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"Troop building that periodically deploys Skeletons to fight the enemy. When destroyed, spawns 4 Skeletons. Creepy!"

Summary

  • The Tombstone is unlocked from the Bone Pit (Arena 2).
  • It is a spawner building that spawns a Skeleton every 2.9 seconds.
  • The Tombstone also deploys 4 extra Skeletons upon its destruction.
  • A Tombstone card costs 3 Elixir to deploy.

Strategy

  • The spawned Skeletons are very good at distracting high damage, slow hit speed enemy units, such as the P.E.K.K.A., the Prince, the Mini P.E.K.K.A., and the Giant Skeleton. This is especially effective against units which target buildings, such as the Giant and Golem — the Skeletons spawned after the Tombstone's destruction can heavily damage if not destroy the unit.
    • It can also distract other units for a while, such as the Princess or Mortar.
    • If a Royal Giant is locked on a tower, the player can use the Tombstone to push the Royal Giant so it switches to the Tombstone. This cannot be done with any defensive building as they don't have a large enough hitbox to push the Royal Giant but works with the Tombstone because the spawned Skeletons have enough hitbox space to push the Royal Giant.
    • For more effectiveness, the Tombstone can be placed near the center of the player's territory so that the troops are drawn further away from the Crown Tower. They will be distracted by the Skeletons and be unable to target the Crown Tower. Also, both of the Crown Towers will be able to attack the troops. The defending Towers, in collaboration with the Tombstone, can defeat them quickly.
  • The Tombstone can spawn up to 18 Skeletons, of which 14 are spawned normally over the lifetime of the Tombstone, and then 4 more when it is destroyed. This would cost at least 4 Elixir. Considering that a Skeleton Army costing 3 Elixir spawns 15 Skeletons in total, playing a Tombstone would profit 3 Skeletons, but note that they don't spawn all at once!
  • Do not place this card in a lane offensively without any support since the Skeletons it spawns get destroyed by Crown Towers with 1 shot and do not function well as cover troops.
  • An easy counter to this card is the Fireball which can instantly or almost instantly destroy the Tombstone. However, this is a negative Elixir trade unless other troops or buildings are also damaged.

History

  • The Tombstone card was added with Clash Royale's soft launch on 4/1/16.
  • On 9/2/16, the Chest Rewards & Card Balance Update decreased the spawned Skeletons when destroyed to 4 (from 6).
  • On 19/2/16, a Balance Update decreased its lifetime to 40 sec (from 60 sec).
  • On 18/5/16, a Balance Update increased the Skeletons' hitpoints and damage by 5%. In addition, the hitpoints of the Tombstone were increased by 10%.
  • On 4/7/16, a Tournaments Update increased the Tombstone's hitpoints by 9%.
  • On 24/8/16, a Balance Update increased the Tombstone's spawn speed to 2.5 sec (from 2.9 sec). Between this change and the next, it spawned 16 Skeletons instead of 14.
  • On 30/11/16, a Balance Update decreased the Tombstone's spawn speed back to 2.9 sec.

Trivia

  • The Tombstone is one of the 10 cards associated with Skeletons, including the Skeletons, Bomber, Skeleton Army, Witch, Bomb Tower, Giant Skeleton, Balloon, Guards, and Graveyard.
  • The Tombstone and the Cannon are the cheapest buildings, costing only 3 Elixir. The Tombstone is also the cheapest spawner.
  • The Tombstone's appearance is inspired by the Halloween Headstone obstacle from Clash of Clans.
  • The Tombstone is the building with the lowest health. Even Arrows can significantly damage the Tombstone.
  • The Tombstone has the fastest spawn rate out of all of the spawner cards.
  • This building loses the least hitpoints per second, at 12.8 hitpoints per second at max level.
  • If three Skeletons cost 1 Elixir and the Tombstone costs 3, the Tombstone needs to spawn at least 6 Skeletons before its destruction to be worth more than the three Skeletons.
  • It is one of the three Skeleton-spawners, the others being the Witch and the Graveyard.

Statistics

Cost
Elixir
Spawn Speed
Icons stats deploy time
Target
Icons stats target
Deploy Time
DeployTime
Lifetime
Icons stats deploy time
Type
CardTypeIcon
Rarity
RarityIcon
32.9 secGround1 sec40 secBuildingRare
Level
LevelIcon
Hitpoints
Icons stats hp
Skeleton level
LevelIcon
12403
22644
32905
43196
53507
63848
74229
846210
950811
1055812
1161413

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