covered by an electric coil that have a forked wire connects to the top, presumably powering the pump for the lava to flow back up, while the layer of rough light-colored stone on the base is also replaced by the black metal.
- At level 7, the black metal around the top is now a blueish black color, with navy blue spikes covering it. The small step is now raised up to the higher part. Connecting them to the small upper pool is a purple piece. The ring which is covered by the metal is now made of ice. Some black pieces(Possibly cloth) cover most of the bottom half of the ring, except for the corner. The higher half of the pillar is now lava colored glowing in 3 vertical segments and 6 horizontal ones. (Only 2 can be seen) The slabs above and below the connecting black ring to the 3 reinforcements turn ice. The reinforcements are now much bigger and follow a purple-ish black color scheme, with black in the middle and the purple on the outside. There are dark purple spikes along those. At the bottom of the falls, the lava also starts glowing.
- Inferno Towers undergo significant visual changes at all levels.
- The Inferno Tower was added in the May 23, 2013 update as part of the 'Fiery Fortress' Update.
- There is an achievement for destroying a certain amount of Inferno Towers called Firefighter, which awards 100, 200, and 1,000 Gems for destroying 10, 250 and 5,000 Inferno Towers respectively.
- In the December 2013 Update, the Inferno Tower gained a new mode, allowing it to target multiple units if desired by the player.
- The Inferno Tower's ammunition consumption rate is constant, which means it doesn't deplete its ammo faster by charging up in single-target mode or hitting more targets in multi target mode.
- Among all defensive buildings with limited ammunition, the Inferno Tower is the only one that can run out of ammunition in a battle if fully loaded at the beginning of the battle.
- The December 2017 update removed the Inferno Tower's ability to block healing effects on targeted troops.
- The March 2018 update gave a slight buff to the multi target mode at levels 3-5, while the single target mode went from 4.25 seconds to 5.25 seconds in order to charge to max damage.
- In the April 2019 update the need for reloading the Inferno Tower with Dark Elixir was eliminated, meaning resources are no longer needed for reloading it. A similar change affected Traps along with the X-Bow, and the Eagle Artillery.
- The level 6 Inferno Tower has gone through some changes. When initially released, the level 6 Inferno Tower had a rather gray pallet, the chains were removed and the the base was smaller. Later, the lens of the Single Target Inferno Tower was changed to a diamond shape. Finally, both the Multi Target and Single Target versions were changed to how it is today.
- This was most likely done after much community discussion that it looked like a "downgrade".
- Icon Descriptions
Tapping this icon displays information about the Inferno Tower, such as Level, Damage Per Second, Hitpoints, Range, Damage Type and Targets. Tapping this icon begins upgrading the Inferno Tower to the next level, if you have enough resources and a free Builder. When the Inferno Tower is at maximum level, this icon is not shown. Tapping this icon instantly upgrades the Inferno Tower to the next level, at the cost of one Hammer of Building if you have one. When the Inferno Tower is at maximum level, this icon is not shown. Tapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, instantly finishes that upgrade at the cost of the displayed number of Gems. Tapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, instantly finishes that upgrade at the cost of one Book of Building. This icon is only shown if you have at least one Book of Building. Tapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, instantly finishes that upgrade at the cost of one Book of Everything. This icon is only shown if you have at least one Book of Everything but do not have a Book of Building. Tapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, boosts all your Builders for 1 hour by a factor of ten, at the cost of one Builder Potion. This icon is only shown if you have at least one Builder Potion. Tapping this icon, which is displayed only while an upgrade is in progress, cancels the current upgrade and refunds half of the upgrade cost. This icon indicates that the Inferno Tower is currently set to Single attack mode, to attack one unit at a time with increasing damage over time. Tapping this icon switches the Inferno Tower attack mode to attack multiple enemies. This icon is only displayed while the Inferno Tower is in Single attack mode. This icon indicates that the Inferno Tower is currently set to Multiple attack mode, to attack multiple targets at a time with consistent damage. Tapping this icon switches the Inferno Tower attack mode to attack a single enemy. This icon is only displayed while the Inferno Tower is in Multiple attack mode.
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