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Goblin Barrel

Spawns three Goblins anywhere on the Arena. It’s going to be a thrilling ride, boys!


  • The Goblin Barrel is unlocked from the Goblin Stadium (Arena 1).
  • It is a spell that launches a barrel from the player’s King’s Tower.
  • Upon impact, the barrel breaks open and unleashes three Goblins.
  • A Goblin Barrel card costs 3 Elixir to deploy.


  • If left ignored, the Goblin Barrel will do significantly more damage on a tower than an equivalent level Rocket. At tournament standard, the Goblins will stab a Crown Tower seven times, dealing 742 damage.
  • The Goblins from the Goblin Barrel have high damage per second, but relatively low hitpoints. If placed accordingly with units that have high hitpoints that will distract the Crown Tower and any defending units, the Goblin Barrel can deal extremely high damage in a relatively short amount of time.
    • The above strategy also works vice versa. If you have a troop that deals high damage but has moderate or even low health, deploy the Goblin Barrel first and then drop the troop. This strategy is effective with Hog Riders or even Mini P.E.K.K.A.s. The Goblin Barrel will draw enemy fire while the other troop easily destroys the opposing Crown Tower.
    • As Goblins have relatively low hitpoints, they can quickly be eliminated by Crown Towers. When using a Goblin Barrel to attack a King’s Tower, either distract or destroy the Towers to prevent your Goblins from being destroyed.
  • Arrows and The Log can be used to shut down a Goblin Barrel.
    • Zap is tied with The Log and Fire Spirits for cheapest spell counter to the Goblin Barrel, however, if the Zap is the same level as the spawned Goblins, then the Goblins will survive with a sliver of health, allowing them to continue to do damage. They will get 2-3 stabs in if your Zap leaves them with a sliver of health.
    • Do not play the counter spell too early, as early spells have no effect on the Goblins, and Zap and Arrows have a very short cast time.
    • However, seasoned players can cast the Goblin Barrel in the far corner of the opposing territory, out of the radius of the defending player’s Arrows instinctively cast “on” the Crown Tower. This allows the Goblins to survive, so you’ll have to react accordingly to their Goblin Barrel placements.
    • The Log is more effective than Zap to counter Goblin Barrels, as a Lvl 1 Log can counter all non-maxed out Goblin Barrels and it can hit troops in front of the Goblin Barrel as well.
  • If no other spells are readily available, the player can use cheap distracting troops and/or area damaging troops such as Bombers, Fire Spirits, or Skeletons to prevent the spawned Goblins from dealing severe damage to their intended target.
  • Fire Spirits are a good counter to the Goblin Barrel, as they will shut down most, if not all, of the Goblins for a positive Elixir trade.
  • As the description says, the Goblin Barrel can be launched anywhere, allowing players to finish off buildings they cannot reach. However, it is easily countered with spells and area damage troops.
  • The Goblin Barrel can be used to force the opponent to use their Arrows, Zap, or other area damage spells, allowing the player to swarm their opponent with cards such as the Skeleton Army and Minion Horde. However, this strategy can backfire if the opponent has some splash damage troops or a Mirror.
  • The Mirror can be used in affiliation with this card to do extra damage on Crown Towers. However this move is very risky since if your opponent has area damage spell cards like The Log or Arrows they will easily counter it, putting you at an Elixir disadvantage.
  • If placed correctly, the Tornado can pull the Goblins from the barrel to the King’s Tower which will allow it to activate, and therefore, giving yourself a huge upper hand in the game.
  • If the Goblin Barrel is placed at the center of an Arena Tower, it will cause the spawned Goblins to split apart on all sides of the tower, making them harder for splash units to kill.
  • Despite being a 2 Elixir disadvantage, Bowler can counter Goblin Barrel perfectly if placed right behind your Arena Tower. Due to his slow move-speed, you can accumulate enough Elixir to send a strong counter-push. However, this requires some precise timing, you should aim to place him right as the Barrel’s shadow passes their Crown Tower.
  • An Executioner can counter the Goblin Barrel like the Bowler, but only his returning axe will kill the Goblins at tournament standard, so the Barrel will get two stabs onto your Crown Tower.
  • For these cards, they are only effective against a Goblin Barrel clumped in the core of your Crown Tower.
    • For a Valkyrie, as long as she’s planted in range of two Goblins, she’ll kill those two Goblins in one shot and the Barrel only stabs your tower once. However, your opponent can smarten up and throw their Goblin Barrel in random places, messing up this counter, and the Valkyrie will look pretty into the Goblins that wreck your Crown Tower.
    • A Witch can counter the Goblin Barrel effectively. You’ll have to time it so the bottom Goblin is distracted by your Witch and her spawned Skeletons distract the outer edge Goblin. The Goblin Barrel will only stab your tower once. Always keep in mind that the Witch’s first wave of Skeletons are delayed.
  • For ranged units, as long as they are in range, the result will be the same. Archers, Musketeer and Wizard prevent all but two stabs on your tower, and a Dart Goblin only lets three stabs on your tower.
  • There is a precise technique for the Electro Wizard’s spawn damage to splash all three Goblins. Release your Electro Wizard right when the Goblin Barrel’s shadow crosses the river and the Goblins will get a maximum of one stab on your tower.


  • The Goblins spawned from the barrel are 5 levels higher than the barrel itself.
  • The Goblin Barrel is one of the three cards that spawns troops anywhere in the Arena, the others being the Miner and the Graveyard.
  • Arrows and the Goblin Barrel are the only two ‘launched’ spells which don’t push back affected targets.
  • You can see another goblin’s leg sticking out of the barrel on the card image, hinting that there is more than one goblin inside.
  • The Goblin Barrel has the smallest radius out of all spells with a 1.5 radius.
  • This song depicts 4 goblins coming from the barrel, instead of 3.
  • It’s one of the 6 cards associated with Goblins, including Spear Goblins, Goblin Gang, Dart Goblin, Goblins and Goblin Hut. It is also the only Epic card and spell card associated with Goblins.
  • The Goblin Barrel can be played on the river, but no Goblins will fall into the river. Right now, it’s technically impossible for any troop to fall into the deep water of the river. Essentially, this is just a game.


Radius Count Elixir Cost Rarity Type
1.5 x3 3 Epic Spell


Level Goblin level
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Goblin Barrel
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Goblin Barrel
The Goblin Barrel is unlocked from the Goblin Stadium (Arena 1). It is a spell that launches a barrel from the player's King's Tower.
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