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"The X-Bow shoots mystical bolts with terrifying power. Load it with Elixir and the X-Bow works automagically. You can set it to target ground units at long ranges, or all targets at reduced range."

Xbow1 Xbow2 Xbow3 Xbow4
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

  • Summary
    • The X-Bow is a rapid-firing turret that is unique in two ways. First, it must be loaded with Elixir in order to function. Second, it can be configured to target ground units only (at a 14-tile range) or both ground and air units (at an 11-tile range).

  • Defensive Strategy
    • A well-placed and loaded X-Bow will dominate attacks, but to be most effective it should not be used as a front-line defense. With the longest range of any defense, it is best placed behind all other defenses, typically in the center of a base (near either storages or the Town Hall). 
    • Remember to refill your X-Bow with Elixir! An unloaded X-Bow is not only a waste of space, it is a good indicator that your base may be neglected and ripe for attack.
  • Offensive Strategy
    • The X-Bow has essentially no weaknesses unless it is set to ground-only mode, determinable by the way it is angled. If it is horizontal to the ground, it can target ground troops only. If it is tilted up, then it can attack air units as well.
    • In order to attack an X-Bow, treat it like a longer-ranged (and much stronger) Cannon or Archer Tower, but don't forget that many units are not a problem for this tower. Distract it with high-health units (Giants, P.E.K.K.As, etc.) and destroy it with a large group of attackers such as Archers or Barbarians.
    • Important strategy tips!
      • Attacking players can see if the defender's X-Bow is loaded or not. Currently there is no way to tell exactly how much Elixir it has left, but a player can visually tell when it is empty. When it is loaded, you will see a small box containing what appears to be small Elixir bolts. An unloaded X-Bow will be lacking the clip, and the bowstring will be missing as well (see image gallery below).
      • An X-Bow that is empty is completely useless and will not fire. It still must be destroyed to achieve 100% destruction, and troops that preferentially attack defenses (Giants, Balloons, Hog Riders, and Golems) will still target an unloaded X-Bow if it is closer to them than an active defense.

  • Upgrade Differences
    • X-Bows undergo significant visual changes at levels 3 and 4.
      • When initially constructed, the X-Bow consists of a huge crossbow-like structure mounted on a base made of light-colored wood.
      • At level 2, the X-Bow's base gains gilded legs and rotational mount.
      • At level 3, the X-Bow base becomes solid black with large black spikes on each corner.
      • At level 4, the X-Bow base become golden and the large spikes on each corner turn red, like they are glowing with heat.

  • Trivia
    • It is also currently one of only two defenses (the other being the Inferno Tower) that needs to be periodically reloaded.
    • In ground-only mode, the X-Bow has the longest range of any defensive building in the game at 14 tiles. When the X-Bow is in ground and air mode, the Mortar has an identical 11-tile range (although the X-Bow can attack both air and ground units at this range unlike the Mortar).
    • It and the Inferno Tower are the fastest-shooting turrets.
    • It was introduced in the Halloween 2012 update. 
    • The name "X-Bow" is a play on the word "Crossbow", which the device resembles.
      • A "Cross" in visual is either a + or a X, making the word X-Bow mean Cross-bow as mentioned above.
      • In the Japanese language setting of the game, the X-Bow is called "Huge Crossbow" literally.
    • The X-Bow is the defensive building with the highest hitpoints (the Inferno Tower has equal hit points at levels 1 and 2 only, and slightly lower hit points at level 3).
    • It is not unlocked until Town Hall level 9 due to its strong capabilities.
    • There is an achievement for destroying a certain number of X-Bows, and it is called X-Bow Exterminator.
    • X-Bows are one of the fastest shooting defenses.
    • The X-Bow is one of the 3 defensive buildings (along with the Cannon and Mortar) that face away from the Town Hall.
    • Supercell posted a teaser video on their Facebook page prior to the X-Bow's release in October 2012: X-Bow Teaser Video
    • The X-Bow will notify you when it is running low on ammunition.

  • Icons Description
    • Icon Info
      - Pressing this icon displays information about the X-Bow such as Level, Damage Per Second, Loading Cost, Hitpoints, Range, Damage type, Targets and Favorite target.
    • Icon Upgrade
      - Pressing this icon upgrades the X-Bow to the next level if you have enough resources and a free Builder. When the X-Bow is at maximum level this icon is not shown.
    • Icon FinishNow
      - Pressing this icon finishes the upgrade currently in progress by paying the displayed number of Gems. This icon is only displayed while an upgrade is in progress.
    • Icon Cancel
      - Pressing this icon cancels the upgrade currently in progress. This icon is only displayed while an upgrade is in progress.
    • Icon FullyLoadedElixir
      - This icon informs you that the X-Bow is fully loaded.
    • Icon LoadElixir
      - Pressing this icon reloads the X-Bow with Elixir.
    • Icon Ground
      - Pressing this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack both ground and air units. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Ground mode.
    • Icon AirGround
      - Pressing this icon switches the X-Bow attack mode to attack ground units only. This icon is only displayed while the X-Bow is in Air and Ground mode.
Town Hall Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Number Available 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Level Damage per Second Damage per Shot Hitpoints Cost to Load Elixir Cost Gold Build Time Experience Gained XP Town Hall Level Required Shot Color
1 50 6.4 1,500 50,000 3,000,000 7 days 777 9 Purple 
2 60 7.68 1,900 60,000 5,000,000 10 days 929 9 Gold
3 75 9.6 2,400 70,000 7,000,000 14 days 1,099 9 Dark Blue
4 80 10.24 2,800 80,000 8,000,000 14 days 1,099 10 Orange
Range Attack Speed Damage Type Unit Type Targeted Number of Rounds
11 0.128s Single Target Ground & Air 1,500
14 0.128s Single Target Ground 1,500

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

Ground and Air Ground Only
Up Dn
Loaded Empty
Xbow1 X-bow-unloaded
Defensive Buildings Cannon • Archer Tower • Mortar • Air Defense • Wizard Tower • Hidden Tesla • X-Bow • Inferno Tower • Walls
Traps: Bomb • Spring Trap • Giant Bomb • Air Bomb • Seeking Air Mine • Skeleton Trap
Resource Buildings Gold Mine • Elixir Collector • Dark Elixir Drill • Gold Storage • Elixir Storage • Dark Elixir Storage • Builder's Hut
Army Buildings Army Camp • Barracks • Dark Barracks • Laboratory • Spell Factory • Barbarian King Altar • Archer Queen Altar
Other Buildings Town Hall • Clan Castle • Decorations • Obstacles

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