The player wins a battle by destroying a greater amount of Crown Towers, which award Crowns, than the enemy.
If the player destroys the opponent's King Tower, they get 3 crowns.
The battle ends when:
One player gets 3 crowns - destroys opponent's King Tower.
One player has more crowns than their opponent at the end of the normal 3-minute period.
A Crown Tower is destroyed in Overtime (with certain exceptions below)
The time limit (Battle + Overtime) runs out, and none of the above has occurred. This results in a draw, and neither player gains or loses anything.
Winning multiplayer battles makes them earn Trophies, which allow them to unlock new Arenas.
Arenas unlock new Cards and have increasing Chest Rewards, Victory Gold, and donation & request limits.
In Tournaments, winning battles will earn the player Tournament Trophies which are their ranking on the tournament leaderboard, which determines the rewards after the tournament has ended.
Players square off against live competition on tiny maps dotted by six buildings; three for each player: two Arena Towers and one King's Tower, respectively.
The objective of the battle is for the player to destroy the other player’s Crown Towers (the big towers), while protecting their own.
A player will do this by deploying troops from a deck of Cards (drawn from a Battle Deck that they've built) anywhere within an allowable area on the field - their territory. Their territory is the non-red space on the map.
Each card requires a certain amount of Elixir to deploy, but the player's Elixir regenerates, so it is only ever moments away from deploying the next troop or spell.
More cards are collected by unlocking Chests won in battle or bought in the Shop, which in turn will unlock new cards that the player can add to their Battle Deck and/or level up the cards they already have.
In the event of taking down an Arena Tower, territory on the opponent's side becomes available for the player to deploy their Cards on.
While battling, the player can communicate through "emotes", small messages that can be accessed by the speech bubble icon next to the deck. These include text messages like "Thanks!" or "Wow!", and emoji like pictures such as a raging or laughing king face.
Next to the emotes, there is also a button to mute them. If you choose to mute your opponent's emotes, then their emotes will not be displayed during the battle, but will be displayed normally if you watch the replay.
Using Elixir wisely is key to success. If you have more Elixir than your opponent, this is called an "Elixir advantage". Having this advantage will give you the flexibility to counter or push the lane of your choice. Be careful though. This advantage can shift very quickly, so be prepared for an enemy push.
The battle deck is the rotation of Cards the player has in battle.
To change these, the player must tap the card they wish to add into your battle deck and tap, 'Use', before tapping the card that the player would like removed from their battle deck.
After tapping 'Use', they can also rearrange the cards in the deck by dragging them around like apps on a home screen. This can be used to arrange cards by rarity or cost if one wishes so.
Under the cards in the deck, it will display the Average Elixir cost of all the cards. Occasionally, this can come in handy when deciding if a deck is suitable. For example, a deck with an average of 3.5 Elixir that is semi-powerful will allow for the deployment of cards more often to counter enemy offenses and proceed with an offensive strategy, as compared to a deck with an average cost of 4.7 Elixir, however it may be less powerful than the 3.5 deck. A deck with an average cost of below 3.5 elixir is a very versatile deck—the player will need much planning and thinking.
The battle deck consists of 8 cards, so choose only the ones that will be used, or that would be a wasted card space.
Be sure to choose cards that can work together and will cover each other's weaknesses, like including powerful single-target units like the Prince, area damage cards like the Bomber, and air-attacking troops like the Musketeer.
In battle, 4 of the 8 cards in your Battle Deck will be available to play in most cases. The first 4 cards will be randomly selected at the start of the battle. In addition to the 4 cards that are readily available to play, there is a fifth card in the "Next:" slot. Once the player has played a card, the card in the "Next" slot will replace the card that was just played. In turn, another card will take the place in the "Next" slot. The player should consider not only the 4 cards in their hand but also the 5th card in the "Next" slot when planning an attack.
If multiple cards are played in quick succession, new cards won't immediately fill the hand. When a new card enters the "Next" slot, it will have a 2-second cooldown before it can enter the hand (it is reduced to 1 second when Elixir production is doubled).
Once a card is played, it will not reappear until every other card in your Battle Deck has been drawn. In practice, this means that you will redraw each card after playing exactly any three other cards after it.
The player can save up to three battle decks using the numbered buttons in the top right corner of the battle deck interface.
The selected deck is the one that will be taken into battle, so check it out before starting a match.
