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Dark Prince

“Dealing area damage with each swing and double after charging, the Dark Prince is a formidable fighter. To harm his squishy core, break his shield first.”


  • The Dark Prince is unlocked from the Royal Arena (Arena 7).
  • He is an area damage, melee troop with both moderate high hitpoints and damage, and has a shield in addition to his normal health.
  • He has a special ability: as the Dark Prince continues to run, after 2 seconds, he will gain speed and will charge up. Upon hitting a troop or building, he will deal 2× damage while immediately losing the speed bonus. However, he can regain it if he starts to move again and does not encounter another enemy for another 2 seconds. Note that his charge attack has a 360º effect, like a Valkyrie, but his normal attacks are directional like a Wizard or Baby Dragon.
  • A Dark Prince card costs 4 Elixir to deploy.
  • The Dark Prince takes an appearance as a man in black armor, with his shining blue eyes, eyebrows, and nose visible, and a part of his neck as well. He carries a spiked club and wooden shield and rides a pony the same breed as its counterpart, the Prince.


  • When fighting an opposing Dark Prince, an effective counter is to place a unit to tank its charge attack, such as a Knight. However, unlike the Prince, a high hitpoint troop is much more effective to counter the Dark Prince than deploying low hitpoint units to counter the card, as the Dark Prince deals area damage. Even if the player surrounds him, his 360º charge attack will kill them all.
  • Excess damage from destroying the Dark Prince’s shield will not affect his actual hitpoints. For instance, if the Dark Prince has 200 shield hitpoints, and a Lightning does 650 damage to him, the extra 450 damage will be completely negated. The same concept applies to Guards, as they also have shields.
  • The Dark Prince is effective at stopping the Prince’s charge attack. Due to his shield having a separate health bar from himself, it will absorb the Prince’s charging attack, while Dark Prince is still alive.
  • Even though the Dark Prince deals notably less damage than the Prince, it is a good idea to take care of him before he reaches the tower as he can still deal a considerable amount of damage to the player’s tower.
  • When defending against a Dark Prince, keep in mind that his charge strike will deal damage in a 360-degree radius, so it is effective to use a Zap to stun him and then surround him with troops such as Goblin Gang, Skeleton Army or Barbarians.
  • If timed correctly, the Dark Prince’s charge attack can take out all 3 Goblins in a Goblin Barrel.
  • An attacking Dark Prince in affiliation with the Prince is immensely effective. The Dark Prince can eliminate opposing low hitpoint troops while the Prince charges towards the enemy Tower, unhindered. This is known as the Double Prince combo and is also frequently used with the P.E.K.K.A.
    • Because the Prince and Dark Prince cannot attack air units, this would be very vulnerable to a Minion Horde.
    • This strategy can be shut down with an Inferno Tower paired with swarm cards, a tank and high-damage troop combo or by luring the troops to the middle. This lets both Arena Towers engage the pair, annihilating them. If you kite them fa enough, they may do a lane swap and target the completely wrong Tower!
    • The player can also counter the P.E.K.K.A. Double Prince Combo with a cycle deck or by being very aggressive; however, they will need to adjust their play style or splash units will defeat your cycle deck, easily.
    • In tournament standards, dark prince’s shield can absorb 2 hits from elite barbarians, so if placed behind the tower immediately when the elite barbarians were spawned, he can charge the elite barbarians, after charging, place the ice spirit behind the elite barbarians will stop them hurting the dark prince while he destroys the elite barbarians, it will work too if the elite barbarians were 6 levels higher than dark prince, but much less effective as his shield can only absorb 1 shot, and will take longer to kill them.


  • The Dark Prince has notably fewer hitpoints than the Prince of equal level, which is strange due to his heavy armor. Note, however, that the Dark Prince is protected by a shield. However, even if the shield hitpoints are added, the Dark Prince still has fewer hitpoints than the Prince of equal level.
  • Similar to the Knight and Mega Minion, the Dark Prince drops various items when being attacked. When his shield is broken, it falls to the floor. When he is killed, his mace follows in pursuit.
  • The Dark Prince’s voice and battle cry are muffled, most likely because he wears a full-face helmet. This is referenced by his description which says that “when he does talk, it sounds like he has a bucket on his head”.
  • The Dark Prince and its counterpart ride the same breed of horse, as stated on Clash Royale’s Official Website
  • He seems to wear a chain mail similar to the Knight’s under his armor.
  • Dark Prince and the Guards are the only 2 cards to have a shield along with their own health. Although the Battle Ram has similar functionality, as the Ram acts somewhat like a shield.
  • The Dark Prince and the Valkyrie are the only melee troops that deal area damage.
  • The Prince, Battle Ram, Dark Prince, and Bandit are the only troop cards in the game that have varying attack damage and speed (not including death damage like that of the Giant Skeleton). The Dark Prince is the only card other than death damage cards to have two types of attack; a normal splash like the Wizard, and a 360-degree one like the Valkyrie.
  • Similar to the witch, the dark prince has also being buff multiple times, improving his status repeatedly


Hit Speed Speed Deploy Time Range Target Cost Count Rarity Type
1.5 sec Medium 1 sec Melee Ground 4 x1 Epic Troop


Icons stats hp
Shield Hitpoints
Shield hitpoint
Area Damage
Icons stats dmg area
Charge Damage
Icons stats boost
Damage per second
Icons stats dmg dps
1 735 200 145 290 96
2 808 220 159 319 106
3 889 242 175 350 116
4 977 266 192 385 128
5 1,073 292 211 423 140
6 1,176 320 232 464 154
7 1,293 352 255 510 170
8 1,418 386 279 559 186
Dark Prince
Article Name
Dark Prince
The Dark Prince is unlocked from the Royal Arena (Arena 7).
Publisher Name
Clash Royale

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