Top 7 Epic Cards (January 2017)

These are the seven best epic cards in the game, and the ones that should be in your deck. While epics may not be as good as commons or rares, they still provide a huge influence on the game, especially in the lower arenas. If you haven’t read other Top X Cards for each rarity, make sure to check them out as well.

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This is a 3rd part in our 7 best cards series that will be completely published in Jan 2017. Next up will be top 7 Legendary cards, but here we will concentrate on best epic cards to have in your deck this year! We will update this guide and Supercell makes updates to the game and meta changes.

See also our roundups of best cards to have in your deck and play in 2017

Top 7 Common cards in Clash Royale
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With that said, let’s get started with BEST EPIC Cards for 2017!

Best Epic Cards in 2017

7. Lightning

Description: “Bolts of lightning damage and stun up to three enemy troops or buildings with the most hitpoints in the target area. Reduced damage to Crown Towers.”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Count: x3
  • Stun Duration: 0.5 Seconds
  • Damage: 864
  • Damage per Second: 346
  • Radius: 3.5

Conclusion: The lightning spell is deadly, and with the added stun effect, it has become even better. Capable of taking out several glass cannons that are so common in today’s meta such as the mega minion or the musketeer, it provides great value for only six spell.

Try to lightning a big push so that you eliminate most of the damage dealing troops.

6. Giant Skeleton

Description: “The bigger the skeleton, the bigger the bomb. Carries a bomb that blows up when the Giant Skeleton dies.”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Hit-points: 2660
  • Damage Per Second: 114
  • Damage: 172
  • Death Damage: 957
  • Hit Speed: 1.5 Second
  • Targets: Ground
  • Speed: Medium
  • Range: Melee
  • Deploy Time: 1 Second

Conlcusion: While the giant skeleton hasn’t really ever found its place in the meta, it has its own niche where it can be very effective. It can stop pushes in their tracks and can decimate a tower if not dealt with quickly enough.

One cool strategy with the giant skeleton is to clone it; this way, the cloned giant skeleton’s bomb will deal with the troops in the original’s path.


5. Goblin Barrel

Description: “Spawns three Goblins anywhere in the Arena. It’s going to be a thrilling ride, boys!”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Radius: 1.5
  • Goblin Level: 9
  • Goblin Count: x3

Conclusion: The goblin barrel is a great card, capable of dealing insane damage. Try to distract the tower with a tank like a giant, and then deploy your goblin barrel when they aren’t ready for it.

Keep on moving around your placement, so your opponent can’t prediction zap it (try throwing in the corner).


4. Golem

Description: “Slow but durable, only attacks buildings. When destroyed, explosively splits into two Golemites and deals area damage!”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Hit-points: 4256
  • Damage Per Second: 103
  • Damage: 259
  • Death Damage: 259
  • Golemite Level: 4
  • Hit Speed: 2.5 Seconds
  • Targets: Buildings
  • Speed: Slow
  • Range: Melee
  • Deploy Time: 3 Second

Conclusion: The tankiest troop in the entire game, the golem provides a huge “rock shield” for your other troops. Combined with the recent update that allows it to kill minions and air troops, the golem is one of the best cards in the game.

Combine with an electro wizard for a great combo.

3. Guards

Description: “Three ruthless bone brothers with shields. Knock off their shields and all that’s left are three ruthless bone brothers.”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Hit-points: 86
  • Shield Hit-points: 199
  • Damage per Second: 71
  • Damage: 86
  • Hit Speed: 1.2 Seconds
  • Targets: Ground
  • Speed: Fast
  • Range: Melee
  • Deploy Time: 1 Second
  • Count: x3

Conclusion: The guards are a hard counter for all glass cannons, and they provide a great counter for the Sparky. Similar to goblins, but with the added health of the shield, they can also be used offensively like with a pig push.

If confronted with a valkyrie, the guards’ spears actually allow them to out-range the valkyrie when she is attacking another target.


2. Bowler

Description: “This big blue dude digs the simple things in life – Dark Elixir drinks and throwing rocks. His massive boulders roll through their target, hitting everything behind for a strike!”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Hit-points: 1596
  • Damage Per Second: 95
  • Area Damage: 239
  • Hit Speed: 2.5 Seconds
  • Targets: Ground
  • Speed: Slow
  • Range: 5
  • Deploy Time: 1 Second

Conclusion: The bowler is the most annoying card in the game, but his pesky attack mechanism makes him one of the best cards in the game. Capable of shutting down a troop before it can reach the bowler itself is one of his strong suits due to his knockback effect.

This defensive capability makes him the second best epic in the game.

1. Skeleton Army

Description: “Summons an army of skeletons. Meet Larry and his friends Harry, Gerry, Terry, Mary, etc.”

Stats at Tournament Level:

  • Skeleton Level: 9
  • Skeleton Count: x16
  • Deploy Time: 1 Second

Conclusion: Previously one of the worst cards in the game, the skeleton army has finally entered the meta due to the new upgrade (lower elixir cost and increased skeleton level). It’s one of the few counter to elite barbarians, and it provides an unexpected attack for most opponents.

Used in a zap/arrow bait deck (goblin barrel, skeleton army, princess), the skeleton army can be lethal.

Conclusion: These are the seven best epic cards in the game in my opinion. I prefer commons and rares to epics. In fact, I don’t have any epics in my deck, but epics are good if you can level them up high enough. Even with the Epic Sunday request feature, epics are still extremely difficult to level up. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to get them to tournament level. With free gems, you can easily level up your cards and maybe even get a few legendaries in the process. Just download FreeMyApps through this link, and start downloading apps to make money. It’s quick, safe, and easy.

Lastly check out our Legendary, Super Magical, Epic Chests Cycle guide, to find out you you can get these chests, and have better cards!

As always, hope you enjoyed and keep on clashing!


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