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"Fast melee troop that targets buildings and can jump over the river. He followed the echoing call of "Hog Riderrrrr" all the way through the arena doors."

Summary

  • The Hog Rider is unlocked from the P.E.K.K.A.'s Playhouse (Arena 4).
  • He is a fast building-targeting, melee troop with both moderate hitpoints and damage.
  • A Hog Rider card costs 4 Elixir to deploy.
  • He appears just like his Clash of Clans counterpart; a man with brown eyebrows, beard, and a mohawk, a golden body piercing in his left ear, riding a hog.

Strategy

  • With his high amount of damage, the Hog Rider can be placed with a high hitpoint card, such as the Giant, to distract enemy troops or with support units such as Goblins, dealing lots of damage. However, you can counter this combo with the Skeleton Army, Barbarians, or a Minion Horde.
  • Note that due to the fact that Giants and other tanks occupy a lot of space in the Arena, you may have problems with the Hog Rider getting to the Crown Tower due to the large troop blocking the Tower in front of him.
  • The Hog Rider in conjunction with the Freeze can be extremely effective. Firstly, the Hog Rider is spawned, and if the opponent spawns troops to defend the Tower, cast the Freeze. As the Freeze freezes the defending troops & Crown Tower, and the Hog Rider will remain unhindered to attack the enemy's Tower. It is also recommended to drop cheap ranged troops or Goblins to go with the hog in order to deal additional tower damage and lighten the counterattack that will support the frozen troops. However, the opponent can first use a building to distract the Hog Rider, then put down troops once you Freeze the building and tower.
  • The Hog Rider only attacks buildings. This means that it can easily be distracted by building cards, but he can also help out by destroying them. A Cannon is a good counter as it can pull the Hog Rider away, distracting it and giving the towers ample time to damage or kill him. Tombstone is also effective as the spawned skeletons can damage the Hog, but can often be more easily countered.
  • When there are buildings placed in the middle to counter the Hog Rider, understanding the placement of the Hog Rider and the type of building placed can help your Hog Rider to bypass certain buildings.
    • Passive buildings such as spawners and Elixir Collector have a larger hitbox than defensive buildings; which means that: if a passive building was placed 3 tiles away from the river in the middle of your opponent's side, then it is impossible for your Hog Rider to bypass that placement as the Hog Rider will get pulled to that building.
    • Defensive buildings have a smaller hitbox than a Passive Building; which means if that: if a defensive building was placed 3 tiles away from the river in the middle of your opponent's side, and depending on how it is placed, the Hog Rider will be able to bypass a defensive building due to its smaller hitbox.
    • If a defensive building is placed 3 tiles away from the river, and one tile to the left of the center, then you should place the Hog Rider right at the edge of the river and vice versa for a building placed one tile to the right of the center.
  • A Tornado placed in front of your King's Tower when a Hog Rider is approaching one of the Crown Towers can activate your King's Tower, helping you in defense.
  • He can also clear a key defense or front-placed Elixir Collector for a future push.
  • If the opponent places an Elixir Collector far back in the middle in front of the King's Tower, the hog can be deployed on the river, and he will jump the river and go straight for it. However, it is important to keep in mind that this placement puts him in the kill zone, where both Arena Towers can target him.
  • A very powerful combo is the Hog Rider, the Musketeer, and the Valkyrie. The Musketeer is for dealing damage to buildings, the Valkyrie is for protecting the Musketeer and Hog Rider from mass troops (i.e. Skeleton Army, Spear Goblins) as well as building shots, and the Hog Rider is used to deal damage for the tower.
    • This combination of troops is dubbed the Trifecta by the community.
    • This can be effectively countered by Lightning, killing the Musketeer and severely damaging both the Valkyrie and Hog Rider. Minion Horde is also effective, but the enemy can Zap them and the Musketeer will one shot them all. Even if the Musketeer is killed, the Hog Rider and Valkyrie will have enough time to severely damage the Tower.
    • Make sure you place the Hog Rider behind the Valkyrie to give it a boost so that it stays in front of the Hog Rider, protecting it.
    • A P.E.K.K.A. easily counters this for a massive 5 positive elixir trade and a possible chance for a counterattack.
  • Pair the Hog Rider up with Skeletons, Goblins, Zap, or Fire Spirits for a cheap and quick assault that can deal very high damage if not well-countered.
  • Both Goblins and Fire Spirits can compliment the Hog Rider's very fast move speed. Melee Goblins and Fire Spirits can be devastating since they offer high damage, but are however susceptible to splash that can hit the Hog and supporting units at the same time. The Ice Spirit is also devastating since it can freeze the Arena Tower, but is does not offer as much damage. Spear Goblins are also great since they are ranged and chip away from a safe distance when facing splash units, and hence they're less vulnerable to splash units.
  • If a Goblin Barrel is deployed directly before the Hog Rider, they will distract the Crown Tower while the Hog Rider deals damage. This can also be useful in the reverse. The Hog Rider can act as a tank for the Goblins so that the Goblins can deal great damage.
  • Sending out a Miner right before the Hog Rider is sent can be an effective combo. As the tower is distracted by the Miner, the Hog Rider can deal extra damage.
  • Pairing the Hog Rider with the Balloon can deal devastating damage. If executed properly, the Hog Rider will act as a tank while the Balloon deals damage, and the Hog Rider can also destroy any buildings attempting to slow down the combo. Remember that this combo is very vulnerable to the Minion Horde, as neither of the troops target anything but buildings. Plus, it is easy to separate, since the Hog is very fast and the Balloon quite slow.
  • Barbarians, Elite Barbarians, and the Skeleton Army can also be used to counter it, but be careful because the Hog Rider may be backed up by area-damage troops, such as the Bomber, or spells, such as the Fireball or Zap.
  • The Hog Rider can kite any troop that does not attack buildings due to its very fast speed and placement.

