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For a similar Builder Base Troop, see Raged Barbarian.
Barbarian info
"This fearless warrior relies on his bulging muscles and striking mustache to wreak havoc in enemy villages. Release a horde of Barbarians and enjoy the mayhem!"

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Level 1 & 2 Level 3 & 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8

  • Summary
    • The Barbarian is a male kilt-clad Scottish warrior with an angry, battle-ready expression, hungry for destruction. He has close-cropped blonde hair and a long, yellow horseshoe mustache.
    • The Barbarian is the first troop unlocked in the Barracks.
    • Barbarians have no preferred target when attacking; they will simply attack the closest building. However, once they become aware of enemy Clan Castle troops, Heroes, or Skeleton Trap skeletons (either by being attacked themselves or by being near another friendly troop under attack), they will leave their previously targeted building and instead engage the enemy troops. Once all of the nearby enemy troops are defeated, the Barbarians will proceed to attack the nearest structure.

  • Offensive Strategy
    • Archers and Giants are commonly used to support Barbarians.
    • Large hordes of Barbarians are very effective as they will quickly destroy anything in their path. This is balanced by the fact that the Barbarians are not very effective under heavy fire from splash damaging buildings. As such, players sometimes spread Barbarians to avoid them all being picked off in one group by a Mortar, Wizard Tower or Bomb Tower, as they deal splash damage.
    • Besides doing splash damage, the Mortar also knocks back any Barbarians it strikes by 2 tiles (sometimes this can even change the Barbarians' target, if it moves them closer to another building).
    • Players also sometimes use Barbarians first to test what troops are in the defending player's Clan Castle, where any Traps are, and where any Hidden Teslas are.
    • Barbarians can act as a "poor man's" distracting troop in a similar fashion to Giants; while they have far less health individually, a group of five Barbarians (the same housing requirement as one Giant) has approximately 75% of the health as a similar-level Giant (up to level 5) while doing nearly 4 times the damage (and costing approximately 20-25% of the Elixir to train). Note that this strategy is far less effective if splash damage defenses are in the area, as they will damage all Barbarians at once and destroy them relatively quickly.
    • They are good to take out lone buildings, like Builder's Huts placed far away to prevent full destruction.
    • If a Mortar is exposed and otherwise undefended, a single Barbarian can easily destroy it as Mortars cannot target troops which are within 4 tiles of them.
    • Barbarians, along with Archers, are normally used in swarms to defeat Barbarian King or the Archer Queen. This is because they are inexpensive, and take up the minimum amount of housing space and therefore can be deployed in large numbers; the fact that Hero attacks are single-target means that the Hero can only kill one of the swarming troops at a time.
  • Defensive Strategy
    • Barbarians are not too weak for Clan Castle troops as they have relatively high health and damage for single housing space troops. They are capable of soaking up a decent amount of damage, delaying attackers and allowing your fixed defenses to take care of the rest. Because their housing space is only 1, you will be able to have a large amount of them in your Clan Castle, making them more time consuming to lure out.
      • However, since the introduction of the Poison Spell, low-hitpoint units such as the Barbarian are significantly less effective inside Clan Castles.

  • Upgrade Differences
    • The Barbarian undergoes significant visual changes at levels 5, 6 and 7.
      • Initially, the Barbarian appears to be a short, muscular man wearing a brown kilt with a leather belt and a steel shield-shaped buckle. He also has spiked wristbands on both arms, as well as a short claymore in his right hand. He wears a pair of leather sandals on his feet.
      • At level 3, the Barbarian gains a brown leather headband with an emblem on the center, and a bigger, longer claymore.
      • At level 5, the Barbarian’s headband is replaced with a horned helmet and his claymore turns into bronze.
      • At level 6, the Barbarian wields a dark iron claymore and sports a mightier horned helmet of a dark gray color and gray horns pointing downward, similar to that of the Master League symbol. All accouterments (kilt, belt, wristbands, and sandals) turn a darker shade of brown as well.
      • At level 7, the Barbarian replaces the dark claymore with a lighter-gray one that appears to be molten on each edge, and his horned helmet gains a gold accent along with gold horns. The spiked bracelets on his wrists turn black, and the spikes become gold.

