Clash Royale Balance Changes Update (December 3rd, 2018)

New balance changes are here in Clash Royale, with a buff coming to cards like the archers and the giant snowball and nerfs coming for the electro-dragon and barbarian barrel. This balancing update will be released December 3rd, 2018 in Clash Royale, with 9 different nerfs and buffs coming. Here are all the balance changes coming to the December 2018 balancing update to Clash Royale!

As always, nerfs will be listed in red, while buffs are in blue.

  • Electro Dragon: Hitpoints -5%, First attack slower
  • Royal Recruits: Elixir Cost decreased 8 -> 7, Hit Speed slower 1.2 -> 1.3
  • Barbarian Barrel: Damage -5%
  • Tesla: First attack faster
  • Archers: Damage +2.5%, Hitpoints -1%
  • Ice Wizard: Damage +10%, Hitpoints -11%
  • Giant Snowball: Damage +14%
  • *Freeze: Duration 5sec, Deals Area Damage
  • *Elixir Collector: No longer appears in opening hands

*=Coming on December 5th

Clash Royale December 2018 Balance Changes Update

Balance Changes Nerfs

The two big nerfs that are coming in the December balance changes are that to the electro dragon and barbarian barrel. Both epic cards have been close to OP lately, so it will be nice to see a big nerf to the electro-dragon and a smaller nerf to the barbarian barrel. Along with these two, the elixir collector will no longer appear in opening hands, which is a huge change that won’t allow players to gain such a big elixir lead early on.

Balance Changes Buffs

There are quite a few buffs in these balance changes, unlike the nerfs. First off, the royal recruits are finally getting the 7 elixir cost that was so often talked about. For unknown reasons, the tesla is also getting a buff, with a faster first attack. Archers, after being beat out by the dart goblin, will be getting a small 2.5% damage increase while the HP nerf is for interaction consistency. I’m going to call the ice wizard change a buff, since 10% more damage is better than a reduction in HP, since fireball still can’t take him out. While the barbarian barrel is on the decline, giant snowball is coming up, with a huge 14% damage increase. Lastly, the freeze change coming on December 5th, seems like a buff, with it now acting like poison and damaging troops that are frozen!

Overall, I’m really happy with these balance changes, especially the nerfs to barbarian barrel and electro-dragon. Some cards needed a buff that weren’t touched, but at least recruits will finally be viable again. Thanks for reading and comment below what your first impressions are of these December balance changes!

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14 thoughts on “Clash Royale Balance Changes Update (December 3rd, 2018)

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  6. you should make cards that are getting both buffed and nerfed purple (sorry if this appears twice, I thought the comment was glitching and didn’t work)


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