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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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Level 1 & 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6

  • Summary
    • The Lava Hound is like a flying fiery Golem, except its favorite target is specifically Air Defenses.
    • The Lava Hound is a pyrotechnic hound-like creature with wings.
    • Like the Golem, the Lava Hound deals additional splash damage when it dies, before splitting into Lava Pups. These Lava Pups do more damage than the Lava Hound but have far less health.
    • When the Lava Hound attacks buildings, it bounces up and down slightly while shooting little fireballs at it like a Minion.
    • 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 level 12 or 13 Town Hall (if its Giga Tesla or Giga Inferno has been triggered) 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.

  • Offensive Strategy
    • Lava Hounds have a large number of hitpoints. Much like Golems, they're useful as an attack tank, but for air units. They protect Dragons, Minions, Healers, Balloons and Baby Dragons, much like Golems protect a group of Wizards or Witches.
    • They can distract Air Defenses, which prevents the Air Defenses from destroying a group of DragonsBalloons, or Minions.
    • Be sure to keep it away from a single-targeting Inferno Tower 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 may be a good idea to bring a Freeze Spell if a single-target Inferno Tower is present. The supporting troops will be able to destroy the Inferno Tower before it can take out the Lava Hound. A multi-target Inferno Tower, while not being much of a problem to Lava Hounds, is very strong against the Lava Pups it splits into and any other units behind it, so don't ignore it.
    • It's a good idea to send Lava Hounds in pairs so it can soak up twice the amount of damage and to longer distract defenses from other air troops. However, don't use too many, 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, as one of the major reasons it previously failed at high levels was Air Defense damage and the number of Air Defenses becoming too many. A Lava Hound may be able to keep the Healer alive substantially longer, giving the Giants enough time to clear a path for the damage dealers.
      • However, this strategy is still weak at high-level Town Halls. This is because Giants simply don't have enough health and damage to survive multiple point defenses despite the help of Healers.
    • Always have a Clone Spell ready in Lava Hound attacks, as when the Lava Hounds are destroyed, you can drop the Clone Spell so you can double the Pups for mass destruction. Using multiple Lava Hounds and a Rage Spell can deal massive damage.
    • It is much better to clone Balloons rather than Lava Hounds. This is due to the significantly higher damage of Balloons, making it valuable instead of Lava Hounds, which will result in a waste of a Clone Spell.
    • Although Lava Hounds have a massive amount of health, they do extremely low amounts of damage. Pair them up with higher damage troops like Dragons and Balloons.
    • Place them such that the most air-targeting defenses target them. It allows other air troops to take less damage.
    • If one is using LavaDragon (Lava Hounds + Dragons, try to remove as many Seeking Air Mines as possible. This is because both troops come in low numbers, making them more susceptible to Seeking Air Mines.

  • 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 and Air Bombs close by your Air Defenses so it will be more likely to be triggered by Lava Hounds.
    • Their weaknesses include Seeking Air Mines, which do significant damage against air troops.
    • Be sure to use at least one single-targeting Inferno Tower, which will destroy a Lava Hound 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 they do virtually no damage on their own, their tremendous hitpoints allow it to soak up a lot of damage from the attacker while the defenses fire upon them, and upon popping, they break 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 looks like a large 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 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 a 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.

  • Trivia
    • LavaHoundSneakPeek.jpg
      The Sneak Peek picture of the Lava Hound features its head, bearing the words "I smell 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.
    • The Lava Hound bears a strong resemblance to the Lava Dragon from Dragonvale, another popular mobile game. 
    • The Lava Hound is often compared to the Golem due to its similar statistics and concept (e.g. they have a lot of health but low damage, both taking 30 spaces, and once defeated, they do death damage and subtroops will continue to fight.) 
    • When clicking on an Army Camp, the Lava Hound turns away from the screen.
    • Some refer the Lava Hound as the offspring of a GolemMinion, or possibly an Inferno Tower because of the lava similarities.
      • In the Russian localization of the game, the Lava Hound is called "Hell Hound" literally, sharing the same adjective as the Inferno Tower.
    • The level 6 Lava Hound has the highest hitpoints among all regular troops; however, it has lower DPS per housing space (about 0.67) than any other troop, even lower than the level 1 Golem at 1.27 DPS per housing space.
    • The level 5 Lava Hound has been enlarged in size as of 2018 has become the largest troop in the game (tied with heroes).
    • Part of the May 4th, 2016 update, the Lava Hound's training time has been decreased from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.
    • It is one of the three troops that has three preferred target stages, the others being the Headhunter (the Headhunter only has two target stages if there are no Clan Castle troops) and the Ice Hound.
      • It is also the only troop that targets a specific type of defense other than the Ice Hound.
    • The Lava Hound, the Healer and the Balloon are the only air troops in the Home Village that can only target things on the ground.
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
1 Dark Barracks 2 Dark Barracks
10m 5m
Damage per Second
Damage per Hit
Damage Upon Death
Lava Pups Spawned (After Death)
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Training Cost
Dark Elixir
Research Cost
Dark Elixir
Research Time
Laboratory Level Required
1 10 20 100 8 6,100 390 N/A N/A N/A
2 12 24 150 10 6,500 450 50,000 5d 7
3 14 28 200 12 6,800 510 70,000 6d 12h 8
4 16 32 250 14 7,200 570 125,000 9d 9
5 18 36 300 16 7,600 630 200,000 14d 10
6 20 40 350 18 8,000 750 270,000 16d 11

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