History

  • The Hog Rider was added with Clash Royale's soft launch on 4/1/16.
  • On 21/6/16, a Balance Update decreased the Hog Rider's damage by 6%.

Trivia

  • The Hog Rider is the only ground card that possesses the ability to jump across the separating area in the middle of the Arena.
  • His description is based on the Clash of Clans commercial, Ride of the Hog Riders.
  • When he is deployed, he yells "Hog Rider!" similar to how the Clash of Clans Hog Rider does in the commercial.
  • The Hog Rider is based on its identical counterpart in Clash of Clans, given that both of them can jump over obstacles that normal ground units are unable to.
  • Although in the description of the Hog Rider the middle separating area is referred to as a "river", in Bone Pit and Builder's Workshop there is no water in the separating area.
  • When he is jumping over the river, he cannot be targeted by any troops or buildings. However, if he was already targeted by an Inferno Tower or Inferno Dragon, he would receive damage when he jumps over the river.
  • Alike Clash of Clans, the Hog Rider wears a gold earring on his left ear.
  • Two Hog Rider statues can be seen in Hog Mountain (Arena 10) behind the enemy's King's Tower, which explains the name change of this Arena.
  • When jumping over the river, the Hog Rider can jump over The Log. This also means that defenses that only attack ground will have to retarget if the Hog Rider jumps over the river.

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Hit Speed
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Speed
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Deploy Time
DeployTime
Range
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Target
Icons stats target
Count
Icons stats troop count
Transport
MovementMethodIcon
Type
CardTypeIcon
Rarity
RarityIcon
41.5 secVery Fast (120)1 secMeleeBuildingsx1GroundTroopRare
Level
LevelIcon
Hitpoints
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Damage
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Damage per second
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1800150100
2880165110
3968181120
41,064199132
51,168219146
61,280240160
71,408264176
81,544289192
91,696318212
101,864349232
112,048384256