Friendly Battles are practice matches where one can compete with friends and clanmates.
Friendly Battles give no rewards and have some special conditions.
Friendly Battle is a feature that allows you to battle someone within your Clan, or against friends in your Friends list from Facebook or Game Center.
To start a Friendly Battle, simply tap on the orange "Friendly Battle" button on the top-right of the Clan screen. You will be prompted to leave a message and choose the arena to battle in (you can choose any one up to and including the one you're in) before sending the request for the Friendly Battle. If you do not change anything, it will default to the message "Can you beat me?" and the arena that you're currently in.
Once you have left a message, your request for the Friendly Battle will appear in the Clan Chat or in your Friends list. You can cancel this request anytime before another player accepts the request. Once another player accepts this request, the battle immediately starts.
While your request for Friendly Battle is active, you cannot change between screens (i.e. you cannot enter the Shop, Cards, Battle and Tournament screens).
If you are not participating in a Friendly Battle, you can watch one live by clicking on the "Spectate" button on the Friendly Battle message that will appear on the screen during a Friendly Battle.
Once watching, there is a special view, where you see 8 spaces for cards, which are flipped over, showing the cards that the players have already used - you cannot see a specific card until they have used it. You can also cheer for a player by clicking on a confetti button on their side of the screen that will make a small amount of confetti pop out there.
There is a number next to an eye, showing how many clanmates are spectating the match live.
Tournament Standard Rules apply to Friendly Battles, but as well as being capped, cards levels are matched even if the card is below the standard level. These are known as Friendly Rules. The rules are as follows:
The same update also introduced Tournament Rules to Friendly Battles.
On 3/5/16, the May 2016 Update improved Friendly Battles by adding the ability to watch one live. Previously, you could only watch a replay after the battle had ended.
On 19/9/16, the September 2016 Update allowed players to conduct Friendly Battles against their own friends from their friend list, even if their friends were not in their clan. It also changed the Clan tab's name to the Social tab, and modified the icon.
On 1/11/16, the November 2016 Update leveled up cards and Kings to Tournament Standard in a Friendly Battle (this modified standard was named Friendly Rules) and made players unable to see the Elixir of their friend's opponent while spectating them.