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"These fiery beasts can't resist chasing after Air Defenses, providing excellent protection for other troops. Once destroyed, they erupt into many smaller, weaker menaces."

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  • The Lava Hound is a high-hitpoint aerial tank with low damage and moderate speed. It is unlocked at Dark Barracks level 6.
  • The Lava Hound is a fiery, canine beast with a pair of small wings. It is encased with multiple hardened rock plates over its body and lava flows through every seam.
  • When defeated, the Lava Hound explodes, inflicting a small amount of damage in the area while spawning numerous Lava Pups, which will continue to attack nearby targets.
  • Lava Hounds prioritize Air Defenses above all other targets, and will bypass all other enemy buildings and troops while any Air Defenses remain on the battlefield. This is true even if they are under attack by enemy Clan Castle troops, heroes or Skeleton Trap skeletons. Once all Air Defenses are destroyed, they will continue to attack any other remaining defenses. Note that like all troops that prioritize defenses, Lava Hounds 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 remaining defenses are destroyed, Lava Hounds 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.


Offensive Strategy

  • Lava Hounds have high health and are essentially the aerial equivalent of the Golem. They can be used to protect Dragons, Minions, Healers and Balloons, much like how Golems can protect a group of Wizards or Witches. Due to their priority against Air Defenses, they can easily occupy them while other troops decimate the base - they deal little damage on their own, and almost always require support from something else.
    • However, it is not a good idea to use Baby Dragons with them as they can't activate their rage ability while near other aerial allies.
  • Be sure to keep it away from single-targeting Inferno Towers, which can kill it with ease.
    • However, it may also be helpful if the Lava Hound pops on top of the Inferno Tower since the Lava Pups can distract the single-target Inferno for some time.
    • It is a good idea to bring a Freeze Spell if a single-target Inferno Tower is present since the tower will go down easily if paralyzed and then bombarded with attacks from allied troops.
    • Against a multi-target Inferno Tower, Lava Hounds would be fine, but the Lava Pups and a large number of allied units that come after it will be decimated, so keep an eye out for them too.
  • Don't use too many Lava Hounds, as they are extremely weak offensive units and will be destroyed before they do too much damage to your enemy, even given their prodigious hitpoints.
  • Lava Hounds may make high-level Giant-Healer strategies more viable, but they are still one or the weakest strategies at TH9+. This is because Giants hold the least hitpoints for any tank and unlike the Barbarian King, they do not have a hero ability to get them out of a big Doom-Circle. Besides, they are intended to absorb fire from anti-air defenses, making ground attackers pointless anyway.
  • It is advisable to have a Clone Spell ready in Lava Hound attacks. Clone the support troops to drastically increase the Lava Hound's effectiveness as it holds off air defenses while other units destroy the buildings. A Rage/Haste spell can be even better since most of the units that work well with Lava Hound tend to move slowly.
  • It is best to strategically place them around several defenses so they can absorb enemy fire better.
  • While Dragons work well with Lava Hounds, you need to watch out for Seeking Air Mines since they are incredibly effective against strong individuals.

Defensive Strategy

  • Spreading your Air Defenses out is a good idea. This forces attackers to keep their air troops near the Lava Hounds for protection, making Air Bombs and Wizard Towers more effective. Also have Seeking Air Mines close near your Air Defenses so they will be more likely to be triggered by Lava Hounds.
  • Be sure to use at least one single-targeting Inferno Tower, which will destroy a Lava Hound with ease, just like they destroy Golems with ease.
  • Lava Hounds are a great choice as a Clan Castle troop for level 5 Clan Castle or higher, particularly at higher leagues. While it does virtually no damage on its own, its tremendous hitpoints allow it to soak up a lot of damage from the attacker while the defenses fire upon it, and upon dying, it breaks down into many Lava Pups which can deal a good amount of damage to the attackers. Poison Spells aren't always effective against the Lava Pups, because they often scatter too far apart to be caught by a single Poison Spell, which gives the Lava Hound some stalling potential on defense.

Upgrade Differences

  • The Lava Hound undergoes significant visual changes at all levels except for level 2.
    • Initially, the Lava Hound is a large, winged, dog-like creature with a body made of rock. On its body are cracks filled with lava.
    • At level 3, the spikes on its back turn into a lava color. Its eyes also become larger and more orange. The lava under the skin of the forearms also disappears, and its wings grow in size as well as its body. Its glow changes a bit.
    • At level 4, the lava on its body turns deep red.
    • At level 5, the spikes on its back turn dark brown. The wings are now bronze-colored.
    • At level 6, the spikes on its back turn dark red, along with the wings.


