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"The might of the dragons are known throughout the land. This scaly terror of the skies feels no mercy and nothing will escape the fiery splashes of his breath."


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Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

  • Summary
    • The Dragon is a fearsome flying unit and is capable of attacking both ground and air units. Unlike the Balloon, the Dragon is both ranged and deals splash damage, like the Wizard.
    • Also unlike the Balloon the Dragon does not target a specific Building to attack; he targets whatever is nearest.
    • A Dragon does short-range splash damage when he attacks. This can only be noticed when used against Clan Castle Troops and Walls.
    • The purple Dragon icon shown in the Barracks is actually a level 2 Dragon. The Dragon changes from green to purple after upgrading, matching its image in the Barracks.
    • Dragons have no preferred target when attacking; they will simply attack the closest building to them. However, once they become aware of enemy Clan Castle troops, Heroes or Skeleton Trap skeletons (either by being attacked themselves or being near another friendly troop under attack), they will leave their previously targeted building and engage the enemy troops instead. Once all of the nearby enemy troops are defeated, they will proceed to attack the nearest building from their current location.

  • Offensive Strategy
    • Most Dragon strategies involve taking out as many Air Defenses as possible with other units (infantry, Giants, etc.) or Lightning Spells, as it is a significant weakness to this powerful unit.
    • A good strategy involves a mix of Dragons and Balloons. Dragons can suck up fire from Air Defenses and Wizard Towers while Balloons go straight for the Defensive Buildings, though this is a very costly strategy.
    • Dragons are mostly used to get Trophies as their high cost doesn't make them great candidates for resource raiding.
    • Dragons are ultimately useful for Clan Wars, especially against Town Hall 7 and Town Hall 8 players. It's efficient to accompany them with Rage Spell, as they will be very effective to get 3 star in a single raid.
    • When using mass Dragon raids be careful of Buildings in the corners because their relatively slow movement speed does not make it great for moving around from corner to corner, to deal with this problem, bring some Barbarians or Minions to take out lone buildings in the corners; it might mean the difference between a 99% 2-star and a 100% 3-star raid.
  • Defensive Strategy
    • Dragons are one of the most powerful Troops in the game, and as such it can be difficult to defend against them. Multiple high-level Air Defenses are critical for success against Dragons; make sure that your Air Defenses are behind your primary line of defense so that they cannot be taken out early in the battle.
    • Dragons are wonderful Clan Castle Troops. As a flying unit, the Dragon is completely immune to attacks from most ground troops, and his splash damage capability makes it especially suited for destroying groups of Barbarians and Goblins. His high health also helps him survive attacks from even multiple Archers or Wizards (although a large group of either will usually be enough to destroy the Dragon).

  • Upgrade Differences
    • The Dragon encounters major graphic changes at all 4 levels.
      • Level 1 Dragons have green-colored skin and black eyes.
      • At level 2, the Dragon's skin turns from green to purple, matching his image in the Barracks. His eyes also turn the color of elixir.
      • At level 3, the Dragon's skin changes again to dark grayish-brown.
      • At level 4, the Dragon's skin turns a deep red; as part of the update announcement, Supercell referred to it as the new "ancient red dragon." His eyes also start flaming.
      • At level 5, the Dragon obtains golden horns on its head and spikes on its back. Its wings also get larger.

  • Trivia
    • The first person to have reached over 4,000 trophies (Jorge Yao) used an all-Dragon army to do so. He used 4 Lightning Spells as support, one to take out Clan Castle troops and the rest to destroy an Air Defense. This was his way to ensure 50% damage practically every time he attacked in order to become the top player and achieve this wonderful feat.
    • You can have a maximum of 12 Dragons at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 13 if you include the 1 that can fit into a level 3 or higher Clan Castle.
    • The Dragon's attack was given a splash damage component as of the 12 March 2013 update, making them much more powerful against groups of ground troops.
    • The Dragon received new art as of the 23 May 2013 update; the new Dragon receives forelegs along with a line of small spikes down its neck and back. This new look is often debated among fellow players to which one looks the 'best', along with the P.E.K.K.A.
    • The Dragon has a pair of paws and fire in his mouth since the 23 May 2013 update. The appearance has also been changed to a robotic like creature.
    • A Dragon's shadow is oval, not dragon-shaped.
    • The Dragon's upon-death skeleton is person-shaped.
    • The Dragon is one of only two troops to have different appearances at every level (along with the P.E.K.K.A).
    • The Dragon is one of only two troops of which the picture in the Barracks resembles an upgraded troop, the other being the Wall Breaker.
    • The Dragon is one of the five air troops (along with the Healer, the Minion, the Lava Hound and the Lava Pup) that never stop flapping their wings, as they cannot land.
    • The level 3 and 4 Dragon has a very thin see-through line going through the base of the wing. However, this is barely noticeable.
    • Dragons do not attack Walls, but can deal damage if indirectly attacking. (Shooting at Clan Castle troops over a wall, etc.)
    • The January 2013 update added Dark Elixir, stating that this resource is formed over aeons from fossilized Black Dragon (i.e. then-maxed level 3 Dragon) bones. However, no levels of Dragons are trained or upgraded using Dark Elixir.
Preferred Target Attack Type Housing Space Training Time Movement Speed Attack Speed Barracks Level Required Range
None Area Splash 0.3 Tile Radius (Ground & Air) 20 30m 16 1.5s 9 3 tiles
Level Damage per Second Damage per Attack Hitpoints Training Cost Elixir Research Cost Elixir Laboratory Level Required Research Time
1 140 210 1,900 25,000 N/A N/A N/A
2 160 240 2,100 29,000 2,000,000 5 7 days
3 180 270 2,300 33,000 3,000,000 6 10 days
4 200 300 2,500 37,000 7,000,000 7 14 days
5 220 330 2,700 41,000 8,000,000 8 14 days

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

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Getting wrecked by Dragons and PEKKAs

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Dragon raid

Example of dragon raid

Troops
Tier 1 BarbarianArcherGoblin
Tier 2 GiantWall BreakerBalloonWizard
Tier 3 HealerDragonP.E.K.K.A
Dark Elixir Troops MinionHog RiderValkyrieGolem (Golemite) • Witch (Skeleton) • Lava Hound (Lava Pup)
Heroes Barbarian KingArcher Queen
Spells Lightning SpellHealing SpellRage SpellJump SpellFreeze SpellPoison SpellEarthquake SpellHaste SpellSanta's Surprise

Start a Discussion Discussions about Dragon

  • level 5 dragons

    10 messages
    • Wait, the update comes tomorrow!? You mean the one with the dark spell factory and all that? Or does SuperCell just hand them out one by one?
    • Yup, it came today! And I think the spell factory upgrade time has being reduced, because it suddenly got less after I updated the game...
  • Clan Wars: Use Ground troops or Air troops and why?

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    • I've 3 starred a lot of bases using about 5 or 6 balloons with my GoWiPe.  So I usually use 2 golems, 2 pekkas, 10 wall breaker, 6 ballons ...
    • It really depends upon the base layout. Being a TH8, I feel I have a couple good options. My favorite attack is Govape. It's more costly on...

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