Combat and Damage
Troops will automatically engage the nearest enemy of their target category if any such enemies are in its aggro range. The aggro range varies by troop and is not revealed in the troop's official stats. Once engaged, the troop will automatically follow and attack that target as long as possible. If no target is found, they will advance towards the nearest enemy Crown Tower.
Defensive buildings work just like troops, but they can't move and lose health over time, so they have a time limit, even if undamaged by the opponent.
If a card does Area Damage, it can affect multiple targets at once. "Normal" damage is dealt to a single target.
Any negative effect the player deals (damage, slowing down, immobilization) will not affect their own troops or buildings. Because of this, firing ranged weapons, bombs, or spells into a melee fight can be a very powerful and effective strategy.
Similarly, any positive effect you deal (enraging) will not affect opponent's troops or buildings.
It is entirely possible that two opposing troops destroy each other simultaneously. This usually happens when two of the same troop, both with the same level, encounter each other.
Some spells deal damage when they are played. These will do 40% damage to Crown Towers.
The Miner also deals 40% damage to Crown Towers and is the only troop that does so.
When dealing damage with a spell, the player must aim it correctly. Most spells have a delay before they hit, so hitting moving targets can get tricky.
Arena Towers will also fire upon enemies, and their range approximately reaches the river in the middle of the arena. This gives the defender an additional edge in the fighting. For more information, visit the Crown Towers page.
The player's King Tower will also fire at enemies, but only after it is damaged, or an Arena Tower is destroyed. It takes several seconds for the King to pull out his cannon and start shooting.
Despite having a cannon, it deals less damage than the Arena Towers and has less range, but more health.
In order to win, the player must destroy more Crown Towers than their opponent.
If the opponent's King Tower is destroyed, the player wins automatically.
It is entirely possible, but very rare, for the player and the opponent to destroy each other's King's Tower at exactly the same time, resulting in a 3 crown draw.
Usually, the player must destroy at least 1 of the Arena Towers in order to proceed to damaging the King Tower.
This doesn't happen if two buildings are placed in front of the King's Tower, as a building targeting troop such as a Balloon will target the King's Tower after destroying these two buildings. This puts the opponent at a disadvantage as the death damage of a Ballon or a hit landed by a Hog Rider can activate the King's Cannon, once again giving a significant advantage.
The player can also directly target the King's Tower with the Rocket (or any other spell that does damage, or the Miner), though this usually won't destroy it.
The spells will damage at a reduced damage.
The game will continue for 3 minutes. When the timer reaches 0, then the player who has destroyed more Crown Towers wins. Elixir generation is doubled after the first two minutes.
If both players have destroyed an equal number of Crown Towers at the 3-minute mark, a one minute overtime with sudden death starts. In overtime, the first player to destroy any tower immediately wins.
It sometimes (although extremely rarely) happens that both players destroy an Arena Tower at exactly the same moment in overtime. In this case, the overtime continues.
If the overtime also runs out, the game will end with a draw and neither player will gain or lose any of their Trophies, nor will they receive any Chests or Gold for the game.
After a multiplayer battle, the Crowns earned go towards the player's Crown Chest, if they have one available, which needs ten Crowns to be opened.
This crown chest level depends on the arena in which it is opened, regardless of where the 10th crown was earned.
They also go to the player's clan's clan chest, if the player is in a clan and the clan chest is activated. It requires the clan to gain 100 crowns in total at minimum for the clan to be eligible for reward.
The winner will receive Trophies, Gold, and any Chest (excluding the Free, Crown, and Tournament Chest).
If the player does not have an open Chest slot, they will not receive a Chest. They can still receive Gold, however.
If the player has already won 20 times throughout the course of the day, they will not receive Gold for subsequent wins until the next day.
On 1/11/16, an update allowed players to mute their opponent, and the Overtime music was changed to techno music.
You can only use the taunt button 14 times per game.
This can be bypassed by closing and then reopening the game.
The most expensive deck possible has an average Elixir cost of 7.0, while the cheapest deck possible has an average Elixir cost of 1.7.
If you have just begun playing the game, you can actually make a deck with under eight cards if you do not have eight cards yet.
You can drag all 4 of your cards into the battle field at the same time if you have the required elixir. Nevertheless, doing so is difficult. It is likely you may accidentally release one of your fingers while doing so.