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"Summon an army of Skeletons anywhere on the battlefield!
Put a few extra swords when and where you need them most. Skeletons do not trigger traps."


  • The Skeleton Spell is the 4th Dark Spell unlocked at level 4 Dark Spell Factory that requires the Town Hall to be at level 9. When casting this spell, it summons several Skeletons on the battlefield. These Skeletons are very weak, but can provide a good distraction.
  • Like Skeletons summoned by Witches, they do not trigger Traps or Clan Castle troops.

Offensive Strategy

  • In Valkyrie raids, it’s pretty common to have at least 1 compartment at the end with defenses inside that could take down your troops. Once those defenses are distracted by your troops, drop your Skeleton Spell right on top of them.
  • In Balloon raids, if your Balloons usually clump up and your Lava Hounds don’t burst, it will take a lot of time to finish off non-defensive buildings. Dropping a Skeleton Spell or two will help you clean up the base.
    • If you decided to leave the defending Archer Queen for something else during your opening phase, a good idea is to wait for the Balloons and Lava Hounds to come around, rage them and drop a Skeleton Spell. The spell will distract and take out the Queen and possible other buildings, and with the added bonus of raging your main army. However, beware of splash surrounding the Queen. If there is a Bomb Tower nearby, consider taking the Queen out during the opening phase.
  • In GoHo attacks (Golem + Hog Rider), you may encounter Skeleton Traps which spawn a few Skeleton to follow and damage your Hog Riders. Dropping a single Skeleton Spell will help get rid of the Skeletons chipping away at your Hogs' health. Wait until your Hogs run into a Healing Spell, then drop your Skeleton Spell.
  • Skeleton Spells could be very effective against single-target Inferno Towers. The Skeletons will be able to distract the Inferno Tower while other troops finish it off. However, multiple-target Inferno Towers will negate this spell very quickly.
  • Skeleton Spells can be used to destroy unguarded defenses with dead zones like the Mortar or Eagle Artillery. At 1 spell slot, this can be very valuable to any attacker.
  • Attackers using the Skeleton Spell can use the "Backdoor" strategy. The goal is to distract the defenses and deploy Skeleton Spells on the Eagle Artillery, Town Hall, etc. However, if the defender keeps the core of their base well guarded by splash defenses, a backdoor will fail and the spells would be wasted.
  • A popular strategy known as Skelly Donut I which player bring some Skeleton Spells, Invisibility Spells and a Rage Spell to take out Clan Castle (and other nearby defenses if possible). This is really great in wars where you could see wheather opponent have any CC troops. It also reduces the risk of CC troops in Unlurable CC type bases. It is highly effective in LaLo(Lava Hound+Balloon).


October 26, 2012 The user named Sinos suggested adding the spell that summons undead on forums.
Patch Type Description
May 19, 2016 Sneak Peek Announced the Skeleton Spell, with 4 levels.Avatar Skeleton Spell.png
May 24, 2016 Update Added the Skeleton Spell.
October 12, 2016 Update Skeleton Spell now spawn MUCH more Skeletons, but over a longer time.
October 25, 2016 Event Temporary reduced brewing cost and brewing time to 1 minute to celebrate Halloween.
June 11, 2018 Update Added the level 5 Skeleton Spell.
June 26, 2018 Balance Changes
  • Reduced upgrade time at levels 1-4.
    • Level 1 reduced up to 38%.
    • Level 2 reduced up to 35%.
    • Level 3 reduced up to 33%.
    • Level 4 reduced up to 36%.
December 10, 2018 Update Retextured the Skeleton Spell's icon.Skeleton Spell info.png
June 18, 2019 Update
  • Added the level 6 Skeleton Spell.
  • reworked the Skeleton Spell a second time: they now spawn fewer Skeletons, but these Skeletons are armored in a similar fashion to Guards from Clash Royale; their armor can absorb excess damage and prevent them from being killed in one shot.
December 9, 2019 Update
  • Added the level 7 Skeleton Spell.
  • Changed Skeleton spawning frequency to 1 skeleton per second after the initial spawns for all Skeleton Spell levels.
March 30, 2020 Update Reduced upgrade cost at levels 2-3.
May 20, 2020 Balance Changes Increased spawn count of level 7 Skeleton Spell from 16 to 17 Skeletons.
October 12, 2020 Update Increased spawned Skeletons by 1 for all levels.


  • The Skeleton Spell could have been inspired by Skeleton Army in Clash Royale. On 28/10/16, the Graveyard was added to Clash Royale, and share similar mechanics to the changed Skeleton Spell, as they're both spells which summon Skeletons gradually (rather than all at once).
  • The Skeleton Spell and the Bat Spell are the only spells that don't affect on troops or buildings, but spawn troops.
Radius Range Housing Space Housing Space Brewing Time Time Targets Dark Spell Factory Level Required Dark Spell Factory
3.5 tiles 1 3m Ground 4
Skeleton Stats
Preferred Target Attack Type Movement Speed Attack Speed Range Damage per Second Hitpoints Armor Hitpoints
None Melee (Ground Only) 24 1s 0.4 tiles 25 30 30
Skeletons generated
Dark Elixir
Research Cost
Dark Elixir
Research Time
Laboratory Level Required
1 11 110 N/A N/A N/A
2 12 120 25,000 2d 12h 8
3 13 130 40,000 4d 8
4 14 140 70,000 6d 12h 9
5 15 150 125,000 8d 12h 10
6 16 160 150,000 10d 12h 10
7 18 170 250,000 15d 11
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