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For the base version, see Balloon.
For the Clan Capital squad with a similar name, see Rocket Balloons.
Rocket Balloon info
"Retrofitted with two carefully safety-inspected booster rockets, the Rocket Balloon gets a flying start to every battle!"

Rocket Balloon
Level 5-11

Summary

  • The Rocket Balloon is a Super Troop based on the Balloon. It can be unlocked by boosting the Balloon when the Balloon is at least level 8.
  • The Rocket Balloon has rockets attached to it, hence the name, that give it an increased speed for the first four seconds after deployment. This speed boost is equivalent to that of a level 5 Haste Spell. Aside from that, Rocket Balloons have slightly higher damage and are slightly faster than regular Balloons once the speed boost wears off, but have the same hitpoints as Balloons of the same level.
  • Boosting the Balloon requires 25,000 Dark Elixir or a Super Potion, and doing so allows the Balloon to be boosted for 3 days. The level of Rocket Balloon you obtain from the boost corresponds to the level of Balloon you have.
  • Because of the level requirement, players require Town Hall 12 in order to boost Balloons into Rocket Balloons. However, because of the Laboratory level cap, players require a level 6 Clan Castle or greater in order to get donated one, allowing anyone Town Hall 10 or above to get one.
  • Rocket Balloons 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, Rocket Balloons 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, Rocket Balloons 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.
  • The Rocket Balloon is the subject of the Rocket Balloon Spotlight event, where it can be boosted for free for the duration of the event. Additionally, it is available at lower levels below its normal minimum level, so that the event is accessible to players as low as Town Hall level 8.

Strategy

Offensive

  • The Rocket Balloon's speed boost allows you to save on Haste Spells when you need to engage defenses (such as Archer Towers) with Balloons from a considerable distance, whether it be to attack the defense or trigger the Clan Castle. You can, with Rocket Balloons, quickly close such gaps where normal Balloons would be severely damaged or taken down before reaching the defense, while letting you use the saved spell slot for other means (such as an extra Freeze Spell).
    • Alternatively, you can Use Rocket Balloons to snipe defenses that might ruin your attack, or to trigger traps and activate Teslas.
  • In Lalo attacks, consider mixing regular Balloons and Rocket Balloons. Rocket Balloons can be used for the aforementioned purpose, while regular Balloons are better for attacking exposed and easy-to-reach defenses and are more space-efficient than Rocket Balloons for a more concentrated attack into the core.
  • Rocket Balloons have considerably higher damage upon death than regular Balloons. In most cases, you will usually need less Rocket Balloons than normal Balloons to take out a defense completely. For example, against a relative-level Hidden Tesla, the Hidden Tesla is able to survive one attack of a normal Balloon plus its death damage, but not one attack of a Rocket Balloon and its death damage.

Defensive

  • Rocket Balloons may be more effective than regular Balloons as a defensive Clan Castle troop. Their significantly increased movement speed drastically reduces the attacker's reaction time when dealing with them, which can lead to the Rocket Balloons quickly dealing massive damage to large groups of troops, and/or force an early activation of the Archer Queen's or Grand Warden's respective abilities.
  • Avoid placing Air Defenses on the outside of the base, as they could easily be sniped with two or three Rocket Balloons each if exposed.

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 Special Ability Special Ability Boosters Movement Speed Increase Movement Speed
Defenses Area Splash 8 12 3s 0.5 tiles 1.2 tiles Boosters 52
Boost Cost Dark Elixir Boost Duration Time Balloon Level Required Level
25,000 3d 8
Training Time of Rocket Balloons
Barracks available Barracks upgrading
48s 1m 36s
Level Level Damage per Second Damage Damage per Attack Damage Damage Upon Death Death Damage Hitpoints Hitpoints Town Hall Level Required Town Hall
5* 170 510 300 390 8
6* 220 660 400 545 9
7* 260 780 500 690 11
8 270 810 580 840 12
9 280 840 620 940 13
10 285 855 650 1,040 14
11 290 870 700 1,140 16

*Levels 5 through 7 are only accessible in the Rocket Balloon Spotlight event.

History

June 29, 2020 A user on Reddit named SniproGamer01 suggested adding super version of the Balloon that has the speed boost ability.
Patch Type Description
June 12, 2021 Sneak Peek Announced the Rocket Balloon, with levels 8-10.Rocket Balloon8
June 15, 2021 Update Added the Rocket Balloon.
December 12, 2023 Update Added the level 11 Rocket Balloon, corresponding to the addition of level 11 Balloon.
April 9, 2024 Balance Changes
  • Increased the damage per second and damage when destroyed for level 8-10 Rocket Balloons:
    • Level 8: 236 -> 270 Damage, 400 -> 580 Death Damage
    • Level 9: 256 -> 280 Damage, 500 -> 620 Death Damage
    • Level 10: 276 -> 285 Damage, 600 -> 650 Death Damage

Gallery

Trivia

  • You can have a maximum of 40 Rocket Balloons at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 46 if you include the 6 that can fit into a fully upgraded Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 20 Rocket Balloons with four fully upgraded Clone Spells (three from the regular spell inventory and one from a level 10 or higher Clan Castle), for a total of 66 Rocket Balloons.
  • The rockets attached to the hot air balloon resemble the Rocket card from Clash Royale.
  • The silver platings that it has resembles how the level 8 Balloon gains them.
  • The Rocket Balloon's ability could be inspired by a Lavaloon strategy where players use Haste Spells on Balloons.
  • The chains and silver platings it has are darker in battle than in the info image.
  • The Rocket Balloon could be inspired by the Balloon in Clash of Clans – A Clashiversary Tale video where they celebrate 50th anniversary.
  • Unlike the regular Balloon, the Rocket Balloon has sprites where it faces different directions rather than looking idle while moving. This may be due to the fact that its hot air balloon has two rockets on both sides and an empennage on the back of it.
  • The Rocket Balloon appears to have a Super Wall Breaker in it. This is based off of the fact that regular Balloons contain “promoted” Wall Breakers.

Comparisons

  • The Rocket Balloon is one of the 4 Super Troops, along with the Sneaky Goblin, Inferno Dragon and Ice Hound that don't have the word “Super” in their names.
  • The Rocket Balloon is one of the 6 Super Troops to have a Super Troop logo, the others being the Super Giant, Super Wizard, Super Valkyrie, Super Witch, and the Super Bowler.
  • The Rocket Balloon, along with the Super Barbarian, Sneaky Goblin, and Super Minion are the only Super Troops to have abilities that are temporary.
  • The Rocket Balloon is the only Super Troop not to have unique sounds exclusively.
  • The Rocket Balloon, along with the Super Archer, Sneaky Goblin, Super Minion, and the Super Bowler are the only Super Troops to have icons that are used from their info image.
  • The Rocket Balloon is one of the 4 troops to have a spell-like effect when deployed, including the Baby Dragon, Raged Barbarian, and Super Barbarian.
  • The Rocket Balloon is the only Super Troop to have the same amount of damage and hitpoints as its regular counterpart.
  • The Rocket Balloon and the Super Giant are the first and only Super Troops to appear in a loading screen, doing so in the 9th Anniversary loading screen.
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