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“It's a Skeleton party in the sky, until all the balloons pop... then it's a Skeleton party on the ground!”

The Skeleton Barrel card is unlocked from Builders Workshop (Arena 6). The Skeleton Barrel is a flying, building-targeting troop that drops a group of skeletons once it is destroyed or reaches a building, similar to the Battle Ram. A Skeleton Barrel card costs 3 Elixir to deploy. It is a black, spiked barrel tied to three team-colored balloons. The barrel has a white painted skull on the front of it.

Strategy

  • Even though the Barrel won't reach the Princess Tower by itself, the Skeletons will deal massive damage to the tower even when sent in alone.
  • The Log or Zap are the best spells to counter the Skeleton Barrel since the Barrel itself doesn't deal damage and these cheap spells can destroy all of the skeletons. Make sure to cast the Log or Zap a bit after the Skeleton Barrel is destroyed, as it takes a second for the Skeleton Barrel to fall to the ground and the Skeletons to appear.
  • Unlike a Goblin Barrel or Lava Hound, the Skeletons will only spawn when the the barrel falls to the ground and splits open. During this 1-second animation, neither the barrel or nor the skeletons are considered as entities so casting the Zap too early will miss the skeletons.
  • Because the Skeleton Barrel is quite durable, it can be used to tank for other units. For example, the Skeleton Barrel could tank for a Lumberjack. If he dies, the skeletons will deal significantly more damage because of the Lumberjack's subsequent Rage spell.
  • The Skeleton Barrel excels at distracting an Inferno Tower since the Skeleton Barrel targets buildings and drops several skeletons which the Inferno Tower cannot effectively defeat on its own. This can force out a card that the opponent doesn't want to play, such as a Valkyrie or Zap.

History

  • On 31/10/17, the Skeleton Barrel became obtainable by achieving 9 wins in the Halloween Draft Challenge.
  • From 11/11/17 through 14/11/17, the Shop has a special offer that Arena 6+ players can buy up to six Giant Chests at the normal price that guarantee at least 40% of total cards (or 50% of all common cards) to be Skeleton Barrel.
  • The Skeleton Barrel was added to the game on 17/11/2017.
  • On 12/12/17, a Balance Update allowed the Skeleton Barrel to deal Death Damage.

Trivia

  • The Skeleton Barrel was playable in the Mirror Challenge on 17/10/17, before its release date, as an unintended glitch. Supercell fixed this glitch with a maintenance break.
  • The Skeleton Barrel is one of the 11 cards associated with Skeletons, including the Skeletons, Bomber, Skeleton Army, Witch, Tombstone, Bomb Tower, Giant Skeleton, Balloon, Guards, and Graveyard. The Bomber and the Graveyard are the only ones among them not given as one-time rewards in the Halloween Draft Challenge.
  • The Skeleton Barrel has the same deploying sound as the Balloon.
  • The Skeleton Barrel has the same number of hitpoints as an equal level Barbarian.
  • The Skeleton Barrel and the Royal Giant are the only Common Cards that only target Buildings.
  • The Skeleton Barrel loses one balloon for each one third of its total hitpoints depleted. That means a Cloned Skeleton Barrel only has one Balloon to start with. These balloons do not regenerate if a Heal is used to bring the Skeleton Barrel up to at least one-third (or two-thirds) health.
  • The Skeleton Barrel's visual appearance resembles Clash of Clans's Air Bombs and its projectiles. However, they function very differently.
  • The Skeleton Barrel's Death Damage is the same as a Skeleton at equal level.

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Speed
Icons stats speed
Deploy Time
DeployTime
Target
Icons stats target
Skeleton Count
Icons stats troop count
Transport
MovementMethodIcon
Type
CardTypeIcon
Rarity
RarityIcon
3Medium (60)1 secBuildingsx8AirTroopCommon
Level
LevelIcon
Hitpoints
Icons stats hp
Death Damage
Death damage
Skeleton level
LevelIcon
1300321
2330352
3363383
4399424
5438465
6480516
7528567
8579618
9636679
106997410
117688111
128438912
139279813