  • Trivia
    • Of the three troops that occupy only one housing space (Barbarian, Archer, and Goblin), the Barbarian has the highest health and does the second-most damage (Goblins of similar level have higher damage per second). He is also the slowest-moving but fastest to train.
    • When you tap on an Army Camp, all the Barbarians stationed there will briefly raise their sword.
    • You can have a maximum of 280 Barbarians at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 320 if you include the 40 that can fit into a fully upgraded Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 90 Barbarians with three fully upgraded Clone Spells. You can also summon 24 additional Barbarians with a maximum-level Barbarian King.
    • The level 6 Barbarian's helmet greatly resembles the iron helmet from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is also the one worn by the Last Dragonborn in Skyrim's trailer.
      • This is re-used in Clash Royale as a card called Elite Barbarians. The normal Barbarians in Clash Royale are based on Level 1 Barbarians in Clash of Clans.
    • Barbarians bear more than a passing resemblance to Hulk Hogan.
    • The Barbarian is the trademarked logo for Clash Of Clans.
    • An event lasted from 29/1/15 through 5/2/15, during which the Barbarian's training speed was 5 times faster, along with the Dragon.
    • As of the July 1, 2015 update, the training cost has been increased in levels 4-7.
    • Barbarians are one of only three troops that are nonfictional. All the other troops (except Archers and Miners) are based on mythological humans/creatures.
    • On 4/8/17, low-level Barbarians could be seen working on buildings in place of Builders in the Home Village owing to the latter's departure. A week later, on 11/8/17, their role was then taken over by the Giants.
    • The Barbarian is the Elixir troop that requires the least amount of Elixir to upgrade to maximum level, at 20,700,000 Elixir.
Preferred Target Target Attack Type Damagetype Housing Space Housing Movement Speed Speed Attack Speed Attackspeed Barracks Level Required Barracks12 Range Range
None Melee (Ground Only) 1 16 1s 1 0.4 tiles
Training Time of Barbarians
Number of Barracks that aren't under upgrade Training Time
1 20 seconds
2 10 seconds
3 6 seconds
4 5 seconds
Level Level Damage per Second Damage Damage per Attack Damage Hitpoints Hitpoint Training Cost Elixir Research Cost Elixir Laboratory Level Required Laboratory9 Research Time Stopwatch
1 8 8 45 25 N/A N/A N/A
2 11 11 54 40 50,000 1 6 hours
3 14 14 65 60 150,000 3 1 day
4 18 18 78 100 500,000 5 3 days
5 23 23 95 150 1,500,000 6 5 days
6 26 26 110 200 4,500,000 7 7 days
7 30 30 125 250 6,000,000 8 9 days
8 34 34 140 300 8,000,000 9 10 days

For additional statistics and information, see the Unit Calculators page.

Home Village Army
Elixir Troops BarbarianArcherGiantGoblinWall BreakerBalloonWizardHealerDragonP.E.K.K.ABaby DragonMinerElectro Dragon
Dark Elixir Troops MinionHog RiderValkyrieGolem (Golemite) • Witch (Skeleton) • Lava Hound (Lava Pup) • Bowler
Heroes Barbarian KingArcher QueenGrand Warden
Spells Lightning SpellHealing SpellRage SpellJump SpellFreeze SpellClone Spell
Dark Spells Poison SpellEarthquake SpellHaste SpellSkeleton Spell
Siege Machines Wall WreckerBattle Blimp

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  • Barbarians need a buff.

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    • Well people use Barbarians for super-cheap farming strategies (e.g. attempting to farm dead bases) such as BAM or Barch I understand t...
    • They're just too weak against all the powerful splash defenses at high levels. It's like how dragons are only th7-8 because you only ...