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
Air Defense Melee (Ground Only) 30 20 2s 6 1 tile
Training Time of Lava Hounds
Dark Barracks available Dark Barracks upgrading
5m 10m
Damage per Second
Damage per Hit
Damage Upon Death
Lava Pups Spawned (After Death)
Lava Pup info
Research Cost
Dark Elixir
Research Time
Laboratory Level Required
On Offense On Defense
1 10 20 100 8 8 6,100 N/A N/A N/A
2 12 24 150 10 9 6,500 28,000 2d 12h 7
3 14 28 200 12 10 6,800 43,000 3d 12h 8
4 16 32 250 14 11 7,200 85,000 5d 9
5 18 36 300 16 12 7,600 120,000 7d 10
6 20 40 350 18 13 8,000 160,000 8d 11
Super Troop Boost
Super Troop
Super Troops
Boost Cost
Dark Elixir
Lava Hound Level Required
Ice Hound 25,000 5


Patch Type Description
September 11, 2014 Sneak Peek Announced the Lava Hound in the sneak peek, with 3 levels.Lava Hound1Lava Hound3
September 16, 2014 Update Added the Lava Hound.
September 9, 2015 Update Lava Hounds no longer attack flying troops, even as a defending Clan Castle troop.
December 19, 2015 Optional Update Fixed a crash when fighting Lava Hounds near the edge of the map.
May 4, 2016 Balance Changes Reduced Lava Hound's training time from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.
May 18, 2016 Sneak Peek Announced the level 4 Lava Hound.Lava Hound4
May 24, 2016 Update Added the level 4 Lava Hound.
December 19, 2016 Update Changed Lava Hound's icon and info image.
December 18, 2017 Update
  • Increased hitpoints at levels 1-3.
    • Level 1: 5,700 -> 6,100 Hitpoints
    • Level 2: 6,200 -> 6,500 Hitpoints
    • Level 3: 6,700 -> 6,800 Hitpoints
June 8, 2018 Sneak Peek Announced the level 5 Lava Hound.Lava Hound5
June 11, 2018 Update Added the level 5 Lava Hound.
June 26, 2018 Balance Changes
  • Reduced Lava Hound's upgrade times at level 2-4.
    • Level 2: 10d -> 6d 12h Time
    • Level 3: 12d -> 8d Time
    • Level 4: 14d -> 11d 12h Time
October 23, 2018 Update Reduced Gem donation cost of Lava Hound from 30 to 20 Gems.
December 9, 2019 Update Decreased the explosion upon death radius from 5 tiles to 3.5 tiles.
March 30, 2020 Update Fixed flawed graphics offset for Lava Hound.
June 18, 2020 Sneak Peek Announced the level 6 Lava Hound.Lava Hound6
June 22, 2020 Update Added the level 6 Lava Hound.
October 12, 2020 Update
  • Reduced upgrade costs at level 2 and 4.
    • Level 2: 60,000 -> 50,000 Dark Elixir
    • Level 4: 150,000 -> 125,000 Dark Elixir
  • Reduced upgrade times at level 2-4.
    • Level 2: 6d 12h -> 5d Time
    • Level 3: 8d -> 6d 12h Time
    • Level 4: 11d 12h -> 9d Time
April 12, 2021 Update Lava Hounds no longer permanently forget about targeting Air Defenses if all the remaining Air Defenses are invisible when they're targeting.



  • LavaHoundSneakPeek
    The Sneak Peek picture of the Lava Hound features its head, bearing the words "I smell fireworks...".
    • This alludes to the fact that Air Defenses' warheads are quite literally fireworks.
  • You can have a maximum of 10 Lava Hounds at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 11 if you include the 1 that can fit into a level 5 or higher Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 4 Lava Hounds with four level 5 or higher Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a level 10 or higher Clan Castle), for a total of 15 Lava Hounds.
    • However, because they have little DPS, having that many Lava Hounds would not be a practical move.
  • The Lava Hound bears a strong resemblance to Korath from Backyard Monsters at level 5 and 6 in particular.
  • The Lava Hound is confirmed to be a male in The Last Lava Pup where a guy asked the storyteller if the Lava Pup's dad was gone too. It also says that the Lava Hound is the father of the Lava Pups.
  • The Lava Hound is often compared to the Golem due to its similar statistics and concept (e.g. they both have a lot of health but low damage, take 30 housing space, and once defeated they do death damage and spawn subtroops to continue the fight).
  • When tapping on an Army Camp, all Lava Hounds stationed there will briefly turn away from the screen.
  • Although the Lava Hound shoots fireballs, it cannot inflict area damage.
  • Unlike its counterpart in Clash Royale, the stats of the Lava Pups do not increase when the Lava Hound is upgraded. Instead, their amount increases.
  • The level 5 Lava Hound has been enlarged in size as of 2018 and has become the largest troop in the game (tied with Heroes).


  • The level 6 Lava Hound has the second highest hitpoints among all regular troops; (the first one being the level 11 Golem) however, it has lower DPS per housing space (about 0.67) than any other regular troop (excluding the Healer, who does not deal damage), even lower than the level 1 Golem at 1.27 DPS per housing space. When troops at maximum level are compared, it has the second lowest DPS per housing space of all troops, with only the Ice Hound having a lower DPS per housing space (0.375 at max level).
  • It is one of the three troops that has three preferred target stages, the others being the Headhunter (if Heroes and Clan Castle troops are present) and the Ice Hound.
    • The Lava Hound and the Ice Hound are the only troops that have a specific preferred target. In their case, they prioritize Air Defenses.
  • The Lava Hound, Ice Hound, Healer, Balloon, and Rocket Balloon are the only air troops in the Home Village that can only target things on the ground.
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